Latest Tech News – 23 November

by Tiago


In Finland, people use the cellphone to…

While in most parts of the world, the process of going to the theaters to watch a movie includes old-school methods, in Finland the scenario is distinguishable – you can simply use the cellphone to do most part of the tasks that otherwise would be made “normally”.

For instance, instead of buying tickets at the theater, you can do it on your cellphone. And if you want snacks for the interval, just order and pay them also using the mobile phone. On top of those two details, you can also download a video trailer of the movie you’d like to watch, and when the movie is over, order a taxi.

This movement is being coordinated by the Oulu City Theatre, and according to them, it is the “world’s first cultural institution to use the hippest handset technology, expected to turn mobile phones into wallets.”

Obviously, the theatre is working with the biggest mobile phone-maker company in the world – Nokia – which has its base in Finland, and also with TeliaSonera, a telecommunications operator. For now, the process is in test mode until the end of 2007, but if it becomes successful and makes life easier for everyone, it will continue being used.

Purple Violets movie – only on iTunes

In other movie theater related news, Edward Burns decided to release its latest movie – Purple Violets – exclusively in iTunes with a price tag of $13. The move has its good and bad points, on one hand, you can watch the film how many times you want, unlike what happens in theaters. On the other hand, the whole going-to-the-theater experience disappears.

Sources – Reuters and CNet

Guest post by Tiago of Gadgetizer

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