Thanks to those who participated and thanks to Myk Willis, CEO and Founder of Myxer, who gave an awesome presentation of this fast-growing mobile startup. Mobile Monday Miami co-organizer and co-founder Jeffrey Sass (pictured) graciously hosted the event at Myxer's offices in Deerfield Beach.
MobileMonday is a global community fostering cooperation and business development through networking events to share ideas, best practices and trends in the mobile industry. We're excited to create a mobile community in Miami and look forward to its continued growth. If you're into mobile, you're invited to attend and participate in our free events.
The next one will be on June 9th, 2008 at Nokia's offices by the Miami Airport. If you're interested in attending, please RSVP on the Facebook event page, or just get in touch with me.
I got a BlackBerry about a month and a half ago with AT&T / Cingular and asked for the unlimited data and text plan plan. A couple of weeks later, I got my first bill which was only a couple of pages long. Soon thereafter, I turned on Twitter notifications on my mobile to take advantage of the unlimited plan. Now, apparently it takes one full billing cycle to sign yourself onto ebilling. Lo and behold, I just received my mammoth-sized phone bill. Not in charges, which amounted to about $148, but in pages: 677.
Through Twitter, I have received about 15,000 text messages on my mobile. They all all arrive to the same phone number. The itemized bill lists the date, hour and minute I received each text message. Quite obviously, I won't go through to verify each of these, particularly when the charge on each one is precisely $0.00! I would have been just as happy with a single line item that read "Number of text messages received: 15,000"
See also iJustine's 300-page iPhone bill.
even the memorable moments in your life pile up, when placed next to each other, like a stack of pictures ... and of those, which moments really stand out?
Scrapblog had been TechCrunched before, but not like this: The Real Scrapblog is Here ... Finally. Previously, either we were still open with the first version, or we had put on the "bubble wrap" as we prepared for launch.
Except, of course, we haven't launched yet!
We had been handing out a preview URL (www.scrapblog.com/preview) to friends and previous users of Scrapblog, to help us kick the tires, adjust the mirrors and rev up the engine before we got on the highway.
Despite our plans, it didn't quite work out that way and once TechCrunch posted URL, bloggers picked it up and word started to get out.
At this point, our advisors, including Shel, David and Tara, and our peers, including Jeremiah, Hyku, Douglas Karr, and Ryan Stewart pitched in with their respective megaphones to point out that we're still tidying up around here ;)
Lost in this excitement was a bit of heroism by our developers, who had already been pushed to the max. As Tara and Ryan
describe, Omar and his team stepped up to the plate to collaborate with Adobe's Apollo team, who wanted to demo a kick-ass application. Since Scrapblog is built in Flex, Omar downloaded the Apollo SDK and stitched together a demoable application for the platform.
With a bit more work, we can be ready for Apollo, which totally rocks. It's a bit early, but it'll be great to support mobile and wireless platforms, including laptops, and to be able to work on scrapblogs, presentations and slideshows on the browser, without being connected to the internet.
As a bonus, it runs on the laptop as well and now we can demo Scrapblog without being connected ;)
,,, to be continued ...
Technorati Tags: scrapblog, techcrunch, david parmet, shel israel, tara hunt, jeremiah owyang, hyku, douglas karr, ryan stewart
File this under "Yet Another iPhone Lover". I think the iPhone rocks, and I haven't even seen it yet.
A while back I wrote about "Solitary Mobility vs. Mobile Sociality". The premise was that on the one hand, with an iPod or other MP3 player, you create "solitary mobility" because you signal other people via your headphones that you are shielding yourself acoustically from them and into your own sound bubble.
But sharing music on iPods isn't all that easy. Also, according to Gizmodo, 42% of the songs people are trying to share on Zune are on the "Zune sharing prohibited" list. My guess is that these would be the songs people are most trying to share anyway. So much for that idea and the primary function of MP3 players is still about solitary mobility.
With a mobile phone, on the other hand, you achieve "mobile sociality" because the phone is by definition meant for communication, a social activity. The idea was to say that given a choice of taking either the iPod or the mobile phone when you walk out the door, most would choose the mobile phone because it allowed you to stay in contact with others, through voice, SMS, e-mail, etc. For instance, according to Martin Parr:
There is no escaping this modern phenomenon [of people talking on mobile phones] and my relationship is one of "I couldn't survive without it" but what a pain in the arse they are.
With hybrid mp3-phones, you have both mobile sociality and solitary mobility. Quoting from David Byrne's Journal:
An ad for a cell phone with speakers that slide out. A crowded city street. Everyone is wearing white iPod headphones and clear fishbowls on their heads. They are all isolated in a world of their own, is the clear implication. One couple tries to smooch through their glass prisons — but everyone knows you can’t kiss with a fishbowl on your head. One guy, clearly frustrated, takes off his space helmet/fishbowl and smashes it into a million pieces on the street. He rips out his headphones and begins listening to music from a small object he proudly holds aloft. A cell phone with tiny speakers that slip out. (I can imagine the sound quality! Freedom! A 1962 transistor radio!) Immediately all the other young hipsters take off their helmets and rip off their iPod headphones and are grooving to this guy’s tunes! The world, it is implied, has been liberated by a new gizmo and an early adopter. Bring back boom boxes on the subways!
Enter the iPhone: iPod+phone+internet all_in_one_device. No more choosing between mobile sociality or solitary mobility. And we all knew the iPhone was coming, didn't we?
Last night's Fanny's Party was a lot of fun, with lots of friends, including Yann, Jacques, Galienni, Pappy, Nicolas, Fanny, Charles (x2), Romain, Emmanuel and some new acquaintances, including Benjamin Bejbaum of Dailymotion, where I've been streaming videos since May-June.
Fanny's Party is in a sense the equivalent of MobileMonday for Paris, although no formal presentations or conferences are given. There are always lots of gadgets, though, as well as giveaways!
There are 1.5 billion mobile devices in the world today, more than three times the number of PCs. As the devices increase capabilities and networks get faster, consumers are using mobile devices more and more for common computing and information gathering tasks.
This is a follow-up to a previous post where I picked up on Charlie Schick's notion of mobile devices' foreground and background operation. I mentioned that "the notion of background should be extended to include the automated functions, ie. the work, that you delegate to your laptop or mobile phone while you're off doing something else. For instance, downloading podcasts, downloading torrents, distributed computing, tracking RSS feeds, presence on IM, logging IRC channels, and arguably your blog (virtual self) are some of the "work" that can occur in the background."
Debi, aka "Mobile Jones", makes a great point in her post about Web and Mobile Fragmented as Thought Prisoners of Jargon
"If language can shape thought, then this may explain why so many web centric services, applications and standards neglect mobility in their development and why mobile operators don't grasp the lessons learned on the web over the past decade. What some have labeled willful disregard may simply be a function of two different spheres of jargon."
Whether you believe there's a relationship between language and thought -- or not -- professionals in different fields develop a jargon to describe the objects, tastes, textures and activities related to their domain. For instance, enology has its own language for describing winemaking tools and processes and the taste of wine. Similarly, lawyers, doctors, engineers, carpenters, firefighters, the clergy and so on have all developed their own vocabulary around their expertise. In his book Blink, Malcolm Gladwell talks of the "Gift of expertise" (pg. 176), showing how professional foodtasters precisely describe their reactions to specific foods along six dimensions of appearance, ten dimensions of texture and fourteen dimensions of flavor.
However, expert jargon becomes a "problem" when the language strips meaning from human context and usage. As Debi further points out (see also Janne Jalkanen):
From the mobile universe, WAP 2.0 (xHTML), J2ME, MIDP, WAP push, SyncML, transcoding and IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) are examples of its jargon. The web universe is focused on AJAX, Web 2.0, CSS, xHTML, RSS, Atom as examples of its jargon. Sharp eyes will see some commonalities between these technologies regardless of their different terminology.
Indeed. Janne further speculates that "[people will] be wanting things on their computers that work like their mobile phones ... If you're now thinking about your cell phone as an inferior laptop - try looking it another way: maybe your laptop is an inferior, bulky version of your cell phone." (Charlie Schick calls it the "mobile tail wagging the web dog").
Visual representation is one way of moving beyond the confines of language. Another is understanding objects by personifying them (see anthropomorphism). For instance, sociologist and philosopher Bruno Latour describes a self-closing door in human terms :
"On a freezing day this February, posted on the door of La Halle aux Cuirs at La Villette, in Paris ... could be seen, a small hand-written notice: "The groom is on strike, for God's sake, keep the door closed" (groom is Frenglish for an automated door-closer or butler). This fusion of labor relations, religion, advertisement, and technique in one single insignificant fact, is exactly the sort of thing I want to describe in order to discover the missing masses of our society."
With the many functions that can be developed for mobile devices, we can personify the mobile phone and list some possible roles for it. Some roles are better done on a laptop than on a mobile, and vice versa, but the experience should be seamless and you should be able to pick up on one where you left off on the other. With the advent and rise of web services, online storage and wi-fi access, we will essentially be able to perform the same functions and access the same information through a mobile device, as through a laptop.
So, here's a quick and incomplete list of the various roles your mobile device can play, in no particular order and perhaps with some overlap.
Here are some non-human delegated roles:
These various roles create an augmented presence for people as they move around, with an invisible delegated flurry of activity going on. This activity may be long range through persistent central searches, agents and presence, for instance, and some of this activity may be proximity-based, affecting your personal area network. For instance, you might set your smartphone to continually search for and connect with Bluetooth devices around you, thus heralding your presence, identity and wish to socialize.
What functions or roles will you delegate to your mobile device? And what will you delegate to your laptop?
"Internet standards are opening the traditionally closed phone network. With the adoption of VoIP for transport and VoiceXML as the application language, now anyone, anywhere can build creative new services for the phone," said Mike McCue, Tellme CEO and Co-founder. "By partnering with Skype, we believe this community will begin to set the standard for the way people build, buy and deliver phone services globally."
Skype callers will pay for chargeable voice services from their Skype Credit account with a percentage of the fee going to the content provider who created the service. Content providers voice services will be reviewed and the most popular will be deployed and listed on the Skype website. Details about how to submit applications and the fee structure will be announced later this month.
The convergence of telecommunications and the Web is now bringing the benefits of Web technology to the telephone, enabling Web developers to create applications that can be accessed via any telephone, and allowing people to interact with these applications via speech and telephone keypads.