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Mobile Catching up on Speed March 8, 2006

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The demand for TV on mobile devices is expected to grow from more than 1 million now to as many as 250 million by 2010, ABI Research has forecast, ultimately creating a market worth some US$27 billion. Add in the sheer number of PDAs and handheld devices and demand by consumers for entertainment, it’s a market companies want to pursue.

Companies such as Lucent and Nokia announced new deals to build infrastructure and make mobile phone service faster as providers such as Virgin, T-Mobile and others strive to make TV viewing on tiny cell phones easier and cheaper.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060308/ap_on_hi_te/tech_show;_ylt=AvjrHA1FdHaQkkeqaAWQFI6s0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3b2NibDltBHNlYwM3MTY-

Winksite March 7, 2006

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While I was collecting data for my research essay about Challenges of M-learning in higher edudacation…I bumped into this interesting cute little site…. http://www.winksite.com/site/logon.cfm

WINKsite Mobile Community. In minutes, you can set-up a free mobile site that’s available worldwide on any web-enabled phone, PDA or desktop PC. Each mobile site is outfitted with easy-to-use mobile channels including chat, blog, mobile feed reader, surveys, journal, forum, calendar, guestbook, bookmarks, email and more. Navigating WINKsite’s channel-based interface is simple and intuitive, bringing clarity to the mobile experience. No programming knowledge or software installation is necessary.

Never FLASHED Away March 1, 2006

Posted by lsalama06 in Flash Tutorial, Hot issues, Issues in Interactive Media, Research Project.
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Oh my God…check out these two mind blowing FLASH sites….

http://leoburnett.ca/ (make sure to click on the apples)
http://www.kamikadze.sk/flash.html (Deisgned by a Slovakian web designer)

Just when one seems to settle on the idea that Xhtml and CSS is the in-thing nowadays…here comes web designs such as the ones above to restore all Flash web deisgners their faith in FLash and make a statement that Flash will NEVER DIE OUT.

Here is an article (I guess written by an avid Flash designer) I read about Flash soon will be able to seperate content from design….

The Future is Bright for Flash

Remember my original statement, “HTML / CSS will never be able to do what Flash does – NEVER” Yet, it’s quite possible that in the future Flash will be able to do what HTML and CSS does. The short comings of Flash as outlined above may not be there in the future. It’s conceivable that Flash will be able to separate content from design and serve up pure content to the search engines and text readers; after all they are working on it now.

A day will come when a typical Flash site will be as friendly to search engines as are its HTML/CSS counterparts; it may even surpass HTML and CSS sites in terms of accessibility, for the simple reason that it supports sound and video.

Flash at least has a chance to fix its weaknesses and in time will likely do so. But, HTML and CSS will never be able to do what Flash does – NEVER.

Source: http://www.search-this.com/website_design/why_flash_will_never_die_1.aspx

(sorry about the url links …. this interface does not link urls which I post in my blog I reported this bug to the webmaster and hopefully they will resolve this problem…apologies for the inconvenience).

Some thoughts on mlearning February 12, 2006

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Marshall McLuhan describes: “Today … most learning occurs outside the classroom. The sheer quantity of information conveyed by press-magazines-film-TV-radio far exceeds the quantity of information conveyed by school instruction and texts.”
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Some features to be considered when designing for Mobile Devices:

There are many variables that should be considered when developing user-friendly interfaces for websites. According to Nielsen there are ten usability features, which facilitates the use of the websites amongst is that it maximum time to download a page should not exceed 10 seconds “that’s the limit of people’s ability to keep there attention focused while waiting. One way to so when developing course content designed for mobile learners is to reduce the use of graphics and multimedia.” Alternatively, one can turn to the properties inherent in the mobile devices and communication standards when connecting to the Internet, such as better processing power, high speed wireless internet connections, and the like.

A number of mLearning studies and articles have addressed issues relating to user interface issues.
Screen size is of utmost importance as it is the main interface the user interacts with in an mLearning environment. Nielsen (2000a, p.356) indicates that a large screen gives the user with a better overview of web content than a smaller one. Designers thus have formidable task of coming up with a device that is neither too bulky – to be considered a computer, nor too small so that it makes it difficult for the student or teacher to work effectively.

Quinn (2000), for instance, states: “My preference would be something with about an 800 x 600 color screen, a pen, a foldout keyboard (when necessary), fully networked, with a microphone and a speaker. It might be 3 x 5 inches when the keyboard is not extended, and would have a slot to plug in additional capability (for example, a camera). It would either have an advanced browser or a dedicated learning application as one of the software packages”.

My Research Question February 10, 2006

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Can the m-learning (that includes cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, portable game devices, handhel) be preferable to other forms of learning and teaching methods?

Research Topics January 30, 2006

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I have not yet made up my mind about a topic…it just seems that all the good topics are taken already.
-Internet Ethics. Why isnt there Internet Ethics…as we have about the media?
-Does Internet units or breaks up a family?
Note: this is topic is actually an AOL discussion topic, which I have seen on a street banner on my way to ASDA last week…I really like the topic).
-internet the “Big Brother”…network surveillance.