In October of Last Year I wrote :

For a while now, I have been building a parallel set of thoughts which now has a permanent home here. It is a set of thoughts that live between the 140 characters of Twitter and this space which I am transitioning to more of an original thought / essay space.

This is to report that the experiment (for that is now what I realise it was) has come to an end. Continue reading

ce6r45cuaaahylssssIt’s April Fools Day AND Apple’s Birthday. In fact they are ’40 today’, so in celebration they have raised the Jolly Roger at Infinite Loop.[ Thanks to 9-5 Mac ].

For my part it seemed pertinent  to highlight to share some of the highlights of how Apple (the company that nobody understands)  have consistently made fools of us all. In no particular order … Continue reading

First published on Beyond Bridges on March 20th, 2016.

Updated March 31st, 2016
Engadget agrees - and they are only talking about the iPad !

appleIf the rumors are anything close to true, we are about to have 3 different iPhone sizes to choose from when we buy our next iPhone.

Over in ‘iPad land we already have 3 iPad sizes – mini, standard and pro. The pro has stuff that the non pro doesn’t – size aside (at least from tomorrow – seems to be the prediction).

The iTouch is yet another device rarely talked about, but still there – in the iPod family – an iPhone without the ability to make phone calls.

Some of these choices are wifi only (iTouch), but most allow you to have a GSM connection.

And the inevitable question, as you try to work out which you need and/or should have to do what you need to do … which one ? The naming convention alone is tough enough to work out …

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[ the numbers down the left are current measures of the screen size in inches ]

But

Here’s a new thought – as the industry tries to work out what Apple is going to call the new iPad with the ‘pro’ moniker.

Let’s call them all the ‘iConnect’ – available in 5 sizes.

4,6,8,10 and 12 – model numbers NOT screen sizes – but map to the dimensions.

  • All with wifi connectivity
  • All with or without cellular connectivity
  • Choice of pro – or not.

I am writing this on an iPad and will upload through my GSM link – so in some ways this iPad is already available as a ‘phone’. It even has a phone number, though I just can’t use it as a phone, because the ‘phone app’ isn’t on the iPad.

Only 9.7 inch and 12.9 inch available as Pro – they would be the devices with the smart connector on the side that allows you to connect the external keyboard. The pencil would be available to work on any of the devices.

So instead of the choice above, you now have a single iConnect product, with 5 sizes and two variations to that size (colors excepted).

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Every screen size comes with WiFi – your choice to add GSM – so you can make the device available to  – and of course only the 10 / 12 models are available as ‘Pro’ – that is the smart connector on the side to which you can connect your smart keyboard.

And no longer a decision as to what phone size you need to carry – or Apple needs to make.

What do you think ?

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday urged the US authorities to proceed with great caution in the ongoing legal process involving the Apple computer company and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), given its potentially negative ramifications for the human rights of people all over the world.

[ Source : Zeid : OHCHR ]

Perhaps the most overused word in technology today. No – you can’t just start calling your app or web site a platform … that is NOT what a platform is.

But – if you get it right – and you are in the tech business – a platform is what you should be building. Should, because the chances are that you haven’t built it already. Trust me.

Why ? Because when Marc Andreesen said that software is eating the world – he might have meant platforms.

Much ado about nothing ? To remind you, we all know that you can brute force  your iPhone and bypass your password with technology boxes that simply try every single combination until they find the magic combination. The problem is that the iPhone hacker doesn’t know if ‘Erase Data’ is enabled.

To find out if yours is … Continue reading

The real juggernaut of change today is not technology alone. It’s the explosively scalable processes and monetized learning of orchestrated networks.

I first wrote about Sanjeet a couple of years ago – and recommended you buy his book last year. Nothing has changed – except now his work is beginning to move into the mainstream.

The Next Big Thing Might Be Missed If We Aren’t Careful …

[ Source : Forbes ]