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this number just floated by in my twitter stream, but it’s so interesting i need a little more than 140 characters for it. according to alex meisl, speaker on the topic “Why the f*ck create an app” at an event arranged by “mobile squared”, creating a mobile app costs around 50 times as much as creating a mobile webpage.

if you hold that together with tomi ahonen’s estimate that a mobile website can be used by 10-100 times as many people as a mobile app, that would mean that creating a mobile webpage is 500-5000 times as cost effective.

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i recently wrote a post about my attempts to find some figure for how many mobile users own a location-aware device – or more simply put, a gps phone. it turned out to be quite hard, and i’ve mostly ended up with statistics for smartphones, and then having to guess roughly how many of the smartphones have gps receivers.

but now i have gotten hold of what i take to be a more reliable estimate: according to mobile consultant tomi ahonen, the total worldwide installed base of gps phones should be somewhere in the range of 550-700 million this june. this is not an official estimate – ahonen simply gave the estimate as i asked him by email – but he seems to be a quite reliable source for information of this kind.
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just got some interesting numbers from the two main network operators in norway: they report that the percentage of users who are using smartphones in Q2 was between 20 (netcom) and 27.3 (telenor)

this information is of course very useful to all of us involved in making mobile apps, in order to figure out roughly the proportion of all mobile users who actually can access our apps. unfortunately, it is not as useful as it could have been, because the network operators’ definitions of ‘smartphones’ is far too vague – and also seems to differ according to operator:
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torsdag 25. august trykket aftenposten kronikken “drøm fra disneyland“, skrevet av Kent Andersen og Christian Tybring-Gjedde fra Oslo FrP. jeg lurer på hvorfor.

hva er problemet? som leser går jeg ut fra at når aftenposten velger å trykke et innlegg som kronikk, er det fordi de anser innlegget som et godt og viktig bidrag til en aktuell debatt. det er vel nettopp det som er poenget med kronikker – en artikkel som fremheves på en spesiell måte. Per wikipedia:

“En kronikk er en større, seriøs artikkel (et slags essay) i en avis eller tidsskrift om et aktuelt emne. Kronikken står ofte på fast plass i publikasjonen, gjerne på en av de første sidene, tradisjonelt på motsatt side av lederen (på engelsk heter kronikk op-ed, fra opposite editorial). Mange aviser trykker altså lederen på side 2 og kronikken på side 3.

Kronikker er ofte skrevet av en som ikke er ansatt i avisen, gjerne av en med spesiell kunnskap om emnet, slik som en akademiker eller intellektuell, eller med et spesielt forhold til en aktuell sak.”

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wordpress.com recently announced a great feature: the ability to create a blog post by simply calling a phone number and leaving a message, which shows up as an audio post on your blog. judging by the enthusiastic comments from wordpress users, this is a feature many wanted – including me.

unfortunately, the “phone your blog” feature was only made available for blogs hosted on wordpress.com – not on self-hosted installations. but don’t worry, you can actually set that up yourself – with just a little tinkering (and a small investment, if you want a non-us phone number).

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Jeg har i det siste lagt meg til en lei uvane med å hisse meg opp over ting jeg leser i avisen, og så sette meg ned og skrive leserinnlegg. Formodentlig begynner jeg å bli gammel. Men ok, here goes – Vårt Land denne gangen:

“”Hvorfor er det ingen internasjonale protester mot Hamas’ behandling av Gilad Shalit?” spør samfunnsredaktør Erling Rimehaug på Vårt Lands debattsider i dag (6. juli). Spørsmålet gjentas på Vårt Lands forside på nett, og i Rimehaugs twitter-strøm. Men det spørsmålet avisens lesere heller burde spørre seg er: Hvorfor skriver redaktøren noe han må vite ikke er sant?

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WordPress.com just made it possible to blog directly from your phone – no, not via a fancy smartphone client, but simply by calling a phone number and leaving a message. A brilliant idea that I would love to use in the textopia project – my tests have shown that recording oneself and posting sound recordings via the wordpress interface is simply too complicated for a large number of users. Unfortunately, the feature is currently not available for other wordpress installations. Let’s hope it becomes available soon!