Mobile email bankruptcy

I was out having a catch-up and some food with a friend of mine over some food in Soho when I noticed the mail status on his iPhone:
Email bankruptcy
I asked him how it happened to which he replied: ‘you just get sent email that isn’t that interesting from people that you don’t know’.

On my Mac, I have rules to file emails away and junk mail detection built in. I am unhappy that the update to OS X Lion got rid of the ability to ‘bounce’ junk mail back to the sender as if my email box didn’t exist. But mobile devices like the iPhone and the iPad don’t have any of these facilities.

It looks like mobile email clients need a more advanced feature set.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Futurist conversations: Ross Dawson and Gerd Leonhard on the future of Nokia | Trends in the Living Networks

Om nom nom! Squawk! Angry Birds Mooncakes Hit China | Penn-Olson

How does Sina Weibo Deal with Censorship and Comment Moderation – definite opportunities for reputation management using these regulations for Chinese websites

AFP: Mooncake tax sparks uproar in China: reports

Google files trademark for ‘Spot,’ programming language to follow? — Engadget

Are Chinese Still Checking-in? – a more vibrant eco-system than the west for location ‘web of no web’ type services

One Year Into China’s Real-Name System for Cell Phones, Things Aren’t Going Well | Penn-Olson

Samsung Announces ChatON Instant Messaging Service – Ina Fried – Mobile – AllThingsD – UDI from Google?

Limited 2011 Asia Edition Herman Miller “Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman” – – I personally think that this stealth look is wrong for the Eames lounge chair

Textbook co-creation effort

NEMO Equipment Inc. is a US company that makes tents (very good tents by all accounts). They have moved into the market for sleeping bags and are using their existing community on Facebook and looked to co-opt some of them to help co-create their new products.

They started the ball rolling with a range of three sleeping bags that are as much a social object for conversation as a product line.
nemo cocreation
The co-creators are looked to volunteers through a product tester content on their Facebook page which:

  • Heightens awareness of the new product category for NEMO
  • Engages a receptive audience
  • Aids continued innovation
  • Generates word-of-mouth around the new product range

I like: The East is Red vs. Michael Jackson’s Beat It

Amazing video mash-up The East Is Red vs. Michael Jackson’s Beat It.

The video is hosted on Chinese site Tudou so you need to be patient in terms of allowing it to load. Hat tip to Weibo user: 刘意-Cosmopolitanist.

I like: road-tested chair

The Walk | Don’t Walk signs that sit on the side of New York traffic lights are as much a part of the city as Yankee stadium. They feature in b-roll footage of New York and guest star in the background of TV shows and films. Artist John Carter makes working versions of these signs into functional furniture.
walk dont walk chair
More information from Uncommon Goods.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Facebook won’t ‘like’ its 17th complaint | Irish Examiner

Doing Business at ART HK: Better, Bigger, Faster, Stronger : China Law Update

Data point: Asia’s new generation of independent women | JWT Intelligence

Asiajin » Ameba Pigg In Collaboration With GUCCI! Official Goods Sold – Japanese social network sells virtual luxury goods

The Myth of the Sole Inventor by Mark Lemley :: SSRN

Hunch FM – Hunch – I love the way Hunch have harnessed their recommendation to creating a personalised radio station. Check it out

Out and about: The Guard

Irish films tend to have a good gap between them, good Irish films have an even longer gap. The Guard fits into the latter category. Guard is colloquial Irish English used by older people for an officer of An Garda Síochána. The Guard of the title is a rural police officer portrayed by Brendan Gleeson; more interested in his pursuit of the ladies and the good life than tackling international crime.

Although it is shot in Galway in the west of Ireland; it is not a modern-day version of The Quiet Man. Instead you have a politically incorrect portrayal of a modern-day Ireland with official corruption, feral children and alcoholism.

The combination of dark humour and the bleak landscape of Connemara make this a compelling film.

I like: webify me

The Mozilla Foundation have created an ultimately pointless but beautiful social object. You answer some cod psychology questions about yourself and it give a desktop image that you explore by clicking on the objects to explain your unique web personality.
Tty it yourself at Webify Me.

Josephine Madden RIP

My Grandmother died on Thursday evening and unfortunately I couldn’t get to the funeral service in Ireland.
Celtic Cross
She’d been ill for a good while and I had seen her in April when her health took a turn for the worse. But for me she’ll always be the woman who used to dance around the kitchen on a Saturday night listening to Céilí House on the radio.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Asian demography: The flight from marriage | The Economist

TechCrunch is Wrong: Here’s the Real Location Opportunity for Quora – its about context and answers when you need them

Yahoo Mail hits 100 million users | CNET News – that numbers sounds low to me

The changing landscape of hacktivism – TechRadar UK

Bye-bye Brioni women’s wear | – Brioni becomes a men-focused brand like Zegna and Dunhill

Home Office backs away from social network blocking after riots | – it doesn’t need to be done by legislation if the social networks will do it voluntarily with a phone call a la website blocking in the UK. Services also likely to go for real name ID

SHANZAI ON DEMAND: | China Youth Watch by China Youthology 青年志 – interesting exercise in crowdsourcing

Trend: Some Community Management Activities to be Outsourced « Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing

Confusion and Skepticism May Impede 4G Adoption | Retrevo – mass amount of consumer confusion leading resistance to adopt next generation mobile devices

Americans and Their Cell Phones | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project

Chinese Tourists Behind Korea’s Anticipated “Foreigner Only” Duty Free Shops « Jing Daily

IABUK : Kids’ behaviour ‘considered’ and deliberate

Samsung’s iOS rival gets multitasking and HTML5 • The Register

Ladies love e-readers, guys prefer tablets — Tech News and Analysis

Samsung stung by Galaxy SII sales ban in Europe – Apple up to old tricks again | TechEye

ING’s Gupta: Woes to Come for Asian Stocks – WSJ – Asian companies get squeezed due to currency appreciation and decline of export markets

The demise of Palm | HP portable devices post

I decided to jot down some thoughts on the demise of the Palm | HP portable devices business. I am not going to say whether it was the right or wrong thing to do mainly because other people have been doing that already.

HP and the mobile device

HP was arguably the original modern mobile computing device manufacturer, coming out with the HP-35 scientific calculator back in 1972. The company had a long history of being a pioneer in mobile computing; so the move away from mobile devices is actually putting an ending to a long line of devices.

Compaq had a set of handheld computers in the mid-1990s called Aero. These ran DOS and Windows 3.1, being the predecessors of devices like the ASUS eeePC netbook.

HP developed a number of PDA devices in the early and mid-1990s including the 95LX, 200LX, 100LX and the OmniGo 700LX which allowed a Nokia 2110 to piggyback on the PDA with a specially molded section on the back of the case.

The Jornada series of devices was a range of Microsoft Windows-powered PDAs were launched in 1998 and had a number of achievements including the first Windows Pocket PC colour touchscreen device and a UK-only GSM smartphone. The Jornada brand was phased out following the merger with Compaq.

The iPAQ succeeded Compaq’s Aero line in 2000 and the HP Jornada line after Compaq had been acquired. The last iteration of the iPAQ range was in 2010.

The Palm range of devices were first launched in 1996, the operating system was tweaked and prodded over the next decade to power various different devices including the iconic Palm III, V and Treo range of smartphones. Ultimately it eventually came up with the webOS after repeatedly fumbling its future.

This is a long and rich history of engineering innovation for which the Touchpad and Pre don’t stake up as worthy successors.

Things I never got when the Palm acquisition was first announced

I wrote up some bullet points of things that I didn’t fully understand when HP originally announced the Palm acquisition:

  • Is HP overpaying for the company? There isn’t that many people interested in Palm and analysts had set a target share price of zero. Is this price as much about emotion as assets?
  • Why is the Palm WebOS going to live up to HP’s faith in it?
  • Much was made of Palm’s cloud services technology in the webcast, but how many extra servers or services will it actually sell for HP?
  • SKUs. I was alarmed at the amount of proposed device variants HP was envisaging in the future on the call with possible support in differing form-factors for Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, Android and WebOS in personal devices

With the benefit of hindsight:

  • Unless HP manages to parlay Palm’s intellectual property assets into a patent war chest either through an auction or successful legal action, it is unlikely to make its money back on the Palm acquisition. There isn’t likely to be licensing revenues from other manufacturers that would make up Palm acquisition. Whilst, the current uncertainty around Android may make manufacturers open to looking at an alternative operating system; but why take on webOS when both Palm and HP couldn’t make it work properly? It’s not like both these brands didn’t have a good reputation and heritage in building mobile computing devices, also in order to license the operating system HP would have to maintain and continue to develop it. What would that road-map look like and why would HP continue to develop consumer-facing software given its renewed focus on the enterprise
  • I never did find out how webOS was going to live up to HP’s leap of faith in the operating system because it evidently didn’t pan out, hence HP withdrawing it’s Touchpad and Pre devices

The value of the Touchpad and its implications for the webOS

Many of the eulogies for the Touchpad and the Pre point out that webOS was good software held back by poor hardware. This was the same criticism leveled at the original Palm Pre; so it begs the question why didn’t new owner HP try and deal with the performance issues second time around? I suspect that the leadership of Palm knew that the original Pre sucked, which why it was kept out of journalist hands for so much of the launch period.

Given the resources of a large company like HP, I would have thought that the former Palm engineering team and their new HP would not have wanted to continue making poor performing products; and instead would have looked to draw a line under everything with a superior device.

Yet when you look at the price that the remaining Touchpad devices are flying off the shelves in the US: 99 USD, this tells you a lot about the perceived value of the product.

The 99 USD price point is some 220 USD below the tear-down price of the HP Touchpad. The tear-down price is a conservative estimate of the total cost of a Touchpad to HP. Now you can allow for the fact that the product has some discount priced in because HP was withdrawing from the market, but even Nokia isn’t taking that kind of bath with its Symbian handsets.

So a fair amount of this discount must be due to the device experience provided by the webOS software. The risk versus rewards offered to users by this operating system far outweigh the intrinsic value of the hardware on which it runs. I would have to question why anyone would want to license webOS?

More Links

HP | Palm deal thoughts

HP: What Léo Apotheker’s Decisions Mean | Monday Note

HP gave up on cool webOS devices but promises webOS PCs and printers | VentureBeat

HP TouchPad Carries $318 Bill of Materials – Teardowns at iSuppli

The UK price penalty | 英国敲竹杠

Traditionally the UK price for both hardware and software was the US price with a pound sign stuck in front, meaning an additional 50 per cent stuck on the top of the price. With HP’s Touchpad being sold for as little as 99 USD, Amazon UK’s price for the Touchpad seem excessive even by UK standards.
Amazon UK
Amazon UK front page
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Touchpad 16GB version
Amazon UK 3
Touchpad 32GB version

Links of the day | 在网上找到

BBC News – UK mobile coverage map

Epson, HSBC Korea, domain registrar hacked: 100,000 domains affected | ZDNet

Google’s Horowitz: “We Need To Improve” Google Plus & Facebook’s Sharing Controls Are “Familiar”

United Airlines Implements Paperless Cockpit – AllThingsD – its about incremental fuel savings and ease of updating documents: cutting down 34 pounds of weight

Digital Economy Act’s copyright provisions should be repealed, Lib Dem policy proposal says | Pinsent Masons LLP

How to Boost Your Social Productivity « Sysomos Blog

Communities Dominate Brands: Why Europe Is So Critical to Nokia in Smartphones: The Symbian S^3 Sales Pattern in Q4

Will Sina Weibo threaten Twitter as the world’s dominant microblogging network?

The revival of vinyl: Back to black | The Economist

Are You Bored With Social Media? « Sysomos Blog – because the initial rush of the ‘new’ has worn off and its now part of the mainstream

RFID Implants Won’t Rescue the People Kidnapped in Mexico – not terribly surprising

Why there are no buyers for HP’s PC biz — GigaOM

Microsoft’s Lawsuit With Motorola Just Kicked Off, And It Has Big Implications For Google And Android

South Korea to develop new open-source OS to rival iOS, Android – as a defensive play against Google going vertical. Interesting that they don’t consider Microsoft an appropriate alternative hence the effort

Mag ABCs: BBC and Dennis top-performing publishers – Press Gazette

Apple and velocity of information

Late UK time on August 24, 2011 Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple, but stayed on as chairman. I heard about it when an email from David Farber to the Interesting People email list dropped into my inbox at 23:48 UK time – this claimed that the news had gone on AP.
I checked Twitter looking for links to verifiable sources and found coverage from Fortune, CNN and the Wall Street Journal, but it wasn’t until 00:10 the following day (UK time) that the news went live on Apple’s own website news room. Giving me a good 20 minutes to try and work out if the mainstream media had been punkd.
I was surprised by this 20-minute window for a number of reasons:

  • The SEC is very hot on how investors are informed and this was definite ‘move the share price’ news. Most of the mainstream media had pieces written before Apple could get this news on the website – Apple had run-ins with the SEC before on share option pricing so this could be a sticky issue. Few if any of the media coverage linked to the BusinessWire content which I suspect was the likely source so small investors could be left high and dry
  • There wasn’t anything for investors to validate the news against
  • It implied that Apple’s PR team were uncharacteristically not in control of the news agenda; in fact both social media users and the mainstream media were far more nimble than Katie Cotton’s team
  • It showed that the information velocity of social media was far faster than Apple’s corporate communications structures, which is a warning as to how vulnerable Apple would be in responding to a social media driven reputational crisis

More information

Steve Jobs Resigns as CEO of Apple – Apple Press Info
Fallen Apple: Steve Jobs resigns – Fortune
Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO – Wall Street Journal