The timing for my hosting of the Carnival of the Mobilists #90 edition couldn't have been better as the huge Western Washington Fair (aka Puyallup Fair) just kicked off this past weekend. The Puyallup Fair offers you rides, exhibits, food, presentations, concerts, a rodeo, and lots of fun for everyone. The Carnival of the Mobilists also offers you lots of great content and at a much cheaper price than the fair (free actually). Like spending a day browsing the fairgrounds, take a few minutes and browse through this edition of the Carnival.
I'll kick off this edition with my selected Post of the Week. Charles The Cold War, the Hot Line and Twitter posted at Trust Matters. The post was excellent and made me think twice about how much I communicate to the world and I think I'll apply his sage advice to my own life.
Mobile SearchI was a part of the MSN Search Champs events a few years ago and kept advocating mobile search as an area where Microsoft had an opportunity to be the best and first to really bring search to mobile devices. Unfortunately, I think Google again beat them here with their mobile products. Steve takes a good look at the search environment today and discusses how social-assisted search provides the perfect mix between algorithmic search and human-powered search.
I love and use the internet from mobile devices more than anyone I know and still find some sites a bit frustrating to use. Dennis takes a look at registration and login issues with the current mobile internet.
UsabilityIn this week's Carnival entry, Carlo discusses Why Usability Matters on mobile devices, which may explain why the iPhone is doing so well compared to other smartphones that have more functionality.
Continuing the common theme of usability, Xellular Identity discusses a service that lets you quickly grab a tune in this week's Carnival entry.
Hardware ReviewIn my own entry for this week, I posted a detailed review of the HTC Advantage that contained 80 product images and screenshots so if you are considering this 8GB Windows Mobile data-centric device every question you may have should be answered.
Apple iPhoneI personally purchased an iPhone and even though it has less functionality than most of my other mobile devices, the user interface is amazing and makes the experience fresh and fun. They say imitation if the highest form of flattery and Abishek presents a couple of manufacturers who revealed iPhone imitators. It will definitely be interesting to see what comes out in 2008 and beyond.
There has been lots of talk regarding the Apple iPhone and a recent report from iSuppli claimed that the iPhone outsold all other smartphone in the U.S. in July. raddedas presents some commentary on the report in his iSuppliHotAir editorial.
Practical adviceI took a trip to Spain a few months ago and took along a couple of SIM unlocked devices in the hope of using a prepaid SIM. However, I was unable to find a way to use a prepaid SIM for data and was pleased to read the latest article on Martin's Mobile Technology page.
If you find yourself in a writing rut, then take a look as Pat presents 23 Great Ideas For Blog Posts.
Scott wonders if people are reading your text messages on your mobile and then offers a possible solution.
Q&Aajit asks the question, "Can many of our existing habits and observations be used to predict the future?" and offers three observations from his own life.
Andreas offers an informative post this week with answers to the question of "What is Open Source software?"
EventsmobileCampLondon is coming at the end of September so check out this latest Smart Mobs post for all the details on how you can be a part of this exciting event.
ConclusionNext week's Carnival will be hosted by Marketing by Permission so stay tuned for that future edition.
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