November 29, 2006 at 09:05 AM EST
Verkata MobileCatcher Turns Mobile Phones Into Pocket Newspapers
Free Downloadable Application Lets Consumers Personalize and Read Their Favorite News From All Major News Sources on Their Mobile Phones

Verkata, which provides cutting-edge mobile and new media software, announced MobileCatcher, a powerful mobile application that allows consumers to read their favorite news on their mobile phones.

MobileCatcher aggregates news from all major news sources such as Reuters, New York Times, BBC, Sports Illustrated and ESPN by utilizing RSS technology and seamlessly delivers it to mobile devices. RSS is widely used by Internet portals to aggregate content for the desktop. MobileCatcher has extended this technology to mobile devices, resulting in a Mobile 2.0 application that combines superior user interface with speed. MobileCatcher is currently offered as a free download (http://mobilecatcher.net).

MobileCatcher also provides consumers with the ability to customize the news they wish to receive on their mobile devices. MobileCatcher requires Java-capable (J2ME, MIDP 2.0) mobile phones and works across multiple wireless network operators including Sprint, Cingular and T-Mobile in United States. MobileCatcher supports news in multiple languages. MobileCatcher isolates users from the bandwidth limitations of the wireless link; delays are minimal because the software intelligently compresses and retrieves the relevant articles in the background while users are reading the current one.

"MobileCatcher is a Mobile 2.0 application that combines superior user interface with speed, taking usability to the next level," said Alper Turgut, CEO of Verkata, and added that, "MobileCatcher isolates you from the bandwidth limitations of the wireless link. You experience minimal delays, because MobileCatcher intelligently compresses and retrieves the relevant articles in the background while you are reading the current one." MobileCatcher received thousands of requests on its first day of beta launch this week. As traditional newspapers continue to report declines in circulation, MobileCatcher is enjoying overwhelming demand. "The need to stay in touch with news is greater than ever before and we are increasingly mobile," said Alper Turgut. "MobileCatcher bridges the gap by delivering personalized news directly to your mobile phone."

Verkata, which already has the capability to stream audio and video content over wireless networks, also revealed short term plans to enhance MobileCatcher with full motion video news and interactive content.

About Verkata

Verkata is a software innovation powerhouse focusing on mobile new media and software solutions. Verkata's software expertise lies in WAP, J2ME, BREW, Palm OS, and Windows Mobile based mobile solutions and mobile messaging such as SMS and MMS. At the core is the Verkata Mobile Framework that provides integration, guarantees reliability, speed, and security. Verkata Mobile Media Platform seamlessly converts videos to the appropriate format, streams them over wireless networks to mobile devices and automatically inserts relevant advertisements into media streams. Verkata (http://www.verkata.com) is headquartered in San Francisco with engineering operations worldwide.


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Kate Johnson
Public Relations
Verkata, LLC
415-321-5816
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