Monthly Archives: November 2007

Are you ready to have your entire life digitalized?

Can you imagine to have your entire life recorded, so that you could always come back and reproduce the video/audio of a given moment in your life?

With digital storage continuous improvement in HD, and Flash memories, and with the tiny cameras available, the idea is becoming technically feasible.

We might see soon devices that you can carry and record all your day. A camera/mic integrated in our shades and bluetooth connected to your device would record all that you see an hear. The device could be similar to an iPhone or Android phone, only with larger memory to cope for the recording of a day. Alternatively with Wimax/Wifi/HSDPA connectivity the info can be uploaded, reducing the need for on-device storage.

iPhone

When you are back at home at night, you would get your entire day (or simply your highlights) to download to your MyLife Data Base, either in your Home Server, or why not hosted by Google.

Google motto is to help organize all info in the world. Who better than Google to organize your MyLife Data Base, and make sure you can easily find your key moments when you want.

 Ok, I know, I know…  lawyers say ‘what about privacy?’  Do you need to ask permission to people you encounter and advice them you are recording them in video? Aren’t you allowed to record all the conversations you participate, without asking permission to ?

Well, meantime lawyers and politicians agree on the privacy issue, I still see this devices as very useful Personal Video-surveillance Cameras, which you could use, even if not ready to have your entire life digitalized yet.

Will e-books kill the bookstore stars?

It seems that finally Video did not actually kill the Radio star, but both co-existed as friends, and keep evolving in the Internet era.

That is not the same case for the Music industry. CD’s killed the vinyls and now CD’s are slowly but surely being exterminated by mp3, without mercy.

DVD death will come next, but likely a bit later, wiped out by Divx-MP4-WMV downloads, be it illegal P2P or legal IPTV, Internet TV or Internet VoD like Amazon Unbox, or iTunes.

But what about e-books? will they kill the Hardcover and Paperback brothers?

I would bet not. I think Books in its traditional format has still a very long way to go.
– First the user interface has not yet been improved by the electronic e-book readers. Most people still find more friendly the paper and the ink
Novels are read linearly, so no advantage for the digital form, except for reference Books or Encyclopedia, which anyway tend to be on-line for real-time updates. (Wikipedia has definitively killed the Encyclopedia stars)
– It is true that one of the advantages of electronics e-book readers is that you can carry hundreds of books in a pocket. But who is interesting in carrying with you more than the 1-2 books you are reading at the moment?

This week Amazon launched their e-book reader Amazon Kindle

And it already run out of stock only in a few days.

Kindle is a nice toy, although far from perfect, but I still believe Amazon has got it right.
Amazon strategic move, aims at creating a real market for e-books where they keep a central position, with a proprietary DRM (a la iPod/iTunes). To create this market, they introduce a device that was missing to provide a complete solution for those wanting to go for e-books. Similar to what Apple did with iPod for the music industry.

But will e-books ever kill the traditional book? If it ever happens, I believe my grand-children will be the ones to see that… and my son only is 7 months now…

Is there a business case for WiMAX?


WIMAX promises Mobile Broadband at much lower cost for operators than current 3G technologies, thanks to better spectrum efficiency and an architecture conceived for IP. For the user, WiMAX will have a similar behaviour as Wifi -plus the advantage of ubiquitous coverage and mobility- i.e.:

High bandwidth Internet Access
Ease of configuration
– WiMAX support integrated in laptops (Intel is a strong supported of WiMAX)

Alternative operators with WiMAX licenses are preparing to compete with incumbent 3G mobile networks. Malaysia and Taiwan are two countries where WiMAX activity is frantic. Taiwanese Government interest in having a solid national industry for PCs, CPEs and handsets, are strongly backing new-entrants to WiMAX, such as Tatung or Global Mobile. The lack of quality broadband in Malaysia makes Wimax a compelling alternative.

But WiMAX operators success will depend on how they position in the market:

Pure Broadband Service Provider. Will they compete with Fixed broadband players, or complement them? Is the end-user likely to subscribe to both a fixed access provider and a Wireless one? Will a flat-fee for a pipe service justify the investment, or should they add applications on top, as IPTV, Music, etc?

NextGen Mobile Operators. Can WiMAX sustain an offer similar to that of 3G operators, including Voice, Messaging, and other VAS (Value-Added Services), only now purely based on IP (VoIP, SMS, etc) . Will the end-users accept to have a WiMAX handset, replacing their current mobile phone? Will they rely on VoIP as a replacement of the GSM/3G phone?

Recent news of Sprint stopping their huge bet on WiMAX (it was foreseen a 5 Billion USD investment), is a set-back as this was probably the largest deployment in the World, but WiMAX industry support remains healthy.

WiMAX is backed by almost all industry vendors: Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola, Nortel, Cisco, Intel, with the exception of Ericsson that keeps focus on improving 3G data capabilities with HSDPA and 3G LTE, to defend their current UMTS market share.

Strong user demand for Mobile Broadband exists. Will WiMAX operators find the way to satisfy this demand.. and that of their shareholders?

A gift from Steve Jobs. Stanford Commencement Address 2005

Welcome to tech-talk.biz, a new blog where I will be giving my vision on how Technology is transforming our World and making our lifes better.

Being this the first post in our new blog, I am starting with Mr. Steve Jobs glorious Commencement address.   This is one of the most inspirational speeches I have ever heard, and it is worth listening to it again.

Click here for the transcript

Did it inspire you?