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Addicted?

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Yes, I have to admit: I’m addicted to my iPhone!

Yes, it is true. I depend on my iPhone. Or, I can say, I WAS depending on my iPhone as I don’t have it at the moment!!

I can say this because I’ve been spending the last month without it: it has been a nightmare!

Just to summarize: I got the daily habit to accomplish several tasks with it and now, that I’m not able to do them, I feel a bit lost.

Reflecting on this situation helped me clarifying that: the way we live today is based on the continuous management of information and, in order to have our lives up and running, we need to keep this information organized. If this does not happen, than several of our “communication channels” with the rest of the world are interrupted and, as a consequence, you can experience one of the following sensation: feeling isolated and out of date, lacking the tools to conduct your usual activities, or missing your social life.

What do you think? Did something similar happen to you? Is it good? Is it bad? None of the two?

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FAO in emergencies mobile App

After long, but good work, we released the NEW FAO in emergencies mobile App for iPhone and iPad.

It is publicly available on iTunes and it is free.

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With the App is possible to access most of the content of the FAO in emergencies website, with a specific focus on the emergency projects that FAO is implementing.


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Lessons learned: trust is key

Last week end I was in Covent Garden, London, at the apple store.

This is what I saw: lots of products ready to be handled by visitors and lots of people (the young guys in red t-shirt) ready to chat with customers about the products.

At the apple store in Covent garden, LondonTwo things were clear to me:

– every product could be touched and tested by users,

– every customer had the chance to be listened to by the shop assistants.

They do everything to build TRUST.


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The iPhone and its future

The conversation these days is heavily around the future of the iPhone and, more than that, on the future of Jobs’ approach. The iPad, the App store and the Apple control on the software to use on their tools is the topic around which many people are discussing.

Pete Cashnore design the line of this scenario and provides his point of view.

Here is something more hilarious but still very indicative of what the feelings around are: an email exchange between Steve Jobs and one reader of MacRumors.

The point is still the same: is it better to design an OPEN or CLOSED environment? To Control or not to control?


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Blogging from your iPhone

WordPress released an application with which you can blog directly from your iPhone. You can download it form here.

I’ve been starting using it!

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Can you imagine what does that mean in addition to another app which can record voices, the images you shot with the embedded camera and the video you can ultimately shot with the same camera? The list on the Appstore is already very long!


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This closer marriage between Mobile and Internet

The IAALD-AFITA-WCCA Conference in August 2008 in Japan highlighted the importance of mobile communication to bridge the digital divide. In the final declaration about “Theme 1” of the conference – Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas – one of the panel prediction was:

“mobile phones will be used as workstations and effective Web2.0 platforms

I totally agree with this statement and I’m very curious to see how this topic will evolve and what ideas will come out of the special Online Forum on “Mobile Telephony in Rural Areas” – 17/28 November 2008, that I’m joining as Subject Matter Expert.

Since the beginning of this reflection about convergence between Mobile and Internet, I’ve seen two main directions where this relationship is going:

  • In Parallel: offering to different user groups a few basic services with some points of contact (short term);
  • Towards interaction and partial merge: with users accessing either or both technologies to collect and share data (medium term).

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New cellphones, ad-hoc software (have a look at iPhone Appstore and android market) and enhanced services are necessary to sustain this integration process!


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The first competitor for the iPhone

A new challenge for the iPhone was launched yesterday: it is the first mobile phone with Android inside.

Even if not everybody seems to be so enthusiast about the product, more than everything else in the DEV perspective, at least, I see a very interesting trend for prices. The announced price is 120 Eur (at certain conditions) which is fine is compared with many other models and the iPhone itself. So, the tendency of prices to get lower is happening this time as well and we can really start thinking about a wide spread of these tools, also in developing countries.

Linking this news with the possibility of wider access available in two years time, than the scenario could be very much different in the near future.

Are WE going the same direction? Will we be able to provide good services for that time? How much time do we need to design new services for these devices? Are our Human Access Points ready to help us designing them?