Over the past few weeks WhatsApp has rolled out a web client to complement its previously mobile-only experience. From a technical point-of-view this was WhatsApp playing catch-up with its rivals. Skype has long been a multi-platform messaging system that made the leap to mobile over eight years ago. LINE has had both desktop and mobile […]Read more "Desktop and mobile messaging"
Benedict Evans in his post Unbundling innovation: Samsung, PCs and China compared the smartphone industry to the PC industry where value began to be hollowed out and the market became commoditised. Evans claims that this is already happening to Samsung. Part of the challenge is that so much of the design of the hardware layer […]Read more "The smartphone value system"
Back in the mid-1990s Microsoft missed out on the web as a nascent platform. In fact the first edition of The Road Ahead that Bill Gates wrote alongside Nathan Myhrvold and Peter Rinearson saw the Internet as one of the “important precursors of the information highway…suggestive of [its] future” (p. 89); he noted that the […]Read more "Messaging’s middleware moment"
The web as we know it was built on a set of underlying technologies which enable information transport. Not all information is meant to reside in a website to be surfed or queried. Instead much of the information we need relies on context like location, weather or the contents of your fridge. Web technologies provided […]Read more "Eight trends for the future: web-of-no-web"
BusinessInsider published an interesting article about Samsung, the Tizen mobile operating system and Apple. Some of the assertions in the article looked over certain facts about Tizen. What is Tizen? Tizen is a mobile operating system based on Linux, in this respect it shares common ground with Firefox OS, Ubuntu for smartphones and Google’s Android […]Read more "The Tizen Post"
Probably one of the best presentations on software development that I have seen in a good while. What comes out is the lack of rigor and science around software engineering research.Read more "What We Actually Know About Software Development, and Why We Believe It’s True"
You can read about how I got on last year here. This year’s predictions in no particular order: Amazon won’t do drone delivery in 2014 – The reasons for this are many. Drones are limited by payload, to ability to land, the amount of energy they can hold for flight time and piloting. It is […]Read more "2014: just where is it all going?"
As with a number of previous years I put my head together and came up with three predictions for 2013, now is the time when I measure how I did. Unlike previous years I made less predictions than I have done in previous years, so the only way I can beat my 85.7% prediction rate […]Read more "Crystal ball-gazing: 2013 how did I do?"