Thursday, 16 December 2010
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
The following factors all indicate that the TV is the next big thing set for revolution, and a revolution in which Google TV is very much the tip of the iceberg:
- The big players lined up to merge internet and TV
- The cloud and thin client are now ready
- A growing preference for streaming over downloading, renting over owning. Watch once & discard.
- Disillusionment with a plethora of boxes and remotes by the TV
- HTML5 and upcoming browser based, thin client Chrome OS
- Set top box/games console/HDD recorder etc are ripe for abstraction to SAAS
- eCommerce went from PC to smartphone but its natural home is surely our TVs
- Skype-like services are already migrating to the TV
- The home network and multi-device homes are the norm
- The (Australian) Government is spending $43 billion on a National Broadband Network. What media needs fat pipes? HD Video. Where does HD video belong? The biggest screen in the house.
Monday, 18 October 2010
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Caller Tones replace the ring-ring when your friends call you with something personal, like your favourite Kylie track.
Nice to see, 650 people have joined already and 139 have clicked like, plus some have given reviews with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5.
Online storage solution Dropbox offers extra free space for recruiting a friend and gives both of you the free space. Not only that, it's done so well and made so easy with Facebook and Twitter integration plus retrieving contacts from Hotmail, Gmail etc.
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
Early review from APC Mag...
VIDEO | Telstra's T-Box seems more akin to something Apple would have produced -- it's really quite impressive.
In this video Telstra’s Julie Ceresa demonstrates the user interface of the telco’s new T-Box integrated personal video recorder, TV tuner and IPTV platform, at Telstra’s Sydney headquarters at 400 George St.
We were quite struck by the ease of use and ‘flow’ demonstrated by the T-Box’s user interface — it seemed more akin to something designed by Apple, or Microsoft’s Xbox 360, than something Telstra would produce
Monday, 12 April 2010
It has also received a favourable Cnet first impressions review in which the challenge of making the home phone cool was compared with the challenge of resurrecting John Travolta's career pre Pulp Fiction.
Watch for imminent product launch and media campaign, press reports now rolling out.
14 April. Also in the Herald Sun New touch-screen phone at home
14 April. The Age. Telstra joins iPad fray (a little misleading when you compare price, is approximately akin to comparing a Ford Fiesta against a Ford Mondeo).
14 April. Herald Sun gadget pullout. Home phone not dead yet. Pictured below, including 5 star review.
14 April. SmartCompany, Telstra introduces tablet home phone device called T-Hub, but denies it's aimed at the iPad
14 April The Australian. Telstra puts fate in T-Hub
20 April, launch day Review from Gadget Guy (video)
20 April Start of the TV ad campaign (video)
25 April, comprehensive and balanced review from ITWire
20 May, David Thodey announces we have sold 10,000 units in first month
28 May, CRN review
Also heaps of Twitter buzz in a neat video, some good, some bad, that's life.
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Y2K had just fizzled, the dotcom bubble hadn't yet exploded.
A PC (just about) ran Windows 98, had a processor measured in Mhz and maybe a 20 GB hard disk. Less than modern smartphones. Although we marveled at it's "multimedia" capabilities, it really amounted to being able to look at low-res pictures and clunkily play a bit of music. It was beige and had a CRT monitor that weighed so much you weren't allowed to try and move it at work, for fear of damaging your back. You regularly shared files limited to kb on floppy disks, though they were so unreliable that it was like russian roulette.
Mobile phones were black and white screened and limited to just phones, no camera, no music, no mobile internet. The iPod wasn't around. Taking your music with you literally meant taking your Cd's (worse still but slightly more mobile, cassette tapes) with you.
Websites were basic and limited to reading information (pre Web 2.0 read, write, revolution), they ran across dial-up internet connections and lots of tea was drunk whilst waiting to be wowed by... well not much at all.
Microsoft still remained a giant, Google and Yahoo were on a par and in relative infancy. We kind of had cloud computing, in the form of Hotmail, though it was so slow and cumbersome that even sharing a photo was slow, low-res and subject to upload or download dropouts.
It all seems very old-hat now, but back then it seemed amazing, a new frontier and enabled us to do things we hadn't been able to before. For myself I was travelling on the other side of the world and loving the fact that I could email home. Flickr, Facebook, Youtube and smartphones were yet to make it even easier for later generations.
What did the 2000's give us?
Here's the interesting part though, things like the following didn't exist, many weren't even dreamed of and others remained part of science fiction. Wikipedia, Google Maps, iTunes, Youtube, Skype, flat-screens TVs, iPods, mobile facebook updates, twitter, wifi, geo-tagging, user-generated content, flash drives, netbooks, blogs, mash-ups, video-calls, video on demand, IPTV.
So what's coming that we haven't dreamed of yet and don't realise we are missing? It'll be far more than the 3DTV, Tablet devices and Cloud computing that are on our current horizon.
In the words of 3 wise men.
Niels Bohr "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future."
Peter Drucker "The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different."
Carl Sandburg "Nothing happens unless first we dream."