As you might have noticed, the GSM standard has become 25 years old on the 25th of September. If it would not be invented, we would be using CDMA – from a tech point of view, I can imagine worse things.

Strand Consult, a Danish consulting company, has now compiled the following and rather funny list of reasons why GSM is absolutely essential to some individuals:

1. Who would be the world’s richest man today if Carlos Slim had not invested in mobile telephony in Latin America? What would have happened to all the other wealthy people if they had no mobile technology to invest in?

2. What would all the Apple fans have done for an icon if there were no iPhones?

3. How would the world look like if Motorola, Nokia, RIM and other mobile technology companies never had their ups and down?

4. How else might we have learned about all the stupid and embarrassing stuff that celebrities do, if we had no SMS or MMS which later ended up in the press?

5. How else would have so many corrupt politicians and officials have made fortunes if not by issuing mobile licenses?

6. How many journalists would be out of a job if they did not have mobile technology to write about?

7. With all the court cases about mobile patents, how else would judges, lawyers, and patent experts have a made a living with the advances in mobile technology and its intellectual property spinoffs?

8. What would it have meant for the camera industry had there been no mobile technology? Would Kodak and Agfa still be dominant players? Would there be a market for digital cameras?

9. What would it be like to ride in a train or bus or be in public place if there were not cell phones ringing? How much more cumbersome would it be if we still had to use phone booths?

10. How many romantic relationship would never have blossomed because shy men and women could not flirt with SMS?

Anything to add?

If a government funded agency makes you laugh, it is usually in a sad way – think along the lines of “how the f### do they waste my tax money…”.

However, the BBC’s comedy show recently ran a lovely spoof on the fruit and food names used in mobile and console markets.

Definitely hit the player below for three minutes of classic British humor – it is more or less work safe:

Big thanks to Nathan Bliss for sending it in!

When the first Angry Birds toys showed up, many a developer considered this to be a passing fad – after all, mobile games are rarely targeted at the lovers of plush toys.
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A story in the Wall Street Journal now contains the following passage:

The entertainment industry is getting serious about smartphone applications, elevating what has been an arena for dollar-a-game novelties into the ranks of real business for some standouts.

Not much to add here…

When it comes to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, you must always expect some organizational eekers. This time, the fun started on day one – fiest your eyes on these:

Building collapse
While taking by the VodaFone pavilion, a large crowd watched hectic evacuations:
 Funny stuff at MWC 2012 – day 1

The reason: the building was not stable, and had to be reinforced. As if one couldn’t have known THAT in advance:
 Funny stuff at MWC 2012 – day 1

Security, my a$$
But the real GAU came later. The Congress takes great pride in pestering everyone who enters the venue, to check ID, etc etc.

But it looks like the security was not good enough – Microsoft, for sure, didn’t place this ad for exotic services into its giveaway basket:
 Funny stuff at MWC 2012 – day 1

Stay tuned – further funny stuff comes as it is witnessed!

Yes you read it correct sirs and madams. Chaos will prevail at the 2012 London Olympics.

According to the Telegraph

A deal struck between the London 2012 Organizing Committee (LOCOG), BT and O2 currently means that some 40,000 executives and guests in its corporate entertainment areas will only be able to use mobiles with an O2 contract forcing them to adopt a new mobile number, or face a communications blackout.

Such attendees can, as the news says, use Vodafone, Three, Orange and T-Mobile networks in the shared public areas of the Olympic Park. They can now use any other networks other than O2 in their respective shared public areas of the Olympic Park.

Who knew LOCOG and O2 gang can stoop so low. While making money is a good thing, forcing people to port their mobile phone numbers to O2 or adopt a similar mechanism is totally outrageous.

It could turn into a "communications nightmare", said a source. "There will be thousands of chief executives and business people unable to use their normal phone numbers because LOCOG isn’t dealing with the situation.

"They think the operators can just turn their receivers round but it doesn’t work like that. They need to be allowed in the buildings."

Nothing to add here except that this buffoonery only makes the taxpayer more pissed off, as their tax money is being used up by dacoit gangs like LOCOG and O2 to bring a bad name to their nation.

Ages have passed since yours truly last decided to complain about the idiocy in the mobile world with a comic – but Research In Motion’s stock price falling below its asset value (!!!) is too much to take.

Sometimes, I literally wonder if there is some kind of group think which makes analysts bash on targets like a flock of sheep – if RIM would announce free admission to paradise tomorrow, it would probably be disliked by the daily press:
rim COMIC: RIM vs analyst idiocy

Do you consider RIM doomed?

Beware, if you are planning to manufacture a tablet that is quadrilateral (read as rectangular) in shape, has buttons or touchscreen of a good finesse, then you might find Apple lawyers knocking at your doors.

The same happened with a small company called NT-K. It is a Spanish company making elegant, four smooth edged, touch tablets. Well Apple thinks this is a violation of their intellectual property and their ingenious designs.

Apparently, I fail to understand why an ergonomically sane company would make a device with  sharp corners. This could well harm the owner. But if we believe Apple, then the universal right to make such gadgets that dont harm the owners reside with it. Hell what, even if your touch  is as good as their, and your UI as slick as theirs, you are a criminal to be damned for all eternity.

Well let us get back to the topic, According to FOSS Patents,

Apple accused nt-k in November 2010 of "copying" the iPad and went straight for a customs ban. As a result, Spanish customs seized shipments from China containing nt-k’s Android-based tablet. The little company temporarily appeared on an EU-wide list of product pirates, but worst of all, after some correspondence between the two companies, Apple also brought criminal charges on December 9, 2010 (as it had previously threatened in writing).

The Spanish company’s blog suggests that other small companies got a similar treatment from Apple but gave in. nt-k, however, didn’t want to be bullied and decided to defend itself vigorously. Another company doing so against Apple is a small German device maker named JAY-tech.

This makes very clear that Apple uses its might,  not to create fair competition, but to subdue the smaller fish with sheer force.

What makes Apples lawyers insanely retard is

In the meantime, the criminal lawsuit progressed, and based on the first-instance ruling, Apple’s charges were dismissed because the judge didn’t conclude that there was "sufficient justification" for a criminal case.

Even a blind imbecile knows when criminal charges are put on people, let alone corporations.

Well, NT-K, after kicking Apple lawyers right in the hemorrhoids, is now demanding compensation. It is asking for compensation for monetary damages, losses that NT-K has suffered, and the moral damages Apple has inflicted upon them and the whole small time OEMs.

We are hoping that other firms will take a cue from NT-K and will solidify their stance against Apple.

We all love and hate our smartphones at one time or the other. But we are too occupied to recollect what we love and hate in our smartphone.

Matthew Inman, aka The Oatmeal, has portrayed very beautifully (sarcastically..hint hint) the love and hate for a smartphone, here’s a glimpse:

1 Loving and hating a smartphone

 

10 Loving and hating a smartphone

 

11 Loving and hating a smartphone

There is lot more than these above pics that constitute the comic. Head over to The Oatmeal (http://theoatmeal.com/comics/smartphone) and have yourself a hilarious read.

Thank you Matt for the funny riots…!!!!!

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Nokia’s decision to gang up with Microsoft was not too well liked by anyone – the stock price is down, and developers are pissed as hell. However, Nokia is not their first “strategic mobile partner”!

The folks from AsymCo have now written a very interesting post:

Microsofts new strategic partnership with Nokia is not its first. For a decade the software company has courted and consummated relationships with a variety of companies in mobile and telecom. Here are the ones I can remember:

Hit the link above to find out more – it’s more than worth it!

We always like to share good ads with our readers. This time we have a fun little ad on Vimeo called the Nokia walk of life, by Boomtown Productions.

Nokia Walk of Life from Boomtown Productions on Vimeo.

Though it is not official, but is truly good. Enjoy…!!

We have always seen the indulging texter (or e-mailer) so immersed in the device who pays no heed even if an atom bomb is on the way at 125mph. Please see for yourself.

Ouch…!!

Now with MS giving out similar ads where people get so absorbed in their phones that they bump into anything imaginable, seems like MS was correct after all.

PS: At Tamoggemon, we are always concerned about your safety. Hence, we request you to avoid texting or e-mailing on the move…!!

Seems like a developer should be a bonded labor who should be paid no wages, made to pay his bills on his own, and spending scores of hours to create wonderful apps which everyone wants for FREE…!! Mathew Inman drew this idea subtly into humor (I will refer to it as black humor).

Please enjoy…

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Some things leave even seasoned industry professionals speechless. The pineapple story is unforgettable – and there’s another similarly funny happening from the USA.

MSNBC reports the following, incredibly funny story:

He pulled what the cooks thought was a gun and demanded money, according to police. But the cooks grabbed knives and said they weren’t handing anything over.

At that point, Taylor became apologetic …

Taylor was gone by the time police arrived, but they caught up with him a short time later. Officers said Taylor confessed to the crime, but told them he didn’t have a gun, but used an iPhone.

Human stupidity truly knows no limits…

Governmental stupidity has given us more than one entry for our funny stuff category – the latest tidbits are below:

No DSLRs in Kuwait
Don’t ask me what problems the Kuwaiti Government has with DSLR’s – but the Kuwaiti Times reports that Kuwaiti individuals are no longer allowed to own professional-grade cameras:

The Ministry of Information, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Finance have put the ban in place. Start burying your DSLRs in the backyard once the Ministry of Interior join the club.

No phones for single women in India
The Times of India brings us a similarly smart move from rural India:

A village panchayat here has banned the use of mobile phones by unmarried girls, a move they feel would prevent them from eloping with their lovers.

Given the lack of popular physical action against government officials, I dare to accept bets on the fact that it won’t take long until we’ll have two more hilarious cases of governmental stupidity…

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