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Does the Google Chrome OS Matter?

July 8, 2009

It was a given that Google would eventually formally announce a new OS for netbooks and other computers. The company already has its Android OS in a number of cellphones and the netbook space is the next logical move upmarket for the company.

While Google's Android has been successful in the mobile market it has the potential to be even more successful in the netbook space where cost is a bigger issue. Indeed a number of netbook prototypes showed up last month at Computex in Taiwan recently.

Internet Music Saved?

July 8, 2009

There is some good news and bad in the recent negotiations between record labels and internet streaming sites which bring you radio over IP.

From the AP:

The revenue-sharing deal announced Tuesday is between SoundExchange, a nonprofit that collects royalties for recording copyright owners from digital radio services, and three smaller webcasters: radioIO, Digitally Imported and AccuRadio.

The problem for internet radio was that the old rates set in March of 2007 stipulated internet radio had to pay between 0.08 and 0.19 cents per song per listener - rates that certainly would have crippled internet radio.

DOJ Telco Antitrust News

July 7, 2009

You may have heard the DOJ is looking into whether AT&T and Verizon have abused their market power. At this point I will hold off from commenting too forcefully but I will mention the countless horror stories I have heard from competitive carriers over the years regarding underhanded practices by the incumbents which "accidentally" disconnected their customers, etc. In a way you have to applaud the telcos for finding ways to reemerge as dominant players by consolidating beyond belief. It has been incredible to watch.

Abbeynet: From Carrier to Twitter Development

July 7, 2009

While in Sardina recently I had a chance to spend time with Luca Filigheddu the prolific blogger of all things communications, tech and more recently Twitter. I have known Luca for years via his blog and I met him live for the first time at ITEXPO in Los Angeles a few years back. When I heard I was going to be in Sardinia I contacted him.

As part of my island tour I stopped by his company Abbeynet to learn more about what his company does.

Some Terrible Android Advice

July 7, 2009

I just came across an article which was horrifying to me as it gives advice which is so wrong it should be outlawed. To be fair, the article written by Elizabeth Woyke over at Forbes explains survey results from Haydn Shaughnessy head of research for the Conversation Group, a London-based communications agency.

Shaughnessy explains how OHA vendors should attack the market. Here are some of his thoughts:

Something Old and New at Tiscali International Network Media Event

July 6, 2009

A while back I headed out to Sardinia Italy to attend a media roundtable hosted by Tiscali International Network regarding the state and future of broadband technology. I do get invited to quite a few of these press/analyst events and this one really stood out in my mind due to the quality of the speakers and the location of the event itself. Sardinia is located in the middle of the Mediterranean and if you picture Italy as a boot kicking Sicily - a soccer ball, Sardinia would be located at the top of the kick.

Sardinia on the map

 

Boosting Twitter Productivity

July 6, 2009

If you have a fair number of people following you on Twitter and you want to know who all your followers are, you can have Twitter alert you whenever a new person follows. The challenge is in order to learn more about a follower you have to click on their link to get to their page on the Twitter server. This is where the "fun" begins as Twitter can get overloaded and response times can be painfully slow.

In order to alleviate much of the waiting pain, set up a rule which sweeps all email from Twitter into a folder which you can check very early in the morning or late at night.

Problems at Joost

July 1, 2009

Om Malik sums up the problems over at Joost quite well... The company is having a large round of layoffs and is losing the video war to Hulu and others. While Om explains all the factors which led to the company's demise such as their rapid growth, lack of focus and geographic distribution, I wonder if the biggest problem isn't the lack of intriguing or popular content (which he points out and elaborates on). The few times I used the service I was amazed at how little interesting content it had.

Hungry for Better WiFi

June 24, 2009

 



Broadband connectivity - it has become like air to me. I suffocate when I don't have it and the faster the broadband access I have, the better I feel. So when I enter a restaurant and the WiFi is on but locked I just go crazy. I have become so accustomed to having fast broadband access everywhere, I just can't understand when a restaurant doesn't provide it.

Check out the Video Quality of Your iPhone 3G S

June 23, 2009

I just got my iPhone 3G S up and running and am blown away because as a power user - even using the new OS 3.0 on an iPhone 3G I had to wait 5 or more seconds for an email address to resolve. Multiply this by 100 times a day and you can imagine the frustration. I also was not satisfied with the browsing speed of the 3G with the 3.0 upgrade. The new S model is blazing fast compared to its predecessor.

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