Born Mobile brings the personal view of Helio Diamant, mobility geek and computer professional, regarding all the aspects of the life of a mobile person in today's world. Helio is the owner of the Hebrew mobility site MobilityFreak.co.il and of Go-Mobile Ltd., a consulting company that specializes in the area of mobile systems. This site covers all technologies and lifestyle items like phones, computers, cars, motorcycles, and more, and gives a picture of the lifestyle of the writer.
Yesterday evening we were witnesses to the greatest ever comeback: Leonard Cohen, at the age of 75, sang for 3 hours at the Ramat-Gan National Stadium for a crowd of thousands of people.
The show has been the last show of his current tourne, and followed previous comebacks of different artists that decided to dedicate a part of their tournes to this country: Depeche Mode, Pet Shop boys, Madonna, and others.
The Jewish community all around the world is at this moment in the middle of the Rosh HaShana (New Year) holiday. This will be year 5770, and everybody is turning their eyes to heaven to ask for a good year. So let's see what this new year can mean for us at the mobile community:
In the world scenery, maybe this marks the end of an year of crisis, that began with the collapse of Lehman Bros. bank around last year's holiday.
Yesterday I had something happening which, although previously known to me in principle, somehow striked me hard due to its intensity.
One of my customers, who some months ago upgraded his phone (and his life) from an old Sony Ericsson P900 to a Samsung Omnia, called me and told me his Main Storage area arrived to 0MB free, and wanted to know what to do.
One of the Internet startups that I have been following with most interest during the last year is Qik.
For those who don't know it, Qik is a video streaming service based on mobile use. They have clients for a long list of mobile phones, and these clients allow the phone user to stream his videos directly to the Internet.
Qik managed to create a compression algorythm that makes the video streaming to their site impressively fast. They work over 3G and if you have a good data plan you just won't feel it.
I arrived two days ago from my trip to Latin America, and there it was waiting for me: a package with a new set of a ThrottleMeister FT + AZ6, which fits a Burrgman AN650 from 2005 and up. So I have decided to record the installation process and put it here for anyone interested.
I am beginning to get news from many directions regarding an expected October attack by Microsoft.
We all know for some time that October 22nd is the date of Windows 7 launch, and not only the company but the whole world is getting ready for that.
Lately I am beginning to see press releases and articles placing October 6th as a D-Day for WM6.5.
I am currently on a trip to Latin America, to visit Magic's distributors in the area. Surely, even when travelling, I can't help noticing things happening in the mobile arena.
First thing, it is impressive to see the progress GSM has made in Mexico in the last year. If last year we would have in most cases 2G only and the only company offering 3G somehow was USACELL, today I am crossing the city North to South, East to West, with 3G coverage all over the place.
During the last 2-3 days we have been bombed by news from two of the main phone producers in the world, Motorola and Nokia, both claiming to have achieved the "next thing" in the mobile phone arena: the ability to use the mobile phone as a financial/commercial tool.
First was Nokia, which has announced their Nokia Money service, operated jointly with Obopay:
I guess we are getting the first signs that Announcements Season is arriving.
The first sign comes from the beginning of the week, and from far away in Taiwan. HTC has announced the HTC Mega, a phone that would make a lot of people very happy around one year or one-and-a-half year ago:
I have been reading during the weekend a 105-page report on the iPhone by Strand Consult fromScandinavia. The title of the report is "The moment of truth - a portrait of the iPhone". It happens to be a very interesting report, killing a lot of conceptions that are taken as "holy cows" in the industry.
I cannot distribute the report here for copyright reasons. What I can offer is some personal conclusions and the recommendation to anyone interested to get the report for free directly from Strand.
The guys from HDBlog.IT have created a video with a comparison between all the new phones in terms of their screens, and how they perform indoors and outdoors. Here is the video:
1. iPhone is still the best screen but differences are minimal comparing to the new AMOLED screens.
2. The old Omnia, that satisfies me so much in terms of its screen, looks terrible in comparison to the new generation of screens.
Proporta has announced the new Proporta Twisted Speakers, a set of two small speakers that can connect to devices such as computers, iPods, iPhones and other cellular phones that have a 3.5 mm jack connector.
The nice part of this speakers is that they have their own battery (actually 3 replaceable AAA batteries), so they don't drain the battery of the device they are connected to.
I have just seen some interesting videos regarding GM's and Segway's P.U.M.A. (Personal Urban Mobility & Accessibility) project, and I must say that I see a lot of potential in that.
So I have decided to bring two videos of it here.
In general, what they have done was to take a Segway and add a body and a control wheel to it. But the result is definitely impressing. See the first video below:
The video above is from the 2009 International Auto Show in NYC. It is really nice to see what the demonstrating guy can do inside the area of the demonstration. However, it leaves us to think what such a thing could do in real traffic conditions. So here is another video that I have found that can demonstrate that:
Well, this is really impressing. Now the only thing to wish for is that this vehicle begins being sold for less than USD 10,000, and it could be a real solution for everyone seeking a cheap, fast and effective way to go around cities.....
Two weekends ago I was with my son Shai in antoher trip promoted by the Israel Burgman Club, this time a night trip to the Kinneret Lake and the Golan Heights.
During this trip we slept over in a tent at Eli'ad, beginning the trip on Thursday evening at 5PM, and ending it on Friday afternoon at 1PM.
The pictures below are from three different photographers in the group. You can see all the pictures (hundreds of them) in their own Picasa albums by clicking the links on their names. Our official photographer was, as usual, Tomer Feder, but some very good pictures of the group were also taken by Eyal Gur and Ziva Yehoshua.
So here are some nice examples:
This is quite a bit off-topic, but it is a nice story, so here it goes.
Lately Philips decided to challenge their wake-up light in the following way: they wanted to see if the light can cause Simon, a farm rooster, to crow 2 hours before time, at 3:00 AM.
They have prepared a full environment with cameras, timers, and the wake-up light at Simon's farmhouse. The idea is to make the wake-up light turn on at 3AM, but not at once as usually, but instead through a fade-up mechanism that will simulate sunrise.
The result can be seen in the video below:
Today I came into my daily task of updating PocketPCFreak.com and while taking a look at PPCSG.com I found the following beginning paragraph on a piece of news about a new Xperia X5 concept phone:
"Sony Ericsson is really going strong on this. They have created the Sony Ericsson X5 concept phone. This is based on the design of Shane A. Bygrave, who created the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X5 Android phone."
I couldn't avoid a smile when I saw this story, a smile of fun, but mostly of admiration. And since travelling is mobility, I think that the story needs to be told here.
So here is the case, in the words of the author Dave Carroll, as you can see in his site http://www.davecarrollmusic.com/story/united-breaks-guitars:
Around three hours ago I have received a press-release from Suny Telecom, the Samsung distributor in Israel, and Cellcom, the largest operator in the country, telling me that the Samsung I7500 (also known as the Samsung Galaxy) has been released by Suny and Cellcom.
I usually get many mails with peculiar stories, pictures or articles. They are usually to dull to reproduce on a website, but this week I have received one that has been puzzling me for the last two days. It goes by the name of "Crazy Mathematics", and has been first submitted by the Department of Economics of the PUC (the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
I haven't found the solution for it yet, and would love to hear some ideas. Here is how it goes:
Probably some readers of this site have noticed that the last update to Twitter has been done manually, two days after the article was originally posted.
Yes, Twitter and other social networks have been under a strong DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack that is creating much trouble there. Twitter has even been out of the air for some time two days ago.
I have just come back from another motorcycle ride of evening + morning to the Golan Heights, and found in my mailbox a press-release from Samsung regarding the launch of the S9110 Wristwatch.
The S9110 Wristwatch is a phone-in-a-watch model from Samsung, very slim and stylish.
I have been noticing lately that in every gadget-related conversation, while listening to my customers and friends, I always come out with a similar conclusion: one of the biggest concerns of mostly everybody today is the battery life of the devices that we take in our pockets.
I guess it has always been like this, people want to get the most of the device before having to bother charging it. But it was during the last years, with the advent of the 3G and 3.5G phones, that things became harder on users; 3G drinks more juice from the battery than 2G, and although we are not willing to give-up on 3G, we want our battery to take us at least through a full 24-hour day. And in many cases it doesn't.
I have many customers who take a second battery for their phones in their pockets, all the time. This is a way to go. But then, what if our problem doesn't finish with the phone and we are multi-devices kinds of people, who carry besides the phone also a camera, an iPod, and other devices? Here is where the Proporta USB Charger comes in.
Well, the market here in Israel has been soaring during the last month-and-a-half. Apple has signed contracts to begin selling the iPhone here..... with all three big cellular operators in parallel.
A nice video from Nokia shows that in the city of Manaus, in the middle of the Amazonic jungle, the local government is using E71s to fight the spread of the Dengue Fever.
The device is used mainly as a data-capture device, which transmits data about danger areas and preventive treatments done to the authority labs directly at the moment of its capture.
In the video below, you can see the report by the government agent, that tells that information that once (on the days of the paper forms) would take two months to get to them now arrives in the same day.
In the beginning of last June I travelled to Brazil to conduct an event for the Magic Software distributor there. With me, the president of Magic Americas, Regev Yativ. My role was not only to conduct the event, but to demonstrate for the first time in the world Magic's RIA Client for Mobile.