The Malcontent of the Term “Mobile Content”

The Malcontent of the Term “Mobile Content”

The following article discusses how to better convert a web user to a mobile user and the challenges that lie within.
We all know the immutable laws of web site conversion can be summarized as follows:
1. You have less than eight seconds to capture a web page visitor
2. Once captured, the next click must be obvious
3. Once clicking, minimize the steps needed to complete the desired action
The difficulty lies in maximizing information in a minimized process. You must be able to present what the majority need to see to complete your desired action. There will always be those who seek more information and tangents can be provided for them. Now, add another dimension to the “desired action” by making that action something that you wish for them to do offline. That, my friends, is largely the challenge that we have at www.4INFO.net. Not to take anything away from our web search service, because it does try to do something that the other engines do not by actually giving you an answer and not pointing you to one elsewhere (see 4INFO Blog: 4INFO’s Bond. James Bond & Focused Search). But, getting a user to make the leap from, “I can get all of this info from my computer,” to, “I have access to all this info when I am NOT in front of my computer,” can be challenging. Especially, when dealing with an industry that hasn’t quite settled on what to call the segments within it. Mobile search’s popularity is increasing every day, yet there is still an opportunity to sanity check the terms we use to describe the industry.
There are four terms that we use on a regular basis in the world of 4INFO mobile. These are, Mobile Content, Mobile Download, Mobile Information, and Mobile Search.
Before we get into how these terms apply in the mobile sense, let’s first look at what they mean in a general (and very simplified) sense:
Content
Something contained. The proportion of a specified substance present in something else.
Download
To transfer a file or program from a one computer to another computer.
Information
Knowledge derived from study, experience, or instruction. Knowledge of specific events or situations that has been gathered or received by communication
Search
To make a thorough examination of; look over carefully in order to find something; explore.
Now that we have these definitions in front of us, let’s look at the industry’s current definition of Mobile Content. [per Wikipedia] Mobile content is any type of media formatted for mobile phones, like ringtones, graphics, games and movies. The use of mobile content has grown dramatically. Ringtones, for instance, are currently (2005) the most widely used mobile media forms. A mobile game is a piece of content that is installed on mobile phones so that the user can play the video game right no their mobile handset. A wallpaper is simply a graphic that is formatted to fit the screen of hand held devices, mainly cell phones.
At 4INFO, we define the remaining terms as follows:
A mobile download is a piece of content (ringtone, wallpaper, game, audio, video, etc.) that is transferred from a host location to a mobile device.
Mobile information is comprised of the categories of services that we provide via our suite of search channels, such as local directory, sports scores, fantasy stats, weather, flight schedules, movie times, and stock quote searches, to name a few. These impart knowledge through communication with our servers.
Therefore, mobile search is the process of locating mobile downloads and mobile information via a mobile device.
So, where does this term “mobile content” come into play? I believe that you can shorten the above statement to read, “Mobile search is the process of locating mobile content via a mobile device.” For this case, the definition of “mobile content” must add “mobile information” to its list of attributes.
But, that is not what I would do.
What does the consumer think? I took a quick poll of 10 non-mobile search types, where I simply asked them to define the four phrases that we’ve been discussing. I realize this technique will not go down in the annals of mobile research, but if there is one thing to take from it – every single person defined a “mobile download” the same way, while fewer than half stated a definition of “mobile content” similar to that in Wikipedia.
I am not content with the term Mobile Content. Let’s get rid of it.
I have been dealing with these terms over the past several months as we have been redesigning the 4INFO web site in an effort to address these types of issues. It didn’t occur to me to write this post until I read a statement by the Pondering Primate earlier this week where he said, “Every time we hear the phrase ‘mobile search’ let’s replace it with ‘mobile info.’”
At first, I whole-heartedly agreed with him. Then, I turned around to resume testing 4INFO’s new Mobile Downloads Search service and realized that “mobile search” is more than just locating “mobile information.” It is also the location of “mobile downloads” now that 4INFO has this service in beta.
Mobile search is the process of locating mobile downloads and mobile information via a mobile device.
That’s my stake in the ground and I am here to defend it.

Mobile Phone Chargers

Mobile Phone Chargers

If you need to use a mobile phone regularly, to keep in touch with your office or your clients, then your mobile phone charger is probably one of the most valuable piece of equipment you carry. What happens if you lose the mobile phone charger or goes wrong? Don’t panic, just come to us at BB-Shopping.com—we stock mains and in-car chargers for mobile phones. In fact, you can take a stroll through our virtual aisles for the latest in mobile phone accessories.
We stock in-car chargers for Sony Ericsson, Siemens, Samsung, Sagem, Motorola, Panasonic and Nokia phones. Most of these chargers can be used with 12-volt and 24-volt systems. You need to check that the mobile phone charger you purchase from us is compatible with the mobile phone you use. For example, the Nokia in-car mobile phone charger can be used with any Nokia mobile phone that features a universal Nokia charger adapter. The in-car charger for Panasonic mobile phones can be used with the GD87 and GD92 mobile phones—there is another in-car charger available for the GD50 and GD55 mobile phone models.
We stock the 3-pins mains chargers for Samsung, Motorola, Sharp, Nokia, Panasonic, Siemens, Sony Ericsson and Sagem mobile phones. Most of these chargers can work with a range of voltages between 100 volts and 240 volts. Just check that the mobile phone charger you purchase from us is compatible with the mobile phone you use. For instance, the Sony Ericsson charger we stock can be used with the T100, T200, T300, T610, P800, R600, Z600, Z200, T230, P900, T630, K700i, Z1010, F500i, T28s, T29S, T39, T68, T68i, T66 and T600 mobile phone models. Our Motorola mains mobile phone charger works with the Motorola V60, V66, V70, T280, T720, V300, V500, V525, V600, A835 and V80 mobile phone models. If you use a different mobile phone model, you should get in touch with us at support@bb-shopping.com for information.
If you are looking for wind-up mobile phone chargers for Nokia phones, or universal serial bus (USB) car and mains mobile phone chargers for Nokia and Sony Ericsson mobile phones, you need look no further—we stock those as well! We also stock USB mobile phone chargers for Nokia, Panasonic and Samsung mobile phones. The USB charger for Nokia phones works with the 3310, 3410 and older models that use the universal Nokia charging jack, whereas the USB charger for Samsung supports the C100, X600, E600 and S500 models.
If you are on the lookout for suitable mobile phone chargers, you need look no further than BB-Shopping.com.

Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies

As we all know, toothaches and any type of oral injury can be extremely painful and should be seen by a dentist immediately. Dental emergencies should be seen immediately by a dentist, day or night. These emergencies include broken teeth, teeth that have been knocked out, or teeth that have been forced out of the socket. With some emergencies, the cheeks, lips, or gums will have cuts or abrasions on them from where the teeth come out of the socket.

If you’ve had a tooth recently knocked out, the first thing you should do is look for that tooth. When you’ve found the tooth, gently scrub it to get rid of any dirt or debris. Once you have cleaned it, you should place it back in your mouth between the cheek and gums. Whatever you do, you should never try to put it back in the socket. If you can make it to the dentist in time, he may be able to put the tooth back in place.

If you’ve had a tooth come out of place, you can normally reposition it with your fingers. You shouldn’t use a lot of force, simply because it could damage the tooth. You shouldn’t force the tooth into place, rather try and jiggle it around. You can also use moist tissue to hold the tooth in place, until you can get to a dentist.

If you’ve got a fractured tooth, the treatment will all depend upon how bad the booth has been fractured. No matter how light the fracture may be, it is very important that you get to a dentist as soon as you can. Minor fractures aren’t that bad, as they can normally be smoothed out using sandpaper. Sometimes, the tooth can also be restored with a composite. Either way, you’ll need to make sure that you use extreme caution with the tooth for the next few days.

The more moderate fractures, normally include damage to the dentin, pulp, and even the enamel. These fractures can be nothing to worry about at times, yet painful with other cases. Providing the pulp hasn’t been damaged, your dentist will be able to restore the full shape and function to the fractured tooth. In cases where pulp damage has occurred, the dentist may need to do a root canal or other type of serious surgery to repair the tooth.

Whenever you encounter a dental emergency, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact a dentist immediately. Your dentist will be able to assist you, fix the problem, and stop the pain. Dental emergencies can happen at any time, so you should always the emergency number of a dentist who will be there at a moments notice. Tooth pain can be very excruciating – and you’ll obviously want to get the problem fixed immediately.

What To Do If Your Mobile Phone Is Stolen

What To Do If Your Mobile Phone Is Stolen

Loosing a mobile phone is not an uncommon thing for anyone in this world. You must have heard that your friend or any other person forget his or her phone in a hotel, car, garden, park. and when he or she goes to pick up phone, mobile phone was not there where he or she left it. Now what to do if your mobile phone is stolen.

In many countries like Uk, there is mobile phone database, which can prevent lost or stolen mobile phones from being used on any mobile network, thus these stolen mobile phones are worthless to anyone. This system exactly works like a stolen credit card, whenever you loose your credit card, you simply make a phone call to your requisite bank to deactivate your credit card. Similar is the case with mobile phones, you call your service provider and give them a specific number to deactivate your stolen mobile phone. This system applies to both prepay and postpaid packages.

Every mobile in this world has a unique code called as International mobile equipment identity (IMEI Number). This is a unique serial number of every mobile phone. If you provide this serial number to your network operator, they will deactivate your stolen mobile phone. No one can use your mobile phone even if the person who has stolen your mobile, insert new sim in the mobile. This mobile will be useless for all networks or service providers. All mobile network operators will deactivate or disable the phone by reference to the unique IMEI nomber of the mobile phone.

Now question is how to get this IMEI number? This number can normally be found under the battery of mobile phone (looking something like 004400/01/123456/7). You can also get this number from the phone software, by entering following usefull code. Simply write down on your mobile phone following code.* # 0 6 #

A 15 digit code will appear on the screen after pressing send button, or in some phones it comes automatically just by writing * # 0 6 #. So whenever you buy a mobile phone, get this code from the battery or simply write above code on your phone and get IMEI number.

After this record this 15 digit IMEI number and your phone number on your personal note book, place this book at a safe place and thats it. Now suppose if you lost your phone, make a call to your service provider and give them your phone number and this particular key,i.e IMEI number. They will deactivate your stolen mobile phone. You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones

Remember your mobile phone is very valuable for you. You may have very important data stored in it. So take care of your mobile phones. Don’t use your mobile in crowded areas or where you might feel unsafe. Govenment is trying to encourage mobile phone companies to give more options for improving mobile phone security.

So remember this simple code * # 0 6 #. Tell all your friends and colleagues to get IMEI number with the help of this code. If all of us simply follow this tip of making mobile secure, believe me no one will try to steal anyone’s mobile phone.

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Planning a Thanksgiving Party for All Ages

Planning a Thanksgiving Party for All Ages

Are you interested in planning a Thanksgiving party this year? If you love the holiday season and throwing parties, there is a good chance that you may be interested in hosting a party for Thanksgiving. If you are interested, you will need to decide which type of party you would like to have. In general, a large number of party hosts like to plan parties that are only for adults or those that are only for kids. As nice as it is to plan a party just for kids or just for adults, it is sometimes difficult to do. There will likely always be parents who won’t want to part with their kids, even just for a few hours. That is why you may want to think about hosting a Thanksgiving party that is designed for individuals of all ages.

When it comes to hosting an all ages Thanksgiving party, you will likely find that a little bit more work is involved. This is because you do not need to plan for a specific group of individuals, but two different groups. You will want to make sure that your Thanksgiving party has activities that target the adults, as well as the children. That is why, sometimes, a little bit more preparation is involved; however, that extra preparation will likely make your Thanksgiving party that much more enjoyable.

As previously mentioned, you will need to have activities that target both adults and children. You may want to develop party games that can be played with both adults and children or different games for each. You will likely find that if and when children are occupied with something, the adults can enjoy a different activity. You can easily purchase board games, for both adults and children, at your local department store. If you are looking for low-cost game or entertainment ideas, you can easily find a large number of suggestions online. This can easily be done with a standard internet search.

In addition to entertainment, you will also need to think about the food. In most cases, you will find that children and adults like to eat and drink different things. Drinkwise, it is always a good idea to have nonalcoholic drinks on hand because not all adults like to drink alcohol. In addition to soda, which is a common party beverage, it may also be a good idea to have to have plenty of water or juice drinks on hand. As for food, you may also want to create a couple of side dishes or snacks that target children. If you do not have any children, it may be a good idea to get food and snack suggestions from other parents or online. As with entertainment ideas, you can easily find kid approved recipes online, with a standard internet search.

If and when you make the decision to host a Thanksgiving party for individuals of all different ages, it may be a good idea to let your guests know. When it comes to parties, even holiday parties, many guests assume that they should come alone. For the best balance, between children and adults, it may be a good idea to encourage your guests to bring their children. In fact, having other children present may help to keep the other kids happy and occupied.

The above mentioned Thanksgiving party planning tips are just a few of the many that exist. As you can see, there are a number of different ways that you can benefit from or go about planning a Thanksgiving party for both adults and children.

Cheapest 3 Mobile Phone Contracts Deals

Cheapest 3 Mobile Phone Contracts Deals

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Better Options In Downloading Mobile Phone Ring Tones and Mobile Phone Logos

Better Options In Downloading Mobile Phone Ring Tones and Mobile Phone Logos

Over a few years, mobile tones, cheap ring tones, mobile phone logo and downloadable game for mobile phones have become very popular among a large cross-section of mobile phone users in different parts of UK as well as other parts of the globe. A number of online providers of mobile phone logos, mobile tones as well as downloadable game for mobile phones have evolved and there is tremendous competition among them to make their presence felt in the telecom market. Many among them are enticing mobile phone users with offers that involve a lot of “small print.” Many of these offers do not respect the right of the mobile phone users to get what they are entitled to when they pay money for downloading of different types of mobile content in the form of mobile tones, mobile phone logo, cheap ring tones, other types of ring tones or those who are engaged in game downloads in their mobiles.
To protect the interests of consumers in this environment becomes all the more necessary. In this context, a number of rules have been devised to protect the rights of mobile phone users in UK for game downloads in their mobiles or in the instances of downloading of cheap ring tones, funny ring tones or a mobile phone logo. All firms that want to sell mobile phone content have to strictly follow these set of rules. These rules have been drafted by the Mobile Entertainment Forum and the UK’s phone firms.
Under the tenets of the new rules, the online firms must be transparent in their operations. They must provide all information to the end-consumers. The consumers must know what type of mobile tones or mobile phone logos they are expected to get for their money and also how they could discontinue the services of the online providers, offering the same, if they are dissatisfied with their services. The advertisements of these firms must speak in detail about the prices and time periods of the various offers in mobile tones, cheap ring tones, funny ring tones, mobile phone logos and downloadable games for mobile phones that are on offer.
Mobile phone users as consumers of the services of online retailers and providers of mobile content have a right to know what they are actually getting into, when they make a purchase of a mobile tone, mobile phone logo or game downloads for their mobiles. These rules would greatly improve the market dynamics of this sector of the mobility marketplace and would give more reasons for mobile phone users to make their online purchases of mobile phone logos, funny ring tones, Nokia ring tones, downloadable games for mobile phones, mobile tones and other forms of mobile phone content, with some degree of confidence.

Body Fat Distribution Factors

Body Fat Distribution Factors

Most men and women put on weight differently. But on what makes fat settle in a preferential way, there is little evidence.
Scientists ascertained that the specific body shapes are: the android shape, or apple shape, common among men (fat deposits on the middle section of the body, mostly on the abdomen) and the gynoid, or pear shape, more common among women (fat deposited on hips and bottom). There is also the third type of body shape: the ovoid shape, not differentiating between men and women. With this type we can speak of an over-all general coverage of bodyfat.
Thinking of many cases of exceptions, I try to find out in what follows if there is a strict specific fat pattern distribution for men and women and what are the factors influencing fat distribution. And I find this interesting not in as much as the aesthetic side is concerned but from the health perspective.
Being overweight or underweight are characteristics depending on many factors: you are genetically overweight if you have a family history of overweight parents/relatives. Also, the nervous system plays an important role in balancing the body weight: serotonin and endorphins send signals to the brain that induce the need to eat or on the contrary. There is also the CCK hormone which transmits the brain signals on the state of satiety – it decreases hunger.
While generally, body weight is influenced genetically, hormonally and by the body maintenance condition (the activity routine), it seems that the fat distribution is influenced by age, genetic inheritance, race, but to a greater extent by gender specific hormones. They are responsible for the distribution of fat in certain zones of our bodies: thus, estrogens which are responsible of the typical female sexual characteristics will influence the fat deposition in the pear format, favouring its laying on the hips, thighs, and belly, while testosterone will “lead” fat mostly towards tummy and upper body.
Latest studies show that men’s tendency towards the gynoid format has increased in the past 30 years (one study shows a growth of 2 inches in men’s hips in the past 30 years). According to researches as John R. Lee, M.D (specialist in natural progesterone therapy), Dr. Jesse Hanley and Dr. Peter Eckhart, it seems that modern life exposes people to increased amounts of estrogen and estrogen-like substances (xenoestrogens or foreign estrogens). Sources of these substances can be plastics, plastic drinking bottles, commercially raised beef, chicken and pork, personal care products, pesticides, herbicides, birth control pills, spermacide, detergent, canned foods and lacquers. The problem is that increased estrogen levels in men not only make their hips fatten but are the main risk factor for disease such as prostate enlargement and cancer.
Also, for women, the android pattern fat distribution should raise questions with regard to hormonal imbalances, such situations being a potential cause for health problems such as polycystic ovary syndrome.
We’ve seen how health related problems can affect body fat, now let’s take a look at how fat can induce health problems.
It is clear that increased body fat affects health, the news is that its distribution on the body influences the state of health of specific organs.
According to its placement, fat can be subcutaneous (under the skin) or visceral (around organs). The greatest concern is generated by visceral fat that can interfere with the good functioning of vital organs. There is a relationship between overall fat deposits and specific fat deposits: fat around the body middle section is associated with visceral fat, so, abdominal fat is the most serious health risk.
The waist to hip ratio is a method of determining whether there are excessive amounts of upper body fat. It is obtained by dividing the waist measurement by the hip measurement. The upper limits are:.95 for men and .80 for women. Any exceeding values should be alarming.
Apple-shaped fat individuals are exposed to a greater risk of developing obesity-related diseases, as the fat is intra-abdominal and distributed around their stomach and chest. They risk:
Cardiovascular diseases and hypertension
Type 2 diabetes
Respiratory diseases (sleep apnea syndrome)
Some cancers
Osteoarthritis
The pear-shaped overweight persons are at greater risk of mechanical problems, as most of their body fat is distributed around their hips, thighs and bottom.
Both apple-shaped and pear-shaped obese persons are likely to develop psychological problems and alteration of the quality of life.
In any case, extra-weight cannot create but problems. Fact is that the main role in acquiring extra-fat is the food intake that the body cannot burn for various reasons (such as a decreased metabolic rate, low activity level or the physical condition), and, consequently, it creates fat deposits. The solution is a classic one: diet and exercise.
However, in shedding extra weight there are men-women differences. The process appears to be harder for women.
The total mass of the body is made up of fat mass and fat-free mass. The fat mass can be of two types: essential and excess. Essential fat is found in bone marrow, in various organs, and throughout the nervous system.
Women are at a disadvantage, as their physiological processes (childbearing and hormone functions) require a plus of essential fat, the “sex-specific fat”. Thus the total percentage of body fat is higher, moreover, this part of essential fat is hard to dislodge. Secondly, women have less calorie burning muscle than men, which makes it more more demanding for the female to achieve a trimmer figure. Now, girls, don’t use it as an excuse!

Home Party Business

Home Party Business

Many entrepreneurs are finding great success with a home party business. There are many ways to run a successful business without having to leave home and, yes, even by throwing a party. Ok, perhaps it’s not a typical party, but it is a party nonetheless and everyone will have a terrific time.

A growing number of women are becoming avon affiliates. This has always been a popular way to earn extra money, but some people are earning big bucks by inviting friends and family to an avon party. What this means is that the company representative, which would be you, invites everyone to their home for food, drinks and a showing of products. You would provide samples, discuss new products and accept orders. This is a terrific way to have a great time with everyone while earning some extra money at the same time.

Another option for a home party business is with jewelry. Any type of jewelry will work for this, including gold, sterling or costume. After inviting friends and family, you would offer to show some samples of jewelry. Pass them around and allow everyone to see the pieces up close or even try them on to see which they like. At the end of the evening, you would accept orders for jewelry and let everyone know when to expect the arrival of their products. In addition to a jewelry party, a cosmetics home party business is also a terrific idea.

Have you ever heard of Passion Parties? “Thousands of other women are supplementing incomes… by selling their products in at home demonstrations. At least 10,000 Passion Parties are held each month in private homes.

When starting a home party business, you will need to sign up as an affiliate with a well-known company. Many top name businesses are more than happy to take on new representatives because, the more you sell, the more money they make. In turn, you earn commissions from every sale. In this scenario, everyone is happy. If your home party business is a success, friends and family will refer other people they know and so on. Before you know it, new people will be showing up at your parties.

If you need to attract the attention of new guests, offer a contest. Perhaps the winner will receive a free piece of jewelry, tube of lipstick, bottle of perfume, basic Tupperware set or other surprise. A home party business is really a double bonus. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a nice evening of socializing, earning extra money and your friends and family will get to sample some terrific new products.

Convert your DVD movies to play on an iPod

Convert your DVD movies to play on an iPod

Most iPods, besides their music features, offer high quality video capabilities; it’s one of the reasons they are one of the most versatile gadgets on the market. We all enjoy watching movies to relax and unwind, so why not convert your own DVDs to the iPod format and watch them whenever you want, wherever you are?

Transferring your DVD movies to play on your iPod, iPhone, Touch, or Nano can be simple, or in some cases, time-consuming and difficult. There are many iPod converters available, but only a few are worth purchasing: some are too expensive, some are hard to use, and many aren’t reliable (they mess up sound and/or picture, or they can’t convert new movies). A good iPod converter must meet the following conditions:

• User-friendly interface – the program must be easy to use.

• Fast encoding – the program must be able to encode fast so that the entire process will be finished fast.

• Versatile – the Converter should be able to output video for all iPod Video formats: Classic, Nano, Touch, and iPhone.

• Quality – the converted movie must offer excellent sound and picture quality.

• Error Processing – the program must be able fix any problems that appear during the converting process.

• Features – the program must have popular options implemented, such as picture quality, subtitles, different languages, etc.

It’s also helpful if the program has a tutorial/help section where the user can learn how to take advantage of extra features. Another important thing regarding conversion from a DVD to an iPod is the ability to zoom from widescreen to full screen. A good converter should have this feature implemented in order to allow for a clean transition.

The program should allow inexperienced as well as advanced users a satisfactory experience. For novice users, a good converter should have an option for automatically adjusting settings to achieve the best results. For advanced users, there should be the ability to manually adjust a wide variety of parameters. A good iPod converter should also allow converting from both NTSC and PAL DVD movies.

Excellent iPod converters can be found for around $40.00, and they’ll do everything, and often more, than some of the more expensive programs. You can try and go the inexpensive route, using two or three free programs in combination (Videora, DVD Shrink, Handbrake, etc.), but I found that the free programs involved a large number of steps, produced mixed results, and wouldn’t convert many new DVD movies (those produced over the past four years). Don’t get me wrong, I’m a thrifty guy, and if there’s a cheap way to do things, I‘m usually on-board, but in this case, the hassle just wasn’t worth it. The advantages offered by a good converting program far outweighed the trial and error hassles I found using outdated free programs.

Converting your DVD movies to play on an iPod allows one to watch their favorite movies and T.V. programs while on the bus or subway, on airplanes or long drives, or whenever you have a few free moments. DVD conversion software is getting more and more popular, as they facilitate the perfect transition from the ‘big screen’ to the ‘little screen’.