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The Mobile Internet & Digital Life

09/20/2014 01:47 PM
Is Apple still disrupting the Industry?
I recently attended the CTIA 2014 “Super Mobility Week”, a week-long technology conference in Las Vegas which hosted thousands of mobile professionals and executives, 1,100+ exhibitors, as well as 1,000+ media and analysts from across the globe. In recent years, both CES and MWC have developed into high profile showcases for the technology industry, and […]

06/08/2014 12:31 PM
Is Apple Cooling or Transitioning to a Techno-Luxury House of Brands?
The recent announcement that Apple is acquiring Beats Electronics for its streaming audio and electronics capabilities has caused consternation on Wall Street in terms of whether this is an indication that Apple’s renowned ability to innovate in-house is cooling and that the company is beginning to stall. Most of the attention around the Beats acquisition […]

05/15/2014 03:30 PM
The Power of Six in a World of Digital Change
For the last six years I’ve been examining and commentating on Digital Life Renaissance 2.0, the term that my partner, Steve Benton, and I coined to describe the world as we saw it emerging in late 2008, following our escape from corporate life to become independent analysts, advisors and entrepreneurs. There’s probably never a good […]

04/15/2014 02:14 PM
The Trap of the Better Mousetrap
The “better mousetrap syndrome” is where a basic, cheap, functional and familiar product is reinvented with something that does the same thing, but is potentially better and costs more. It’s a recognized trap for product designers and companies, and yet it still occurs. Here are two examples of this syndrome that I recently experienced: 1. […]

02/18/2014 10:25 AM
International CES 2014: A tipping point for the Internet of Things?
As predicted, the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show simply overflowed with examples of IoT finally becoming a marketplace reality – from the connected home to the connected automobile to digital health – as well as large companies vying for the opportunity to merge cloud and mobile technologies with sensors and MEMS technology. In his keynote […]

02/10/2014 03:21 PM
Has Google Seeded the Future of Mobile?
This past week’s news was dominated by Apple struggling to fulfill Wall Street’s expectations, Samsung’s proposal to reinvent itself as a software company and, the coup de grace, Google selling Motorola to Lenovo. All of these events reveal an industry in transition. Smartphones, as we know, have transformed the mobile experience for consumers but have […]

12/31/2013 01:37 PM
2014: The Year of Digital Renaissance?
As fireworks fill the skies tonight and 2013 comes to a close, it seems a good time to reflect on the current state of the telecoms and ICT industries, and what has changed in the last five years. Having just participated in the 2013 ITU Telecom World Conference in Bangkok, this gave me the opportunity […]

11/27/2013 09:59 AM
Can Innovation Survive in the Telecoms World?
From an innovation perspective, I have always been convinced that “the language we use defines the horizons of our imagination” and so it struck a chord with me when I read in a recent ITU document that “voice calls are no longer the preferred communication mechanism between people”. This phraseology implies peril for the telecoms […]

10/14/2013 08:50 AM
Technology Scouting and the Catch 22 of Innovation
I came across what I would call the “catch 22 of innovation” the other day while working on a project that’s tipped to disrupt an entire industry. Every major city now has the desire to become a smart city and to use digital technologies to provide better services and products for its citizens. However, as […]

09/26/2013 10:57 AM
The Value of a Global Mobile Mindset
Over breakfast the other morning with a former Motorola colleague, we reflected on how we had both been part of teams and companies that had created two exponential growth industries:  cellular and, most recently, the mobile internet – both technologies and industries that have drastically changed and still are re-shaping lives, societies and economies today. […]