Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A new dawn for Mobile Development with Telefónica?

So, I have been involved with the O2 Litmus project now for quite a while, which...well, lets say it has been a little slow from a user/testing point but more importantly, it was a big learning process for the mobile provider itself (O2) and to the developers.

The time has come though to release Telefónica's new baby into the wild (kind of, as its in closed Beta at the moment). Quick intro vid:


So, its great to see something innovative like this to come from O2 i.e. Telefónica in this form and a great opportunity for mobile developers to take advantage of the free tie in to the O2 APIs for creating mobile websites or apps. At the moment, this is only available to developers in the UK, Argentina, Mexico and Spain but more countries and more APIs will be added soon.

You can apply to the closed BlueVia beta here.
Monetise your apps by plugging in our powerful, risk free API’s offering you revenue share business models.

Altogether, BlueVia represents now the possibility to access more than 80 million customers. And it will be more in the near future.

What exactly will that mean to you though in cold hard cash? This is a snapshot of the monetizing and API situation.

So, what you waiting for?

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Day 3 and no chance!

Well, theres two hopes of getting my car out the garage. Bob and No.

car snowed in

A 3 foot mountain of snow against a car that although AWD only has about 22cm ground clearance.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sheffield gets the snow. Big time!

So, its been snowing. Not normal snow, like an hour here and there, small issues and off you go. It's actually been snowing pretty much 80% of the time for 2 days. Its like being on holiday (of the winter variety). The side road of the main road near looked like this after day 1.

The roads are shut and people are actually walking to the local shops instead of taking the car! WOW! There is suddenly a great togetherness too, that makes me love living here even more. I walked about 10 mins up to the shop, kids & sledge in tow, and past about 15 people on the way. Every single person I passed said hello, commented on the snow, laughed about the kids being dragged in the pure luxury of the sledge or had some other friendly banter.

The local market though was devoid of any fresh baked goods (which wasn't a surprise) and had no milk or other essentials. A walk down to Tescos was more effective as they had just had a delivery, but people were already starting to bustle to get their 20npints of milk. PANIC BUY!!

There is plenty of news coverage about the winter weather but here's a few pics of my productive use of time, my first ever.... igloo/snow house. Comact and bijou and complete with 3 rooms. 2 to the side under all that snow complete with beers and a seat at the back. Result.


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