Google kicks off the Open Handset Alliance
November 5, 2007, 2:16 pm
Filed under: cellular, Google, Gphone, HTC, Microsoft, mobile, Motorola, Samsung

Google today announced its much anticipated cell phone strategy. Instead of competing with cell phone manufacturers, Google plans to provide the software to run on handsets manufactured by some of the worlds leading cell phone manufacturers including Motorola, HTC and Samsung, with additional partners anticipated in the future. There will be no Google phone or GPhone, rather, Google with license the software for free to handset manufacturers to encourage them to develop mobile computing and communications platforms that will surpass the Symbian and Windows Mobile smartphones that are currently available on the market.

Consumer electronics hype junkies will be disappointed, but may change their mind when the new handsets start rolling out in the second half of next year.

Apple introduces iPod with WiFi and Touchscreen
September 5, 2007, 1:31 pm
Filed under: Apple, iPhone, ipod, Microsoft, mp3 player, Nano, Sandisk, Sansa, zune

In the constant battle to keep the iPod ahead of the mp3 player clones, Apple today introduced new models of its iPod and Nano, incorporating new technologies such as WiFi access (much like Sandisk’s Sansa Connect and Microsoft’s Zune) and a touch screen based upon the same technology employed in the iPhone. Having the coolest new technology incorporated into the iPod is essential to Apple’s product strategy, even its corporate aura. With Microsoft working on its second generation Zune player, and countless competitors cranking out cheap mp3-playing glorified storage devices in a variety of innovative packages and economic ranges, Apple no longer has an advantage in distribution or for that matter innovation. Apple hasn’t become the safe, boring alternative yet, and that means that the iPod brand is not yet in decline,… today’s announcement doesn’t restore it lost technological lead, but it does maintain the spectacular marketing lead that Steve Jobs has built.

Read more at Bloomberg

Dave Winer On Why Google Owning Feedburner Is Bad
July 24, 2007, 8:44 am
Filed under: Dave Winer, FeedBurner, Google, Microsoft, Vermeer

Well Dave Winer’s take on Google’s potential as master of Feedburner is troubling, and probably not that far off the mark. It’s generated a lot of interest and some heated debate.

Dave draws the comparison to Microsoft’s leverage of it’s monopoly on desktop operating systems to foil Lotus 1-2-3, the then dominant spreadsheet application back in the day when ‘Office’ suites of software didn’t yet exist. He recalls the phrase “Windows isn’t done until Lotus doesn’t run.”, but this actually reminds me of another Microsoft move from that distant time.

In many ways this is the parallel in time of the discussions that were had when Microsoft bought Vermeer (now Frontpage) in 1995. There are obvious differences of course, but there are many similarities; Vermeer was the leading application to assist in publishing web pages, FeedBurner the leading service for publishing RSS feeds, near monopoly acquires both. Frontpage ended up being far from the dominant player in the space, despite tight coupling with Microsoft’s server products, and everyone forgot about the controversy after awhile.

Whether Feedburner gains monopolistic power over the feed publishing space will depend largely on the competition and how clever they can be in producing superior offerings. It will also depend on people like Dave Winer to continue to advance standards that allow feeds themselves to evolve and compete.

Microsoft IPTV becomes Microsoft Mediaroom
June 18, 2007, 6:26 am
Filed under: IPTV, Media Center, Mediaroom, Microsoft, mulitmedia

Connecting its IPTV solution to multiple digital media sources in your house, and adding support for Digital Terrestrial Television, are just a few of the many new features in Microsoft’s new Mediaroom IPTV.

Perhaps the most appreciated will be the capability to record multiple standard or high def programs simultaneously.

Media Room Announcement