Coachella Tailgate

Coachella • 18 Apr 2010 23:30 • MobLog

Party in the parking lot until the traffic clears.

Androids Invade CTIA

Las Vegas • 24 Mar 2010 23:30 • MobLog

After Motorola's success with Droid, all the OEMs are firmly on the Android bandwagon. HTC, Samsung and even LG and Kyocera just to name a few. And while Sense, Touchwiz and Motoblur all offer their own experience, let's hope OEMs can agree to harmonize the Android UI experience even more.

A Question of Fuel Tax For President Obama

Los Angeles • 10 Mar 2009 12:37 • MobLog

Will the Obama administration consider a European style federal fuel tax to drive consumer demand for clean technologies and re-invigorate private investment into that same area? The stimulus and new budget money towards clean technology will help but it alone is not nearly enough. The consumer has to be motivated to buy clean products. Without the incentive, no amount of government money will be enough. Private investment is essential and without consumer demand, it will not happen. You can make a direct correlation between the price of fuel and the amount of private money invested in green tech. As the price of fuel plummeted from $4 to $2 in the past 9 months, so did the level of private investment in renewable energy. Fuel prices may naturally climb again as OPEC cuts back but that is simply more dollars going out of the country. With a fuel tax, consumption will drop keeping global oil prices down and provide much needed money to the govt. The cap and trade system will address the corporate sector but the consumer has to want to go green in order to draw in private investment dollars in green tech R&D. It will not be popular at first, but now is the time to implement a fuel tax. Obama has prepared the American public for dealing with hard times and belt tightening. They are more likely to accept this as a necessary measure now than any other time. A progressive tax that grows over a period of time would send the wake up call but not stymie growth at the same time. It would give people time to change but send the signal that change will have to happen soon. Clean tech is our single best bet for rebuilding our economy, restoring our political clout on the world stage, and leading the world into what will be the single largest growth industry of the 21st century. The administration must do more to make sure clean tech is not stifled by the recession but instead pulls us out of the recession and drives us into a new era of sustained growth.

BlackBerry Bold to Outsell iPhone in 2009

San Francisco • 11 Sep 2008 18:06 • MobLog

That's right. I said it! It's only my prediction and based on nothing but opinion but I'd bet on it. The new device from Research In Motion will not be completely as sexy as the iPhone but it will be better in many ways. Full keyboard, excellent e-mail service, Wi-Fi, HDSPA and 3G, multiple audio and video codecs, 1Gb of internal RAM, removable storage, good battery life, GPS, Bluetooth 2.0, and one of the best looking screens (480 x 340) I have seen in a long time. Priced at $299 on AT&T, it will give the iPhone 3G a serious run for the money. Blackberry is typically a no-nonsense utilitarian device but this one adds the sexy cool entertainment capability. And unlike iPhone, I'd line up outside the AT&T store on opening day to get one!

Parting Thought for CTIA

San Francisco • 11 Sep 2008 09:56 • MobLog

Again, the big topic is "open", the unfettered access that carriers dread but every consumer wants. Carriers defend their position with their need to maintain "control" and "stewardship" in order to guarantee quality of service. While there is some truth in this, the networks and the devices that run on them can be adapted to support open access. In the device area, this transformation is already happening. I would like to pose a a question to carrier executives about how often they use the Internet. Founded on the principal of unfettered access but with technology some 40 years old, the Internet actually works despite the lack of control and stewardship. Yes we have SPAM and the occassional denial of service attacks but it works most all the time. And if that's not a good enough example, look at WiFi. It's totally unregulated but yet it works. Mobile technology can and will survive the rigors of unfettered access. If it can't, we need to change the technology to adapt to it. LTE must embrace it.

CTIA San Francisco 2008

San Francisco • 09 Sep 2008 11:16 • MobLog

41,000 attendees. Still nowhere near the size of the GSM World Congress in Barcelona but growing each year and equally as effective. Like last year, most of the action takes place away from the show floor. 12 meetings, 2 days and everyone wants to move their meetings around at last minute to accommodate more. I'll be camped out in the Westin lobby and the Starbucks down the road for the next 48 hours.

41% Feel Economy Is Eroding Job Security

Los Angeles • 04 Sep 2008 12:32 • MobLog

Not that I am one to say at this point, ehem! But I can't help but think there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Unfortunately, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. I can't help but assume the businesses that failed during better economic conditions would use this excuse if they had failed now. Given the self-fulfilling nature of economics and markets, state of mind can change everything. Obviously this is more easily done individually than en masse. But let's start with not blaming the economy every chance we get.

Dealmaker Mobile Advertising Session

Los Angeles • 19 Aug 2008 11:15 • MobLog

Spent the evening with a group of mobile advertising executives at the Dealmaker mobile advertising roundtable. The discussion focused on the current state of the industry and where it's going. The themes weren't surprising. Conformity of standards around advertising products was seen as the most immediate need and the most likely to be addressed in the near term. Working with the operators was also brought up as a key requirement but in my opinion everything possible should be done to work around them. Left on the table was the issue of usability. Browsers were mentioned as being part of the issue but really the handset manufacturers need to establish some conformity around device form factors. Once we have some standard screen sizes and one or two dominant browsers, we can eliminate the need to target specific devices which will make it easier to address larger audiences in less effort.

Verizon, T-Mobile Follow In Disney's Footsteps

Los Angeles • 18 Aug 2008 12:28 • MobLog

Verizon today introduced "Usage Controls" targeted at their family accounts. T-Mobile launched a similar product in July. Both allow parents to set usage limits on text, MMS, content, etc. This demonstrates that Disney's now defunct mobile service had the right consumer proposition but was brought down by challenging industry economics and limited distribution opportunities.

Apple's Kill Switch

Los Angeles • 14 Aug 2008 23:36 • MobLog

Apple has confirmed the new iPhone software contains a hidden process to disable unauthorized applications. While it could have genuine uses to prevent malware from misbehaving, it is also quite likely a means to protect Apple's walled garden. This is bad news. Apple needs to embrace openness.