Check out Carnival of the Mobilists #206, online today at mobiThinking. The carnival is a weekly round-up of fresh thinking about mobile from the leading bloggers in the field.
Mobilestance.com is the blogsite this week of the 200th Carnival of the Mobilists, the weekly roundup of the very best in mobile writings from across the blogosphere. Mobilestance host Jamie Wells included in the showcased posts GoldenSwamp’s The scarcity of learning sources is contrived, the best stuff is free.
Host Volker Hirsch at Volker On Mobile reviews the mobile blogs this week. He says: “We’re having – amongst other things – general market overviews, novel handsets, subscription services, mobile learning, how smartphones will look like, an interview with an old colleague, learnings to be drawn from the airline industry (yes, really!) and, last but not least a take on why mobile is not just another media screen.” GoldenSwamp’s recent post on smartphones as game consoles is included.
A veteran of the Carnival of the Mobilists, C. Enrique Ortiz of About Mobility hosts Carnival #192. CEO reviews great entries from mobile bloggers on topics that include Opera Mini, Mobile Learning, App Stores, HD voice and Mobile music. Included in the reviews is a Golden Swamp recent post which CEO perceptively dubs being about “always on learning” — because it is mobile. When a student has a mobile, learning is always on tap, at the least, in her pocket.
The GoldenSwamp post last week pointing out that students with mobiles can decide for themselves whether to watch President Obama’s speeches was included in Carnival of the Mobilists #190 at wipJAM.
Peggy Anne Salz of MSearceGroove is this week’s Carnival of the Mobilists host. Her Best & Brightest Carnival of the Mobilists #189 was illustrated with the lovely poster shown here. She honored GoldenSwamp’s entry, Mobile opens the sky for women with this review:
Post of the week goes to Judy Breck at Golden Swamp for prompting us to see mobile as a tool (for change) rather than a technology. Access to the mobile Internet gives everyone – particularly women suffering in isolation – a voice, allowing them to connect with people and peers who can amplify their message and fight their cause. Thanks, Judy, for reminding us why mobile is amazing and why we must strive to bridge the digital divide.
August greetings from the GoldenSwamp where a New York City hot spell has everyone, including the frogs, taking a break. A lot of our Carnival bloggers seemed to have hopped offline too, since the number of posts this week dipped. But what came in is brimming with ideas and information. Let’s jump in:
Gerrit Visser writes at Howard Rheingold’s SmartMobs about a press announcement that “Layar Reality Browser 2.0 Launched Globally.” Gerrit sketches some details for this free application on your mobile phone which shows what is around you by displaying real time digital information on top of reality though the camera of your mobile phone.
Ajit Jaokar post at OpenGardens is titled “Nokia’s mass market iPhone strategy is unlikely to work and Dave Stewart can never be the missionary man ..” After affirming that he is a long term of Nokia, Ajit proceeds with telling analysis.
Dennis Bournique at WAPReview provides his usual insightful comments on this subject: “US Prepaid Data Options – Making the Most of a Bad Lot” and concludes with some recommendations from this veteran mobile blogger.
Jose Colucci at MobileStrategy, who blogs as a Canadian consumer of financial services, sets out: “12 Reasons Why Canadian Banks Should Really Offer Mobile Services.” It is a beginning of a series on this mobilist blog that will surely have application not only in Canada.
Since it is the Frog Days of Summer and rules are suspended, (and there are not many submissions) there follow two posts by different authors from Little Spring Design (LSD).
Chris Nemeth, who is a first time contributor, writes on the LSD blog about “^location – adding in context to your content” — giving us location carets and lat-long irrelevance … hours before Twitter announces lat-long API.
Steven Hoober, LSD Senior Interaction Designer, analyzes “sustainability of the mobile industry.” I have encountered before these edgy LSD thinkers in the Lawrence, Kansas mobile design hotbed, and recommend Steve’s evaluations and his speculations about the unforeseen and unpredictable.
And finally, a post from me, Judy Breck, at my GoldenSwamp blog: Enjoy “Snow leopard kittens romping.” As I have written this blog since 2005 to give reasons for using the internet in education, nothing has been as persuasive in that cause as showcasing what is out there online to explore and learn as these kittens and their Mom do. Watch them on your mobile via YouTube and hold in your hand a mobile window for learning unimaginable before our time.
So Carnival #188 is done. Have a some happy frog days of summer, and jump over next week to MSearchGroove for Carnival of the Mobilists #189. And a note of thanks for the frogs to my great-grandfather Milo Roblee, who was a sewing machine sales rep in the 1880s. He was based in Topeka, Kansas not far from where the LSD team now designs for mobile. The frogs are from a sales flyer. When Milo was a young guy, he was an 1866 version of a twitterer — as you can see from the transcription of a diary he kept.
This week’s Carnival of the Mobilists #184 includes a review of our post here on Collecting visual information mobilely. The work of Joe Pemberton and the site’s Punchcut team, Carnival #184 guides us through a breadth of topics from convergence to apps to widgets and webs and the Pre — showcasing ideas from mobile’s top bloggers.
So says Carnival of the Mobilists #182 host Antoine RJ Wright, as he points to GoldenSwamp’s invitation to take a dip to learn about mobile browsing. I think you would enjoy a dip into Antoine’s imaginative carnival tale to enjoy the highlights of this week’s best mobile blogging.
This week’s Carnival at Rudy deWaele’s m-trends.org includes a featured review of GoldenSwamp’s post about cracking the bell curve to give students equal knowledge. The always very original Rudy illustrates the spread of mobile with Medusa – like hair. Everybody loves a clown.
Because I linked the piece I wrote yesterday Give smartphones to Washington DC students, to the Washington Post article that prompted me to write in, the WP linked back to GoldenSwamp. Welcome to Post readers!
The same piece was accepted in this week’s Carnival of the Mobilists #178. Welcome Carnivalers! The lovely lady in the red hat is from the Carnival, hosted this week by Volker Hirsch.
This week’s Carnival of the Mobilists #176 is hosted by Vero at Taptu: the alternative search machine. The alternative, that Taptu, among other visionaries, is leading is mobile search. You can take a peek at a key aspect of mobile future at Taptu, and have a weekly look at all things mobile on the Carnival of the Mobilists as it moves among the leading mobilist bloggers.
Debuting host Abgail Adams of CatalystCode rounds up the best mobilist blogging of the week on Carnival #171, with a full range of topics in the hot and getting hotter mobile arena. She included the post I made on SmartMobs.com about Toddler Techniques for iPhones, which features my grand-nephew demoing his smartphone tyke-swiping technique.
Abby also include the start page for the web slides I prepared for my talk on The Long Tail of Mobile Learning last week at the Design for Mobile conference in Lawrence, Kansas. The image with this post shows me (right) during Q&A by D4M’s hosts Steven Hoober and Barbara Ballard.
The Design for Mobile conference is a project of Little Springs Design, which was founded in Lawrence by Barbara Ballard to be a key focus of mobile user research and design and the center of a [I think "the"] mobile design community. Certainly the people who attended and the concepts that were networked set the 2-day D4M apart as a creative think tank for our hot and getting hotter mobile design challenges.
Little Springs Design in Lawrence, Kansas is proof of the potential in our increasingly virtual, connected, global times for vision and innovation to be geography agnostic and tethered to talent and niche.
Our recent post about Poe’s works being readable on your iPhone browser is included in this week’s Carnival of the Mobilists. The Carnival this week is a really good one, hosted at Mark van’t Hooft’s Ubiquitous Thoughts.
Welcome to the 163rd version of the Carnival of the Mobilists, hosted by GoldenSwamp. This Carnival is packed with nuggets of writing gold created over the past week by veteran bloggers from the mobile venue.
Mobile World Congress 2009
James Cooper at Mobile Messaging 2.0 rounds up action in appstores, MoMo Awards, new handsets and more. At Open Gardens Ajit Jaokar explains why he is optimistic about our industry after Barcelona. At allaboutiPhone, Matt Radford convinces us that despite Apple’s non-attendance at WMC, evidence of absence is not absence of evidence. Caroline Lewko at wipJamSessions wraps up news from the annual event with her post “So that’s it for another year in Barcelona.”
Economy, stats and biz
A case study from Martin Sauter at WirelessMoves relates how “OperaMini Doubles Users and Triples Consumed Data in a Year.” Chetan Sharma, writes on AlwaysOnReal-TimeAccess AORTA about “US Wireless Industry in Recessions.” And from the advertising perspective, Tomi T. Ahonen of Communities Dominate Brands tells us what drives an “ad man mAd”
Two on To Touch or Not To Touch
Two of our mobile bloggers have written this week on exactly the same topic: “To Touch or Not To Touch.” That is a major clue to how important the decision has become for the mobile industry right now. Read and compare these analyses for some insights:
Mark van’t Hooft at UbiquitousThoughts, and
Steve Litchfield at AllAbout Symbian.
Dennis Bournique at WapReview returns to Opera’s browser that leads Apple’s for the number of people surfing the Web, and gives us some more skinny on the Opera Mini. Next are two critical looks at app stores. Andrew Grill at London Calling asks if app stores may be walled gardens, “another closed ecosystem that stifles development and creativity.” Enrique Ortiz writes on AboutMobility, “All of this sounds ‘exactly’ as the old deck, doesn’t it? And guess what? It won’t work.” Barbara Ballard at LittleSpringDesign does some heads-up on content customizing, personalizing and functionality.
Long range looks:
The image at the right shows a New York Science Times article illustration that I learned from on my iPhone this morning. A post I put on Howard Rheingold’s SmartMobs this week points out that the so-called misbehavior excuse for banning school mobiles has some humor to it: Let the Record show that the kids are not the only ones. And lastly, Russell Buckley at MobHappy cites Mark Cuban as support for predicting the mobile is going to do to the PC, what the PC did to the mainframe.
I did not pick a best link this week because of the many top entries. Next week the Carnival sets up at Mark van’t Hooft’s UbiquitousThoughts. Join us by sending something you have written about mobile on your blog. The details on how to do that are on the Carnival of the Mobilists website. Bye from the GoldenSwamp; I hope you will take a dip here again soon. Judy Breck