Nokia's Lumia 610 faces entrenched opposition in the developed world. But, in developing markets, where the Nokia brand is strong and a decision about which platform to favor has not been made, it is on firmer footing.
A Developer's View
At the intersection between technology and economic policy, John Carroll brings years of experience as a software developer to bear on the latest issues affecting the technology industry.
<p>John Carroll has programmed in a wide variety of computing domains, including servers, client PCs, mobile phones and even mainframes. His current specialties are C#, .NET, Java, WIN32/COM and C++, and he has applied those skills in everything from distributed web-based systems to embedded devices. In his spare time, he enjoys the world of digital video, and served as director of photography and editor on a feature-length film produced in Limerick, Ireland, as well as a low-budget production filmed in Los Angeles that used Panavision digital cameras (the same ones used by George Lucas in the later Star Wars episodes).</p> <p>John worked in Microsoft's Mediaroom division from May, 2005 to May, 2008. He is co-founder of <a href="http://www.forgetmenotafrica.com">ForgetMeNot Software</a>, a creator of unified messaging software targeted at telecommunications providers, where he currently works as Director of Technology.
Starz decision to end its relationship with Netflix is a sign of the difficulties content companies are having making money through Internet streaming. This should give potential buyers of Hulu pause. Distribution brands like Netflix and Hulu may not be the future.
Oracle's Java-based lawsuit could make things expensive for Google. By missing the chance to own Java, however, Google lost an opportunity to have a platform that could serve as a counter to Microsoft and Apple.
House Republicans' war against net neutrality rules is symptomatic of a gross simplification of economic principles that is typical of today's Tea-flavored Republican party.
Everyone seems to think that Microsoft must rush to release a credible competitor to Apple's iPad. I beg to differ. Getting it right is more important than getting it tomorrow.
Android is expected to have strong growth in 2011. Is that a permanent trend, or a transitory shift in fashion trends?
The FCC is slated to make some decisions on the issue on net neutrality on December 21. Given a looming video-inspired bandwidth crunch, it's important those rules are less about "rights" than economics.
Apple's current success is truly astounding when you consider the state of the company in 2000. Today, they are the company that essentially owns that segment willing to pay most for client device customizations.
$10-$15 handsets are quite typical in African markets. That silver spot on the back of the Chinese-manufacturered device isn’t the lens of a camera…it's paint designed to LOOK like you have a camera.
Microsoft recently shook-up its Entertainment & Devices division in an attempt to jump start its device efforts and pose better competition to Apple and Google. Here are five suggestions as to what they should focus on next.
Google yesterday officially confirmed the existence of Google TV, a "not so secret" project hints of which have existed for quite awhile. A number of key Microsoft engineers wandered into permanent positions on Google campus while I worked for Microsoft as part of its Mediarom division (Google's Mountain View headquarters is less than a mile from Microsoft's large office in Silicon Valley).
Exposure to the limitations of the new browser-based help system for Visual Studio 2010 made me realize a fundamental truth: people hate browser applications, which is why web developers work so hard to make their browser applications look like desktop applications.
Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, noted Apple's recent licensing changes to iPhone OS 4.0 with great interest. So, effective immediately, he is making the following changes to the licensing of Microsoft Windows.
The iPhone and Mac computers are never likely to dominate a particular market for Mac OS X. iPad represents Apple's real chance to do so in a market that is, for all intents and purposes, virgin territory.
Carmi Levy at Betanews recently through cold water on excitement over new 3D TVs coming from major television manufacturers. Though I agree, I think software targeted at TVs could increase the value proposition enough to accelerate demand.