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Carnival of the Mobilists #201


Welcome to the 201st edition of the Carnival of the Mobilists and the second edition hosted here on my blog.

Although it’s only been a few months since my inaugural hosting, there have been lots of news in Canada has it relates to mobile. For one thing, the iphone is now available on all three major carriers in Canada now (Rogers, Bell, Telus) after Bell & Telus announced the early activation of their new national high speed HSPA network. Canada is one of the first countries globally to have this coveted device readily available to pretty much everybody.

This will have huge ramifications going into the new year for mobile in Canada – especially as it relates to the mobile web vs mobile applications discussion.

Who would have thought even 3 months ago that Canada would suddenly be an influencer in global mobile trends?

Speaking of mobile trends, the hyperbole over the Apple tablet which will further blur the definition of mobile and traditional computing is reaching manic levels of attention in the media. Randy Giusto from NewDigitalCafé thinks Android based tablets could actually be the next big thing and outlines how the latest entry into the convergence space could change your disposable income patterns in the near future.

Volker Hirsch also joins the convergence discussion with an assessment of the Nokia 5330 Mobile TV Edition. As he rightly points out, no matter how advanced and technically impressive a device is, user experience will always trump tech.

Will RIM become the new Palm with the rollout of the Droid? Palm as we know took the biggest hit when the iphone first came to market and so Francisco Kattan predicts and outlines why he believes the new Droid will also fail to impact the iphone and will instead take a bite out of the blackberry.

Mark Jaffe over at Mobile Mandala writes about the ubiquity of SMS in today’s society and explores some useful SMS push alerts that are readily available while wondering why there aren’t more.

Another area of mobile that has been slow to meet our hopes and expectations is near field communications (NFC). With so much promise to revolutionize payments, loyalty and information sharing, we aren’t nearly where we thought we would be by now. C. Enrique Ortiz provides his perspective on where the NFC industry is at and what it needs to do to start reaching its potential.

That wraps up this week’s Carnival of the Mobilists. In case you missed the Carnival last week, drop by Mobilestance and catch last week’s post.  Be sure to drop by Mobile Strategy next Monday as they are hosting Carnival of the Mobilists #202.

November 23, 2009   9 Comments

Carnival of the Mobilists #191 – Mobile learning, Aural AR, SIM cards, and the impact of technology on our lives

CNE - MidwayWelcome to the Carnival of the Mobilists #191!

It’s my first time hosting the Carnival and I’m delighted to bring you some of the top mobile blog submissions from the last week while adding a little “Canadianana” to the mix.

This is a very important week for Mobile in Canada as the inaugural Mobile Innovation Week is bringing together a powerhouse lineup of speakers from around the world.

Although some of us have been lucky enough to travel to CTIA or the World Mobile Congress over the past few years, most Canadians are only just discovering how mobile fits into their marketing mix and haven’t been exposed or enlightened by the content being delivered this week.

Some of the speakers are already well known to Carnival enthusiasts as they have been frequent contributors. You can check out the press release here or look at the full schedule here.

What’s also exciting for the Canadian market is that this event marks the first time the Mobile Marketing Association has ventured north of the American boarder to support and promote an event. Canadian Mobile marketers have been looking to launch a Canadian chapter of the MMA and this event may be the first step towards that goal.

You’ll be able to follow tweets from the events by searching for #mmw09

Enough about Canada – let’s burn some bacon with this week’s top 5 submitted posts to the Carnival:

  • As any Canadian knows with a GSM enabled device (Rogers or Fido), SIM cards allow consumers to essentially take their account with them from phone to phone without having to reprogram them like they do on CDMA based phones (Bell or Telus).  C. Enrique Ortiz from About Mobility (it’s It’s the Application, Stupid!) brings a Slideshare presentation on SIM cards including industry standards, types, some interesting numbers. Check out his post here.
    • There has been a ton of buzz lately over augmented reality and its potential applications on mobile. Mark A.M. Kramer over at Smartmobs has highlighted an iphone application that may be relevant for aural AR and mobile learning. Check out his post here.
      • With smartphones approaching 25% of all phones in Canada and in many other markets, mobile learning is quickly becoming a hot topic. Mark Hooft over at Ubiquitous Thoughts (thoughts and ideas about mobile learning) has put together a great roundup of all things happening (good and bad) in the mobile learning space. Check out his post here.
        • We know that the Youth are usually among the early adopters – especially when it comes to mobile, but that doesn’t mean we know how to market to them or influence them. The editors over at Mobithinking.com interviewed youth marketing expert Ian Stewart on How to reach young consumers using the mobile channel. Included are 5 things you should know about mobile and youth and 8 tip for successful engagement with youth using mobile. This is my article of the week! Check it out here.
          • Does Technology Connection Mean Life Disconnection? Dr. Jim Taylor shares his thoughts on the topic which really goes beyond mobile and makes you consider the broader impact and implications of technology on our lives. I’d also like to welcome Jim to the Carnival as I believe this is his first published submission! Check out his post here.

          Thanks to this week’s contributors! The Carnival will be hosted next week at AboutMobility and you can catch up on this summer’s other Carnivals by clicking here.

          If you are new to burning the bacon, take a look around at the archives for some great content and feel free to follow me on twitter @Phryl for the mobile and digital snippets between the blog posts.

            September 13, 2009   8 Comments

            Carnival of the Mobilists #180 @ m-trends.org

            RudyDe Waele is hosting this week’s Carnival of the Mobilists over at m-trends.org. Rudy has been an active participant in the global ecosystem fcarnivalor a number of years and first hosted the Carnival 4 years ago for #3.

            This week’s issue covers off highlights from Mobile 2.0 Europe, App stores, mobile user experience design, mobile advertising, mobile search, and more.

            My article on bluetooth being more than bluespam is also included – making this my third contribution to the Carnival.  I’l be volunteering to host the Carnival on this blog for later this summer or fall.

            July 3, 2009   2 Comments

            Carnival of the Mobilists #179 @ Reflections on things mobile

            carnival of the mobilistsGeoff Ballinger’s blog “reflections on things mobile” is hosting this week’s Carnival of the Mobilists. Geoff is from Edinburgh, Scotland and has been in the mobile media and entertainment sector for over eight years. He’s currently VP Engineering for Mobile Acuity Ltd – a company that among other things, has a focus on augmented reality – a topic of great interest these days.

            This week’s Carnival also features a link and reference to the Wap vs. App blog I wrote last week. This is my second feature with the Carnival of the Mobilists. One more feature and this blog will qualify to host the Carnival sometime later this summer or Fall.

            If you haven’t already, mark every Monday in your calendar to check out the Carnival of the Mobilists as every week features content and perspectives on mobile from around the world.

            June 22, 2009   No Comments

            Carnival of the Mobilists #170

            Are you interested in reading some of the best & most interesting posts from around the interweb each week on mobile and mobile marketing?

            Each week the Carnival of the Mobilists is hosted on a different blog and features a great assortment of mobile articles.

            This week #170 is hosted by TamsBlackberry who has selected my article from last week on Mobile Marketing 101 – Everything you need to know to get started.

            Even though it appears he isn’t familiar with Slideshare (and therefore why I’d be posting it to my blog), be sure to check out his blog and other highlighted articles from this week.

            April 20, 2009   2 Comments

            Palm creates “synergy” with Pre – will it do the same for social aggregation?

            Today while reviewing the weekly carnival of the mobilists, I came across a review of Palm’s new Synergy over at atmaspheric.

            What’s most interesting about Synergy is that it accesses the “cloud” in order to sync all your calendar, email, and contact accounts.

            Unlike Microsoft and Apple’s iphone, you don’t need a central computer to sync or save data. There isn’t even a button to sync.. all you do is use the device and when changes, additions, or deletions are made, the Pre will automatically make the updates through the cloud to the original sources.

            For example, if you are accessing your facebook contact list and you update a phone number on your Pre, it will auto-sync your facebook account.

            As I commented on the original post, wouldn’t it be super if they went one step further an aggregated & synchronized all your social data? It would be like Yahoo’s oneconnect or friendfeed for mobile – but native to your mobile OS.

            By leveraging the cloud and aggregating all data, we could see some nifty new services that create the semantic web experience (or web 3.0) many have been talking about since the term “Web 2.0″ was coined.

            January 26, 2009   6 Comments