We’ve teased it for weeks but now it’s time to unveil what all that ‘TM13’ business was that was such a big secret. TM13 stands for Talk Mobile 2013 and it’s our new program that will elevate the discussion of mobile beyond just platforms and who is better than whom.
The event is based off of our Round Robin program, which we did years ago. That event involved all of the head editors trading phones for a week and then reviewing the experience. While fun, that was a 2008 thing and this is 2013: all the platforms have basically caught up to each other and have become outstanding options. No longer does one dominate the conversation and neither will it here.
Talk Mobile isn't a one day event. It's a discussion that will carry on across Windows Phone Central, CrackBerry, Android Central, and iMore for the next several months. We've picked 10 important topics in mobile and cooked up a whopping 50 Talk Mobile features that we'll be publishing across the sites that are going to spark a lot of conversation.
To keep the conversations flowing, we've even built a new commenting platform that will allow you to join in on the larger Talk Mobile conversation from any of our sites, and the new system also allows us to properly promote and recognize the best contributions to the discussion.
Talk Mobile will kick off on Monday, June 3rd. The first topic we are tackling is Mobile Gaming. Mark it on your calendar as it will be a fun week, where we (and you) discuss where gaming is in 2013, where it is going and where it should go.
In the meantime, you can hit up the official press release for more details, drop by the talkmobile2013.com landing page where you can sign up for updates and enter to win a free trip to our June 6th Launch Party in NYC and be sure to follow @talkmobile on twitter. The fun is about to begin!
Mobile Nations launches Talk Mobile 2013, presented by BlackBerry
An industry-first online event that brings together the top smartphone experts and fans in meaningful conversations about mobile technology and how it affects our lives
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- (Marketwire - May 29, 2013) -- Mobile Nations, the leading online mobile news and community network -- Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Phone Central -- announced today that Talk Mobile, an online event spanning all of the Mobile Nations sites and presented by BlackBerry®, will launch on June 3, 2013.
Talk Mobile will bring together mobile industry experts, influencers, pundits, enthusiasts, and fans from around the world to engage in meaningful conversations about important topics in mobile today. A total of 50 Talk Mobile features will be published over the next several months. Each day's feature will simultaneously reach each Mobile Nations site, with Android, BlackBerry, iOS and Windows Phone communities each having an equal voice in the conversation.
“We have the largest, most knowledgeable, most passionate communities in mobile, but for most of the year we’re all focused on our own, specific platforms,” said Kevin Michaluk, Chief Media Officer of Mobile Nations. “Talk Mobile lets us take off those platform-specific hats and engage in real, in-depth, industry-wide discussion. That’s why only Mobile Nations could do an event like Talk Mobile -- our sites are all biased by definition, but when we come together, the biases balance out, and we end up with the most amazing debates.”
Covering ten highly relevant topics, Talk Mobile will address the issues facing modern platform makers and manufacturers, carriers and service providers, developers and designers, and power users and casual users alike. Topics range from mobile gaming to photography to social to security.
“Over the last decade, smartphones have grown from niche technology to mainstream reality,” said Marcus Adolfsson, CEO of Mobile Nations. “We see that in our communities every day. It’s not just about tech specs anymore, but about health, family, entertainment, creativity, and connectivity. There’s a deeper conversation to be had about mobile and how it influences, enables, and affects our lives. That’s why we’re launching Talk Mobile.”
Each Talk Mobile feature will start with a roundtable discussion moderated by Cali Lewis and John Pozadzides of GeekBeat.TV, with Mobile Nations’ site editors Phil Nickinson, Kevin Michaluk, Rene Ritchie, and Daniel Rubino as panelists. The conversation will then be turned over to the community, where anyone and everyone can have their say, and the very best contributions will be featured.
Talk Mobile 2013 begins on June, 3, 2013. The first week will cover mobile gaming, its threat to consoles, its social implications, its ability to scale, and its future. Readers can join in the conversation by visiting their favorite Mobile Nations site.
Talk Mobile launch party
To celebrate the kickoff, Mobile Nations will be hosting a Talk Mobile 2013 launch party on Thursday, June 6, 2013, in New York City. Admission will be free, but venue space is limited. For more information and to RSVP, visit http://talkmobile2013.eventbrite.com.
Mobile Nations is also running a contest, in which readers can enter for the chance to win a free trip to New York City and guaranteed admission to the Talk Mobile 2013 launch party. For contest information, see www.talkmobile2013.com and follow twitter.com/talkmobile.
About Mobile Nations
Mobile Nations is the leading network of mobile-focused online communities with more than 15 million readers and 55 million page views per month. Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, and Windows Phone Central form the core of Mobile Nations.
For more information, please visit www.MobileNations.com.
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Derek Kessler, Managing Editor, Talk Mobile
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.