Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mobile Citizen Reporter

An interesting application genre seems to be emerging for mobile terminals: applications for submitting news data directly from smartphones to media houses' databases. Company called Fromdistance has its own solution in two flavors: for professionals and citizens. This solution includes a free smartphone client and a mediator server that delivers content to different publishers in the format they want. Citizen version seems to be in use in Finland, it would be nice to hear some statistics about the usage: how many users there are and how media houses feel about "mobile citizen reporters".

Nokia is creating their own application in a collaboration with Reuters; their solution seems to be targeted more to professional reporters, but they believe it is also usable at executive level.


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