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5 Myths about Mobile Solutions

In General on May 28, 2013 at 16:35

Mobile_Myths_260wide_390Mobile is a huge part of life nowadays. The stats all point to a huge increase in mobile usage, and our own experience as users shows how much it has grown to dominate our online behaviour. So it’s natural for business people to focus on what they can do to make best use of this new opportunity. However, there is a lot of confusion which gets in the way of successfully implementing a mobile strategy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ecosystems: what’s driving Google, HP and other recent huge changes

In General on August 28, 2011 at 21:59

EcosystemNews from Google (buying Motorola) and HP (selling its mobile and PC business) shows that there are huge shifts taking place in business models. And the key word is ecosystem.

So what is an ecosystem? Well, much like the ecosystem that plants, animals, and humans live in, an ecosystem in business is a collection of parts whose complex interconnection enables a company to thrive in their environment.

Google bought Motorola because Read the rest of this entry »

Google Motorola: 8 crazy facts, and 3 possible outcomes

In General on August 18, 2011 at 20:07

Motorola - AndroidWell, i said Google needed to do something bold about Android, and that was bold! Spending USD12.5 billion on a company that is losing lots of money is either madness or masterstroke. The internet has hardly stopped buzzing about this. Here are the key points:

1. USD12.5 billion is nearly 50% more than Read the rest of this entry »

Google’s Wars

In General on June 30, 2011 at 10:02

Google PlusHere’s the scene. Google is the dominant internet company, owning search to the point that it’s effectively a monopoly. It makes huge amounts of money from this, and the dominance in this area will continue for the foreseeable future.

Yet it’s also David in some other battles. Read the rest of this entry »

Quick iPad 2 Prediction — Cheaper!

In General on March 2, 2011 at 22:26

Apple iPad 2In a couple of hours, the iPad 2 will be announced by Apple. Here’s my prediction. Now we know that it’s not going to have a retina display, it’s difficult to imagine what new features it will have. Sure, it’s going to have a camera for FaceTime/Skype, but really, is that all it’s going to be?

So here’s my prediction. The new iPad will be cheaper — my bet is $299. Here’s why. Read the rest of this entry »

Google’s Big Android Problem

In General on January 23, 2011 at 18:43

AndroidGoogle’s got a big problem with Android. And if it doesn’t change its ways, it’s going to get worse.

A lot has been written lately about the battle between Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. These focus mainly (rightly) on the hardware and software differences, as well as differences in model, and indeed philosophy. However, conventional wisdom seems to be that iOS will make the money now, but Android owns the future. As it stands, that is plain wrong.

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The Death of Hotel WiFi Fees?

In General on January 13, 2011 at 21:24

Verizon iPhoneVerizon announced yesterday the availability of Apple’s iPhone 4 on its network. While this was good news for those in America waiting for an alternative to the pain of using AT&T’s network, for most of the rest of the world, it had little impact: the Verizon iPhone uses CDMA, a different technology to the GSM that is common in most of the world.

Looking at the screenshots reveals a setting for creating a WiFi hotspot.
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Tips for iPad Presentations

In General on August 28, 2010 at 16:39

Keynote on iPadSince the iPad came out, it’s become a must-have for hoteliers. Seduced by the wow-factor, they saw instantly how they could use it as a marquee item in their properties.

Sales teams and managers also saw how they could be used as tool for presentations: have you been to a conference recently and not seen lots of people armed with iPads? Thought not.
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Apple’s Missing Piece

In General on May 25, 2010 at 18:30

I’ll admit it — I’m an Apple fan. I own an iPhone, a MacBook Pro, a couple of Mac Minis, an iPod and an iPad. Needless to say, I love them for their user-friendliness, and the way they let me do what I want to do without any serious techsupport.

TV in my house has been replaced by a Mac: using Front Row, the kids choose their TV programs using a cutesy little Apple Remote, so simple even my 2 year old can use it. They don’t know that there’s a server sitting upstairs, storing all the TV programs and movies, and serving them over our wifi. The server’s nothing special, a generic box with FreeNAS (a Linux-like operating system) and a few large hard disks.

The same system means that anyone with a computer in the house can watch movies over the wifi. This works fantastically, even on my iPad (Air Video is a killer app for this, converting files on the fly if they’re the wrong format fort the iPad).

However, there’s a serious gap in the whole puzzle. I can’t share my music from iTunes without iTunes running on another computer. I can’t view my photos on iPhoto without iPhoto running on another computer. My server is always running, but if I want to listen to music or look at photos, I have to run upstairs to switch on the computer that has that program. Either that, or i need to leave the computer with my photo and music libraries running all the time — a waste of electricity, as i have my server already running.

Likewise, I always need to use the same computer to add music and photos — in the Apple world, i can’t add to my main library from a different computer; if I chose to add music or photos to a different computer, syncing media between different computers is a pain that can’t be achieved without hacks.

Clearly, what’s needed is an Apple Home Server — a stylish white or aluminium box that sits somewhere next to your wifi router, with a couple of big hard drives, and a server version of iPhoto and iTunes. Any computer on the network could access the movies on there (through Front Row); music could be accessed from any computer on the network; any computer could be used to add photos, as they share the same library that sits on the server — plug in a camera anywhere, and zap! they’re added to the server.

This device would also handle backups, using Time Machine (which the Time Capsule already does).

Then we’d have a great way for all the Apple products in the house to freely share all content without headaches. Surely this isn’t too much to ask, Steve?

Anthony Green – May 2010

Apple vs. Adobe – or how Flash became irrelevant

In General on May 15, 2010 at 18:42

Apple Inc.Adobe FlashSurprise, surprise, Steve Jobs has been causing controversy, again, as only he knows how, sticking it to Adobe about how bad Flash is, and how it will never appear on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Well, never say never, but for technology professionals tasked with implementing websites and mobile applications, the current situation is clear — steer clear of Flash if you want people to be able to access it on iPads, iPhones, or iPod Touches. Read the rest of this entry »