Thursday, March 26, 2009

Mobile Savings: Time, Energy, Money

We all know that the mobile phones we use today are constantly bringing us new ways to save time. We are able to get near instant information from people and even online resources from around the world. They allow us to textually, audibly, and visually express ourselves as well as experience other people's adventures in the same ways.

Never has humanity been able to "get things done" than right now. The technology is currently available to enable people to do just about any job from just about anywhere in the world. It truly is amazing to see how far we've come over the years in terms of being more productive because of the advancement in mobile devices and services.

Everything from the vast multimedia communications services such as Facebook to mobile coupons from companies like Cellfire are saving people so much money it's ridiculous. And we have grown so used to these services that we begin to forget that not long ago, free and cheap services like these once were sold at a fairly high cost, or hadn't even been thought of yet.

Sure, our current economic climate is quite volatile, but it's conditions like this that bring about some of the most ingenious ideas and being mobile is an important ingredient for individual success as well as the progress of large organizations.

The sweetest part about all this is that if all we did was save ourselves time, money, and energy it would be great just to know we were more efficient, but that's not were it ends. By using less resources, less energy, and saving time that can be spent elsewhere, we are also doing a greater good to our environment and the health of the world we live in. I couldn't begin to tell you how much paper is saved every second, or how much pollution is eliminated by saving the trips downtown by telecommuting.

There are just so many ways mobile tech has, is, and will change the world, it boggles the mind to step back and look at the whole picture and then focus on each individual piece that makes the system work. We have yet to begin combining the plethora of current and future mobile technologies in even more creative ways.

I have to say, it sure will be fun doing the world some good again thanks to mobile tech.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mobile Post: BlogThis!

For the longest, time trying to post to NET9 via mobile phones has been nearly impossible. When I finally got to post from my N-95, I was quite excited, but the excitement was short-lived when I noticed that the post format was garbled and just plain sloppy. Well, I finally found a mobile blogging solution. BlogThis! is what works best. I use it now to start up a post while on the move, and when I know I won't have access to a PC for a while.

It also helps when using a bluetooth keyboard for writing up more lengthy articles (much like this one). I think the only element missing from the mobile posting formula is embedding multimedia such as images, video, and sometimes even hyperlinks. Once those become more streamlined and easy to implement, posting via mobile will forever change the Internet in a major way.

I look forward to doing more of these mobile posts in the future and bringing our readers ideas and more ways to bring your mobile creativity to the web.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Home And Away

We're back home, but I've been so busy and away from my PC lately, so I'm posting on the move once again. So on with the news...

I recently discovered Palringo, an instant messaging application for S60 devices (as well as other platforms), and it supports various instant messaging services such as GTalk, Yahoo!, AIM, MSN, and Jabber. The latest version has beta of Facebook chat, which works great for me. Palringo has replaced Octro Talk on my N95-3, and I'll be using it a lot going forward.

Prince of Persia has made a surprise launch onto N-Gage, and looks stunning from what I've seen in the demo version. Once again, N-Gage continues to rock.

And finally, the latest news from Google comes in the form of a new service called Google Voice, which boasts a plethora of features that many other similar services charge for. It'll be interesting to see how this service develops, and I look forward to trying it out soon.

Well, that's all for now. Gotta keep moving. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Mobile Post: Still Enjoying Orlando

Just a quick followup on our last post, we've been having a ton of fun here at Sea World in Orlando, Florida. We took a lot of pictures and video of the trip, which we are still uploading to our Ovi Share account (see link from previous post).

The N81 8GB and the N95-3 have performed like champs over the last couple of days. I experimented with Qik a bit, but it is a monster of a battery killer over a 3G connection.

As you can see, we've been able to upload several pics and vids to Ovi Share using the mobile site uploader (Share Online app is acting stupid for me). Of course there are some enormous vids that are just too big and the connection times-out on those.

Anyway, we'll have more when we get back to the NET9 lab. See you all soon, and thanks for tuning in.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Monopoly, Nokia 5800 Mess, And SeaWorld

Monopoly Comes To N-Gage 
My favorite family board game has finally made its way to the N-Gage platform. Monopoly is the name of the game, and I can expect to be hooked for hours of dice rolling, "GO" passing, real estate purchasing fun with this one. And don't forget to get this game before April 2nd for the reduced price in your region.

Nokia 5800 Fiasco And Fixed
Recently Nokia's 5800 XpressMusic phone launched in the US with some real issues with AT&T's 3G network, but was thought to be isolated in the New York and Chicago areas. Finally, there has apparently been a fix for the problem through a firmware update for the handset. In a way, this is bad: Nokia looses confidence in US consumers, and consumers feel cheated (even if ever so briefly) out of their money for a device that should do what it states on the side of the box right out of the box. In another way, this is good: Nokia can learn much from this mistake and improve on a more thorough testing of it's 3G enabled phones in the future, and due to the way this went down consumers can look forward to the price of the 5800 to drop faster than it would had the launch been more smooth.

NET9 On Vacation: SeaWorld
Next week NET9 travels to SeaWorld for our vacation, and will be posting pictures and video to Ovi Share using the N95-3. This will be our first trip to SeaWorld, so it will all be an exciting new experience for us. See you all next week!