Daily updates on what I’m reading. Links with my notes. I also just tweet links and things that interest me @dina on Twitter.
- The Triumph of the Ordinary Cellphone – NYTimes.com | by @anandwrites [via @sunil_abraham] – Reality check – or different cultures of innovation?? CLIP: “Forgotten in the American tumult is a global flowering of innovation on the simple cellphone. From Brazil to India to South Korea and even Afghanistan, people are seeking work via text message; borrowing and lending money and receiving salaries on cellphones; employing their phones variously as flashlights, televisions and radios. And many do all this for peanuts. In India, Reliance Communications sells handsets for less than $25, with 1-cent-a-minute phone calls across India and 1-cent text messages and no monthly charge — while earning fat profits. Compare that with iPad buyers in the United States, who pay $499 for the basic version, who might also have a $1,000-plus computer and a $100-plus smartphone, and who could pay $100 or more each month to connect these many devices to the ether. Not for the first time, the United States and much of the world are moving in different ways. …. “
- Mobile Web Traffic from India is just next to US [Admob Report] via @gagupta – CLIPS: “Even though Internet penetration in India is nothing much to talk about, mobile web has taken off and as per latest report by Admob, web traffic from mobile phones has touched the 1.2 Billion mark in March 2010 – propelling India to the second highest traffic worldwide.” and
- In total, there were 828, 558, 969 requests from India in the month of Feb, 2010 (up by 5.9% since last month)
- iPhone contribution has gone up to 5%.
- As far as device manufacturers are concerned, its a Nokia world.
- Nokia phones constitute 59% of Mobile web, followed by Sony (10%), Samsung (9%), Apple (1%) and other phones (21%)
- In terms of Operating Systems, Symbian phone contributes 91% of the mobile web, followed by iPhone OS (5%) and Windows mobile and other OSes.
- Top smartphones include N70, N83, N73, 6300 and N72 [Download the Admob report].”
- Books Travellers Read in Mumbai Locals | great observations from @indiafiles [via @supriyan] - Super series of posts from his ongoing attempt to note the books fellow travellers read in Mumbai local trains on their way to work and back. It covers his observations of people’s faces, their interest, method of reading in really crowded trains, and both posts are replete with photographic observations. Including people who hide their books inside open newspapers. Ethnography in motion