21 Mar

Carnival of the Mobilists #247 @ mobiThinking

The Carnival of the Mobilists (#247) came up today at mobiThinking with topics that include: Mobile’s role in Japanese disaster; near-field communications; tablets vs. smartphones; operators vs. content providers; making the Web mobile friendly and more.

My piece on NFC in 2011 was picked up:

NFC, a.k.a. contactless payments, touch and go, wave and pay et cetera, has been all talk and trials, but no trousers for almost a decade, largely due to a lack of mass-market NFC-enabled handsets (everywhere but Japan). That, according to C. Enrique Ortiz at Mobility Weblog in Mobility 2011: The year of NFC is going to change. This informative guide isn’t your usual “will they, won’t they” article about Apple, Google or (more importantly) Nokia etc, nor is the guide just about mobile payments (which is only one bit of the NFC story). Other blogs in this series are also worth a read, see also: Mobility in 2011: Mobile apps, Web apps and tipping points.

Read the Carnival of the Mobilists #247 @ mobiThinking…


03 Aug

Carnival of the Mobilists #233

This week’s Carnival of the Mobilists is at Mobsessed where you can find mobile blogging from James Roswell who writes about the Wholesale Application Community’s mission, Eric over at MobileSlate gives you an insight into the cardinal sins of Foursquare, Peggy Anne Salz interviews Alan Moore about engagement marketing, Tomi Ahonen writes about understanding the smartphone market, Andy from MobiThinking writes about Mobile awards, and yours truly writes on insights into the reasons for the mobile boom.



16 Feb

Carnival of Mobilists 211 at the Communities Dominate Brands Blog

Tomi Ahonen, five-time bestselling author and consultant on digital convergence and mobile telecoms, is hosting this week’s Carnival of the Mobilist #211. This week’s carnival has submissions from Mobi Thinking, WAP Review, Open Gardens, Little Springs Design, M-Search Groove, Voip Survivor, Francisco Kattan, Mobhappy, the Tams Blackberry blog, and myself.

Thanks Tomi for including my piece on dotMobi.

Enjoy the Carnival…


21 Sep

Carnival of the Mobilists #192

Another week, another Carnival of the Mobilists. It is my pleasure to host once again the Carnival, this time #192!

This week we have great entries on topics that include Opera Mini, Mobile Learning, App Stores, HD voice and Mobile music. So let’s begin…

Let’s start with Dennis Bournique (the WAP Review) who wrote a very informative entry on “Opera Mini 5 Tips and Tricks”. As usual Dennis provides a great review/summary and in this case it includes great tips and tricks. A good read.

Next we have WIPJam with guest Mitch Oliver, vice president of ecosystem development for Qualcomm. Here Mitch writes You’re on an app store; now what? – a good background on App Stores, current issues, scenarios and thoughts. Another good read.

Judy Break, our Carnival of the Mobilists goddess, writes a very interesting piece titled Festival may kick-off the handschooling era, where she covers how the mobile handsets and smartphones are transforming learning. I believe in this future in which the mobile handset will play a big role in learning — always on learning.

Our next entry by Mark Hooft gives us a Mobile Learning Round-Up from mobile learning “stuff” to “projects” to “news” — hmm, will textbooks be replaced by their electronic counterparts?

Tsahi Levelt-Levi writes Consumers HD Voice – Where is the Incentive? where he covers the lack of real incentives to move to HD Voice – especially in the mobile domain.

Next we have Volker Hirsh with his piece Mobile to Rescue Music Business!? about the potential impact of mobile on the music business; a well written piece.

The next entry is from a first timer to the Carnival, Dr. Kiran Mudiam, who also is as a guest blogger to my blog (About Mobility) – Kiran wrote an opinion on App Stores.

Our last entry is from Dr. Jim Taylor who wrote an interesting piece titled Psychology of Technology: The Evolution of Connectivity that covers the evolution of connectivity, including the mobile handset.

Favorite post of the week:

I have to say that I have 3 favorite posts this week: 1) Volker with his piece on mobile and music, 2) Dennis with his write-up on Opera Mini 5, and 3) Mitch with his piece on App Stores. Congrats to all!

Last is a reminder about the Mobile Application Stores Conference at CTIA 2009, organized by fellow Mobilist Ajit Jaokar, and that is happing next month (October) in San Diego.

Thanks for visiting!

Next Carnival is on September 28 at Volker’s weblog.


18 Sep

Reminder: Next Carnival of the Mobilists – Submit your Entries!

First, let me acknowledge the last 3 Carnival of the Mobilists: Carnival #189 (Peggy Anne Salz at MSearch Groove), Carnival #190 (Caroline Lewko at WIP JAM) and Carnival # 191 (Phil Barrett at BurningTheBacon.com) for hosting great editions of the Carnival, and for including my entries; I was very happy to see my entry selected at Carnival # 190 as post of the week…

So I am hosting the next Carnival, number 192, to be published next Monday September 21, 2009. So please go ahead and submit your entries by sending them (no later than Sunday) to mobilists@gmail.com.

I’m looking forward to a great edition of Carnival of the Mobilists #192 and see both seasoned and new mobility bloggers participate!


02 Jul

Carnival of the Mobilists #180

CoM 180 (m-trends)

This week’s Carnival of the Mobilists is hosted by Rudy de Waele at the m-trends blog:

Looking back at the many contributions done by so many mobilists till now, this is still what’s it’s all about! The Carnival stays probably the best online resource to read about different views and opinions by industry experts, pundits, marketers, and mobile (social) media watchers on the evolution of the mobile phone. And what an EVOLUTION we have seen the last couple of years…

…this week with contributions from Ajit Jaokar, Carl Martin, Carlo Longino, Dennis Bournique, C. Enrique Ortiz, James Coops, Jamie Wells, Judy Breck, Marek Pawloski, Mark K. Kramer, Phil Barrett, Ronan Mandel and Tomi T Ahonen.

So head on to m-trends.org and enjoy the Carnival of the Mobilists #180!

Thanks to Rudy for including my entry on this week’s Carnival…


07 May

Carnival of the Mobilists #172

This week’s Carnival of the Mobilists #172 is at MobileStance.com and is packed with great essays from bloggers from around the world. A must read.

Thanks to Jamie Well who selected my blog entry as the post of the week!

If monetization of mobile apps turns you on, then head over to About Mobility and check out On Mobile Applications, Platforms and Monetization -”Show me the Money.” A very well thought out piece that really puts the space(s) through the paces. So good in fact, it’s our POST OF THE WEEK. Nice job, CEO – really top shelf!


15 Dec

Carnival of the Mobilists #154


It has been one year since the last time that I hosted the Carnival of the Mobilists. And it is with great pleasure that I bring you the Carnival of the Mobilists #154, the last one for 2008.

This week we have a number of great entries from top Mobilists from the blogosphere. So let’s get started.

Our first entry is from Raddedas (Techype blog) who writes Trutap – Riot-E for the IM Generation. Here Raddedas compares the recent events of Trutap with Riot-E. Trutrap has generated a lot of noise recently with its demise. And all I’m going to say about them is that the Trutap folks are great set of folks, and that it is very easy to comment on things as an outsider. It takes a lot of courage to go through what the Trutap folks are going through as we speak.

Next we have more on Trutap, this time from Ajit (Opengardens blog) who looks at this but from a different angle: lessons learned. In his piece Lessons from Trutap: Part two – Do we need a Zopa like funding model for the Mobile data industry? he looks into a different funding model for the mobile industry startups.

Our next entry is from mobile broadband expert Martin Sauter (WirelessMoves blog) who writes German Computer Magazine measures 5.76 MBit/s in HSDPA Downlink, where Martin educates us on some published numbers related to HSDPA Downlink.

Next, Barbara Ballard (Little Srpings Design) writes UX discussion at Off-Deck Mobile Content where she ponders on the user experience design for off-deck versus on-deck applications; a great read. In addition, Barbara gives us a bonus entry on animation from her book on the Designing the Mobile User Experience

Next is one of my favorite authors, Tomi T Ahonen (Communities Dominate blog). His entry Trillion with a T, the Newest Giant Industry has Arrived: the Money and Meaning of Mobile is a fascinating piece that walks us over market comparissons, SMS, MMS and other and how the mobile market has become a Trillion dollars industry.

Dennis Bournique (WapReview) writes The New Mobile Social Windows Live where he providers a great summary review (as usual) this time on the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile web version of Windows Live.

Rudy de Waele (m-trends.org) shares with us his insights from the recent Nokia World event on his piece The Bright South of Nokia.

The next entry is from Farooq (Systems View) where he writes Seven Mass Media –A framework. Here he adapts Tomi Ahonen’s Mobile as the Seven Mass Media concept as a Framework that allows him to better understand (and explain) the complex issues related to mobility for mass media. Interesting.

James Pearce (dotMobi), distinguished Mobilist joins us this week with a piece titled A Very Modern Mobile Switching Algorithm – Part II, a very interesting article on mobile web and the principles of handling mobile users and switching their experiences.

Our last two entries are about predictions for 2009. First we have Andrew Grill (London Calling blog) who writes On the money – those 2008 predictions that came true giving us his predictions for 2009. Second is my own entry (About Mobility) with my own set of predictions for 2009 more on the application space; see Goodbye 2008 and welcome 2009 and some predictions on mobility.

What a great set of entries. Selecting my favorite entry for this week is not easy and in fact I actually have two favorites ones: 1) Tomi T Ahonen’s Trillion with a T, the Newest Giant Industry has Arrived: the Money and Meaning of Mobile, and 2) James Pearce A Very Modern Mobile Switching Algorithm – Part II; congrats to both.

Please note that with this week’s Carnival we start the HOLIDAY BREAK, meaning that Carnival #154 is the last one for 2008. And with the holiday break, we will be taking the traditional 2-week off for the Holidays. The next Carnival of the Mobilists will go online on Monday, January 5, 2009.

And with this I would like to wish everyone of you a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!


25 Nov

Carnival of the Mobilists #151 at GoldenSwamp.com


This week’s Carnival of the Mobilists #151 is hosted at Judy Breck’s GoldenSwamp.com blog.

…(this week’s) Carnival sparkles with visions into the mobile future, written by experts with deep experience, keen vision, and some really interesting ideas about what lies ahead.

A great edition it is…

This is the first time that I post to the Carnival in a long time, perhaps months. Thanks to Judy for picking up my entry.


24 Jul

Carnival of the Mobilists #133 at VisionMobile

CoM  #133

The Carnival of the Mobilists #133 is at VisionMobile (Andreas Constantinou’s weblog). VisionMobile is one of the top mobility blogs in the global blogosphere; a must read. This week’s edition of the Carnival comes with mobile technology essays by Justin Oberman, Ian Wood, Ajit Jaokar, Andrew Grill, Dean Bubley, Barbara Ballard, Martin Sauter, and truly yours, C. Enrique Ortiz (me!).

Thanks to Andreas for selecting my essay as the post of the week:

The post of the week honours go to C. Enrique Ortiz for his thesis on why discoverability is what’s stalling the take-up of mobile apps. It’s always great to see such thought leadership in the mobile industry.

Thanks for the kind words Andreas!

See the Carnival of the Mobilists #133.


18 Dec

Carnival of the Mobilists #104

The above photo is of the ferris wheel in Helsinki, source: ashlyfanderson

Welcome to the Carnival of the Mobilists #104!

It is great to be back hosting the Carnival…

This week’s Carnival is dedicated to the land of the Finns, where I spent the whole last week.

Finland flag

Some facts about Finland. According to the CIA World Factbook, Finland’s key economic sector is manufacturing – wood, metals, engineering, and electronics industries. And of course mobile handsets, and Vodka and Saunas. For the latter, you have to be there to know what I mean :-). With a population of 5,238,460 (July 2007), it has 1.92 million (2006) telephones lines in use, and 5.67 million (2006) mobile cellular phones in use (now, that is penetration). Other facts include 2.323 million (2007) Internet hosts, and 2.925 million (2006) Internet users.

The Carnival of the Mobilists #104

This week we have entries from Martin Sauter, Dennis, Jim Hughes, Tarek Abu-Esber, Ajit Jaokar, Dan Lewis, Steve Litchfield, Jaclyn Epstein, Keving Flemming, Howard Rheingold, and truly yours, me.

Let’s begin… My friend Martin Sauter of WirelessMoves writes a very interesting piece titled Bit Pipe or Profiting from the Long Tail? where he covers the long-time mobile operators dilemma of being a bit pipe or more, specifically service providers, and its relationship to the Long Tail. He writes “So now look at mobile operators: Selling bandwidth is nothing but making money with the Long Tail of the web. Sounds a lot better than ‘bitpipe’, no?”

Dennis of the WAP Review writes about mPoria – Mobile Mall, where he covers mPoria, where “real merchandise can be purchased using your phone and delivered by UPS or FedEx to your home or office”. As usual, Dennis writes a very good product review.

The above photo is of Helsinki and its Cathedral, source: http://blog.arendsen.net

Jim Hughes at Feet up! writes Google Maps, give us the data! where he covers his experiences running Google Maps for Mobile on the E61, but most importantly Jim points out that Google is building a huge database of mast locations with everyone’s help, and that such data should be made accessible to others.

Tarek Abu-Esber writes Mobile Device Testing Products And Services, where he covers new services for developers for testing their mobile applications. Tarek covers Device Anywhere, PACA Mobile Center, Nokia Services, and other; a good resource for developers.

Ajit Jaokar of the Open Gardens blog writes Mobile browser plug-ins: The browser as a platform la Facebook platforms, where he covers the idea of mobile browser plug-ins. Ajit writes “If browser plug-ins take off, then the browser becomes a platform much like the Facebook platform.”

Dan Lewis of Skydeck writes Is one cell phone enough?, an interesting piece that covers stats on why people carry multiple handsets, and very importantly, the implications for estimates of cell phone penetration. A good read.

Steve Litchfield of All About Symbian writes Taking storage for granted and ‘The Importance Of Backups’ part 362, where he writes about backups… You have been warned; when was the last time that you backed up your data? 🙂

John Puterbaugh of Nellymoser writes 2008 Predictions, his expectations for 2008.

C. Enrique Ortiz, of the About Mobility weblog writes The killer Mobile-Desktop combination, where I cover the use-case of leveraging the desktop to enhance the mobile experience.

Our last entry by Howard Rheingold of SmartMobs is Tim O’Reilly on open mobile where Howard covers some interesting remarks by Tim O’Reilly on his letter to the New Your Times. Check it out.

My favorite piece for this week is Martin’s Bit Pipe or Profiting from the Long Tail?

Thanks for reading the Carnival this week. Note that this week’s edition is the last for 2007, and that first CoM of ’08 will be at Paul R. Ruppert’s Mobile Point View blog.

The Carnival of the Mobilists founders, organizers, hosts, bloggers and all participants wishes you a happy and save Holidays and a great New Years!

Happy Holidays!


21 Nov

Carnival of the Mobilists #100

CoM #100

Wow, the Carnival of the Mobilists is 100 editions old! From the original concept by the MobHappy guys Carlo and Russell, to this week’s latest edition, it is wonderful to see the Carnival continue to make an impact on Mobility with its regular and new contributors from around the world. I wasn’t able to submit anything to the 100th edition as I was out of town, but if you haven’t yet, see this week’s edition at Abhishek Tiwari’s weblog.


14 Nov

Carnival of the Mobilists #99 @ Ubiquitous Thoughts

CoM # 99

This week’s Carnival of the Mobilists is at Ubiquitous Thoughts blog. Topics include Google’s Open Handset Alliance and Android, marketing, product reviews, and education. Good read.

Previous/recent carnivals that I meant to mention in my blog and all are must reads: