19.9.09

Mobile Sites Getting Worse

New findings from Yankee Group offer further evidence that "mobile Internet" remains an oxymoron. Of the 27 large mobile sites the firm evaluated, the average score was 52 out of 100 -- a failing grade and actually two points lower than last year's average.

Sites were judged on criteria including how well they adapt to different devices and networks as well as design and usability.

The report highlights a handful of mobile that actually earned passing grades across three categories: news, sports and search. Both Yahoo News and Google News earned top honors with scores of 73 by not overwhelming users with information and tailoring content to the screens of specific devices.

MLB.com was tops in sports with a score of 71, and also spotlighted for its device detection and ability to tailor content to fit mobile screens. Rivals.com (58) and ESPN.com (57) ranked second and third.

In search, Google edged out Yahoo (81 to 76) with a clean user interface, device detection and location-awareness capability. Google's search score is the highest Yankee has awarded to any mobile site so far and counts as a gold star in this group.

The analysis also looked at the sites of mobile carriers. Sprint was the best of a bad lot, winning the category with a whopping score of 53. Verizon Wireless was runner up with a 34 and T-Mobile and AT&T each came away with a 12 for basically having useless sites. Well done.

Yankee points out the carriers have separate mobile sites reserved for subscribers. "By not having a mobile Web presence, carriers are saying they don't want to serve mobile users unless they can sign up for service first," states the report.

On the consumer side, the report found 31% of phone owners are now accessing the mobile once a month, with news, search and weather the most popular categories. Given the quality of mobile sites, nearly one-third looks like a high proportion.

12.8.09

Chat Panel About Startup Financing

MiFi and 3G router for on-the-go

Wi-Fi Everywhere And In Your Pocket

Interesting device is on the market ( or will be ) in the US and the UK. Verizon Wireless launched ( Sprint too ) Mifi 2200 card for personal and mobile hotspots, and 3 UK is doing the same in the UK.
The need certanly exist. You can connect up to 5 devices to your personal mobile broadband network.
This brings another good point in the connectivity puzzle. As Reuter's editor explains in a short video:



Related news and blog articles:
The Telegraph about MiFi journalism

EWeek about MiFi

Working from the pub with MiFi

27.7.09

Free , really free

Watch out, it's a bit hyped right now :)

Extremely good review of Chris Anderson's new book called ''Free''.
Chris might be pinpointing some extreme trends in the digital marketplace. I just downloaded free audio version, although there's a book at Amazon.

20.7.09

Apple and RIM are profit cows

5 % market makes total of 58 % operating profits

Wall Street Journal: Smart indeed

The two accounted for only 3% of all cellphones sold in the world last year but 35% of operating profits, according to Deutsche Bank analyst Brian Modoff. The disparity will become even starker this year when, he estimates, the two will take 5% of the market in unit terms but 58% of total operating profits.

15.7.09

One Palm Pre, 2K photos

Thomas Lopez (@tmomaslomez) has been busy with his Pre. Last night he tweeted "My fav photo from our trip to SF http://post.ly/1Gav nearly 2k more taken with my Pre."

Check his photo gallery and you'll find he's been busy -- and has been producing some high quality as well as huge quantity.

8.7.09

Palm Pre in Europe

New message via Facebook

Palm Pre will arrive in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain on local Telefónica networks in those countries. Scheduled to be available in time for the holidays, Pre will be offered in the UK, Ireland and Germany on Telefónica's O2 network, and in Spain on Telefónica's Movistar network. You can read more about the announcement here.

Customers who would like to register to receive additional information about Palm Pre and be notified when it's available can register at:

* UK and Ireland: http://www.palm.com/uk-pre-notify
* Germany: http://www.palm.com/de-pre-notify
* Spain: http://www.palm.com/es-pre-notify

Jon Zilber

26.6.09

Smartbooks Revue, Voila !


Latest from the final frontier

Samsung / LG readies Smartbook ?
Qualcomm is hoping to boost the processing speed of more mobile devices after it announced it will be bringing a smartphone and smartbook based on its superfast Snapdragon chip.

For those that don't know / don't care about the smartbook category, it's a device that bridges the shrinking gap between a smartphone and a netbook, so basically high performance in a smaller package. (And yes, we hate the name too).


Compal's Snapdragon-powered smartbook

As if it wasn't clear already, smartbooks are one of the big trends (if not the biggest) to emerge out of this year's Computex, be they Snapdragon or Tegra-powered. Just as interesting as the devices themselves, however, is the fact that a number of manufacturers are looking at using Android as an OS for 'em, including big players like ASUS, and now Compal. While's ASUS' Snapdragon-based offering was impressive enough, Compal looks to have slightly outdone it by adding a customized interface at start-up, which is apparently just a taste of further "optimizations" to come


Nokia and Intel in a partnership that will define smartbook market ?
The companies will work on a new class of devices for the emerging smartbook or MID space


4 companies leading the mobile revolution. Qualcomm is one of them
QCOM is bridging the gap between smartphones and notebooks by creating a device called a smartbook. Smartbooks are mini-laptops that are similar to netbooks, but differ such that they operate on mobile phone chips (thus QCOM chips) as opposed to PC microchips, such as Intel’s (INTC) Atom microprocessors. This device will have “the portability and intuitive feel of a smartphone combined with the versatility and capability of a notebook.” Smartbooks will come in various forms “from larger, sub-notebook designs to compact, touch-screen tablets.”



New smartbook offerings coming this year on the wings of Intel / Nokia deal

"We would expect new netbook/smartbook offerings in coming months from other traditional handset vendors such as Motorola, Samsung, and LG. Intel announced a MID deal with Korean handset maker LG at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February of this year, with the launch of the first Intel MID by LG expected in 2010. In addition, we expect traditional PC players such as Acer, Asus, Dell, and HP to come forward with smartbook/smartphone like devices using applications processors from Intel, Qualcomm, and Nvidia in the next few months."


Nokia order Snapdragon smartbook
As for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset, that caused no small amount of fuss back at Computex for its role in the new ARM-based smartbook niche. A rival to Intel-based netbooks, smartbooks promise all-day battery life together with full wireless connectivity and HD media playback with HDMI connectivity.


After unhappy netbook users, there's place for happy smartbook users
The Linux segment is far from dead -- it's just getting started. But that's technically a "smartbook"..

24.6.09

Apple Smartbook In The Pipeline Or Is It iPhone 4G ?

Wireless patent

According to some reports about new Apple granted patents, there's got to be something at Apple about unknown wireless electronic device:

The twist however, is that the patent is about a hybrid antenna consisting of one antenna for Wi-Fi/Bluetooth and the other for 3G data communications. When combined within the framework of a subnotebook that could run software such as an internet browser, voice-over-internet-protocol (VOIP) telephone call applications, email applications and media playback applications, we are then presented with the classic definition of what a smartbook is.

22.6.09

Chat With Automatic Translation In 45 Languages

Google tech solved century-long problem. Tower of Babel doesn't exist anymore.



I like magic-like web services. BabelWith.me is certanly one of those. Just imagine having one of those pocket devices with something similar ( software ) just audio-based. Truly global !

BabelWith.Me is a new service which creates disposable chat rooms where you can have quick conversations. However, unlike many other disposable chatroom creators, it not only creates a disposable chatroom but also lets you chat with people knowing language other than yours by automagically translating your conversations into over 45 languages as per your selection.

13.6.09

Smartbooks are coming


Franken products showcased at Computex fair

Very well written and informative article about recent Computex fair in Taiwan.
So much new products are coming on the table. Many of them are so called Franken products and the trend is divergence.
Some points to highlight:

A small laptop with an Intel chip is normally called a netbook. But a netbook with a cellphone chip is called a smartbook, according to some companies


But based on what’s coming soon to a store near you, it seems that “divergence” may be the more apt moniker. There is now a quasi-laptop for just about every need and want.


Roger L. Kay, one of the most prominent analysts of the PC industry, described the new generation of machines as “Franken-products,” a reference to the monster cobbled together from various parts.

10.6.09

Globetrotter mind

On the go

My recent ( last few months) VR tours around the World. Recent destination were:

Toronto, Canada
Munich, Bavaria
New York, NYC
Philadelphia, PA
Birmingham, Alabama
Singapore, Asia

There's a lot of tweets about my impressions and thoughts when I was traveling and discovering these cities.

28.5.09

The New New Email

Real-time email and search

Google Wave: Re-inventing e-mail.

People behind Google Maps are doing it. Application is open source.

He proposed this thing called “hosted conversations” (this is what we call waves now). He listed them in a big series of benefits over existing systems. The thing that caught me was with these hosted conversations, you could do both email type conversations and instant messaging type conversations, in the same tool.


A core part of the product is the “liveness.” And you can see what people are doing all the time. Waves become active and unread and pop-up in your search panel all the time, and you need to learn when that’s useful for people and when it’s not, and how to present information to them in a way that’s useful and so they know what’s important and what to deal with

25.5.09

South Korea Mobile

Charging your mobile phone bill

New York Times: All things mobile in South Korea.

Each month last year, four million South Koreans bought music, videos, ring tones, online game subscriptions and articles from newspaper archives and other online items and charged them to their mobile phone bills, without going through any bank or credit card. The amount totaled 1.7 trillion won, or $1.4 billion at current exchange rates, last year. South Koreans have done this since 2000.

21.5.09

Nokia Ovi Maps

News from Where 2.0 conference

Nokia: Ovi Maps API

With the introduction of the Ovi Maps Player API developers can bring Ovi Maps to their websites, complete with cutting edge features such as 3D view, satellite and terrain views and customizable visuals. The Ovi Maps Player can also be mashed up with content from other services, such as the terrific content from the Associated Press.

20.5.09

Find and forget

Who wants to know or own my place under the sun ?

Where 2.0 conference presents leading trends about location aware tech.
Here are some interesting links spotted in my gReader about this topic:

* Yahoo Placemaker

* Google Maps API data

* Location data and privacy

* Day 1 and ignation

18.5.09

Guess game

Guess what ?

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*/
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{
###START_AUTOCODE
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public $id; // int(4) primary_key not_null
public $name; // varchar(32) unique_key not_null
public $description; // varchar(255)
public $created; // datetime() not_null
public $modified; // timestamp() not_null default_CURRENT_TIMESTAMP

/* Static get */
function staticGet($k,$v=null)
{ return Memcached_DataObject::staticGet('Foreign_service',$k,$v); }

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}

15.5.09

Does WolframAlpha knows more or just crunches numbers better ?

The first search engine calculator.
Could WolframAlpha be important as Google ? Overhyped ? Tuning to electronic brain ?




Champaign, Illinois, USA - Computational knowledge engine sounds bold and geeky. Are we talking about Web Service or desktop PC program ?
Are you willing to change your habit ?

But is it magic or too much mathematics ? We'll see. Wolfram Alpa sells the image of something important in the web age 2009 and anticipation of it is dosed in a clever manner ( blog, webcast, newsletter, email invitation, FB group, twitter, Youtube channel, screeencast ).

Google is boring, though. Many people are waiting for '' wow effect '' in web search.
Google is God.

First thing, domain name. WoframAlpha.com is too long. Alpha totally unnecessary.

Wolfram comes from founder's name. Capitalism tells us this is wise move since people tend to care much more about the products and company when they use their names directly.

Wolfram Alpha itself is limited liability company not corporation. Wolfram Research Inc. is a company that develops Mathematics software , a computation solution for many industries.

Wolfram search engine has academics background.
Stephen Wolfram is founder - british physicist and mathematician. He thinks knowledge should be extracted from the Web in an easy-to-use interface.
He claims The Wolfram|Alpha engine differs from traditional search engines in that it does not simply return a list of results based on a query, but instead computes an answer.

Doug Lenat was impressed.

According to public information, there are no investors in the company as of today.

New York Times described search engine .
While search engines like Google, by and large, find things that already exist on the Internet—Web sites, photos, videos, blogs—Wolfram|Alpha answers questions, often by doing complex, and new computations.”


But how to get started searching ? What's ahead after homepage ? There are screenshots about this. Looks like you need to go deeper and refine your search. Maybe this data and answers are powerful indeed, but is this information layer usable and easy to navigate ?

More questions pop up. Is this search engine for consumer market or power users ? For serious researchers only ?

There are 150 people in the launch team and huge cluster of computers ready to go live and load all those queries. Everything sounds very ambitious.

Math to rule or to kill ? That is a question now. May 18th is the only way to know this. Countdown begins for launch of this ''rich search engine'' :))

Who knows the answer ? Machine or human ?
It certainly isn't replacement for Google. Better at numbers, but worse at words.
Here's a screencast.

Bonus link:
John Dvorak's second opinion
What's Google worried about ? No click-throughs as before...

11.5.09

TERM SHEET NIRVANA

Term Sheet
Term Sheet ScottDig This template, created by TechStars will assist in creating a term sheet for your firm/company. http://scottdig.com

4 shorts


Very sober article about unmaintained iPhone apps and slowdown in development:

Developers may depend on static libraries for which they don't have source code. This prevents them from rebuilding their applications using the 3.0 SDK. According to Snyder, this "effectively denies them the ability to take advantage of the new 3.0 APIs, and possibly permanently limits the lifetime of their app." Fortunately, he points out, most static libraries in use are either distributed with source or are maintained by companies like AdMob who very much want to keep them up to date.


This introduces a brand new puzzle into the iPhone development equation. Business plans that were predicated on getting applications ready for the 3.0 launch, whenever that should happen, must now start building 3.0 compatibility into their 2.x products. If a company wants to release a bug fix or offer any updated features over the next few months, they'll need to task their engineers with a whole new development effort. There's no way to keep programming for 2.x until 3.0 debuts.



Strategy Analytics: 900 % growth for Android phones in 2009. iPhone's growth 79 %. Still, I can't grasp how Google benefits directly from Android...
“Android has fast been winning healthy support among operators, vendors and developers. A relatively low-cost licensing model, its semi-open-source structure and Google’s support for cloud services have encouraged companies such as HTC, Motorola, Samsung, T Mobile, Vodafone and others to support the Android operating system. Android is now in a good position to become a top-tier player in smartphones over the next two to three years.”


How netbook revolution looks like ?
Whatever else netbooks bring to the table, the category's strongest selling point has been its low cost. Where once speed was everything, today's recession-rattled customers are willing to trade the power of full-fledged PCs for rock-bottom pricing.


Lenovo: What kind of future for netbooks ?
Touch, Win 7, bigger
So, there is still going to be a need for notebooks: some people will see netbooks as second devices, as companion devices – I just want to grab this when I go off to do whatever – but, other people are going to say, well, why own two things where I’ve got to worry about syncing them, where I need to make sure that the data is the same as on my other notebook. So, some people just don’t want that hassle either.


Bonus link:
Palm Foleo's rise from the death

9.5.09

WEEKEND IDEA

Google clone


I am in a search for Google clone hahahaha
Can someone recommend open source script for it ?

8.5.09

APP SPONSORSHIP

Great example of sponsorship in an iPhone app

Adidas creates free iPhone guide to Berlin's street art.

The app’s interactive elements including rating and commenting functionalities, and letting users upload their own snaps of new art, which keeps the map cutting-edge at no extra cost to Adidas. Berlin is currently the only city on the Urban Art Guide's map, but plans are underway to develop similar guides for other cities.

Powered by Android

Soon to be released new phones.

Mobile store

What's in the shop for mobile apps ?
Crowded market. An old but good article with overview of AppStore competitors.

6.5.09

Samsung i7500


Too late my darling came. Sing !

Samsung announced Android phone. i7500.
First look. As of yesterday , I got my new business phone Samsung SGH- J700V.


The phone will include all the smartphone essentials found on the G1, including Wi-Fi, GPS, HSDPA Internet and 8GB of internal storage – but like the HTC Magic, this model won’t have a QWERTY keyboard. It does get a healthy 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus, though, and room for up to another 32GB with a microSD card.


Bonus link
Android getting some steam
Video demo for i7500

17.4.09

Interview with Ivan Kalaica, croatian iPhone developer, about iPhone Apps

iPhone gold rush

OSIJEK, Croatia - I had a opportunity to talk with Ivan Kalaica, croatian iPhone developer at Osijek's Inchoo startup about various aspects of making and releasing iPhone apps for this magical phone.


One of the most interesting software sales environments on the planet is iPhone. Why programs on the phone ? Do these small programs/apps on the phone make our World better place ? Is this a secret for success ? Why now and not before few years ?

Answer is fairly simple. It’s simple and it is Apple’s. You can make very good money programming software for iPhone and have fun at the same time. Just like I do now. Apple makes world better place. :-) Just kidding but there is still some small amount of true in that sentence.

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Why iPhone mobile platform is your choice and since when you are developing apps for iPhone ?

Inchoo company gave me a chance to work along with Surgeworks company on iPhone development in October last year. I accepted the offer and I’m satisfied now I made that decision then. In beginning it was maybe little hard but now I can say I am happy I have then decided to work along with these great people.

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How many iPhone app developers are in Croatia according to your knowledge ?

I have heard that there are few guys but newer met them.

How long it takes to learn iPhone programming and what are your basic tools ? You do it alone or as a team play ?

It is really quick thing to learn it if you are determined. At inchoo.net and inchoo.hr you can find a few of the posts I have written about this topic. Well, in the beginning I have been learning alone but when I became sufficiently independent I started to work with Surgeworks iPhone dev team.

How many apps have you made to this date and how long it takes to develop an app? Is it expensive ?

As a part of Surgeworks I participate on few projects like DivineOffice, Prayer, projects that we do for many clients and for now only one app I have finished alone and that one is Dose.

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How do you find projects or ideas for iPhone development ?

We have two approach on this topic and those two are our internal projects and client projects. For example we have two internal projects: DivineOffice and Prayer application that is part of DivineOffice Ministry (you can check it out on divineoffice.org ) and rest are projects for client.

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Do you think we are right now in the middle of an iPhone gold rush just like it was in 1999 with dot.com projects ? How to stand out from the crowd ?

Don't be silent. There are many of great developers everywhere, but most of them work in busy environments and do not present themselves. I write about the things I work on and this helps me build a business network. Some of my readers are comrades developers and some of them are potentials clients who send inquiries.

Apple established marketplace for these apps with App store. What kind of apps are the most popular ( genres ) in Apple store and what's the quality of most apps ?

I don’t know much about this but I think that games have a big lead in App Store.

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After you make an app, how long it takes for an app to be approved by Apple and ready to go on sale ?

We had a really good experience with approving app issue. Longest time we had to wait was 7 days.

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Is there any marketing push needed when selling your app ? Marketing strategy ? Promotion ?

Some of the applications sell themselves by word of mouth and some need a promotion. We are mainly using online promotional methods like Google Adwords or other PPC marketing methods. In some cases, client had an established business network where spreading the word was much easier.

Great thing is that you can decide how much you would charge for your program ? Can an individual programmer live just from developing apps for iPhone, I mean make a living ?

That is the best thing about iPhone dev story. Yes, man can make an iphone app and live of it. Even better - Man can get rich. But I think it is better to form a team then be just an, how you say, individual programmer.

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Free app or app for a small fee ? When it is justified to ask for money for your app ?

This is the question you need to ask yourself before the development. If we plan to invest a lot of time and energy, we'll create a free app only if it will create promotional result. In other case, small fee is just fine.
There is one interesting fact. Free apps get much lower rates from visitors than $0.99 ones. Some people download and try just to give the lowest rate.

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Good thing is that you as a developer don't have to worry about billing . Is Apple good or evil when taking its cut ( 30 % ) for selling apps through Apple store ?

They are good guys because they do all of comercial job for you so you don’t need to bother with that. I think they deserve it.

There are more than 25.000 apps in the App Store. How do you think average user will find relevant apps in the future? How to solve discovery of apps on the iPhone ?

It depends on users interests. There are few of app’s that help average user to find an app for them. Actually, one app of that kind we have made for a client.

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What do you think about iPhone as mass market platform ( new editions of mass market phones coming maybe ) ? Is it doable in the future ? It seems iPhone is getting first mover advantage and gains tremendouse market share all around the world in the smartphone arena ?

iPhone is first of that kind and that is a big advantage ahead of all other. However, like similar devices, it will not last forever. In a few years, we will speak about it in the same way we are speaking about Commodore 64 now.

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What are the things you would like to be better in this whole Apple iPhone ecosystem ? What are shortcomings and stumble blocks for the platform ?

I think there is space for improvement in Apple's appy sales reports. The reports are not very user friendly.

Should web publishers optimize their websites for iPhone ? What's the relation between iPhone optimized web ( WebKit browsers ) and mobile web in general ? Iphone web pages are more usable then mobile web in general , IMHO.

Of course they should. For example, there are many plugins and themes for the Wordpress that can converted site to fit iPhone web browser which one can implement in his website.

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Is there correlation between iPhone on-device apps and iPhone web apps? Which one is more usable and is there any overlapping ?


It depends what you need. Pure logic. I think that in general both of them are winning combination.

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What's the future for Inchoo, a startup company from Osijek, in regard to iPhone development ? What's your target market ?

I hope that number of iPhone developers in Croatia will grow up and when that happens I honestly hope that there will be few brave ones that will try to work as a part of Inchoo iphone dev team. We are waiting. Our target market are a good business in all the world. We do not have any localized promotional activities.

Should croatian companies ( media companies, publishers, software firms ) pay attention to this booming market and how ? For marketing purpose perhaps ?

I think that the answer to this question must or will be found out by every preferable company owner soon.

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What do you expect from future iPhone releases ? Do you think there will be more access to device capabilities which will lead to new breath of amazing apps ?

Well, 3.0 SDK has came out and I've seen enough. I will be atrocious and will say no more then just amazing. If guy’s from Apple continue to develop things like they did so far, iPhone might become something like tricoder from Star Trek. :-)

Do you see Google Android project as a serious competion to iPhone ? Google Android Market / RIM AppWorld /Nokia Ovi / Windows Mobile vs. Apple store ?

Nope.

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What would you do differently when looking back at your released apps ?

Good job. :-)
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How do you keep up with developer news ? Where to look on the Web for staying up to date with iPhone development ?

There are many sources on the web where you can find fresh news but the main source is the Apple’s iPhone Dev Center.


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Describe iPhone in one sentence as an iPhone owner ? What it means to you ?

Great thing and everything - tricoder!

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Ivan, thanks for your time and great insight !

16.4.09

GOOGLE BELIVES IN WEB APPS

Different aproach. Not the AppStore




Technology review: Gmail sidesteps the AppStore

Google took advantage of features of the browsers running on both platforms to create a Web application that looks and feels like one that has been downloaded onto the device.


It's even possible that more-powerful mobile Web apps could undercut some of the business of Apple's App Store


The user won't care whether the app is running out of a browser or is running directly on the phone, Sharma says, "as long as you get the same sort of experience." A developer also has much more control over the distribution of the software, and she can keep the revenue it generates instead of splitting it with a third-party distributor like Apple.

IPHONE AND RFID


iPhone RFID: object-based media from timo on Vimeo.

PHOTOS OF THE DAY

Billionth app




14.4.09

FASTER STARTUP

Holy grail: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible

IPHONE APPSTORE SECRETS

To advertise or to not advertise



Bonus link:
iPhone app buyers survey

AppStore on the Web as it looks in iTunes

4 SHORTS - iPhone the King

Apple's huge NAND order
Apple has ordered 100 million units of 8-gigabit and 16-gigabit NAND flash memory chips, mostly from Samsung. Do they target mass market already ?

Top 100 paid iPhone apps
Play all day for 99 cents

Apple iPhone in the enterprise - evolving story

As of Jan. 2009, almost half of Kraft Foods’ mobile team were using iPhones

Top 20 free and paid iPhone apps according to Apple
the gang in Cupertino are gearing up to celebrate their 1 billionth app download

BONUS:

Video: iPhone game development

Cost structure for iPhone development

Google goes web app way
Sidestepping Apple store

13.4.09

NEW SECTION: 4 SHORTS

Keep innovating my publishing venture


I am introducing new content section on my blog.

It will be called and tagged 4 SHORTS and it will contain 4 quick web links / comments / stories about things on my mind or what I found on the Web that catches my eye but without extensive story.

4 quickies, pure jewels.
Not shared over twitter, luckily.

Where 2.0 conference
The past five years have seen significant changes in the geospatial web. Its importance and functionality have matured—it's not just maps anymore! Where 2.0 2009 will take the exploration of "location aware" even further.

Boxee
on a laptop or connected to an HDTV, boxee gives you a true entertainment experience to enjoy your movies, TV shows, music and photos, as well as streaming content from websites like Netflix, CBS, Comedy Central, Last.fm, and flickr.

Hyperlocal news
a package of information about your neighborhood, or even your block, assembled by a computer.

Web photos with shopping links
Everingham's vision ultimately became Pixazza, an online advertising startup that converts photos on Web sites into interactive advertisements.

11.4.09

TURN OFF YOUR BLOODY CELLPHONE

I share, therefore I am

San Francisco- In this funny (and actually poignant) 3-minute talk, social strategist Renny Gleeson breaks down our always-on social world -- where the experience we're having right now is less interesting than what we'll tweet about it later.

Warp illusion

Instructions:
1. Stare at the image for 10 seconds
2. Look at something -- your hand, a book, your friend
3. Enjoy!



via Spiegl

9.4.09

CLOUD COMPUTING BY GOOGLE


Exclusive futuristic view ;))
Might look like this

WEB TREND MAP

Information architects did it again. Version 4.


TOKYO- This is perhaps one of the most concise and best structured summaries of the 2009 technology world. New version of the Web Trend Map.

A yearly publication mapping 333 web domains, and 111 influential people on a Tokyo Metro map. Read more or download it here

Each “line” on the map is a different category: Application, Publishing, Opinion, News, etc. The map is certainly overwhelming, but pretty fun to explore. You can even send IA an email now to reserve your copy of the printed poster.

Heights represent success in traffic and branding. Subway lines are colored by area of interest. For example, take the orange line to find the creatives. Notice that there are several colors passing through Apple.

6.4.09

VIRTUAL COMPANY AND COLLABORATION

Virtual Inc.




DJURDJEVAC- Setting up a virtual company is easy.

You need tools to manage your , usually, small group of people from all over the world in a consisten way. Robin Good posted excellent list of these collaboration tools available online for free or for a small fee .

It's basicly everything you need to work on a project from your home and collaborate with other people in the virtual company.

The mix of these tools depends on the type of project you work on. So, here's my selection of these tools for simple online collaboration based on my experience, familiarity, practicality and value ( relative price ) :

E-mail, IM, web phone, chat
:
Gmail ( Google account )
Skype
Meebo
Tinychat

Project management:
Basecamp
Zoho Project


Event scheduling:

Google Calendar

Collaborative writing:
Google Docs
Zoho writer

Video conferencing:
Meeting24

Document sharing:
PBWiki
Google Docs

WorkGrouping:
Google groups
Meetup
BarCamps

Web presenting:
Slideshare

Co- browsing:
PageShare
Pocket Meeting

Whiteboarding:
Dabbleboard

But the aim is to keep it simple, easy and uniform. To be clear, these are basic collab tools ( for internal process ) and do not include ''external'' web services you use for other business purposes like PR, marketing, sales or business productivity ( Facebook, Twitter, Google Analytics, AdSense, SugarCRM, Highrise, YouTube etc. )

BONUS:
Entrepreneur's toolkit

3.4.09

DEVELOPERS IN DEMAND

Talent rooster


DJURDJEVAC - As soon as I start my new project, unknown timeframe, but sometimes in the future, I will look for developers with 10 skills that have been listed by Justin James in an article '' 10 skills developers will need in the next five years''.

Let the headhunting begins. I will be picking up only '' kings'' and ''lions''.

ZEC FINANCIAL

2 days late




Zec Financial is up and running ;)
Catch me if you can ! :)))

17 August 1976, Columbus (NE) Telegram, pg. 19, col. 3:
“Buy when blood runs in the streets,” said Mark Nobel, quoting baron Rothschild.

2.4.09

NETBOOK AND MOBILE INTERNET PLAN

Mini laptops to rock


What's the catch with netbooks ? NY Times writes about this phenomenon that will reshape PC industry. Great research. Still, wireless plans seems to be problem these days ( slow connection ).

A netbook (a portmanteau of the words Internet and notebook) is a class of laptop computer designed for wireless communication and access to the Internet.

I used to write about mobile internet devices on this blog before which is something similar. Part 1 and part 2.

25.3.09

What does the current economic crisis look like ?


The shop is closed.

Last week, Slate launched "Shoot the Recession," a project in which they asked readers what the economic crisis looks like to them. The response on the photo-sharing site Flickr, where they set up a group page to collect contributions, has been bullish. As of this writing, Flickr pool is home to more than 200 pictures.

4.3.09

My quick online game


User-generated, social, casual game made by myself and shared on my blog

The head is really mine in this game ( real life picture ). The goal of the game: Shoot me down and collect points. It is made out of ''SuperMe'' game template and powered by PlayMyGame.