The End Of The Smartphone Era Is Coming – Business Insider.
The glasses that Microsoft is working on look a lot less “obvious” than the Google Glass ones. And I think the way Microsoft is displaying the data is much better as well.
Google Glass actually uses a tiny screen whereas Microsoft are laying the data on the glasses lenses as “augmented reality”.
What an exciting time. Self driving cars, rollup screens and tablets, augmented reality glasses…. what’s next?
How do you feel about the technology rolling through? Good or bad?
The world is definitely going mobile
It’s obvious that the world has changed forever with the explosion in mobile devices; not only phones but also with tablets and e-readers.
This article is well worth reading. It relates to American stats but if anything, the figures here in Australia are even more eye opening.
1) Nearly half of all American kids want an iPad for Christmas…. Durrrr… A quick look shows that almost half of Aussie mums want an iPad for Christmas.
2) Globally, mobile traffic represents roughly 13% of Internet traffic. Three years ago, that figure was 1%. In Australia, we are the 4th best in the world for 3g penetration (76%). The only countries with better penetration than us are Japan (95%), South Korea (85%) and surprisingly Portugal (78%).
3) Nearly 1/3 of American adults own a tablet or e-reader. In Australia, that figure is already at 38% and an amazing 76% have smartphones.
4)There are now 5 billion mobile phone users in the world but “only” 1 billion smartphone users. Smartphone users are growing at the rate of 42% year on year, globally. Watch out for India to disrupt the mobile world in the next 3 years or so. They already have 44 million smartphone users but that represents only 4% of their market.
5) Android is growing faster than anything. It is growing at 6 times the rate of the iPhone and 3 times the rate of the iPad.
The full report is available here and I think it makes for fascinating reading.
My first modem was 2.4kbps. When the 14.4 k modems came out, they were so expensive, I had to sell one of my children for scientific experiments so I could buy one.
When I finally got my hands on a 56k modem, it was like Christmas. We had an ISP business way back then called Hotkey Internet and the arrival of 56k meant we had to upgrade a lot of our equipment.
You have to feel for the poor kid in the commercial below. How embarrassing… only having a 28.8 modem at home!!!!!
The good ol’ days
I saw Jason Silva on Q&A one night and was impressed by his enthusiasm for technology and the promise for the future that technology holds.
I’m not certain I agree with his premise that we are the gods now when you see how screwed up some aspects of the world are but we are masters of technology.
The world IS a good place. We’re much less likely to die through an act of violence now than at any time in the world’s history. Despite the hysterical alarmism surrounding climate change, we’re not in imminent danger. If it becomes a problem, we have technology to help us handle it. Unfortunately, Jason does have a CO2 phobia but his message on tech is great.
Have a listen to his talk. I think it will enthuse you about the possibilities for the future instead of the constant negative messages. Having read what I’ve written, it might sound a bit evangelical; it’s not meant to be. It’s just refreshing to see enthusiasm for the future.