Monday Feb 12, 2007

3GSM

Financial Times reports directly from The 3GSM World Congress: www.ft.com/3gsm.

The 60,000 visitors and 1,300 exhibitors include not only those from the telecommunications sector but large entertainment companies. Operators continue to look for ways to recoup billions spent for the 3G spectrum auctions earlier this decade. For example, Vodafone has very recently announced partnerships with MySpace, Ebay and YouTube. Others have partnered with Google, Skype, Yahoo and Ebay with the hope of recreating some of the PC experience on the mobile handset.

My own view is that mobiles are best used as equipment to help turn our human-built environment into an intelligent scaffolding in support of many daily tasks such as navigation, transportation, etc. However, mass usage in such a way requires mass infrastructure and mass deployment of public services, more likely in Europe, Asia or even Latin America and Africa than in the U.S. where such public services are only found in some localities. Hence, the focus on entertainment when it comes to serving the U.S. market--a more likely venue which still under-exploits the possibilities a mobile, network-connected device offers.

Tuesday Dec 19, 2006

Disputing the Origin of Santa Claus

Wiesbaden, Weihnachts Markt

A friend just pointed me to this column by Lester Brown disputing the origins of Santa Claus.

Lester Brown directs the Earth Policy Institute.

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