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China’s 3G plan hints at iPhone launch?

Apple’s iPhone 3G took another step closer to China today on news the country could issue 3G licenses to local mobile phone carriers within weeks.

Speaking at a press conference, Chinese industry minister Li Yizhong confirmed the country will award three licenses, , including global 3G standards, and China’s local technology, TD-SCDMA. China Unicom will be assigned W-CDMA and China Telecom will be given CDMA-2000.

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Wolfgang’s Vault explains its musical iPhone app

Wolfgang’s Vault is the collector’s site for multimedia music memorabilia, offering a vast selection of some of the world’s rarest – and potentially most treasured – music and music-related “stuff”. And now it’s available in the UK, through your iPhone or your iPod touch.

We were in touch with Eric Johnson, President and CEO, Wolfgang’s Vault overnight, he describes his service as, “The only online site dedicated to telling the comprehensive story of the live music experience of the past five decades.”

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Apple inching to iPhone Chinese, Thailand launch

Apple seems set to unleash its iPhone in Thailand and China, though the latter launch may be delayed until 2009 on the basis that the company recently reduced its manufacturing orders for the device.

True Move, Thailand’s third largest mobile operator, has announced a deal with Apple to distribute the iPhone 3G in the country, according to Reuters.

Rival carriers AIS and DTAC remain in talks with Apple, as the deal is non-exclusive, the report explains. There’s already an estimated 100,000 unlocked iPhones in use in Thailand, a second report claims.

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iPhone game Tap Tap Revenge goes multiplayer

We thought there would be some interest in news that iPhone application Tap Tap Revenge’s latest update (shipped last night) now offers multiplayer support.

Developer Tapulous has introduced online multiplayer gaming support over WiFi or 3G, so now players can take on their mates.

In related news, a TechCrunch report claims the developers have sold “tens of thousands” of copies of the Trent Reznor-supported Nine Inch Nails version of the game and revealed that they have achieved three million users across all their applications.

You can pick up the updated version of the hugely popular music game here.

All the world’s a stage and you’re a player in it…

Can’t get enough of karaoke? Like to take space in the spotlight? Possessed by a pathological need to put yourself across?

Big Stage Entertainment’s new service could be a bit of fun for you, as it lets you pop self-made animated 3D performances into your Facebook or MySpace profile.

Phil Ressler, Big Stage Entertainment CEO said, “Big Stage Entertainment is making complex 3D modeling technology accessible for everyone to create a realistic, animated facial clone of themselves for the very first time.”

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Sony BMG hitches Vodafone Live! leader

Sony BMG Music Entertainment UK has hired former Vodafone Director of Global Content Development, Graeme Ferguson, as the label’s Senior Vice President digital and strategic partnerships.
Ferguson joined Vodafone in August 2002 to lead the Content Development Team for Vodafone Global Products and Content Services. In his time he oversaw the launch of the Vodafone Live! portal, achieved several landmark sports deals and was also responsible for introducing other forms of rich-media content through Vodafone Live!, including full-track music from the majors, Europe’s first 3D games and the first-ever launch of made-for-mobile content developed with 20th Century Fox.
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Watch those festy favorites on the move

Got a nice call from Lucie today, she let me know about Vtap’s UK Festival Mobile Video Channels, a free service that gives mobile phone users access to all the latest Web video content from bands on this year’s festival circuit. Two feeds are available and they work with any video and web-enabled handset and can also be viewed on your computer.

Top UK Festivals feed
A continually updated feed of the latest web video content relating to festivals including O2 Wireless, T in the Park and Reading/Leeds, as well as videos of the headlining acts.

Alternative UK Festivals
If you feel that Reading Festival has become an awful beer, band and burger shadow of its former glory days when under the management of Marquee Events and the booking care of the great Paul MacEvoy, then you may prefer this feed, which relates to acts performing at festivals including Green Man and Latitude.

So – if you’re utterly exhausted and stuck in your tent, you can take a look at video of the bands coming up on the different stages to decide which to watch, and you get a chance to look at some of the acts you aren’t familiar with – that way you won’t miss the chance to see tomorrow’s biggest act today!  vtap searches more than 50,000 websites for new content every day, including YouTube and Daily Motion: this means you can contribute to the festival channels simply by uploading your own video clips of your favourite festival acts.
By the way, vTap also lets you quickly and easily search, view and save relevant web videos from any source on the Internet, you can even set up your own content feed which can be sent straight to your mobile. I imagine this is going to be pretty well used by iPhone people in the coming weeks….
It is far-seeing – mobile video subscription revenue will exceed $3.5 billion in 2008, according to recent research by MultiMedia Intelligence. By 2012, the mobile video and mobile TV market will exceed $15 billion, including direct pay and advertising.