by Clare Conway

I’ve trawled through the murky depths of YouTube to bring you a gem of a video – a rare blend of entertaining and informative shots. Although I use the term informative loosely, but if a granny falling on her arse isn’t newsworthy then I’m stumped.

This video is a mash of the top 100 most popular uploads on YouTube, and lo and behold most videos have been filmed on mobiles – judging by the grainy, shaky quality of the footage. The message is clear: quality can be secondary to content and anyone with the tools to record and a funny scene can garner mega Youtube hits.

So mobiles at the ready. You don’t have to be a professional photographer or a skilled reporter to be a success.

by Clare Conway

Facebook has revealed that 400 million users regularly access the social networking site from their smartphones. The stats were revealed in January of this year and mark an explosive trend for online interaction on the go.

thanks to louisvolant on Flickr

The huge numbers of people using the internet on their mobiles has perhaps been facilitated by an enormous increase in the global sale of smartphones.

According to figures by the International Data Corporation (IDC) published on Global Mobile Statistics, the number of smartphone handset shipments has risen by nearly 75 per cent from 2009 to 2010, and smartphones now account for over a fifth of all mobile phone sales. “Total shipments in 2010 were 302.6 million units up 74.4 percent from 2009,” Gobal Mobile Statistics reported.

For a complete table of global sales for handsets, with a breakdown of smartphone manufacturers, visit Global Mobile Statistics.

by Emma Dibdin

What a ludicrous question, I hear you cry. It would be as though I’d lost a limb! Or at least a finger! The very idea that I wouldn’t realise my beloved digital companion had left my side is a fallacy!

Or maybe that’s just what I shouted at my own screen. Just now. On my own.

Either way, PC World reports that the good folks over at YouGov have dared to ask the question, and they’ve come up with some pretty surprsing results.

Their survey of 2,000 mobile phone owners revealed that only a third would notice within 15 minutes that their phone was missing. Men are likely to notice sooner than women – 40% of men said they would notice within 15 minutes compared to 29% of women. Writer Tony Bradley makes the very good point, though, that this could be down to storage – men tend to stow their phones in a pocket where its absence is more immediately obvious, where women are more likely to keep theirs in a bag.

Other interesting figures from the study include the unsurprising fact that younger owners are more likely to feel the absence of their phone – 18% of 18-24 years olds would notice it missing within five minutes.

Bradley also points out that the survey should be taken with a grain of salt, given that the company behind the survey, SecurEnvoy, are in the business of mobile data security. Nonetheless, food for mobile thought.

How long do you think it would take you to realise your phone was missing?

by Daniel Masoliver

In January 2010, Brixton dweller Zoë Jewell set up a hyperlocal blog covering her beloved locality. Within a matter of months, Brixton Blog exploded (figuratively speaking), and firmly established itself among the London blogosphere elite. The blog now has over 1,600 followers on Twitter, and a permanent spot on the Guardian’s list of ‘Top London Bloggers’.

But the burning question that we’re all dying to ask is, how does mobile technology help Zoë go about her blogging business? Fear not, for all will be revealed below. And in the true Mobile Journalists spirit, the interview was conducted via Twitter, on our mobiles – Zoë using Twitter for iPhone, me using Tweetcaster for Android.


by Joe Brothwell

No excuses now: soon you may be able to recharge your phone with your heartbeat.


It’s every mobile journalists worst nightmare; you’re filming a march, taking a photo of a mugging or tweeting your most hilarious twit yet and your phone runs out of battery.

There’s no point in searching for a power point or trekking home for your charger because, by then, the moment will be well and truly gone.

But, if scientific research is to be believed, we won’t be fearing the flashing of low battery for much longer.

Those brainiacs have developed a minute chip  that can produce power by using the body’s  movement – thanks to something called ‘nanotechnology’. Don’t ask us. Anyway they are  saying this could  soon enable you to recharge your mobile phone by simply  putting it closer to your heart.

Dr Zhong Lin Wang, who led the research at the Georgia Institute of Technology, said: “This development represents a milestone toward producing portable electronics that can be powered by body movements without the use of batteries or electrical outlets.

“Our nanogenerators are poised to change lives in the future. Their potential is only limited by one’s imagination.”

For the nreds among you, the technology basically works by using zinc oxide nanowires that produce electricity when they are strained. This means the slightest movement (like walking or even a heartbeat) can generate power.

Apparently the device is far more powerful than previous versions, which means that scientists can unleash the technology upon the world soon.

“If we can sustain the rate of improvement, the nanogenerator may find a broad range of other applications that require more power,” said Dr Wang.

With these rapid advancements it looks like we’ll be able to use this technologyin a heartbeat (sorry).

Anti-cuts march: Mobile Journalism in Action

Posted: March 30, 2011 by Emma Dibdin in News, Opinion
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by Emma Dibdin

If there’s one thing better than a friend, it’s a friend with chocolate. So the old adage goes. For the purposes of this blog, though, the only thing better than a friend is a friend who provides you with handy, colourful everyday examples of mobile journalism.

Five days ago, on Saturday 26 March, around 500,000 people marched through Central London in protest against the coalition Government’s public sector cuts. You may have heard about it.

I’m not going to get into a debate about cuts, or the definition of peaceful protest, or the conduct of the police force. What I am going to do is talk briefly about my friend Sophie Monks Kaufman, who was on the march, and later sent me the following report via the noble media of MMS:

Aside from being angry, articulate and politically active, Sophie is also something of an ace reporter. And like any ace reporter, she knows her smartphone is her best friend. On one level, this is just one friend texting photos to another to illustrate an anecdote. On another, it’s a mobile journalist sharing photos with their audience in order to back up a story.

Do you have any examples of everyday mobile journalism? Let us know with a comment!

by Emma Dibdin

thanks to osde8info on flickr

Mobile forecasters anticipate that Android will continue to lead the smartphone market over the next few years, the Guardian blog reports today.

The 2016 predicted stats from business forecaster Ovum are as follows: they expect Android to take a 38% market share, with Apple second at 17.5%, Windows Phone at 17.2% and BlackBerry OS at 16.5%. Other developing OS such as MeeGo will account for the remaining 10.8%.

As the Guardian’s Stuart Dredge points out, one of the most interesting aspects of these forecasts is their assertion that the Windows Phone won’t be the flop many are predicting.

It’s also notable that Android is predicted to lead by a wide margin, with the other three OS coming in with very comparable figures.

But the second set of predicted figures, from forecaster IDC, are even more surprising. They predict that Microsoft won’t only succeed with their smartphone, but they’ll even overtake Apple by 2015. They expect Android to lead with 45.4%, with Windows second at 20.9%, and Apple trailing well behind both at 15.3%.

To an Apple devotee such as myself, this is near blasphemy. Android’s lead is hardly surprising, as they took first place last year, but the idea of Microsoft’s much-derided Windows Phone outselling the iPhone is a much harder pill to swallow. But I’m far from a tech expert, and even further from a market analyst. Of course, these are only projected figures, and a lot will depend on whether the race continues to be a four-horse one, or whether a fifth major smartphone platform emerges.

What are your predictions for the smartphone future? Drop us a comment!