Wednesday Sep 24, 2008

It's a Wednesday wrap up day...and other fun stuff (aka music!).

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I feel like I haven't really blogged in forever. Last week Heidi and I were at the Web 2.0 Expo in New York doing what we do best. We blogged a lot (well, Heidi did...), we twittered, we shot some new videos for Sun Total Access Network and we hosted our very first BoF. While I didn't feel the conference gave us the what's now, new and next, we did get to talk to lots of interesting people and got to see Project Kenai and Zembly in action in the Sun booth. And our BoF went really, really well!  We got to talk all about being social butterflies at Sun and how we use it to grow developer communities. And thanks to JB (John Brock) we got to have some technical expertise in the room to talk Kenai and Zembly. Thanks again JB! Our trip to New York was fast and furious, but we had some fun along the way and came home with our brains a buzzin'. 

I am in the throws of planning world domination for JavaFX at the moment, so I have been listening to lots of music. Some new, some old, but mostly, some that I can listen to any day, all day and helps me when I am plugging through a never ending to do list. And BTW, I am sort of digging the whole Genuis function of iTunes. I have tried songs from all different genres and each time, the playlists have been bringing up songs that I love (but then again..it is my music library and why wouldn't I like it) and a lot that I haven't listened to in a long time (that is the problem with having over 15K songs in your library..and that isn't even all my music!) So here is a very short list of what is playing now and what has my toes tapping this week:

 1.  Phoenix - United (I was catching up on the new season of Entourage last weekend and they had one of my favorite Phoenix songs at the end of the episode...If I Ever Feel Better...and I have been grooving to this album a lot this week). 

2. Minibar - Road Movies and Desert After Rain (I get to see Simon playing with Juliana Hatfield tomorrow night, so I am very much in a Minibar mood. Plus, to get to see Simon in my neck of the woods is always fun. Haven't seen him since I was last in LA for my birthday, so it will be good to hang out and see what's up.) 

3. Keane - Hopes and Fears (I absolutely love this band...their new album is scheduled for release in November and I cannot wait!)  

4.  Ryan Adams - every single album. I have them all playing on shuffle and he's always playing in my car, in my house, in the office. I lurve him and his music.

5. Romantica - America - I beg you all to listen to this album and tell me that you won't fall in love with them. It just won't happen. You can't help but listen to this beautiful album over and over again. 

 6. Sigur Ros - Takk - beautiful, etherial, yet rocker with a bit of an edge music. I totally dig them. 

7. Beastie Boys - Ill Communication - being in New York last week made me want to listen to the BB. I am kickin' it old school with this album.

8. Sloan - A Sides Win - I just love these boys! They always know how to put on a rockin' show!!

So there you have it. Not quite a top ten, but there are way more than ten albums that have been pumping through my speakers so far this week. Now I am off to tackle that every growing to do list, so listen up and play it loud! Enjoy the day! :-D 

Tuesday Sep 16, 2008

Morning One of Web 2.0

Happy Wednesday Everyone! 

Heidi and I arrived safely to New York and we are up and at em and ready to take on our first day at Web 2.0. As our morning cup of coffee kicks in and we are battling the "it's only 5:30am in California" syndrome, we are also super excited to tackle our busy schedule. Today its all about the marketing tracks for us. From a track all about viral marketing, to web analytics, we will be learning all there is to know about all things marketing in the Web 2.0 space.  The general session keynote doesn't begin until later this afternoon, so our morning will be spent in sessions as well as getting some videos for Sun Total Access Network. I definitely have some ideas of people we want to talk to.  

Last night we hit up one of my favorite places to go for some good food in New York, Cafeteria. Located in Chelsea, you can't help but get the Mac Attack Trio of their amazing mac and cheese.  It was just as good as I remembered it and I am sure we will go once more before we leave. 

Stay tuned for an update later today from both Heidi and I to let you know what we learned this morning from our sessions. Enjoy your day! :-D 

Monday Sep 15, 2008

Web 2.0 Expo New York

Hello everyone!

Just a quick entry before I wing out to New York to attend the Web 2.0 Expo with my friend and partner in all things social media SDNGal, Heidi. Look for us to be live blogging, twittering as well as speaking at a BoF. We're excited to get there and look to hear from us soon. :-) My iPod is fully charged with lots of good music..off to SFO I go! Enjoy your day! 

  

Wednesday Sep 03, 2008

♪ Artist of the Week. ♪

Happy Wednesday everyone! I have seemed to have caught the head cold that is going around, but it isn't holding me down too much.  I am very much plugging through all things JavaFX and I am getting super excited for all the things we have to show you! Oh and I also wanted to point out that we have a very cool contest going on at the moment! There is a new student contest where participating students can earn up to $500 by developing a web application using MYSQL and GlassFish, creating a java.net project of their application and writing a review of these products. For all the details, please go here. Pretty sweet for you students out there! 

As I have been mentioning in previous blog postings, music is always playing when I am working (unless of course, I am in meetings or on concalls) and it pretty much consumes much of my life. I have been a \*huge\* fan of my artist of the week for a long while, and this week, I am here to tell you all about Ryan Adams.  My love for Mr. Adams started back when he was a founding member of Whiskeytown (which, BTW, how awesome of a band name is that?!) and has grown and grown over the years. 

Adams' first foray into music was with his high school punk band, Patty Duke Syndrome and was fuelled by influences such as the Dead Kennedys and Sonic Youth. However, first experiences of love-turned-sour converted Adams to country and folk as he searched for a musical genre which could embody his feelings. In this spirit, Whiskeytown was formed in 1994 with Caitlin Cary, Phil Wandscher, Eric "Skillet" Gilmore and Steve Grothman. 

After only two albums, 'Faithless Street' and 'Strangers Almanac', and beset by personnel changes, the band began to disintegrate, partly because of artistic and personal differences, partly because of an inability to meet the fans' expectations as result of alcohol and drug excesses. ("Well, we were called Whiskeytown!' was Adams' riposte.) Nevertheless, Adams' image as trouble starter served him well and his popularity survived the demise of the band. After a period of introspection, he began working on his own songs and honing his musicianship by jamming in after-hours bars with friends Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. It was during these jamming sessions, Ryan Adams, the alt-country star was born. 

Ryan has released a slew of amazing albums both as a solo artist and as part of The Cardinals.  For a complete list of all that he has released and more, check out his discography here. I can't even imagine picking a favorite album out of his entire collection, but lately, I have been putting all of them on shuffle and listening until my heart is content. I was poking around the web the other day and ran across an amazing live version of his song, "Two" that he performed on the Late Show with David Letterman in June 2007. "Two" is track off his latest album, 'Easy Tiger', which was released around the same time he was on Letterman. Please enjoy the video of him performing this beautiful song and make sure to go and give Ryan Adams a whole hearted listen. Your ears will thank you..and then thank you again. Enjoy! :-D 

 

Wednesday Aug 27, 2008

♪ What I'm listening to this week... ♪

Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you well. I have been super busy these last few weeks on all thing JavaFX and have been either in meetings or heads down plugging through a very long list of things I need to do. Last week I had the amazing opportunity to record a podcast with Eric Klein and James Gosling. We talked all things Java and we found out some very cool information from James. You can listen to this episode and all episodes here. Ok...back to the subject at hand. ;)  Music is definitely keeping me sane through all of this hecticness and I have been listening to LOTS. I thought I would once again feature a list of artists and bands who have been filling my days with sweet sounds so far this week:

1. Greg Laswell - Three Flights from Alto Nido and Through Toledo (I have been lovin' me some Greg Laswell lately!) 

2. Jeff Buckley - Grace (I adore Jeff Buckley...sad that we lost him way too soon and Grace is just one of those albums that will never grow old) 

3. Travis - Something Anything (from their forthcoming album, Ode to J.Smith... cannot wait for the new album to come out) 

4. Radiohead - In Rainbows (they were at the Outside Lands Music Festival last weekend in San Francisco and they just blew up the place!)

5.  Chris Bell - I Am the Cosmos (another loss way too soon and altho this album was mostly written in 1974 (but wasn't published until 1992, I still think it sounds absolutely modern) 

6.  Ryan Adams - Love is Hell, Pt. 1 and 2  (I am pretty much a fan of anything Mr. Adams does) 

7.  Stereophonics - Language. S\*x. Violence. Other? - (they are hitting San Francisco next month..I can not wait to rock out with them..its been way too long!) 

8. M.I.A. - Kala (when I want to get funky) 

9. David Bowie - Best of Bowie (I have been rocking our to Suffragette City...man, do I love that song!)  

10. Minibar - Desert After Rain (what list is complete without some love for my Minibar boys...this album is always in heavy rotation) 

In other exciting news, Pete is in the studio recording a new album! Earlier this summer, PY was in Salem, Oregon recording an album with the ever incredible Frank Black (yes, that Frank Black of Pixies) and is now currently in the studio in Omaha, Nebraska working on his new album (with Bright Eyes guru Mike Mogis). In a blog post earlier this week, his myspace said "stay tuned for more updates and NEW EXPLORATIONS IN MUSIC coming soon!" That last bit makes me super stoked to see what he has in store for us!  

One more thing before I sign off..make sure to head over to Heidi's blog to see what yummy recipe she has for us this week...she never tells me what they are, but am always pleasantly surprised with what she picked!! So far, with what I have made, they are all A+! 

Ok..I am off to conquer more of my to do's... enjoy your day! :-D

 


Wednesday Aug 20, 2008

New JavaFX Screencast

Happy Wednesday everyone! Once again its a busy week, but its busy with fun things! :-) Later this week Eric and David (and I will be there too!) will be sitting down with the father of Java for our weekly episode of "This Ain't Your Dad's Java". You will have to tune in to Sun Total Access Network and to our podcast to see what he has to say and much more!

I will be blogging about my artist of the week as well later this week, but I wanted to direct you to a new screencast that was just produced about JavaFX. Jeff Hoffman, a User Experience Designer, introduces Project Nile, a tool that works with JavaFX. He shows you how to use the features of Project Nile, which include export plugins for Adobe products, a SVG graphics converter, a JavaFX graphics view and samples. Make sure to tune in to see what Jeff has to say.

Also, have a question about JavaFX? You have a chance \*this week\* to Ask The Experts! Head over here to ask your questions. The Ask the Experts program gives you the opportunity to ask questions about Java technology or Java tools from Sun and get answers from the experts on that topic. The tool does not require you to log in and allows you to submit questions when its convenient for you. 

 And one more thing..make sure to stop by SDNGal's page today....I hear she is going to be posting a very yummy recipe today... I can't wait to see what it is!  

Enjoy your day! :-D

Friday Aug 08, 2008

myPicks Beijing 2008 and more

Happy Friday readers! It has been a long week of getting things done, but I am happy to say that I have checked many things off of my to do list this week. My awesome team and I had a fabulous planning and brainstorming meeting yesterday and it was awesome to be able to spend the day in one room with everyone. About half of my team work remotely or in another state, so when we get together for these meetings, its always good to see the girls! And we had an awesome team dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in downtown Palo Alto called Junnoon. I have one things to say. YUMMY!

In any case, I am super excited about the Olympics starting today and even more excited about this really cool new application (ok... really, its  a game!) that was launched on Facebook called myPicks Beijing 2008. What is myPicks Beijing 2008 you ask? WELL... it is a game that allows users like you and I to predict winners at the Olympics. And, if your predictions are correct, you win points. All points we accumulate are credited to the country we choose when we sign up and you can challenge your friends to competition predictions and more. Whats even more cool about this is that the game was created on Zembly - the worlds first and easiest Facebook application development environment. Zembly is built from the ground up on Sun's technology (both hardware and software...sweet!).

 My partner in crime and all around fabulous friend, Heidi (aka SDNGal) and I shot a video today for Sun Total Access Network to talk about myPicks Beijing 2008. Make sure to head over to SunTAN and to Heidi's blog as well to find out just what we have to say about all the cool stuff that is happening in our worlds. Heidi, I am ready for our Olympic challenge. GAME ON! Happy weekend everyone! Enjoy your day! :-D



Wednesday Aug 06, 2008

♪ artist of the week. ♪

Happy Wednesday everyone! With the release of the JavaFX SDK last week, I would like to say I have slowed down a bit here at work, but alas, that is not so much the case...I think I have gotten even more busy! But, I like it that way..makes the days go by fast and I am working on some very cool things!  I am excited to see my whole team tomorrow as we are diving into a brain storming session offsite. That should be fun! :)  

Since I have been so heads down with planning, making videos and presentations, I did want to introduce you to my artist of the week that will make your ears happy. This week, I want to introduce you to a Los Angeles musician by the name of Greg Laswell.  Jonathan Zwickel, who works for Rhapsody, had this to say about Laswell: " Greg Laswell is already a critic's darling, and with the right marketing his second album will give him a proper shove into mainstream. 'Through Toledo' is an impressive collection of densely lyrical, deeply melodic indie pop that refuses to settle into the predictability. Laswell -- on guitar, piano, drums and production -- is clearly more than just another singer-songwriter." 

The first time I heard Greg, I  heard his remake of the Cyndi Lauper hit 'Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.' (you can find it on iTunes!) It is not the same upbeat tune you would think it would be...its more melancholic and his voice just drew me in with how sad he sounded as he sang it. Once I heard that, I quickly rushed out and bought up all his albums. In July, he released a new album called 'Three Flights From Alto Nido'. I highly suggest going out and getting the album as soon as possible. He is everything I love about new music... original and fresh sounding. 

As I leave you with some great new music, please check out Greg's video for the song "How the Day Sounds". It is beautiful and the sound he has is truly amazing. Also, note Elijah Wood in the video. ;) Enjoy the day! :-D 

 

  

Tuesday Jul 29, 2008

Ch-Ch-Check It Out!

Check it out everyone! 

 Want some new duds to impress all your friends with? Tell us what you think about the new SDN channel redesign on the SDN Channel Blog and get a limited edition t-shirt from JavaOne 2008. They are pretty sweet! Enjoy the day! :-D

 

 

 

Wednesday Jul 23, 2008

♪ What I'm Listening To This Week. ♪

Happy Wednesday everyone! I feel like this week is zooming by... I am heads down on our upcoming JavaFX launch, so I have been listening to lots of music to keep me going while I plug away on a never ending to do list.  Instead of featuring an artist this week, I thought of I would share with you a list of songs, albums and artists that have been making my ears happy as I am working on that list: 

1. Pete Yorn - Last Summer  (it was a new song on his myspace page for a few weeks and its one of those songs that speaks to the soul)

2. Minibar - Road Movies (this album just makes me tap my feet and sing along to all the songs...I love Minibar!)

3. Romantica - America (enough said...I featured them last week and I can't stop listening to this album)

4. Ryan Adams and The Cardinals - Cold Roses ( a beautifully sad album that I can listen to on repeat)

5. Doves - Some Cities (I can listen to the Doves over and over again...) 

6. Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (for when I need to rock out... I love the Foos! This album is amazing!!!)

7. Sloan - Parallel Play  (I love these guys!! They really know how to rock! So stoked for their show in September!)

8.  The Damwells - Air Stereo (I think that Alex Dezen is one of the most articulate artists out there)

9. The Twilight Singers - Twilight as Played By The Twilight Singers (came out in 2000 and it still sounds fresh and new.. this album is always in constant rotation)  

10. Pixies - Wave of Mutilation - Best of Pixies (I recently saw someone's facebook status that they were listening to the Pixies and I was like, I need to bust them out again..so I have been listening to them a lot this week). 

So there is my very short list of what I am listening to...this week. ;)  I highly suggest going through it and listening to all of these amazing artists. Your ears will thank you and so will they. :) Also, if you are hungry for something good and tasty, head over to my fabulous friend Heidi's aka SDNGal's blog and see her featured recipe of the week. It sounds super yummy! Enjoy the day! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Jul 16, 2008

♪ artist of the week. ♪

Happy Wednesday everyone! I have been on the quest to find some new music to listen to and have currently become quite intrigued with a band called Romantica. This band has blown me away with the first song I listened to. I literally stopped what I was doing and rushed to my iTunes store and quickly purchased all of their albums. 

With an album on Paste Magazine's top of 2007 and comparisons popping up all over the place between lead singer/songwriter Ben Kyle and both Jeff Tweedy and Ryan Adams it probably won't be too soon before you will be able to catch them at a venue near you. 

I was reading up on the band and I read an interview that S.J. Barlament had with Ben Kyle on how the band started that I thought was interesting:  

"We were a group of friends in school. Luke and I first played together nearly 10 years ago, but the band didn't form until 2002. I essentially gave up music for a few years to study painting. I figured I couldn't do both seriously. I sort of told myself that once I finished my degree I could start playing music again... And that's when the band formed. We were signed really early (within a few months) to a local indie label. Our violinist quit during the first recording, so we asked Jessy Greene to come in and play the string parts and she's been with us ever since (although she's not touring with us because she's touring with a slightly bigger band called the Foo Fighters at the moment)."

"The philosophy of the band is changing, and the more we tour the more it's becoming about the 4 guys on the road (Luke Jacobs, Tony Zacccardi, James Orvis and myself), as we develop new material and arrangements during our live shows. But until now it's really been about a fluid group of musicians collaborating around the songs that I write."

This band is full of such heart and soul and I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have. And please make sure to check them out if they are ever in your neck of the woods. I am eagerly awaiting them to come to San Francisco! Enjoy the music and as always, enjoy your day! :-)

 

Monday Jul 14, 2008

All I want is your photograph...

 

Hello everyone! I figured if I started out with a music lyric reference, I would catch your attention. Any idea what song and group I paid homage to? SDNGal and I have officially launched our Sun Total Access Network on Flickr and we want you to join us! Its pretty easy...all you have to do is become a contact and upload your Sun/Sun Developer Network related photos (old or new..we welcome all!) to our page. Whether its a picture snapped at JavaOne, Tech Days, or a a group of you out and about together, we would love them to be part of our set. :) And, to make things fun for you, we will be giving away a Prize Pack to one of our new contacts. Simply upload your photos between July 14, 2008 and July 28, 2008 and tag them with SunTAN/Sun Developer Network/Event title/Event date/Persons/products shown and you will be entered into a drawing for our Prize Pack which includes a Sun SPOT Development kit, Sun t-shirt, SMI press book, and Java ipod carrier. It's pretty sweet package...but we expect your photos to be even sweeter. Become a contact and start uploading today!

Thursday Jul 10, 2008

NetBeans to support Python- Join the NBPython project today!

Happy Thursday everyone! I just got an email from one of my favorite people and co-workers, Tabitha Scatena, about an exciting NetBeans event that is taking place next week.

On Tuesday at EuroPython 2008, Ted Leung (Dynamic Languages & Tools Architect, Sun Microsystems) and Frank Wierzbicki (Jython Project Lead, Sun Microsystems) announced that the NetBeans IDE will be supporting Python and Jython in future releases. At the core of bringing Python/Jython support to the NetBeans IDE, is the formation of the NBPython Project, led by community member Allan Davis.

For more information, visit the NBPython Project page 
and request membership to the project. For developers wishing to contribute, sign up for the development mailing list.

In addition, the Sun Developer Network (SDN) is also launching the Python Developer Center and is planning to feature Python/Jython technologies in future Sun Tech Days events, a 15-city world tour designed to educate developers in local markets on various technologies. Python runtime support is already available in OpenSolaris 2008.05, via the pkg.opensolaris.org repository, as well as with Cool Stack on Solaris 10-based systems.

Sounds like a lot of fun and interesting things are coming for NetBeans! 

 

Tuesday Jul 08, 2008

This was too cool not to share...

Good morning! I saw this yesterday and I thought it was too cool not to share being that it combined two things I think are neat (Bob Dylan and typography).  Turn up the volume and enjoy! :-)  



Monday Jun 23, 2008

Mobile Use Cases Statistics

Happy Monday everyone! I hope that you had a great weekend and your week is starting off well. I got some interesting statistics about mobile use cases that I thought I would share with you. I found some of the stats very interesting! I am in the process of uploading the video I shot with Heidi, aka sdngal on Friday to Sun Total Access Network, so stay tuned and enjoy your day!! :) 

 

Mobile Usage Beyond Voice
Compared to 800 million cars, 850 million personal computers, 1.3 billion fixed landline phones, 1.4 billion credit cards, and 1.5 billion TV sets there are now 2.7 billion mobile phones in use. Between January 2001 and December 2010, our global society will have transformed from one where 13% carried a mobile phone, to one where 70% carry one. By the first quarter of 2006, thirty countries had already exceeded 100% per capita cell phone usage (over 100% penetration rate means that some individuals in the population have more than one phone). In that same year, there were about 241 million mobile phone users in the US (roughly 80% per capita mobile phone penetration). The U.S. market is not expected to top 100% per capita penetration until the year 2013, though usage has risen rapidly, according to the Simmons New Media Study.

While 59% of people who have used a cell phone in the past 30 days have text messaged, and 49% have taken photos, less than 2% have shopped by mobile and less than 5% have used mobile GPS – indicating the relative nascency of both mobile shopping and mobile GPS in terms of becoming ingrained consumer habits.

Text Messaging 
Globally, about two thirds of mobile phone users are active users of SMS text messaging which means roughly 1.8 billion people are actively texting today. Globally, there are twice as many active users of SMS as are active users of email. Interesting to note, out of the 10 bestselling books in Japan in 2007, five were "cellphone novels" -- books that were written on the mobile phone, with the authors tapping out sentence by sentence via text message. In the U.S., roughly 300 billion text messages were sent in 2007. SMS is typically read within an average of 15 minutes after receipt and responded to within 60 minutes. Whereas 65% of e-mail is spam, less than 10% of SMS is spam. 
The Finnish Prime Minister, for example, has a voicemail greeting saying he doesn't listen to voicemail, and to please send him a text message instead. With increasing usage of SMS in both public and private sectors, text mess! aging seems to be rapidly becoming an integral part of daily life. As text messaging becomes increasingly common, different usage drivers are emerging, according to the recent Simmons New Media Study. Whereas only about 19% of text messagers say they use text messaging as a means of communication between themselves and colleagues, 62% say they use text messaging to communicate with friends, and 55% say they use it to communicate with their significant others. Consumers are also starting to differentiate how they view text messaging. On a 5-point scale, 28% of consumers who use text messaging view text messaging as a very important source of information. 37%view it as a very important source of communication and 21% view it as an important source of entertainment. 

Mobile Banking 
A whole range of new services could become widely available in key markets as early as 2009. The rise of contactless payments made from cell phones are predicted to be commonplace by 2012. The potential for low-income consumers in the U.S. to use mobile banking has already been demonstrated in countries like the Philippines and South Africa, where mobile banking has been successfully commercialized. Interfaces can be made simpler for faster access and ease of use for this consumer segment. The age group most likely to engage in mobile banking are 25-34 year-olds (amongst those consumers who have cell phones and have used them in the past 30 days). U.S. mobile phone users seem to be increasingly comfortable making banking and purchase transactions while on-the-go. Already, 16 percent of mobile phone subscribers use mobile banking services with 60% of those people using this service at least once a week. An additional 35% of non-users described them! selves as being open to checking bank account balances and transferring funds via their mobile devices. A third of those surveyed (33%) said they would like to receive text message alerts from their financial institutions. The survey also found that the biggest barrier affecting consumer acceptance of mobile banking and commerce is security concerns over personal data.

Mobile Search 
Mobile Search is an evolving branch of information retrieval services that is centered around the convergence of mobile platforms and mobile handsets or other mobile devices. The previous difficulty of operating across mobile handset brands and models, not to mention limited applications, add-ons, software and graphic interface are starting to be addressed in the marketplace. The smartphone market is expected to grow at a 30%+ compound annual growth rate for the next five years globally, exceeding unit sales for laptops. The main driver of this growth has been an improved overall user experience and ease of use with mobile web, fueled by the technological breakthroughs allowing mobile web access to begin to approach the ease and speed of use of computer web access. Amidst a flurry of new mobile web capabilities – the jury is out on who is in the lead. What is clear is the increasing number of players offering an open source mobile OS which s! eems most likely to boost innovation to enable mobile interoperability. Coat-tailing the increased speed and usability of mobile web, mobile video blogging tools are proliferating for early adopters including: Kyte.tv mobile, Floobs, KaZiVu, YouTube Mobile.

Mobile Social Networks 
Mobile social networking is social networking where one or more individuals of similar interests or commonalities, converse and connect with one another using the mobile phone. About 50 million people, or about 2.3% of the global population of mobile users, use their mobile for social networking (including chat services and multimedia sharing). Penetration rates are forecast to grow by 12.5% over the next five years. Big social media networks all went mobile in 2007 (Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Bebo), supported by more flat rate introductions on different markets.

GPS 
Location-specific mobile services and applications (cell-ID and/or GPS) driven by the open Google Maps API and flickr’s geotagged photo function have potential to increase significantly as new technology makes this easier to use and offers more applications for mobile users to choose from. Geo-tagging is when a picture is taken, the location of the photographer is saved and overlaid onto services like Google Maps to produce a map of where the photographer has been. Mobile GPS usage among mobile phone owners skews decidedly younger, although the 35-44 age group indexes slightly above the market average. There is a severe drop-off for the older groups.

Given the public's growing appetite for connective technology, it's not surprising that mobile phone penetration is on par with Internet access. Approximately 80% of respondents reported owning a mobile phone, while 78% of Americans have Internet access, according to a new study by InsightExpress. Mobile phone penetration is actually spread equally across the generations. Although Gen Y (18-24) leads the pack at 85%, it is followed closely by Gen X (25-44) at 82%, younger Baby Boomers (45-54) at 80% and older Baby Boomers (55-64) at 79%. 


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