Mobile update

•November 24, 2007 • Leave a Comment

With the latest developments in the mobile industry at least two companies should be mentioned:

The first one is Google with their announcement of the Android platform and the Open Handset Alliance. A by one critized and at the same time appreciated move that will continue on Apple’s path to reform the handset industry and create handsets aimed towards user experience. Exciting is how Google aims to do it in an open-source way.  Here is an interesting summary of what each member in the alliance might bring to the table (link).

The other company to mention is Nokia that recently has with several interesting announcements shown they are a force to count on in the evolving handset and mobile internet industry. The Internet Service brand Ovi was introduced that will and will pull Nokia Music Store, N-Gage, Nokia Maps, and all future Nokia services into a single suite of service offerings. A deal was signed with Vodafone to launch an integrated suite of Vodafone services combined with Nokia Ovi services on a range of Nokia handsets (source: Together with this we have a Nokia that really tries to go from a hardware company into one offering Services to mobile handset users. CEO Olli Pekka Kallasvuo has even decided to call Nokia an internet company (source:

Just found Nokia’s Betalabs ( that has several interesting applications that can be tried. A pity I have a Sony Ericsson 🙂 have tried Widsets though that newly “graduated” in true Google spirit.

Closed during lunch?

•November 23, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Closed during lunch?

Originally uploaded by Andreas Sigurdsson

Not really related to online and mobile stuff, just a picture I wanted to share. Saw this entrepreneur when walking down the street after lunch. According to the sign is he selling tv, fridge and other electrical appliances. But maybe he shouldn’t have finished those bottles of beer behind him during “office hours”

Usage of Web 2.0 applications is becoming “more” mainstream in US

•October 6, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Recently released research done by Avenue A/Razorfish, the digital agency owned by Microsoft, shows that some Web 2.0 staples such as video sharing and personalized Web pages have gone mainstream. They surveyed 475 U.S. Internet users across all demographics in July which of course more shows the usage in the American market.

Nothing surprises me except that there are so few that never have used Flickr, as i interpret it as has they never have visited it as well. I would love to see a comparison with Europe and China. Mobile internet is a lot more used in China with a higher adoption. And compared to western countries which tend to focus on the mobile office; China, Korea and Japan focus more on mobile entertainment. Will try to come back to this subject later.

Below are some clippings from the article:

Web 2.0 Goes Mainstream Annotated

Mainstream Internet users are employing simple tools to personalize their Web experiences, though they are skipping some of the popular totems of Web 2.0, according to a newly released survey.some Web 2.0 staples such as video sharing and personalized Web pages have gone mainstream

The study found that some of the most recent advances in content sharing have uneven adoption.

59 percent said they never used sites like Flickr. A majority had never uploaded a video. About 65 percent said they never used tag clouds.

“They’re personalizing their digital experience and finding content relevant to them,” Schmitt said. “It’s not the same mainstream sources they’ve been getting it from for ages.”

Avenue A/Razorfish found online video has hit the mainstream, with two-thirds of respondents saying they regularly watched YouTube videos and 95 percent reporting they had watched an online video over the previous three months.

When it comes to mobile technologies, consumers still overwhelmingly use their phones mainly for voice communications.

Using social networks for mobilizing people

•October 6, 2007 • Leave a Comment

An article from wired today mentioned how volunteers on Facebook successfully have managed to gather nearly 300,000 people to support the monks protest in Burma. These supporters are planning to hit the streets all over the world to show their support this weekend. According to one organisation leader, the volunteers on facebook has managed to mobilize people in a way they never been able to. The interesting thing is how this shows the power of a mainstream social network that everyone use and how people can be mobilized to a low cost. I guess we will see the same thing for causes that earlier used TV to raise money.

Facebook Users Hook Up—With Fellow Burmese Monk Backers – Newser Annotated

“Nearly 300,000 people have joined the Facebook group “Support the Monks’ Protest” since a story on the movement broke last week”
“Over two dozen Facebook volunteers are working with activist organizations on the upcoming protests. “They’re able to do things that we can’t,” said one organization leader. “They’ve been able to mobilize people.””

Using online applications offline

•September 22, 2007 • 1 Comment

Adobe Air is together with Google Gears offering solutions for offline access to online applications. Google through the browser and Adobe Air by standalone applications.  Google Reader is using Google Gear but doesn’t bring very much extra value despite that I often am offline and would like to use Google Reader. The reason is that you have to prepare going offline by going to Google Reader and then choose offline mode so it can download everything. Not very useful until it is done automatically. There is a rumour that Google is developing an offline Gmail client based on Google Gears and that will be fun to see.

A few applications exist built on Adobe Air. The one who has created the most buzz is Pownce. It has a great interface but since it all is Beta it is not 100%. But other cool applications are DiggTop that access and especially PeekAgenda. PeekAgenda is in itself not that very exciting since I don’t use backpack and its interface needs a face-lift but the whole idea to have this kind of applications for Basecamp, Gmail and Scrybe to mention a few would be great since it enables you to work with them offline and then automatically sync when getting online, all outside the browser. More samples can be found here.

Weakness in anonymity service expose “encrypted traffic”

•September 12, 2007 • 1 Comment

As in many cases, it is seldom only the technologies fault the security fails. User can be blaimed for not reading (and understanding) how it really works but which of course in this case was not that obvious. Authentication is a another common problem that tries to be solved with more advanced technical solutions but the weakest link is always the human itself…..

Rogue Nodes Turn Tor Anonymizer Into Eavesdropper’s Paradise

A security researcher intercepted thousands of private e-mail messages sent by foreign embassies and human rights groups around the world by turning portions of the Tor internet anonymity service into his own private listening post.

Swedish computer security consultant Dan Egerstad posted the user names and passwords for 100 e-mail accounts used by the victims.

Tor is a privacy tool designed to prevent tracking of where a web user surfs on the internet and with whom a user communicates. It is often used by for example human-rights workers to communicate with journalists and many who use TOR has believe it was an end-to-end encryption tool.

Tor works by using servers donated by volunteers around the world to bounce traffic around en route to its destination. Traffic is encrypted through most of that route, and routed over a random path each time a person uses it.

But Tor has a known weakness: The last node through which traffic passes in the network has to decrypt the communication before delivering it to its final destination. Someone operating that node can see the communication passing through this server.

Apple has surpassed Microsoft….

•September 8, 2007 • Leave a Comment

….as the “biggest bully” in the tech industry:

Apple Takes a Bite Out of the Competition – Newser

Apple has replaced Microsoft as the tech industry’s “biggest bully,” according to PC World. The iPod dynamo has shed its rebel rep and assumed Microsoft’s former mantle as a monopolist, copycat, and bully. “Bundling,” a tactic Microsoft used to tie together Windows and Internet Explorer and thwart competition, is Apple’s game plan with the iPod and iTunes.