31.10.08

G1 messphone

You still need a Sherlock Holmes for internet service on the phone

Who cares ? It's a fridge.
Not mobile phone but close to something more like console. Has somebody clicked ''ctrl+alt+del'' and erase the mobile internet ?
Let's just say it is an empty fridge :))
Now it is clear to me, we do not have a crisis of mobile hardware or design, but mobile content ;)) Another Google bluff :D

I wanna make special song ( the very first in the World , IMHO ) for G1 phone. Let's sing a song all the way to your retailer.

10.10.08

Collapse and ruins


When you see the ruins, there will be market bottom. Buy a gun

It's the end of the World, after all...so they say. At least, some rules are changing but Tulip mania will come sooner or later again :))

In case you haven't read media lately and my last blog article, I have put up few follow-up links that describe the World and its current mindset/geist.
Let's repost these stories :

US retirement accounts have lost 2 trillion
So far and US only...

Iceland - the first souverign nation facing bankruptcy after global financial crisis
National state emergency

Pakistan's the second...after Iceland

Financial manager in LA killed his family
Money worries start to blow someone's mind and tragedy unfolds

Insolvency crisis among UK retailers in 2009 ?
Not aware about the troubles ahead, yet...

Hong Kong bank customers want their money back from banks
At any cost, riots looming...

Brazil and Argentina try trading without dollars
Greeenback not needed as before...

South Africa starts killer disease
Spreads like a plague

Stolen opium for those unhappy in the future
Happy pill for the masses

Russia's bull welcomes Cold War 2
Red Army marching...


Great Britain , de facto, makes agression against Iceland

Give us those geo-thermal wells or we will...

Funny ''flash'' Gordon acting King Arthur

Me, me, saving the World...

Sheriff's returning to the town
Too late, bankers got papers...

29.9.08

Bank robberry of the century


Hands up, this is robberry

Off topic again, but I have to save an article for the future . Absolutely right diagnosis set up by Nouriel Roubini about global crunch ( contagion ) just upon the World.

Roubini: Not bail-out, but crap

So, what do you think , how many years in jail will Wall Street guys get for this bank robberry ? How many trials will be there for this criminal and irresponsible behaviour ?
Nada.

Nobody in the media reports about the protests ( YouTube video ) going on in the lower Manhattan ( Wall St. ), not business as usual down there.

Roubini's main conclusion is this:

1. The plan is inefficient (ie, it doesn't discriminate between who ought to be saved or not, and in fact rewards those who created dud assets)

2. It runs counter to the best models of how to deal with this sort of problem

3. It does not punish current shareholders or management


Follow up articles to note:


US retirement accounts have lost 2 trillion
So far and US only...

Iceland - the first souverign nation facing bankruptcy after global financial crisis
National state emergency

Pakistan's the second...after Iceland

Financial manager in LA killed his family
Money worries start to blow someone's mind and tragedy unfolds

Insolvency crisis among UK retailers in 2009 ?
Not aware about the troubles ahead, yet...

Hong Kong bank customers want their money back from banks
At any cost, riots looming...

Brazil and Argentina try trading without dollars
Greeenback not needed as before...

South Africa starts killer disease
Spreads like a plague

Stolen opium for those unhappy in the future
Happy pill for the masses

Russia's bull welcomes Cold War 2

Red Army marching...

6.9.08

Address book as mobile Web's digital identity


OK, I have an idea. Unifying data behind your address/phone book name or nick name as a mobile URI and registered as an internet service.

People are in need to connect on the internet when on the go. Mobile phones do have these days more access to the Web.
But if they don't '''surf'' web pages ( limited usability ) they look for specific information , but one of the more compeling reasons to do this would be to search for information about people they know or might know ( socializing )

What if we think about address book in your mobile phone as your unique mobile URI ( uniform resource identifier ).

Could you as a mobile subscriber register ( to your operator or to some third party ) your address book name or nick name so that every mobile phone can search ( via phone's phone book ) and access your digital presence ( digital stuff ) which could be stored in a ''digital box'' ( as a type of mobile hosting service ) somewhere on the server ?

Your mobile pocket filled with stuff like Facebook or MySpace profile homepage .
Zipiko is an interesting model for connecting and communicating with others, and mobile URI would be of great help to those type of services.
Yes, do most people know where's browser on the phone at all ?
What if one of those ''internet browsers'' is in your phone book ?

Now, think about your phone as a tool for exchange . You can use your address book for this as well. Just send your photos or movies to someone from your A-book.
Yes, operators, bandwith and updating data from mobile phone is an issue , but looks interesting to me.

I am sure somebody already thought about this paradigm. Maybe Nokia's Ovi portal could be doing something with such an idea. Remember Nokia's Mobile Web Server project, but a bit different model.

Look how japanese used phone book in 2007.

Poll: Other than address book information, what sort of data have you exchanged with other people? (Sample size=mobile phone address book users, multiple answer)


Own phone number, mail address 44.1%
Photos and movies 35.0%
Downloaded pictures 8.0%
Deco mail animated emoticon 7.5%
Music data 6.9%
Schedule data 2.0%
Games 1.6%
Work-related data 1.1%
Other 0.9%
Nothing in particular 39.9%
No answer 0.5%


Even though I was in a camp for .mobi domain introduction, I wish to see this type of mobile URI funcionality implemented in the future.

19.8.08

Summertime blues in Munchen


Olympics revisited ;)

Funny coincidence, an old bloging pal Robert Basic from Basic Thinking reposted my question referring to me as ''der alteste'' ( the oldest ) blogger from Croatia.
While it might not be true, I am packing to Munich – Germany this week , but I might be the first from Croatia officially entering European Union hahaha... Weird choice for making Urlaub in Bavaria , don't you think :D
You know we ( Croatia ) are in the process of joyning this peacefullly community of EU countries so I wanna prepare on time. Euro muntzen feeling :)

So, if anyone wants to show me the city, have a beer , has some shared rooms for few days, talk with me about Web status quo, going to some live rock concert , feel free to drop me mail.
The type of persons I enjoy- people from digital media and mobile telecom, journalists, musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, innovators, women with ''curious'' attitude :))

My BlackBerry is killing me. I still haven't got used to SureType SMSsing.

Short note, a fellow Twitt from nearby Pitomaca got quoted in BBC News for FireEagle story. Dujkan matters :)

16.8.08

Unsustainable billing arrangements for Twitter


Footing the bill for long-distance SMS

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen. Twitter stops SMS notifications for many users.
It is funny watching all those people from Web/internet backgrounds now in shock and awe. LOL :)
Like it was sustainable practice. Obviously, another prove that the US west coast miscalculated mobile ( telecom matters ).

We should be all reminded how ICQ messenger in the early days of Web ( I was using this feature around year 2000. ) was shutting down SMS feature as well ( for most countries, it is available only in few countries ).

*
Now when's blood on the street, I wanna buy a stake in Twitter and make another investment round BCDEFG ;))


UPDATE:
Opposite to Twitter, Brightkite thinks they are just ready to add international text messaging as an option ( hahaha )

12.8.08

SMS safe landing


Got fuel ? Got SIM card topped up ?

Still wondering why SMS is such a powerful technology ?
;))
If so, then hear about this texting and landing of a plane ?

Rnwy 3 clr, lndin gr dwn, prepr 4 lnding

9.7.08

Shout'em comes with Android demo


Croatia is a hotbed of mobile startups right now. One to argue with me ? ;D

Proud to write about people that stand behind Shout 'Em.
It is an app made by croatian startup Fiveminutes that was showcased at the recent Mobile 2.0 event in Barcelona.

Shout'Em is platform on which you can easily start mobile social networking service ( hosted solution ) .
Now, how not to be proud when it is the first croatian start up coming in the mobile space in a big way.
To me , it sounds uber-cool mobile app ( still, I would like to see it on a handset and not emulator-only ). I have exchanged mails with them and soon to have meeting with them :)

The best of all, they already build Android demo ( see in emulator ).

Viktor Marohnic, one of the founders, wrote a post about his experience with Mobile 2.0 event:
We were one of 10 startups selected from 70 to give five minutes pitch. On top of that we were selected with two other startups to present our business plans in more details in front of the same group of investors. So that make it 3 from 70. Not bad :)


They could be creating mobile tool which will make life easier for all those people starting small social networks all around the world ( to make a bit comparison ; in a desktop and full browser world we have forums, newsgroups, twitts etc. ).
Interesting is here it could become one of the first apps to prove viability of Google's Android platform.

Hope they make through all obstacles and become global app.

7.7.08

Twitter back

Persona non grata

Have U heard about Twitter personalities ?
Be a ''girl'' and go read it :-D
Andrew Grill knows everything about your inner twitter hehe

Yahoo to provide UK's 3 with mobile ads


Pissing Google territory

Yahoo has struck a deal with mobile operator 3 UK to sell display ads and sponsored links on the company's Planet 3 portal site.
Yahoo becomes the shark for mobile internet advertising, indeed.

Where's Google ? Loosing its steam ? It appears that Yahoo OneSearch gets edge with operators.
I am not sure about consumer market ( if there is one ).

WAP browsing is still not for broad market, only iPhone is there to drive usage.
Operators mobile portals are lousy and killing subcribers with data rates.
Portals suck.

But for sure, ''mobile checkout'' is still in operators hands and no promising solution is on the market yet.

Well, nobody has dominant position and it is hard to measure those things at the moment.

3.7.08

Flash goes iPhone ?


For real or a rumor ?

The first time in the mobile history somebody ported Flash Lite Project ( mobile version of Adobe's Flash ) to the iPhone/iPod touch, claims Thomas Joos ( yesterday< ) who has collaborated with italian programmer Emanuele Cipolloni.

We managed to create a flash lite application, providing cool graphics and animation ( that’s why we definately do NOT use JavaME ) and giving you all the information you need without any other crap! How great is that. No more silly ringtones or wallpapers to ”catch your attention”. This time you just get what you need: Rock Werchter Information in a rich visual environment.


That's what he says. We know that iPhone, at the moment, doesn't support Flash, but Adobe has plans.
I already wrote about my excitiment with Flash lite before ( when there was still no iPhone released ) and touted croatian development studio Gideon Mobile who got an award for interactive mobile guide of London's subway system ( Nokia s60 3rd edition )

MTV portal does flash lite content.

Here's the latest about Flash lite statistics.

23.6.08

Modu, a personal mobile device


Old fashion victim or the real gadget ?

Could it be more to ModuMobile than some strange avanguard/fashion experience or an extreme customisation experiment ( jackets ) for mobile phone ? Pics from Barcelona 2008. Have not too much hopes.

Some investors seem to think that way and they could be ready to take ( $ 100 million ? ) a second round ? ( The first round was raised by Gemini Israel Funds and Genesis Partners. )

I have mixed feelings . This phones can take many forms, but at the same time I ask myself could these devices become an engine for the array of mobile apps ( deal with Universal Music ? )
Personalising your mobile phone is an individual ( social ) statement which is an old news ( people want more flavors for his mobile toy ).

ModuMobile does reminds me about various conceptual handsets made by major mobile phone vendors and looks like a mobile phone still in the lab ( years away from the market ) , but Telecom Italia seems to be already having close co-operation with Israeli start-up.

Going deeper into my research, I can see that the founder is Dov Moran ( he made his fame with DiskOnKey – so he's an USB flash drive expert )

ModuMobile has developed a cellular handset that can be connected to a USB port on any computing device. It is based, among other things, on flash memory technology, and a unique memory technology that interfaces with any device it is connected to, enabling the uploading all forms of data, from telephone numbers to multimedia files.

Having in mind how these days USB sticks for wireless access are all the rage in the 3G world as a selling point, you get a point... connected consumer electronics devices ?

Hmmm....but, as I said, I have mixed feelings ( overstreched expectations by ModuMobile ) about too much avanguard with design forms regarding mobile phones ( we've seen a lot of design failures in this industry ).
How good marketing you need for this to succeed ? Who can pay for that :))

ModuMobile does blog.

21.6.08

iPhone broadcast


Making couch potato mobile

Flixwagon is streaming live video on an Apple iPhone.
Mobile TV to be done right in the future ? These videos were done in the Flixwagon labs using an unlocked iPhone. Oh my, ''unlocked'' again :))

Officially, the only phones which support live video streaming from Flixwagon are the Nokia running on the Symbian OS.

Can we have CNN mobile TV in the hands of millions ? CNN become global during first Gulf war, and I would like to have in my palm CNN breaking news video 24 hours a day.

Animal with a soul to grow


Personal touch , maybe iTouch :))

When doing some home repair, a thought of a day have come to my mind yesterday ;)
I like short but descriptive quotes ( said by others ) about life etc. This one comes from myself:

I am just an animal with the soul and the one who constantly develops as a human being.


A bit of metaphysics to relax from mobile communication heheee. Just a though about human personal development.

What would animals do with a mobile phone ? Start to live in the cities because there's better connectivity ? ;))

11.6.08

iPhone era

A brick for the ''fast'', ''aware'' and ''social'' mobile Web with a better sales touch


Extremely wise choice by Apple for the release of 3G iPhone.

Apple 'Inc. will launch new iPhone 3G in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria July 11. It's in Europe ( T-Mobile empire ) , and what is best of all ; later this year, T-Mobile will start offering the phone to customers in Croatia ( my country ) , the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia ( Eastern Europe )

What does this tell us ? Where's global test bed for brave new mobile world ? Welcome to Eastern Europe.
Just as I preached here on Zec Online Journal blog for years hehehe. Thanks Steve, now I like you more ( before ).

Just a short note, iPhone is now indeed gaining first-mover advantage and with some smart and practical solutions ( Web as a platform, good carrier deals, solving music downloads, SMS services ) could be pervasive in the next few years just like iPod ( but needs to put more flavor to it ) . Nokia and Google won't give up.

''Giveaway'' is expected as well. Go to sleep ;)

26.5.08

Scheme for rural broadband


Digital divide. Croatia and broadband policy. Urban vs. rural.
Talented off.


The forces of globalisation and progress have come to my little village in the croatian countryside years ago.

Satellite TVs, DVDs, supermarkets, etno restaurants, hotel with 4 stars, capitalism, swinger sex couples, sexual revolution, mobile mast towers, public bath, Playboy magazines, but broadband we do not have because our incumbent operator doesn't give a shit about ADSL for rural regions.

And boy do we have talented people but those are lacking decent information highway and we are bypassing those things with USB modems etc. Counting myself among those he he

It reminds of me and how I was missing sports career when I was very young ( I was talented football player ) because there wasn't anyone who would push me further and make connections with people from town , so I could go up and play for bigger clubs :))

Yesterday I read an article about , IMHO, failed project for ubiquity wireless connection.

Today, a news came from India. This is what I call ''right thinking''. Indian goverment will build $2-billion public-private partnership to provide broadband and internet connectivity in country's rural areas.

There are some other ideas for rural broadband, it all helps ( just a note to myself for later reading ):

- Australian scheme
- OECD review and policy paper
- UK rural broadband penetration
- The city of Ottawa

Cry :((

25.5.08

Wi-Fi utopia

Cloud without sun

New York Times article I read today:
Martin Varsarsky and FON story.

I am skeptical and think it is non-doable ( not comprehensive solution ). Just a pipe dream.

22.2.08

Facebook's ponzi scheme about to end ?


One night stand and its supply

BBC reports reversal in Facebook's growth trends.
The rush might be gone.
The whole point, IMHO, is about sustainability of those businesess. Where are they ? I can't see it more than a fency ( IN ) night bars.

Tomorrow you might go to some other bar to meet new people ( or the bar will stay at the same location but will get a new owner ;))
A place could get boring and we might overestimate our ability to manage our digital personas and get hurt someday and become a victim of our fullish openess.

Mobile 2.0 Industry Report


Truly a Mobile 2.0 reference work

Glossy mobile industry yearbook is a perfect weekend read.
Just released by french firm Netsize.
It's the best in-depth free industry report documenting the state of the global mobile content and services market.

For those that do not have time and resources to travel to Barcelona ( or elsewhere for thee gathering with mobile enthusiasts ), it's a perfect subsitute and more.
I wish I could travel more , see more of the World, speak more with relevant people and have less worries ;)

Maybe one day.

20.2.08

Intel's fifth-gen Centrino and WiMax


Mobile Wimax connectivity nirvana

Intel gets pushy about WiMax mobile broadband in USA and they just funded joint venture with Sprint and Clearwire.

Given Wimax is a competitor to both cellular broadband solutions and fixed broadband, much of its market potential is shrinking even before this appears, IMHO.

But the rollout of HSDPA is tough business as well. We in Croatia do have some fast mobile broadband coverage, but only major cities are covered by now.

One of the first pioneers and WiMax operators here in Croatia is Novi Net d.o.o. from Merhatovec ( northern part of Croatia , Medjimurje )

17.2.08

Nokia in the street


Drive, walk, be guided

Nokia Maps 2.0 hit the streets and pockets of mobile phone power users.
Novelties as explained by folks from AllAboutSymbian.com.
'' pedestrian mode, enhanced driving navigation mode, satellite maps, much improved search and new real time traffic information ''

A new multimedia computer N96 combined with those Maps could bring a magic in one's travel life :))

I wish myself N96 :)
Nokia wants you to pay for all those city guides and additional stuff.
Another Maps 2.0 review.

Nokia lacks true openess, IMHO.
Is it worth ?

Mobile Experience Company

What ? That too ? ;)

Not just mobile computer maker, but ''mobile experience company'' too ;))
Nokia speaks out.
You know, they would like to be called like that.

Nokia and Google team up around search products for upcoming Nokia models.

11.2.08

First Google Android Devices


Under the Mediterranean sun of Barcelona. Webphone dejour but SMS will rule them all ;)

Unusual suspects like british ARM and Texas Instruments got us first glimpse into practical prototype of Android mobile operating system.
It's not fancy release like iPhone's launch ( thank you ) , but it is of equal importance, IMHO ( although we have seen some of these interfaces few months ago ).

View full gallery. Still rough on the edges but it's no rush , the style will come later with handset makers and ''the switchers''.
( I like this one, tricorder someone ? ;))

The new mobile interface philosophy is beign seeded by Webkit SDK ( thank you iPhone ) . It's a magic carpet for mobile phone- programmable ( fluid ) interface. A webphone DNK.

Smartphone, indeed. Websmartphone ? Webphone ? What gives ;)
Is it finally smartphone for the ordinary people and mass market phones ?
I hope so, but let's wait.

It's a smartphone with ''mirror'' ( touchscreen aka iPhone ) and smarthphone with good ol' buttons. The hybrid approach, just like it should be.
There is plenty of room ( mobile screen ) for advertisers as well ;))

There is a plenty of icons. Someone for buried apps in the phone – those never used ? Could be an issue for some people. Power features might be used by individual preferences ? Yes, but the one thing should be straigtforward – a call.
Simple phone call.

But I have a trouble and doubt of how much progress is made when I see ''applications '' folder. Yes, it's nice for Google. Pure Google trojan horse into the handset. Gmail , Maps and other icons are in the one-button reach ( game-set-match for them ) and in the same ''game level'' like SMS.
But is it illusion made by product designers who put close observation onto current phone usage ? Will this all appeal to average users and be used by them ?

Where's search ? I can't see straigtforward ''search '' feature or something similar ( mashups ) ? Contacts folder with social networking ? Too much expectations, I shouldn't be so pushy ;)) It's not a sinn.

I would suggest only one keyword: connectivity.

I think it's the crucial ingredient for success ( too be truly useful ) of Android platform along the good battery time, IMHO. Android phones will be hungry of being alllways on. Not just allways connected to the internet, but those connection should be fast.
That means only one- fast mobile network services ( HSDPA or UMTS ). It's not something Google can do much about. It's a long, long road.

The mobile carriers will need to create special flat rate plans for Android phones. So, even if we have agile and proactive Google and its partners, I don't see that much agility on the carriers side nor mass enthusiasm among the average users.

Not until the Web on the mobile phone becomes ''status'' issue ;)) Status like ''I am important'' with that thing in my hand and ''status'' like Facebook presence ( mobile edition ) and super-light-fun-apps as well.

Time to wait. Time to explore and think more. Nobody knows...
One thing is for sure, ''the switch'' is going on.

6.2.08

USB stick modem for wireless internet access


Wifi hotspots are yesterday. 3G dongles are today. Affordable for consumers, not only businesses.

In essence, mobile lifestyle ( mobility ) is all about your mobile devices and connectivity . Right ?
Your phone, laptop or other gizmo makes true communication device when connected to a wider network.
Yet, it's not on cheap and it 's not much about convenience.

The business usually pay montly subs on 12 or 24 month contract and get PCMCIA card ( if they are not in mood to mess with WiFi , we have only few commercial hotspots in Croatia , but there's VIPNET's Mobile Connect modem only still too expensive ).

But 3G networks are reaching much more these days and perfect plug & play solution for connectivity seems to be USB dongle ready to access the Web without much intervention from the average user. No configuration at all.
I spotted this issue writing last year about Sony Ericsson's MD300.

Now, I've seen that Vodafone sells 3G dongle ( USB stick modem ) as well. The price of data and network bottlenecks are still important issues for widespread adoption.
Dean Bubley comment is right spot on:
'' Operators in the UK, Austria, South Africa, Portugal & others are definitely going after the consumer 3G dongle market.
Typical user is someone (student, recent immigrant etc) who doesn’t want a 12-24mo fixed-broadband contract at home, because either they share apartments, don’t have a current landline (which would cost £££ to get re-connected), move flat every 6 months or don’t yet have a local bank account / credit record.
Another segment is people who want a 2nd broadband line (maybe families, maybe young professionals).

While I do agree with most what Dean says, I think this type of connectivity is ideal for professionals on the move ( as a second broadband line ) and people without broadband connection in rural places.

The prices in Australia , for example, have dropped dramatically in the last year. AU$100 to AU$14.50 a month on a two year deal + free dongle.

When will those mobile data plans for laptops go hand in hand with mobile phone data plans ?

5.2.08

Wistron GW4 – Android prototype ?


Turbo. Fun. Brrrrm, brrrrm ;))

A bit late on this ( stuff from CES 2008 ) and it is a smartphone made by chinese NeWeb. Supposed to be Android phone by March ;)
Sounds like new Volksawagen model  It runs Montavista Linux.
Other things to note: touchscreen, Bluetooth, WiFi, QWERTY, 2,5 inch QVGA ( 240 x 320 ), 2 megapixel camera.


( via Stephan Mot )

3.2.08

Soros: The worst market crisis in 60 years


Not just an usual boom and bust cycle. Dollar fall off the race.

George Soros isn't writing a blog but he writes a column for the London's Financial Times. His last column is diagnosis for the financial crisis just upon the World.
More or less, it's all what more couragous analysts and finance expert do talk for years. Now, the mess is huge. I would need to buy the book ''The Long emergency'' by James Howard Kunstler ( who talks more about oil crisis, not financial crisis ) and perhaps his new book '' World made by hand''. Still, there's is conclusion in the Soros article with a bit of relief when he says:

Although a recession in the developed world is now more or less inevitable, China, India and some of the oil-producing countries are in a very strong countertrend. So, the current financial crisis is less likely to cause a global recession than a radical realignment of the global economy, with a relative decline of the US and the rise of China and other countries in the developing world.

Mobile internet devices are reality


Forget the mobile internet ''phones''. Cloud computing puzzle going on with Intel's mobile leg. Only ( mobile ) internet infrastructure is just not keeping ahead. Yet.

Intel is a close partner of Google and Apple and it is a piece of a puzzle for ''cloud computing '' of which mobile component will be just one important leg to the brave new world of personal computing. Intel's Silverthorn chips are ready for mobile internet devices.

Apple confirmed the first Silverthorn products to be released in 2008. Well, those new shiny iPhonish devices on the market will most likely get decent energy consumption ;) If Apple is in the game with Silverhorne, then some handset makers couldn't be far away .
Maybe those partners in Open Handset Alliance are already building Android gPhones with those chips ?
I already wrote ( part 1, part 2 in 2007 about Intel MID and challanged some of my previouse dogmas.

2.2.08

Motorola to axe mobile phone business

Sinking ship. Siemens was just first suitable for ''big bang''

Motorola said it is considering "structural and strategic realignment", according to the Guardian article.
No Razr in sight. Carl Ichan was right after all and this could be concession to him.