While all the focus has been on social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, business users have long relied on business networking with sites such as LinkedIn. So it is strange to consider that while social networking has been mobile in a plethora of ways forever (at least forever in mobile time), that just now business networking is catching up.
This week WorldMate announced that it was adding mobile integration, including the ability to look up LinkedIn contacts from the WorldMate Web site, as well as from a BlackBerry app. The company has also indicated that it will add an iPhone app in the near future. What is noteworthy about this, is of course, that the BlackBerry is still – at least to WorldMate – being seen as the preferred business handset for travelers.
According to the company, this new functionality will allow members to share their travel and meeting itineraries, notify their business contacts when they arrive in town, and search for contacts by cities. The LinkedIn functionality is immediately available to all WorldMate users.
Cellcrypt Introduces Voice Calling App
If mobile call security is a concern, you’re probably not alone. And it isn’t just talking too loudly or openly while sitting on a plane either – a fact I’ve previously expressed bafflement about – but rather it is about the security of the network. One solution is to make those important calls over a landline, but if that’s not an option, Cellcrypt has launched a new Wi-Fi mobile voice-calling app, and even made it free for BlackBerry users to test for 90 days.
The technology involved puts the calls over a Wi-Fi network to another Cellcrypt user anywhere in the world, and the company promises that these calls would be protected to government-level standards. Of course there are some issues involved, the first being that you’ll need to be in a Wi-Fi spot to make the call – and yet away from other prying ears. It doesn’t do any good to go that secure if you’re just trying to whisper in the corner of the room.
The honest truth is that users probably say more than they should over mobile phones, but is this James Bond-esque technology really the answer? If something is that sensitive, a phone booth might make more sense, but if that’s not an option and somehow Wi-Fi is available instead, this could be just the thing. Besides, adding a bit of this level of security could make that routine travel seem just a bit more exciting.
Mobile Travel App of the Week: Lonely Planet Takes You to the Olympics
Even if you’re not traveling to the games, you can download an app to get a peak at the locations where the various events are taking place. Lonely Planet has announced that it is offering a free iPhone app for the Winter Olympics available from the Apple App Store. This isn’t to be confused with the Lonely Planet Vancouver City Guide ($15.99), and instead covers the basics. Users can find this app in times for the games by searching for Vancouver Travel Guide: The Sights.