Mofuse, a web service dedicated to creating mobile versions of blogs (including one for the iPhone), is discontinuing their pro accounts and is instead giving away all of their premium features to new (and “freebie” users) without charging them a dime.
I earlier wrote how ultraportable notebook computers can be a blogger’s best friend. I’ve been carrying my Asus Eee in my bag most anywhere I go, and I use it to do some work while waiting for the kids to finish their preschool classes, or when the wife goes grocery shopping. An ultraportable plus a public hotspot (or 3G connection via my mobile phone + Bluetooth) can do wonders.
It’s definitely a wonder how computer manufacturers these days have made these small gadgets so inexpensive and hence so ubiquitous with the gadget-crazy crowd. Sure, $100 PC was yesterday’s news, and the creators weren’t even able to meet the target price point (meant for students in developing economies). But what made ultraportables popular is their relatively low price point and availability to the general public. At about $300 to $400 each for a full-fledged portable computer, who wouldn’t bite? And so Asus had started a trend back in October of last year. This year, a lot of other manufacturers have followed suit with their potential Eee-killers (so to speak), which should make a lot of people happy, whether blogger or not.
There’s the HP 2133 Mini Note, touted as the “rich man’s Eee” with its classy styling and almost full-sized keyboard. This is one machine you wouldn’t be shy to take out of your bag at any high-end cafe. And according to reviews, the keyboard is a wonder to use. Perfect for posting lengthy blog entries, I think. The only gripe with the Mini Note is its use of the VIA C7 platform instead of an Intel one. Reviews say performance is not stellar, especially the editions that run Vista.
Acer has announced the Aspire One, and Dell has its upcoming Latitude E Series. MSI has its Wind, and even Asus had recently launched its EeePC 901 and the soon-to-launch 1000 series. These all run on the Intel Atom platform, which promises to give users five to seven hours use in between charges due to very low power consumption. That should be a big plus factor. None come close to the HP in terms of styling and design though–the keyboard is the HP’s killer feature.
There are a handful of other computer manufacturers who have showcased their own ultraportable offerings, whether these in the form of ultra-small computers or larger, but very slim and ultra light ones. Competition is tough, and it’s good in that computer makers are forced to price their offerings competitively.
With the influx of inexpensive ultraportable computers this year, there is no doubt that both professionals in the new media business and casual users alike would enjoy the wide array of mobility tools. And I think the term “ultraportable” should earn its place as one of the relevant words this year.
fring, the mobile communications service provider, is offering anyone already on their way to Beijing for the Olympics this summer (or anyone willing to stump up the airfare) the chance to blog about the Games using a sweet mobile blogging setup.
Successful applicants (thereafter called “fringsters”) will get a 3.5G mobile phone with GPS, camera, local SIM card, and near-unlimited data plan. In return, fringsters can “microblog” their experiences of the Games with text and photo updates. Obviously, it’s a fairly light-hearted affair, as their blog suggests:
“…the fringCommentator will regularly micro-blog with quick updates & pictures (the winner, the loser, the cutest flag-bearer, the poor girl who lost her swimsuit, the poor guy who dropped the baton in the 4×100 meter final… you get the idea).
If you want to apply, you’ll need to be a fring user already. All the other relevant details can be found in this blog post.
(Via Tech Digest)
Google launches mobile image ads, as in targeted ads for mobile phone pages. So let’s say you’re reading a blog on your mobile phone, since it’s got a mobile edition for you. Right, you get an ad. Would you click it? I wouldn’t, mobile browsing overall is too slow, and too much on the go, for me, although wifi enabled devices with bigger screens and faster internet connections might be a whole different matter.
As of now, just over 68% of the TechCrunch readers polled on this matter says no, with 10% saying yes, and the rest says “maybe”. Then again, maybe the TechCrunch crowd isn’t the target for these things?
I realize that I’m probably more connected than the average person that inhabits the blogosphere – but it’s quite amazing to me how connected we can be if we choose – enabling those that wish to do so to truly be able to blog from anywhere.
This week, I’m on vacation in Branson, Missouri – high up in the Ozark mountains. It’s a cycling trip more than anything else – so I’m here with about 12 folks from the Minneapolis area – and we’ve met up with nearly 200 from surrounding communities for four days of mountain biking & road cycling. We’ll cover between 200 and 250 miles across the four days – less than what we would normally ride in four days – but there are mountains here, you see.
I generally travel with four key pieces of electronic equipment – my trusty Apple Macbook Pro (my main machine for just about everything – and the central piece of my office-based problogging rig), a Dell D620 Latitude Laptop (XP Professional) – which is used mostly for client work, and my Apple iPhone (principal cell phone and mobile email/web device)… Finally, I travel with a Sprint PCS EVDO Modem – which unfortunately now works only in the Dell laptop since Apple eliminated the PCMCIA slots in the Macbook Pros – and I’m too lazy to get the new express format EVDO card.
On the drive down, we were piled in a mini-van, with four passengers – with four bikes tacked on the back and a rear area full of gear, food, and luggage. Since I wasn’t driving, I spent most of the 11 hour drive through Minnesota, Iowa, and Missouri reading feeds, chatting on twitter, doing client work via the Dell laptop, and blogging on The Blog Herald and a few other places. It was a pretty productive time.
Via the iPhone, I was also able to handle some client conference calls and deal with a few other issues that weren’t fully wrapped up prior to my departure.
Once we arrived at the resort, we discovered, to my horror, that the lodge we were staying did not have wired or wireless internet as we were promised. While I was frustrated, the Sprint EVDO card works fine, and this morning as I sipped my morning coffee, I was able to skim feeds, participate in Twitter conversations, handle email, and write a few posts from the beautiful vantage point you see above before heading out today.
My point here is that with today’s technology – we’re able to blog and participate in conversations through tools like Twitter no matter our physical location – if we use the right tools. One can just as easily blog, or send tweets, from a mobile device or an iPhone, as they can from a computer or desktop PC – and who knows what tools the future might bring for us.
Even today we read about a man who used his mobile phone along with twitter to notify his friends of his arrest in Egypt. What might the future hold?
Do you have a mobile blogging experience? Share it in the comments below.