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Mobile

  • The mobile trap

    Much has been written on how big the mobile audience is, and how it offers an opportunity to appeal to a mass audience. Even better, it's an environment where consumers will more readily pay via micro-payments for "Freemium Services". It's a dream come true. Or is it? But here's the challenge: There are, so to speak, a couple of rather large gorillas in the room. They go by the names of the mobile...

  • YFM create iPhone app

    Just got a release from YFM, a Joburg radio station, that says its "the first radio station in Africa and among the first in the world" to release a custom application for the iPhone. (By "among first in the world" I presume they mean amongst radio stations.) This is due to the influence of its CEO Kathan Pillay, somewhat of a tech freak. He's a recovering journalist who has hacked a Linux kernel...

  • Mobile surpasses traditional web in South Africa

    It's what we predicted would happen. In fact it's what we thought had happened sometime ago, but here are some authoritative figures that confirm it. According to a piece in Bizcommunity, Rick Joubert of Vodafone estimates there are now at least 9,5-million mobile wap users (read: mobile web) in the country. These are combined user figures on all the local cellphone networks. In comparison, Online Publisher Association (OPA) statistics of traditional desktop web...

  • Rumour: 'SA #3 in line for 3G iPhone'

    Ok, one thing we should expect for a while are plenty rumours over local release dates for the iPhone. I don't think Vodacom actually know when they are getting the phone and I am sure they are at the whim of Apple. And Apple would never ever change the goalposts from time to time, would they? I've been privy to information from a senior birdy at Vodacom that we are apparently in number...

  • The lowdown on the new iPhone 2.0

    I was listening to the Apple WWDC event's iPhone announcements live on ustream, following the excellent live blogging on Engadget, and also keeping up with the lively micro blogging commentary. The announcement everyone was waiting for took ages to come, but eventually it came. There was nothing majorly earth shattering, actually. Most of the new iPhone 2.0 features had been speculated by blogs and media ad nauseam months before, including GPS and...

  • New iPhone available in South Africa July 20

    According to tech journalist and Stuff Magazine editor Toby Shapshak, Vodacom will be launching the new 3G iphone, also popularly know as the "iPhone 2.0", on July 20. Vodacom’s launch is part of a 10-country deal that Vodafone announced last month, confirming speculation over the iPhone announcement. The phone is purportedly slimmer and sleaker than the first generation iPhone. It also now apparently comes in three new colours. But, most importantly, it...

  • The mobile web: Why the future really is on the small screen

    According to a report on Reuters last year, world wide mobile phone subscriptions reached 3.3-billion users or half the world’s population. Compare this to television usage (about 1,5-billion users) or desktop internet usage (about 1,1-billion users), and it is not hard to see why there is so much excitement about the potential of the mobile web. In Japan more than 70% of internet access is via mobile phones as opposed to desktop internet...

  • Online media strategies & the future of print: Interview with Mags magazine

    Did this interview Gareth Richards from Mags Magazine on online media... 1 Can you give me your views on how important your online presence is to the newspaper? Has it grown more quickly/slowly than the paper version? At the Mail & Guardian we are in the fortunate position where both our newspaper and website are showing record readership. It may have something to do with the fact that the newspaper is a weekend weekly,...

  • The future of the mobile internet: An interview with Arthur Goldstuck

    I had breakfast with internet guru Arthur Goldstuck this morning and, together with Avusa's Colin Daniels, we got into a fascinating debate about the future of the mobile web and internet. Eventually calls will be over the internet as opposed to the traditional cellular networks, and perhaps we may even see the end of the SMS, to be replaced with IM. Coupled with this, you could expect mobile call costs to plummet....

  • 12 predictions for the web

    IBM Chairman Thomas Watson famously predicted in 1943: "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." In the same decade the magazine Popular Mechanics also weighed in, predicting that "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." Even Microsoft founder Bill Gates predicted in 1981 that for computer memory,"640K ought to be enough for anybody." Computers now come standard with more than 3000 times that....

  • Vodacom set to shake up media scene

    Vodacom, best known as a cellphone service provider, is set to become one of the country’s most influential media players, trumping many big, traditional media players. The numbers are certainly impressive. Some would say Vodacom is already an influential media player, with a claimed monthly audience of 1,4-million unique users and 16-million page impressions that consume its content on the small screen. These numbers put the company in the same league as some...

  • Rise and rise of mobile media

    Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun provides a glimpse of mobile media in the future.... Japanese media are the undisputed world leaders in mobile media. When many places on the planet weren’t even using their cellphones for SMS, the Japanese had mastered delivering content on the mobile platform, and making a solid business from it. Japan’s Asahi Shimbun is a big media player in world terms. The newspaper has a massive circulation of around 12-million (8-million...

  • Future web trends

    Here's the presentation I did at a recent iCommons Innovations Series talk with Mr Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, a while back. Honoured to be in such company. I did an adapted version of it again at the recent "Publish Online" conference in Cape Town. The presentation now has a slightly less pretentious title: changed it from "Future of the web" to "Future web trends". It's got some crazy, out there predictions ("Decline of...

  • Vodacom’s foray into mobile advertising

    Blogging from PublishOnline in Cape Town... Graunt Kruger who works for Vodacom's mobile advertising department had the audience at the conference gasping at the big numbers and big strategies. Graunt disagrees with me, but Vodacom -- who are now Online Publishing Association members -- are looking more and more like a media company these days. Here's the irony, Vodacom is one of the biggest advertisers in the country. But now the tables have turned...

  • Mobile publishing: A glimpse of the future with Asahi Shimbun

    I always look forward to the presentations by our Japanese media colleagues about their mobile phone strategies. They are the undisputed world leaders in this field. When many places on the planet weren't even using cellphones for SMSing/texting, these guys had mastered delivering content on mobile phones and were making a solid business from it. Japan's Asahi Shimbun is one of the world leaders when it comes to mobile content. The newspaper...