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Fighting Vertical Video Syndrome

Posted by in Default, Technology

  I believe vertical videos are one of the worst ideas ever. The field of view only captures meaningless details and does not match how your eyes work. The video below makes an excellent point about why vertical videos are bad.   The only reason vertical videos exist is because it’s the most natural way to hold a phone while filming, and unfortunately that’s a fact. Holding a phone horizontally is obviously clumsy and unnatural. That being said, there are a few solutions: Get phone manufacturers to rotate the sensors in…read more

Introducing the Fartbot

Posted by in Fun stuff

This was a little challenge my kid and I set for ourselves: building a fartbot. Contrary to its name, it doesn’t fart (I can feel your disappointment) – it’ll end up being a mobile-controlled ghost-like robot that produces fog and awkward sounds. We just finished step one: making a bluetooth controlled moving platform – which ended up being pretty easy (thanks to the pile of tutorials out there, and awesome embedded platforms such as Arduino). We set up a build log on fartbot.co, so feel free to build yours too and let us…read more

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There’s no mobile or PC – only apps.

Posted by in Mobile, Technology

I remember the days when thinking mobile was a real exercise where you needed to totally rethink your product so it can still being value to your users while surviving the limitations of the mobile itself: * ridiculously small screen * hectic Internet access * buttons and T9 text input * j2me or WML as sole way to display contents Building something reasonably useful on those platforms was a real challenge while flash and HTML were already rocking the place on the desktop world. But let’s face it, phones those…read more

The mobile advertisement puzzle

Posted by in Mobile

I’ve been spending some time in the mobile ad space lately. I’m not an “ad” guy – and indeed I never see the ads on the web and just find them ugly. The only one that work on me are the retargeting ads showing me over and over again that gadget i’m trying not to buy. Anyway back to basics… Why are brands advertising? Brand equity: Let’s be fair, this kind of non-ROI-based advertisement has mostly disappeared from the web. This is the kind of advertisement that was typically used at the…read more

Mobile Security is getting hype

Posted by in Mobile

Mobile devices are small computers, that’s now granted. For years now some companies have foreseen that those devices will be target to security threats (F-Secure launched its first Mobile AV for Symbian in 2004 (and was well demoed with the Skull Virus – see pic to the side). Now quite a few players have joined the race with traditional security providers like AVG (through the purchase of DroidSecurity), McAffee (trhough the purchase of tenCube) and new independent players such as Lookout. The threats have evolved also, we can now see that with…read more

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Palm helps bring jQuery to mobile web

Posted by in Mobile

Palm just announced on his blog that jQuery Mobile has been released. Aside from Windows Mobile and Maemo (!?!?) All the modern platforms are supported as you can see in the chart below. We’ve seen how web apps can look gorgeous on the iPhone Safari browser, now all the mobile browsers get a leveled dynamic experience of the mobile web. It’s hard to anticipate just now if this is going to be a game-changer or simply a nice to have feature, and while many have envisioned that web-apps would prevail…read more

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Backup, Lock, Locate and Wipe for Blackberry

Posted by in Mobile

RIMâ??s consumer-grade protection software for BlackBerry smartphones, dubbed Blackberry Protect, has just been officially announced. Rumored for months, the new service lets customers not attached to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server: â?¢ Protect important information on a lost BlackBerry smartphone by remotely wiping or locking the device from your desktop â?¢ Remotely add contact information to the home screen of a locked BlackBerry smartphone so it can be returned if found â?¢ See your BlackBerry smartphoneâ??s location and pinpoint the current whereabouts of a lost or stolen device with cell tower and…read more

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e-commerce from your iPhone

Posted by in Mobile

Shopping from a mobile phone has always been a very theoretical exerience. Sounds like a good idea but nobody ever really managed to make a clean 360 experience from window licking to actually paying for goods.  Mobile phone may be used to give more info on a product but at the end the purchase was always done in-store or on the PC. Apple’s app-store made it real and mainstream for apps and now today they just released a mobile app version of their app-store. You can download it right here….read more

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