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
d) Devices being able to speak to each other and ... (more)
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)
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)
Welcome to the SYS-CON Mobile Web 2.0 Spotlight
Coinciding with the launch of my book Mobile Web 2.0, I am happy to announce
that, in addition to my blog, I will also be regularly writing for SYS-CON.
This new SYS-CON author blog will be called Mobile Web 2.0 Spotlight.
The Mobile Web 2.0 spotlight is a collection of the best services/products in
relation to Mobile Web 2.0, as I see it. In addition, I am also especially
keen to highlight products from start-ups/emerging companies in this
space. I am happy to receive your recommendations for excellent
products/services in the mobi... (more)
The first Rich FAQ we are presenting is the long overdue Mobile Ajax FAQ and
was created by Ajit Jaokar, Rocco Georgi and Bryan Rieger. We welcome
comments and feedback.
What is Mobile AJAX?
AJAX is a browser technology that involves the use of existing Web standards
XMLHttpRequest) to create more responsive Web applications that reduce
bandwidth usage by avoiding full page refreshes and providing a more
“desktop application-like” user experience. The term AJAX was
coined by Jesse James Garrett in his sem... (more)