Friday, July 29, 2005

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Learn stuff with your iPod

Dictionary with a database of more than 35,000 words with multiple parts-of-speech for each headword, and a Thesaurus with over 35,000 English words and phrases. Go here

Good articles on Vodafones approach to VOIP and fixed-line displacement

in the regsiter and also in unstrung

Electronic Paper

Fujitsu have developed a new type of paper that can store a colour image without needing an electricity supply. link here

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The fair has arrived in Düsseldorf....its huge!

Mobile aggregators

heres a good list of UK mobile aggregators, courtesy of Orange.

Were not afraid!

Following the horrific terrorist attacks on my beautiful home town of London, this blog has been set up to reflect the defiant attitude of the public.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Tarolini sniffing the Athens pollution!

Google to boost T-Mobile?

T-Mobile has announced that customers with Internet viewing capable devices will be presented with the Google search page as a default start page. It represents a strategic shift away from the promotion of T-Zones, to pushing a more natural Internet experience, that mirrors the way customers currently use the web.
I cant applaud T-Mobile for doing this because its common-sense. The "walled-garden" approach protects the brand and monetises activity but it stiffles innovation and experimentation. It restricts mobile customers to a range of bread and butter data services that come with a one size fits all approach. It doesnt make any consideration for locality, age, interests, profession, social-circles, tastes and income. This doesnt mean that by defaulting Google, all this will be solved. It does however, demonstrate that operators are beginning to think along more traditional and proven Internet behaviour models. Search is the deafult start for most of our Internet activity, and with the proliferation of mobile optimised Internet sites we are now seeing sufficient content to make the experience credible.
The "walled-garden" has always received a lot of criticism outside of the operator community much of which I belive is unjust. With all service or product creation, you are limited only by your ingredients and imagination. The "walled-garden" offerings have grown up around fairly poor ingredients (wap 1.0 , closed-O/S, b&w screens etc), but now the produce of offer has changed. With the recent advancement in device capapbilities, continuing subsidisation (in europe anyway) and lots more standardisation, the climate has changed and the opportunity apparent. Operators will need to focus on developing 3rd party products (technical + commercial) to maintain their control of the value-chain or they may find themelves squeezed by their vendor partners (Nokia Premiernet).
I suspect that Google must also be quietly chuckling away.....