Category Archives: Mobile devices


cd-roms and ipads – analysis of publishing as a workflow and why iPad will not save glossy magazines.

“For those of you blessed with senile amnesia or youth, CD-ROMs were the first wave of “interactive media” in the mid-eighties, and the great hope for publishing houses struggling to understand what they might be doing in the 21st century. Companies from Dorling-Kindersley to News Corp threw millions into CD-ROM publishing, with very little ultimate return.”


Ian Betteridge: notes for a talk on designing for the iPad Technovia

Frederic Filloux on design, newspapers, iPad

“The fundamental fracture between print and digital media lies exactly here: paper is a fantastic vector for a reading experience driven by curiosity; the web is a cold medium utterly efficient for a search-based, focus-driven reading.
How to reconcile the two? There is no single (nor simple) answer. Such solution will arise from a combination of User Interface evolution with a real ability to deal with new devices, and with better search implementation.”

Monday Note

iPad DJ video YouTube

Rebirth by Propellerheads is out for the iPhone iPad next?


Mobile, iPad

Liking picstory A story written within one picture, created on an iPhone from idea to tweet

4 ways to turn your mobile phone into an e-reader Passwordincorrect

OERCommons search app for iPhone/iPod touch
OER Search provides a quick and easy way to discover high quality open educational resources that are freely available online. Search from 30,000 resources that have been curated by educators, from over 300 collections and providers.
oer search

Newsweek on iPad: Think Really Different


Links to 13th June


The week in links
Education resources, open access, copyright, bad research and lobbying, life without newspapers- insight from the1940s, Twitter hype vs the numbers, browser innovation, Digital Britain, life without broadband, French anti-filesharing law overturned.

The week in links

Education resources, open access, copyright, bad research and lobbying, life without newspapers- insight from the1940s, Twitter hype vs the numbers, browser innovation, Digital Britain, life without broadband, French anti-filesharing law overturned.

Continue reading Links to 13th June

iPhone OS 3.0

Live iPhone OS 3.0 event coverage from

“We are SO excited about this. Incredible features for devs and our customers. Let me re-cap: in-app purchase, peer-to-peer connectivity, accessories, embeddable maps, push notifications, cut/copy/paste/undo, landscape keyboarding, MMS, new app (Voice Memos), CalDAV / ICS subs, stock enhancements, search and Spotlight… just a few of the more than 100 new features and 1k new APIs that make up iPhone 3.0.

3.0 ships this summer for free.

As a bonus, we’ve enabled it to work on the original iPhone. The hardware’s changed though: MMS and A2DP won’t be available on the original iPhone.” iPod touch users: $10.

Developer beta today, shipping for the rest of us this summer.”

Funk, Google Voice, TBL

The Mother of All Funk Chords – Kutiman’s amazing YouTube remix

Mother of all funk chords is also top video on Icerocket Twitter search

Which means everybody’s talking about it.  That and Google voice.

” Google Voice, unveiled Thursday, will revolutionize telephones. It unifies your phone numbers, transcribes your voice mail, blocks telemarketers and elevates text messages to first-class communication citizens.”

David Pogue on Google Voice in the NYT

We also need to talk about this: Tim Berners-Lee on internet privacy

It’s like that

“It’s like that
… and that’s the way it is.” RUN-DMC vs. Jason Nevins

Radio news

Requiem for satellite radio

The New York Times says Sirius XM is preparing for possible bankruptcy

‘A bankruptcy would make Sirius XM one of the largest casualties of the credit squeeze. With over $5 billion in assets, it would be the second-largest Chapter 11 filing so far this year, according to Capital IQ.’

Was it only a year ago …

March 2008
‘Justice Dept. Approves XM Merger With Sirius

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department gave approval on Monday to the merger of two rival radio networks, XM and Sirius, a marriage that would create a de facto monopoly in satellite services now used by more than 17 million subscribers.’

For UK and European readers: satellite radio is digital but the delivery technology is different from DAB. Wikipedia Sirius XM

Both satellite and DAB are loosing the battle for music listeners to internet radio. Better audio quality, infinite choice of stations, multi-cultural, multi-lingual, global reach. Usually free to use and free of ads. Listeners choose the better radio experience, if it is available.
In the UK and Europe we have to be concerned about a similar lobbying process, where an existing industry faction influences the legislature to protect their interests and hobble the new media competition.
In the UK DAB radio occupies the same position as satellite in the US, although with BBC as well as commercial backing.

Google are pulling out of terrestrial radio advertising

Google ends selling radio ads. 3 weeks ago Google exited the print ad market.

Will continue to invest in selling TV advertising, internet radio
‘Instead we will use our technology to develop Internet-based solutions that will deliver relevant ads for online streaming audio.’ Google blog.

Meanwhile, the future of music radio, in the US at least, will be shaped by negotiations between SoundExchange and internet radio broadcasters to set royalty rates for 2006-2010 (yes, mostly retrospective) and 20011-2015.
The October 2008 Webcaster Settlement Act, previous coverage on this blog here,
set a deadline of February 15th.

That would be Sunday the 15th. At close of business on Friday 13th Kurt Hanson’s Radio and Internet Newsletter reports

“Nothing has been heard as of yet from the Digital Media Association (DiMA), from the NAB, or from Small Commercial Webcasters concerning an agreement with SoundExchange.
This past week, SoundExchange sent out what they called the “Small Commercial Webcaster Settlement Agreement.
The so-called “agreement” would require webcasters to give up a variety of rights to qualify for royalty rates essentially the same as those in 2002’s Small Webcaster Settlement Act (SWSA). Provisions include barring all agreeing webcasters from CRB proceedings to determine royalty rates for 2011-2015, setting an annual revenue cap of $1.25 million, and requiring larger companies purchasing a small webcaster to pay royalties retroactive to 2006 under the CRB-set royalty rate.”

RAIN 02/13

Internet radio listening continues steady growth and continues to draw listeners away from terrestrial radio. Sirius XM, for example.
See the graph at Weekly online radio audience at an all-time high

RAIN 02/02

Throw in some metrics for the exponential growth of listening on iPhone and Google G1 (Pandora, Last FM).
Wired 5 ways the cellphone will change how you listen to music

and it is clear that we are at a Schumpeterian moment for the music and radio industries.

To summarise:

Sirius XM prepares for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. There are layoffs throughout the AM/FM radio business in the US as advertising revenues fall off a cliff.

Technology players like Apple and Google know the future is in internet radio delivered over wireless to personal devices like iPhone and G1. Crucially, the technology players don’t trouble themselves with content and royalties … until they are in a strong position to negotiate with rights holders. Google can make money from search, playlists, ads, to the device in your pocket. It’s going to be personal.

Smaller webcasters have developed audiences and musicians through a focus on music and diversity, not advertising and limited playlists. They built this market.

Their fate in the US will be determined by negotiations which are, presumably, happening now. These negotiations will occur without public scrutiny or the participation of small webcasters: they don’t keep lobbyists in Washington.

Creative destruction: the old media companies are being eliminated, the industry re-structures, the new players position themselves for the next profit opportunity.
And what of music as popular culture, rather than a commodity or profiling opportunity for marketers? Who looks after the public interest?

For UK listeners and readers looking for a policy which values culture and innovation as well as property rights, it is hoped that Stephen (Lord) Carter will be listening to feedback on the Digital Britain report from new media creators and users as well as incumbent industry interests.

Otherwise It’s like that … and that’s the way it is.

Lyrics and listen YouTube