Category Archives: Mobile Tech

Boulder Denver New Tech Meetups

A new year calls for new resolutions. One of my resolutions for 2010 is to get back into the habit of taking all opportunities to educate myself on new developments in the tech world and attend more of the entrepreneurial gatherings around the Boulder/Denver area.

Last night Jason and I attended the first Boulder Denver New Tech Meetup (#BDNT) of 2010. If you’re unfamiliar with BDNT you can find out more at their website bdnewtech.com and I would highly recommend signing up for their next event if you’re in the area. While Movement Strategy isn’t necessarily a new tech company our success depends on our ability to stay current with new developments in the tech industry and having the knowledge of whats possible for our clients using new media. You’d be surprised at the complexity and genius behind some of these new tech developments, it really opens your eyes to whats possible these days.

Networking is another thing that I’ve preached as I’ve learned more about entrepreneurship. These meetups are a great way to meet influential folks and potentially score work, funding or joint ventures. So when you’re leaving work and all you can think about is getting home to indulge in a drink and Sportscenter, I’m encouraging you to check out one of these tech meetups in your area and have a beer with some interesting individuals, learn about some amazing new companies and maybe spark some ideas.

Check out some of the presenters from the 1/6/2010 BDNT:

Liquid Scenarios

Team Snap

Easy Insight

Ubisense

Welcome to 2010 friends! Another resolution of mine is to post a bit more regularly so stay tuned –

-Eric

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Twitter Introduces New User Interface

Yesterday twitter silently released a new user interface within the “following” and “followers” sections of profiles. Selecting the “expand” option on the new UI shows the latest updates of all, giving a better idea of their content and activity without having to travel to their page and also provides a drop down menu with options to DM, @reply, unfollow or block.

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There is also the option to view in a list. The list option is more condensed, showing just the menu drop down and user name, leaving out real names, locations and latests updates that you can see in the above screen shot.

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The new upgrade seems an insignificant change to the site, but does provide a more simplified usability. Personally I enjoy seeing the expanded details on followers and the people I’m following. With the increased amount of garbage accounts sometimes it is hard to distinguish between genuine users and BS accounts that provide no value to your stream. Now with the expand option the tidbit of info helps to determine validity and provides a more relative introduction.

Looking further into the subtle changes made by twitter, Techcrunch has made the hypothesis that a new mobile site is in the works, heres their take.

“What’s interesting about these icons is that they appear to look exactly like icons that Apple uses for OS X — including some of the ones on the iPhone. Could this mean that we’re about to see a revamped mobile version of the Twitter site? Who knows, but it could sure use an overhaul.”

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Eminem an Expert on Twitter; Who Would Have Thought

Eminem is using Twitter in an extremely clever way. He has a show coming up and is Tweeting out where fans can find free tickets. Instead of going into all of the details I will point you towards Chris Brogan’s post about the incident. Here it is.

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Mobile Era…..Since 92′-Now Meet Android

Last evening I attended the inaugural Ignite Boulder gathering. The event featured a plethora of presentations on various topics, some relating to new media and design, and others offering a fast-paced guide to effectively crashing a party while rolling stag. All in all the event was fun, informative and featured free beer, so really, I have no complaints, it was a great success! Also, Thanks to Andrew Hyde and organizers for all the hard work put into making this thing happen.

One presentation really stuck with me from last night. It was a presentation by Kevin Collie (not sure on the spelling), entitled The Year of Mobile. This has been a topic of interest for me for multiple years and many people have made inaccurate predictions of when the year of mobile will actually arrive. Predictors have been saying “this is the year of mobile” since 92′. In the mid to late 90’s the Palm Pilot was introduced to the scene and had many thinking the transformation had begun, it didn’t. The Blackberry arrived, people were convinced things where changing for good, they were wrong. Now we have the iPhone, which users interact with more than their kids, and still we haven’t reached the mobile transformation. Truth of the matter is that only 1.5% of the market has an iPhone, making the transformation more of a tech subculture than a technological transformation. I couldn’t have agreed more with the presentation up to this point, unless its a necessity for business, not a convenience, people are going to be reluctant to drop 400 bills on an iPhone and another couple hundred on service. Its not worth it to many people just so they can be interrupted at lunch to see they received a new e-mail or so they can twitter about how good their cobb salad is. I personally haven’t agreed with the hype surrounding mobile technology simply because it wasn’t viable for the majority of citizens. The mobile age has been here for tech savy business folks, but the transformation to a mobile society where marketing can thrive has yet to reach the mass market. I was convinced last night that it soon will.

Last evening the presenter said that the movement to widespread mobile will arrive when web 2.0 goes mobile and more importantly when prices points are brought down. Well that time may be 2009 with the introduction of Android. Android has been in the works since late 2007 with Google but is to be released in late 2008 or 09′, however, some are already out. Google is the working mechanism behind Android, offering at least 3 prototypes for the system in Feb. 2008. With Google’s financial backing, development experience, and good standing in the online community we may see a transformation begin. The web 2.0 will be brought on through T-Mobile’s G1, the first phone to support Android, released mid 08′. As far as cost, the presentation featured a segment about price points and how this product will stay afloat mainstream. In 2009 Android technology will be offered in Walmart, making the price go down and the scope of demographic drastically increase.

For More Info do some research on Android and see what your thoughts are…

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