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Digital convergence is a much-maligned concept. Mention Digital convergence, and it conjures up images of the intelligent fridge : a concept most people think they have no need for! But Digital convergence is an idea whose dawn is near. There is a lot of confusion about what exactly is meant by digital convergence. When people talk of Digital convergence, they could actually mean different things: a) Co-mingled bits : The original definition of Digital convergence as outlined in Nicholas Negroponte’s 1995 book Being Digital b) Device convergence: One device to rule them all! Think the iphone (A combination of the iPod and the mobile phone), Nokia N-gage etc etc. c) Fixed to mobile convergence: A relatively new, telecoms specific area which is a part of a much broader concept called ‘seamless mobility’ d) Devices being able to speak to each other and ... (more)

"Mobile Web 2.0" – How Web 2.0 Impacts Mobility & Digital Convergence

This is a series of three articles – the first (this one) outlining the significance of Web 2.0 technologies, the second article discussing the impact of Web 2.0 technologies on mobility and the final article on the impact of Web 2.0 technologies on digital convergence. If you are already familiar with Web 2.0, my goal, in a nutshell (no pun intended!) is to extend Tim O Reilly’s seven principles to mobility and digital convergence. Thus, I will not attempt to add to the body of knowledge in terms of basic Web 2.0 concepts themselves. I would rather prefer to build on some of the... (more)

AjaxWorld Magazine: AJAX for Mobile Devices Will Be the Hallmark of "Mobile Web 2.0" in 2006

Recently, Opera announced the availability of AJAX on mobile devices through their browser. Considering the popularity of Opera in the browser market (especially in the mobile browser market), this announcement is indeed very significant. Having been involved in creating mobile services for a few years now, I believe AJAX will replace both Java ME and XHTML as the platform of choice for developing mobile applications. Before I do so, a caveat – I believe that Mobile Web 2.0 is far more than ‘AJAX on mobile’. Mobile Web 2.0 involves applying all seven of the Web ... (more)

Ajit Jaokar's Mobile Web 2.0 Blog: "Web 2.0, Blind Men and the Elephant"

Since I have an interest in Mobile Web 2.0 (and by extension with Web 2.0 in general), I get some interesting reactions from people. Everyone has a view on Web 2.0 - it's almost getting to the stage that we can't discuss religion, politics AND Web 2.0! Anyway, here are two recent incidents...p> A person who I met a few weeks ago insisted that web 2.0 is ‘community’. My point was – yes – it has some community features – but no it’s not ONLY about community. See my blog and Tim o Reilly’s original seven points and Dion Hinchcliffe’s p... (more)

Ajit Jaokar's Mobile Web 2.0 Blog: Bitty Browser, A New Way to View Mobile Content

It seems strange to start the ‘Mobile Web 2.0 Spotlight’ with a company that does not have a ‘mobile’ version of its product, but that’s what I am going to do; because I believe that the product offers some interesting possibilities for Mobile Web 2.0. Let me explain.. The first product is Bitty Browser. The best way to imagine ‘Bitty Browser’ is to think ‘picture in picture’ as shown above. What does it mean for mobile content? Essentially, a smaller screen within the main screen on the desktop can display content originally tar... (more)