I remember the days when thinking mobile was a real exercise where you needed to totally rethink your product so it can still being value to your users while surviving the limitations of the mobile itself: * ridiculously small screen * hectic Internet access * buttons and T9 text input * j2me or WML as sole way to display contents Building something reasonably useful on those platforms was a real challenge while flash and HTML were already rocking the place on the desktop world. But let’s face it, phones those…read more
Ok, I don’t have any stocks – I’ve been frustrated as a kid when playing with warrants, that was a casino-like experience that led me to think that stock market has little to do with the actual value of the underlying company. Anyways, Apple has changed We all love Apple (I’m actually a fanboy). Apple has been producing jewels that every tech kid has grown to love. No-one could resist the appeal of the first iPhones, the first iPad, or the amazing iMacs or Macbooks. All beautifully crafted products made…read more
This post has been on my mind for a long while, and even as I start writing it I know that this post won’t even allow me to dump a tenth of what I’ve had on my mind for a while now. I’ve been doing or managing software projects for year now. Saw the rise of AGILE programming, saw people getting crazy about Test-Driven-Development… and yet I’ve rarely seen so much crappy software and such long development cycles in companies. Why ? Because Agile has become a method for hiding…read more
I was lucky enough to get to meet (along with a few other bloggers) with the founders of the Solar Impulse project : Bertrand Piccard andÂ AndrÃ© Borschberg. This wasn’t the first time I met the “savanturier” Bertrand Piccard (firstly at a conference by the SwissÂ embassyÂ in Paris, then at LeWeb’10) and I must say his background and lifestyle amaze me. AfterÂ achievingÂ the firstÂ non-stop balloon flight around the globe, he came up in 2003 along with AndrÃ© Borschbeg with the Solar Impulse project as a way to promote the use of technologies and…read more
I’ve been wondering for some time now, following a conversation I had with Jordi Vallejo, how UAVs – aka Drones – will become available in the future to support non-military oriented use cases. There are already a bunch of companies providing civil drones, but those are still expensive 5keur+ and built by hand one-by-one… and they do not get very successful (those companies live on military budgets). On the other end companies such as Parrot with their AR.Drone have made the concept of UAV reach the masses with their cool…read more
On 46% of the cases when people use an online ID to sign-in to a website, they use Facebook.
This is quite incredible tech – Ascending and LaserMotive have teamed up to break the flightÂ recordÂ time for a UAV having it fly for 12 hours without touchdown! LaserMotive is a Seattle-based companyÂ developing laser power beaming systems to transmit electricity without wires, for applications where wires are either cost prohibitive or physically impractical. As our first project, weÂ won $900,000 in the NASA-sponsoredÂ Power Beaming competition, part of theÂ Space Elevator Games.
I’ve struggled to find this link again, but this is an incredible DIY initiative definetly worth mentioning. The “TubeSat Personal Satellite (PS) Kit“. The new IOS TubeSat PS Kit is the low-cost alternative to the CubeSat. It has three-quarters of the mass (0.75-kg or 1.65-lb) and volume of a CubeSat, but still offers plenty of room for most experiments or applications.Â And, best of all, the price of the TubeSat kit includes the price of a launch into Low-Earth-Orbit on an IOS NEPTUNE 45 (N45) launch vehicle. Since the TubeSats…read more