Thursday, March 13, 2008

Get fast-food facts from your mobile phone

Get fast-food facts from your mobile phone

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ignorance may be bliss, but if you have a mobile phone it may no longer be an excuse to indulge in unhealthy eating.

This month, launched Nutrition on the Go, a service that lets you check the calories, carbs and fat of items at 1,700 places. Send a text message to 34381 with the name of the restaurant and the item. Results can be shocking: A tuna sandwich on honey wheat bread at Panera has 720 calories, 43 grams of fat and 50 grams of carbs.

The system has some bugs. Type in "Starbucks tall latte," and you get the results for a syrup-flavored latte with soy milk. And though there are 39,000 items in the database, the system drew a blank on several things we requested, such as the Cosi Vegi Muffaletta. Test the service online, visit
Washington Post

Monday, March 10, 2008

BBC revamps mobile internet site

Richard Wray
The Guardian,
Monday March 10 2008

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This article appeared in the Guardian on Monday March 10 2008 on p28 of the Financial section. It was last updated at 00:02 on March 10 2008.

The BBC is relaunching its mobile internet site, one of the most popular destinations on the mobile web, as more people have a phone that can access the internet.

The new site, which goes live today, is based on the design of the broadcaster's existing internet site. With most mobile phones now fitted with colour screens and relatively fast connections to the web, the new site has more colour and interactive elements.
Upgrading the corporation's seven-year-old mobile internet technology will also allow it to produce specific content for sporting events such as this summer's Wimbledon tennis championships and the Olympics.

In fact, sport plays an important role in the BBC's plans to market the new service. As part of a planned four-week marketing campaign, the BBC will target football fans at matches with posters inviting them to text FOOTBALL to 81010 for a link to its football site.

The website also includes a new section for BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat, with entertainment headlines and pictures.

The BBC has more than 2.7 million unique mobile users a month, making it the most popular mobile site outside the phone companies' own portals.