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What gives?

Some of you might recall how a few years ago, an announcement was made about a new domain dedicated to websites optimised for use by mobile devices. The domain was .mobi, and although since that time few appear to have jumped on to the .mobi bandwagon, since then there hasn't been any all encompassing solution to the problems mobile device users still face in accessing their favourite web sites.

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If you don't live under a stone, you can't have helped noticing how many people are accessing web services via their mobile these days, either while walking around, on the train or even while they should be concentrating on driving their car / van / very heavy-HGV. Be it iPhone, Blackberry, Palm Pre or HTC, LG Choc-ice or whatever is the latest bit of bling kit, a recent puff from the European Interactive Advertising Association (EIAA) shows how many more people are using mobile devices as the primary way of getting their daily web fix.

Increase in internet-on-the-move

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History
Cloud computing seems to be one the buzzwords of the moment, but like many IT and Internet related ideas, the concept has been around for decades. Cloud was first put forward public in connection with computing by John McCarthy back in 1961.
John McCarthy is probably the most noted computer scientist that you've never heard of. Better known to oldsters / techies as one of the driving forces behind the development of Artificial Intelligence, McCarthy, an American, is the inventor of the LISP computer programming language, a noted Turing Prize winner (1971), and one of the first to develop the use of mathematical logic to advance AI concepts. He was behind the circumscription method of non-monotonic reasoning, a key logic used in AI development, and was the main proponent of situation calculus (another AI related advance). So as you can see, he is an all round smart chap.

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A quick update - Rob Hallums from Glasscubes tells me their service could be just the ticket. I've only had time to get a brief look, but it does look very promising. I'll give this a good going over as soon as and post my findings here.