Inside the fall of BlackBerry:
How the smartphone inventor failed to adapt. [more inside]
An iOS application developer has come up with an extreme way of fighting software piracy—by auto-posting "confessions" to its users' Twitter accounts.
"...Enfour, the maker of a variety of dictionary apps, is auto-posting tweets to users' accounts to shame them for being pirates. But the auto-tweeting seems to be affecting a huge portion of its paid user base, not just those who actually stole the apps." Follow-up
. A personal account: Can’t spell “pirate” without “-irate”: on DRM and punishing the customer [more inside]
Met Police to extract suspects' mobile phone data
[BBC] The Metropolitan Police, covering Greater London, are set to expand their search powers by making it standard practice to swipe contact details, call logs, and texts off of the mobile phones of anyone in custody - and retain
that data - regardless of whether the suspect ends up charged with a crime or not. Clearly not everyone is over the moon about this, seeing it as the latest sign of the steady erosion of communications privacy in the UK
and a potential breach of human rights law.
Twitter is being used as a crime-fighting tool by a tech-savvy village chief in Kenya. Francis Kariuki, the administrative chief of Lanet Umoja, has used the micro-blogging site for everything from tracking down missing sheep to stopping home invasions.
Flash Mobs Take Violent Turn in Philadelphia
[H]undreds of teenagers have been converging downtown for a ritual that is part bullying, part running of the bulls: sprinting down the block, the teenagers sometimes pause to brawl with one another, assault pedestrians or vandalize property. . . .
The flash mobs have raised questions about race and class.
Most of the teenagers who have taken part in them are black and from poor neighborhoods. Most of the areas hit have been predominantly white business districts.
In the flash mob on Saturday, groups of teenagers were chanting “black boys” and “burn the city,” bystanders said.
is not proud.
Ever spend a few moments during the day idly mucking about with your cellphone? You're part of a new trend
known as micro-boredom
- which now presents "a significant opportunity for a publisher to exploit readership and advertising consumption
". Get away from the bombardment of advertising and find some sacred space
, or just turn off the phone
The Nokia Morph
concept phone is currently featured in The Museum of Modern Art “Design and The Elastic Mind
” exhibition (warning: flash interface). This 'self-cleaning' shape-shifting mobile follows Nokia's other recent phone concept, the environmentally-friendly Remade
, unveiled at Mobile World Congress
earlier this month.
"Thanks to tremendous progress achieved by the General Packet Radio System (GPRS), the wireless communication protocol, it is now possible for Africans to send articles and images (still and moving) about events taking place in their countries without using a computer and without having internet connection. Under those circumstances, the bigger the number of people expressing their opinions through that technology, the stronger becomes democracy, and the more valuable is the contribution to good governance efforts in Africa" - Voices of Africa
, Mobile stories and videos from Africa. Quote above from article Mobile Reporters in Africa
The mobile content market is big
but the mobile service companies control the bottleneck
of data to your phone and may well be holding the industry back
. A NZ site has launched offering a platform for mobile content producers to sell direct to mobile content consumers globally: Voeveo
: the Science Museum asks us the question "should we upgrade our mobile phone?" "No
" and "no
" say the Times and the Observer, but we still do: on average every 18 months. What's the problem? Well it isn't just the lead, arsenic, beryllium and brominated fire-retardant
cases (pollutants all) disappearing into our land fills (which are not covered by the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive [WEEE
] in Europe). Coltan also goes into our phones. It occurs mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and as such our demand for upgrades has been contributing to a war
(despite mobile phone companies' claims to the contrary, coltan is not regulated like timber). If we must upgrade, we can at least recycle or
hack our old phones
The Crazy Frog / Axel F Song
(previously mentioned on the Blue
) is about to make history by being the first ringtone / pop music crossover to successfully invade the British charts. How successful? A little band named Coldplay
also have a new single out; as it stands, Crazy Frog
is outselling their effort by a factor of 4 to 1.
People, this is serious. Prepare for some major league irritation to descend upon us. The success of this single will only spawn a legion of imitators, and that can only lead to the dark side. As Malcolm McLaren
, ex Sex Pistols manager puts it: "Listen to this song and you can hear the death knell of the traditional music industry."
What if you received Chris Rock's old cell phone number and his celebrity friends kept on calling you? "amazing entertainment" :D [via Gulfstream
oh glorious rapture, vertu has launched.
(flash) the phones (called "instruments" in vertu-speak) are okay, but the real meat seems to be the one-touch vertu concierge: allows one to find theatre tickets, make reservations, or (assumably) order KFC. and, as promised, they are indeed clutch-the-pearls expensive: €6000 to €24000. golly.
Study: Mobile Phone Users Worse Than Drunk Drivers
It took mobile users half-a-second longer to react than normal, and one-third of a second longer than when they had been drinking.
They were also less able to maintain a constant speed and found it harder to keep a safe distance from the car in front. Participants in the study stated that they found it easier to drive drunk than when using a cell phone.
Here's the fun quote:"Eventually," said Dominic Burch, road safety campaign manager at Direct Line, "we would like to see the use of mobile phones when driving, both hand-held and hands-free, become as socially unacceptable as drink driving."
Nice graphic Here
that explains the time/distance it takes to stop. That fraction of a second = +46 feet stopping time over normal, and +33 over being drunk. More Here
and The Full Report
got the goods for your sexy mobile lifestyle. Now: Which of you's got a subscription? We want details
"A site devoted to promoting civility between cell phone users and the people around them." Don't miss the Cell Slang
. (Brought to my attention by NY Times article "Cell Yell: Why Do Phone Calls Turn Into Broadcasts?"
Anyone starting to play NokiaGame?
It incorporates all forms of communication (web, cellphone, tv and radio) to guide you thru an interactive adventure game in loads of countries, and has loads and loads of players
... anyone had good/bad experiences? I played last year - got shamelessly addicted...
Before you get that cell phone
check to see where the tantalum inside it comes from. You could be funding a civil war in the Congo.
Cell Phone Guns Discovered.
“We find it very, very alarming,” says Wolfgang Dicke of the German Police union. “It means police will have to draw their weapons whenever a person being checked reaches for their mobile phone.”
While I originally thought that this
was a joke, in the 11/14 print version of Business2.com
mentions that they will be shipping and receiving "the goods" via WAP enabled phones. Aww jeah!
According to Wired's Infoporn, if you are the unlucky sap who own's an analog Sanyo SCP-4000
the you run the risk frying yoru brain. Perhaps if we all looked to the future for handy solutions
, our problems would be solved.
The August 2000 issue of Wired points readers to Tokyo Motor Trenz
(site doesn't appear to be working at the moment), a small store in SF that will "trick out" your Nokia cell phone for you. Glow-in-the-dark buttons, clear plastic cases, LCD "tattoos", funky antennas, etc.
Not Quite fast enough.
I sent the weblogbiosphere link
to Matt's cellphone
, so that he could include this important milestone in the sxswweblogpaneldiscussion
, but he'd already turned it off. Oh well... so much for wireless contributions to the greater body of weblogknowledge.