By July 27, 2010

Mobile Tech Addicts Podcast 81: THIS is CNN!

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Gareth, Matt and James have a nice little chat about the recent mobile developements. Andy, in a pre-recorded interview, has a chat with Louis Gump of CNN Mobile about the new CNN iPhone application.

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Matt, James and a cameo from Andy
Guest: Louis Gump

Show Notes

Andy Interview’s CNN’s Louis Gump

Motorola Milestone XT720 Unboxing

New HTC Displays

HTC Vision (T-Mobile?)

HTC Sense coming to WP7?

BlackBerry Bold 9780

White iPhone delayed

Asda to become a competitor

CNN Interview

Louis Gump is vice president of CNN Mobile, responsible for managing CNN’s mobile business. Named to this position in July 2009, Gump is based in CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta and reports to KC Estenson, senior vice president and general manager of

Recognized internationally as a seasoned leader in the mobile marketplace, Gump directs CNN’s mobile strategy and development to meet consumer needs and grow overall reach, usage and revenue.  In this capacity, Gump coordinates among divisions to deliver world-class content across multiple mobile platforms including mobile web, downloadable applications, video and messaging.
Before joining CNN, Gump worked at The Weather Channel, where he led their mobile business.  Prior to joining The Weather Channel, Gump served as director of business development at ExpoExchange, business development manager at 3MC and consultant for the former Andersen Consulting.
Since 2003, Gump has served on the Board of Directors for the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), where he is past global chairman and was recently elected as MMA’s global treasurer for the 2009-2010 term. He is active in other industry associations including the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA).  Last year, he was named one of the “Top Ten mobiThinkers” in the world, an award given by to recognize pioneers in mobile marketing.
Gump received his MBA from Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University

1. How did you get the idea of the iphone applications, talk us though the
idea stages,
2. What is your big dream or ELEVATOR PITCH to CNN 
3. Did you hire in house developers for the app or outsourced
4. How long did the application take to develop
5. How many downloads are you averaging in a month
6. USA version costs 1.99 UK VERSION WAS FREE
7. most applications have cross border licensing issues what about CNN?
8. Can you tell us how much money has been made with the CNN application?
9. What is the most popular feature of the applications?
10. most requested feature of a future application
11.  is there an IPAD application in development?
14. What do you like best about the application?
15. (I LIKE THE MY CNN) it makes the application, the information and the
device relevant to the local listen or the consumer of information.
Customization and flexibility to choose what I want to have reported via

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Since I upgraded my IPod Touch to version 4.0 of the software the battery life on my IPod Touch has dropped dramatically.

Are you aware of this issue and have any of your other listeners had the same problem.

The limericks in Podcast 79 were wonderful…the best yet….especially the extra one.


Hi Matt,
I have been researching both the iphone 4 and the HTC desire. AT first the iPhone won hands down as it is a nicer looking phone, better camera, I have a mac at home, but gradually the HTC desire is creeping closer as I use gmail and google calendar, and the layout is more user friendly.
In your opinion which is the better phone and why?
Thanks in advance for your time 🙂

I want to move to Blackberry from my iPhone. Should I buy a Blackberry now or is there something cummin that I should wait for?


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