This Weeks Mobile round up

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Bold predictions ran amok in this week’s mobile headlines: from brain-computer interfaces, to Google Glass being chastised for “dorkiness”, to Blackberry’s CEO claiming the death of the tablet (for the record, we think he’s wrong).

News and Insights

Guys Like This Could Kill Google Glass – WIRED, Will Glass’ inherent dorkiness kill the concept before it gets off the ground?

Brain Computer Interfaces Inch Closer to Mainstream – New York Times, Soon, we might interact with our devices simply by using our minds.

Apple’s iOS 7 Team in Deadline Crunch Mode, Adding Engineers – All Things D, iOS 7 is scheduled to ship on time for WWDC, with massive UI updates.

Web Apps vs. Native Apps Is Still a Thing – Daring Fireball, John Gruber discusses the pros and cons of each app type.

Top Challenges for Brands in Mobile – Digiday, What mobile challenges are brands like Unilever, Mastercard, and others facing?

Mobile Games Are Leaping Into the Real World – WIRED, Mobile games are starting to incorporate aspects of the real world into their virtual one.

What Walmart Likes in Mobile – Digiday, Four mobile technologies the world’s largest retailer has set its sights on.

Bank of America: Mobile Payments Need to Create Value before Coming to Market – Mobile Marketer, “Customers are adopting mobile banking at a faster pace than other channels.”

Car Tech: Users Aren’t the Problem – The Push, When it comes to cars, mobile technology should simplify, not complicate.

Research

Sorry, Blackberry: Tablets Won’t Be Dead in 5 Years – Forrester, Blackberry CEO Thorsten Hein’s claim is bold, but not accurate.

By 2017, Half of Employees Will Be Required to Supply Device for Work – Gartner, The firm predicts a significant decline in BYOD programs.

Schools are Starting to Spend Big on iPads and Other Tablets – TabTimes, K- 12 tablet sales are expected to to reach close to 7 million in 2013.

Forrester: 75% of Consumers Access Smartphones In-Store – Mobile Marketer, Analyst Julie Ask on key differences between smartphone, tablet use in retail.

Microsoft a Top 5 Tablet Vendor … With 1.8% Market Share – All Things D, Apple is still the clear global leader in the tablet market.

Tablets Will Outsell Laptops 6 to 1 by 2017 – VentureBeat, NPD: Tablet shipments will reach a massive 579.4 million in 2017.

Loss of a great mind

Today we mourn the loss of a great champion of open information, Aaron Swartz.  Co-founder of Reddit, Co-creator of the RSS 1.0 standard, digital activist, and author of the Guerilla Open Access Manifesto.

Everyday billions of people have him to thank for the news they receive.  We all owe him a HUGE debt of gratitude for the work he did in preventing the SOPA monstrosity from becoming law.

On this day my small voice screams for a moment of silence to be observed in ALL RSS feeds for at least 10 mins with the only feed being: “Thank you Aaron you shall be missed and not forgotten.”.

For those that don’t know what the Guerilla Open Access Manifesto is I suggest you read it. http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=cefxMVAy

There is so much more to be written but it would be impossible for me to do so and not get on my SOPA box (pun fully intended) and this is not the time nor the place to do so.

My hope is that you will read this post, search for the truth, read the stories (via RSS feeds) and hopefully the outrage you will feel will drive you to act for the greater good like Aaron did.

 

 

IT Reflection for the new year.

January 1st was the 30th anniversary of the modern internet. The 1st marked the cut over to TCP/IP.

Where computers had a giant impact on the way we do our work and what not TCP/IP has had and continues to have an even greater impact. Prior to TCP/IP all things were proprietary. Sharing and sending information between the various networks was all but impossible. TCP/IP changed all of that paving the way for what we have today.

It has been the underlying tidal force of my entire career. Computers may have been the vehicle but without TCP/IP there is no where to go, stuck on an Island trapped in a silo.  TCP/IP Changed all of that.  Computers in their current forms and iterations are nothing like what they were 30 years ago (ok sans a keyboard and yes we still have command prompts.).  TCP/IP on the other hand is the same for the most part.  Even with the addition of IPv6 its still the same at its core, just has more segments its still TCP/IP.  One could argue the same thing about computers that at their core they are still the same too, but to that I say “Shush! this is TCP/IP’s day not yours 8086”.

Take a moment, sit back look at all the devices around you. Every news feed alert, IM message, each dungeon run or quest you complete (Fellow Warcraft players, im looking at you), all Netflix movies you watch on a smart TV and wall you post to would not be what it is today with out the pioneering work of Vint Cerf in 1973, Robert Kahn in the 1970’s, Jon Postel.

There are many other very smart and creative people that provided frameworks to make these things happen but the creation of TCP/IP was the road which they all had to navigate.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MODERN INTERNET…..and

Thanks for one heck of a ride so far.  {Tip of the hat and toast of the Red Bull to ya TCP/IP}

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/marking-birth-of-modern-day-internet.html

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The article in question deals with the different ways that mobile device users utilize their devices to find information about a business. The article focused on restaurants but it really applies to any business really which means its important to have already prepared the information that your customers are looking for. We realize this is easier said than done so if your business needs a mobile optimized website with affordable, timely and expert management, contact 3PRIME.

Physicists say there may be a way to prove that we live in a computer simulation

Physicists say there may be a way to prove that we live in a computer simulation.

My favorite take-away from the article is that confirmation of the requisite cosmological signature would be:

[T]he kind of reveal the physicists are looking for — an indication that there is indeed a man hiding behind the curtain.

Or in other words – We Live in Oz.