Category Archives: Euro2008

No More Mobility at Euro 2008 :(

And so it goes. After some great play in the group stage, the Dutch just couldn’t get it going in the quarterfinal against Russia on Saturday. While I’m deeply disappointed in the fact that they lost, I think the team gave the fans (including me), some great games early on and lots to cheer about. It’s a shame it ended the way it did. The loss also marks the end of Edwin van de Sar’s international career as goalie, and he will be missed in the Dutch defense. Hopefully, we’ll have better luck at the 2010 World Cup!

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Mobility at Euro 2008, Part III

Despite already having qualified, a highly mobile Dutch squad of mostly reserves easily beat Romania today.  The highlight was Robin van Persie’s goal, a rocket of a shot to settle the game at 2-0. They’ll play either Sweden or Russia on Saturday. I’m up for it, I think Oranje will be too 🙂


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Carnival of the Mobilists #128: The World’s Greatest Game!

This is the second time this year that I have the honor of hosting the Carnival of the Mobilists, a collection of some of the best writing about mobile over the past week. I decided to make it a sports-themed carnival this week, as Euro 2008 is in full swing and there is a carnival-like atmosphere in many of the cities of Austria and Switzerland where some very highly mobile soccer teams are playing their matches (not to mention the fact that I’m a diehard Holland fan and their performance against Italy and France so far has been nothing short of spectacular). But, we’re getting off-track. So let’s flip a coin, pick sides, and have some fun with this week’s overview of the latest happenings in the world of mobile…


Andreas Constantinou at VisionMobile takes the opening kick-off by explaining the key revenue models used in mobile open source, a total of seven to be exact.

A quick pass to the mjelly blog reveals a very colorful post that analyzes Gaviscon’s (indigestion medicine) ads on the London underground for a branded “Journey Planner” mobile application through advertising a shortcode on the ad. Are they convinced it works? Read the post to find out.

Next, Peggy Ann Salz of msearchgroove attempts a shot at goal when pondering if there is money in mobile search syndication as she reviews BooRah, a restaurant search engine that aggregates restaurant review content and buzz to let users search for what they want how they want it. Does she score? Jog over to her blog to find out. 

New iPhone

After an exciting opening, the remainder of the first half is devoted to a dazzling display of passing and teamwork in all areas of the pitch, as the crowd is heard chanting, “iPhone, iPhone”.

Michael Mace at Mobile Opportunity shares some thoughts on the 3G iPhone announcement. He focuses on what was NOT announced, as well as things that stood out to him such as “lower” pricing and developer limits. In addition, he asks, “what’s next?”

He passes on the question to Jason Devitt at Skydeck, who gives us his predictions for the iPhone 3G (you will need to scroll down a ways as he first gives us a long list of his previous predictions. His first prediction is that Apple will blow through its original target of selling 10 million phones in 2008. For the other predictions you will need to read his post.

Andrew Grill gets in on the game by letting one of the London papers do the talking with regards to the new iPhone.

Peter Genuardi at the Connection Cafe has an attempt as well and states that improved browsing with the new iPhone will open the doors for online engagement.

Tomi Ahonen from the Communities Dominate Brands blog then responds on the counter by arguing in a long post that despite the new iPhone’s GPS capabilities, mobile services that are based purely on location based services will still not work. Read his excellent post to find out why, and what to do instead.

The folks over at the FoxTrax Blog respond with a well-played one-two this week. iPhone, therefore iAm discusses the impact of the new iPhone on companies like Garmin and TomTom. The post is countered by Pat Responds: iPhone, therefore iAm, in which the author argues that the new iPhone will not necessarily become a GPS killer.

Phew, that was a great half, time for a break!

Mobile Communication

The second half kicks off with mopocket’s Justin Oberman Mordy Gilden (Did I get yellow carded on that one!!), who asks what makes a smartphone smart, and comes up with a few definitions at the end of the post. Whether or not they are useful or just add to the confusion is up to you to decide.

Sachendra Yadav also submitted a dazzling one-two. The first post lists eight reasons why mobile video calls haven’t taken off. This is followed by a post that argues that there may be a niche market for mobile video calls after all.

Igor Faletski at Mobscure asks what the world would be like if every mobile had a standard service like Twitter.

Education and Mobile

Judy Breck proposes her  plan for education of the future in Whither Education? A 3-Part Policy: No more pencils, no textbooks, no more searching gobbledygook. What does she mean by this? Jump over to the Golden Swamp to find out. This post scores the winning goal for me!

Mobile Conferences

Dennis Bournique over at the WapReview squeezed in a last minute attempt at goal with his post about Mobile Camp SF 2, a well-written summary of this “unconference” and it just shaved the crossbar! That’s the end of the game!!

Thanks for stopping by at this episode of the Carnival of the Mobilists! The final whistle has been blown and the excitement has subsided for the time being. However, next week’s edition will be hosted by Rudy de Waele at mTrends. You can send your submissions for Rudy to

Image Credits: Euro 2008 mascot from

“Holland – Fans” from chrchr_75’s photostream,

“Euro 2008” from nullnullminus’ photostream,

“Euro 08 – Vienna FanZone, Day 1”, from webguruAT’s photostream,

“Euro 2008 – Holanda 4 – Francia 1” from BLOGARJONA’s photostream,

“Faces of Victory” from nacaseven’s photostream,

More Mobility at Euro 2008…

And when I thought things couldn’t get any better after Holland’s 3-0 victory against the Italians …. a crushing 4-1 victory against France earlier today at Euro 2008, with each goal even better than the one before. The 1-0 by Kuyt was nice, the 2-0 by van Persie was preceded by some incredible footwork by van Nistelrooy and a blazing run by Robben (here are the Dutch radio commentators!).

The 3-0 was really the backbreaker, an impossible shot within a minute of France scoring the 2-1. The 4-1 by Sneijder was really the icing on the cake. All the video highlights are here. So now they’re through to the quarterfinals already, with one game to play in group C, the group of death. It was really a group of death, but not for the Dutch!

And here is a look at the Oranje Legioen (Orange Legion) of Dutch supporters in Switzerland, the best soccerfans in the world!!

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Mobility at Euro 2008 ;)


Not mobile technology, but very mobile players!! That’s how the Dutch beat Italy last night, for the first time in 30 years (I remember watching the last victory on TV in 1978, this time I watched it on the Internet)!! It was definitely worth the wait. Here are the highlights, I’ve probably watched them a dozen times by now. With flashes of the Dutch “totaalvoetbal” system that become so popular in the 1970s, Oranje outclassed the Italians in a big way. France is next, I’ll be watching!


Highlights are here. Somehow the embedding didn’t work.

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