5G Wireless Is Coming, and It’s Going to Blow You Away

28. July 2016

Date: 28-07-2016
Source: Technology Review

A massive FCC spectrum release—and new advances in wireless technologies—accelerate an era of incredibly fast data.

Mobile data consumption is soaring, but a broad set of technology advances is poised to transform what today’s smartphones and other wireless mobile devices can do—ushering in high-resolution video and fully immersive, 3-D environments.

At the NYU Wireless lab in Brooklyn, students are testing prototype equipment—forerunners to next-generation phones—that are able to transmit a blazing 10 gigabits of data per second, all while moving around crowded courtyards.

And Samsung recently showed how a car traveling at 25 kilometers per hour could maintain a gigabit-per-second connection as the car moved in and out of range of mobile transmitters called base stations. Read the rest of this entry »

Gartner Says It’s the Beginning of a New Era: The Digital Industrial Economy

13. November 2013

Date: 12-11-2013

Source: Gartner

Analysts Discuss How Digitalization is Unleashing New Capabilities, During Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013, October 6-10, in Orlando

Worldwide IT spending is forecast to reach $3.8 trillion in 2014, a 3.6 percent increase from 2013, but it’s the opportunities of a digital world that have IT leaders excited, according to Gartner, Inc. Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president at Gartner and global head of Research, explained today to an audience of more than 8,000 CIOs and IT leaders at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, that the digital world is here.

This results in every budget being an IT budget; every company being a technology company; every business is becoming a digital leader; and every person is becoming a technology company. This is resulting in the beginning of an era: the Digital Industrial Economy. 

“The Digital Industrial Economy will be built on the foundations of the Nexus of Forces (which includes a confluence and integration of cloud, social collaboration, mobile and information) and the Internet of Everything by combining the physical world and the virtual,” said Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president at Gartner and global head of Research.

“Digitalization exposes every part of your business and its operations to these forces. It is how you reach customers and constituents; how you run your physical plant; and how you generate revenue or deliver services. Enterprises doing this today are setting themselves apart and will collectively lead the new Digital Industrial Economy,” Mr. Sondergaard said.

Economic Impact of the Internet of Things Read the rest of this entry »

All Things Online: How the Internet of Things Changes Everything

24. September 2013

Date: 24-09-2013
Source: Foreign Affairs

As models wearing Google Glass tromped down runways in New York earlier this month, it might have been tempting to see wearable digital devices — including experimental headgear (what looks like a pair of eyeglasses without lenses that immerse the user in the Internet), smart watches (Web-surfing computers in the form of wristwatches), and running shoes and athletic apparel with built-in data sensors — as just the latest fad. In fact, they represent a more profound change that is reshaping major industries, even as it blurs the lines between humans and computers.

What has made such devices possible is the interplay between two of what the McKinsey Global Institute has identified as among the most disruptive technologies of the coming decade: the mobile Internet and the Internet of Things. The mobile Internet is the ability to access the Web on mobile devices. The Internet of Things is a set of technologies that incorporates the physical world into the virtual one through networks of electronic sensors and devices connected to computers. The applications of a mobile-ready Internet of Things go beyond clothes: Tiny detectors that can gather and relay data about location, activity, and health (how well an object or device is holding up) have already been incorporated into everything from bridges and trucks to pacemakers and insulin pumps. Read the rest of this entry »

How People Really Use Mobile

27. December 2012

The Seven Primary Motivations, HBR 01/13

To marketers, the prospect of reaching shoppers through their smartphones is tantalizing. But mobile doesn’t always mean on the go. New data show that 68% of consumers’ smartphone use happens at home. And users’ most common activity is not shopping or socializing but engaging in what researchers at BBDO and AOL call “me time.”

Seven primary motivations
The reasons consumers use smartphones can be broken down into the goals listed at right, along with the average monthly minutes and percentage of interactions devoted to each.


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Networks at Heart of Future Technologies

24. November 2012

Date: 24-11-2012
Source: The Wall Street Journal

The importance of the networks, and in particular wireless, is revealed in a U.K. government report published Friday looking at what technologies will be driving growth in the economy in the 2020s.

As its title – Technology and Innovation Futures: UK Growth Opportunities for the 2020s – 2012 Refresh –suggests this is an update to an earlier report, commissioned in 2010.

The original report looked at 53 technologies, from genetech and other bio-related fields, through advanced agriculture, nanotech, advanced materials and the like. It has been updated and the fact that changes in such a short time scale are necessary shows how fast technology is changing.

The British government has noted changes in the speed of development in 3-D printing, in robotics and in the whole area of energy including production and management through technologies like smart grids. Read the rest of this entry »

A sense of place

26. October 2012

Date: 26-10-2012
Source: The Economist

Geography matters as much as ever, despite the digital revolution, says Patrick Lane

THERE WAS SOMETHING odd about the black car at the junction of Sutter and Hyde Streets. It was an ordinary saloon. Its windows were clear, and it looked in good condition. And yet, as the lights changed and the car pulled away into the bright San Francisco morning, a question remained. Why was it sporting a luxuriant pink moustache at its front?

The moustache is the trade mark of Lyft, a ride-sharing service that began in the city this summer. Its drivers are private individuals who, in effect, rent out seats in their cars for a few dollars a time. Lyft’s cut is 20%. It works through a smartphone app. When you register as a customer, you supply your phone number and credit-card details. When you want a ride, you open the app and see a map with the locations of the nearest moustachioed motors. You tap to request a ride, and the app shows you your driver’s name, his rating by past passengers (out of five stars) and photos of him and his car. He will probably greet you with a friendly fist-bump. Afterwards you rate him and pay through the app. He rates you, too, so if you are poor company you may not get another Lyft. Read the rest of this entry »

Inside Google’s sci-fi search experiments

14. October 2012

Date: 14-10-2012
Source: CNET

What Google’s latest research tells us about where search is going.
(Hint: It’s more than just mobile.)

The familiar whistle of a smartphone notification told me that Paco was hungry. The dog’s face had appeared on my screen, as it did eight or so times a day, to remind me to fill out a form. And I had an interest in feeding the beast — my answers would help set the course for Google’s evolution as a mobile search company.

Paco isn’t a real dog, of course. The name is short for Personal Analytics Companion. It’s an app that Google’s user experience researchers rely on for their many studies about the search giant’s usability. And what was Paco hungry for? Data. Along with 100 or so others, I was invited to participate in an October study that pointed toward the future of search. The study questions, coupled with interviews with Google executives, paint a picture of a company methodically building a search engine that would be at home in science fiction. And it’s a search engine increasingly focused on smartphones and tablets.

Google has a strong incentive to focus on the mobile world. This week, for the first time since an analyst began tracking the number in 2006, desktop search declined. Meanwhile, search on smartphones and tablets is surging, and could account for a third of all search traffic by the year’s end. Read the rest of this entry »