Monday, December 22, 2008

Top 20 iPod Touch & iPhone apps

Here's my list of my top twenty apps (All on the iTunes Store for download - some free, some not):

1. Mail

Great for checking mail anywhere, anytime. Awesome preview of attachments (no saving :-( ). My favourite way to blog.

2. Safari

The best Mobile Web experience around!

3. NetNewsWire

For keeping up with all my RSS Feeds.

4. Fring

Instant Messaging extraordinaire!, also includes Skype, Gmail notifier, and Twitter posts.

5. Twitterriffic

Finally Twitter makes sense ;-)
Includes GPS and Photo microblogging to Twitter.

6. YouTube App

Search, bookmark, email, blob-out to YouTube Videos on the awesomely viewable screen!

7. Google App

Shortcut to Googles Mobile Web Services - formatted for iPhone.

8. Shozu

A social Media-blogging hub!

9. Google Earth

Cool maps! Zoom in on your house!

10. FourTrack

Ditch the cassette recorder - record your musical masterpieces in multitrack using FourTrack.

11. Caravan

Easy Mac & PC file-sharing with iPhone.

12. Bible reader

Carry a searchable Bible everywhere!

13. Path Tracker

Track your movements over Google Maps and savethe path - could be a great car-rally or treasure hunt tool!

14. Mobile Fotos

Flickr on your iPhone.

15. Band

Create some musical inspiration - WOW!

16. Comic Touch

Annotate your pics.

17. DecibelMeter

How load is that music???

18. iProRecorder

Record a voice note or audio PODCast.

19. Voice4Fun

Edit your audio recordings on the iPhone

20. Speedtest

Test how fast your internet connection is - is Telecom/Vodafone ripping you off???

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Beached Whale

Check out this video on YouTube:

Sent from my iPhone

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Billy Joel Concert

Stage - waiting to start!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

iPhone Music Video

Rap Music Video recorded entirely on iPhone using Jailbroken iPhone and Cycorda app.

I used Cycorder to shoot everything. This app rocks, but you can only use it if your phone is jailbroken, so go out and jailbreak your iPhone - you will thank me later. After Effects was used to edit the video because Final Cut didn’t like the resolution and frame rate that came out of Cycorder. I particularly like the look of the footage when it gets all warpy because the sensor can’t keep up with the motion. It kind of has this retro/film/stopmotion feel.

See the authors Blog

YouTube video HERE

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

MLearning the new (fun) frontier

Podcast interview after my presentation at Ascilite2008.

Sent from my iPhone

Nokia N97 Demo - the great Fondle Video

Check out this video on YouTube:

The N97 looks great, but it looks like the user interface is not as
slick or intuitive as the iPhone, and appears to require multiple
touches to achieve actions? Will have to try one out - can't wait
until June July09 :-)
This of course gives Apple time to introduce the iPhone v3 before
then! Here's hoping! Competition is great!!!

Sent from my iPhone

Nokia N97 Demo

Check out this video on YouTube:

Sent from my iPhone

Nokia N97 - Nseries with touch and QWERTY

Sent from my iPhone


Tuesday, December 02, 2008

mLearning - Using mobile technologies to develop new ways of teaching and learning

mLearning - Using mobile technologies to develop new ways of teaching and learning

Sent from my iPhone

University of Woolongong mlearning project, a series of 6 week long mlearning trials using Palm Treo680 smartphones and iPods, funded by Australian govt.

Critique: short-term projects with unoptimum choices of technology!

Publishing affordances of mlearning - but will results be coloured by the projects limitations?!

See Ascilite2008 papers of the various case studies. Herrington et al. The study was supported by a team of 12 staff - wow! 12 people doing what I have been doing all on my own at Unitec!

Networked Student

Check out this video on YouTube:

Sent from my iPhone

Monday, December 01, 2008

Auzzie PrePaid Mobile Broadband


'3' have a PrePaid mobile broadband data 'account' option - I'm using this while in Melbourne for ASCILITE2008!

Cost is $10 for the SIM card, $29/month for 2GB data

This is pretty good value & no long term contract required!

AND you can use your own 3G Modem - I'm using a NZ Vodafone 3G Expresscard Modem with the '3" SIM. Only downside is some of the activation process requires the '3' modem software, and it's a pain having to remove cookies to get beyond the 'activation' page each connection :-(

Ascilite2008 Conference

Friday, November 21, 2008

Subway Mobile!


The ubiquitous nature of mobile connectivity is illustrated by the availability of a Subway Express downloadable application for mobile phones for ordering subway sammies from anywhere anytime - as well as "learner generated contexts" we also now have "consumer generated eating" ;-)

Cost = 20c per order - as the application forwards your order as a txt message.

Download yours HERE


Blackberry Storm 9500

The Blackberry Storm 9500 touch-screen smartphone has been getting some good reviews, including from Mac users! e.g:
MacWorld review


The Storm has a couple of features that give it an edge over the iPhone in specifications,

  • Cut and Paste

  • Higher resolution camera: 3.2MP

  • Video recording

However, it BIG limitation is the lack of WiFi!!! WiFi has become a BASIC feature of smartphones, and is critical in educational settings as WiFi provides cost-effective (FREE) access to the Internet on campus for students, whereas the 3G only Storm will cost $$$ for EVERYTHING the students do! :-(

Blackberry are still in a business users mode!

Monday, November 17, 2008

WOA - electronic musicians - SLOrk and "iBand"!!!

Check out this amazing 'band' - all using iPhone/iPod touch music applications to form a band! They have some great videos and audio samples on their website - awesome!


iPhone Drumming demo:

iBand performance:


Currently highlighted on Apples website is SLOrk - the Stanford Laptop Orchestra!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Mourning the End of the Mobile Projects

Students mourn the return of their smartphones at the end of mobile learning projects at Unitec 2008!

Mourning the N95

“This is what I am left with!

It cannot…

Take Photos


Check the wind

Make videos

Be my friend

Tell me where Ennismore Rd is

Or how to get there

Take more photos

Do other internet things

Film this

Be my calendar,


Or memory

(I have a bad memory)

The screen on this is tiny

There is no -

Sports tracker

Bouncy ball



Location Tag


Plus all the rest

I miss my N95

Everything else




Mobile Learning Reflections

A series of student reflections on some of the Mobile Learning Trials at Unitec 2008.

Diploma Contemporary Music - iPod/iPhones

Bachelor Product Design (Year2) N95

Bachelor Product Design (Year1) iPhones

Diploma Landscape Design - Sonyericsson P1i

Thursday, November 06, 2008


Txttools is an SMS (short message service, or text messaging) solution for organizations, including education. There are two main ways to use txttools:

  1. Web interface at

  2. LMS plugins for Blackboard or Moodle


  • Create groups

  • Integration with user profiles in Moodle or Blackboard - i.e. txttools plugin recognises groups, and mobile phone numbers in user profiles.

  • Database of sent and received txt messages

  • Statistics monitoring - showing sent/received status of messages for each user.

  • Automated actions via administrator defined keywords

  • Automatic registration of users by txting a keyword to a dedicated txttools number

  • Cost confidence - cost = annual license fee, not per message.


Below is the Web Management interface for Txttools:


Moodle Txttools plugins screenshots:

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MoodleTxt History for iDesign (Product).jpg


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fring on iPhone

Another free IM client for the iPhone/iPod touch. I've used Fring for a while on a range of Symbian based phones (they also have a Java version) - it's unique feature is the support for Skype over Wifi on the iPhone/iPod touch (Fring supports Skype over 3G in its other versions in addition to WiFi). Fring can be a bit flakey - being a bit of a memory hog, and requires a good signal to logon. However I prefer Fring's interface to that of Palringo or AIM. Previously I have used IM+ on UIQ, which I thought the interface was really nice, however IM+ seems to have logon issues with MSN servers now :-(

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

iProrecorder for iPhone

Finally a decent audio recorder for the iPhone!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

DipMusic iPod/iPhone Trial Overview

I've put together a 10min overview of the Diploma of Contemporary Music iPod/iPhone Trial for 2008 - makes for fun viewing!

Student Smartphone Usage

A quick survey of what students are using their N95 smartphones for (Bachelor of Product Design, Year3, 2008)


MLearn2008 Pics

Link to Picasa slideshow of MLearn2008 pics


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

MLearn 2008

MLearn 2008, the good, the bad and the ugly!

The Good:

  • Meeting great people doing cool stuff in MLearning!

  • Conversations

  • Two great social events - Visiting Ironbridge and the RAF museum

  • Getting inspiration both theoretically and practically for MLearning in education

  • Experimenting with RFID and Bluetooth

  • Getting great feedback on projects and presentations

  • Discovering edutxt and Steve setting up an international SMS number for us poor international attendees! - still cost more than local SMS though :-(

The Bad:

  • The conference venue facilities - described by someone as modelled on "Fawlty Towers"!

  • RFID and Bluetooth system not working until the last day!

  • lack of air-conditioning or temperature control in rooms

  • Long research papers that should have been relegated to short papers, and short papers that should have been full papers! Defining good methodologies and research questions but having little practical value shouldn't qualify for full papers!

  • Printed Conference timetable missing two venues on Friday!

  • Compare' mumbling incoherently into microphone - no presentation skills whatsoever!

The Ugly:

  • Presentation facilities - almost third world! - bad or no sound, small screens

  • Some presentations even had no video projector available - "sorry but it wasn't requested" - arrrrggggg! It should be default setup!

  • The assumption that all presenters would use Powerpoint and Talk!

  • WiFi access $45 per day!!!

  • Having to resort to Roaming 3G data costs for connectivity!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Thursday, September 25, 2008

G1 to iPhone is What Linux is to Mac OS

There's a nice quick comparison between the iPhone and the new Google Android powered G1 at Mashable:

G1 to iPhone is What Linux is to Mac OS: "

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

MLearning Case Studies

The MLearning trials at Unitec this year have mostly been going really well, particularly the Bachelor of Product Design trials. Here's a few resources overviewing these trials:

MLearning Slideshow:

MLearning Overview Workshop Notes:

Friday, September 19, 2008

BDesign student presents Vox blogging to Certificate students

Posted by ShoZu

Well done Noel on a great presentation on the benefits of blogging for Product Design to the Certificate students - give that man a chocolate fish ;-)

Captured using N95 & uploaded to YouTube:

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Media Streaming on the iPhone

While the iPhone works great with YouTube, using the YouTube application, it does not play friendly with other Flash video sites (at least without 'jailbreaking' it!).

The iPhone dosen't support Flash video - which the main browser video versions of most web - based video sites, such as videos are formatted as, HOWEVER, the iphone happily plays and streams .mp4 video! So finding the .mp4 video link from sites such as videos actually do stream nicely OTA (Over The Air) directly to the iPhone. See screenshots below ;-)

To do this:
Browse to the video site on Safari on the iPhone. Select the 'RSS' feed links on the iPhone, you can then stream OTA .mp4 video or audio directly from sites like The iPhone uses an online feed reader to do the conversion for it:, which then displays a Quicktime plugin icon, selecting this icon will then stream the audio or video directly OTA to the iPhone YAY!

Be aware that streaming media does not store it on the iPhone - if you want to watch/listen more than once, it's best to use the iTunes links on your PC to download the video/audio to iTunes on your PC, then sync the downloaded files to your iPhone for offline viewing!








Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The "Myth" of the cost of Mobile Web2

We had an interesting interjection in our Mobile Web2 presentation at eFest - claiming SMS is cheaper and does 90% of what we can achieve via Mobile Web2!

Sadly this miss-information is rife! Lets bury that myth right now!

1. SMS is NOT a media rich, collaborative, user content creation tool! Mobile Web2 is!

2. Costing 20c($0.2NZ) per 160 character message, it is the equivalent of the minimum 3G data, which is charged per kilobyte or part thereof.

Casual 3G data now costs $1NZ for a 10MB per day 'data cap' ($1 per MB thereafter) - soooo, for the same price of 5 x SMS messages (approx 5kb) you get 10MB of rich media using casual web2!!!
OR, to get the equivalent data in SMS messages, it would cost 10000 x $0.2 = $2000NZ. HHhmmmm - who's being more cost effective now!

New iPods and 2.1 iPhone update

iPod receives speaker and headset with microphone and voice recording application - so now you can create multimedia content with the iPod. However I'm disappointed the iPod didn't get updated with a camera as well!

There's also some cool wireless MIDI controller apps available for iPod Touch & iPhone from Silicon Studios - MIDI Controller apps.


IPhone 2.1 solves looong sync times - YAY!

also discovered some NZ developed iPod/iPhone apps by ORSOME.


Check them out at the app store.


Thursday, September 04, 2008


Quite impressed with how easy it is to get Flixwagon video streaming going on the N95.
Flixwagon allows you to broadcast live video from your cameraphone to the Internet, and saves it for later editing and sharing. WHY? you may ask - particularly as the N95 takes such great video on the device itself, that can then be uploaded in a multitude of ways to the Internet later?
Reasons I see are:

1. Save memory space on your memory card - video is streamed directly to the Internet, and not permanently stored on your memory card (This is also a downside if you want the higher quality original version later!).

2. Flixwagon provides a direct upload link to YouTube - so you don't need to send your video to YouTube later - it will go there automatically (note - this only works for 'public' video streams).

3. If you have a 'jailbroken' iPhone you can record and save/share video!!!

My first example:

Live mobile broadcasting by Flixwagon. First try using Flixwagon on N95 and 3G streaming, with direct upload to YouTube as well. Obviously some practice needed - including turning camera on first!

YouTube Version

Friday, August 29, 2008

Last Workshop before Japan!


Last mobile web2 workshop for Diploma Landscape Design students before heading off on their trip to Japan on Monday! They are using Sonyericsson P1i's for moblogging their trip, and also as travel aids:

  • Media player - load your favourite audio (mp3 or aac) and video (mp4) tracks beforehand to the memory card
  • FM Radio - plug in the headset - it acts as the aerial!
  • Alarm clock
  • World Clock
  • eBook or PDF reader
  • Calendar
  • Google Mobile Maps for directions
  • Transport maps e.g. Tube2
  • Language translator

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Palringo - Instant Messaging

Palringo is an alternative to Fring, a multi-client instant messaging application


To download Palringo to your mobile, go to on your phones web browser. Palringo supports chat, voice messaging, and photo sharing. It also works on the iPhone.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

New Palm Pro

Well, apparently Palm have finally caught up with the rest of the smartphone world, producing the Palm Pro! It's a shame they've 'sold-out' to Windows Mobile to do it! Still no new Palm OS in sight!!!

The Palm Pro generally matches the specs of the N95, iPhone, and Sonyericsson smartphones. At 2MP the camera is pretty lame still - although at least it supports video recording - unlike the iPhone! It's one advantage over the N95 is the full builtin qwerty keyboard, however you have to put up with the Windows Mobile OS rather than Symbian. It may be worth investigating further, but Mac support is limited to third-party solutions such as "The Missing Sync" for windows mobile etc... I don't know if I could be bothered with the hassle when there are better alternatives ;-) I have also found that students are not drawn to the Treo's or Windows Mobile platforms either - keep it for business Windows only geeks! (Way to go Palm - NOT!)




Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional Edition


Qualcomm® MSM7201 400MHz


320x320 transflective color TFT flush touchscreen



Tri-band UMTS – 850MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz

Quad-band GSM – 850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz


802.11b/g with WPA, WPA2, and 801.1x authentication


Built-in GPS

Wireless Technology

Version: 2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate


256MB (100MB user available), 128MB RAM


2.0 megapixels with up to 8x digital zoom and video capture


Removable, rechargeable 1500mAh lithium-ion; Up to 5.0 hours talk time and up to 250 hours standby


microSDHC cards (up to 32GB supported)1


MicroUSB™ 2.0 for synchronization and charging


3.5mm stereo headset jack


Length: 4.49",
Width: 2.36",
Depth: 0.53",
Weight: 4.69 oz



System Requirements

Windows® XP,
Windows Vista™

Software on device

ActiveSync®; Adobe Reader LE; Bluetooth®; Bubble Breaker; Calculator; Calendar; Communications Manager; Contacts; File Explorer; Get WorldMate; GoogleMaps; Internet Explorer® Mobile; Messaging; Microsoft® Office Mobile including Excel® Mobile, OneNote Mobile, PowerPoint® Mobile, and Word Mobile; My Treo; Notes; Pics & Videos; QuickGPS; Quick Tour; SIM Manager; Solitaire; Sprite Backup; Streaming Media; Tasks; Telenav; Voice Command; Windows Live™; Windows Live™ Messenger; Windows Media® Player Mobile

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Geotagging with iPhone & N95

The GPS built-in to the N95 and iPhone allows you to locate your position on Google Maps, plot directions, and geotag photos (embed longitude and latitude data into photos taken with the smartphone's camera, allowing location on Google Maps etc...). Other more creative applications are also possible - such as locating restaurants etc...

Online photo-sharing services, such as Flickr, support the use of geotagged data and provide direct links too Maps for locating the exact position where the photo was taken. This can be very useful. This data is usually embedded as EXIF data in a jpeg photo. Quote from Flickr:
What is EXIF data?
Almost all new digital cameras save JPEG
(jpg) files with EXIF (Exchangeable Image
File) data. Camera settings and scene
information are recorded by the camera into
the image file. Examples of stored
information are shutter speed, date and time,
focal length, exposure compensation,
metering pattern and if a flash was used.

When a geotagged photo is uploaded to Flickr, a 'map' link option is presented, and clicking the "more details" link for an uploaded photo will reveal the EXIF data. e.g.

Flickr EXIF data example

On the iPhone, an example GPS enabled geotagging application is "Mobile Photos" - an iPhone Flickr client that supports 'location' details for photos uploaded from the iPhone:

Mobile Photos iPhone app

Mobile Photos on iPhone Settings

iPhone GPS screenshots:

Make sure the "Location Services" option is enabled in the iPhone's settings - as this turns on the GPS!

iPhone GPS1

iPhone GPS3

iPhone GPS2

iPhone GPS4

Nokia N95 GPS Geotagging:

On the N95, use the "GPS Data" application to first get a GPS satellite lock - this can take 10-15minutes the first time - and must be done with a clear view of the sky - either outside or on a windowsill!


Start the "GPS Data" application, then select "Navigation", "options", "Show Satellite Status".

When satelite data is obtained, several dark coloured bars will be seen:


Now use either the "Location Tagger" or "Shozu" applications to add geotag info to your photos before uploading to Flickr.

Location Tagger:


Turning on Geotag option in Shozu Settings:


N95 GPS & Google Maps screenshot


N95 Geotagged Photo

N95 gps test