Blogger platform offers new mobile blogging options

Google has announced that several new features have been added to the Blogger Dashboard to make it easier to post blog entries from mobile devices.

At least for users in the US, the mobile service supports SMS, MMS and email posting from a registered mobile phone. It’s also possible to set up a new blog from the phone.

Of course, some advanced mobile phones (such as the iPhone) make it easy enough to add to Blogger using the standard web interface, but it’s useful to have alternative ways of getting content onto a blog while on the move, and even on smartphones, sending a text or email can be quicker and less fiddly than using the built-in web browser.

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Twitter enables SMS delivery for Vodafone UK customers

Last year Twitter withdrew a number of its Twitter-to-SMS services, citing the charges levied upon it by mobile operators in order to send messages as the reason.

The UK was one country hit by the change, but Twitter has announced at least a partial return to receiving tweets via text message, even if it is a bit stingy.

For a start, you have to be a Vodafone UK customer. Granted, that’s a pretty large number of British mobile users but hardly exhaustive. [Read more…]

AdWords Reaches iPhone and G1 Mobile Phones

AdWords has been available for mobile devices for quite some time, but now you can target iPhone and G1 users specifically with your ads.

To target ads for G1 and iPhone, go to your campaign settings tab in your AdWords account. Then for the “Device Platform” option under “Networks and Bidding,” select “iPhones and other mobile devices with full internet browsers.” As additional devices that use full browsers enter the market, your ads will show on those phones, too.

More at the Google Mobile blog. This should be good for both publishers and advertisers, since it could give better results which in turn will mean more money for everyone involved. Especially Google…

Android Gets Mini, iPhone Gets Demographics

The Android powered T-Mobile G1 is getting Opera Mini 4.2 beta, says ZDNet’s Matthew Miller, which is good news since Opera offers nice synchronization options. This is something of a rebuke to Apple who stopped Opera Mini for iPhone since it competes with the built-in Safari browser. Or not, since Apple wants to control the iPhone with the Iron Fist of Jobs.

Speaking of the G1 and iPhone, the former will ship in 1 million by the end of 2008 according to HTC (via), and the latter now knows who uses it. A survey tells us more or less what we already anticipated about the iPhone users. Check out The Apple Blog for more, and a nifty little illustration as well.

Perez Hilton Goes Mobile

In an effort to spread the celebrity news/filth/funniness even further, Perez Hilton is launching a mobile site. You can visit it in your browser if you’re curious. Basically, it’s a trimmed down version of the regular Perez Hilton blog, and obviously something the readers have been craving according to Hilton in a press release. He’s partnered up with Crisp Wireless, who are thrilled by the prospect:

“We are extremely excited to team up with Perez Hilton as he extends his global status into the mobile web, said Boris Fridman, Chief Executive Officer, Crisp Wireless, which hosts the mobile site and provides the ad serving platform to BlogAds. Perez realizes that mobile phones, Blackberries and iPhones are practically the lifeblood of the celebrity world and everyone that follows it. Without them, they feel totally disconnected. By tapping Crisp Wireless and BlogAds, Perez’s insights and information will be readily available by mobile. His mobile web presence should equal or surpass the success of his online site.

If you want to go mobile with your blog, just like Perez Hilton does, you could use a service like MoFuse. It’s not even difficult to do.

MoFuse Integrates WordPress Comments, Adds YouTube Support

MoFuse, the service that makes your site mobile friendly, announced an interesting array of news via e-mail today:

  • Improved recommendation engine
  • WordPress comments integration
  • YouTube video transcoded to mobile-friendly format

The first one on the list isn’t something I personally care about, MoFuse got this recommended reading links at the end of mobile pages, if you enable it, so that readers will find more content in the mobile web. However, the integration of WordPress comments, and automatic transcoding of embedded YouTube videos are interesting news.

Check out MoFuse if you want to have a mobile version of your site.

2008 Should Be Year of the Ultraportable

I earlier wrote how ultraportable notebook computers can be a blogger’s best friend. I’ve been carrying my Asus Eee in my bag most anywhere I go, and I use it to do some work while waiting for the kids to finish their preschool classes, or when the wife goes grocery shopping. An ultraportable plus a public hotspot (or 3G connection via my mobile phone + Bluetooth) can do wonders.

It’s definitely a wonder how computer manufacturers these days have made these small gadgets so inexpensive and hence so ubiquitous with the gadget-crazy crowd. Sure, $100 PC was yesterday’s news, and the creators weren’t even able to meet the target price point (meant for students in developing economies). But what made ultraportables popular is their relatively low price point and availability to the general public. At about $300 to $400 each for a full-fledged portable computer, who wouldn’t bite? And so Asus had started a trend back in October of last year. This year, a lot of other manufacturers have followed suit with their potential Eee-killers (so to speak), which should make a lot of people happy, whether blogger or not.

There’s the HP 2133 Mini Note, touted as the “rich man’s Eee” with its classy styling and almost full-sized keyboard. This is one machine you wouldn’t be shy to take out of your bag at any high-end cafe. And according to reviews, the keyboard is a wonder to use. Perfect for posting lengthy blog entries, I think. The only gripe with the Mini Note is its use of the VIA C7 platform instead of an Intel one. Reviews say performance is not stellar, especially the editions that run Vista.

Acer has announced the Aspire One, and Dell has its upcoming Latitude E Series. MSI has its Wind, and even Asus had recently launched its EeePC 901 and the soon-to-launch 1000 series. These all run on the Intel Atom platform, which promises to give users five to seven hours use in between charges due to very low power consumption. That should be a big plus factor. None come close to the HP in terms of styling and design though–the keyboard is the HP’s killer feature.

There are a handful of other computer manufacturers who have showcased their own ultraportable offerings, whether these in the form of ultra-small computers or larger, but very slim and ultra light ones. Competition is tough, and it’s good in that computer makers are forced to price their offerings competitively.

With the influx of inexpensive ultraportable computers this year, there is no doubt that both professionals in the new media business and casual users alike would enjoy the wide array of mobility tools. And I think the term “ultraportable” should earn its place as one of the relevant words this year.

New Version Of Google Reader For iPhone

iPhone for Google Reader (Beta)

After launching a new feature for desktop users, the Google Reader team is experimenting with a new version of Google Reader for iPhone users.

(Official Google Reader Blog) To make our (and your) Reader iPhone experience better, we wanted to really take advantage of the iPhone’s capabilities. Today we’re releasing a new beta version of Reader designed for the iPhone and other mobile phones with advanced browsers. You can use it by visiting on your phone.

This new version is designed to offer many of the same features as the desktop, while making it quick and easy to act on items. If you’ve used list view, then it should be familiar to you. Scan the titles for an item that interests you, tap and it expands in place. Starring, sharing, and keeping unread are done in place, so you never have to leave the list view or refresh the page. We think it’s a very fast way to power through your reading list.

The first thing many iPhone users will notice is that the new beta version will display 15 articles/post “snippets” instead of the usual 9, as well as the ability to see the articles/posts underneath (or above) the one that you are currently reading.

Starring the articles is also easier, as iPhone users can now actually tap the star tab next to the story, instead of trying to place their “fat fingers” on the tiny add star link at the end of the article.
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Mobile Ads for Mobile Blogs

Google launches mobile image ads, as in targeted ads for mobile phone pages. So let’s say you’re reading a blog on your mobile phone, since it’s got a mobile edition for you. Right, you get an ad. Would you click it? I wouldn’t, mobile browsing overall is too slow, and too much on the go, for me, although wifi enabled devices with bigger screens and faster internet connections might be a whole different matter.

As of now, just over 68% of the TechCrunch readers polled on this matter says no, with 10% saying yes, and the rest says “maybe”. Then again, maybe the TechCrunch crowd isn’t the target for these things?