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Grameen Foundation, Google create mobile apps for Africa

Real-time information about farming, health and trading will be available to mobile users in Uganda with new technology services developed by the Grameen Foundation, Google and mobile operator MTN Uganda, notes the Seattle Times.

Report: Windows store to launch with 600 apps

Microsoft will offer around 600 certified applications when it opens its mobile app store later this year, according to a Washington Post report, despite the Windows Mobile platform having more than 20,000 applications developed for it overall.

Vendors target India with customised apps

Major handset vendors such as Nokia, Apple and Research In Motion (RIM) are planning to roll-out customised versions of their mobile application stores for the Indian market, reports India’s Economic Times.

Apple’s App Store downloads top 1.5B

Apple today announced that customers have downloaded more than 1.5 billion applications in the first year of launch of its App Store.

Verizon teams with Qualcomm on M2M

Verizon Wireless yesterday unveiled details of a joint-venture with Qualcomm focused on machine-to-machine (M2M) services, a high-profile deal that follows recent similar moves by rivals AT&T and T-Mobile.

FCC investigates Apple’s rejection of Google Voice

The Federal Communications Commission, the US telecoms regulator, is seeking clarification as to why Apple has barred Google’s voice application from its App Store, reports Reuters.

Palm preps commercial app store launch

Palm announced yesterday that software developers will be able to start charging for applications downloads to its high-profile Pre smartphone with the company’s launch of an e-commerce beta programme set to start in mid-September.

Official Wikipedia app arrives on App Store

Wikipedia, the online collaborative encyclopedia, has launched its first official app for Apple’s App Store, reports The Telegraph.

Microsoft unveils apps service for low-end phones

Microsoft has launched a new mobile software initiative aimed at delivering applications to low-end feature phones.

Samsung preps application store

InformationWeek notes that Samsung will launch its mobile application store on 14 September in order to keep up with the likes of Apple, Research In Motion, and Nokia.