The Future of Mobiles in the U.K.

This BBC article on the future of mobile phones in Europe is interesting because it talks about technologies that are used in Japan and the U.S. such as “”buddy finders” that alert you when a friend is in the same area or systems that track your morning run to show you how many kilometres you have covered and how many calories you have burned” and “location-based advertising, mobile blogging, location-based games and services that will allow you to geo-tag photographs with their locations”. The article explains why these services aren’t available in Europe right now and why Europeans will have access to some of them in 2007. What was interesting to me was that these services were available in the U.S., so I did some checking to see who offers them. A Dec.2006 Newsweek article talks about “All Seeing Eyes” and what it means for personal privacy. According to Newsweek, “No nation is farther along than South Korea, where SK Telecom uses the technology to call customers strolling by its Seoul airport lounge, inviting them inside. This beckoning from out of the blue evokes the intimate “awarenessâ€? of the wireless networks depicted in “The Matrix.â€? Cool Matrix images aside, isn’t this more akin to a mesh of real life pop up ads and someone wearing a sandwich board that says ‘eat at joes’ Especially if you lent your phone to your grandmother.

Only one week left in our latest contest

geoyes, that’s right, you only have until next wednesday, January 31st, to enter our latest contest – “Show Us Your Heritage!”

We’ve promoted this contest more on the podcast than the blog, so I’ll give you a quick rundown….Just send us a photo of something that, for you, represents your heritage in some way. For example, if you’re Italian and from Rome, a picture of the Coliseum might be meaningful to you.

Just email your photo, along with a short description of why you chose that photo, and that’s it!

We’ve already gotten some really interesting entries, so get your photo to us ASAP!

The grand prize is a free Genographic Project test kit, which will allow you to participate in National Geographic’s Genographic Project (the kits normally cost $100). We think that this a great project that is aiming to create a worldwide database of human DNA in order to trace our “deep” ancestry. The test is totally anonymous, and provides a general DNA profile of your ancestry, based on mitochondrial DNA or Y-chromosome (only for you guys out there, of course). Unfornuately, we can’t mail the kit outside the US, so only US residents are eligible for the grand prize. However, we will also two first prize winners, who will win other cool prizes like our new t-shirts. First prizes can be mailed to any address, US or internation.

Good Luck, and we will announce the winners on our February 4th podcast episode, so be sure to tune in!