AT&T recently released their Femtocell. This device plugs into your home
(or small office) network, and uses your current ISP to provide strong cell
coverage. Currently, AT&T and Sprint are the only networks with full on
femtocells. T-Mobile has their “Hotspot @ Home” which enables Wi-Fi
phones to have better calling via your broadband internet, but is not an
actual cell tower. AT&T’s offering enables voice and data over the cell
(great for those non-Wi-Fi phones) while Sprint’s femtocell only allows
voice transmissions. Obviously enabling full on voice and maybe data for
people in their homes is a big deal. Especially on the most often reviled
and harangued network, AT&T.
The ability to actually make calls from home is something a lot of iPhone
users and other cell phone users would love to have. The most common thing
heard about the iPhone is “it’s grea... (more)
iPad For Business
In case you did not hear, Apple announced the iTouch on steroids aka iPad
Apple iPad via www.apple.com
Is it a phone? No, its not an iPhone
Is it a PC? Well, not in the context of the traditional PC or Mac book
What is the iPad or more importantly, what is the possible business angle?
First as to what is it, it might be easier to describe what it is not.
As mentioned above, it is not an iPhone, granted you can get an iPad with 3G
or WiFi for data access (similar to how iTouch has WiFi). Likewise, the iPad
is not a PC in the context of running applications traditionally found on
Windows PCs or Mac devices.
What is it?
As far as what is the iPad, here is a link to its specifications, some of
which have resulted in confusion. For example, I have seen many comments
about how the iPad does not have a camera. Well, not built in however there
iPhone Apps on Ulitzer
iPhone Apps on Ulitzer - The Apple iTablet or iSlate is due to be shown off
to the world January 27th, and unleashed on us sometime in March.
The blogosphere has been buzzing about the topic. Joe Wilcox of BetaNews.com
said “The world doesn’t need an Apple Tablet, or any other” (full post
MG of TechCrunch followed up with “The World Doesn’t Need Someone Telling
Us What We Don’t Need In Tech” (full post here). I think both writers
make some good points, but I wanted to give my thoughts, and ask the readers
of CTOvision theirs.
The Apple Tablet is rumored to cost $1000. So the first word that comes to my
mind is “overpriced.” When you can purchase a decent netbook for under
$300, a solid ultra-portable 12-14″ (laptop) for $500, and a good business
laptop for under $700…why would you ever pay $1000 for a simple tablet?
Quite frankly, I... (more)
iPad on Ulitzer
I’m proud to consider myself an upper middle class American .
Why am I so proud about it?
Because I haven’t been born in an upper middle class American family. I
came to the USA 18 years ago with $200 in my pocket on a visitor’s visa.
Don’t rush reporting on me to the Immigration authorities. I was legal in
this country each and every day since. Then came the work visa (H1B), after
that the green card, and back in 2001, I became an American citizen.
Our family consists of me (silver 15” MacBook Pro), two sons (black 13”
MacBook and a silver 13” MacBook) and my wife (post World War II Windows PC
own by her employer, a filthy rich international bank). I also have an
To complete the picture, I need to mention, that occasionally I’m getting
separated with my MacBook Pro.
For example, last week I’ve been skiing in French Alps and didn’t get it
iPad on Ulitzer
Today was a historic day in computing history. While the techno-geeks will
argue for the next several months what this really means and what the Apple
iPad is missing or why it’s only a large screen iPod Touch, I’m going to
be focused on what I think this really means to some key industries and how
Appcelerator can help. From my perspective, web developers are talking up and
overwhelmingly are planning new application experiences for the new iPad. We
surveyed just a small sample of our community of developers and found that
over 90% of them plan on building an iPad application in the next 12 months.
But what’s probably more interesting, and certainly makes sense seeing the
iPad today, is that this new device offers new innovations that could be much
different (and quite possibly, better) than the existing iPhone/iPod.
We are seeing huge opportunitie... (more)
In my earlier post, when I railed against the iPad, it was mostly personal
disappointment and letdown. I was disappointed by the technical specs, most
notably the aspect ratio, and the exclusion of USB, HDMI, and webcams.
Those items can all be added on in later iterations (which I firmly believe
they will – perhaps the iPad HD?). And when they are released, people
(Nerds/Geeks – maybe even I) will pay the upcharge for them. A lot of
blogs have been posted that talk about the iPad as the optimal stepping stone
(gateway?) for the technologically challenged. They are right (but might
not know why).
When Matt (commenter MGD) posted that if he were to buy a computing device
for his 9-year old daughter, it’d be an iPad, it got me thinking. It
would be hard to pick a better device for kids. Parental Controls are
becoming a very key discriminator for operating syst... (more)
iPad on Ulitzer
On Monday I wrote an article that put my initial thoughts and findings
together on the newly announced iPad's. It included my belief that the
current mass of iPhone Developers are excited & poised to adopt iPad, not
only with their current applications on the App Store, but creating new
applications to take advantage of the iPad... A New app 'gold rush' gathering
Today I have just read a great article from Jason Schwarz on Seeking Alpha,
which continues my thread and suggests that currently the iPad is being
underestimated for business.
To quote Jason...
"Anyone who previously relied on a notepad or clipboard will adopt the iPad.
Doctors will use the iPad as they move from room to room and interact with
patients, teachers will use the iPad as they lecture, coaches will use it as
an in game video/scouting tool...think of all the real estat... (more)
David Olive's recent article titled Why Apple and Google May Have Their Best
Days Behind Them is a thoughtful examination of the trends occuring in
tehcnology today. There is a lot of rapid change going on. Its implications
are broad and in fact relevant to the fitness industry; a traditional late
comer to technology adoption. Why ? It has to do with change, adoption and
open systems. Here are a few excerpts from David's article:
They dominated their industries until they didn’t. General Motors,
Massey-Ferguson, IBM, Sears, Roebuck – in their heyday, it was
unimaginable that they could be dislodged as kings of their castles by rival
firms and new technology and business methods.
Apple is increasingly a smartphone company, and that sector is coming under
intense attack from competitors. The maker of iPods, iPads and Mac computers
now looks to iPhones for ... (more)
When you need something online, is your first impulse to bring up your Web
browser or go to your smartphone and run an app? The Web/app balance has
shifted perhaps permanently in the app’s favor, meaning that more and more
we go to an app when we need something online, and streaming video is
accelerating this shift. For those of us that were old enough to remember
when Netscape and AOL were different companies, I think this is a sad
Certainly, it depends on how often you access a particular site: for daily
habits, having an app makes sense, if the app encapsulates the kind of
browsing experience that you normally would be doing with your PC. But apps
are more than just better bookmarks (remember them?), and indeed they have
taken off as true alternatives to general browsing.
In this month’s issue, Wired magazine has declared that the Web is dead.
This MG Siegler TechCrunch article really clarified Apple's strategy for me.
It makes much more sense here than I was getting from the coverage of Job's
talk. For example, it let me see the connection between the new Lion
auto-incremental-save feature (which sounds incredibly useful on its own - I
currently use ForeverSave to accomplish much the same) and iCloud: your
applications will save invisibly, and will save to an invisible place.
Google's mental model makes more sense to me: You should understand that you
are saving your stuff to somewhere, rather than just have the confidence that
they will show up on whatever set of devices you're using. But my mental
models for computing were formed back when computers were computers, not
slates of glass that directly respond to the movement of your fingers as if
the glass was skin. For those who think of laptops as iPads ... (more)
The cloud hype machine is well and truly in full swing these days; it seems
every tech company out there is telling you they are in the cloud and their
products are cloud-based. A lot of that is marketing spin - cloud is the
buzzword that people want to be associated with at the moment.
Apple's announcement of iCloud probably attracted the most attention of any
of the recent cloud developments (the marketing clout of that 'i' is truly
remarkable). Steve Jobs has now put Apple firmly into the cloud game and we
thought it would be interesting to see how the world's three largest
technology companies are approaching the cloud and what their vision is for
this rapidly growing platform.
A company that was born and has grown in the Cloud, Google envision a
complete shift from the traditional workstation with installed software to a
thin client model - everything is... (more)