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Thoughts on the Nokia / Microsoft deal

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I’ve been pretty critical about Nokia’s software over the past few years. In my opinion their last decent smartphone was the N95 an since then they did not release anything decent on the market – mostly because of their slowness to move to a touch-based HMI and the 20th century look of the Symbian UI.Likewise, Windows mobile has been causing pain to their users for too long a time. Never found anyone happy with their Windows Mobile 6 phones… While Windows Phone 7 may be engaging, Microsoft is still missing…read more

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2D Barcode Mobile Payment at Starbucks

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Starbucks is rolling out in the US their “Starbucks card” mobile app. The app is an e-wallet tied to your starbucks account and enabling you to pay your caramel macchiato by snapping a 2D barcode printed by the cashier. Funny enough I had the same idea some time ago since it’s clearly a very time to market way to provide mobile payment with ease (especially since NFC won’t be mainstream before a while). But I found this patent filled by a French guy in Accenture (US2009240626A1) which exactly covers this method……read more

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Google Goggles’ Big Bang

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The latest update of google goggles for Android brings in… sudoku solving ! The video below demonstrates the feature … not far from last week’s “Big Bang Theory” where Leonard & buddies making an app to solve differential equations !

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Android brand values vs reality

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I love android phones. Their integration with Google is simply fantastic. They do a much better work in integrating with Gmail than my iPhone does and the Gtalk app is just incredible, it lets me chat on the go seamlessly (and there is nothing like this experience on iPhones… ). The OS itself is OK, it’s young and rapidly evolving into something more consumer-friendly, it’s far from being as polished as iOS. The apps portfolio available through the android market is getting better everyday now even featuring the iOS blockbusters…read more

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Mobile Security is getting hype

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Mobile devices are small computers, that’s now granted. For years now some companies have foreseen that those devices will be target to security threats (F-Secure launched its first Mobile AV for Symbian in 2004 (and was well demoed with the Skull Virus – see pic to the side). Now quite a few players have joined the race with traditional security providers like AVG (through the purchase of DroidSecurity), McAffee (trhough the purchase of tenCube) and new independent players such as Lookout. The threats have evolved also, we can now see that with…read more

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Apple becomes a Mobile Operator

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… Maybe ! At least there are a few signs that are intriguing. Facetime only working with WiFi, no on-board WAN module on ANY Macbook… I really wonder if the day Macs will come with on-board WAN it won’t be with an Apple worldwide data-plan. Actually it makes sense – apple is a digital company where data connectivity is at the heart of most of their recent products. They have reached a worlwide critical mass of users and know their adoption rate, they own the hardware and can control its behavior and…read more

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Windows Phone 7 competition

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I attended the Windows Phone 7 competition today at Microsoft France and it was a really interesting experience. It was the first time I actually witnessed Steve Ballmer live – the guy is such a show man ! Energy and passion are just fusing out of him. The panel of judges was something too, including Marc Simoncini, Xavier Niel and Jacques-Antoine Granjon. The applications were imho pretty dull though : let’s face it there was nothing new there. The tower defense game who won the competition was a nice realization…read more

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