The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2010-12-22T01:14:29Z Want Jessica Simpson Happy Christmas Songs outside of Nth America? You'll need a smartphone 2010-12-22T01:14:29Z want-jessica-simpson-happy-christmas-songs-outside-of-nth-america-you-ll-need-a-smartphone BigTinCan and Primary Wave Music are excited to announce that Jessica Simpson's Happy Christmas app is now available on the Apple App Store, BlackBerry App World, Mobihand app store and other leading smartphone app stores for global users outside North America. The app delivers exclusive content from Jessica’s Happy Christmas album and present the only way to get access to content from the album outside of North America. The apps are unique - the first time a leading global music artist has chosen to distribute content exclusively outside Nth America in a smartphone app. The apps deliver Jessica’s music bundled with special content that provides an insight into Jessica’s life in a way that has not been done before. Both the iPhone and BlackBerry versions allow users to export the music outside of your phone and add it to external music libraries. “We see this new app as the future distribution mechanism for millions of fans around the world to access the artist’s life and music in this innovative way,“ said legendary music industry executive and Primary Wave Music talent manager Jerry Blair. “We see the smartphone as a great way of providing real value to music fans - they want to listen to the music but also share other parts of the life of the artist - in this app we are including content from Jessica Simpson’s recent USO tour and special video from her TV Special” said David Keane, CEO, BigTinCan. BigTinCan and Primary Wave Music are leading the music industry in transitioning to new, more efficient delivery methods that provide real value to fans. This new system of distribution lets fans get access to content right on their phone, without having to resort to illegal downloads and low quality tracks. The BlackBerry app includes BigTinCan’s patented BuzzMe Beats functionality – including the ability to customize the ringtone, LED color and vibration pattern – allowing Jessica’s fans to “inside skin” their phone. Jessica Simpson’s Happy Christmas is now available from the iTunes AppStore, BlackBerry AppWorld and Mobihand app store for users outside North America. Details on the apps are available atwww.jessicasimpsonchristmas.com About BigTinCan BigTinCan is a smartphone systems developer operating: BigTinCan Connect our global overlay telco network, BigTinCan Maps our OSM linked mapping service, and BigTinCan BuzzMe our wildly successful smartphone application. With over 2.5 million users worldwide on our suite of iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Mobile platforms, BigTinCan is a global leader in smartphone systems and services. Based in Sydney, Australia, and with global experts in telco, smartphone, database and web skills, BigTinCan is well placed to take advantage of the smartphone revolution. About Primary Wave Music Primary Wave Talent Management is part of one of the largest independent music publisher and music marketers inthe United States, managing artists such as Cee Lo Green, Cody Simpson, Lords & Lady, Big Sean, Saving Abel, Taddy Porter, Volbeat, and 4 Troops as well as writers/producers such as Brian Kennedy, Matty Trump, Troy “Radio” Johnson and Ali Tamposi. Primary Wave Musicis a global music company that markets its unique publishing repertoire, which includes an interest in the Beatles songs written by JohnLennon, the catalogs of Kurt Cobain/Nirvana, Steven Tyler/Aerosmith, DarylHall & John Oates, Robert Lamm, Jimmy Pankow, and Lee Loughnane of the bandChicago, Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire), Steve Earle, Daniel Johnston, Marvin Hamlisch, The Matrix , Lamont Dozier and Steven Curtis Chapman. And Developing Artists such as The Airborne Toxic Event, Anberlin, Saving Abel, The Constellatons, New Boyz among many others. Primary Wave is based in New Yorkwith offices in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas. Highlights of release: - Jessica Simpson’s Happy Christmas album is not available to music fans outside North America. These smartphone applications on BlackBerry and iPhone are the exclusive way to get access to this content, changing how music is distributed globally - Smartphone “mini album” includes four (4) songs from Jessica Simpson’s Christmas album, photo and video content, and social network sharing - The BlackBerry app includes additional “BuzzMe Beats” functionality providing control over the ringtone, alert tone and other special audio, LED and vibration control mechanisms. - This application shows the power of the new approach to music distribution as created by BigTinCan and Primary Wave. Media Contacts BigTinCan – David Keane, CEO, david.keane@bigtincan.com Primary WaveMusic Jerry Blair, jblair@primarywavemusic.com Local smartphone firm at forefront of digital content revolution, is competing on global stage. 2010-11-04T05:02:46Z local-smartphone-firm-at-forefront-of-digital-content-revolution-is-competing-on-global-stage Leading Australian smartphone application development firm BigTinCan has been selected as a Regional Semi-finalist for Research in Motion’s (RIM) ‘2010 BlackBerry Partners Fund Super Apps Developer Challenge’. Earning the award for their Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) super app on BlackBerry, BigTinCan is at the forefront of delivering digital content to mobile consumers around the world. With the ability to instantly deliver new and exciting multimedia content to millions of users around the world, BigTinCan has established themselves as a key player, in the move to mobile exclusive content on mobile devices. “We are very happy to be selected as a Regional Semi-Finalist in this amazing app challenge, against strong competition”, said David Keane, CEO of BigTinCan. ““This result shows that an app like Harper’s Bazaar is a great example of the future of digital content, and BigTinCan is at the forefront”. As a ‘Super App’, Harper’s Bazaar delivers on the promise of delivery of digital content directly to the smartphone. The application allows users to view updated ‘push’ content that is delivered to their phone in real time. The content is “side loaded” into the phone and update alerts are presented to a user only after the content has been received, making the app experience fast and dynamic. With direct BlackBerry calendar integration Harper’s Bazaar allows users to add details of ‘events’, sent directly to the phone using directly into their BlackBerry calendar. The app also displays picture and video within the application. The Harpers Bazaar, plus other great apps from BigTInCan, is available now for download free on the BlackBerry App World. About BigTinCan BigTinCan is a smartphone systems developer operating BigTinCan Connect our global overlay telco network, BigTinCan Maps our OSM linked mapping service, and BigTinCan BuzzMe our wildly successful smartphone application. With over 2.7 million users worldwide on our suite of iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and platforms, BigTinCan is a global leader in smartphone systems and services. Based in Sydney, Australia, and with global experts in telco, smartphone, database and web skills, BigTinCan is well placed to take advantage of the smartphone revolution. For more information, please contact Robert Leigo on +61402166910, or email robert.leigo@bigtincan.com or visit www.bigtincan.com BigTinCan showcases apps for BlackBerry OS6 at BlackBerry Torch Launch 2010-10-21T00:56:49Z bigtincan-showcases-apps-for-blackberry-os6-at-blackberry-torch-launch Leading Australian developer BigTinCan has showcasedthree new applications designed to take advantage of the features of the amazing new BlackBerry Torchsmartphone and BlackBerry OS6, at last night's BlackBerry Torch launch event in Sydney.“We are really excited to be amongst the first Australian developers to deliver these exciting new apps on the BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry OS6”, said David Keane, CEO of BigTinCan, “the new features and capabilities of the Torch and OS6 allow a far greater range of development opportunities than ever before”.The three apps: BigTinCan BuzzMe, BigTinCan FaceOff, and Harper's Bazaar for BlackBerry leverage new features available to developers taking advantage of BlackBerry OS6 and the new BlackBerry Torch.BigTinCan BuzzMeused by millions of people worldwide now includes support for the Torch and BlackBerry OS6 including the new BlackBerry Social App - now you can use BuzzMe to get BuzzMe Disco lights and vibration control on over 20 BlackBerry service. BuzzMe v2.9 is available now on BlackBerry App World and other leading app stores. BuzzMe is available in three versions - FREE Edition, Pro Edition US$1.99 and Premium Edition for US$4.99. Harpers Bazaar for BlackBerry - BigTinCan has re-engineered the Harpers Bazaar app to deliver a unique environment, specifically forthe Torch and BlackBerry OS6,for followers of Australia’s leading fashion magazine. The new version takes advantage of the Torch touch interface and adds supports for BlackBerry SuperApp features like adding events directly into the calendar, Push messaging, side loading of content and other SuperAp features.Harpers Bazaar for OS6 and the Torch will be available by end October on BlackBerry AppWorld. Harpers Bazaar is a free app on BlackBerry AppWorld BigTinCan FaceOff - BigTinCan FaceOff is a unique app for the BlackBerry Torch and BlackBerry Storm. FaceOff lets you control your ringtone and vibration on thedevice by simply changing the orientation of your phone. Set the phone “face off” and you can have no ringtone and vibration, and then set the phone face up and you can have a unique ringtone. FaceOff now supports the Torch and OS6 and includes a “white list” of numbers that will ring even when your phone is set face off. FaceOff for the Torch is available soon on BlackBerry AppWorld for US$4.99Existing BuzzMe, FaceOff and Harpers Bazaar users will receive free upgrades to the new versions.For more information, please contact Robert Leigo on +61402166910, or email robert.leigo@bigtincan.com. or visit www.bigtincan.com Leading Australian App developer welcomes iPhone OS4 as a boon to local developers 2010-04-08T22:20:00Z leading-australian-app-developer-welcomes-iphone-os4-as-a-boon-to-local-developers April 8th 2010 Leading Australian App developer welcomes iPhone OS4 as a boon to local developers iPhone OS 4 with its support for multi-tasking, iBooks, Folders and more than 100 other features offers a significant opportunity for Australian smartphone app developers. “By enabling multitasking in a way that is battery use friendly”, said David Keane, CEO BigTinCan, “Apple is providing a great new toolset that developers can use to improve existing apps and create exciting new apps”. BigTinCan sees the ability for the iPhone to support a Voice over IP multi-taking app will allow us to offer what users have been asking for since the original launch of iPhone - the ability to use the phone with a VoIP service to replace their fixed home line or office PBX extension. “We plan to launch a new version of our pioneering BigTinCan Connect for iPhone app that takes advantage of this new feature to help our customers free themselves from the fixed line”, said Mr Keane, “During our testing of VoIP we have been able to get more than 500 minutes of phone calls over a 1G data plan on leading Australian carriers - thats 500 minutes of calls on a $15 data plan - even better if you include WiFi access - not bad value!” And the location based background multitasking extension, BigTinCan and other developers will be able to extend their mapping apps to provide information to the user as the are on the go. BigTinCan’s Mapper for iPhone will be improved to take advantage of this new toolset offering customers the ability to track routes and report information to the OSM mapping service whilst they are on the go. BigTinCan believes that with iPhone OS 4 Apple has given developers the tools that will enable them to create a range of exciting new apps, many of which have not even been thought of yet. BigTinCan apps are now available for download using from a smartphone at the Apple App Store and the BlackBerry App World About BigTinCan BigTinCan is a smartphone systems developer operating BigTinCan Connect our global overlay telco network, BigTinCan Maps our OSM linked mapping service, and BigTinCan BuzzMe our wildly successful smartphone application. With over 2.5 million users worldwide on our suite of iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Mobile platforms, BigTinCan is a global leader in smartphone systems and services. Based in Cremorne, Sydney, Australia, and with global experts in telco, smartphone, database and web skills, BigTinCan is well placed to take advantage of the smartphone revolution. Contact david.keane@bigtincan.com ph: 02 91915002 ​New BigTinCan Connect puts a PABX in your pocket 2010-03-03T01:43:00Z bigtincan-connect-aussie-edition BigTinCan is set to help more Australian homes and businesses cut loose the shackles of their fixed-line phone service by putting all of the power of a business telephony system into any mobile user's pocket as well as delivering even greater cost savings than regular mobile services. For home users, it means that friends and family can still call a mobile using a standard fixed-line phone number at fixed-line rates. Australian businesses, meanwhile, no longer need to invest tens of thousands of dollars on complex telephony 'PABX' systems or expensive multiple phone lines and can instead route calls cheaply through to the appropriate staff member's mobile phones. With BigTinCan Connect Australian Edition, users are provided with an in-bound local calling number, which becomes their "master number". This phone number is completely independent of any phone, which means if you move home, change jobs or buy a new mobile phone, you can still always be reached on the same telephone number. Additionally, users can set up "rules" which tell BigTinCan Connect what phone or phones to ring, what ring tone to use or whether the phone should be directed to voicemail and what voicemail message should be played. Having one phone number also means one BigTinCan voicemail system, which can also be accessed by your PC.Additionally, BigTinCan Connect lets mobile users take advantage of extremely low-call rates that can cut up to 80% percent of mobile phone rates and up to 100% percent of text messaging. BigTinCan also integrates voice over IP enabling free calls when connected to a wireless network and will soon be the first Australian mobile service to allow VoIP calling over mobile 3G data services with its upcoming release, which is scheduled to arrive before mid-year. "We believe that BigTinCan Connect is the most advanced mobile calling service in the world," said David Keane, BigTinCan's Chief Executive Officer. "And because BigTinCan is an Australian company and the application is developed from our headquarters in Northern Sydney, it means Australian users will always be the first to benefit from the new features and functionality we're rapidly rolling out for the platform like VoIP over 3G." Keane made the first demonstration of Connect Australian Edition at the MediaConnect Kickstart Forum, a conference that showcases the latest technology to IT journalists at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast today. He told journalists that these features would allow businesses to migrate away from fixed-line phone services in much the same way that so many households have recently. Last week, in announcing its disappointing financial results Telstra noted the larger-than-expected number of Telstra users who had cancelled their fixed-line services. "Businesses need more power and flexibility than home users, which is why they invest in PABX telephony systems and multiple phone lines. However, with BigTinCan Connect a small or medium business can simply route calls to whichever staff member's phone line or voice box is appropriate. For example, you could set up a rule so that all calls from an important client go directly to the mobile of their account representative. If that person isn't available, the call can be routed to another account manager or transferred to a special voice mail greeting recorded specifically for that customer. And you don't need anything more than a mobile phone". "Traditional telephone companies are already suffering from user's moving away from fixed-line services and that's before applications like BigTinCan Connect have really found their place in the market. Soon user's will not only be able to bypass fixed-line charges, they'll also be able to use VoIP to avoid mobile calling rates - all while enjoying advanced calling features previously only available to large companies. My message to telephone carriers who think they're hurting now from these kinds of new technologies is 'you ain't seen nothing yet'." As well as BigTinCan Connect Australian Edition, in-bound calling numbers are now available in over 40 countries worldwide. BigTinCan is one of Australia's most successful smartphone systems developers with over 2 million users worldwide on its suite of iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Mobile platforms. These include BigTinCan Connect, as well as BigTinCan Maps, an open-source mapping service and BigTinCan BuzzMe a wildly popular smartphone alerting application. Based in Cremorne, Sydney, Australia, and with global experts in telco, smartphone, database and web skills, BigTinCan is well placed to take advantage of the smartphone revolution. About BigTinCan BigTinCan is a smartphone systems developer operating BigTinCan Connect our global overlay telco network, BigTinCan Maps our OSM linked mapping service, and BigTinCan BuzzMe our wildly successful smartphone application. With over 2 million users worldwide on our suite of iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Mobile platforms, BigTinCan is a global leader in smartphone systems and services. Based in Cremorne, Sydney, Australia, and with global experts in telco, smartphone, database and web skills, BigTinCan is well placed to take advantage of the smartphone revolution. Contacts: David Keane, CEOEmail:- david.keane@bigtincan.com BigTinCan helps BlackBerry developers to BuzzMe 2009-11-12T01:19:19Z bigtincan-helps-blackberry-developers-to-buzzme-1 November 11, 2009 - BigTinCan is opening up its BuzzMe platform on BlackBerry smartphones to 3rd party developers, allowing them to tap into the over 2 million users of the popular alert-management application. Announced at the 2009 BlackBerry Developers Conference in San Francisco today, the BuzzMe Open Plugin Architecture (BOPA) will allow users to control alerts and actions for calls and messages, and enable 3rd party applications on the BlackBerry platform to take advantage of the open API. BuzzMe, one of the most downloaded applications on BlackBerry smartphones, controls the LED color, and vibration length for calls, emails and SMS/MMS messages, and even provides great features like a customizable missed call reminder, and “facedown mode” which leverages the accelerometer in the BlackBerry Storm and BlackBerry Storm2 to stop vibration and other alerts from activating when the smartphone is placed face down.. The basic version of BuzzMe is available as a free download and the PRO version is $2.99, both available on BlackBerry App World™. BigTinCan CEO David Keane said the initiative was a response to user demand. "Thousands and thousands of BuzzMe users contact BigTinCan every month asking for ways to be able to control other applications using the BuzzMe interface," he said. "They want to be able to control how those applications alert them, and they want to be able to set those alerts all in a single place that is easy to use and that they trust." BOPA has already received the support of successful BlackBerry developers like Orangatame, the developer of OpenBeak (formerly TwitterBerry), a leading mobile client for posting updates to Twitter from a BlackBerry smartphone. Jason Schroeder, founder of Orangatame, is excited about what BigTinCan has created with BOPA. "We see this as a great way to allow OpenBeak users to get access to the features of BuzzMe and to integrate their notifications into one place. We particularly like that BigTinCan has taken a standards-based approach by using existing BlackBerry APIs that makes it easy for developers like us to work with them,” says Schroeder. David Keane, CEO BigTinCan says, “We are very happy to have the support of Orangatame and we welcome them as a partner for the BOPA project, with their industry leading OpenBeak client integrated for alerting into BuzzMe, we will be able to offer a powerful solution to BlackBerry developers worldwide.” BOPA is an open architecture built around an open API that will be very familiar to BlackBerry developers. It is based on the RIM GLOBAL EVENTS API and allows a 3rd party app to register a global event and communicate with BuzzMe through this event whenever there is an action that has to be communicated to the user. The user can then decide how they want to be alerted to the event - as a LED flash, TONE, or vibration. To ensure that all plugin 3rd party applications are well-behaved and conform to the API and BOPA specification, developers must apply for an "appid" in advance of their application release. Developers will be given an appid that is used by the GLOBAL EVENTS API and is passed to BuzzMe with any alert information. BOPA helps BlackBerry developers by: • making life easier, as developers no longer have to worry about how the alerts from their application are presented to the user • making applications more appealing to end users, as it allows the user to control in an single place how alerts work in a way that they can easily see, control and ensure they know what alert comes for any application • getting access to the “facedown” mode in BuzzMe PRO that allows users to silence events when the phone is set “facedown” • gives access to the over 2 million BuzzMe users on BlackBerry smartphones, who would be able to see any 3rd party applications as part of the BOPA family and will therefore be more likely to want to download and install that application • being tremendously easy to use and work with, BigTinCan provides sample code, and full example applications that developers can download and use BOPA echoes the “BlackBerry Flow” principle introduced by Research In Motion (RIM) at the 2009 BlackBerry Developers Conference. BOPA echoes the “BlackBerry Flow” principle introduced by Research In Motion (RIM) at the 2009 BlackBerry Developers Conference, which describes the approach of developing custom applications for BlackBerry that transparently link to the other applications on the smartphone to offer an intuitive and deeply integrated user experience. BOPA will be available for users in BuzzMe version 3 due for release in January 2009. It features an extremely simple user interface, whereby users select your application from a list of applications in the PLUGINS menu in BuzzMe. Leveraging on the push service of the BlackBerry platfrom, users of BuzzMe version 3 will be pushed information about new updates and integrated apps when they become available. The user simply selects your app and then sets the configuration for alerts from the app. In Version 3.0 users will be able to select the • LED color • Vibration length • Facedown mode on/off • TONE for the alert Developers can register their application through the BigTinCan website at www.bigtincan.com/bopa where they can apply for an appid. BigTinCan will respond to approved developers with an appid that is built into the 3rd party application. There is no need to submit any binary of your application. Find out more at: www.bigtincan.com/bopa or contact BigTinCan at bopa@bigtincan.com. Media Contacts BigTinCan CEO David Keane is available for interviews or to provide further information and can be reached at david.keane@bigtincan.com - or on +14083318887 About BigTinCan BigTinCan is a smartphone systems developer operating: BigTinCan Connect, a global overlay telco network; BigTinCan Maps, an OSM linked mapping service; and BigTinCan BuzzMe, its wildly successful smartphone application. With over 2 million users worldwide on our suite of iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Mobile platforms, BigTinCan is a global leader in smartphone systems and services. Based in Cremorne, Sydney, Australia, and with global experts in telco, smartphone, database and web skills, BigTinCan is an emerging player in the smartphone revolution. The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. BigTinCan Partners with Cellmania to bring its apps to over 200M additional users 2009-10-28T01:40:00Z bigtincan-partners-with-cellmania-to-bring-its-apps-to-over-200m-additional-users-1 BigTinCan Partners with Cellmania to bring its apps to over 200M additional users Starting today, smartphone applications from Australian mobile developer BigTinCan are now available for download and purchase through the Cellmania distribution channel - opening up the products to over 200M new users throughout the USA, Europe and Asia/Pacific.Cellmania is a US-based global directory of mobile applications, which counts the likes AT&T, Telstra, Orange, T-Mobile and SprintNextel as carrier partners. “We are very excited to be able to work with Cellmania”, said David Keane, CEO BigTinCan, “this agreement allows more users around the world to get access to our range of smartphone solutions in an easy to purchase and install way”. Starting today, the BigTinCan BuzzMe family of apps and Mapper family of smart phone apps are available for download and purchase through the Cellmania system. BigTinCan now has over 2 million smartphone app users globally, and has topped the charts as the No 1 paid application, and one of the top 5 free applications on the RIM AppWorld for the past 4 months. “We are very glad to welcome aboard BigTinCan to the Cellmania world”, said Dr. Ronjon Nag, CEO and Co-Founder, CEO Cellmania, “we believe that this is another step in bringing the best smartphone apps to our carrier partners and our millions of end users worldwide”. Meanwhile, BigTinCan's international growth is also set to be accelerated with news that BigTinCan Mapper for BlackBerry is now being available in India and South East Asia. These are areas that have traditionally been difficult to map for the existing commercial mapping players. Using BTC Mapper, users can contribute directly to OpenStreetMap - the Wikipedia of Maps - and improve the world map. “We expect to get hundreds of thousands of new users contributing to OSM with in the next 12 months” said David Keane BigTinCan apps are now available for download using from the phone at the service address of the relevant partners. About Cellmania Cellmania drives mobile ecosystems for mobile operators, infrastructure providers and content owners. Cellmania's integrated mFinder™ solution provides infrastructure on either a licensed or hosted basis to allow digital rights management of downloaded content onto mobile phones, subscription billing, time and location based content management and billing integration onto customer bills. Cellmania's mFinder™ solution is used as a full end-to-end delivery and ecosystem solution for some of the world's largest mobile operators. Cellmania also provides the world's largest repository of mobile content consisting of over 200,000 items across 200+ handsets from 100+ countries in 55+ languages. Content owners can provide their wares to Cellmania to distribute across Cellmania mobile operator and other distribution channels with a win-win business model. Cellmania provides content in many different media types including ringtones, java content, browseable content and video files. Founded in 1999, Cellmania is based in Mountain view, California. About BigTinCan BigTinCan is a smartphone systems developer operating BigTinCan Connect our global overlay telco network, BigTinCan Maps our OSM linked mapping service, and BigTinCan BuzzMe our wildly successful smartphone application. With over 2 million users worldwide on our suite of iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Mobile platforms, BigTinCan is a global leader in smartphone systems and services. User Generated Content comes to mapping with new smartphone apps from BigTinCan 2009-09-29T20:58:00Z user-generated-content-comes-to-mapping-with-new-smartphone-apps-from-bigtincan BigTinCan launches BigTinCan Maps - a suite of web and smartphone tools that let people all over the world contribute to global maps - anyone can now contribute to the “wikipedia of maps” from their smartphone Sydney 1st October 2009 BigTinCan today launches the maps.bigtincan.com service and the BigTinCan Mapper products for RIM BlackBerry and Google Android smartphones - with versions for Apple iPhone, and Windows Mobile coming soon. The suite of web and smartphone tools solves the problem of adding bespoke content to mapping services whilst avoiding high fees from map licensees in the process. Map the World BigTinCan maps is a complete suite of web tools, and smartphone applications, that let people anywhere in the world take part in the global Open Street Maps community (OSM - the “open source equivalent to Google Maps” taking the world by storm) and "Map the World" by adding Points of Interest (POIs) easily and quickly from a smartphone whenever and wherever they are. It is then possible to view those POIs on maps.bigtincan.com. From your smartphone users can add details about the their local area and community - add local details including marking shops, restaurants, movie theaters, post boxes and much more, then upload it using BigTinCan's new open mapping protocol directly to the OSM servers. You'll need an account with OSM to be able to send POIs which is free at www.openstreetmap.org According to the blogs “Here’s a community that has created this phenomenon which is just about ready to virally spread around the world. A community which is bubbling with energy and excitement because its growth is making the bigwigs sit up and take notice” (http://bytesbite.me/tag/osm/) Fix the World BigTinCan is also releasing the TidyMyStreet.com community portal that allows people to add information about their “street bugs” that needs to be fixed in their local area. For example users can map potholes in the street, graffiti on walls, spilt rubbish, directly from the web or from their smartphone. This information is then made available globally to local government or other groups that are then able to correct these problems and update the maps in real time. Community Services As part of the promise of OSM, BigTinCan is making these services available free to all users. Any data entered into the map is made part of the global OSM database and is then available for others to freely see and use - in true open source spirit Commercial Maps Service In addition to the free community services, BigTinCan is also announcing the availability of the initial release of our commercial Web Mapping Service (WMS) that provides access to customised, rendered map tiles and custom layers, map overlays, integrated points of interests and other services built upon OSM map data. The commercial service lets companies, local councils, government departments, and other organizations create custom maps and integrate them into their own website or other online service. BigTinCan operates a worldwide distributed system with data center operations in The Netherlands, USA, and Australia that can deliver rendered, customized maps to groups of any size. WMS packages start at less than A$100 per month and can service business of all size. The WMS services is being released on a limited availability basis now with full release in Q1 2010 BigTinCan Mapper and BigTinCan Mapper Pro BigTinCan is also announcing the availability of our BigTinCan Mapper for BlackBerry and Android and BigTinCan Mapper Pro smartphone application for BlackBerry. BigTinCan Mapper is a cool app that let you take part in the global OSM community and "map your world" by adding POIs easily and quickly from a smartphone whenever and wherever you are, including the ability to post your “street bugs” directly to the TidyStreet.bigtincan.com site. Mapper PRO is the extension to the BigTinCan Mapper product that allows you to use all the great features of BigTinCan Mapper, plus lets you recored and share your routes - with the TrackMyRoute feature. Mapper Pro is priced at US$4.99 and coming to major smartphone application stores worldwide over then next 10 days. With Mapper Pro you can track your route live, check out the GPS details and route status in real time, then send your route as either a ALX or GPE file direct to your computer; to a router tracking website; or view the route on your smartphone. You can even overlay multiple routes on the smartphone screen to compare your tracks. Mapper lets you view your world using a range of maps views (using different layers including tourist information, bike paths and even a midnight view amongst others). Mapper lets you overlay GPS information from your smartphone directly on the map, and lets you jump right to MyLocation anytime. You can also ShareMyLocation using Email, SMS, or BlackBerry PIN. ShareMyLocation sends your GPS details, plus a link to maps.bigtincan.com where you can see your location on the OSM map. This page is optimised for viewing on a smartphone - so you can use this to let your friends know where you are, or to send your business location directly to your customer's phone. BigTinCan Mapper and BigTinCan Mapper Pro are available now for keyboard based RIM BlackBerry and the RIM BlackBerry Storm. Versions for Apple iPhone, Google Android smartphones and Windows Mobile smartphones are coming soon. About BigTinCan BigTinCan is a smartphone systems developer operating BigTinCan Connect our global overlay telco network, BigTinCan Maps our OSM linked mapping service, and BigTinCan BuzzMe our wildly successful smartphone application. With over 1.1 million users worldwide on our suite of iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Mobile platforms, BigTinCan is a global leader in smartphone systems and services. Based in Cremorne, Sydney, Australia, and with global experts in telco, smartphone, database and web skills, BigTinCan is well placed to take advantage of the smartphone revolution. Supplementary InformationA video summary of the press conference is athttp://vimeo.com/6860509 BTC Mapper BTC Mapper BlackBerry and BTC Mapper Android are available for download from BigTinCan’s website at www.bigtincan.com/downloadsOr from BlackBerry AppWorld atBigTinCan Mapper:WebStore –http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/3314Deeplink -http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/3314/BigTinCan%20MapperBigTinCan Mapper PRO:WebStore -http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/3376Deeplink -http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/3314/BigTinCan%20Mapper%20PRO Images of Mapper in action are available at http://gallery.me.com/roegrif1#100234&bgcolor=black&view=grid Videos of Mapper in action are at http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=04D83A08643CC50E Web Properties http://maps.bigtincan.com http://www.tidymystreet.com Slash iPhone costs with BigTinCan 2009-06-24T14:00:00Z slash-iphone-costs-with-bigtincan Australian iPhone and smartphone users can save up to 50 per cent on their phone and messaging charges with a new Australian-developed mobile application called BigTinCan Connect. With the launch this week of the first pricing plans for iPhone 3GS, BigTinCan managing director David Keane is encouraging consumers to understand that they are not locked in to using the major mobile carriers to place calls or send text and MMS messages. "BigTinCan users can slash their mobile bills without having to use a VoIP application from a WiFi zone" said BigTinCan managing director and founder David Keane. "So we're urging Australians who are buying the new iPhone 3GS, or indeed any Smartphone, to take this into consideration when deciding what plan to take up." "For many users, they will get greater value by taking out smaller plans or pre-paid offerings and using applications like BigTinCan to place the majority of their calls and messages." BigTinCan (http://www.bigtincan.com) offers calls at the rate of 30 cents per minute to both Australian mobiles and ordinary landlines. Text and MMS messages can be sent for just 10 cents a message. Unlike most mobile networks there are no flag-fall charges and calls are made on a per-second basis. For travellers and those who regularly dial internationally, the savings are even greater with the same low rates charged for calls made to dozens of international destinations including the USA, UK, New Zealand, Singapore, China and Canada. Importantly, BigTinCan does not place calls from the handset over the Internet as do VOIP applications like Skype. While both offer low rates, BigTinCan uses the caller's regular mobile service so quality is indistinguishable from standard calls and users do not have to be connected to a Wifi wireless network or hotspot. As well as cheaper calls, the BigTinCan smartphone application offers a host of additional features and services including face dialing, call recording, the ability to record and send voice notes and much more. BigTinCan can be thought of as a stored calling card on your smartphone. Users place their call using the BigTinCan application and this sends a very small data message to the BigTinCan system, with the user's telephone number and who is being called. BigTinCan then calls the users phone and upon that request being answered, proceeds to calls and connect the intended receiver. A call is never actually placed by the caller, yet still the conversation takes place as would a normal phone call. The application is available on the iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Windows Mobile platforms. Users can also access all of their messages, sent files and call recordings from their PC using BigT inCan's web service. BigTinCan is also the developer of BuzzMe, a hugely popular Blackberry application that lets Blackberry users have greater control over the vibration feature. BuzzMe is on track to reach a million users worldwide by August and is currently one of the top ten Blackberry AppWorld applications. "BigTinCan is a an Australian company working from a small office in Cremorne, North Sydney, but we have already established a track record of building applications that are capable of gaining a massive worldwide user base," said Keane. We believe BigTinCan can redefine low-cost mobile calling just as Skype did for internet-based phone calls." While BigTinCan's standard service is compelling in its own right, the company will roll-out a raft of additional services and features, most of which can only currently be found on high-end company telephone systems. These include inbound numbers, rules -based routing, caller ID routing, and advanced call controls and voice mail. "It will be like carrying around a corporate PABX in your pocket," said Keane. Keane and BigTinCan co-founder Duane Groth already have an imposing track record of building high-value communications companies. Keane founded leading wireless broadband service provider Veritel which was acquired by BigAir and collaborated with Groth to build call bypass provider vCall, which was sold to investor partners in 2005. Groth previously created and founded e164.org, a major international telephone number exchange. BigTinCan will initially target the Australian, US and UK markets before moving into other territories. Please find images and screenshots of the application at: http://gallery.me.com/roegrif1#100195 Media Enquiries David Keane is available for interviews or for more information and can be reached on +61 2 8969 6969 or via email at david.keane@bigtincan.com.