Posts Tagged Analysis

iPhone Pattern: The ID Device?

I’ve seen stories lately that make me think another app pattern is emerging: iPhone as an ID. (Not news to you? Gotta love intelligent readers.)

It does make some sense.  In cases where serious identification is not crucial, the iPhone can be used.  With a full iPhone, you can bet people don’t just loan them out to people indiscriminately.   On days when I’ve forgotten my wallet, I still didn’t forget my iPhone.

Think about these:

  • Companies are sending account information, such as passwords or password reset info to the mobile phone recorded in the account.
  • RSA has a “SecurID” app for the iPhone.  Its used just like the cards and keychain dongles that give a code number once a minute.  That’s 2-factor authorization.
  • iPhone and iPhone apps are being used to pay for physical goods and services. A hotel reportedly issues iPod Touches to guests.  The guests uses them to order food and drinks by the pool and pay on the room account.  (They give the devices back at checkout time.)
  • Apps are used to exchange contact information.

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Google Fiber Thoughts

Well, Google’s Fiber offer is almost over.

Just noting a few things I’ve been putting in elsewhere:

  • Articles on FLMUG.org with reasons why this is good for residents.
  • Ideas for skits and videos (submitted for folks who wanted ideas for videos)
    • “Our Little Enterprise”
    • “Progress”
    • Cars
    • “Google Theme Park”
    • “Tech Surprises with Google Fiber”
    • “Orlando, where Characters are Welcome”  inspired by our trip to MegaCon.
    • “Bill & Teds Excellent Fiber”
    • Darth Vader against Google Fiber
  • Web pages
    • OrlandoForums.com

I had a conversation on the 24th with a manager of a local Game Stop store.  I was surprised to find out that he had not heard of the Google Fiber offer.  I gave him the information I could off the top of my head.  I hope he told other Game Stop managers.

Below is the extended version of the nomination I was going to submit before seeing the “too long – 2000 char limit” error on the web page. Read the rest of this entry »

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Article on iPhone as Gaming Platform

The iPhone Website has an interesting article about how iPhone devices are taking a bigger and bigger percentage of the mobile video game market each year, going from 5% in 2008 to 19% in 2009. The article asks if the readers have given up mobile platforms to consolidate on iPhone devices (which includes iPod Touch and soon iPad.)

It wasn’t a surprise to me to move to gaming on the iPhone after seeing so many others pick up gaming with it.  What surprised me was my son putting down his GameBoy DS and using the iPod Touch almost full time.  He is now able to play new games practically every day (when I approve the games and homework is complete.)  I’ve given him a bit of an allowance to buy some, but he’s going with freebies mostly.

For his birthday, he’s asked for his own iPod Touch and iTunes account so he can get what he wants.  We’ll have to see how the parental controls work out for the account, but he’ll probably get the iPod Touch.

For me, this brought up memories of reading “The Innovator’s Dilemma” by Clayton Christensen (professor of Harvard Business school.)  The “disruptive technologies” always start out small and ignored by the leading firms in the field. It also starts out as being less than the main customers need or want, but grows quickly into the space where the customer feels it is “good enough”.

I think iPhone fits the bill.

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More about Google Fiber

Interesting article about Google’s purposes for buying all that dark fiber on O’Reilly Radar.

Its made more interesting by the recent GoogleTV announcement and news about “peering” deals helping them keep costs way down.

But I keep thinking about one more interesting effect:  this gives ALL of Google’s cloud services an edge in the chosen locations.   Speed and reliability of access are hurdles for cloud services.

Would people be more likely to use Google Docs, Google Groups, Google Maps, Google Mail, Google Images, Google Photo Sharing, Google etc, if they had a 1-Gigabit connection to such services?

You can bet Google Fiber customers will have the fastest connection Google can give them to these services.  Other cloud services may perform faster then before when the customer has GoogleFiber, but will still be limited by the intervening connections.

Will local businesses be more likely to offer free WiFi with such plentiful access around?   Will that give Android phones an edge?

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Amazon e-Book share to fall from 90% to 35%, Analyst Says

Thoughts started by Wall Street Journal’s blogger Matt Phillips’ article.

Always interesting to try and predict what the future holds… My opinion: eBooks will be BIG. Now why?(disclosure: I am an iPhone developer. I gave my science-teacher wife a Kindle for her birthday.)

Have we any reason to think that paper prices won’t keep increasing? Aren’t paper prices heavily influenced by energy prices, labor prices and plain old demand? (Retail price of 1 sheet of cheap copy paper is nearing 1 cent in my area.) Just the raw paper material and shipping it around will make it more expensive.

Isn’t much of the book industry basically an impulse-driven market? eBooks are fantastic for such a market. The trivial shipping costs of internet data may it easy to give away free sample chapters and give instant gratification to buyers. People who Read the rest of this entry »

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Apple’s Announcement

So the conjecture goes on and on, giving pundits, reporters and analysts a solid 2-months of employment (1 before, 1 after.)  Why am I adding to the noise?  I suppose so I can point to the blog and say “I did think of that before Apple announced it.” sigh.

So what could it be?  The folks who know ain’t talking. (Much)  But I wonder….

Apple had made quite a market of entertainment in the last few years. And only recently have they made an unexpected splash in Read the rest of this entry »

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Apple Announces “Highest Earnings Ever”

In Apple’s earnings announcement, for fiscal 2010’s first quarter, they revealed a profit of 3.38 BILLION (with a “B”) dollars.  (Up from $2.26 Billion one year ago.) How many companies can say they went UP over 1 BILLION dollars in one year in a down economy?

They sold

3.36 Million Macs (up 33% from last year)
8.7 Million iPhones (up 100%)
21.0 Million iPods (down 8%)
And of course, they are to make a big announcement of a new product tomorrow (Jan 26, 2010).

Links:

http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2010/01/25results.html

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