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23 August 2007

The WaSP looks at the iPhone

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The WaSP (the Web Standards Project, the famous standard evangelism group), in the person of Aaron Gustafson, takes a look at the disruption the iPhone has created in the Web and the mobile Web.

In summary:

  • the good, the quality of safari of a mobile web browser
  • the bad, the lack of support for some standards
  • the ugly, the ermergence of iPhone-only Web sites

21 August 2007

Blue Sky Mobile Web: Connected Personal Information Management

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If I had a magic wand...:

My Personal Information Management system on my mobile device is Web connected, and it makes all the difference.

My phone shows the picture of the person calling; that used to be of limited usefulness, but now that I can associate a picture from my social network directly to my phonebook, I can hardly live without it anymore!

Am I wondering what's up with this friend I haven't seen in a long time and with which I am scheduled to meet? His entries in my phonebook has already downloaded his latest posts on his blog, and I'm reading them as I'm going to meet him.

Do I wonder when I can schedule a meeting with my colleague? My mobile device can check her homepage, finds a link to her on-line free-busy iCalendar, and presents me with the various options available to us.

The distinction between my phonebook and my social network is in fact so thin, that it may not be relevant any longer...

8 August 2007

Blue Sky Mobile Web: Music surfing

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If I had a magic wand...:

My portable music player is Web connected (probably through a bluetooth connection to my phone, or because it is my phone - the jury is still out on whether devices should include as many features as possible, or do just one thing very well).

This allows me to learn more about the artists biographies and musicographies while I listen to them; I had never been able to remember who was singing what, but now that my music player displays this information on demand as soon as I want, I certainly look much more knowledgeable than I ever did!

Plus, being able to read the lyrics and their translations, downloaded directly from the Web, while I listen to the music makes it finally possible to enjoy fully my music collection, even the parts of which I never quite grasped.

Also, my player now keeps up to date my social network records of what I'm listening, and sure enough I'm starting to discover new titles from my friends records.

But my favorite feature is how my music player compares my listening habits to other people's, and suggests titles and artists that I might like: I end up buying and downloading the selection more than half the times, and the more it goes, the more it finds stuff I had never even heard about before.

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Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux (dom@w3.org) is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.