Madam Geek…

Finding the geek in every woman

What did you StumbleUpon today? October 1, 2010

Filed under: apple,Gadget,RLabs,She's the Geek,Social Media — madamgeek @ 12:30 pm
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I do enjoy it when I StumbleUpon something easy. I have heard about and read about QR codes for a while now, but was never really interested to use it or get into it. I prefer things to be easy and just at my finger tips.

The best of the web at your fingertips

iPhone
Download from the Apple Store
Or, on your phone’s browser, visit http://www.stumbleupon.com

Android*
Point your Android phone to this QR Code.
Your barcode reader should be able to read
it and launch the Market. (no code?)

Or, on your phone’s browser, visit www.stumbleupon.com

* Easily explore pages in your favorite topics and on top sites (Flickr, YouTube, Photos, News).
* The pages you bookmark from your phone are automatically synced with your StumbleUpon account
on the web, so you can access your favorites wherever you are.
* Share easily with anyone using Email, Facebook, or Twitter.
* Optimized experience just for your mobile device.
* It’s free, and it only takes a minute to download. Learn more.

After reading this and downloading it on my iPhone last night, I thought wow now all I have to do is open the QR Reader App on my phone and there you go. Easy as pie! I was quite excited to get to RLabs today and share it with the team. But by the time I mentioned ‘QR Codes’, everyone had already downloaded it on their mobile phones. Here I thought it was only available on the iPhone and Android phone as the post above says! Also She’s the Geek tells me that Rafiq from Web Addict already sent her a link this morning on Twitter.

So there you have it. When you think you just Stumble(d)Upon something interesting somewhere else someone else Stumble(d)Upon it first! I am just glad to be surrounded with all these geeks…

 

Teens and mobile phones: A match made in heaven? May 17, 2010

Filed under: Madam Geek,RLabs,She's the Geek — madamgeek @ 2:01 pm
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Guest post by Marlon Parker

Over the past few weeks Marlon Parker was involved with a research study in Cape Town that investigated the use of mobile phones by learners aged 13 -18. The full paper will be presented at a conference later this year but below are some findings that will be useful to those working for organisations who are trying to reach young people via mobile phones.

We distributed 420 questionnaires at high schools in Cape Town and 358 was returned. Most of the respondents (57%) were female and 93% owned a mobile phone. Only 3 of the youth had NO personal ACCESS to a mobile phone and all of them were aged 13. The mobile network most popular with youth was MTN (38%) followed by Vodacom (34%) (See image above).

The uptake of social networking amongst youth is evident with 27% of using social networking sites such as Facebook all the time. In the above diagram it is evident how the Mobile web and Mobile social networks graph lines are very similar supporting the increase adoption of mobile web for connecting with friends and families. The most frequently (“All the time”) used mobile phone service was Multimedia and the Mobile web was the most popular service to be used over weekends. The most popular mobi sites visited by the youth were m.facebook.com and m.google.com. Mobile web and technology offers great opportunities for youth and with the increased adoption of these technologies it is therefore an opportunity for organisations to access this market using these mediums.

Most of the youth (75%) use R70 airtime or less, explaining the popularity of Mobile Instant Messengers (MIMs) like MXit, Mig33, 2Go and others (See image on the left). The most popular mobile handset was Samsung (45%) followed by Nokia (21%) and then Sony Ericsson (10%) (Graph below). None of the youth in our sample owned an iPhone or Android device. This is important for any developers and organisations targeting youth with services via mobile phones to realise the handsets and that most of their target audience are using.

Only 7% (19) of the youth interviewed does not use the mobile internet with majority using it would do so on a daily basis, whereas 27% will use it over weekends (See diagram below). This supports the fact the more people in South Africa access the internet via a mobile phone than via a PC. All the youth who have access to a mobile phone have used a Mobile Chat or Mobile Instant Messenger (MIM), such as MXit.

The uptake of social networking amongst youth is evident with 27% of using social networking sites such as Facebook all the time. In the above diagram it is evident how the Mobile web and Mobile social networks graph lines are very similar supporting the increase adoption of mobile web for connecting with friends and families. The most frequently (“All the time”) used mobile phone service was Multimedia and the Mobile web was the most popular service to be used over weekends. The most popular mobi sites visited by the youth were m.facebook.com and m.google.com. Mobile web and technology offers great opportunities for youth and with the increased adoption of these technologies it is therefore an opportunity for organisations to access this market using these mediums.

 

You can’t deny yourself and yet you can’t help yourself April 19, 2010

Filed under: apple,Madam Geek — madamgeek @ 8:31 pm
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Well it seems we at a distinct cross road in our world! The air space in Europe has come to a grinding halt, Apple, Android, Google, HTC, Windows, iPhone, iPad (am I allowed to mention them all in the same sentence?) have all introduced something new and then we have our political state in South Africa in particular and across countries, wars in our neighbouring countries and continents, the list is endless.

Yet our interest in connecting with one another and engaging using various technologies still forces us to share of ourselves. Each time we update our status on Twitter, Facebook, Buzz, Forsqure or write a blog post or comment on any social network: we share a piece of our souls. We make a mark. We let people in to see who we really are. And we change little by little, one mega byte by one mega byte at a time… You can’t deny yourself and yet you can’t help yourself!