POTD | Post of the Day

July 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

There’s a lot of bad connected device analysis out there.

As more folks jump on Twitter and Google+ and on the microblogging platforms and get interested in emerging areas like social TV and second screen applications, I’m seeing a lot more longer-form content get published and posted on the social networks.

Unfortunately, a lot of this content isn’t very good and, in some cases, it’s flat out wrong or misleading. Since I read much it anyways as part of my daily routine, and a number of my twitter followers have told me that they appreciate curation in these areas, I’m going to attempt to highlight the better articles and posts. I’ll do this a couple of times a week, if not daily.

Most of these posts will be culled from the sources collected on the right sidebar. If you notice anyone missing who you think I should be following, please ping me.

The Future of My Smartphone

July 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve been thinking about getting rid of my smartphone.

Apparently, so has Brad Feld, albeit for different reasons.

I love the notion of a smart phone, the sleek next-generation designs, and plethora of cool new apps. But the reality for many is that using a small screen for most computing tasks is a serious compromise. And the reality for me is that I rarely use the phone for traditional calls and, if I do, it’s almost always hands-free in a car.

So, I’m carrying a phone less and less and a 3G tablet or ultralight more and more. And I’ve been considering moving to an ultra small phone that basically only provides voice service.

The only times this is really a compromise for me is for social events, where it’s inconvenient to have a tablet and and can be nice to have access to certain apps, and for taking family photos.

Granted, this isn’t normal behavior. But as more people get connected tablets and ultralights and move away from traditional voice services, it could become more typical.