5G Community Insights Mobile

What to Expect at the World’s Behemoth Mobile Tech Show

Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona is next week. Mobile technology continues to amaze. One key theme will be the upcoming 5G world–significantly faster data, less delay, and greater wireless connectivity to far more endpoints. Globalization will be another top theme, along with AI, VR, and new kinds of wearable connected tech.   More

Mobile

The New honor 8 Is A Dream Phone Whether or Not You’re a Millennial

I have been using a new honor 8 smartphone from Huawei for a little over a week. As much as love my iPhone, I can’t find a compelling enough reason to switch back. Everything seems more intuitive on the honor 8. The photography features are amazing, and clearly superior to the iPhone, as is the all-important battery life. And it looks almost identical.   More

Internet of Things Mobile Transportation

The Next Industries to Be Transformed by Tech: Shipping and Mining

Mining and shipping are industries thus far almost wholly unreconstructed by mobile tech. But soon, remote-control earthmovers, sensor-connected containers, and network-linked augmented reality goggles will change both unalterably. The Internet of Things (IoT) is going underground and out to sea.   More

Internet of Things Mobile Partner Insights

Why Ford’s Work with Amazon will Echo Widely

Amazon's Echo ambient voice interface device is a breakthrough with growing implications for the future of computing. And the relationship developing between Amazon and Ford to add vehicle-related functions to Echo's cloud service is one more piece of evidence to show how vast Echo's potential could be. Soon you will be able simply to speak in your living room to turn on your car, set its heater for 72, or perform all sorts of other tasks relating to your vehicle.   More

Analytics & Data Mobile Society

A Key Question of the Digital Era: How Much Information is Too Much?

Mobile technology is rapidly changing the way we live. But it brings an explosion in data consumption. Last year the world consumed 4 petabytes of data a month on mobile phones. (A petabyte is a million gigabytes.) Within five years, the amount will likely grow to over 24 billion petabytes. Is there a limit to how much info we can healthily consume?   More

E-Commerce Mobile

My Independence Day: No Wallet, No Cash, No Credit, No Lunch

It was one of those days. ... Monday morning after a long weekend and I was rushing to get out the door to make a 9 am meeting. I got in my car, drove to the train station, and realized I had left my wallet at home. I paused for a second and decided I would attempt to brave the day with no ID, no cash, and no credit cards. Although it's not as ambitious as living for a day on Bitcoin, I figured I could take advantage of the investments made by Apple, Google, PayPal, and others into the mobile payments ecosystem. Armed with my Android phone, I set out to see how easy it would be to have independence from my wallet. Fortunately for my experiment, I switched a few weeks ago from Windows Mobile, where my options would have been even more limited.   More

Global Tech Mobile

Apple Holds China Smartphone Crown

Media are fixated on a new report showing China’s smartphone sales fell for the first time in this year’s first quarter, in a development that shouldn’t surprise anyone due to the market’s supersaturation. But equally impressive in the report is the ongoing surge of Apple, which managed to hold onto its title as the nation’s leading smartphone brand for a second quarter after stealing the crown from the high-flying Xiaomi. Some may say Apple’s surge is due to timing, since it released its latest iPhones in October, fueling a fourth-quarter sales boom that lingered into the first quarter. That may be partly true, though I personally have to applaud CEO Tim Cook for mounting a very focused campaign to woo both Beijing and average Chinese consumers.   More

Mobile

What Is MVNO Anyway? Google It …

As anticipation grows around the impending launch of Google’s MVNO service (Mobile Virtual Network Operator, for those of us not in the traditional telecom industry), I think back to the Techonomy session "A Future Without Industries." Google was once easily defined by their core search-engine product, but with its expansion into everything from robotics to glucose-monitoring contact lenses to connected thermostats, it’s hard to put Google into any one box. This isn’t Google’s first connectivity project. Their Google Fiber initiative is looking to redefine Internet and TV in the home.   More

Business Mobile

Apple’s Surge in iPhone Sales Matched by Mac

“No company gets attention like Apple. No company,” says Techonomy’s David Kirkpatrick—whether it be from the development of new products like the Apple Watch and Apple Pay, or from news of the company’s profits and sales. On Tuesday, the tech colossus reported its fourth-quarter earnings, announcing some formidable figures, including a whopping 21-percent jump in iPhone revenue. It’s no surprise that that increase was due in large part to high demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. But what did surprise some is the fact that that surge was matched by a 21-percent increase in revenue from none other than the Mac.   More

Mobile

Ray Ozzie’s Latest Invention Has Everybody Talking

Ray Ozzie is betting the next phase of his career on reinventing the phone call. Ozzie yesterday launched Talko, a voice application that is built with an Internet foundation. "We feel voice calls are ripe for a rebirth," says his Talko co-founder Matt Pope. "We start from a reconceptualization of what a phone call could be and weave messaging elements into that." Ozzie is one of the great tech visionaries of the modern era. In the 1980s he invented Lotus Notes, an enterprise PC app that in many ways laid the groundwork for the social and sharing-oriented world we live in today. It was the first widely-used collaborative software, or groupware.   More

Global Tech Mobile

Apple, Samsung Face China Telco Freeze-out

Cost-cutting pressure is putting a squeeze on China’s three big telcos, creating an unusual set of conditions that could claim smartphone giants Samsung and Apple as victims. The latest signs of trouble for the world’s two largest smartphone makers comes in the form of an article in the English language China Daily newspaper, calling on China’s big three mobile carriers to stop offering packages with Samsung and Apple smartphones and instead only offer models from domestic manufacturers like Lenovo, ZTE, and Huawei.   More

Learning Mobile

Siri Co-founder: Speech Recognition Ready for Leap Forward

Speech recognition has been around a lot longer than Siri, but Apple’s dulcet-toned digital assistant helped bring the technology to a mass audience, and inspire futuristic visions like the one voiced by Scarlett Johanssen in “Her.” Adam Cheyer, one of the co-founders of Siri (acquired by Apple in 2010), says speech recognition is poised to become more widely used and more sophisticated.   More

Learning Mobile

Siri Co-founder Cheyer on How Change.org Amplifies Voices

Voice-recognition technology helps users interact with their computing devices. But Siri co-founder Adam Cheyer believes that if you recognize people's voices in another sense—when they advocate for change in society—you can help them do something even more important. Cheyer is a software engineer, artificial intelligence expert, and entrepreneur. He’s also a founding member of the social campaign platform Change.org.   More

Finance Mobile

Kiva’s Julie Hanna on Tech as a Democratizing Force

Is technology the most democratizing force mankind has ever seen? That's how technologist and serial entrepreneur Julie Hanna sees it. We spoke with Hanna at a recent Techonomy dinner salon in San Francisco. She asserted that tech tools have leveled the playing field and "enabled globally fair access on a mass scale." But she says there's a lot more to do about what she calls "the global opportunity crisis we face, where half the planet's population is living on less than $2 a day."   More

Arts & Culture Mobile

Magisto’s A.I. Helps Anyone Produce Polished Video

Magisto wants to do for video what Instagram did for photos—provide intuitive tools to edit and enhance them and make them easy to share. Founded in Israel in 2009 by two experts in computer vision and artificial intelligence, Magisto enables a user to simply select photos and videos on their smartphone, choose a visual theme, and automatically create a sophisticated edited product in minutes. There's a lot of computer science on the back end making that possible. Magisto launched in January 2012 at the Consumer Electronics Show, won an app competition there, and now has 20 million registered users worldwide, up from 3 million last year. With 30 employees, the company has offices in Tel Aviv, New York, and San Francisco. Techonomy sat down with Magisto CEO Oren Boiman for a wide-ranging talk about video, social media, and how people want to express themselves.   More

Learning Mobile

Mobile Panel Looks at How to Engage Students Through Their Devices

When it comes to user engagement, the biggest competitor to any online education platform isn’t a rival one, said Dan Friedman of Thinkful on stage at this week's M1 ("Mobile First") Summit. It's Netflix. So how can Web-based schools keep the attention of students who'd rather be watching Breaking Bad? The answer might come from mobile.   More

Mobile

Nihal Mehta on Next Week’s M1 (“Mobile-First”) Summit

Gearing up for next week's first annual M1 ("Mobile-First") Summit, Techonomy sat down with M1 host and entrepreneur Nihal Mehta to talk about his vision for what he calls the first mobile innovation conference of its kind. Mehta, who is also a founding general partner of Eniac Ventures, says he's launching M1 to fill a gap in the mobile conference world—the need for an advanced-level event that goes beyond the basic ABCs of mobile innovation to explore in depth what boundaries are being pushed and what's expected to happen next. "Disruption is inevitable and it's happening very quickly," Mehta told us. "Instead of pushing it away and inhibiting it you gotta embrace it. If you push it away it's going to potentially destroy your business."   More

E-Commerce Mobile

eBay’s Devin Wenig on Retail in a Post-Mobile Age

With mobile connectivity more and more ubiquitous, could we be entering a post-mobile age? eBay's Devin Wenig thinks so, and says it will increasingly define the global marketplace. "The physical and digital worlds are coming together in incredibly interesting ways," Wenig told us at a recent Techonomy dinner salon in San Francisco. Retail is turning stores into virtual shopping and shipping centers, said Wenig, while platforms like Uber and Airbnb use tech to link data to the physical world. The fear that online retailers like eBay could decimate physical retail is being upended, according to Wenig. Instead, small merchants and service providers are learning to use tech and data to broaden their distribution and become more competitive. "Some call it collaborative consumption, some call it the merger of physical and digital. Whatever you call it," said Wenig, "the change ... has been astounding."   More

Business Mobile

Kirkpatrick: Amazon Smartphone Move “Brilliant”

Come September, the hottest phone on the market might not be the iPhone, Galaxy, or Nexus, but a new 3D-capable smartphone developed by none other than Amazon. The Internet behemoth has been considering making a foray into the smartphone market, according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal, and is likely to publicly announce plans in June and go to market as early as September. Techonomy's David Kirkpatrick spoke on Bloomberg Surveillance on Monday about Amazon's possible push into smartphones, calling the move "brilliant" and noting its potential for connecting customer relations with mobile payments. "If you were trying to keep an ongoing relationship for all kinds of commercial relationships with everybody, you have to have a phone," Kirkpatrick said. And for companies hoping to get a return from consumers, transactions are paramount.   More

Healthcare Mobile

Can Mobile Apps Heal American Healthcare?

What do smartphones have to do with medical care? Ask any doctor who has called in pharmacy prescriptions from a golf course, reviewed brain-imaging results in a taxi, or video-chatted with emergency room physicians in another city. Or ask PointClear Solutions, an Atlanta-headquartered custom healthcare software development company that recently acquired NYC-based app developer, Worry Free Labs (profiled here last summer). We did, when we spoke with PointClear CEO David Karabinos about the acquisition and the future of mobile apps for patient care.   More