Some very interesting commentary here from US journalist Philip Dawdy. A sufferer from bipolar disorder, he has some choice things to say about the narcissism and potential for mental health issues that is implicit in much of so-called Web 2.
Communications from the world of, er, communications. And other stuff.
David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.
Word has reached ZDNet HQ that Toshiba will have some big announcements to make at 3GSM in February, with some kind of smartphones or PDAs coming out for the UK market (they already do featurephones in Europe and, of course Japan, but haven't touched the prosumer/business space as yet).This would be very interesting as Tosh are, of course, bigtime laptop manufacturers - it would not at all surprise me if we're talking Windows Mobile here.
We reported about a month ago that Ofcom may theoretically allow those operators with licences for 2G in the 900MHz band (i.e.
According to an "independent European survey" by Toshiba, over 90 percent of entrepreneurs store "secrets" on their mobile devices.Interestingly, the survey also shows that 22 percent of entrepreneurs have lost a smartphone or pocket PC in the past, and 1 in 5 has lost multiple devices.
Apparently T-Mobile had a half-price line rental scheme for its employees' friends and family, but it turns out that some staff were flogging the codes on eBay! Naughty T-Mobbers.
Thank you, BBC, for alerting us to this error in judgment/publicity stunt as made by Threshers - 40 percent off your wine and champagne with this here voucher, if you stagger there before December 10.If this wasn't intentional, it's certainly a bloody good lesson in the dangers of the interweb!
Some interesting research shows that porn will account for 70 percent of mobile content revenue by 2011. No surprise there - remember how adult content drove adoption of the Internet - but another interesting story has Graeme Ferguson - ex-director of global content development for Vodafone - spilling the beans that Vodafone already derives that percentage of its content revenue from smut!
Euro Commissioner Reding has sent an open letter to Ofcom chastising it for its proposal that mobile termination rates (what operator B charges operator A when A's customer calls B) should be kept high-ish, to include the hefty investments that operators made when buying 3G licences.I'm in too much of a hurry right now to offer an opinion on this, so what's yours?
Good to see the nationals following up on our coverage of Ofcom's impending VoIP regulation (see here and here - why, it's a pleasure!).
The massive NHS IT overhaul (the National Programme for IT - NPfIT) has a new boss. Richard Granger's not gone, but there's a new NHS chief, David Nicholson, who wants to review the whole operation, according to the FT, who also have an interesting interview with Granger himself.