Year: 2009

  • Location, Location, Location

    Great article in Ad Age about the significance of location-aware phones made the rounds yesterday. It’s not about the ‘text a Starbucks coupon when you walk by” type use case, it’s about engagement and brand utility. “Everybody’s got a website, but nobody has a mobile experience right now,” he said. “Next year, probably the end […]

  • Opera’s Next Movement

    Opera has a cryptic splash page on its site announcing something wonderful in the near future for mobile browsers. What will it be?  Intomobile says that hints can be found in the source (I couldn’t find anything). What will it be? If you want to read more substantive thoughts on the future of mobile browsing, […]

  • Finnish Ingenuity

    Finnish Ingenuity

    We had some house guests over last night who shared some observations about the Finnish people and their incredible spirit and creativity, especially when their backs are up against the wall. World War II was a time of extreme struggle for the Finns who found them up against the full wrath of Stalin’s Army. Out-numbered […]

  • If you can’t share it, it doesn’t count

    I heard this line somewhere but can’t attribute it to anyone. Did a search on Google, Yahoo, and even Bing and didn’t find any mention of it either. In an increasingly interconnected world, when one social network is connected with another, if you can’t share something, does it count?

  • Texting for Tickets

    Richard MacManus is posting a three part series on SmartCards from around the world on ReadWriteWeb. London’s Oyster Card (10 million in circulation) Tokyo’s Suica Card (28 million in circulation) Hong Kong’s Octopus Card (19 million in circulation) While each of these metropolitan pass cards have made life easier for those that use them, as […]

  • IKEA Heights

    IKEA Heights is a mini-series shot entirely in the Burbank IKEA store without the store’s knowledge. I think we’re seeing the birth of a new genre. Flash Concerts and Urban Camouflage performance art to name a few. The Finns pronounce it ee-ki-ya by the way. Update: More recent entries in this genre include The Ikea […]

  • Portable Computing, Peanut Butter or Chocolate?

    The Nokia Booklet (stands out better in the search results than “netbook”) is not the first time Nokia has entered the PC market but it’s announcement took many people by surprise. As the lines between what is a laptop and what is a smartphone blur, it’s fascinating to see how a PC companies like Apple […]

  • Silicon Valley visits Helsinki

    If you’re interested in the Social Web and are in Southern Finland at the end of September here are two events that are very much worth catching. Chris Messina and Jyri Engeström will be in Helsinki first for an all day crash course on the social web which will run from the basics in the […]

  • Fisher-Price Snuffs Out View-Master

    Fisher-Price, the toy company that used to market them, has just eliminated almost all the View-Master titles that have been a staple of young lives for almost 70 years. – The Economist Rumor has it that Microsoft will license the rights to the View-Master and use them as a new and innovative distribution channel for […]

  • Sibling Rivalry 2009

    A Nokia colleague of mine here in Finland had a charming update to an age old scenario. In this scene, the older sister, who is 13, is saying she has a crush on a boy in her school. It’s a boy in her school and the younger sister is dying to know who it is. […]