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wThursday, January 22, 2004

Hiding mobile phone masts

Tom Hume points to a Register story about the business of hiding mobile phone masts -

"Mobile phone operators go to extraordinary lengths to conceal the masts that form their networks. They are being disguised as chimneys, clocks, drainpipes, telegraph poles, and even weathervanes."

posted by James at 10:40 PM

wMonday, January 19, 2004

Camera Phones as bar-code scanners[from Wired News]

"During the past six months, no fewer than four software firms have released applications to help consumers turn their camera-equipped mobile phones into personal bar-code scanners. "

posted by James at 2:51 PM


Missing The Point On Camera Phones [from Techdirt]

Mike at Techdirt expresses the same sense of exasperation as I have on several occasions about the complete lack of understanding the luddites have about the new digital photography playing field.

" Of course camera phones aren't as good for taking pictures. Camera phones aren't designed right now as a replacement for cameras. They're not competing with cameras. They're offering an alternative - and that alternative leads to new and different uses. People who use a camera phone don't take the same types of pictures that a normal camera user takes. That's not what they're for."

But it seems that no matter how many times you say it you'll still get silly articles like the one that Mike links to which points out the weaknesses of cameraphones. Sheesh!

posted by James at 10:06 AM

wSunday, January 18, 2004

There's money in Symbian development! [from The Register]

I never realise that there was so much money to be made with a hit piece of Symbian software -

Even in its early stages, Series 60 has spawned an impressive amount of software. Nokia says six figure sakes are not uncommon, although developers earn more for premium Series 60 smartphone applications than for cheaper Java games. For example, MobiMate sells 15,000 of its WorldMate a week - at $25 a pop - across three OSes including UIQ and Series 60.

Wow, time to dust of my programming books :-)

posted by James at 7:39 PM