Sunday, December 2, 2012

Competition is whats missing from the USA

Next time someone says that incumbent providers is a good them this article.


Competition is whats missing in the USA telco market today. (wish Google or Fios would come to brooklyn heights to shake up TimeWarner).

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Retail App Geofencing

In store geo fencing -

My thoughts are do you really want a "walmart" app running in the background so that when you happen to walk into a store the geofence fires up this weeks special.

As Eddie murphy would say in Coming To America "clap clap WIPERS!!"

Monday, October 1, 2012

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

City Lens

At  its Windows Phone 8 event in New York City, Nokia not only showed off its flagship Lumia 920, it also showed off some of Nokia’s unique Windows Phone apps and features, including its new PureView Camera and Nokia City Lens technologies.
Nokia’s City Lens is an augmented reality (AR) application that allows users to find things to do — and get more information about a location — simply by pointing their phone’s camera at a location. all we need is for 200m people to buy the Nokia Lumina to make this work.

Unless there is some common platform where all location information is API'd together (eg wikipedia, foursquare,facebook) Augmented Reality will only work when there is critical mass on a single platform.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Cloudification of the battery

The talented devs over at XDA have managed to overclock a quad-core Google Nexus 7 tablet to a screaming 2.0 GHz using a specially coded "Elite Kernel."

Powered by Nvidia's quad-core Tegra 3 processor, the tablet was overclocked to a sweet 1.7 GHz earlier this month, easily passing 7000 in Quadrant benchmarks. 

lol and it probably ran for 20 mins unless plugged into the mains.......if you want to test something plugged into the mains then i suggest you use a PC.........
Cloudification is the answer here people, turn the tablet into a "remote viewer" for processes happening on another device.

When we have the first "mobile phone/tablet" that comes with a monthly "Cloud processor fee" you know we are on the right track.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Aereo wins "first round" in its case

Aereo, a bold bid to transmit television via broadband using tiny off-site antennas, won a major victory in federal court Wednesday when a judge denied the plaintiffs’ demand for a preliminary injunction blocking the service from allowing timeshifting during a live broadcast.

The judge found that Aereo’s method of enabling individuals to control viewing and recording from their PCs or mobile devices was covered by an earlier appellate decision. (Full ruling embedded below.)

IAC Chairman Barry Diller, an investor in the startup, has
insisted all along that Aereo is legal because the antennas are leased to subscribers who control them. After the ruling, he told the New York Times: “I did think we were on the side of the angels…certainly for consumers — good to see the judge saw it that way.”

The plaintiffs, including Fox, Tribune Company, PBS, and Univision, quickly issued a statement of their own, promising to appeal:
Today’s decision is a loss for the entire creative community. The judge has denied our request for preliminary relief – ruling that it is ok to misappropriate copyrighted material and retransmit it without compensation. While we are disappointed, we will continue to fight to protect our copyrights and expect to prevail on appeal.   ....more

Remember though this is just "the preliminary injunction" basically this means that the judge found.....there is a case here to be made by both parties and its worth the time to hear both sides of the argument.

It doesnt mean Aereo has won and we will see tv online everywhere, it just means...break out your check book boys this is going to get expensive on both sides.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Samsung partnering with OpenX

One of the stories that got buried with all the other major news this week was that Samsung is partnering with OpenX

It didnt get much coverage and whilst i dont have a lot of faith in the new management at OpenX it makes for a very interesting read.

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year, Samsung expressed a vision of the future where consumers’ numerous household electronics, from TVs and laptops to fridges and dishwashers all communicate with another, per Mr. Elkin.
“You can see where advertising could easily fit across all of those devices,” Mr. Elkin said.
“It seems like Samsung, with its broader consumer electronics portfolio, is at least hinting in a longer-term perspective at how that device universe might work together in an advertising context,” he said.
What are you thoughts? is this a big move for Samsung or will they fold before it gets off the ground as they dont have the long term vision to see it through. Will OpenX become the hub for buying impressions across "the rest"


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

ACCC Vs Google

The Australian ACCC is a government agency (kind of like the FTC in that they manage competition/truth in advertising etc they also play the legal role similar to that of  the Federal Attorney General).

A ruling came down yesterday that will interest everyone who has every place an online advertisement using "Key Words".

This cannot be the final outcome for the case and i fully expect Google to appeal however the basics of the case are this.

The ACCC have won a $500m ruling against Google that they used keywords belonging to competitors in the advertisements they've placed and that Google is responsible for the action of its users contrary to the terms of use.

What i dont understand about this case (thankfully i'm not a lawyer....) is how does this infer rights to a company far beyond its current use.

Eg does that mean i can never use the word "Honda" in any advertisement even though i sell Hondas (as does

How does this affect the IP harmonization rules between the USA and Australia? technically arent the USA courts supposed to reflect the decisions made in Australia?

Monday, April 2, 2012

Free can only last so long

I noticed that the Orlando Sentinel paper is moving to an e-subscription model for their online content.,0,4485751.htmlstory

I personally think this is a great move.

Keep in mind if you dont live in orlando they arent trying to target you as a subscriber, they are trying to deliver local news that is relevant and valuable to people residing in Orlando.

Free can only last so long.

Let me know how you get on tell your waiter at the lunch restaurant that you really want the food to be free/or pay your mortgage with "free".

The point being is this news IS valuable to someone and a transaction where both parties get something of value can be made here, just publishing worthless pages to people who dont value it doesnt help the OS business model.

We've had a great run of ad sponsored content but this can only last so long, its time to move on where people pay for value.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Future media service delivery in a metered world

This story needs more attention – it’s a big deal about how future services are delivered in a metered world.

Its a good idea, lol and something i proposed with a project in another world a long time ago ....sniff  :(  but how its going to be seen here in the USA is the interesting part.

Is it not breaking net neutrality rules.....or is it a duck?


Thursday, March 29, 2012

OneGoldenSquare yet another IP-TV application

I was reading this press release

I'm kind of curious though, how are Samsung/OneGoldenSquare handling payments to the RIAA/other various international copyright bodies?

Are they tracking ip address location and correlating via a tracking mechanism?
Are they only allowing activation of this feature in certain countries where they have licenses already paid for?

Anyone have any thoughts?


Friday, March 9, 2012

Why Internet TV's will always be losing the battle against "Living room devices"

I keep seeing people talkign about Internet Tv's and they will eb the wave of the future taking over from Roku/Home Media PC's etc.

I cant stress this enough these seperate boxes will always have an advantage over "Internet tv's" in that they can be replaced on a regular basis every 1-2 years or so fairly cheaply; The average time for a TV replacement 4-5 years..... you do the math.

The CPU/smarts should ALWAYS be a seperate device to the TV...yes even if its an Apple TV.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Badgeville "Gamification Webinar"

This is a link the to “Badgeville Gamification webinar” I watchedn yesterday.

The stats on the users is staggering (and being married to a user I see no reason to disagree with them).

Keep in mind though that badgeville didn’t design the mint elements…their example is a little lamer so I’m still looking for the reason why “works” so well.

If you are a user why do you think people love it so much?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Angry Birds Vs QR codes

i was reading a linked in comment and realised people still just don't get it.

One of the commenters posted that the reason QR codes aren't getting traction in western markets is "that QR readers don't come installed on any carriers handsets by default".

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Last time I checked Angry Birds doesn't come installed by default on any carriers handsets and they seem to be doing just fine.

At the end of the day it simply comes down to call to action and the shitty job most marketers do. Give people enough of a reason to scan a QR code and they will THIS is what's lacking with western QR enabled marketing 'campaigns.

If George Lois did a QR campaign you would bet it wouldn’t suck J.

Dean Collins

Friday, February 17, 2012

Scan gets a $1.7m investment

Been reading a lot in the press over the last few days that have received $1.7m seed round.

Someone want to tell CRV etc that they did their dough and that the real future of QR codes are in direct QR codes rather than the indirect codes that Scan are using.
Indirect codes dont allow you to change QR management application vendors after they are published.

ie. imagine building a website then being told if you ever moved from GoDaddy as a registrar you had to build a new website.

Indirect = fail.

Dean Collins

Sunday, February 5, 2012 "After" Facebook goes public

Was just reading this article about plans for "after" Facebook went public.

I just wanted to mention something not covered here that i only just learnt a few weeks ago; I had no idea that the CEO of a "Startup" has to agree etc to be on SecondMarket and just because i'm a developer who has some shares to sell...doesnt mean i can sell them on SecondMarket.

Not something i'd seen widely mentioned before.