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September 28, 2007

Palm Centro - the device for Field?

Posted by Sanford Dickert | Discussion: 0 Comments

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Last night, I was at Palm's launch party in New York City for the new Palm Centro (thanks Paul) and was intrigued by it. Not simply because it was a new, shiny toy - a $99 smartphone for the "hip set", but because of the possibilities it could have for remote access.

Yes, this blog is still about political technology and how you can use technology to improve your chances of winning. So, why would the introduction of a $99 smartphone help you win?

Consider the fact that most "political operatives" have Blackberries (known as "Crackberries") and their own version of the treo (in 2004, I remember it was the hot thing to be seen chatting on your treo 600 and getting your email). Most of the senior staff have the Blackberry connection, but how about the rest of the staff? At the salaries they are being paid (or not), they were never going to be included in the information flow that existed at a higher level.

The Centro is one of the first entrants in the sub-smartphone market - or better said, the phone that other people (like your recent college grad or local volunteer coordinator) could purchase and get up to speed to be fully connected. The phone is easy to handle, clear and bright screen, and has all of the "kit" that the more expensive 755p treo has, with half the memory, but all of the buzz. It has a hardened shell and two attractive colors (I assume the after-market for phone kit will be available from treocentral).

Is it worth the purchase? That will be entirely up to you. I think it is a rreasonable entrant in the market, though not as sexy as the iPhone or business clean as the treo 755p. But, in terms of general staff use, well worth the $99 a pop.

Full disclosure: I am going to be testing out the Centro in the coming week on my network, after keeping my trusty 650 for the past three years. I will give you more, real-time experience feedback then.

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October 13, 2006

google Mobile Maps - its so "kool"!

Posted by Sanford Dickert | Discussion: 0 Comments

Since the last post on Rights Group, I have had a slew of requests to talk about new mobile services. But, the one I want to mention today is one I accidentially discovered on my way to an event this weekend. In the car, I was sitting in the car with three tech guys (one who invented the handwriting recognition software and the founder of MeshForum) and we were trying to find our way. google Mobile MapsSuddenly, I am shown a high-end smartphone running google Mobile Maps. It has been a while since I was impressed with a simple app, and within five minutes, I had it running the same app on my treo 650.

Why am I so excited? Simply because this is another app from google that just works. Not only do I get to avoid spending another $800 on a tomtom 910 (which I loved, nonetheless), but all of the things you expect in the google Maps are easily available - with traffic and identification of locations in clear, simple view.

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October 11, 2006

Rights Group - making mobile marketing work

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What does 17K supporters for Darfur have to do with a technology tool discussion? It has to do with technology when 3500 of those people use their cell phones to send an SMS text message to show their support for a petition for the White House calling on President Bush to save Darfur. Welcome to cause marketing.

In January of 2006, Jed Alpert and his consultants were doing work on using mobile technology for the entertainment industry. Jed had been one of the founders of sonicnet (which had been acquired by MTV) and had built up a large base of contacts in the music industry. In a project he was doing for Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, he and his staff developed a simple platform for engaging enthusiastic fans via the budding SMS text interface. Quite serendipitously, he happened to be taking with a friend in the American Way about his efforts, and was asked if he could do the same for the American Way. After a few tweaks and some process modifications, Jed found out that his response rates were 10 to 20 times what he was getting on the entertainment space. Thus was borne the Rights Group and their platform, PoliTxt.

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