More recent trends could highlight some hypothetical futures for currency.
Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to get a better understanding of what is happening with the concept of virtual worlds. Let me go into more details as to why I think this phenomenon has some real potentials. In this first entry in a series, I will explore the economic activity surrounding this phenomenon. Size of the market When talking about virtual worlds, I am focusing on the new space created by the gaming industry that allows to create online avatars and interact with other players in a fully immersive environment. From an economic standpoint, estimates range from around 100 millions to a high of US$1.5 billion a year. These are not insignificant numbers and they point to an emerging phenomenon and potentially the rise a new industry, with its own set of marketplaces, gathers, owners, creators, and marketers. Marketplaces To understand virtual worlds marketplace, one must first understand what si going on in those virtual worlds. When a player sets up an account, he’s given a basic set of skills. As he or she progresses and interacts with the virtual world and its denizens, the player gains more and more skills and goods. However, this type of…Read More
Today, Apple announced their first Intel based laptop. This announcement provides us with some interesting data that can be used to compare the existing platform to its predecessor and to equivalent offerings from the PC world. Comparing Apples to Apples One of the interesting thing is that Apple did not demise its existing Powerbook G4 product line. Whether it’s a question of inventory management having gone awry or an attempt to milk more out of the G4 market, it provides an interesting way to compare Apple laptops from the G4 generation to those of the Intel one. For the purpose of this study, I took data directly on the Apple site, looking at their offerings for the Powerbook and its equivalent on the Intel side of the house, the MacBook Pro. Here’s how they stack up against each other: 15 inch MacBook Pro 15 inch Powerbook G4 Processor 1.67GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 2MB on chip sharedL2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed 1.67GHz PowerPC G4 Display 15.4-inch (diagonal), 1440 x 900 resolution, TFTwidescreen 15.2-inch (diagonal), 1440 x 960 resolution, TFT widescreen Memory 512MB (single SODIMM) of PC2-5300 (667MHz);two SODIMM slots support up to 2GB 512MB PC2-4200 DDR2 SDRAM (running…Read More