Voice-powered, hands-free Messaging and To Do Lists
I just found a new site that offers a really great free messaging service (and I was not alone).
“Obscenely simple…incredibly clever”
– Christopher Null, Yahoo! Tech
Jott.com basically lets you call an 800 number to save a voice message. The innovative thing is that Jott.com takes your voicemail and transcribes it to text messages or e-mail and sends the message to a recipient of your choice. It’s pretty cool. Check out jott.com here.
A Jott is a thought, an idea, a task, an action item, a phone number, a gift, a check list for your move, a to-do for today, a request from a customer, a moment in time, a restaurant recommendation — it’s anything you want to offload to remember later. You can Jott yourself or you can Jott a contact.
How do I Jott?
No matter where you are – you can Jott instantly. If you’re out and about, just dial 877-568-8486 and say your Jott at the beep. Or send an email to email@example.com. Or click on the “New Jott” button at http://jott.com.
This past Monday I attended the ShopQwik webinar presented by the Boston Adobe Mobile and Devices User Group. The presentation went very well and the ShopQwik product is amazing. They presented their company and their product. If you are interested in Flash for Mobile Devices and want to join the User Group you can sign up here. You can find a direct link to the recorded webinar by signing up for membership to the User Group.
There is an interesting white paper from Forum Nokia: Mobile Game Graphics – Overcoming the Small Screen Challenge. It’s a short article describing some important challenges when you develop games for mobile phones. Anyone looking to start developing Flash Lite games, take a look at this article, it gives some good tips.
JupiterWeb, a division of Jupitermedia Corporation, today announced the winners of Developer.com product of the year 2007 contest. Flash Lite 2 is the winner of wireless/mobile development tool or add-in.
Each year Developer.com has its Product of the Year contest. We ask readers to nominate then vote on the technologies, tools, and programs that they think are the best in their field. Last year we said that the contest’s results were the most clear-cut we had ever seen. This year’s results were even more clear-cut than ever. In the main category of Technology, the winner dominated the category with 61% of the votes. Tools such as Apache Ant, which won Development Utility of the year, and Adobe Flash Lite 2, which won Wireless/Mobile development tool of the year, both won by some of the widest margins we’ve ever seen.
Surprisingly we had a shift in brand alliance, four repeat winners, and a winner in the Wireless/Mobile Development Tool or Add-in category that we never expected.
Straight from the source. Dale announced today that his Flash Lite Total Training DVD he presented on is now available for purchase from the Total Training site. It’s aimed at Flash developers moving into mobile, and for developers still involved in FL 1.1 to make a move into 2.0/2.1.
Click here to view Adobe Flash Lite 2.1 product information at Total Training.
According to Pogue’s Posts (Tech editor for the NY Times), The iPhone does not and will not run Flash. It makes sense from a marketing perspective—keep out free games, apps, and videos—but this makes me sad.
Here is an excerpt from Pogue’s article (p.s. He actually played with one):
Can it be used with anything but Cingular? –No.
Can it run Mac OS X programs? –No.
Can I add new programs to it? –No. Apple wants to control the look and feel and behavior of every aspect of the phone.
Does it run programs from Palm, Symbian, Windows? –No.
Does it have games? –No.
Does it have GPS? –No.
Does the Web browser support Flash or Java? –No.
Markoff: “And what are you thinking about Flash and Java?”
Jobs: “Java’s not worth building in. Nobody uses Java anymore. It’s this big heavyweight ball and chain.”
Jobs: “Well, you might see that.”
Markoff: “What about YouTube–”
Jobs: “Yeah, YouTube—of course. But you don’t need to have Flash to show YouTube. All you need to do is deal with YouTube. And plus, we could get ‘em to up their video resolution at the same time, by using h.264 instead of the old codec.”
So the DEFINITIVE answer now is: NO Java, MAYBE Flash.
FAQ List Part 2
According to an article on Mobile Monday, 330,000 .mobi domain names have been registered since October 2006. It looks like people might be taking this mobile thing seriously.
Oddly enough, the google results change between the different languages that you search in. Google seems to give preference to similar language pages.
For instance, if you search “‘flash lite’ clock” on google.com, the result 1 of 72,300 is an article about the Chumby on Scott’s Blog about the Chumby being an alarm clock on steroids (perfect description by the way).
However, when you search for “‘flash lite’ clock” using google.de, Scott’s Blog does not come up until the third result. The result 1 of 71,400 is a German Flash forum page referring to “‘WS World Clock’ ist eine Flash Lite 1.1…”
p.s. The searches were done around 4:30pm EST on Sunday, January 7th.
Some guy named Tom apparently created a USB charging attachment for mobile phones. It makes for a very interesting video—although I don’t know if it is real or not. Also, he built this using a Nokia 6280.
This is not news to most of us, but alas, this phone is beautiful and it is so close to launching in the US—I couldn’t resist. The Nokia N-95 is due out the first quarter of 2007. Learn more at the N-95 WOM blog As Scott might say, Frigg’in sweet.