Reviewing the Nokia N95

I recently received into my possession a Nokia N95, one of the top phones from the Nokia line. I was intending to buy this phone, but apparently Nokia had provided Charlene with one for analysis. I’ll be reviewing the phone, it’s features, and web capabilities over the coming weeks. Initial Attractions: Large screen and 5 megapixel camera. The last time I ran into phones of this quality, I was in Japan (live video streaming via cell phones were already available). I take a lot of pictures (over 20,000 in flickr) so this will help me reduce gear –gotta love convergence. Setup: I went to AT&T, the only service provider (I asked my twitter network for help, responses came in fast) … Continue readingReviewing the Nokia N95

Utterz: Mobile Audio MicroMedia, is blogging old and slow?

I just created my first utter, a new mobile web service. What is it? yet another form of MicroMedia (a phrase that I coined, and it’s taking off, see Steve Rubel and Scoble). What is Utterz? An audio version of Twitter. Here’s how I did it (with a time breakdown): 1) I went to their site and registered (2 minutes) 2) Dialed the phone number, listened to greeting messages (1 minute) 3) Recorded it, reviewed it (and took a second cut) and confirmed (2 minutes) 4) Saved the number to my phone so I can use it again (15 seconds) 5) Refreshed website and was amazed to see it was instantly there. (30 seconds) 6) embedded on blog and wrote … Continue readingUtterz: Mobile Audio MicroMedia, is blogging old and slow?

Yusuf on Hong Kong: 150% Mobile ownership? Why is Facebook a fad? (2:30 Video)

Click To Play Yusuf Goolamabbas shares with me from the Oublaze offices in Cyberport (see pics), in this short clip we cover a lot of ground. In the time I spent with him, I learned that he sees the web from a very strategic point of view, and shares his views on the state of the web industry in Hong Kong. You’ll find out: 1) What’s his view on the web industry in HK? 2) How can 150% cell phone penetration be accurate? 3) Bloggers: creators vs readers 4) Social Networks in Hong Kong, why is Facebook hot, but yet a fad? Yusaf, wishing you and the rest of the folks over there good wishes, hope all is going well.

Exploring Hong Kong’s Web Industry

Arrived in Hong Kong, although my fifth time here, the sheer size and energy of the city that’s always under construction always amazes me. The flight over, on Singapore’s luxurious planes was fantastic, I feel rested when fully reclining in a chair after 14 hours of flight (flickr photos). On the way over, I was able to read a ton of Forrester material, analyze a few strategies, and just relax. Tonight is the Hong Kong Blogger dinner that I encouraged everyone to come to, there’s over 60 folks, and OutBlaze, a white label communications company has offered to be a gracious host. I’ll be hanging with them and other technologists over the next few days to understand Hong Kong’s web … Continue readingExploring Hong Kong’s Web Industry

Marketing Voices interviews Biz Stone of Twitter, questions asked from community

A few weeks ago, I pinged my network (using Twitter) to find out what you wanted ask the management team at Twitter. Jennifer Jones took that feedback (our shows are about community) to ask take questions from Ross Olson, and David Dalka and others. She was able to sit down with co-founder Biz Stone, to get answers, thanks Jennifer. Be sure to see the list of questions that were raised in these comments, the cat questions are the funniest. (If you’re not a Twitter user, you’ll need to watch this video to find out what that means). Twitter’s icon is a bird , so when something goes wrong with the site, the Twitter’s 404 page is a cat icon, a … Continue readingMarketing Voices interviews Biz Stone of Twitter, questions asked from community

Twitter, a useful Communication Tool of SXSW

Above: Twitter is being promoted at SXSW conference as an encouraged communication channel. You can watch this screen live, and hear the voices and thoughts of SXSW Attendees in real time. (link from Paul) As you may know, I’ve cut out Instant Messaging completely out of my life, I found it too disruptive and distracting. I think I may have found a better tool, that’s less invasive and puts the user in control. A lot of folks are using twitter here at SXSW, if you’re not familiar with it, it’s an online and mobile chat room, where you can add (or remove) the contacts you prefer. It’s a social network, where individuals can share their status, location, or communicate directly … Continue readingTwitter, a useful Communication Tool of SXSW

Shannon Clark on Mobile Identity and Security (5min Video)

(If you can’t see the player, access the file directly) I got the opportunity to interview Shannon Clark at Doc Searl’s Mobile ID workshop. He shares with us a few of this projects that he’s working on, Never Eat Lunch Alone (NELA). Of course the topics of how to gain that identity and information is important. I hope Shannon swings by and leaves us an update with how things are going with his projects.

Chatting with Doc Searls at the Mobile Identity Workshop

Some of the footage from the unconference that Doc Searls invited me to is finally up. Check out the text and picture capture of this Mobile Identity Workshop. I’ve been hearing a lot of Doc, recently hosted a great talk with podcasts, the one with Dave Winer on this NPR podcast both of which provide some very important messages. In the following video, Doc tells us why Mobile Identity is so important, and why the format of the event as an unconference is undesigned to help promote dialogue from the mind trust of those attending. If you’re reading this in a feedreader, check out the media post.

Trying out Twitter and on being a Second Generation adopter

I’m now on Twitter, will check it out for a while, profile page here. I don’t be doing any of the mobile updates or checking that content from my phone. I’m wondering how much is signal vs noise. I’m also wondering if this is a tool that Gen Y will use to communicate, or if they still prefer chat tools. Also, I’m wondering how this is anything new? The unremarkable Yahoo 360 had a status type bar, as well as most IM clients, is it just because it’s tied to mobile? I’m a second generation adopter, I look for signs from the network before trying out new tools, there are certain people that I watch and listen for indicators before … Continue readingTrying out Twitter and on being a Second Generation adopter

Mobile Identiy Workshop, an Unconference by Doc Searls

I’m live blogging right now. I’m sitting at Cnet with over 50 people discussing the future of Mobile technology, identity, security, contextual marketing, and the impacts of social networking at the first Mobile Identity Workshop hosted by Internet Uncle Doc Searls and Berkman Center for Internet & Society. I sense a lot of annoyance with traditional telcos, there’s quite a bit of sharing, it’s really more of a think tank, that’s why I love unconferences. An unconference is sort of a workshop where the agenda is determined by the participants, and everyone gets a chance to talk and share. Yes, a bottom up conference. Windley is taking notes and comments on Doc’s stats at the opening of the day: “Doc … Continue readingMobile Identiy Workshop, an Unconference by Doc Searls