Saturday, June 18, 2005

Intel integrates 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi onto a single chip

Intel integrates 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi onto a single chip: "Intel integrates 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi onto a single chip

By Thomas Ricker

Intel Centrino logoToday Intel announced details of their new all-in-one wireless chip ? integrating 802.11a/b/g and ready-for the yet to be ratified 100Mbps 802.11n ? something that currently requires several chips. They even figured out a way to integrate formerly extraneous bits like power amplifiers. Neato, but really, why should you care? Well, using a single chip reduces the manufacturing costs and extends the battery life of our portable electronics. And since these CMOS-based chips use the same manufacturing technology as their microprocessors, Intel will be able to quickly saturate the market once production begins. Now, Intel won?t be pinned down for an availability date, but there?s little doubt that we?ll see the new chips packaged in Centrino systems. And as consumers demand Centrino like Pentium in days of yore, Broadcom and Texas Instruments will be left wondering what the hell happened to their market share. Intel, a WiFi company?my my."Intel Centrino logo

Stitch Says: I am amazed this bit of news, which I noticed first on Engadget, isn't a major headline. Not only is this an incredible innovation with far reaching ramifications for both end users and lots of enterprises, but it's also a significant business statement. In my opinion, Intel, which has shown an increasingly obvious strategy to dominate the next generation of wireless broadband infrastructure, has really thrown down the gauntlet with this announcement. Their previous statements concerning operational interactivity testing with Alvarion, a leader in WiMax basestations, is further evidence that the semiconductor giant has it's sights set squarely on this market segment as a core initiative. Further, this will push other develolpers to not only move quickly to respond with offerings of their own, but could conceivably push the carriers into opening up more of their GSM/3G networks to hybrid connectivity. Yesterday, Nokia, today, Intel...Who'll it be tomorrow?

textually.org: Google Zeros In On Mobile Web

textually.org: Google Zeros In On Mobile Web: "Google Zeros In On Mobile Web

Google Inc. on Thursday started testing a mobile-phone service that searches websites that have been designed to deliver content customized for the small screens of cellular phones, reports TechWeb via Moco News.

To use the Google Mobile Search, people go to the company's homepage via the web browser on their phones, type in their search query and select 'Mobile Web (Beta)' as their search option.

Along with the latest service, Google's other mobile features include the ability to search for images and the general web and for products and services offered locally. Google also offers a text-based messaging service.
emily | 08:18 AM

Stitch Says: we knew this was coming. Still, even with a reasonably large display, and a higher end smartphone, searching the web via phone is still a largely painful and tedious experience. Much faster are the SMS based query engines that provide a simple interface and a more responsive feel in many instances. Besides, SMS works on nearly any phone. That's not to say that I'm not a fan of improved WAP and XHTML for the mobile. I love the idea of having always available Internet. We just need to see true ubiquity in high speed data for mobile as well as intelligent design standards that understand and accomodate individual display capabilities better than today's pages do.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Nokia Announces VoIP Plans, Hints at Wi-Fi Phones (Phone Scoop) (and in more GSM/Wi-Fi Convergence News)

Nokia Announces VoIP Plans, Hints at Wi-Fi Phones (Phone Scoop): "Nokia Announces VoIP Plans, Hints at Wi-Fi Phones

Nokia today announced they are working with leaders and first movers to bring enterprise VoIP to Series 60 phones. Nokia has licensed Cisco CallManager and will work with the company to extend it to mobile devices. They have have signed agreements with IBM and OnRelay to create and distribute systems that connect PBX phone systems to mobile phones over 3G or Wi-Fi. As part of the announcement, Nokia admitted they will be launching Series 60 handsets with Wi-Fi in the future. Series 60 Version 3 has support for Wi-Fi built in.

Full Story..."

Stitch Says: Caught this one on Phone Scoop; thanks guys! As I said in the prior post; this transition is inevitable. The only question is how long it will take for the carriers to accept their fate?

First UMA Service Launched (Phone Scoop) (Convergence Deployment Update)

First UMA Service Launched (Phone Scoop): "First UMA Service Launched


Date Posted: Wednesday, 10:12 AM
Source: Reuters

British Telecom (BT) today launched a new service called Fusion which seamlessly transfers calls between a cellular network and a home VOIP base station, providing cheaper calls and better reception for mobile subscribers at home. Subscribers will use a Motorola V560 handset which has quad band GSM/GPRS for connecting to cellular networks (sold with a Vodafone subscription) and Class 1 Bluetooth for connecting to a base station up to 100 meters (about 330 feet) away. When the phone comes within range of a paired base station, it transfers calls (even live conversations) from the cell network to the base station, which transmit calls over broadband using VOIP. The reverse happens when a subscriber is on a call and goes out of range.

Full Story..."

Stitch Says: This is just the first of many. It will be interesting to see how BT's metrics prove out this model. Stay tuned for future updates.

How Lance Armstrong Gets His Unusual Energy - New York Times (Of Topic, but Hey...I know this guy!)




By SANDRA BLAKESLEE
Published: June 14, 2005

Lance Armstrong's strength and endurance sometimes seem too extraordinary to be believed.

Armstrong, a six-time winner of the Tour de France bicycle race who next month will try for his seventh straight victory, can cover 32 miles in one hour of riding. In contrast, the average cyclist covers 16 miles; a top marathon runner can cover 21 miles on a bike.
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Lance Armstrong can cover 32 miles in one hour of cycling.

Armstrong can ride up the mountains in France generating about 500 watts of power for 20 minutes, something a typical 25-year-old could do for only 30 seconds. A professional hockey player might last three minutes - and then throw up.

So how does he do it?"


Stitch Says; you'll have to forgive me for going way astray here, but as a former professional cyclist myself, and former team mate of Lance's on the US team, I can answer that question much more specifically; he is simply the best. And he hates losing more than any human I have ever encountered. People simply have no idea how astonishing his achievements truly are. In a sport that is arguably one of the most difficult of them all, this man has managed to put together six streaks of 23 perfect days. Perhaps this is reasonable for server management, but when you take into account the sheer number of variables that go into his job, the idea that he has ALREADY WON SIX GRAND BOUCLE's (read, Tours de France) is so staggering that there are not superlatives capable of doing justice to his record. I for one hope that he dominates for a seventh tour and can rest on his laurels knowing that what he has done will likely never be eclipsed. How often can anyone go to bed at night thinking that? GO LANCE!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

"Location Based Services and all about Mobile Marketing" - (More Mobile/Financial Convergence)

The Mobile Technology Weblog - "Location Based Services and all about Mobile Marketing" - Comics and Mobile - The Perfect Marriage: "Mobile Payments
Filed in archive Analysis

We seem to be getting nearer to a working Mobile Payments system, these days. There's a lot happening in the sector and I expect it to be one of the major battle grounds in mobile in the next 5 years.

Mobile Payments is simply the ability to use your phone as a way of buying something.

Unlike most wars, there are actually three sides in each battle:"

Stitch Says: As someone that's directly involved (I just helped author a business plan for a company that I can't name, but which just recieved a one billion dollar commitment from the Mexican Banks and Vincente Fox) in alternate payment methods (the one above being stored value on unbanked credit cards), I can tell you that many of the points made are right on the money (pun intended), however, one thing to keep in mind is that there is a precedent for success in this arena; PayPal. OF course Western Union/First Data would also be a relevant example.

At one point in 2000 when I was with a company now called FSV Payment Systems, I suggested to their CTO (I was CIO) that they consider a joint venture with PayPal. At the time, PayPal had around 20,000 accounts.

The CTO told me in no uncertain terms that I was off my rocker to even suggest it, that no webmaster in his right mind would EVER put something like that into their site. Moreover, he suggested that unless an innovation was driven by MasterCard, Visa or AMEX, it would get no traction at all.

FSV is now in grocery stores, courtesy of their relationship with CoinStar, and you've never heard of them, whereas PayPal is well...I don't need to tell you.

New Media Convergence; why the handset is all that matters

Recently, a fellow subscriber to AdRants requested comments relatng to the future direction of media and advertising.in response to that request, I started thinking about this topic and came to a fairly strong conviction; the mobile handset is all that matters.
I honestly beliieve that mobile marketing will change everything. There are now almost 1.6 billion (with a B) cellular handsets on the planet. This number is skyrocketing every year as less-developed countries like India and China and even Mexico leapfrog the wired infrastructure and move straight to wireless.

New technologies are being developed that make it possible to reliably locate any individual handset to within less than 10 meters with no change to the underlying handset, no subscription, in fact, without the approval, awareness of or event consent by the consumer. This technology will open a new world to the marketer; highly targeted location based advertising straight to the phone.

This has the potential to be, with apologies to Dickens; the best of advertising or the worst of advertising. IF driven by a permission based model where the consumer has established preferences and controls about who gets to market to him or her, when, where, and how often, the consumer will have a degree of granular control so precise, so convenient, that it will actually change the way people shop and buy. At the opposite end of the spectrum, out of control unsolicited messages to the consumer could render the phone a useless permanent "pop-up" buzzing mindlessly in your purse or pocket, interrupting your calls, your thoughts, and your conversations to attempt to hawk goods and services that you don't want, don't need and probably will find offensive.

The power to determine which future we will see is largely in the hands of 3 groups; the advertisers and their ethics, the carriers and their conflict between revenues and responsibility, and the consumer and their immediate and negative vocal reaction to anything other than a completely permission based approach.

There are many ways that this could go down, just as there are many ways that these new marketing paradigms could manifest themselves. The key issues will be determined in the next few months as the early adopters make decisions that will influence the market and the mechanics of the technology for the next decade at least.

I truly hope that those of us in a position to make good decisions do so, that those of us capable of making ourselves heard when we witness decisions that are not good speak up quickly and loudly, and that at the end of the day, the best of advertising is a far far better thing than any advertising we have ever known.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

World's Smallest IP Phone : Gizmodo (USB Convergence Take 2)

World's Smallest IP Phone : Gizmodo: "World’s Smallest IP Phone
Software filed under Software : VoIP

usb_ipphone.jpg imageAnother nice application of USB memory devices comes from “Any User Global,” who slapped IP phone software in one, added a earphone-mic jack, and called it a day (and the “World’s Smallest IP Phone”). Called the “ImPhone,”"

Stitch Says: Uber cool! a tiny VoIP phone in a nifty Wrigley's Gum lookalike package! Seriously, this is some very clever hardware that will save certain travelers a bunch of cash on calls. Looks like the days of dialing down the middle to save money are a thing of the distant past.

TV Stick : Gizmodo (USB HDTV Convergence)

TV Stick : Gizmodo: "TV Stick
filed under Peripherals

tvstick.jpgLaptop owners tune in. Compro has released a USB TV ‘Stick’ to allow for analog and HD television viewing via only a USB port."

Stitch Says: another must have technological convergence; this nifty gadget is capable of turning USB port equipped machines into high end tv's...one more reason I can never be far from my computer... ;-)

Monday, June 13, 2005

Skype Yahoo? (Converging Giants?)

Skype Yahoo?: "Skype Yahoo?

In Software: VoIP

The world of instant messaging is exploding with emoticons as rumors are surfacing regarding Skype and Yahoo. According blogs there are discussions going on between Skype and Yahoo. Just imagine the possibilities of instant messaging and voice over IP possibly combining to redefine the meaning of LOL. Everything is still rumors so nobody knows whether it will be a merger or if Yahoo will be buying Skype
outright, but regardless it will a big step up in the world of instant messaging.

Skype, Yahoo in talks? [GigaOm]"

Stitch Says: I'm not sure whether to say Skypoo or Yahkype about this, though carriers might be more inclined to the former. I think people may be underestimating the potency of this possible convergence. Millions of users, an Internet brand people have faith and confidence in, and the ability to access the POTS network with Skype Out and at cheap rates? Is video telephony about to gain a lot of momentum? Are WiVoip Phones about to become the next must have gadget?

One thing is for sure, in areas with widely distributed WiFi AP's (and especially free, open, AP's) this is going to make a lot of geeks and a llot of not quite geeks very happy.

picturephoning.com: Coming Soon - Movie previews on your cell phone (Cellular-Cinematic Convergence)

picturephoning.com: Coming Soon - Movie previews on your cell phone: "Coming Soon - Movie previews on your cell phone

98m.jpg Mobile entertainment and technology firm Urban Mobile has partnered with UCI and Odeon Cinemas to provide movie fans with promotional film content downloadable to their mobile phones, reports Netimperative.

'Cinema-goers can receive a mobile entertainment pack at the UCI cinema box office, that relates to the film they’re about to watch.

Mobile packs are already prepared for the forthcoming summer blockbusters War of the Worlds and The Fantastic Four.

Currently, the content available includes ringtones, colour images and games.

A new service is presently in beta test where customers will be sent a message containing a video preview of a new film, from which they can visit the WAP site'."

Stitch Says: I can foresee this becoming quite popular. There are many movies I've seen where the coming attractions were the best part and given the fact that previews now seem to run a good 10 minutes as opposed to the 1 or 2 minutes of my youth, people seem to truly enjoy this advertising medium. Additionally, if they're formatted well and delivered in a non-invasive and cost free way, I can imagine those bus rides, waits in long lines, and other tedious every day moments filled with movie previews that have conveniently and nearly magically become one with my cellular experience. Honestly, I think this will have a pretty substantial impact...conditioning people to receive advertising to the phone, encouraging them to subsequently visit the movie's WAP website (where you just KNOW there will be other advertisers), and generally nudging people along the path towards acceptance of marketing on the last and most valuable piece of advertising real estate; the tiny screen of the mobile phone.

If Google and MSFT are smart, they'll take fast steps to be the frontrunners in developing additional connections here. Want to know how?
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