Friday, October 31, 2008

Yet another mobile browser

Interested to see that well known blogger and ex Mowser teammember Mike Rowehl is now working for Skyfire - the 3rd party windows mobile browser.

I guess in some ways it is questionable whether or not we need another browser choice, but the state of mobile browsers on average is still fairly ropey and a little competition may well stimulate some more improvement.

PS. Registration is now open for MoMo London 3rd birthday party on the 10th of November.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Soon we can all be Mr Bond ...

Interested to see that the concept of using a mobile phone as a remote control for a car (as demonstrated by Bond in The World is Not Enough!) is finally making an appearance as a real product - though only a car show prototype at this stage.

Not quite at the level where you can lie in the back seat and accelerate wildly up the ramp in the car park yet though. Current functions allow only:
  • "Control ambient lightning
  • Control front and rear seat settings
  • Lock the car
  • Open the rear compartment
  • Switch on and off the lights (blinkers, main lights…)"
Of course in the Bond film the phone was a Nokia Communicator so perhaps we need to wait for that version for those features ;->!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

4IP Launched

The Scottish launch event for the 4IP fund was in Glasgow last week.

It is derived from Ofcom's work over the last few years on how public service media will be created by the new "public service providers" of the post-broadcast age.

While much of the current discussion around 4IP is very web focussed, it is clear that mobile will also play a key part in this future, and so can potentially benefit from support from 4IP.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Ofcom vs the lifeboats

The register has publised a rather shocking article on Ofcom's plans to massively increase the amounts it charges to the voluntary rescue services. I wasn't even aware that the lifeboats and mountain rescue organisations had to pay for their comms - far less that they were expected to pay commercially realistic rates for it.

As a person who has worked in a number of startups I generally err at least somewhat towards the opportunity and enterprise end of the spectrum, but this seems to be taking the free market principle to a grotesque extreme - and human life obviously doesn't have any value in the models they use.