A few years back there was a talk of developing a wearable computer ( PC) where your specs would become your display, a microphone in your headgear would work as an input device and the earphones the output. With mobile technology , fast internet and cloud services the mobile handset has realised that dream of a wearable computer. The mobile has become your personal office - handling your communications and transactions, helping you track the world events, working as your entertainment center with its streaming Audio and Video and may also monitor your health tomorrow.It is your navigator when you are driving and will order food for you from your favourite restaurant when you are hungry. So except for fighting your divorce case in the court, this little friend will be able do almost everything for you. The home PC, the TV, The Audio system all may die their natural death.... or am I dreaming too loudly?
Yes, the Nokia-MS deal will be interesting to watch. Way I see it, they have until next year's Consumer Eelctronics Show in Jan or the Mobile conference the end of Feb. to launch an extraordinary product that knocks the socks off Android and Apple. They'll need brute force, secure suply, creative but incredibly functional apps, and the ecosystem strength they keep talking about. We'll how it unfolds.
Also, I saw a bunch of signs about femtocells and near field communication technology, both of which I'm reading up on. What do you guys know about these technologies and how they are being used?
Nokia partnership with Microsoft is one big News at the MWC and I wish we will see more smart phones with better apps from the Nokia-Microsoft partnership by 2012 MWC. Keeping the mobile aside there is a still a lot of innovation left ing the mobile networks space. Recent news about the new base station less concept by Alcatel-Lucent and femto cells will enter into much advancement in 2011.
Thanks, it is this sort of innovations and improvements on current technologies that is making life easier for people in developing countries and help create significant revenue benefits to the citizens.
I really hope that these "Mobile Monies" create new opportunities to the citizens as they generate profits to the communities at large.
i find the quotes very inspiring. I am sure that listening to industry leaders is very motivating and one can get a feel of where the industry is moving towards or atleast trying to move towards. The quote of Ben Verwaayen, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, "The challenge is not whether you have the capability within your own four walls. The challenge is whether you can marry the capabilities within your four walls with capabilities outside," is what we see more and more happening around us. Jennifer, i hope to read and learn more from your articles in coming weeks.
I also agree with you Dave that mobile will have wider role in our lives in near future. Mobile payment is already big in countries such as Japan and as the security will be better or the bank starts to standarize the process, we will see a big change. As we made transition from paper money to plastic money, we will move towards digital money.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
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You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
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