Location based information in real time: Help or hindrance?

Looking at this Google Map created by Omar Chatriwala, a web journalist at Al Jazeera, and the plethora of location aware devices plus options to put up geo-referenced information and news on the web in real time, I wondered whether this was helpful or not in times of crisis? Ushahidi's leading the field in addressing … Continue reading Location based information in real time: Help or hindrance?

Google Latitude: Real time location awareness through mobiles

At the time I last wrote about the potential of location aware web / mobile mashups and services, Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence disallowed the sale of GPS enabled mobile phones. That seems to have changed in the past month. Airtel and Dialog both sport the Blackberry Bold, which has in built GPS, and Dialog's … Continue reading Google Latitude: Real time location awareness through mobiles

Mobiles to dominate Internet access by 2020?

From Network World, By 2020, mobile phones will be the primary Internet devices for most people in the world, according to a panel of experts, who also predict that Web technologies will probably not lead to increased social tolerance. “The mobile phone – now with significant computing power – [will be] the primary Internet connection … Continue reading Mobiles to dominate Internet access by 2020?

Capturing violent conflict in Kashmir with mobile phones

The BBC runs a fascinating story today on how young people (who in the story are mostly male) are capturing violent events and processes in Kashmir using their mobile phones.  The example of Kashmir suggests that the prevalence of mobile phones leads to a situation on the ground that mainstream news agencies could not have imagined even … Continue reading Capturing violent conflict in Kashmir with mobile phones

Deciding which mobile phone to bug and how: The incredible flip side of the growth of mobiles

I use the word incredible in the sense of difficult to believe or extraordinary. In one of the most revealing and interesting articles I've read in a while, the London Review of Books looks into the world of mobile phone surveillance. It begins with the example of http://www.mapamobile.com in the UK, a freely available service … Continue reading Deciding which mobile phone to bug and how: The incredible flip side of the growth of mobiles

The future of mobile applications and some other ideas

The Google Android Developers Blog lists the top 50 applications submitted to Round 1 of its developer's challenge. It's a damn impressive list. I was alerted to this from Appropriate IT's excellent post on it, which I fully endorse.  A PDF slideshow of all the apps, with screenshots and mock-ups, is available here.  However, as … Continue reading The future of mobile applications and some other ideas