Posts about Tablets

For someone who "grew up" in the Internet/dot.com era (1993-1997ish), where men were men and the fastest commercial Internet backbone at the beginning of the '90s ran at T-3 (45 Mbps) speeds over fiber, it's alternatively humbling and cool to be on a 20 Mbps home cable connection with 100 Gbps optical network links slowly and steadily being turned up around the world. Just how fast can the world go in the next decade?
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Over the past few weeks I've found myself re-engaging with TV. This isn’t because the programming has suddenly improved or because I’ve started subscribing to ESPN. It’s largely because of Zeebox. This is an iPad app that adds social integration to the viewing experience. Basically it’s a TV guide where you select a programme and see conversations around this programme from your Twitter and Facebook communities.
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I’m fascinated by the human cloud. I believe it represents a seismic shift in the way we work and in the very way we live. The notion that we can use the rapid advancements in global networks to build an online workforce not bound by office locations, able to work effectively from anywhere, at anytime, is tantalising. For many companies, the human cloud is already a critical part of business operations. Indeed, as the global recession continues to bite and the demand to find a greener existence deepens, the human cloud presents a unique and unchallenged opportunity.
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As the technology world grapples with the impact of Steve Jobs’ resignation, many journalists and analysts are in a reflective mood, pondering Jobs’ legacy and achievements at Apple. One small part of this legacy will be Jobs’ role in driving the continued video explosion. Jobs acted as a key enabler in creating almost ubiquitous access to video, both in regards to consumption and to sharing. One need only look at the amount of YouTube content viewed on iOS devices to understand the figures involved.
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After a week of U.S. travel, I spent some time yesterday looking at how much data I’d consumed on my laptop, iPad and iPhone. I was amazed at the results. I shouldn’t be. Looking back I realise that I barely used my laptop. My iPad is rapidly becoming my mobile office. Emails, video conferencing, document sharing, Twitter. This is no longer a tool purely for mobile consumption but is now a device for mobile productivity. Looking again at my data usage, even my iPhone outstripped my laptop. Needless to say, I’m expecting a congratulatory note from my mobile service provider later this month.
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