Category Archives: Soccer

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,

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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I downloaded and installed the new web browser Flock this morning, although browser probably isn’t quite the right word for this digital tool that allows users to combine a variety of web 2.0 tools into one app. For example, I have my bookmarks linked directly to so that anytime I bookmark something it will go into my account and can be shared and tagged right away. In addition, I transferred my Feedreader settings to the “My News” feature of Flock, so I don’t have to check my aggregator separately.Flock also has a photo sharing feature, a video downloader that can be used to get video from places like youTube, Google, and Metacafe, and FootieFox, to get your soccer scores live. And by the way, I’m writing this blog using the blogging feature built in to Flock as well.

I’m still playing with the different features and while there are some quirky things from time to time, and the app seems to be launching and running a little slower than your run-of-the-mill web browser, I like it so far. It’s really aimed at those of us who are into the web 2.0 thing. I’ll keep you posted on my experiences with this app, and would be interested in hearing about potential applications of this new tool for teaching and learning, especially given the way school districts seem to still be shying away from any type of social software.

In the meantime, click here for a nice review of Flock by Wade Roush.

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Soccer World Cup 2006: A Ubiquitous Computing Experience

Not really a post about teaching or learning, but as I've been religiously following the World Cup, I've come to realize how much information I've been accessing through digital technology, and how much I haven't…..

Just as a comparison, the earliest World Cup I remember watching is the 1978 tournament. I was ten at the time and watched what games I could on television and read up on the rest in the daily paper. That was the extent of my experience. Most games were broadcast on tape delay to make up for the time difference between Argentina and Holland, and the paper didn't come until the next morning.

Fast forward to 2006. I've been accessing numerous articles and other updates on the Internet, and can follow games in real time on the web through the Official World Cup website, available in nine languages. (For those lucky ones living in England, the BBC is streaming all the games live on the Internet, for free). In addition, I can view video highlights and the official FIFA game report immediately following the game. And, if I'm away from my desktop, I can access updated scores on my wireless handheld using TinyStocks Football 2006 Manager for the World Cup and keep track of who plays when and where, set myself reminders so I can record the games on my DVD burner at home (they are on when I'm at work), and update group standings when new scores are available. Cell phone users can get updates and video if they subscribe to the World Cup update service through their provider (in the US, V-Cast is available in Spanish only).

If that's not enough, I can sign up for email updates, read and respond to more blogs about the World Cup than I can count, look at and tag the Flickr picture streams on the World Cup site or Flickr itself, download desktop backgrounds and screen savers or play games online. I can also read up on the Dutch national team in my hometown's newspaper, or listen to player interviews on NOS Studio Sport, even though I live on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. If I still have time left, I can play EA Sport's FIFA World Cup 2006, which features accurate representations of the players and venues participating in the real thing, or buy World Cup merchandise on the Internet.

Finally, there is also plenty of information on the Internet about previous World Cups, including stories, pictures, video, and more.

Of course, nothing beats being at an actual World Cup game and I hope to attend one at least once in my lifetime. However, digital tools allow me to be close to the biggest sports event on earth anywhere and anytime, even if I can't be there physically.

 PS. FIFA expects an estimated cumulative audience of 30-32 billion (that's 30-!) for this year's World Cup, with an expected 1 billion to watch the final on June 9. Amazing.