Late last week, ComScore announced its annual US Digital Future in Focus report. While there were no major surprises here regarding digital use, there were a couple of figures that caught my attention. ComScore noted that web-based email usage among 12-17 year olds dropped in 2011 by 31%. This figure was even higher for 18-24 year olds with a decrease of 34%.
Think about that for a moment. Email usage among 18-24 year olds has dropped by over one third. I find this figure incredible. I’m sure these people aren’t communicating any less; in fact, I expect them to be communicating even more. They’re communicating through Twitter, Facebook, Path and the wealth of other social media tools designed purely to share and communicate. Read the full post
February 14, 2012
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.
Although initially sceptical about this type of application, I now find myself not only watching more television programmes but also engaging with friends and family in discussions about the programmes I’m watching. In fact, this app is somewhat infectious. My wife is now also using it to talk to her social circles. What’s incredible about this app is how it’s starting to transform what could be considered the last ‘dumb screen’ in the house. Read the full post
November 30, 2011
After a few days out of the office, I found myself yesterday thrown into a hectic schedule of analyst briefings and development calls. At the end of the day, one fact was undeniable – there’s a definite buzz in the optical networking space. As I mentioned in an earlier post, our global networks are at the first stage of what Infonetics Research is calling an optical reboot: The rebuilding of the networks’ core on a foundation of 40/100G, OTN and ROADM technologies.
The success of this rebuild is critical for every member of the networking ecosystem, from businesses aiming to leverage the latest cloud computing applications to reduce IT costs and complexities, to domestic users seeking to consume rich-media applications across a range of devices, and even service providers intent on providing a high-quality of service while at the same time growing profitably. The optical reboot is the first step to ensuring our networks evolve into a flexible infrastructure that can scale to meet tomorrow’s bandwidth demands.
March 31, 2011
The tech industry is driven by innovation. It’s the beating pulse that propels the development of new solutions, new platforms and new ways of thinking. After many years in the tech industry, I still wake up each morning excited by the prospect of new ideas and opportunities that may change our society and the way we experience the world.
One of the people at the centre of this tech innovation is Loic Le Meur, CEO of Seesmic and founder of LeWeb. I recently had a chance to catch up with Loic and ask him a few questions on innovation and its impact on today’s networks.
February 17, 2011