Sep 082012
 

As you might have noticed, the GSM standard has become 25 years old on the 25th of September. If it would not be invented, we would be using CDMA – from a tech point of view, I can imagine worse things.

Strand Consult, a Danish consulting company, has now compiled the following and rather funny list of reasons why GSM is absolutely essential to some individuals:

1. Who would be the world’s richest man today if Carlos Slim had not invested in mobile telephony in Latin America? What would have happened to all the other wealthy people if they had no mobile technology to invest in?

2. What would all the Apple fans have done for an icon if there were no iPhones?

3. How would the world look like if Motorola, Nokia, RIM and other mobile technology companies never had their ups and down?

4. How else might we have learned about all the stupid and embarrassing stuff that celebrities do, if we had no SMS or MMS which later ended up in the press?

5. How else would have so many corrupt politicians and officials have made fortunes if not by issuing mobile licenses?

6. How many journalists would be out of a job if they did not have mobile technology to write about?

7. With all the court cases about mobile patents, how else would judges, lawyers, and patent experts have a made a living with the advances in mobile technology and its intellectual property spinoffs?

8. What would it have meant for the camera industry had there been no mobile technology? Would Kodak and Agfa still be dominant players? Would there be a market for digital cameras?

9. What would it be like to ride in a train or bus or be in public place if there were not cell phones ringing? How much more cumbersome would it be if we still had to use phone booths?

10. How many romantic relationship would never have blossomed because shy men and women could not flirt with SMS?

Anything to add?

Aug 122012
 

If a government funded agency makes you laugh, it is usually in a sad way – think along the lines of “how the f### do they waste my tax money…”.

However, the BBC’s comedy show recently ran a lovely spoof on the fruit and food names used in mobile and console markets.

Definitely hit the player below for three minutes of classic British humor – it is more or less work safe:

Big thanks to Nathan Bliss for sending it in!

Aug 042012
 

When the first Angry Birds toys showed up, many a developer considered this to be a passing fad – after all, mobile games are rarely targeted at the lovers of plush toys.
20120516 222336 Toy makers look at apps

A story in the Wall Street Journal now contains the following passage:

The entertainment industry is getting serious about smartphone applications, elevating what has been an arena for dollar-a-game novelties into the ranks of real business for some standouts.

Not much to add here…

May 232012
 

Smartphone users can be divided into certain clear cut categories. But a small article by Chaseathought.com portrays the iPhone user segment in a rather comical but truthful way.

Here is one type of user:

The Hacker

hacker The 8 iPhone users
The Hacker

The Hacker uses his iPhone to remotely start his car, turn his neighors’ TV on and off from across the street and almost every other use he can find on the Internet. He has never heard of words like “FCC” or “Terms of Service”. He makes free calls from Skype via WiFi instead of using phone plan.

He tries to convince The Fanboy to also jailbreak his iPhone so he can tether to his laptop, but The Fanboy is too scared to do it.

You can read the complete article at http://chaseathought.com/the-8-iphone-users.html.

This surely brought a smile on my face. What about you?

Feb 272012
 

When it comes to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, you must always expect some organizational eekers. This time, the fun started on day one – fiest your eyes on these:

Building collapse
While taking by the VodaFone pavilion, a large crowd watched hectic evacuations:
 Funny stuff at MWC 2012 – day 1

The reason: the building was not stable, and had to be reinforced. As if one couldn’t have known THAT in advance:
 Funny stuff at MWC 2012 – day 1

Security, my a$$
But the real GAU came later. The Congress takes great pride in pestering everyone who enters the venue, to check ID, etc etc.

But it looks like the security was not good enough – Microsoft, for sure, didn’t place this ad for exotic services into its giveaway basket:
 Funny stuff at MWC 2012 – day 1

Stay tuned – further funny stuff comes as it is witnessed!

Dec 082011
 

So what if an iPhone caught fire miles above the ground in a plane….No one was hurt…Was anyone??? Another similar incident happened recently where an iPhone caused fire all by itself.

Sydney Morning Herald quotes

A Brazilian woman’s iPhone 4 caught on fire on Wednesday while she was sleeping, emitting sparks and smoke, the second such incident in less than a week. Last Friday, an iPhone self-combusted on a Regional Express flight in Australia. An Apple product service specialist told Mashable it was "plausibly caused by a combination of a defect in the battery cell with a failure in the phone’s battery-temperature management system."

An animated video of the same can be seen below:

Thankfully, it did not happen when any small child was in the vicinity, or else, the results would have had been truly hazardous. If Apple extorts money from people for idevices, it should make sure that the devices should be safe to operate.

Nov 082011
 

Yes you read it correct sirs and madams. Chaos will prevail at the 2012 London Olympics.

According to the Telegraph

A deal struck between the London 2012 Organizing Committee (LOCOG), BT and O2 currently means that some 40,000 executives and guests in its corporate entertainment areas will only be able to use mobiles with an O2 contract – forcing them to adopt a new mobile number, or face a communications blackout.

Such attendees can, as the news says, use Vodafone, Three, Orange and T-Mobile networks in the shared public areas of the Olympic Park. They can now use any other networks other than O2 in their respective shared public areas of the Olympic Park.

Who knew LOCOG and O2 gang can stoop so low. While making money is a good thing, forcing people to port their mobile phone numbers to O2 or adopt a similar mechanism is totally outrageous.

It could turn into a "communications nightmare", said a source. "There will be thousands of chief executives and business people unable to use their normal phone numbers because LOCOG isn’t dealing with the situation.

"They think the operators can just turn their receivers round but it doesn’t work like that. They need to be allowed in the buildings."

Nothing to add here except that this buffoonery only makes the taxpayer more pissed off, as their tax money is being used up by dacoit gangs like LOCOG and O2 to bring a bad name to their nation.

Nov 052011
 

Ages have passed since yours truly last decided to complain about the idiocy in the mobile world with a comic – but Research In Motion’s stock price falling below its asset value (!!!) is too much to take.

Sometimes, I literally wonder if there is some kind of group think which makes analysts bash on targets like a flock of sheep – if RIM would announce free admission to paradise tomorrow, it would probably be disliked by the daily press:
rim COMIC: RIM vs analyst idiocy

Do you consider RIM doomed?

Nov 012011
 

While Steve Jobs is unanimously regarded as one of the greatest CEOs of this era, there were some aspects of him that were not so pleasant.

Business Insider has a rather peculiar slideshow article regarding jobs.

When it comes to Steve Jobs, there’s the "Good Steve," and then, there’s the "Bad Steve," says biographer Walter Isaacson.

His mammoth personality could inspire those around him just as easily as it could tear them down.

The slideshow can be viewed at www.businessinsider.com/steve-jobs-jerk-2011-10.

Nothing much to add here…!!!