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Olivetti launches OliPad

Christopher Trout at Engadget reports an original post by Riccardo saying that “[…] This week, Olivetti announced the release of the OliPad, staking its claim to a slice of the slab pie, and repositioning itself on the enterprise PC market. Heralded (at least by Olivetti) as Italy’s first tablet, the OliPad sports a 10-inch screen, 3G, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity, NVIDIA Tegra 2, Android 2.2.2, and a 1024 x 600 display. It also features USB and HDMI ports and a 1.3 megapixel camera, but perhaps most telling is the simultaneous launch of the Application Warehouse, “a virtual storehouse of configurable and customizable software applications designed by Olivetti specifically for business and government. […]” (full story here)

I’m Italian and proud of this. Despite the name, well abused (like was e-everything in 90s, i-everything in this years, now the claim is for pad-evereything), I love the fact that a company like Olivetti is getting back in serious business with something that is also appealing on a visual POV.

This post as a comment also at Engadget

Tablet wars

The guys at geeks are sexy provide a useful comparison chart from Investintech providing comparison of the 4 most wanted tablets: iPad2, Motorola Xoom, Samsung sliding PC7 and Notion Ink Adam (full articles at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/03/02/full-ipad2-specs-vs-competition-whos-best-infographic and at  http://www.investintech.com/ipad2/)

Here is a scaled image linking to full one.

Mobile traffic to increase 26x by 2015 but will infrastructures support it?

Matthew Lasar at Ars technica (http://arstechnica.com/author/matthew-lasar/) reports some figures by Cisco Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast (source here).

Here are the highlights:'[…]

  • There will be 788 million mobile-only Internet users by 2015.
  • Global mobile data traffic will increase by a factor of 26 by 2015.
  • World mobile data grew by a factor of 2.6 in 2010 from 2009.
  • Average smartphone usage doubled: 79 MB per month, up from 35 MB per month in 2009.
  • Android operating system data use is rapidly catching up to the iPhone.
  • In 2010 almost a third of smartphone traffic was offloaded onto fixed networks via dual-mode or Femtocells.
  • Millions of people around the world have cell phones but no electricity, and by 2015 a majority in the Middle East and Southeast Asia will live “off-grid, on-net.”

[…]” (full article at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/world-mobile-data-traffic-to-explode-by-factor-of-26-by-2015.ars)

I think that supporting such an expansion is also a challenge of network support, that, in most cases is running at nearly full capacity.

I’m not confident that in 4 years we can build and reinforce networks more than was done in last 10 years.

The other fact that is really worrying is that nearly 1/3 of world population will live “on net and off grid”. This is a radical shift, because moves mobile access to primary needs, and I think that accessing the net is important, but not vital nor for development, nor for surviving.

This post as a comment also at http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/world-mobile-data-traffic-to-explode-by-factor-of-26-by-2015.ars?comments=1&p=21385440#comment-21385440


Open culture delivers ebooks for free

The guy at Open culture are linking a Kaplan initiative for giving access for a limited time to around 130 useful ebooks (full article at http://www.openculture.com/2011/01/130_free_ebooks_from_kaplan_publishing.html).

Is a good initiative worth a read.

Books are available for most common ebooks readers and platforms.

Transforming an iPhone into an Android one

Adam Frucci at Dvice reports a trick that allows transforming an iPhone 3G into an android powered one through Cydia availabe bootlace (full article at http://dvice.com/archives/2010/11/turn-your-iphon-2.php).

Worth a read if you have a spare one.


Android in a box

Matthew Guay at How to Geek writes a good tutorial on how to install Android SDK and hence have a working Android emulator on your PC (full article at http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/21831/how-to-test-drive-google-android-on-your-pc-without-buying-a-phone/).

Worth a look if you don’t know which OS to choose or if you plan to develop applications.

Apple IPhone 4G vs web os

rothgar at Lifehacker (http://1n73r.net/) posted a comment to previously mentioned Iphone 4G vs Android (full article at http://lifehacker.com/5561282/iphone-vs-android-vs-webos-a-counterpoint).

A little bit angry discussion, but all in all a good addendum to discussion.

The chart is summarized here http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/17/2010/06/iPhone-vs-Android-vs-webOS.png (credits and Ip belong to their respective owners).

1 Apple or 1 Blackberry= 3 androids

Kyle VanHemert at Gizmodo reports a Nielsen study that indicates that, going beyond android rising market share, in US still has a 9% in a market largely dominated by RIM(35%) and Apple  (28%) (full article at http://gizmodo.com/5556346/iphone-os-triples-androids-market-share-for-now).

I think that in Europe percentages are different (with Apple more ahead than RIM), but interpretation is the same: Android is rising but needs a second push to acquire more market share.

Smartphone future: some comments

Matt Hamblen at Computerworld writes a good article expressing some opinions on SmartPhones future (full article at http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9141761/7_smartphone_predictions_for_2010?source=rss_news).

Here is my comment:

1. Smartphones will grab an even bigger share of the overall mobile phone market

It’s true, due to the fact that cost is similar and people that can use the advanced functions are growing. I have two concerns: more smart phones mean more investments needed in networks supporting the increasing demand of services (and the fear is would the investment and infrastructure trend grow at same pace); the other concern is the one linked to usability, because smartphones don’t rhyme always with smart interfaces 🙂

2. AT&T will lose its exclusive rights to sell the iPhone

Again true, but Apple has build a solid network of exclusives. Economically talking is not the best accellerator, but at same time is the most direct way to being “exclusive”

3. The Android mobile operating system will take off.

This is very personal: True, because, in terms of usability, ther’s only one player (IPhone), with windows mobile being a no altrenative. Android is growing on this point and this is an accellerator in gaining market share at a faster pace

4. Mobile application stores will continue to balloon.

I agree, but what will make the (real) difference will be two things: quality of software provided and easiness of access (due to increasing number of apps released)

5. Location based services will get their due on smartphones

I’m not quite sure of this and of possible implications (mainly due to network traffic), though on the other side, enhanced reality apps are taking more space. Success will depend on how smart will be the access to this functions.

6. The FCC will compromise with wireless carriers on Net neutrality

Since I’m not US resident I don’t feel confident to express an opinion on this

7. More types of devices, like e-readers, will emerge

It’s true, but their diffusion will be limited by two factors: network support and the eternal dilemma: many specialized devices doing things at their best vs one “generalistic” device doing things with less depth.

This post as a comment also at http://www.computerworld.com/comments/comment/reply/9141761 and at http://www.computerworld.com/comments/comment/reply/9141761#comment

Apple and Nintendo and other false (or true) competitors

Jeff Smykil at Art Technica (http://arstechnica.com/authors/jeff-smykil/), wites an article on the fact that “Nintendo’s president thinks Apple isn’t a competitor and people should stop saying so. Is this a bluff, denial, or just the beginning of another decline of a once-powerful video game company” (full article at http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/11/despite-nintendos-claims-apple-is-a-competitor.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss).

I think is only the last case of a company (or a person) telling the market that everybody didn’t understandwhat was happening.

Is the same reaction I had when Yahoo CEO said that Yahoo wasn’t a search company. And I add, only beacuse was still loosing market shares against Google.

Unfortunately for Nintendo’s CEO Mr.  Satoru Iwata, Apple is a player in gaming industry, and, in my opinion, wil be one of the three player that will remain in less that 5 years: Google (through Android), Microsoft (through Windows) and Apple (through Iphone).

This post as a comment also at http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums?a=tpc&s=50009562&f=174096756&m=133002122041&r=222007422041#222007422041

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