Saturday, April 30, 2011
It was partly why I gave up using my G1 and iPhone with data. I am using an iPod touch with an iSpot but its not the same as an integrated device like the iPhone.
But today, my aunt and uncle, as well as a few of their friends came to visit. I served them tea and they chatted. They had not seen each other for weeks now.
I left them for a while and came back to the living room. It was quiet. And it was a sight I never expected to see.
My uncle was playing Angry Birds on his iPad, my aunt was hacking away on her iPhone trying to solve a sudoku puzzle, another aunt was playing mahjong on her iPad, and another of their friend was playing who knows what.
I guessed I shamed them a bit with a comment or two about what they were doing (or not doing) be because they stopped.
Still, it was not something I expected my elders to be doing.
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Friday, April 29, 2011
Endeavor Launch Delayed, Hope Those People Who Are There Will Still Get A Chance To Watch It Go Up On Sunday
I've had the fortunate opportunity to watch a shuttle landing when I was younger when one landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California. To this day, it was an awesome sight.
I've watched a few launches of the shuttles on TV but I know it isn't like watching it live in person. I just hope schedule and such doesn't prevent some folks there from missing it. I was afraid of delays. I suppose it's good that the initial launch attempt was today and the 48 hour delay means the next try would be on a Sunday.
Still, all those folks will need to find new places to stay if should are going to try to wait it out.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Location Data File: Big Enough Concern For Mobile Warriors That Congress Has To Have Hearings? Nope.
And if you guess that is not going to happen, you're right. And a few weeks later, this will all boil over and it will return to business as usual.
Suppose in some alternate universe where what I'm proposing does happen, there are a few other companies that have a lot to explain about their privacy violations like Facebook that is always moving the privacy goal lines when they think no one is looking.
Obviously, we don't' like companies, governments, or anyone else looking over our backs or watching our every move. Still, of all the companies aske to appear before Congress, only Apple does not sell information it gathers about its iOS-iTunes customers to third parties.
As a matter of fact, Apple's refusal to send publishers information about iPad users was the main obstacle. That's right, Apple did not want to share user information with 3rd parties.
Regardless, the information about location data on the iOS devices require some explanation. I'm not sure it requires the attention of Congress when we're still trying to right our economy, reduce deficit, fight two and a half wars, and get Americans working again.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Location Tracking: Apple (And Google) Has Some Explaining But It's Probably Nothing We Need To Worry About
No. It's a concern. If it's a bug, it needs to be fixed. If there is something more to it than that, we should get to the bottom of this. Google's Android, its openness is debatable, is not curated and, it soo, also record geolocation of its users.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Would anyone just visit Apple for the heck of it? Maybe. However, there is a strong possibility that they had a meeting there. After all, checking into Apple campus is a pretty exciting thing considering all the wild speculations, even from myself, about Apple can transform MobileMe into.
Would you want a free MobileMe account with check-ins that might have special deals only for iOS users?
You bet I would!
Here is where things are interesting and it isn't just some random check-ins that some people do when they drive by randomly.
Erin Gleason, the public relations manager, checked in and mentioned she was moving into the next meeting.
Then the next location of the check-in was was at Apple. The check-in was done by Dennis Crowley, with Gleason present as well as Foursquare's business dev and partnership organizer.
More at MacNN.
Note: Who is Dennis Crowley? How about the co-founder of Foursquare.
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Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
It's been years since I've been here. Like everyone else, I have heard dealer services are a premium above the local mom-and-pop so I judiciously avoided it. However, the car now has issues that cannot be resolved so I had no choice.
I'm now sitting at a small table, free pastries and cookies and all I can drink coffee, water, and soda. More than that, free WiFi! The last time I was here, probably about four years ago, I don't recall any free wireless Internet access. There were terminals for use at the time just as there are now. Still, I'm pleasantly surprised. I had made sure I charged up my iSpot to make sure I have enough wireless access for my iOS devices at least through noon.
Oh, and there are plugs here if I should ever have to come back here. Power is not going to be an issue. I'm sure the folks here will help me find plugs if I ask for it. That's how great the service here is.
But the reason I'm writing this post is I think the Longo Lexus setup here is a model I think other businesses can follow. Other dealerships, hospitals, hotels, or any place with a flow of clientele on a daily basis. I am not suggesting that businesses follow the more lavish setup here but the concept. For instance, the Longo Toyota just on the other side has nothing like this. Why not? I think it absolutely makes sense for them to have something like this here at Lexus.
Just a block north are the Hyundai and Nissan dealership. I dreaded going there. Vending machines were the best they offered.
At the very least, businesses should offer free WiFi access. It is 2011 now. It's absolutely critical that wireless Internet access be offered. I work near an office that offered financial services. The business has a stead flow of affluent clients that visit on a daily basis. Give them Internet access while they wait. Makes sense, doesn't it?
The food and drinks are nice but I would not say it is all that necessarily. When people stop by our offices, we offer drinks but I don't see that as absolutely a must.
The uniqueness of this Toyota/Lexus "campus" offers an opportunity that might not be available to everyone. There is a Starbucks here and other restaurants within walking distance. I heard there's Denny's on campus here.
For now, I suggest businesses start with free WiFi. The cost would be minimal but the gesture is going to be greatly appreciated.
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Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
So I ask this. If this can happen to these companies, ones that we rely on more and more for our mobile computing needs, what is the worth of cloud computing?
Can this happen to Google Apps? Lots of people swear by Dropbox and can it also happen to it as well?
Is the convenience of having our data worth the risk? I guess we'll find out when that day comes. Personally, I keep a copy of all of my files locally and sync them whenever I get a chance.
I thinks that's the best way to go about this. I know that Google is pushing Chrome OS as the future of cloud computing. Microsoft and Apple are probably moving in that direction as well. But Chrome OS will be on the extreme.
I just don't know if I am ready to send my files somewhere and receive no assurance that the service will not be hacked.
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Apple's openly closed iOS was the punching bag of those who could not wrap their heads around the fact that Apple does what it does because it is Apple. When push comes to shove on some issue, Apple budged, if only a bit. And Google's open Android platform?
It's a very curious situation. Never in my mind was Android considered to be opened. Not in the way Unix and other open-source projects are as far as I understand it. I think at best, I would call Android "open-ish" with a bunch asterisks. Unlike other projects that does not have a master, Android does. And Google owes it.
When Google can take it away or play favorites with it, use it as a weapon against one of its own, how is that open?
Regardless of the semantics, Android is a powerful mobile platform for Google and Google only from now on. For those willing to follow the guidelines set forth from
You're either loved or you find a backdoor in.
Monday, April 11, 2011
As you might know by now, Facebook is looking to get its start in
Imagine if you're going somewhere in
Facebook would love this because it's more information it can sell to advertisers and
Oh, and be surprised of
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Just who will make this all happen? Who is going to launch the infrastructure that will allow mobile warriors to do all this? And what about security?
Amazon is looking into this in a big way and given the number of credit cards they've got in their database, I think they're going to be a major player. If not, they're going to give it a good shot.
Then there is Google who will try to make their presence felt by virtue of the number of Android devices on the market.
Apple has time and time against said that they have over one hundred and fifty million accounts that they can leverage. Though they mentioned those figures with regards to their iTunes App Store but no one is naive in thinking Apple won't try to translate its near one hundred million iOS users into mobile payment users.
The way I see this at the end of the day is that the initial period of adoptions will be exciting as it is chaotic. Just about every big named tech companies will announce or launch their own services. Being first will have some advantages. Many alliances will also be formed.
Credit card companies, wireless providers, mobile device makers. Even department stores. Online payment services like Paypal.
Over time, probably a year as deployment accelerates, we'll see some shake out, misfires, and many vaporware services. The key for many of them is going to be persistence.
For consumers, we will be bombarded with grand visions. At the end of the day, we are going to try and see through the smoke screens. What it comes down to is what works for us. And if the mobile payment "just works".
It I'd possible that the regular cell phones will have native payment scheme as provided by the wireless service provider while the smartphones and mobile devices will allow users to cater to their mobile payment needs.
Want to use Paypal on the iPhone for your eBay transactions? Check. A mobile function will likely be built into the eBay app. iTunes for everything else? You bet. Bank and credit cards for everything else? Definitely.
When will this all start for everyone and I mean everyone? I would have thought summer but we can be looking at a large scale announcements and deployments in early 2012, probably CES.
Friday, April 8, 2011
The Feeling Of "Something Better Around The Corner" Is More Prevalent With Android Than On Other Platforms
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Perhaps a new campaign to inform the public about green tech and auto should be created. Most people start thinking smaller and fuel efficient vehicles only after the prices at the pump rises. And with the premium price approaching $4.50 a gal at the gas station, I'm not sure even that will get Americans to start to "think different" about their transportation needs.
The major problem I see is the price of the hybrids or EV. However, I'm not talking about the premium over gas-only cars. I am referring to the prices of green vehicles as being not relevant at all. Sure, some folks get the Prius because of the savings as the pump on a weekly basis but I'm sure the major of hybrid owners know that it will take many years before the gas savings equal the premium paid for the EV or hybrids.
And while period of time it takes for the owners to get savings back shortens with higher gas prices, these owners are not overtly concern about that.
For a lot of these owners, it is about being green and reducing their environmental impact and other climate concerns. Perhaps, green tech and eco bloggers should consider that as the focus rather than mention anything about costs and savings.
If not us who? In this politically charged environment in
And yes, those of us who advocate green efforts are not stressing national security enough. Even the
Saturday, April 2, 2011
I go to City of Hope from time to time to donate blood. And at times, I could have used some kind of Internet access with my free hand. I've got an iPod touch or G1 with me at all times.
They've got a guest account but it is difficult to gain access to. Good think I've got my iSpot.
I started thinking about this again because an uncle of mine is in the hospital and I am likely to say there overnight to keep him company. I've done this in the past for other relatives.
The first time was in the late 90s at the city of Hope. Definitely no wireless access. It was still a few years away from GRPS access on the Palm V with an external mobile modem.
I had to hijack the room's phone line to have dial-up access late at night when I was sure no one would call to see how my aunt was.
These days, things are much easier. I had an occasion a couple of years ago to stay overnight with another uncle. I had my G1 for mobile access and served as a tether for the MacBook.
I am sure hospitals have all their hands full with providing care for their patients but I think it's time to call it.
Wireless Internet access should be more ubiquitous now. It is important for both patients as well as caretakers. For patients who have longer term hospital stays, the Internet is often the only outlet to the world.
More people use the Internet, email, or text to stay in touch with each other.
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Friday, April 1, 2011
Here are the guys who don't get it. Let's call them the "old guys": Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, HP...though HP gets a pass because its Palm acquisition has yet to play out. RIM probably belongs here too given the limitations they've put on Playbook and the weird marketing.
Wild Cards: Amazon And Barnes and Noble. Sony And Nintendo Should be with the Old Guys but I'm gonna give them the benefit of the doubt.
So far, the new kids are doing well. Dazzling the market with new Windows Phone 7 and Android gears. And just completed 3 months of 2011, we'll see more Android 3, Honeycomb, tablets hit the market and continue what the iPad did last year: putting a hurt on the laptop market and possibly finishing off the netbooks.
The old guys spew a lot of double talk about how their experience in enterprise will ultimately demonstrate that they new guys's tablets, including the iPad, will not have a chance. They came out with fuzzy math to show how the tablet is more expensive.
And yet, so far, vaporware.
Because it's a Friday afternoon, let me put this out there. Dell is going to fail. The rest of the old guys probably will struggle bit time as well as the mobile market shifts in terms of needs and what the new type of computing the tablets represent.
And like HP having to go out and buy Palm for the Web OS, I wonder if others will need to do the same to stay viable over the next decade.
Dell has to make an acquisition or two. As an old guy, Dell is still making loads of cash. And the PC market isn't just going to disappear overnight. And of the new guys, Motorola Mobile (MMI) is the weakest and smallest.
Can Dell come in and scoop them up and instantly gain strong street cred with Xoom and Droid? It has done that in the past with the gaming laptop maker, Alienware. On top of that, there's talk that Motorola is making their own OS to distance themselves from Android and Windows Phone 7.
Dell will probably see what their lineup will do against others. It will gain no traction and the blogs and investors will demand action. They'll probably have to go out buy what they need. All that matters is when Michael Dell pulls the trigger. I'm predicting it'll be Motorola because RIM will be too expensive. Plus, RIM's got a couple of erratic co-CEOs that might clash with Dell.
For the other old guys, 2011 will be exciting not because of their new products which are largely based on old thinking but what they will do once they fail. Aside of HP's Touchpad, the rest of the Android tablets will be hard to differentiate. And though some might hope that a Windows tablet OS might save them, that is probably a 2012 thing, more likely 2013 given Micrsoft's track record to promise but under deliver.
The ebook sellers and the gaming guys, Wildcard guys, present a very interest dynamics going forward. And they have an opportunity to play big roles or completely disappear into nothingness. I'm looking foward to speculate what could come of them.
Right now, the situations for the old guys are more dire. HP has to succeed with the Touchpad and the next Web OS smartphones. Dell will fail miserably and look for an answer through a buyout.
The same is probably true for the rest of the old guys. Their only opening is in Asia where many of these old guys can still count as their stronghold. However, that window will close quickly once Apple has its iPad 2 supply issues figured out (Steve Jobs has $60+ billion in the bank to do just that) and more Apple stores start opening up.