Friday, June 27, 2008

Analysts use US customs data to detect indicators for an impending iPhone 3G product launch.
“They have never before reported this product on their customs declarations,” says Ryan Petersen of “The fact that they are importing millions of units, combined with dwindling stocks of the first generation of iPhones, clearly supports the Citi analysts predictions.”

Two of Apple’s long-time manufacturing partners for desktop computers —Hon Hai Precision Corp. and Quanta Computer—have been rumored to be working on the newest generation of the popular cell phone.

On March 19 Quanta delivered 20 ocean containers of merchandise, described on the Bills of Lading as “electric computers,” to Apple, Inc. Neither Apple, Quanta, nor any other company has ever used this product description for any shipments to the U.S.

The advanced features of the iPhone make it perfectly legitimate for Apple to declare the products as computers, rather than telephones. By doing this, the company may hope to avoid the attention that a massive influx of phones may bring about, while simultaneously maintaining secrecy as to the true identify of the phone’s manufacturers.
People are finally acknowledging that iPhone is a computer, not a phone. 

Monday, June 23, 2008

Dilemma of the Day

Gallup Management Journal writes:
And here lies the dilemma. The factors that have typically had the greatest impact on customer engagement -- and that have offered service marketers (including banks) the greatest opportunities to exceed customer expectations and differentiate the customer experience -- are the "people" factors. (See "People Who Need People" in the "See Also" area on this page.) But these human interaction opportunities are the ones that are being reduced or, in some cases, eliminated.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Facebook. A social networking study from 2005-06

Friday, June 13, 2008

mobile browser interface

Firefox Mobile Concept Video from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.

A number of interesting solutions here. May use it for the class this summer

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Challenges that we face today ( in no particular order):

- high energy costs
- global warming
- rising food prices
- lots of hungry people in developing countries
- lack of business models for social networking
- international terrorism
- war in Iraq
- shifts in global economic and political power ( from US and Europe to Asia Pacific)
- low us dollar
- financial crisis
- budget deficits in the US
- growing number of people with no medical insurance in the US
- slowdown/recession in the US
- etc.

Wonderful times. All these crisis, problems, and challenges mean that for a while there will be sustained demand for new technology developments and problem solving. Most likely, innovations will come from individuals and small companies, rather than large corporations. A great time to be an entrepreneur or tech investor in the US. The country still has the best research universities, VC infrastructure, and good demographics. Full steam ahead!