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new lego digital designer

now with a cooler interface and more pieces… yohoo! :)

lego digital designer

By the way, we’re trying to organize some hacking day around Lego… let’s see what we can come up with… all ideas welcome!

alembik: cool mobile technology, made in Spain

I just got back from having a drink with the guys from Kimia, who were visiting London (and the Yahoo offices on the way!) After finally meeting them in person I can confirm that these guys are set to be successful in the mobile arena. I really hope the best for them. And I don’t say that because they’re spanish (I know it’s what you’re thinking!) but because they have made some really big and cool bets and that makes them deserve it! :)

kimia logo

If you still don’t believe me, check out Alembik, the web/media transcoding service they have released as open source and that is part of the core of their “kubes” project. This initiatives are what all mobile web should be about, because (in their own words) “conversion of content to mobile should be a commodity”

Now, if only some companies out there were thinking the same way… *sigh*

EPROM: MIT, mobile, help other countries

Cathy sent me today a couple of links that look interesting. Will have to ask a couple of my friends about what they’re doing with this:

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slides from webcamp

I uploaded my slides for the yahoo widgets presentation in Webcamp.ro in slideshare, but I seem to be unable to make a presentation that works here:

Of course, while i make this work, you can always download the PPT directly here

It was a really good event! Maybe a bit too “marketing” for my taste at the beginning, but then it went really nice. The best of all: the people of course! Starting with those who attended, that asked questions afterwards, and that sent me mail or IMs to ask questions about widgets… and ending up with my wonderfulous hosts Bobby, Bogdan, Maria and Andreea. Thanks a lot to all for making this a great experience! :)

Oh! and also: last time I was in Bucharest I was in the same area my hotel was this time, but couldn’t find any decent place to go out. Turns out on top of the old building of the National Theatre, right next to where i was, there’s this AWESOME terrace, with open-air tables, benches, paintings of different artists lying on the walls… and the music was just perfect! Thanks Maria for the tip! :)

(now, if only i could find some photos of the place…)

talking at Webcamp08 in Romania

got a presentation to give next week at Webcamp talking about mobile development (courtesy of YDN). They have tracks on SEO, widgets and Web 3.0 (are we on 3.0 already?), but I think the one I’m more interested in is on Romanian-specific web issues… It’s always good to hear how different countries have got their own special highs and lows in the web industry (and hopefully i can find some people to talk about mobile too, as I don’t know that much about the specific situation in Romania!)

So, if anybody is around Bucharest (you know, by chance) and wants to check it out… ping me!

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want to intern at yahoo mobile?

just a quick note/heads-up that Yahoo! Mobile team is interviewing for their summer internships. There are still possibilities of getting your CV in so if you’re an university student and you’re interested in working with our team to make oneSearch kick axx big time in Europe, I think it’s worth to send me your CV (check my mail in the “about” section!)

There are openings for Partner Management and Marketing departments, if you are into that kind of thing… but what I wanted to advertise is our very own opening for a Software Engineering Intern. No previous big mobile software experience required, but we value strong computer science background, initiative to learn new things (such as how to process and index big amounts of data using things like Hadoop), love for programming and good music taste (this last one is optional, I guess)

So, sounds like you? Then… where’s that CV? :)

no juegues con Phun!

Si estas aun en horario de trabajo, por favor no sigas este link ni veas este video…

y por supuesto ni se te ocurra mirar otras cosas que la gente esta haciendo con Phun, “a 2D physics sandbox”… impresionante!

Esto es lo mas entretenido que he visto para ensenyar fisica desde el Portal y el jueguecillo flash ese del tipo que va en trineo (que por cierto… alguien sabe como se llamaba?)

nota: se me olvidaba… gracias Diego por pasarmelo! :)

el tiempo es relativo…

… como demuestra el hecho que desde que los de TED pusieron las charlas descargables directamente al IPod, el trayecto de autobus a la oficina es mucho mas corto…

london bus

random thoughts on mobile content

Cathy sent me a doc with recent coverage about OverTheAir that includes this interview with Matthew, the master of all things mobile at BBC ;)

Very interesting read (especially if you’re looking into “aggregating mobile content”, or however they call it these days)

Interview: Matthew Postgate (via MocoNews)

This actually reminds me of some other interesting thing I bumped into when talking with a couple of operators that have integrated oneSearch in their portals. As most of you know, until not-so-long most operators had closed portals (what were usually called “walled gardens”) with syndicated content (via several of the beforementioned “mobile content aggregator” deals). However, since recently, they’re all (*ejem* almost) switching to offer open Internet access, and integrate the internet search right on their decks (via Google mobile search, Microsoft Live Mobile, Yahoo oneSearch or even other parties like Medio)

The interesting thing is that even though that trend has been going on for I’d say 1-2 years, when you look at some of these operators’ top queries, it really seems like they’re mostly for in-portal content! Poetically speaking, even though the “garden” is not “walled” anymore, people are still mostly staying in!

open cage

I guess it’s kind of good news for people whose business model is based on selling mobile content but… I guess also not so good for getting there in terms of having an “open” mobile web ecosystem as good and full of interest as the desktop web counterpart. Or maybe it’s just a question of educating the users to know what’s out there and wait for more to come?

Would love to hear your oppinions on this…

de mudanzas

como ya se ha encargado de comentar el maligno hemos estado de mudanzas estos dias. Hemos tenido un poco de lio buscado sitio, moviendo cozas, decorando y demases pero esto ya empieza a parecer un poco una casa (con algunas cajas y una bandera de los maiden en el salon, pero una casa al fin y al cabo).

Para los aventureros que de cuando en cuando se dejan caer para visitar, que sepais que estamos en Pimlico, tenemos vistas al rio y como siempre estais mas que bienvenidos (siempre que traigais jamon) ;P

Entre la mudanza, viajes de curro, viajes no de curro y demas boberias, no me ha dado tiempo a escribir nada (ni emails personales, como ya sabeis algunos) Eso si, voy a aprovechar que hoy tocaba escribir para comentar que no somos los unicos que estamos de mudanzas:

PCWorld: T-Mobile Dumps Google in Europe for Yahoo

Para los que no entendais euskera: la noticia viene a decir que TMobile acaba de firmar con Yahoo para cambiar el motor de busqueda de Web’n'walk (su plataforma movil) de Google a Yahoo OneSearch. La importancia del asunto no es solo en temas de tener mayor numero de usuarios y de visibilidad, sino que ademas es la primera vez que una operadora pega el cambiazo en temas de mobile… y encima dejando Google, claro, que tiene su intringulis…

Y es que el mundo mobile esta que se sale con los anuncios… y mas que nos espera este anyo! A ver si el tiempo me deja y ponemos otro post sobre los ultimos anuncios del 3GSM en Barcelona de la semana pasada…

En fin, espero que me perdoneis el momento “corporate publicity” pero… es que nos hemos dado un curro que no veas para sacar TMobile adelante, asi que despues de lo que han trabajado los integrantes del equipo, tanto en London, como en Sunnyvale, como en Hamburgo, como en Bangalore… que menos que estar orgullosos! Es que son unos crases! :)

Y como se suele decir: seguiremos informando! ;)