Service Sends Traffic Images To Cell Phone
Sunday, November 7, 2004; Page F06
Yahoo has rolled out a new Web site for cell phone users that lets people quickly look up local businesses, weather forecasts, sports scores, stock quotes, flight information and other data on the run. For example, you would type in "Redskins" and "score" to get a game update. Yahoo's mobile search feature requires a Web-enabled phone, but carries no extra fees beyond what your carrier charges for Web use.
Finally, Google is lending a helping hand. Its clean-and-simple home page may be great for quick queries, but many of Google's specialty searches require entering queries in the proper syntax. Now, Google has published a cheat sheet that outlines many of these shortcuts.
The Mozilla Foundation, developers of the leading open-source alternatives to Microsoft Corp.'s Internet software, released new test versions of the Firefox Web browser and Thunderbird e-mail reader last week. Firefox devotees say this Web browser is faster and safer than Microsoft's Internet Explorer, with extra features such as pop-up blocking and tabbed browsing; the new 1.0 Release Candidate 2 version should be the last before its official debut this week. The 0.9 release of Thunderbird, the e-mail software, fixes bugs and adds new message-grouping features.
Beauty pageants may be losing favor in the real world, but not online. Consider MissDigitalWorld.com, which bills itself as the "first ever virtual beauty contest," spotlighting women who exist only in 3D graphics software. Voting in the pageant -- organized by Naples, Italy-based Monumedia -- ends next month, at which point the first Miss Digital World will be crowned in a ceremony in Turin, Italy. The leading contender, with 4,972 votes as of Friday, was South American brunette "Katty ko."