Posting mobile photos like it’s 2005

I haven’t looked at my Lifeblog archive in a long time. Without the software, it’s just a deep tree of folders holding all sorts of media over many years. For some reason, last night, I took a peek, flipping through old photos and text messages from another time. Sigh, that Nokia is no more. But […]

Google Maps as traffic cop in the sky?

I am a very heavy user of Google Maps, even when I know where I’m going. It’s a pretty good* predictor of current travel time and traffic patterns. A few times lately, I’ve also had to use it to circumvent traffic snarls (one time enjoying rural New Jersey near Pennsylvania). Then, one day, during a […]

One night – a global story of one night in the mobile life

There is but one Night, a Night that lives in Earth’s shadow, a Night that covers half the Globe, sliding gradually West in a never-ending run from the Day. Though we are said to be day creatures, descending at dawn from the safety of our trees to hunt and gather, our time, the time when […]

Smartwatches: data freshness, interactive surfaces, and how the old became new again.

If you are an older runner, like me, there’s a high chance that smartwatches are nothing new to you. In 2005, when I was at Nokia Ventures Organization, there was a team looking into mobile connected devices in sports.[1] At one point they even hired the ex-CEO of Suunto (great guy, great stories[2]). For those […]

Loving the Moves App

For the last few months, I have a wee app on my phone that works in the background to track my activity. Called “Moves,” it presents a pretty and easy to use interface to annotate (somewhat) and review what I’ve done and where. The simplicity is wonderful, so it’s been hard for me to work […]

Why can’t health be a sufficient incentive?

There have been a slew of consumer healthcare devices that have come to market ranging from fancy pedometers and activity meters to apps that track your every move to a toothbrush. Yes, an intelligent, app-connected, electronic toothbrush. I am all for tracking behaviors. Quantifying behaviors can be used to detect depression or Alzheimer’s  or even […]

Think mobile when designing a mobile app

One of my favorite radio stations in the Boston area, Phoenix WFNX 101.7, died an inglorious death last year. But, like the phoenix, it rose from its ashes as a live streaming radio station, supported by (my home page for 10+ years). Now called RBdC (Radio it has multiple ways to access the […]