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2013, the year of the phone: again?

So, iPhone 5 is not getting the same share of new cistomer accounts that iPhone 4s did – but 47.8 million iPhones is a healthy number. And with a gross margin of 38% Apple continues to be amongst the best of all value stocks and still has potential growth. But iPhone will change. It’s evolving, slower than some some, including myself, would like, but it’s changing.

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So, iPhone 5 is not getting the same share of new cistomer accounts that iPhone 4s did – but 47.8 million iPhones is a healthy number. And with a gross margin of 38% Apple continues to be amongst the best of all value stocks and still has potential growth. But iPhone will change. It’s evolving, slower than some some, including myself, would like, but it’s changing. I think it’s ireffutable that we will see a lower priced iPhone this year. We’ll see see Lenovo gaining market share outside of China. We’ll see a new Samsung phone. And we’ll see the pack starting to close perhaps – Nokia’s new Lumia and Motorola’s RAZR-i show that these guys are looking seriously at how good their products have to be to compete. And of course tomorrow we’ll see Blackberry 10. The make or break phone for RIM – that will probably be better than we expected.

Now that BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) is being taken seriously by IT departments globally, it seems reasonable to assume that new entrants or revised versions of phones will have to have significant consumer appeal because they are likely to be used for work and personally. And the personal use is changing rapidly as more content becomes available and accessible on fatser cellular networks. And it’s this change in use that is shaping the design of these new phones. In the old days, manufactureres did everything they could to make mobile phones smaller. In the last couple of years were happy to have a tablet as a third device – laptop, phone and a tablet – but the opportunity for the converged mobile phone and tablet has become too attractive to ignore for. I remember Guy Kawasaki writing in MacWorld twenty years ago that a PDA (read tablet for this old term), could only succeed if it were a phone as well. It’s worked out that way. The phablet is born.

Samsung’s Note is evidence that the large format mobile phone can work – and work well. iPhone 5, Motorola RAZR-i and Nokia’s new Lumia are all really good phones on different operating systems – but even despite their current appeal, even they will get bigger. I am convinced that by 2015 we will be using slim, light, perhaps even flexible phones with a screen size of at least five inches. Great for catching up with a missed TV episode, good for typing mails and maybe even opening one of those spreadhseets that looks just ridiculous on most current smartphones. Great for many things. But practiacl? Can you pop a 5 or 6 inch screen phone in your top pocket as an after thought as you wander off to teh restaurant while on holiday? This is where things get nteresting. The emergence of the phone companion is coming. It’s likely that 3rd party brands will find ithard to prosper if Apple, Samsung and Google release their own, ‘wearable phone companions’. A Bluetooth headset will give you the audio – and a wearable device, like a watch or fob, brings you features like text messages, caller id and maybe the added benefit of some mHealth functionality, which you can of course gleefully review on your phone app.. This wearable, companion is a way the large-format phone can succeed – but, and this was where we started – it’s a third device, again.

Nokia Music for €3.99 in Europe “We spend a lot of time listening to how people use the service and have even managed to half the amount of skips per songs played, which is a combination of our systems and musicologists understanding and shaping Nokia Music around the users. “Nokia Music is great for discovering new music, and we’ve found that there’s a core of users that want even more of it. This is how Nokia Music+ came about. By introducing features like infinite skips and unlimited downloads, we’re opening the doors for unlimited music discovery at only €3.99 per month.

External links & references

  1. The Guardian: Mobile Technology
  2. Mobile World Congress 2013
  3. Curran & Lampe : Future Smartphone
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The Mc Ginn sisters on Newstalk: Down To Business

Grace, Sarah and Jennie Mc Ginn know fashion. They know it inside out and back to front: OPSH.COM then will make sense when you think about it. An aggregation platform for the female shopper, it will launch in September after a years work. A couple of weeks ago, the serial entrepreneurs joined Margaret E. Ward on Newstalk’s Down To Business to talk about how they got here, and where they’re going.

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Grace, Sarah and Jennie Mc Ginn know fashion. They know it inside out and back to front: in that context OPSH.COM makes perfect sense. An aggregation platform for the female shopper, it will launch in September after a years work. A couple of weeks ago, the serial entrepreneurs joined Margaret E. Ward on Newstalk’s Down To Business to talk about how they got here, and where they’re going.

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Why I’ll miss Vizify

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Build a personal website in seconds, that’s what Vizify’s strap line used to say. It caused a stir when it launched and people started talking about it: Use Vizify to monitor and improve how you use Twitter wrote blogger Brian Thomas Humek, while Andrew Couts wrote about how it knows (well privacy is history) everything about you.

I forget how I found Vizify, but I’m glad I did. I’m really not sure how I used it or how often, but it’s a remarkably simple to use tool thats not so much a personal website like About.me, but a social business card. And when I used it, it honestly made me smile, sort of HootSuite meets WayBack Machine, but in 30 seconds. . The stand out feature is the micro-video it creates from your social posts, adding royalty free music, your top interactions and connections, and to prompt self-reflection if your fitness tracker has failed yet again to go in to sleep mode for a week, a useful little chart of when you Tweet the most.vizify_001

So as a result of the Yahoo! acquisition, Vizify will be ‘sunsetting’ the service, so now new sign-ups or paid plans and the service sill archive your profile until September. On their website, they don’t talk about the specifics of how they’ll bring Vizify to Yahoo!, but it’s fair to assume the service will be reappear at Yahoo! powering part of your Yahoo! account in an animated portrayal of the social elements of your profile encompassing your college details (a la Rivals.com), your blog posts (Tumblr) and your images (Flickr). It’s a good acquisition for Yahoo! giving them a a tool to combine images : aesthetics : social in to a catchy little box that is made for mobile. So no more grim avatar in your friends profile photo, instead a rich, animated informative overview of who they are and who they talk to.

It’s a good day for Yahoo!, more components for the revival of the web’s biggest sleeper, it’s a good day for founders, former Monsoon Commerce colleagues, Eli Tucker, Todd Silverstein <http://toddsilverstein.com/> and Jeff Cutler-Stamm, and investor Jonathan Sposato  but I’m not quite leaping with joy. I’ll miss Vizify; those videos, the quick interaction overview and the shock of seeing when I Tweet most; the sun’s setting one of the coolest, sharpest little tools the web’s served up in a while. Hurry up Yahoo!.

External links & references

  1. Read the announcement at Vizify.com
  2. The state of information visualisation, 2014: Robert Kosara
  3. Yahoo! acquires data visualisation star : InfoWorld

Yahoo timeline image by: Yahoo : Review CC Licence

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Vizify statement

As part of our transition to Yahoo, we will no longer be allowing new signups or purchases of paid plans. We will also be sunsetting the Vizify service.

What does this mean for me?

As an existing Vizify account holder, look for an email in the coming weeks with more details. But for now, to make the transition process easier on you, we’re taking a few extra steps:

  • For all bioholders, free and paid, we’ll be providing a way for you to opt-in to “archive” a snapshot of your current bio that will remain live at the same URL through September 4, 2014.
  • For those of you with a current paid plan, we’ll be issuing a full refund for everything you’ve paid Vizify.
  • For Premium customers who registered a domain through Vizify (like your-name .com), we’ll be providing instructions so you can assume ownership of your domain, free of charge.

What do I need to do?

You’ll be getting an additional email from us next week with steps you’ll need to take. In the meantime, see our FAQ.

– Team Vizify

For any bioholders who do not opt-in to archive their bio by April 7, 2014, the Terms of Service will terminate and all licenses granted to you will be revoked on April 7, 2014.

Vizify is a registered trademark. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. 812 Washington St. #800, Portland, OR 97205

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Building Information Modeling, this could be big. Honestly.

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Building Information Modeling is not a glamorous phrase that conjures up images of turbo-charged start-ups around the world, full of enthusiastic coders adding another million dollars of shareholder value with every keystroke. It is a sector though, that is attracting the interest of tech investors – and that’s generally a clue as to the importance of an emerging industry. Building Information Modeling isn’t a new sector, the concept has been around for almost forty years, but it was only a decade ago that BIM became an ‘industry’ following a publication by CAD company Autodesk. With BIM software you create models of buildings or facilities – but not just CAD images traditionally used by architects and builders, but models that display other characteristics of buildings, for example the functional characteristics of a site. So you add digital images or files that show the air-conditioning system due to be fitted but what if you could get the manufacturers of various air-con systems to give you digital files for various types and capacities of cooling system?

[funky_quote align=”left”]“Technology companies are becoming the bright spot in the economic outlook based on their increasing role within macro-economic environments, 2013 has demonstrated the sector’s vibrant activity and its contribution to the global economic recovery. ” — Alex Vieux, Chairman, Red Herring.[/funky_quote]The power consumption, physical and aesthetic impact of building facilities can be examined, or ‘modeled.  What if you could add images and accompanying technical information about the walls that will be erected inside the building, and on those walls you could digitally ‘paint’ the exact type of covering or paint to be used. With manufacturer information integrated into the design and modeling process you could end up knowing how a building will look, feel and sound when people are in it.  Data assisted decision making from concept, through design and construction right through the life of a building and how its eventual demolition will impact a landscape and community.

BIMobject®, a leading Swedish BIM software provider has announced it’s been selected as a candidate for Red Herring’s 2013 Top 100 Global award. which recognises the year’s most promising private technology companies and entrepreneurs, which will be awarded on November 20th.The inclusion of

External Links & References

  1. Examine products at BIMObject.com
  2. BIMObject : YouTube channel
  3. Red Herring Global 100 Awards
  4. National BIM Library : NBS
  5. BIM Working Groups : Saved Google Search
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