WorkSnug – is Augmented Reality really the best way to find a desk?

The web is full of location-based startups at the moment, struggling to stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace. WorkSnug seems to be one of them, pitching itself as a way for the modern “urban nomad” to find places to work. I have been in this situation myself a few times – time to kill …

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Musical call tones and mental models

From time to time I have been asked if I know how to deliver Caller Ring Back Tones (CRBT). While it is obviously a popular feature in some parts of the world it has always mildly baffled me. It’s nice to read that at least one person also finds this odd. In a more general …

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PhoneME, a JavaVM for wifi routers

For some time I have beem mulling over the posibilities of deploying applications to low-cost wireless routers to provide hyper-local services to wi-fi surfers. One thing which has always put me off is the apparent need to dig deep into low-level Linux hacking. It’s a *long* time since I last did any significant C development. …

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Options for developing mobile apps: PhoneGap, Palm Pre, etc.

Mobile application development is certainly a hot topic at the moment. People seem to be climbing over one another to produce iPhone apps, and Google’s Android is never far from the tech news. But there are also other players, and several want to enable a more familiar web development experience on mobile devices. SitePen Blog …

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Classroom response systems

A while ago I wrote about th every limited way that many educators use student response “clicker” handsets. Now I read yet another article on the topic. Classroom response systems – elearnspace The thrust of the article is that the use of specialist handsets is limiting, and it considers alternatives such as commodity mobile phones …

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Email picture messages to phones in the USA

A while ago I spent some time banging my head against the needless inconsistencies between US mobile carriers for a project which remained at the prototype stage. If we ever pick up such a project again, the following list of email-to-SMS/MMS addresses could well be useful. How to Send Picture Mail via SMS / MMS …

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At ACU, Students Navigate College Life via Apple iPhone

More indication that mobile technology is continuing to change the process of education. This time students at a university are all issued with iPhone or iPod touch handsets so they can use specific collaboration software at university and outside course times. iPhone University: At ACU, Students Navigate College Life via Apple iPhone – CIO.com – …

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iPhone SDK Development book available in beta

A few days ago Apple finally changed the terms of their iPhone development license to allow people to talk (and write) about how to develop software for the iPhone and iPod touch. The Pragmatic Programmers already had a book project waiting in the wings and have made it available as a “beta” available to buy …

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A cluster of mobile-phone links

My “blog about this” pile is growing too high again. Time to lump a few links together. This post is a bunch of stuff related to usage and technology of mobile phones. ABC News: Beware of PedTEXTrians! Gorenje puts you in control of your appliances via iPhone Motion-Powered Cell Phone Charger Coming Soon VoIP Goes …

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the economics of digital music

I’m always interested in how other parts of the industry view the key issues in mobile and digital music publishing. It seems like a few people got together for a conference on this topic on 23 September in London. Here’s a few links about the event EconMusic – the economics of digital music : Blogs …

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T-Mobile’s new App Store: huge disappointment

Several software companies make and sell systems which provide a way to buy and download mobile content, including games and applications. Over recent years I have occasionally been involved in the web and mobile front-end of such systems and I am always on the look out for information about what works and what doesn’t. Here’s …

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On a Small Screen, Just the Salient Stuff

An important part of my work is producing web and mobile user interfaces. Both cases have traditionally had trade-offs: A modern desktop or laptop computer web browser is so powerful and potentially has so much screen space to play with that deciding how best to make use of all that resource is a daunting task. …

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