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Upward Mobility: Your phone is your robot’s best friend

By James Turner
February 3, 2014

Recently, Glenn Martin wrote an article describing how robotics in moving out of the factory and into the house. And while Glenn restricted himself mainly to the type of robots that pop into your head when someone says the word …

Update Mobility: The Year in Mobile

By James Turner
December 16, 2013

As the end of December approaches, it’s time to take a look at the year that was. In a lot of ways, 2013 was a status quo year for mobile, with nothing earthshaking to report, just a steady progression of …

Upward Mobility: 3 Unanswered Questions About Mobile Technology

By James Turner
December 9, 2013

I spend a lot of time on this blog focused on the very short term issues regarding mobile. Is Apple better than Android. Will Blackberry survive? What’s the best strategy in Candy Crush? But sometimes you need to pull up to …

Go native, go big, and go deep

By Zigurd Mednieks
April 29, 2013

Apps have to get bigger and more ambitious. A key question for the developer community is how do you create big, integrated, multi-functional, configurable apps for the mobile enterprise? Curiously, Facebook is providing some answers by not using HTML5 and …

Commerce Weekly: Predicting 2013

By Jenn Webb
December 20, 2012

Here are a few stories that caught my attention in the commerce space this week. Predicting the 2013 commerce space As 2012 wraps up, industry executives are looking ahead to what 2013 might bring. In a report at eCommerceBytes, executives …

From smartphones and continuous data comes the social MRI

From smartphones and continuous data comes the social MRI
By Mac Slocum
July 13, 2012

An MIT study that aggregated and examined a continuous stream of smartphone data has evolved into an open source toolkit. In this interview, study leader Dr. Nadav Aharony discusses his "social MRI" project and its potential applications.

Commerce Weekly: PayPal's Here service takes on Square

Commerce Weekly: PayPal's Here service takes on Square
By David Sims
March 15, 2012

PayPal introduces its own credit card reader, AmEx asks you to tweet it out, and Asymco visualizes the smartphone market. (Commerce Weekly is produced as part of a partnership between O'Reilly and PayPal.)

Developer Week in Review: Android proves fruitful for Microsoft

Developer Week in Review: Android proves fruitful for Microsoft
By James Turner
September 29, 2011

Samsung agrees to pay Microsoft royalties for Android use. Elsewhere, Oracle keeps the SPARC line alive, and the hackability of voting machines is exposed.

Ruminations on the legacy of Steve Jobs

Ruminations on the legacy of Steve Jobs
By Mark Sigal
August 25, 2011

Apple, under Steve Jobs, has always had an unrelenting zeal to bring the consumer — and humanity — back to the center of the ring. Here, Mark Sigal argues that it's this pursuit of humanity that may actually be Jobs' greatest innovation.

ePayments Week: The economics of in-app purchases

ePayments Week: The economics of in-app purchases
By David Sims
August 18, 2011

Flurry says gamers are more likely to buy goods they use than ones that last. Also, Safaricom sells buckets of $80 Android phones in Kenya, and some thoughts on what makes a good app.

ePayments Week: Who do you trust for mobile payments?

ePayments Week: Who do you trust for mobile payments?
By David Sims
August 11, 2011

A survey by Ogilvy & Mather shows consumers trust Visa, MasterCard & American Express the most, but PayPal beats out Google and Apple. Also, PayPal researches online game payments, and a quick look at smart phone platform market share.

Smartphones and spheres of influence

Smartphones and spheres of influence
By Jenn Webb
July 20, 2011

As a part of an ongoing series looking at mobile disruption, Tyler Bell offers his take on how smartphones can be harnessed individually and collectively.

School district first to permit cell phone use during standardized tests

By Dale Dougherty
June 29, 2011

(Green Onion News Network) The Harper Valley School Board recently adopted a policy that allows students to use their cell phones to search for answers on state-mandated standardized tests.

Why the cloud may finally end the reign of the work computer

Why the cloud may finally end the reign of the work computer
By Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.
April 20, 2011

Cloud computing could reduce asset management costs by allowing more employees to use their own equipment in the workplace.

Making cell phones useful for school

Making cell phones useful for school
By Marie Bjerede
February 24, 2011

A variation on the monitoring technology that allows educators to safely use computers in the classroom is also available for cell phones. But there's a hitch: phone manufacturers and chip suppliers will need to create phones that are kid-safe and school-ready.

Four short links: 6 October 2010

By Nat Torkington
October 6, 2010

“Poetic” Statistical Machine Translation: Rhyme and Meter (PDF) -- Google Research paper on how to machine translate text into poetry. This is the best paper I've read in a long time: clever premise, straightforward implementation, and magnificent results. There's a very workable translation of Oscar Wilde's "Ballad of Reading Gaol" into a different meter, which you'll know isn't easy...

The Watering Hole - What's the Frequency, Kenneth?

The Watering Hole - What's the Frequency, Kenneth?
By James Turner
July 9, 2010

The most amusing thing about the iPhone 4 antenna debacle is that it's the first time the tech press has talked about sweaty palms, and it wasn't in reference to porn.

The Watering Hole - Now the Shoe's on the Other Chest

The Watering Hole - Now the Shoe's on the Other Chest
By James Turner
June 21, 2010

Yes, I know, Ice Age kinda did this joke first, but not quite the same way....

Hacking Ribbit

By Mirza Hatipovic
March 11, 2010

Ribbit has been around for a while and beside Lee Brimelow's great introduction tutorial on gotoandlearn.com, I did some experimenting in order to achieve results needed for my application. Because I live in Bosnia and Herzegowina, it was a bit...

Windows Phone 7 Preview Makes Waves

By A. Russell Jones
February 15, 2010

Microsoft provided an extensive preview of its upcoming replacement for the aging Windows Mobile platform at the Mobile World Congress convention in Barcelona, Spain today--and by most accounts, they've come up with a big winner.

The Watering Hole - What the Dickens? - Is assimilation into the collective covered in the new healthcare reform?

The Watering Hole - What the Dickens? - Is assimilation into the collective covered in the new healthcare reform?
By James Turner
December 22, 2009

Things are looking dire for Gwen indeed, or are they?

The Watering Hole - In The Trenches

The Watering Hole - In The Trenches
By James Turner
December 17, 2009

In which Gwen demonstrates that to defeat your enemy, you need to know their weaknesses

The Watering Hole - Linda Hamilton Need Not Apply

By James Turner
December 15, 2009

Gwen has obviously learned some body building techniques from Barry Bonds.

Mutually Assured Detraction

By James Turner
December 9, 2009

In a distant post-apocalyptic future, an aged Ruby relates how the battle between AT&T and Verizon led to our downfall...

The iPhone 3Gs Debacle Switches into High Gear

By James Turner
June 9, 2009

Dear Apple and AT&T, By this point, we of the early adopter/loyal customer community have come to expect, nay to cherish, the abuse that you rain down upon our heads. What other alliance of companies would take the bold step...

What the recent Adobe mobile announcements mean for RIA

By Dale Rankine
February 18, 2009

Funny how the perception of mobile can change almost overnight. In a flurry of announcements from Adobe in the lead up to the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the worlds of RIA and mobile were placed on a collision...

Why your clock radio is all abuzz about your iPhone

Why your clock radio is all abuzz about your iPhone
By James Turner
October 27, 2008

Have you ever put your iPhone (or other phone) near a clock radio or answering machine, and heard a loud staccato buzzing? If so, you're not alone. Reports of iPhones making consumer electronics buzz and click are common, but why does it happen? We talked to a couple of RF experts to learn what's going wrong, and what you can do about it.


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