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Government Digital Service thumbs down to apps - The Information
The case for delivering services in mobile optimised formats may be clear says Loosemore but "investing in native apps is rarely justified". And his post lays out a number of hurdles which must be cleared before “ stand-alone mobile apps” will be allowed.

“For government services, we believe the benefits of developing and maintaining apps will very rarely justify their costs.”
apps  mobile  digital  gov2  government 
may 2013 by gnat
Optimise for the common case.
Wikicity125 finds nearby Wikipedia articles as you travel through the landscape. You can read them as you trundle along, or save them to Instapaper for later.

New articles are automatically added to the top of the screen as you get nearby, then gradually fade out as you move away. No maps, no pins, no searching.

It is built using the brilliant Wikilocation API, jQuery Mobile and Flask.
mobile  location  design 
february 2013 by gnat
OECD: Telcos Overcharging By Five Orders Of Magnitude - Falkvinge on Infopolicy
voip less expensive than traditional phone service by 5 orders of magnitude
mobile  internet  business 
november 2012 by gnat
NASA will text you whenever the International Space Station passes overhead | Ars Technica
Now, NASA is making knowing when to look up a bit easier. If you go to its Spot the Station site, you can register to have e-mail alerts sent to you whenever the facility is due to pass overhead in your area. Since the Station crosses near something like 90 percent of the Earth's population, nearly everyone should have the chance to see it.
mobile  marketing  space  science  nasa 
november 2012 by gnat
Home | Apps for Good
teaches real world net entrepreneurship to schoolkids
education  android  app  design  mobile  entrepreneurship 
april 2012 by gnat
The Extraordinaries
"micro-volunteer opportunities via mobile phone"
mobile  crowndsourcing  collaboration  web2.0  social  software 
may 2009 by gnat
RapidSMS - Trac
open source framework for SMS
messaging  python  django  mobile 
april 2009 by gnat
Mobile telecoms in the recession | Boom in the bust | The Economist
The vertical “sausage” that was the industry is becoming a layered “hamburger”, says Carl-Henric Svanberg, the boss of Ericsson, the largest maker of mobile-network gear.
mobile  business 
march 2009 by gnat
Entangled Particles: Wireless carrier financial results
"Here are US carrier financial reports on wireless revenue, subscribers, churn, and ARPU. The numbers were collected by GigaOm but I re-sorted to show a side by side comparison."
mobile  business 
march 2009 by gnat
Brilaps Wiki: Txtract
tool for extracting SMS messages to the SD card on Android phone. About to try it.
mobile  android 
february 2009 by gnat
ongoing · Mobile Gold
good things coming up in the future for smartphones
february 2009 by gnat
SnapTell - Image recognition based mobile marketing
image recognition as UI. take pix of objects and logos and it'll tell you what they are (and give you links to commerce, wikipedia, etc.)
mobile  iphone  technology  advertising  marketing  image 
february 2009 by gnat
Zoom-Zoom-Zoom — Get Multi-Touch Zooming Support on your T-Mobile G1 TODAY « Luke Hutchison
this guy added multitouch to the G1 by tweaking the open source operating system. go open source!
opensource  mobile  multitouch  hacks  android 
january 2009 by gnat
Obama keeps BlackBerry e-mail device, after all | Reuters
I wonder what "security on the device has been enhanced" means.
mobile  politics  security 
january 2009 by gnat
I Am Here: One Man's Experiment With the Location-Aware Lifestyle
not a happy story really, though played that way for effect. the shit we do with our phones would have been inconceivable ten years ago, but twenty-two year olds sniff and say it's shit
mobile  web  location 
january 2009 by gnat
Following the IT crowd - Technology - NZ Herald News
I don't remember blaming the US govt for the lack of EveryBlock in NZ, more that the US geospatial industry is big because the US govt was free with its data in a way that NZ hasn't yet been. Otherwise not a bad summary of my ten minute talk with Anthony on the phone.
nz  data  mobile  me  technology 
january 2009 by gnat
Mechanical Turk via mobile phone to use 3rd world turkers.
mobile  crowdsourcing  intelligence  collective 
december 2008 by gnat
Microsoft releases its first iPhone app | Apple - CNET News
stupid journalist. It's the hardware that made iPhone an attractive choice for this app, not the OS.
mobile  apple  microsoft  iphone 
december 2008 by gnat
VisionMobile :: blog :: Mapping open source into mobile: who, where and how
Overview of the open source software, licenses, and governance models in the mobile stack.
opensource  mobile 
december 2008 by gnat
CS193P - Cocoa Programming | Announcements
Stanford class on iPhone programming--handouts, sample code, assignments, etc.
iphone  programming  mobile 
november 2008 by gnat
Jesse - K-9 - An android mutt
Jesse makes the first fork of a part of Android.
android  google  email  mobile 
october 2008 by gnat
Dang’s Weblog » Android not open?
Analysis of what's open and what's not in Android.
opensource  mobile  google 
october 2008 by gnat Blackberry As A Bomb Sniffer
"... Technologists at Purdue University is designing a detection system that's so small it could fit into cell phones. The project, known as Distributed Nuclear Detection by Ubiquitous Cell Phone, would help locate dirty bombs or nuclear weapons by "triangulating" the source of radiation when people carrying mobile phones pass by"
ubicomp  sensor  web2.0  mobile 
september 2008 by gnat
NYC's 911 system upgraded to accept photos, video | News - Wireless - CNET News
why aren't all 111/911 systems capable of taking mobile submissions?
september 2008 by gnat
Beyond the Flickering Screen: Re-situating e-books | Sherman Young | M/C Journal
"Instead of seeking to make an e-book culture a replacement for print culture, effectively placing the reading of books in a silo separated from other day-to-day activities, it might be better to situate e-books within a mobility culture, as part of the burgeoning range of social activities revolving around a connected, convergent mobile device. Reading should be understood as an activity that doesn’t begin with a particular device, but is done with whatever device is at hand. In much the same way that other media producers make content available for a number of platforms, book publishers should explore the potential of the new mobile devices."
mobile  books 
september 2008 by gnat
Some Problems with the Notion of Context-Aware Computing, by Thomas Erickson
"The root of the problem is that the context-awareness exhibited by people is of a radically different order than that of computational systems. People notice a vast range of cues, both obvious and subtle, and interpret them in light of their previous experience to define their contexts. Thus, when at the theatre, we know when to talk, when to listen, when to clap, and when to leave. In contrast, context-aware systems detect a very small set of cues, typically quantitative variations of the few dimensions for which they have sensors."
ubicomp  research  mobile 
august 2008 by gnat
Google Shows Off Android App Winners -- Google Android Developer -- InformationWeek
Another datapoint. Google and Nokia are investing and believing in the move of computing to the real world: GPS, local data, geodata, are all essential ingredients for the untethered networked device. The revolution will not be televised, but it will be geotagged.
android  google  geo  mobile  ubicomp 
august 2008 by gnat
Mobile Broadband Internet in Africa — White African
Mobile phone density and top ten countries in Internet use.
viz  mobile  africa 
august 2008 by gnat
iPhone LBS in WaPo
if targeted advertising is the mobile phone killer app, i want to put a railroad spike in my head now
mobile  location  business  privacy 
july 2008 by gnat
LBS Musings
My theory: location is like "social network" -- a social network ungrounded in the things that connect people is ultimately pointless (hi, Orkut). An LBS unconnected to the relationships people have with locations is useless.
mobile  local  geo  social 
july 2008 by gnat
Rain Master's Smart Controller Outsmarts The Thief
networked mobile devices can report their own theft. how long before this is expected and built-in? why don't Macs have this ability out of the box? phones?
mobile  ubicomp  security 
july 2008 by gnat
ButtUgly: Main_blogentry_300608_2
my rebuttal: Smart Spaces only works if useful and fades into background (see Bruce Sterling's talk). Finding evolutionary path to Internet of Things is hard but arguing that it'll never happen is like creationists arguing the eyeball couldn't happen.
ubicomp  mobile 
july 2008 by gnat
Younghee Jung » Blog Archive » gradual dissemination: the usefulness of touch
suipo is japanese touch-as-interface mobile payment system. can even check into flights with it.
mobile  japan  ubicomp 
june 2008 by gnat
Telco 2.0: Nokia’s dilemma: operator friend or foe?
"Unless, of course, you actually want Apple or Google to mediate all phone conversations the same way iTunes is the nexus of music distribution…" the carrier/handset mfr big fear. rest of essay is v. good, too.
mobile  business 
june 2008 by gnat
BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Mobile phones expose human habits
more reality mining, this time by Barabasi (one of the original social network theory people)
mobile  culture  data  mining 
june 2008 by gnat
Going Fast on the Mobile Web
good preso. i want to steal slides on context for # of mobile devices and why people are building iphone pages.
mobile  web  design 
may 2008 by gnat
Homegrown people planet profit
Fascinating look at projects at Nokia relating to energy, recycling, repair. Lots of amazing facts (16 phones/second made by Nokia).
mobile  energy  environment 
may 2008 by gnat
Tech Trader Daily - Barron’s Online : At The Churchill Club: The Top 10 Tech Trends
mobiles = 8% of Europe ccard payments. 70% water for agriculture. "10y, Inet traffic from person >l other locns put together." .cn mobile = 500M cust
numbers  environment  mobile  china  europe 
may 2008 by gnat
Homo mobilis |
"microcoordination". unsure i believe the praises sung of mashup culture though.
economics  society  technology  mobile 
may 2008 by gnat
Nomads at last |
"The most wonderful thing about mobile technology today is that consumers can increasingly forget about how it works and simply take advantage of it."
may 2008 by gnat
The address book desk / Timo Arnall
fascinating address book desk mashup. I don't see this as a way forward, though: physical space in offices is too valuable. Computers should provide new uses for existing space.
ubicomp  interaction  design  rfid  mobile 
april 2008 by gnat
a (very long) conversation with dopplr’s matt jones « Second Verse
"mother box is not in the box", device needs network to be useful. matt jones words of wisdom
mobile  ubicomp 
march 2008 by gnat
twenty1f » Lifting the Veil Using a ‘Bluetooth Burqa’
"By 2002 it was so common for teenagers in Saudi Arabia to send each other pictures of themselves by phone that an import ban was imposed on camera phones. But demand was so high that the law was lifted two years later."
mobile  culture 
february 2008 by gnat
Japan: Google's Real-Life Lab
Google's challenges in Japan with savvy consumers. They hope to roll out what works there to the rest of the world. Obviously highly dependent on rest of world getting unsucky mobile bandwidth.
google  japan  ui  mobile 
february 2008 by gnat
emoji | pukupi
emoji are picture symbols. crazy popular in japan. text messages with dingbats mixins
icons  language  mobile  culture 
february 2008 by gnat
Cameraphone used to control computers in 3D - tech - 15 January 2008 - New Scientist Tech
the software places a reference target on top of the normal video feed and compares this to the phone's picture.
sensor  phone  mobile  etech  future 
january 2008 by gnat
Mobile phones and protest | Cats, mice and handsets |
mobile activism, political ringtones, "The Hub" showing torture documentation (snapped by mobile phones), FrontlineSMS monitoring elections in Nigeria, countries try to shut off SMS (some countries would cripple economy), Belarus expert at it
mobile  politics 
december 2007 by gnat
Playing tag |
social networking + bluetooth. In my opinion, a bad idea.
social  software  mobile 
december 2007 by gnat
VisionMobile Forum :: The significance of Google’s Android
This is a fascinating insight. I think BSD vs GPL isn't important--someone will open source all their platform, and then the competitors will be reduced to competing against open source ... we know how well that works.
opensource  android  google  mobile  strategy 
december 2007 by gnat
Main Page - Interactive Gestures Pattern Library
This site is for the collection and dissemination of gestural interface information and patterns, such as found on such devices as the iPhone and Wii. Please feel free to edit and add information and patterns as you see fit.
mobile  ui 
november 2007 by gnat
pmuellr: initial android thoughts
Any Java lover that ever dissed Apache Harmony as pointless, needs to eat crow right now. Because, had it not been for Apache Harmony, you might be programming Android in Python instead of Java. Or C++.
programming  mobile  android  google  java 
november 2007 by gnat
Mobile advertising | The next big thing |
several companies doing an explicit "ads for time" business model. Blyk in UK: 6 ads per day gets you 217 free text messages/month and 43 free voice minutes/month. Bizarrely arbitrary numbers.
advertising  mobile 
november 2007 by gnat
Mobile phones | Talk talk |
South Korea and Japan only countries with more 3G than 2G phones. prepay was 4% of subscriptions in 1997, 42% in 2005. luxembourg has 153.7 subscribers for every 100 citizens. NZ has shit 3G penetration but great mobile adoption.
mobile  nz  business 
july 2007 by gnat
iPhone Death Star Upgrade Coming « Mike Cane’s Blog
finally, something that makes me start to covet an iphone.
mobile  apple 
july 2007 by gnat
InformationWeek Weblog: Google Lays Out Its Mobile User Experience Strategy
interesting notes about how Google designers think about developing for mobile apps
mobile  google  programming  design 
april 2007 by gnat
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