Google Think Insights has released an updated Mobile Playbook which offers detailed insights and strategies for business (the physical and online distinction is so passe) to look hard on issues such as addressing the local mobile customer, price transparency challenges and showrooming.

Towards the end, the guide provides a useful list of action items for follow ups.

Recommended read for those into commerce and online services.

Synchronous Web Search: Microsoft SearchTogether


Download SearchTogether (beta)

Microsoft SearchTogether is a free Internet Explorer plug-in that allows groups of people to collaborate on Web searches.

SearchTogether can benefit any group of people who are interested in investigating a topic together, such as students working on a group report, colleagues working on a joint project, or friends planning a shared vacation or other social activities. SearchTogether supports both synchronous and asynchronous collaboration styles.

SearchTogether allows each group member to customize their search preferences; choices include Windows Live Search, Yahoo!, and Google.

SearchTogether is a project from Microsoft Research. See SearchTogether page for more details.

Win a Zune by Taking Part in the TagBooster User Study


The Tag Booster team (Microsoft Research, Cambridge) is currently conducting a short (around 5mins) online user study on social tagging. They are interested in the way users describe web pages and the choice of keywords (also known as tags) they use. The findings will be used to help the scientific community better understand the nature of social tagging.


Participants are eligible to win a Zune or copies of Windows Home Premium.

To register or obtain further information, visit the Tag Booster User Study page.

Lovers Phone from Microsoft Research Asia

A research team has pioneered a way to combine the display panels and processing capability of two mobile devices. This effort from MS Research Asia allows a larger screen and potentially render higher quality pictures. Check out the video below.

MobiUS: Enable Together-Viewing Video Experience across Two Mobile Devices (.pdf)

Visit for more info.

Wow! It’s True, Long Sent Flowers …

Wow! Talk about the ‘branded software experience‘ and the undeniable innate quality in blogging. I actually find myself tending to my on-line flowers from Long Zheng.

I am beginning to understand this differentiate experience, where technology is not a commodity. A piece of well crafted technology all hand made, how it can really hold and fulfilled the user’s experience.


Related Link: What are we doing? (Jackson Fish Market)

Now listening

Le Jour d'A Cote
Le Jour d’A Cote – Enzo Enzo

Hello Kitty Sports Series Games Coming to Phone Near You

Nielsen Entertainmen Study (2006) found that among the roughly 117 million active gamers in the U.S. in 2006, more than half (56%) play games online, and that 64% of all online gamers are women.

Obviously, these guys have done their own local market segmentation homework and research, before launching the Hello Kitty Sport Series games to China mobile phone users to tap into this lucrative market. I wonder what is their business model?

Last month, when I was in Hong Kong MTR, I noticed lots of young females were seriously engaged in a portable gaming device which looks like (but wasn’t) a Nintendo DS with a stylus. They were playing casual, mentally stimulating puzzles like games. Maybe this sports games series is similar but on a mobile phone.

27/6: Looked like the device was really Nintendo DS  and there is a game called Brain Age to give one’s brain a workout.

Microsoft Virtual Career Fair (May 15-17)

My friend in Redmond HR, Priya over the weekend alerted to me a Microsoft Virtual Career Fair to be held on between May 15-17. It’s a chance for you to interact with Redmond recruiters 1:1 over a hosted Second Life environment.

Here are the step-by-step instruction to join the fair:

1. Sign up for Second life by following this URL:

2. Visit , complete registration, here enter for your avatar name, upload your resume.

3. Once you have uploaded your resume, someone to contact you and “invite” you on the TMP Island for the career fair.

>> Resume submission deadline is 14 May 2007 (US Date)

Related Link:

Come Visit Microsoft in Second Life (Jobsblog)

Microsoft Research India SMS Toolkit: Enable your own SMS Server

(Via Kevin Schofield’s post) Given the ubiquity of SMS and rising demand for SMS applications, MSRIndia has developed a SMS Toolkit which enables anyone with a PC and a Windows Mobile Phone to run their own SMS server.

This raises opportunity for developers to connect their interesting PC and Internet applications to SMS capable phones and create new useful SMS based apps; heralding a new era of mobile commerce especially in emerging markets.

To run the SMS Toolkit, the hardware requirements are:
– An application Unlocked Windows Mobile 5.0 based phone
– A PC running Windows XP or Vista
– A USB cable to connect your phone to your PC

Software Requirements:
SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition
– Activesync 4.0 and above

To find out more and download the MSRIndia SMS Toolkit, visit the project’s Codeplex page.
Related link: Microsoft Research India blog

Sample screenshot of a sample application scenario (SMS news item broadcast)
Bulk SMS via Excel 1.JPG

Mar ’07 Interview with the ’04 Imagine Cup Champions

Last week, Nick Hodge and I had interviewed the members of the 2004 Imagine Cup Software Design Imagine Cup champions (Aymeric Gaurat Apelli and Francois Beaussier).

Click on the image above to view the video.

We spoke to them about their journey to WW finals in Brazil, the experience of competiting and sharing the stage with some of the brightest young minds in the world and got them to share their exclusive tips to excel in this competition.

A sincere thank you to my good friends – Francois, Aymeric to agree to go with my idea of this interview at such short notice. Your guys are natural.

A special BIG thanks to Nick Hodge, the true professional geek for producing this video in such short turnaround.


Any feedback on this video would be appreciated.

PS: The Australia Imagine Cup Software Design proposal (for an industry mentor application) due date has been extended, click here for more information.