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First Glimpse of Apple’s New Tablet January 25, 2010

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Whether they brand it the iPad or the iSlate, or something else for that matter… The following video, as yet unconfirmed, may be the first glimpse you will see of it.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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2010: CIO Focus – Cloud, Web2.0/Social, Virtualisation, Mobility January 20, 2010

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CIO Magazine published an article that has been summarizing the persistent view, and Tech Media interest over the last few weeks as all the pundits do the usual “What are we going to see as the primary focus for the new year in technology” pieces.

In summary, the research by Gartner that has been cited in the article emphasizes the focus on efficiencies that can be gained by leveraging lighter weight solutions like Cloud and Virtualisation, as well as embracing the wave of Web2.0/Social mediums and the greater networking/mobility needs.

Of particular interest is the degree of change of focus towards these technologies (in particular Cloud & Web2.0) as is evidenced in the following snippet…

“CIOs put virtualization as a top priority for 2010, up from the third position in 2009. Yet Cloud Computing  technologies shot up from the 16th slot to the No. 2 priority for CIOs. Web 2.0 technologies moved from 15th position to No. 3, and networking, voice and data communications hopped two spots from sixth position in 2009 to fourth in 2010.”

I’m seeing a stronger and stronger outlook for Cloud and Web2.0/Social technologies over this next year. Another likely disruptive technology on the horizon will be the mix of Google’s initiatives on it’s Nexus One smartphone and the release of Google Voice. While it is early days for the phone, and its maturity will be a work in progress, the powerful combination of the two will be something to watch.

Read the full Article here.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

2010: The Changing Face of the Internet – Globalisation December 29, 2009

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One of the interesting trends to watch unfold in 2010 is the release of the US centric controlling interests in ICANN with the late 2009 Management changes and the acceptance of non-latin characters for internet addresses.

When you think about it, this has the potential (and inevitable) eventuality of strongly changing the character of the predominantly english content of the web over time, and the knock-on effects that brings… How do you enter the website address for an arabic website in farsi? or a doublebyte website address for a japanese site in kanji?

How will an english speaking user even find such a site? (watch the power of Google Translate come to the fore)

Have a look at this article in today’s Australian by Mahesh Sharma…

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/innovations-to-spread-as-us-cedes-internet-control/story-e6frg8zx-1225814235591

He has an interesting outlook on the effects this may bring about, including the World shift of innovation, commercialisation and educational excellence as the US cedes control of this space.

With the emerging giants in China and India, this may very well take an interesting turn…

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

2010: The Google v. Microsoft War to Intensify December 23, 2009

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A great Analyst piece was released by ComputerWorld today outlining the outlook (no pun intended) for the battle between Google and Microsoft in 2010.

Have a look at the article by Sharon Gaudin in the US that was released this morning:

http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/330795/news_analysis_google_microsoft_escalate_war_2010/

This snippet from the article is a good  summary:

[“These two companies really squared off this year,” said Jim McGregor, an analyst with In-Stat. “Both are looking for dominant positions in the Internet. For Google to increase its business, it needs to move into other territory. For Microsoft to have significant growth opportunities, it needs to become an Internet powerhouse, and they know it. This is not a war that is going to be won by one or two battles. This is going to be a prolonged activity.”

He added that the battle isn’t simply over which can be called top dog, because the fight is critical to both companies. “For Google, it’s about expanding, and for Microsoft, it’s about a life-or-death challenge,” McGregor said.]

I noticed with amounts paid for both Google’s ($15M) and Microsoft’s ($10M) ability to search the Twitter stream this week, we have a fairly healthy indicator of the battle between the two over online search.

http://www.itproportal.com/portal/news/article/2009/12/22/twitter-set-make-profit-2009-thanks-bing-google/

Another article this week alluded to Google’s current research (some 25 odd projects) into increasing internet speeds.

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/185239/google_races_to_speed_up_the_web.html

I think 2010 is going to be an interesting year in this space as we see the battle for domination of the web pan out.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

The New Google Phone – Nexus December 14, 2009

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Had a look at the images that have been leaking via Twitter of the proposed new Google Phone – or Nexus…

Looks awfully like the HTC Dragon to me… From what I have seen so far… only two of the navigation icons are different.

It will be interesting to see what finally comes out though, and whether Google Voice will be available on it when it does.

One step closer to true unified Comms!

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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Social Media… Is it just a fad? October 28, 2009

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Have a look at this very interesting and thought provoking presentation on Social Media.

The evidence is mounting!

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Wacom announces the Multi-Touch Bamboo Tablet September 25, 2009

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Wacom has quietly announced the launch of a new range of Bamboo Tablet devices, introducing the Multi-Touch capability with the popular Bamboo look and feel, this should prove popular.

Available in the following models:

  1. Bamboo (Pen & Touch)
  2. Bamboo Touch
  3. Bamboo Pen
  4. Bamboo Fun
  5. Bamboo Craft

There is a version now suitable for just about any popular use.

I am quite impressed with the Pen & Multi-touch aspects of the complete Bamboo offering.

Bamboo Pen & Touch

Bamboo Pen & Touch

Have a look at the use of the Multi-touch capability in a video on the Wacom site:

Multi-Touch Video

Multi-Touch Video

I’ll be watching to see the uptake, as I expect this will be popular.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com

Google Government Cloud & Public Sector Solutions September 24, 2009

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Two announcements in the last week from Google focusing on the Public Sector.

The first being that Google is engaged with the US Federal Government to create a secure Government Cloud. That is, all the Google services, but secured out to the Federal Government alone.

At a recent Longhaus Hypothetical “Government with its Head in the Cloud“, Local (Australian) Government organisations have said that a similar approach would be needed for any significant uptake by Australian Government bodies. I’m sure they will be watching the US Feds closely as they delve into this initiative.

And also last week, but noticed by me today on Twitter, Senator Conroy launched Google for Public Sector.

Both a serious play at the, Federal in particular, Governments in the US and Australia, and I assume other countries as well.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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Lotus IdeaJam – Hearts and Minds August 24, 2009

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It was great to see that one (actually 3) of the stand-out ideas in the recent Lotus IdeaJam was centred around winning the hearts and minds of tertiary students.

This has been one of my hobby-horses for a number of years, and really is a bit of a no-brainer. Tomorrow’s business people are today’s students, and providing them with the collaborative technologies and capabilities early in their life will establish appropriate and emerging practices that they will carry into their business lives.

Let’s hope something meaningful is taken up from the IdeaJam around this very important issue, and that our Universities will reap the reward sooner rather than later.

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
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Facebook: Too Popular? August 19, 2009

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You have to laugh at the litigious nature of our American cousins at times. On the same day that I receive this year’s email about the “Stella Awards” outlining the outrageous successful lawsuits of 2009, I also see an article in the press about a class action against Facebook for essentially being too popular.

Among the plaintiffs are the following:

  1. A woman who joined Facebook in the very early days when it was largely confined to the college campus at Berkley who has a problem with everyone in the rest of the World seeing her information.
  2. A photographer and an actress who argue that Facebook shouldn’t be sharing photos they uploaded to their profiles.
  3. An underage boy (11 years old – requirement is 13) being able to signup to the service.

I have some simple solutions for all of them and will hopefully save the US court system (and Facebook) several millions.

  1. Unsubscribe
  2. Unsubscribe
  3. Parents supervise & unsubscribe

Is that all just a little too simple, or am I missing something? 🙂

Regards,

Glenn Irvine
glenn.irvine@collaborativeview.com