Category Archives: Mobile Web

The future of social networking – a concept investigation with Augmented Reality

Here are some concept designs that myself and ace designer Philip Langley put our heads together to create. It’s an investigation into how social networking may work in the future, focusing on mobile and augmented reality (AR). Our investigations were inspired in particular by these brilliant (AR) concept drawings which I often use in presentations […]

The future of us

One of the reasons innovation — true innovation — is so difficult to achieve, is that we’re trapped by legacy. It’s the key criticism of so-called old media companies. They’re so culturally and institutionally programmed to work a certain way and protect old assets, that “innovation” in some contexts is merely tantamount to rearranging deck […]

SA study: More people banking with their mobiles than PCs

According to respected market research organisation World Wide Worx, the number of people banking from their cellphones has exceeded that of people banking from their PCs in South Africa. More than a quarter of bank customers are turning to their cellphones for services ranging from informational transaction types such as balance enquiries to financial transaction […]

Mobile strategy for publishers

Here’s an edited presentation I did a while ago on mobile strategy at 20FourLabs.com. If you’re not a handset maker, a mobile operator or MXIT, then you face some tough challenges in the mobile web environment. The business environment of the mobile web is dominated by a few proprietary players and is not open season […]

HTC confirms August Android Market launch in SA

As predicted by Ron Bach on the 20FourLabs blog, the Android market will soon be launched here. Leaf International Communications, the distributor of HTC in South Africa has confirmed the Android Market, Google’s mobile application directory, will be available to South African users from August 2009. “HTC was the first to launch Android-based handsets in […]

The future of mobile computing

I love these images.* It’s a tale of what our future may look like. In many respects it’s happening now, albeit in a crude form, via apps available for the JesusPhone like Locly, AroundMe and Snaptel. Locly and Aroundme instantly provides your phone with relevant information pertaining to your immediate location, aggregated from sources like […]

News24 iPhone app now live

The News24 iPhone app is now live and ready for download in the iTunes app store. It’s a project that has been in development for a while, and driven by Stefano Sessa here at 24.com mobile. Please download it, check it out and tell us what you think.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Works (And What Doesn’t) on the Mobile Web, by Webmonkey

Webmonkey by Wired has a special place in my heart. It was my one-stop dev resource when I used to be a coder, working in London at beeb.com in the late 90s. It’s a site that’s been around for ages. In fact, if it was entirely possible for a website to be older than the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]