Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Another and easier option to develop iPhone apps?

Did you know that you have another option to develop iPhone apps than Obj-C?

If you have previous experience with Adobe Flex, you should give a try to the ELIPS Studio from Openplug, which let you compile your apps for most mobile OS, such as iPhone, Android, Symbian and Windows mobile

I am not, anymore..., a developer, so I am hoping someone could give me some feedback on how performant this dev platform is.

BTW, Alcatel-Lucent has just acquired OpenPlug, so must be worth the investment...

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Rise of Generation C: Implications for the world of 2020

In the course of the next 10 years, a new generation—Generation C—will emerge (the 'C' stands for connect, communicate, change). Born after 1990, these 'digital natives,' just now beginning to attend university and enter the workforce, will transform the world as we know it.


Business workers will self-organise into agile communities of interest, always connected, will bring their personal computers to work and travelling much less frequently given all the solutions to collaborate more quickly and instantly.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

my iPhone on Linux Ubuntu

Finally, a solution to get my iPhone on Ubuntu, libimobiledevice is developping a software library that talks the protocols to support iPhone and this without jailbreaking!
It seems to include most of synchronization, including apps, meaning that I could potentially get ride of iTunes and start using my favorite Rhythmbox player.
Thanks Matt Colyer and libiteam, you made my day... next step being installing, testing and then you will have made my life much easier.


and this page will help you connect your Apple iPod and iPhone devices to Ubuntu

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tech debate: Google Gmail vs. hosted Microsoft Exchange

Source: Jonathan McCormick and Daniel Riley, Network World - March 08, 2010 12:08 AM ET

More and more businesses are looking to hosted e-mail services to reduce costs and ease management, and the choice often comes down to Google's Gmail (the key component of Google Apps) or a hosted version of Microsoft Exchange...

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/030810-tech-debate-gmail-exchange.html

Friday, March 05, 2010

Living Screen Pets composing displays in your living room

Julia Tsao's Curious Displays - a hive of smart blocks that can move about a space independently and in unison to find stuff, relay information and even form a display unit

Curious Displays from Julia Tsao on Vimeo.

Touchscreens are not enough... what about your own body to tap in information?

I have seen other ideas like this, but this one is definitively the most advanced.
While it proposes to beam a screen or buttons on your body, it does have sensors which are detecting the spot you are tapping on your body, such as you tap your palm or a finger, and the system knows where it is located.

That means that you basically program parts of your body to become hotspots, buttons to remote control devices, such mobile phones, mp3 players, games, etc. Of course, you can also display something on your body, like a screen, but the beauty is that working with sensors, doesn't make the beamer or a camera mandatory devices to detect your movements. Meaning that the device will become smaller and remain efficient in all conditions, even with a sunny day!

Stay tuned, this will come soon in your hands!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

IT trends in 2010

According to the latest survey from CompTIA, the IT industry association polled more than 300 IT and business pros in December regarding IT trends in 2010.

No. 1 - Using social networks to sell/market products
Rapidly accelerating: 38%
Accelerating: 49%
Declining: 13%

No. 2 - Using alternative productivity apps (Zoho, etc.)
Rapidly accelerating: 28%
Accelerating: 54%
Declining: 19%

No. 3 - Telework/Virtual Office
Rapidly accelerating: 28%
Accelerating: 50%
Declining: 22%

No. 4 - Offshoring
Rapidly accelerating: 23%
Accelerating: 39%
Declining: 38%

No. 5 - Developing/Utilizing Private Clouds
Rapidly accelerating: 22%
Accelerating: 48%
Declining: 30%

No. 6 -Using Consumer Tech in the Enterprise
Rapidly accelerating: 21%
Accelerating: 54%
Declining: 26%

No. 7 -M&A/Industry Consolidation
Rapidly accelerating: 14%
Accelerating: 54%
Declining: 31%

Source: http://www.comptia.org

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Future Google Businesses?

While reading something about iTunes, I have realized that Google, so far, never try to offer free music, except if we consider Youtube being a music channel..., and therefore compete with Apple and other Majors?

Nevertheless, this is typically a huge business which can be driven/sponsored with adverstising, therefore Google...

and while thinking of this, what else could be provided free with Google Ads?

Google Music
Google Cars - ads in the car and on the car!
Google Interactive Building Ad Walls
Google Clothes - touch me to get more info ;-)
Google Food - all kind of food/dring which can be refill free in a google food box with interactive ads
Google Pets - electronic pets walking around the house and proposing contextual ads/paid services to entertain you
Google Pens - electronic pens displaying ads based on words you have just written
Google HD Video calls - free with ads
Google Movies - free with ads
Google Sidewalk - interactive sidewalk with ads and connected to Google Street to dipslay arrows to your destination
Google Glasses - free glasses with location based ads
Google Coffee - free coffee refill with an interactive google cup which download ads from coffee machine while filling the cup
and so on...

Friday, January 22, 2010

The future of TV by 2015

I have listed some thoughts and ideas I have regarding the future of TV by 2015, but as well Computers, Internet and Social Networks, since all those are more and more related and will ultimately converges into one channel distributing all kind of content (static, interactive, multimedia) available through multiple devices.

Most of the following is quite obvious and logical, but I am interested to get others thoughts to validate or challenge this.

TV and computers are likely to converge by 2015 within a unique social experiences to get what we want, when we want it and wherever we want. Given that high-speed wireless Internet-enabled device shipments are expected to double worldwide between 2009 and 2013, Multimedia Content will become available across all kind of devices on-demand, from mobile phones/smartphones, TV screens in Cars, Interactive TV and Tablets. Americans accessing video content via their mobile phones will climb to 74m in 2015, I assume the same more or less in all Internet well connected countries, but don't have the facts yet.

Live TV experience will remain, but with the option to receive on-demand personalized content and given that TV and internet will converge, furthermore content could be recommended by friends/peers through social networks on the same device.

Social Networks will complement TV, in the way we consume content, but as well in the way we find product information. 79 per cent of consumers (household shoppers online in Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States) are predicting that social shopping network sites geared purely towards sharing information about stores, designers and trends will be in popular use by 2015.

Once Facebook, Twitter, and other Social Computing platforms are properly ported to the TV screen , a new explosion of media and technology convergence will occur, affecting the product strategies of device makers, content providers pay TV providers and therefore advertising on such channel.

All this meaning that consumers will not anymore just watch an advertisement, but play an active role, by searching for more information, including personal healthcare, recommendations from Networks and potentially up to buying the product/service, using one device e.g. being in his living room on his interactive TV or using his smartphone in a train.

For those being doubtful, the success of the iPhone, launch of Google Nexus One phone, existing Internet Video/TV streaming services, rumors of Apple tablet and Microsoft announcement of HP tablet are already going in this direction. Most of this is already possible with today technologies and solutions. This needs to become more user friendly to become a normal consumer behavior by 2015 and 5 years is way enough time in the electronic consumer goods to make it happen!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Future of Healthcare by 2020: the transformation scenario

Our long-term health has become a major national and personal focus. In the last ten years, we have seen the convergence of several social movements that recognize that people’s actions are situated in a larger ecosystem of causes and effects. Especially pronounced are movements to provide holistically healthy environments and habits for children, and to create more supportive, less costly systems for end-of-life care. Sophisticated feedback technologies encourage the healthy to stay well, as part of a low key but pervasive system for preventive health. A substantial portion of the population is becoming convinced that they can no longer live however they please, and rely on health care to “fix” them when health problems arise. People, companies, communities, and our nation as a whole have a responsibility to work together to change behaviors and structures that nurture health resilience.

What could Health and Health Care look like in 2020? Watch the Collapse transformation video at http://www.hc2020.org/transformation and comment how are we moving towards or moving away from this scenario?

Healthcare 2020 is an initiative from The Institute for the Future (IFTF) http://www.iftf.org