The iPad Mini is the latest iteration of the exploding tablet category. Because most tablets are WiFi-only, they create a new kind of mobile network. The problem is that we don't have issues like roaming and security defined for this new world.
The iPad mini comes in two versions: Wi-Fi only, and Wi-Fi + Cellular, which is the closest tablet to my dream mobile device (the one that could allow me to get rid of the phone). :) I don't have it yet; it starts shipping in Finland by the end of the month.
Pretty much all of the iPads come with a cellular option, but the market data shows that most tablet users get WiFi only even when cellular is available. My view is that WiFi is the natural solution for tablets, providing that you can get the roaming and securiry right. We need formal hotspot registration to make that work, which likely means "federations" of WiFi providers, not to mention software on both the tablet and in the central registration process. I think there are a lot of other motivations that will drive WiFi change, but tablets are IMHO the most likely to create the necessary momentum.
The whole Amazon.reader debate is a double-stupid. It's stupid to think that there's any e-book buyer who doesn't know Amazon's URL, and it was stupider to let ICANN launch the whole free-form TLD initiative to start with.
YouTube's move to a partial pay-for-view model could help relieve a dearth of good new content but it could also complicate debates in many parts of the world over payment by content providers for delivery of their material to customers.
That's what Larry Page said on Google's earnings call, referring to the conjunction of mobile and the cloud. Well, let's chart it then! We need to be thinking about an Internet where 90% of our traffic goes to 70 destinations within 40 miles of us.
Facebook's Graph Search may face some profound challenges and risks, first, because Facebook users haven't been thinking of their posts as product reviews; and second, because Facebook will now have to contend with the social-network equivalent of SEO "gaming" of results.
EU operators are considering joining up to create a pan-European network to reduce competitive overbuild and cost. This might lower costs and focus operators on higher-level, more interesting services.
A survey by JD Powers found that customer interest in product features is lessening as phones evolve. Rather than features, price is driving purchases, and that change could have a dramatic impact on how IT departments secure these devices.
Many enterprises view high-speed broadband connections as ubiquitous. Yet in about 20 percent of the country, businesses and their employees do not have access to even DSL connections. This shortcoming diminishes enterprises' ability to support their employees.
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