Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Microsoft Updates MSN Mobile

Microsoft has updated the MSN Mobile website at I have to admit that I don't remember what the old site looked like, but the newly redesigned site is clean and user-friendly, and features icons and photos formatted for the small screen.

Opera Mini 4 Beta Released

The beta version of Opera Mini 4 is now available for download at

Plaxo Mobile is Now Free

For those of you that use Plaxo, but have not sprung for the premium version, I have great news: Plaxo Mobile is now available for free at With Plaxo Mobile, you get all of the following with nothing to download:
  • Search-based access to all your contacts
  • Full access to your calendar
  • Weather, tasks, and notes
  • Plus your network feeds!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

YouTube Now Mobile

YouTube's exclusivity arrangement with one of those big wireless companies is up, and you can now access some of YouTube's best videos on your i wireless phone at Please note that you cannot access all videos currently on YouTube, just "a selected library," although YouTube claims that they try to make the "best" videos available on mobile.

You do not need to download any applications to be able to view the videos, but you do need a handset that supports streaming video (RTSP/3GP with H263/AMR). Apparently Windows Mobile devices do not. I tried it on my HTC S620 to no avail. According to Adam Jackson's Daily Tech Talk, "YouTube did the best they could by working on a codec that every handset maker uses but Windows mobile only supports variants of wmv." I'm sure there is a workaround or a compatible media player that I can download, but I haven't looked into it yet. If and when I find a solution, I will post it.