U3-X - Sony's future mobility concept

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People who know me know my interest for everything related to mobility. Phones, bikes, cars, concepts, and mobility technology in general.

Some years ago, I was one of the first people in Israel to report something new that was appearing in the US - the Segway. Today it is in wide use worldwide, but let's say it: use is less wide than we expected.

Today I found something new, that might be the extension of the concept of the Segway for something even more useful. Please meet the U3-X from Honda:

(my comments after the break)

Is 6.5 to stay as Microsoft's enterprise mobile platform?

I am currently on a developer meeting by Motorola here in Tel Aviv and one of the messages brought by the key speakers is a very interestibg one: while Windows Phone 7 is a new product that will focus in the consumer market and compete directly with the iPhone, MS is totally committed to the continuatiom of Windows Mobile 6.5 as their enterprise platform, and Motorola/Symbol is buildimg its plans on that.

My thoughts on this option just after the break.

Proporta ships their WildCharger wireless charging pad

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Charging doesn't need to mean a mess of cables anymore. I have just received a mail from Proporta telling me they have just launched their WildCharger Wireless charging pad.

We are talking about a conductive pad of the size of a mouse-pad, which arrives with a set of eight connectors which fulfill the needs of almost every user, fitting Nokia, HTC, iPhone, Blackberry, Kindle2 and Palm.

Placing a Wildcharger enabled device (by one of the connectors) on the pad starts the charging process seamlessly and hassle-free.

Porporta's site say the pad has a "sleep" function for saving energy when no device is on it, and that it can charge up to 5 devices simultaneously. That makes it a very interesting device.

It is still not clear to me if there are additional connectors that can be added to the package (like, for example, a connector for the Samsung Omnia), but I am verifying this with them.

More information on the product's page at Proporta website. The price of the product is 59.95 pounds.

CES and new announcements there

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CES is beginning, and with it some new and interesting announcements.

The most publicized of them all is the Nexus One by Google, and we can understand why.

At the iPhone land, it is a great happening when a real competitor comes up. And let's face it, Windows Mobile hasn't been a real competitor lately. A competitor fights for its position in the market, and I can hardly consider what Microsoft is doing in the US fighting (never mind what they are doing in other countries - nothing). So the new device from Google and HTC has a lot in line to create a lot of excitement.

The device has good specs, a great multitasking OS in its latest version which still hasn't been seen on other devices, and - well, we can say that - a good price. It is interesting to see what the break on the purchases will be: how many on T-Mobile and how many directly from Google for other networks. I hope this detail will come out at some point.

Details at the Google page for the device.

But this is not all, more after the break.

Re-visiting Jajah

A lot of noise has been made during this week about the purchase of Jajah by O2 for the sum of USD 200M.

I am a customer of Jajah since their first days, but I have to admit I have never used too much their services. I have to admit that at the time that I was abroad, if I had already to go to the web to dial, I would prefer using Skype (since it would save me the price of the local incoming call, and when I was in my home country I never remembered their service when I needed it. Probably my mistake, but I believe many are in the same situation.

So I decided to re-visit their website and learn a little more of what is their offer today that makes it so interesting to O2.

You can see some of my conclusions after the break.

Mobiscope: Surveillance cameras without spending much

Many times we feel the need to have surveillance cameras at home or at the office. It could be the office at the times we are not there, home during a vacation period, or even a hidden camera to verify how our elderly relatives or children are being taken care by their nurses or babysitters.

However, the price of such a system can be very high. Something quite outrageous, considering that most systems existing today are appliances based on two common technologies: network cameras and PCs.

So what could we do to get similar results without going bankrupt and getting access to the cameras from everywhere? Here is where Mobiscope comes in.

The details after the break.

A challenging project - two Exchange servers through one single ISA server

In my life as a consultant I meet many times interesting and challenging projects. Those are usually connected to two cases:

a. Badly managed server infrastructure in which most of the time is spent in trying to find what has been broken by the IT team.
b. Well-managed, but complicated architectures that demand sometimes a lot of thinking in order to find the right solutions.

I don't like to talk about the cases connected to the first template. Those cases are not my piece of cake; they are challenging, but usually connected to very non-interesting trial and error processes. They are also usually connected to system managers that will never be ready to recognize that they did not have the faintest idea of what they were doing when they turned their server upside-down.

The cases that interest me the most are the cases from the second group, and yesterday I had the chance to participate in one interesting one-day project of this kind. So here is the story:

About poor decisions and their poor results

Today I went to visit a customer, which has been consulting me by phone for some days regarding problems in their phones calendars since the end of DST in Israel.

So, what about all these surveys?

One good example of Brazilian wisdom is an old saying from the 70's  that says:  "Statistics are like the Bikini - they show everything except the essential."

So why do I suddenly talk about that? Well, analysts of our days try to be the prophets of the future. They deal all the day with numbers, and at the end of the day try to draw conclusions from them and say how the future will be.

Re-visiting Qik

One of the Internet startups that I have been following with most interest during the last year is Qik.

For those who don't know it, Qik is a video streaming service based on mobile use. They have clients for a long list of mobile phones, and these clients allow the phone user to stream his videos directly to the Internet.

Qik managed to create a compression algorythm that makes the video streaming to their site impressively fast. They work over 3G and if you have a good data plan you just won't feel it.

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