Mocha VNC and G.ho.st: Mobile Access to Your Desktop


A little over a six weeks ago, I finally switched to an iPhone 3G – I’d been holding out for the white 16GB model to arrive in the UK and pounced as soon as they started to arrive at O2 stores.
I’ve been as enchanted with the mix of goofy and useful applications from the iTunes App Store as anyone else. Initially, I sought to find and install the mobile counterparts of my desktop and web-based applications – eBay, Facebook, Twitteriffic, Last.fm, WordPress, etc
Of course, the real value of iPhone applications are in areas which truly leverage mobility – eBay as an iPhone app is only marginally more useful than eBay running in Safari on an iPhone.
However, there’s a class of iPhone app emerging that seeks to exploit mobility in ways that were previously difficult to conceive.
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Google Maps Gets YouTube Video

Google Maps now offers embeddable videos from YouTube, giving local businesses a new way to show off their goods. Companies listed in Google’s Local Business Center can upload a video to YouTube and have it associated with their expanded listing in Google Maps.

Now, local businesses can offer virtual tours of their facilities, post product demos, or as TechCrunch’s Erick Schonfeld put it, any small company can essentially put up its own TV commercial.

Google Earth added YouTube video last year, so this expansion to maps is no surprise.

But the big winner from this announcement is TurnHere, a company that creates custom videos for its clients. Not only is this another reason for local businesses to make enticing, professional-looking video, but the example used by the Google Maps blog is a listing for I Dream of Cake, featuring a video created by TurnHere.

Maemo Wordpy shows versatility of Nokia’s Internet Tablets

MaemowordpyI realize not everyone here is a blogger, but I wanted to share this tidbit to further illustrate the versatility of the Nokia 770 and N800 Internet Tablets. The devices themselves are functional enough, but it’s the third-party open source development that truly extends these devices. As I’ve said before, I see this as the biggest "make it or break it factor" for Palm’s Foleo; by itself it’s functional, but it would truly shine with the right application support.

Back to the tidbit: Maemo Wordpy was recently updated for the Nokias. What is it? It’s a front-end interface to WordPress blogs. James has frequently commented to me that the Nokia N800 is a fantastic tool for blogging and I’d agree. I’d actually agree even more if we used WordPress because Maemo WordyPy looks great!

Flickr-hoo!

So who’s laughing now? The news of Yahoo and Flickr hooking up is finally official. Applause… and those of you who were laughing and ridiculing my exclusive.well happy millions. This right from the Flickr blog.:

Holy smokes, SOMEBODY out there is bad at keeping secrets!! Yes! We can finally confirm that Yahoo has made a definitive agreement to acquire Flickr and us, Ludicorp. Smack the tattlers and pop the champagne corks! Woohoo! What does this mean? It means that we’ll no longer have to draw straws to see who gets paid, schedule conjugal visits between trips to the colo….wait!

Jeff calls is safety strategy. I call it “New Road to Riches” which if you buy Business 2.0, you might have read last year. The new road is – build it, flip it, or in this case scream Yahoo! My sources tell me the price tag is close to $35 million, and not rumored $30 million.