I was reading through the Sky News updates about the horrific happenings at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut and saw that all parents apparently received text updates about the incident. This functionality has become more widespread in America especially as a result of the likes of the Virginia Tech shooting when thousands of students needed [...]
Often referred to as the ‘biggest brand on the planet’, SMS — or texting — is still the biggest success story in the industry. In this section we cover innovation, best practice and discussion around the next steps for the medium.
I spend a lot of money with Amazon. Hundreds of pounds a month, if not more. That’s because wherever possible, I direct as much of my spend through the company. I routinely work hard to radically simplify my life and remove as much complexity as possible. Amazon fits perfectly. For example, the moment I think [...]
I have just recently taken delivery of the latest MiFi unit from Everything Everywhere — or EE as they’re now known. The team there kindly sent me one out to test as I’ve recently joined their advocate programme (see below). The MiFi unit is Huawei’s E589 and is much larger than the ones I’m accustomed [...]
I haven’t bothered paying much attention to the continuous stream of “Oh my god Apple Maps is shit” news stories that have been appearing almost every day since iOS6 launched. You’ve read one, you’ve read them all. The summary is simple: Apple delivered an utter dud. I did however have to laugh when I saw [...]
I was talking to a colleague about SMS text messaging capabilities the other day — and in particular, discussing the power and potential of a two-way text service. Even in today’s hyper-connected app world, there’s nothing more universal than a text message. The colleague is keen — but they’re based in Australia. Which is a [...]
For those of you using smartphones, slightly concerned at all times about how much data you’re using (and I assume that’s nearly all you), then it’s probably time to give datasquasher a try. Get it here. It’s only on iOS at the moment, but I suspect that they’ll be adding more OSes soon. datasquasher lets [...]
The other day I had cause to be in Southwark. I had a meeting taking place near The Refinery bar and restaurant. I had a few minutes spare and popped in there to get a coke and check my email. At the bar I noticed the machine was contactless compatible. Cue #GemaltoNFC challenge! In readiness [...]
If you haven’t read this post about the Contactless Challenge I’m doing, please check it out first. It’s got some valuable data, including the task sheet. I’m writing to you now, dear reader, about the first item on the task sheet. It reads thus: ‘Invest’ in a box of 12 Krispy Kreme doughnuts with which to [...]
Stumped by the next screen though… I don’t know my pin yet…
Could this be the NFC “PayWave” icon/logo? I think it very well might be. Very cool. It’s the first time I’ve seen anything like this on a handset. I seriously wonder how folk are going to react when I swipe and pay with this phone! Can’t wait to try it out…
I think this is the kit I need to properly participate in the Gemalto Contactless Challenge! Let’s have a look: Yup! Right. Time to get it charged.
Have a quick read of this update from Telenor: Telenor Group has now entered into an agreement with U2opia Mobile, an innovator in social Internet and mobile convergence, to bring Facebook to its millions of non-Internet connected customers via USSD. USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) is a low bandwidth data service that allows you to [...]