Finger Tips - a fistful of handy web notes
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Phone Fingers - no relation
Great for burglars and iPhone users. These handy, finger sized receptacles will keep unwanted fingerprints and smudges off anything you touch.
I haven't actually tried Phone Fingers, as I do quite like the feel of naked skin on glass. Not every one is an iPhone naturist though, and I am sure they will be of real benefit when it's cold.
Give someone the finger this Christmas
I think with Christmas approaching, these would make an ideal present. And lets face it, it's not everyday one gets the opportunity to give someone the finger…
Disclaimer: Unfortunately, I didn't design these, and I am in no way related to the Phone Fingers corporation.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Future Of Mobile
"What do Apple know about mobile phones anyway?" were the parting words of my mobile phone supplier as I told him that I wanted to move from him to 02 and the Apple iPhone. A good question and one that I hoped would be answered at yesterdays inaugural Future of Mobile event at London's iMax theatre.
Looking through the schedule just before the event, I had a horrible thought that maybe I had been duped by the hype of the iPhone, and maybe I should have saved my money. Maybe I should have waited for my Vodafone contract to expire, ditched the BlackBerry and got an Android from Google and the Open Handheld Alliance?
Google's Dave Burke gave a great demonstration of the open source coding of Android, which is expected to appear in the second half of '08. Built on Linux, the Android shows a lot of promise, but the emulator didn't match anything that my iPhone can do. I know it's early days, and by its open source nature should allow for some innovative features, when the SDK is released along with the first Android phones next year. Don't get me wrong, I fully approve and support the OHA initiative, but as many speakers pointed out the mobile industry is huge, so there is plenty of room for new devices.
Apple iPhone Fanboy Convention
The MC of the F.O.M was Brian Fling. A self confessed Apple fanboy but also the author of the .mobi developers guide, so I am pretty confident that he knows a thing or two about this thing called mobile. He gave a great talk on how the iPhone will change the mobile space, along with a demonstration of his Leaflets iPhone app.
Brian and the other speakers of the event all said great things about the iPhone. Even speakers from Vodafone and Sony Ericsson praised it. Sure it is not perfect, the built in camera is nowhere near as good as my Nikon D70 ;-) but it is a lot slimmer and portable. It is locked to just one operator - O2 in the UK, and you can't take the battery out like I can with my BlackBerry when it goes tits up.
This was one of the first events where I left my laptop at home. Figuring I could get by with my shiny new iPhone and my trusty Moleskine. My Moleskine has never crashed or got a virus, but I came a cropper to it's one weak link - the pen. My pen had run out of ink!
Cursing the fact that I had left my MacBook Pro at home, I tried out the notes feature of my iPhone. I am still getting used to typing on it, but as the day went on, my respect and love of the iPhone just grew and grew. On the way home I listened to the built in iPod, which fades out nicely when someone calls. It then hit me, what do Apple know about making phones - a lot! In a market where Nokia, Sony-Erricson, Samsung, and all the others throw hundreds of different devices at us. It seems the only innovation is the colour, Motorola's pink phone being one of the major innovations of the last couple of years.
Brian attended a mobile conference a couple of years ago. He came away with a list of conclusions and thoughts that a "Mobile 2.0" device should address or include.
2 years later, the iPhone ticks off nearly all the points from the list and also adds others that no one apart from Apple had even dreamed of!
A Smart phone for the masses
It is unique. A beautiful design that works for 3 and 93 year olds. It is not perfect, far from it, for a start it doesn't come in pink, but I believe Brian is correct, it is the smartphone for the masses. It's not cheap, but neither is my computer, tv or car. I don't mind paying for good design, you can keep your free phones, thanks.
Yes, I am glad I attended the first Future of Mobile, and just as glad I got the first iPhone.
Future of Mobile Notes
Apparently Carsonified will publish the slides from F.O.M at a later date. Until then check out my pics from the Future Of Mobile (taken on the iPhone), and here are my notes, as typed into my iPhone...
09:00 How are people using mobile today? Brian Fling Blue Flavor One fifth of people have mobile web LBS Location based services
09:10 Keynote: Tuning into mobile culture Tony Fish AMF Ventures Convergence is an out dated idea We are now creators The screen of life started with cinema, tv, of Mobile is a creator and consumer You are the author and the audience Mashups Digital footprint Why are google keen to make Android? How can others get value from your content? Focus on uniqueness Metadata is king
09:55 Cracking the code: developing for mobile devices Luca Passani Ad Mob XHTml advanced - eg background image of block elements Simple XHTML
11:30 Panel discussion: Will content be King on Mobile? Steve Page, Guillaume Peersman, Prashant Agarwal Submit sitemap to google & yahoo Google use a nokia user agent
13:30 The Future of Mobile Browsers Charles McCathieNeville, Opera
13:00 beyond WAP: Advanced browsing , Mobile AJAX, and the future of the Web Daniel Appelquist, Vodafone Check out dojo Ajax Soonr Facebook on iphone Deb.mobi
14:00 How the iPhone will change the mobile space Brian Fling, Blue Flavor Web 2.0
15:00 Android & the OHA Dave Burke, Google