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They say the future is mobile, but today is mobile

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If I ask myself the question, what can’t I do with my android phone, I have to say, not much.  And whatever I can’t do, I expect to be able to do… And in all probability will do soon.

That’s actually an astonishing thought.  That a device in my pocket can power pretty much my entire digital life, harnessing the power of the cloud, to serve and feed our modern appetite for instant communication, news, gossip, games, data, heck even controlling things remotely, and all through radio signals which will probably make all of us sick.

But what price is too high to pay for gratification of the senses on this scale?

The point about the cloud combined with always on pleasure to use devices is that it’s finally possible for anyone to make it work.   This revolution is like email all over again, but the winners haven’t been decided yet.   It could be facebook, but they are consumer and their user group is fickle and free.   Google has more aces than anyone, but they don’t know how to do service, they please themselves first.   Apple has set the standard, the way they did with personal computing, but you can’t compete with the world, they are already at full stretch.

Rim lost it when the email age was superseded by the mobile social cloud.

Microsoft is desk bound.

Interestingly though, the hub system Microsoft has pioneered, and similarly the widgets of android and amazons kindle point the way, with still serious flaws.

Put the user in charge of their content, their display, make it easy to access any feed beautifully, make it available across platforms, and the swarm of users will make it real.


Written by rexinfinite

November 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Posted in technology

Supporting the underdog

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Now that android mobile operating system is number two globally and well on its way to number one, do I need to get a windows mobile or apple phone in support of the underdog? 

These devices are transforming how we interact with the world, who are we empowering with our consumer choices and can we trust them to really empower us back?

There are natural monopolies, windows pc,  google search, facebook social network, apple ipod, android smartphone?

I usually prefer the alternative but somehow I find myself using all the natural monopolies, have I changed or has the dominating value of the natural monopoly changed?

My only justification is I have gotten better at picking winners and I use companies I find early, or underdogs to show some independence.

Actually, my next computer will be ubuntu all the way.   It finally works after much teething, but I just can’t do apple for phones.   Maybe palm?

Written by rexinfinite

November 11, 2010 at 6:13 pm