Friday Wrap Up: October 21

A weekly wrap up of some relevant news of late, or otherwise interesting articles we think are worthy of passing on to you. So sit back, catch up on some news, and enjoy your Friday.

This Amazes Me – Lytro is a camera like none other. Unlike a conventional camera that captures a single plane of light, the Lytro camera captures the entire light field, which is all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space. Since you’ll capture the color, intensity, and direction of all the light, you can experience the first major light field capability – focusing after the fact. Focus and re-focus, anywhere in the picture. You can refocus your pictures at anytime, after the fact.

RIM is BBX? – Research in Motion announced the name for its new operating system this week…BBX. One problem – that name is taken. Basis International, a software company based in Albuquerque, N.M., holds the trademark for a slight variation of that name, BBx, and it said it was taking unspecified legal action to protect its rights.

iPad and iPad 2 Represent 98% of Tablet Activation –  Apple’s iPad and iPad 2 tablets continue to dominate in the enterprise market, according to the Good Technology Device Activations Report for the third quarter of 2011. 4% of all tablet activations in the enterprise were for Android tablets, while the iPad and iPad 2 were responsible for 96% of activations.

Who is Driving the NFC Bus? – Far from being a passenger, mobile marketing, along with consumer loyalty, will be in the front seat as well and will be critical in helping to drive the growth and adoption of NFC.

Friday Wrap Up: August 12

A weekly wrap up of some relevant news of late, or otherwise interesting articles we think are worthy of passing on to you. So sit back, catch up on some news and enjoy your Friday.

The PC is History: On the 30th anniversary of the PC, Mark Dean, one of the IBM engineers who designed the first IBM PC, says they are going the way of the vacuum tube, typewriter, vinyl records, CRT and incandessant light bulbs.

Note to Tablet Makers – You’re Doing it Wrong: Zach Epstein at BGR laments that most tablets on the market are absolutely useless. A few reasons –  consumers don’t need oversized smartphones and  slapping Android on a slate and shoving it out to market simply isn’t an effective strategy.

911 Emergency Will Soon Accept Text, Video and Pictures:  FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a five-step plan on Wednesday to update the technology that powers the 911 emergency response system.

Near Field Communication – A Quick Guide to the Future of Mobile: There has been a lot of hyped up talk around NFC technology, but will it really ever make a dent in daily life?

The Perfect Tablet

Apple announced their new iPad 2 today. It looks OK, I guess: thinner, faster, dual cameras, etc. Oh, and it’s available on Verizon and AT&T. Nothing unexpected.  One day I hope to see my dream tablet. (more…)

It’s the Convenience, Stupid!

As I type this blog entry into my iPad I’ve begun to think about mobile devices, from smart phones to tablets to laptops and why they are so much more popular now than desktop computers despite the fact that they are almost universally less powerful, slower, and have fewer features and capabilities. Lower prices certainly have something to do with it, but I think that’s only part of the picture. (more…)

The Future Is Behind Us – Why Developers are Bringing Back the Classics

It doesn’t sound like that long ago: 1997. But back then, when I was building my first web page, the world wide web as we know it today was basically unrecognizable. That first hideous, virtually unusable, and entirely pointless personal web page that I built thirteen years ago still put me on the cutting edge of the Internet. Companies were just starting to “get on line” and the early sandbox environments like AOL and Prodigy were only just beginning to give way to the open Internet. There was no Google, no concept of modern file sharing, few standards, and even fewer experts.

You’d think that as a developer in those early days I would have faced far different challenges than the developers of today but as it turns out when it comes for developing on the modern devices, maybe not so much. (more…)

The Week of the Tablet

Two household names both announced that they too will be competing in the tablet/iPad space this week.

Blackberry announced their plans for the PlayBook, which some are touting as the enterprise version of the iPad. Also, it is being reported that Dell has their own plans to release a 7 inch tablet in a matter of weeks and then a 10 inch version several months later.

The question: what place does the tablet have within enterprise mobility?

Sure, tablets (with a lot less glamor) have been in use for years in niche markets, but are these new breeds of tablets going to replace traditional mobile devices? Is this just another case of companies clamoring to create “me too” products? Or, will we look back in 10 years and laugh ridiculously saying, “Hey, remember when we used to try and do business on a 3.5 inch screen?