iPhone User Survey

As people that know me are aware I am not the biggest fan of the iPhone (3G - hello ???), but obviously from a professional perspective it is another phone that is with us and gaining market share (although not much happening in OZ yet). And to be fair it is breaking some technical ground as well (just not in the areas I most need). From my own anecdotal evidence I was expecting a high percentage of users to choose the iPhone because it 'looks cool' or is a 'chick magnet' - but I can not back this up by an empirical research (yet) ;-). But nevertheless I found this report a very interesting read: Rubicon Consulting iPhone Survey A short summary: Users are generally young(ish) - well - depending on your definition of 'young'. iPhone users are overall very satisfied with the product. Rather than eating away the competition the iPhone seems to be expanding the smartphone market.  About 50% of iPhone users replaced conventional mobile phones ( most often the Motorola Razr - which is a good thing IMHO ;-) ), about 40% replaced other smartphones (Blackberries & Windows Mobile devices mainly). Usage No.1 is (reading) e-mail - no surprises there. Around 60% browse the web daily on the iPhone and overall the iPhone increases mobile browsing. Over 75% say they do a lot more mobile browsing on it than with their previous mobile. As the survey is US based hence there needs to be some degree of…

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Unmetered mobile access to university websites

I came accross this article last week which I found quite interesting in terms of it's impact on m-Learning. University inks unmetered Web access deal with Bigpond The unfortunate thing is that this is only limited to one particular university and one provider only. It would be interesting to see if there are any other institutions that are going down that track. How about a general unmetering for the 'edu.au' TLD ?

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Co-working in Australia

After reading an excellent article by Brad Reed on Network World (this seems to be the online version: Co-working: the ultimate in teleworking flexibility),�I finally got motivated enough to do some more research about this�phenomenum in the two places of interest to me (Austria and Australia)�as well as write a quick entry about this. The whole co-working concept has been interesting me ever since it started, but the organisational issues associated with starting such a�venture (and as with everything else - a lack of time) have always�prevented any serious attempt to actually move in this direction. But�after reading some of the examples in the above mentioned article and�doing some further research I am starting to warm to the idea again. Some interesting case studies Worldwide listing of Co-working Sites Google Map of US Co-working sites Irish Coworking Site Co-working Google Group Activity in Australia After some quick online research there appears to be some activity�also in Australia although things seem to be still very much in their�infancy. Most of the activity seems to be happening in Canberra, Perth,�Syndey and Melbourne (in order of 'online' activity). �Andy Howard in�Sydney has an interesting post on his site and� fellow software developers describes the situation in Perth and Canberra. It seems (not surprisingly) that most people interested in co-working are in ICT related industries. Unfortunately so far I have not seen any activity in South Australia. I�would have a few locations in mind in the Adelaide CBD (as I have�rented there before in…

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Mobile 2D codes gathering pace (outside of Asia)

FINALLY !!! As somebody that has been experimenting with this technology for over 2 years now I am quite exited to see that the adoption of this technology is gathering some steem. While it has bee widely adopted in Asia for some years now, it has taken some time to get a foothold in the rest of the world this seems to be changing now. At least in Europe as I can see for myself at the moment. In my opinion with Nokia finally getting serious and throwing its (considerable) weight behind this technology (http://mobilecodes.nokia.com/) and some other industry heavyweights joining forces in the Mobile Codes Consortium.� This will hopefully produce one key outcome, the stadardisation of the label technology, which up to now has been one of the stumbling blocks that has kept people such as myself from adopting these codes in real-world projects. Along with the adoption by some major companies in their advertising this should produce the momentum that was needed to push mobile 2D codes into some broad adoption. Of course there is similar technology available for the applications that require this link between the physical world (presence) and the mobile internet. One example is RFID together with Near Field Communications (NFC). However apart from the additional expense for RFID labels, no other technology has anywhere close the number of handsets that are capable of using this technology without some add-on to the mobile phone. Currently there are only very few handsets that will support this…

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Open Educational Resources (OER)

One of the few new (for myself in my working life at least) bits of information I have picked up on here at ICL is Open Educational Resources (OER). That's probably because it is outside of my usual area of expertise (which is more the technical implementation of e-Learning), but I found the concept never the less interesting and very similar to the Open Source Software concept which I have been working with for quite a while. From what I have been picking up at the conference here (and a few quick searches) there are quite a few projects and UNESCO seems to be particularily active in this arena. One problem that I can see is the fragmentation of this concept and a lack of any delivery standards. But as with all innovations that are in the Early Adopter stage there will have to be a process of consolidation once the dust has settled. From the prospective of a user and potential contributor (as well as for myself in integrating this with various LMS solutions) this obviously creates the problem of which one of the available projects to choose at this stage. Major projects: OE Commons - Connexions - Stanford University (this was the one presented at ICL) Open Course Ware - MIT Open Society Institute - Soros Foundation Open World Learning Institute - Minnesota If I have missed anything obvious please let me know. I think these projects deserve some support. Resources: Stephen Downes - Models for Sustainable Open Educational Resources As…

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Seeing a students life from the other side again ….

Since my working world is centered a little more on educational topics at the moment (while attending ICL) I came across this Youtube Video which I think is a very good visual example of what's commonly referred to as Education 2.0. Personally I hope that I actually comprehend this and a good part of my working life is spend improving this situation. The fact that I am sitting in a 'lecture' myself and watching a Youtube video should hopefully illustrate that I am can (despite my actual age) understand the students perspective quite well. ;-

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Using Nokia Mobile Webserver in an educational environment.

The ability to host your own content from your mobile phone opens some interesting possibilities to engage students and will allow the integration of user generated content in the education process. David Johnson from the University of Reading is working on serving portfolio data from your mobile. Some of the current limitation of this approach: -cost of the bandwidth -speed The ability to proxy the users content on the Mobile Web server Gateway as well as the ability to integrate content outside of the mobile phone seem to be the main points that will have to be improved for this to become a more mainstream technology. Another area of concern (or another potential use of this technology – depending on your viewpoint) is the backup of data from the mobile phone. The ability to proxy the content on the Gateway could also be used as a backup of the content that is hosted within the MWS on the mobile phone. Some of this work is already on the way. David Johnson (see above) is currently working on some Webservice API for MWS that should allow the use of MWS served content in mashups with other content sources.

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Configuring the Nokia E-Series SIP for Nodephone (Internode)

This is Part 3 of the Nokia SIP settings. This time for NodePhone (Internode - Australia). It has been hard to find this information (particularily the Registrar Server settings). NOTE: The Realm setting in the Registrar Server are CASE-SENSITIVE. For some screenshots check the ENGIN Australia setup entry. General Profile name: nodephone Service profile: IETF Default access point: {Your WLAN Access Point} Public user name: sip:{NodePhone Phone No}@sip.internode.on.net User compression: No Registration: When needed Use security: No Proxy Server (not required) Proxy Server Address: none Realm: none Username: none Password: none Allow loose routing: none Transport Type: none Port : none Registrar Server: Registrar Server Address: sip: Realm: BroadWorks (Note:CASE-SENSITIVE) User name: {NodePhone Phone No} Password: ***** Transport type: UDP Port : 5060

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