The Mobile Minute: Mobiles + Journalism, an Open-Source Mobile Network, Fundraising with QR Codes

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Aug 13, 2010

Today's Mobile Minute features links on fundraising with QR codes, a survey report on how audiences get information, a breakdown of how journalism is changing due to mobile phones, the announcement of a clearer definition of mobile broadband, an open-source, solar-powered mobile network, and five cross-platform mobile development tools. 

  • A post on the "Fueling New Business" blog recapped the ABC Interactive's “Going Mobile: How Publishers Are Preparing for the Burgeoning Mobile Market." Some of the statistics found in the survey were that 70% of publishers found that there mobile traffic had increased this year, and that "57.5% of newspapers and 44.7% of magazines already format their sites for mobile devices."
  • rounded up four key ways that mobiles are changing journalism: "acquisition of news," (meaning that journalists have greater access to sources, and readers have more ways of getting news) "identity of journalist," (non-professional journalists with mobile phones can take pictures, record video, or break news in ways they couldn't before mobile phones) "speed of news" (sharing and disseminating news is faster with mobiles) and "format of news" (news can now be accessed in more places than just traditional newspaper and television reports).
  • The OpenBTS project is a portable, open-source, solar-powered device that creates a way for cellphones to connect to a network - even when the phones are outside of coverage areas. The system works by mimicking GSM signals from phones, then transferring those signals on to the software. 
  • Mashable collected five cross-platform systems they liked that can be used to develop code for smartphone and desktop applications. Their choices were RhoMobile, Appcelerator, WidgetPad, PhoneGap, and MoSync. 

[Mobile Minute Disclaimer: The Mobile Minute is a quick round-up of interesting stories that have come across our RSS and Twitter feeds to keep you informed of the rapid pace of innovation. Read them and enjoy them, but know that we have not deeply investigated these news items. For more in-depth information about the ever-growing field of mobile tech for social change, check out our blog posts, white papers and research, how-tos, and case studies.]

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