Posts Tagged "Wireless"

Could Tech Support Undo Palm?

A longtime Palm fanboy gets heartbroken by the company’s customer service

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Personal Relationship Manager

I am a tad obsessive about my address book. While there are several thousand people in it, I tend to believe that I need to make sure that they stay current and I look to my address book as the center of my social network. but it ought to work more like a personal relationship manager. I was recently describing my update process to David Strom, after he had posted an entry on his blog about how poor the contact management system in Gmail was, and I hit upon a realization: A lot of the work that goes into keeping all that information up to date seems to be something that ought to be more suited to some level of automation. Why is it that there is no real linkage between my address book, different email systems, social networks, IM systems, Skype (and other voice over IP solutions) and my mobile phone? Each of those appears to live in a silo, unable to offer me a full view of the people I know. While Plaxo does a good job of synchronizing metadata about people (What I would consider as rank, name, and serial number ie. the basics like physical address,…

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Safari: Apple’s New Platform?

Is Apple building a new multi-device platform with Safari?

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The iPhone is here

Apple unveils a revolutionary approach to mobile phones with the iPhone

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2007 Predictions

What will happen in 2007?

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Could Apple Solidify GSM in the US?

Apple could get the US to finally move to GSM

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Life After Net Neutrality

For the past few months, in the United States, a fight has been brewing over how the pipes that control the Internet would be ruled. On one side, activists and large Internet companies felt that access to the Internet should be neutral and that all sites should be accessed in the same fashion. On the other side, large cable and phone companies have been arguing that they should have a chance to charge different rates for different types of services. The whole fight was embodied into a campaign called Net Neutrality and made its way into the American congress. Today’s news that the Net Neutrality bill was defeated may create future problems for American internet businesses but will not kill the Internet, as some have claimed. Instead, it will probably dictate, in the long run, the death of the very proponents of a ban on net neutrality: phone and cable companies which have been trying to overreach in their attempt to fatten up their bottom line. Looking at the stakes At issue in this debate is how bandwidth is distributed and whether it should be metered in any fashion. At the current time, in the US, most people who get…

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Portals and Video — An Overview

So the big news coming out of the 2006 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) is that all the portals are now trying to go into the video space. Microsoft, AOL, and Yahoo have already made their announcements (as has Apple, which is not presenting at CES and is reserving its sparks for next week’s Mac World) and word has been leaking that Google will also get into the space. So it’s time to review, side by side what each player has to offer. Software The first thing I’m taking a look into is what are the software packages each offers: Apple AOL Google Microsoft Yahoo! Browsers supported None Firefox, Internet Explorer, Netscape or Safari Firefox or Internet Explorer Internet Explorer Internet Explorer or Netscape Media Players Supported iTunes, Quicktime Windows Media Player Google Video Player Windows Media Player iTunes, Windows Media Player Platforms Mac, Windows Mac, Windows Windows only Windows only Mac, Windows DRM Apple FairPlay Microsoft Windows-Media DRM Google DRM (based on OpenSSL) but providers can opt-out Microsoft Windows-Media DRM Microsoft Windows-Media DRM So it looks like we will be dealing with three different types of digital right management systems, making it difficult to actually have content play on every…

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2006 Predictions

What will happen in 2006.

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Standard Power Chargers Would Be Nice

Russell Beatie has a fascinating picture showing his wide array of devices recharging, which triggered in me something that has been disturbing me for a long time: why is it that every mobile device out there seems to have a different power plug? There is no competitive advantage in offering a different charger and yet it seems that every vendor has come up with a different approach when it comes to the charging port. As a result, scores of users have to pack multiple chargers when they travel. Just off the top of my head, a typical user would generally pack different chargers for each of the following devices: laptop, mobile phone, camera, mp3 player, and PDA. Granted, a way to solve the problem is to aggregate devices (for example, as I do with the Treo, use a smart device that includes many of those functions) so you have to carry fewer chargers but ultimately, there’s always more than one and few people around with a charger that is compatible. There is, however, a competitive advantage for vendors in establishing a standard. That advantage goes to the age old issue of price. If two players agreed to a similar set…

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