Archive | May 2008

The Power of SMS

AT&T Says American Idol Season 7 Broke Text Message Record
by: Jerry Liao

There are times when I get the chance to watch the eviction nights of Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) and I can’t help but be amazed with the number of votes (via text messaging) each housemates are getting. I am even surprised when I see the total number of SMS votes during their Big Night where the winners are announced, the total SMS reaches millions.
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Things Change

Increased Disruption Lies Ahead for Operating System Software Market
by: Jerry Liao

Worldwide operating system (OS) software revenue is forecast to total $28.9 billion in 2008, a 7.2 percent increase from 2007 revenue of $26.9 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. By 2012, worldwide OS software revenue will surpass $37.5 billion. Despite healthy growth projections, the industry will experience disruption both in the short and long term.
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The World Is Not Enough

Apple expands iPhone reach globally
by: Jerry Liao

A few months ago, it was reported here in the Philippines that a possible deal between local telecom providers Smart and Globe to bring Apple’s iPhone in the Philippines collapsed for an undisclosed reason. iPhone lovers had to resort to other means to acquire their iPhone.
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An Inconvenient Truth

NASA Study Links Earth Impacts to Human-Caused Climate Change
by: Jerry Liao

We have seen changes happening to Mother Earth. A lot has been said about it, actually a documentary film was also made to further educate the human race about the sad reality in the hope that we can all work together in preserving Earth. If you’re not yet convinced, here’s another study made recently which I hope will make you rethink your role in saving this planet.
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Such Good Friends

Philippines – The Social Networking Capital of the World
by: Jerry Liao

The Philippines is regarded as the texting capital of the world for a long time now. Anywhere you go, anywhere you look – almost every Filipino owns a mobile phone – regardless of their status in life. Mobile phone is a commodity here and mobile phone credits are sold like candies. You can buy phone credits for as low as one pesos. How much does it cost for one to send a text message? One peso too. That’s retail for you.
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Cars of the Future

Hyundai-Kia and Microsoft to co-develop in-car Infotainment
by: Jerry Liao

Cars of today are using technology to further improve its performance, security, cost efficiency, comfort and entertainment. One can’t help but think what would be the car of the future be like. For all tech and car lovers out there, here’s a glimpse of what our cars would be like in the very near future.

Microsoft Corp. and Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group (HKAG) entered into a long-term agreement to co-develop the next generation of in-car infotainment systems. Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, and Mongku Chung, chairman of HKAG, were present as Martin Thall, general manager of Microsoft’s Automotive Business Unit, and Hyun Soon Lee, president and chief technology officer of HKAG, signed the agreement in Seoul.
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Party of Five

Adobe Opens Formats to Put Flash on More Screens
by: Jerry Liao

It seems that the I.T. world is being cornered by four companies: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Apple. These four companies are battling it out to dominate their respective market. But there’s another contender that is slowly creeping to become a force to reckon with – ADOBE.

Adobe Systems Incorporated announced the Open Screen Project, supported by a group of industry leaders, including ARM, Chunghwa Telecom, Cisco, Intel, LG Electronics Inc., Marvell, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics Co., Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Verizon Wireless. The project is dedicated to driving rich Internet experiences across televisions, personal computers, mobile devices, and consumer electronics. Also supporting the Open Screen Project are leading content providers, including BBC, MTV Networks, and NBC Universal, who want to reliably deliver rich Web and video experiences live and on-demand across a variety of devices.

The Open Screen Project is working to enable a consistent runtime environment — taking advantage of Adobe Flash Player and, in the future, Adobe AIR — that will remove barriers for developers and designers as they publish content and applications across desktops and devices, including phones, mobile Internet devices (MIDs), and set top boxes. The Open Screen Project will address potential technology fragmentation by enabling the runtime technology to be updated seamlessly over the air on mobile devices. The consistent runtime environment is intended to provide optimal performance across a variety of operating systems and devices, and ultimately provide the best experience to consumers.

To support this mission, and as part of Adobe’s ongoing commitment to enable Web innovation, Adobe will continue to open access to Adobe Flash technology, accelerating the deployment of content and rich Internet applications (RIAs). This work will include:

— Removing restrictions on use of the SWF and FLV/F4V specifications

— Publishing the device porting layer APIs for Adobe Flash Player

— Publishing the Adobe Flash Cast protocol and the AMF protocol for robust data services

— Removing licensing fees – making next major releases of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR for devices free

“Adobe is spearheading the Open Screen Project with support from industry leaders who share a common vision to provide rich, interactive experiences across computers, devices and consumer electronics,” said Shantanu Narayen, chief executive officer at Adobe. “A consistent, more open platform for developers will drive rapid innovation, vastly improving the user experience.”

Adobe Flash Player is the world’s most pervasive client runtime, delivering unparalleled creative options, highly engaging user experiences, stunning audio/video playback, and universal reach. Content for Adobe Flash Player reaches over 98 percent of Internet-enabled desktops and more than a half billion handsets and mobile devices today. Adobe expects more than one billion handsets and mobile devices to ship with Adobe Flash technology by 2009. Flash technology is used to deliver vector graphics, text, interactivity and application logic, video and sound over the Internet. More than 75 percent of broadcasters who stream video on the Web use Flash technology. Adobe AIR is the next-generation RIA runtime for the desktop, supporting HTML, Ajax, Adobe Flash technology and PDF.

The digital explosion across multiple screens is raising consumers’ expectations for engaging experiences wherever and however they connect with content. Web browsing on mobile devices is becoming commonplace, but delivering a consistent rich Internet experience remains a challenge. To ensure that user expectations are fulfilled, software applications and video must work seamlessly across multiple devices and content must be easily available across those devices.

From the list, did you notice the companies that are missing? Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Apple are not part of the list. Yahoo is the least likely competitor of Adobe since Yahoo can definitely work with Adobe.

With the last project of Adobe, it is a strong signal that they want to be a strong player in the mobile world and will compete head on with the maker of Windows Mobile (Microsoft), Android (Google) and the iPhone (Apple).

It’s too early to say who’s going to win this battle but one thing’s for sure – the consumers will definitely benefit from this, and that’s what I like most about competitions.

Nothing Is Impossible

An End to Mobile Phone Unlocking
by: Jerry Liao

Acquire a phone from Smart, Globe or Sun and your phone will be locked to their service. Of course this is understandable because these telecom providers subsidize part of your phone’s fee.

For new models of mobile phones, unlocking the phones will be a challenge, but for older models, unlocking softwares are already available so users will be able to use their phones with other services. So do we really have to wait for our mobile phones to get outmoded before we can enjoy a free and unlocked mobile phones? Not anymore.

Today Mobile Solutions Ltd. launch an innovative little device called SIMable, which effectively puts an end to the complicated business of mobile phone unlocking.

SIMable is an ultra thin chip, that when attached to a SIM card, immediately fools most mobile phones into thinking that they have been unlocked. It is compatible with the majority of mobile handsets, including all the latest 3G devices, which are becoming more and more difficult to be freed from their original Network.

Introduced to the market by Essex based company 24/7 Mobile Solutions Ltd, SIMable can be installed and working in a Network locked handset in a matter of seconds. By using a customised manufactured cutting press, which comes with each unit, a tiny hole needs to be pressed out in the SIM card. Next SIMable needs to be aligned with the SIM and inserted into the locked handset. Using the cutting press, SIMable can be used more than once by transferring to any other SIM card.

Whilst mobile phone unlocking is not illegal, it will in most cases invalidate the handset’s warranty. SIMable requires no handset interference and thus the full manufacturer’s guarantee remains intact.

The company are keen to stress that unlike any other similar application on the market, SIMable enables 100% functionality on all phones, including full 3G operation.

The product, available at the company’s website is launched at a retail price of £16.99, with a standard small delivery charge covering all destinations worldwide. Each package includes the SIMable chip and customised cutting press, which eliminates any need for messy SIM cutting with scissors.

The company are also seeking global Distributors / Resellers to market the product. SIMable can be “white labelled” meaning that it can be rebranded and sold as their own product. Suitable parties would include Travel SIM Operators, Mobile Phone Accessory Distributors and any online or retail mobile phone unlocking outlets.

Like what I have been saying all along, when it comes to technology – NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE.