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More on Twinkle – and why it’s a big deal

I think I’ve figure out an interesting use case for Twinkle (Twitter + location based meta tag). See my post on Nokia Point and Find and similar prototype. Twinkle, in a way, can be used in a very similar fashion – bridging the Real World with information from the cloud.

This example will illustrate the concept:

Last night, I was driving through downtown San Francisco. I created a simple Twinkle powered Tweet ( I said “I am here between Kearney and Broadway.”). No big deal right?

This morning, I drove through the nearby neighborhood, and looked up all the “Near Me” Twinkle Tweets. That Tweet I posted the night before (from a few blocks away) showed up.

The current Twinkle “Near Me” has a minimum radius of 1 mile, but in the future when you are able to drill down, say, 50 ft then you can start leaving very explicit tweets on a landmarks, stores, or restaurants.

There are many obvious features needed before this became truly powerful (i.e. filter by rating, messages’ “rate-of-decay”, or even private location based tweets that act like “invisible graffiti” that only your circle of friends can “see”). Things are getting very interesting indeed…

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Twinkle – location + photo sharing for your jailbroked iPhone

There are at least 2-3 different native iPhone Twitter clients out there, and none of them are as interesting as Twinkle.

In short, Twinkle – the unofficial Twitter client for your jailbroked iPhone (that’s a mouth full) adds third party location meta data and photo sharing to your Twitter tweets. It also allows you to look for tweets by other (that are near by) with the same or similar location meta data.

Privacy note: the location meta data are submit to third party Twitter developer Tweetscan, and not officially part of Twitter, so just be aware of that…

The original Twitter has the concept of “location” “L:” as a short-hand for tagging location, but nobody really use it since it’s a pain to enter that by hand. Twinkle solves that problem by hooking into iPhone’s location api (?) and automatically generates that as you create your “Twinkle Tweets”.
With the “enhanced Twinkle Tweets”, you can look for the tweets that are physically around you, say, 5 miles from where you live or work. As an example, I’ve found a few twitters that are in my town (about 20 miles away from San Francisco) that are also testing out Twinkle – these are people I would not be able to look up in the past or would not have bordered with.

For extra credit, you can also attach photo (taken with your iPhone’s camera) to the Twinkle Tweets. To me, it’s like real-time Flickr photo sharing with people within your area. Again, another reminder, the photos are send to Tweetscan / Twinkle and not Twitter.
As I am writing this, Twitter is giving me 403, blank page, etc. Twinkle as a service that piggy back on top of Twitter of course had stopped working. >.>;
This whole “thing” is rather new, and there’s some serious potential… We will see how things are going to go another year from now….

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Stitcher Mobile Radio / Podcast

An interesting iPhone specific Mobile site with (unofficial?) audio podcast of VentureBeat, TechCrunch, and many other tech blogs.

Did the site actually record all the shows with a voice talent? Or is the voice talent just a computer generated voice?

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iPhone SDK – They’ve updated Dashcode too – for the Web Heads

Many are going to focus on the “Native” iPhone SDK and blog about that, but for the Web heads (and Mobile Web geeks) make sure you check out the new Dashcode 2.0 Beta too (part of the iPhone SDK)…

What is Dashcode? Dashcode is a lightweight work-flow manager/ UI builder for the Apple’s Dashboard widget. Apple’s Dashboard widgets are basically HTML, CSS, and Javascripts that runs within the Dashboard environment.

The original Dashcode is designed for Widgets development only, but now, if you develop “iPhone specific Web Apps”, you can use Dashcode to code, manage and then preview your Web Apps too.
I need to spend more time with the new Dashcode and will report back what I find.

This is getting interesting.

Update:

Just watched Apple’s propaganda video titled, “iPhone SDK for Web Developers” with a lot of upcoming features (that is not yet in the current SDK beta). Some of the super sexy features are:

  • Native SVG Lite Tiny support
  • CSS3
  • Gesture support, i.e. onGesturestart=”doThis()”

Now since Safari browser is also the WebKit, does that mean Nokia future browser has access to the same feature sets in the future?

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iPhone 1.1.4 + NativeCn 3.10a

NativeCn 3.10a is out, and it’s compatible with iPhone 1.1.4. Look for it at the usual iphone.org.hk repository via the Installer App. The old version of NativeCn 3.10 is not compatible with iPhone 1.1.4.
I actually don’t recommend 1.1.4 if you are already running 1.1.3 with jailbreak and unlock with no issues. I’ve ran into a a few Installer App problems and lost of sound after the 1.1.4 update (but fixed via software full reset). 1.1.4 hackery is not entirely foolproof at this point.

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Mobile Web Apps vs Native Mobile Apps

The hot topic of discussion among the “mobile blogesphere” today is no doubt Michael Mace’s piece “Mobile applications, RIP”.

The follow on reading include Miker’s post, and Carlos’s piece as well. Finally, Dean Bubley’s piece is here.

To be honest, the only “Native App” I can think of that has to be native is mobile virus scanning software i.e. F-Secure :P…

Of course, we’re not entirely there yet. WebKit is nice, but what about Location Based Services – one would ask? Isn’t that something only native apps can handle? That is true for the current generation of the mobile browsers, but what if the future versions of the Mobile browsers are location aware? That seems like a logically next step to me.

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FoodLily – Yelp Mobile for Hong Kong – iPhone optimized site

I’ve found a very interesting mobile site today. It’s called FoodLily. It has a strong iPhone specific mobile Web component to it + your traditional Web 2.0 mesh up such as Google Maps and Tag cloud (on the full site).

Oh, did I mention it’s for finding restaurants in Hong Kong? It lacks the long review of Yelp, but in return, you get the twitter like micro-blogging reviews. It’s certainly fun to browse through the site on the iPhone.

It’s very surprising to see such an interesting Web 2.0 and iPhone savvy service coming out from Hong Kong. Keep up the good work folks!