I’m still very happy with my Nexus 7 tablet, which I bought several months ago. When I’m not using it to play Candy Crush, I can use it for most of my browsing and media consumption needs. It’s also a great companion on my music gigs.
This morning, I had an opportunity to try out the Nexus in more of an enterprise mode, when I had to dial in to our daily developer call from the auto dealership, where I was waiting for my car. I connected to the Android GoToMeeting app from the tablet and was able to participate in the call from the comfort of the waiting area. Very smooth!
The new Blackberry CEO, John Chen, plans to focus on devices with physical keyboards in the future. This from an article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, reporting on an interview with Chen at CES.
Chen said “I personally love the keyboards,” and will be more aggressive in promoting that now-unique feature of Blackberry smartphones, starting with a patent infringement suit against the Blackberry-like Typo Keyboard, which was announced at CES.
Happy to see that Mr. Chen is taking my advice…
I’ve been working at PBS (the US public television network) since March 2012, as head of product management for PBS LearningMedia, an on-demand streaming media service for elementary and secondary educators. I led the effort to rebuild the site and content repository from the ground up in 2012, which we completed in time to launch the new version in January 2013.
To celebrate a year of the new LearningMedia, here’s a quick summary of what we’ve accomplished (thanks to Rachel and Michael from our station relations team for most of the data):
- The new PBS LearningMedia site serves 500,000 registered users and attracts over 2 million page views per month, nearly 5 times the traffic of the old site
- 134 PBS member stations in 51 states and territories are now offering a localized PBS LearningMedia Service to educators in their communities.
- 35,000+ digital resources make up the PBS LearningMedia content library, with over 66% contributed by local stations.
- 10 states have school districts that are implementing the Custom Service, offered in partnership by local PBS stations, including WGVU, KET, WNET, SCETV, WTJX, WGBH and WHRO. The PBS LearningMedia Custom Service launched last spring and offers access to state educational standards, additional content and account management features, and enhanced reporting and analytics
- Two CODiE Awards for excellence in education where bestowed on PBS LearningMedia in 2013. This is one of the highest accolades available in the digital education space – Best K-12 Solution.
2013 was a very productive and successful year for our team and for PBS in general, and I’m looking forward to a new round of activity and achievements in 2014.
Best wishes for a happy and successful 2014!
What’s interesting about this Engaget report is not really the news about the free limited data access for T-Mobile customers, but the negative, sarcastic tone the writer uses to describe Facebook.
Is this a weak signal that Facebook is starting a slide towards irrelevance? Or perhaps just ordinary tech writer snarkiness.
This is not a mobile story as such, but worth noting anyway. According to Digital Music News, vinyl records seem to be back, at least among a small section of the music buying public. What’s more, it’s not the older folks (like me) buying those big plastic disks:
Michael Kurtz, [Record Store Day]’s co-founder, told USA Today that RSD vinyl sales are trending younger. In 2007, the average customer age was 49, now it is 23. Kurtz also estimates that customers under 25 are buying 70 percent of the vinyl, saying: “It’s the young generation’s thing. They’ve adopted it“.
I remember hearing from the user experience team at Vodafone that their goal for any mobile app or service was something like “5 seconds to enjoyment.” Our assumption in the mobile world was always that customers want more stuff, more quickly and conveniently. It’s interesting to see this evidence of at least some desire for slower, and perhaps higher-quality, experiences. Slow food, meet “slow music”?
The new smartphone from Jolla launches today in Finland. Jolla was founded by a bunch of ex-Nokians with a plan to execute on the MeeGo vision that Nokia abandoned in favor of Windows Phone. Their new device runs SailfishOS, the community-driven successor to MeeGo.
One thing I find particularly appealing about the Jolla proposition is their proud embrace of their Finnish roots and Finnish designs with the “Design from Finland” mark granted by the Suomalaisen Työn Liitto, the Association for Finnish Work. I always thought that Nokia could have made more noise about its Finnish (or generally Nordic) design when it was trying to compete with the other smartphone players.
Another extremely smart move was to add support for Android apps to the OS, and partner with the Russian Yandex app store to provide Jolla users with access to 85,000 apps from the Android ecosystem.
Good luck Jolla!
According to some recent data, Windows still has promise as a mobile developer platform, and is seeing growing developer interest. Microsoft and Nokia are pursuing developers aggressively with a strategy that combines both carrots and sticks. In an interview in Bloomberg Businessweek. Nokia Global VP Bryan Biniak makes it clear that Nokia is happy to spend money to encourage app development, but also wants to make it clear that “Those who decline to build apps for Windows could lose valuable business from Microsoft and Nokia.” In other words, if your hotel app isn’t in the Windows store, over 100,000 Microsoft employees will make their reservations somewhere else, thank you.
What this means in concrete terms is that there’s finally a Vine app for Windows Phone, so I now have a new way to spend (i.e. waste) time with my Windows Phone.