Archived entries for Mobile Web

Easy Video Editing with Jumpcut

I’d never heard of before, but Yahoo! just acquired them and after playing with it for a few minutes I agree that it’s pretty slick. (Update: In fact, after remixing the video below in less than 30 seconds, I think it’s actually really slick.)

Jumpcut is a video site, but the coolness is their web-based online video editor. With an easy to understand Flash interface you can rearrange and trim clips and add snazzy transitions. Also cool: you can email video from the video camera on your mobile phone to the site. Every video has a “remix” button, that when clicked makes the video you’re watching editable and mixable with your own content or other content on the site.

You can slice and splice the clips. You can import Flickr photos to use in your videos. You can pull in mp3s and audio clips. Title screens are cake.

As with most video players, this one is in Flash and seems to Just Work.

All and all, a pretty cool piece of web-based software.

Update: Jumpcut announced the acquisition with a “Great Combos” video. I remixed it in 30 seconds:

Cingular? The Cingular 8125?

I’m getting pretty close to buying the Cingular 8125 cell phone, and, in the process, switching from Sprint to Cingular. Advice or input?

The whole world of “Mobile” is about to get much much more exciting in the US in the next 18 months, and I’d like to be with a carrier and on a device that lets me experiement with as much of it as possible. Is this the carries, the device?

I’m moving from an old Treo (the 600), so it’s also a switch from Palm OS to Windows. Any words of advice in that regard?

Never enter your contacts into your mobile phone again.

The folks over in Yahoo! Mobile have just launched a new product called Contacts Back-up. Can you guess what it does? It’s about time, if you ask me. I’ve always been suprised that the carriers didn’t use they their network to offer this service.

Now save your contacts from your mobile phone into your Yahoo! account.

  • Combine your contacts on your phone with those already in your Yahoo! Address Book.
  • Synchronize your phone contacts with your Yahoo! Address Book as often as you like.
  • Synchronize your calendar and tasks as well.

It’s only for Cingular and T-Mobile at the moment. (Grrr, annoying how everything in the mobile space is so often carrier-exclusive.)

How else will the always-on network connection of phones change the services offered by carriers, the orthodox web, and the interactions of both?

Local Is Simply You – best description yet of Web 2.0 and Glocalization

This is excellent. Over the last 36 hours, I’ve been chewing on these intersections, not quite seeing how they’re going to end up fitting together. Then along came this new essay by Danah Boyd, “Why Web2.0 Matters: Preparing for Glocalization“, and I’m totally there.

Well, not totally — as she says, it’s “bloody tricky” — but she did give me more than one epiphany moment and the motivation to dig deeper. As I read it, I also started to see answers to questions like these:

  • Why does Friendster (nearly all social networking sites) not hold interest?
  • Why is Google (inbound-link-based search) broken?
  • Why don’t I like some of my friends restaurant recommendations?
  • Why do I care what some blogger’s lat/long is?
  • Is it OK that I have 20 different tag maps tag clouds?

Still with me? Cool, go check it read it. I’m quoting several sections below (taking notes as I read basically), but her piece is lengthy and broad in scope, and worth reading in full.

(emphasis mine):

During the boom, there was a rush to get everything and everyone online. It was about creating a global village. Yet, packing everyone into the town square is utter chaos. People have different needs, different goals.

A global village assumes heterogeneous context and a hierarchical search assumes universals. Both are poor approximations of people’s practices. We keep creating technological solutions to improve this situation. Reputation systems, folksonomy, recommendations. But these are all partial derivatives, not the equation itself. This is not to dismiss them though because they are important; they allow us to build on the variables and approximate the path of the equation with greater accuracy. But what is the equation we’re trying to solve?

But on a personal level, no one actually wants to live in a global village. You can’t actually be emotionally connected to everyone in the world. While the global village provides innumerable resources and the possibility to connect to anyone, people narrow their attention to only focus on the things that matter. What matters is conceptually “local.”

In business, the local part of glocalization mostly refers to geography. Yet, the critical “local” in digital glocalization concerns culture and social networks. You care about the people that are like you and the cultural elements that resonate with you. In the most extreme sense, the local is simply you alone.

When the web started, the hype was that geography would no longer matter. Of course, we know that now to be utterly false. But the digital architecture did alter the network structure of society, allowing interest-driven bonds to complement geographically-manifested ones. Web1.0 created the infrastructure for glocalized networks.

Yet, the responsibility of big Web2.0 companies is to provide flexible glue to all of this innovation, to provide the information infrastructure that will permit glocalization, to allow for openness.

Those are just a few pull quotes. I know I missed numerous great one. If you read it, feel free to quote your favorite sections in my comments, as I’d love to hear what you got from it too.

OK, off to bed.



(I didn’t know it until I went back through this post to add links that Danah is a researcher at Yahoo! Research Berkeley.)

Thanks for sticking with me

OK, if you’re seeing this it means you’re subscribed to the correct RSS feed, and/or you’re reading the new site. Thanks for tagging along. I’ll be tweaking this blog a bit more, but mainly I’ll be writing.

Cool things are afoot. My world is full of exciting topics that I’m lookig forward to thinking about out-loud on this blog.

There’s the whole Ajax/DHTML/Rich Internet Application (RIA) thing which is everywhere, and presents both fantastic opportunities to create a more delightful user exerience (faster, more interactive, more familiar) and also new challenges that must be tackled (accessibility, affordances).

I’m excited about browsers too. While there are more browsers on the market than ever before, they’re also of the highest quality we’ve seen. IE7 is around the door, and the word on the street is pretty good. Firefox continues to innovate, and I’m excited to begin developing to the DHTML Accessibility work that IBM has contributed, with the W3C, and that is already live in the alpha’s of Deer Park.

Mobile is still exciting to me, though unfortunately I missed the Mobile Monday event tonight.

And don’t forget about Web Services, the opening of API’s, and the whole so-called Web 2.0 thing. This is, I believe, the beginning of a new phase of design and development of tools and products, as well as a democratization of the same. It’s hard to even imagine at this point how people are going to mix and match to solve problems.

And then there’s the tagging thing, the notion of folksonomy, and the general rise in user generated content and distributed organization.

What excites you these days?

Random Mobile Links

Here are some links i gathered as part of a quick exploratory project at work. They are related to developing for mobile devices.

Mobile Links

  • Macromedia Mobile and Devices Developer Center
  • Getting Started with the XHTML Mobile Profile (June 2003)
  • Serving XHTML-MP With Apache (Dec 2003)
  • WAP Service Developer’s Guide forNokia Series 40 Phones with XHTML BrowserFORUM NOKIAVersion 1.6; September 25, 2003
  • List of Mobile User Agents (see end of article)
  • Book: Guidelines for the Mobile Internet – Internet/Intranet Application Style Guide for Mobile Browsers
    Rainer Hillebrand, Thomas Wierlemann; Edited by Rainer Hillebrand

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