Mobile Industry Review Show – Episode 16 from the AQA party

SMS Text News Podcast 16 (with Video) from Ewan MacLeod on Vimeo.

There’s always a moment of slight panic when you’ve uploaded a 168mb file and you’re waiting for Vimeo to show it. Did I upload the right one? Did I remove the ‘subtitle here’ white text? Published and be damned!

Here then, is the latest SMS Text News podcast — in video form. After last week’s request, we’re going to extract the audio and serve that on the podcast feed as normal. We’ll do this for last week’s video podcast too.

About the video
Several SMS Text News members were at the AQA (“Any Questions Answered”) summer party last Friday. We brought along the camera and produced the podcast and took advantage of the fact there were a lot of normobs (“normal mobile users”) in one place. And of course, we didn’t let the opportunity pass to grab AQA’s Marketing Director, Paul Cockerton. He always has some interesting insights. So much so that we’re going to publish an extended version of the interview featured in today’s podcast later this week.

Featured SMS Text News people:
– Dan Lane
– Ben Smith
– James Whatley
(and me, Ewan, briefly — for my Sony Ericsson News)

Topics discussed:
– Mobile Geeks of London IV ( 01:50 )
– Nokia stopping support for Blackberry connect ( 03:42 )
– iPhone 3G application issues ( 05:05 )
– N95 Gmail issue ( 9:50 )
– Sony Ericsson news, with Ewan ( 11:18 )
– o2’s new mobile/home broadband offering ( 11:34 )
– Interview with an AQA researcher (or question-answerer), Louis Barfe ( 13:08 )
– Interview with Paul Cockerton of AQA ( 14:58 )
– More AQA footage later this week ( 16:57 )
– Normob Hunting ( 17:01 )
– Things of the week ( 19:46 )

Mobile Video
If you’re reading this on-the-go and you’d like to view the video, we’ve made a special 14.8mb file in 3gp format. That, theoretically, should work on most mobile handsets. Pick it up here.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

30 replies on “Mobile Industry Review Show – Episode 16 from the AQA party”

So many outtakes!!.. I love how angry Ben sounds when he's correcting Louis!

Huge thanks to Paul and the AQA 63336 team for letting us climb all over their boat and bother their guests ๐Ÿ™‚

Kip, I owe it all to you. Still getting the feel for it… as long as it's not too painful to watch!

Problem is, editing the audio podcasts, I knew how they sounded before publishing. Ewan's doing the videos at the mo' so I'm left guessing like the rest of you. It would appear, incidentally, that nothing's scared from the bloopers…

James. Of course you're welcome back. Do you remember the intense discussions that you were involved in later on in the night? We've had at least one request for your mobile number but there are somethings that AQA won't make public…

Good work. One point about battery life:
Back in the day, when I was living in North Wales, my Nokia N73 battery would last for days without needing a recharge. North Wales, being the backwoods kind of place it is, rarely provided me with 3G coverage.
When I was lucky enough to take a trip to the bustling metropolis that is Chester, complete with 3G magic throughout, my phone battery would last about a day.
So, yeah. Same phone, completely different battery life depending on 3G or not.


Very kind of you Sir… and really, all of the people I met there were lovely.
You should be proud to have such great staff.

Welcome to dish out my number – hang on – I'll just ask AQA to see if they know…

..and yeah – some of those conflabs were a *bit* intense – but in a good way!


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