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Life Before Mobile Internet


 

 

 

 

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What was life like before we had mobile internet? It’s becoming increasingly difficult to imagine not being able to go online on your phone whenever you need to, just as it’s hard to imagine what it’d be like to not have an internet connection. With 4G gradually being rolled out around the UK, and different deals available for mobile internet through www.dclmobile.co.uk, access and options for going online through your phone is greater than ever. How have we changed, then, in our lives since mobile internet became available?

 

Mobile internet is still a fairly recent phenomenon, despite the technology being available in the late 1990s; the growth of mobile internet in the mid 2000s aligned with the increasing usage of smartphone, and the more general increase of devices like tablets capable of handling internet browsing and videos. As we’ve become more used to high speed and fibre optic broadband in our homes, so we’ve come to expect mobile internet through 3G, 4G, and wireless connections to be reliable and competitive in terms of speeds with home broadband.

 

Before we had mobile phone internet connections, we still had access to home and work internet, which handled most of what we now take for granted on mobile devices - with the exception of apps and the integration of different messaging features through phones and other devices, we could still use the same content and handle much of our workload without needing to get onto the internet when on the go.

 

Mobile internet has therefore increased our expectation to be able to go online whenever and wherever we want to. According to a recent German study of mobile internet usage, 79 per cent of users now expect to be able to get online quickly and easily, and want to use social media, apps, and other sites to avoid missing out on the latest news and trends. To this end, a new generation of mobile users born in the 2000s can’t imagine not having this level of connectivity.

 

There are several arguments that criticise this level of access, and the increase in speeds and options for using the internet through social media and apps. Whether being online virtually all the time is good for us is debatable, with the potential there for people to become cut off and unable to interact properly without social media and other forms of communication. Child safety concerns have also been raised in recent years, with children able to easily access unsuitable content and make themselves vulnerable to potential threats and bullying through social media sites.

 

It does say something that a life before mobile internet, or indeed the internet at all, is going to be harder and harder to imagine for new generations. While our usage has increased, we’re still doing much of the same things - communicating with each other, sharing content, finding entertainment. What is becoming more apparent, though, is how difficult it’s becoming to switch off and not see mobile internet as an emergency luxury, but rather as a necessity. With Google Glass devices on the horizon, it might not be long before we can’t live without augmented reality.

 

Author Bio

 

Eva blogs about tech news, trends, and the latest smartphones. For more information on 4G, she recommends visiting www.dclmobile.co.uk. She’s not sure whether she’d be able to get by without her smartphone or tablet, although she’d be interested to see whether she could.

 

 

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UNWIRED


John Jonelis

- VERBATIM from a special correspondent –

Albert EinsteinDonatas Ludditis reporting but you can call me Don. Today I hop train to Chicago Ogilvie station and take elevator to meeting way up in tall skyscraper. Is raining hard outside but I no care. I no go out in rain. I just get off train and take elevator to meeting. It is in same building!

And they treat me like king here! You should eat such food! Maybe they think Einstein come back from the grave—I dunno. People say I look just like him. As a young man I yusta hate people calling me that and I break some noses. Some legs too, maybe. Now I smile. Carry his picture in wallet. Tell them he is my big brother.

But I get down to business. I am here at MIT Enterprise Forum. It is their Wireless Innovation event. That mean smartphone gizmos.

I like these smartphones. No computer—I too old for that now. No desk—I hate desk. No lug briefcase—use cloud instead. Hey, is progress. A man cannot fight such things. So what you want I should do? I carry a cute little iPhone and big Samsung Galaxy in pockets and trousers not fall down! Life is good!

Photo courtesy Heartland Mobile Council
Photo courtesy Heartland Mobile Council

Listen, I tell you good stuff only. I say these things once:

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Is it Me or Albert?

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Three Speakers

  • First one show us that mobile Internet just tipped world upside down while nobody is looking.
  • Second one teach us easy way to figure it all out.
  • Third one work amazing electro-gizmo. Is like magic show. I like magic!

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Ken Jones—Verge

Ken Jones.

Ken, he tell about big change that already happen in marketing world. Smartphone owners now at 50 percent. It is—what you call—tipping point. Everything turns upside-down because of this.

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Companies yusta get message to people in this order:

  1. First in Print. Data
  2. Then Radio, TV.
  3. Then Internet.
  4. Then Mobile Internet

All changed now. Now is mobile first. Everybody always know this will happen. Well, now it happens.

Important thing, he say, is nail down ROI of your idea. So I check his website. Whoa—look at that software! Such beautiful pictures and numbers! But you must see this for yourself so click link at bottom.

Then we have Q&A.  Terrible racket come from back of crowd and I recognize the harsh voice of Rong Mayhem howling at our speaker. Somebody up front asked a question and Rong is griping that he cannot hear.  Then he shouts same thing again when next question is asked.  Then a third time.  Is enough!  “Nutilk!” I say—shut up! But he keep hollering. Pretty soon I holler too: “Prikąsk liežuvį! Užsičiaupk!” Don’t he understand what I say?—shut up, SHUT UP! But he keeps it going. In old country we know how to handle people like this. No, I take that back—I cannot remember any person like this in old country.

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Steve Zielke—Horizon Matrix

Steven ZielkeSteve says that technology take us back to basics because of mobile. No more marketspeak mumbo jumbo. Most important thing is get customers—plain and simple. Customer acquisition, he call this. You must first ask, “Who will pay for what you got?” This I like. This is what keeps business going and growing. The company that cracks this question is the company I invest money in.

He gives this great case study: Company XXX, they come up with terrific software. It fights child pornography. Is $30 billion industry, this filth. But if perverts don’t watch it, industry just dries up. So how do you keep these depraved people from watching porn?

  1. Turns out deviates view this junk mostly at work. At home, wife and kiddies might see. So companies gotta stop it ON THE JOB.
  2. And yes! The businesses agree! Child porn is horrible stuff! But law don’t punish employers. It’s not their problem. Why should they spend any money?
  3. In the end, you got great product nobody will buy.

After the meeting I hear deep thinkers talk. They argue over what Steve said. But lesson is simple. You gotta find customer first and do it before you invest big money.

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Martin O’Shield—Windy City SDR

Martin O'ShieldMartin, he show us new revolution. But audience not understand it, so I translate in good English: SDR stand for Software Defined Radio.

Say you got an AT&T phone and can’t get your call thru ‘cause there is no tower near you. But the guy sitting next to you babbles away it seems like forever on his phone. He’s got Verizon or something—no problem for him. Makes you want to clobber him! Am I right?

Martin's Device
Martin’s Device

I watch him set up his technostuff and show us. A member of audience makes call on AT&T phone. Martin catches it and sends it to other phone in room—Verizon phone. It rings. We see whole hookup happen on screen! Imagine you put it in every cell tower. Customer experience makes great leap! Cost drops to basement!

He says defense department try to develop this and cannot do it. Then private industry makes one, but it turns out way too expensive. Martin, his cost is only 1,000 bucks—hand-made! I bet he can make it for $200 mass produce.

How so cheap? Can you believe that inside your worn-out laptop computer is Intel chip or AMD chip—either one—and both got the guts to do this job? He uses teeny-weeny circuit board, 100 dollar laptop, and USB thingamajig. That is it!

SDR Device courtesy Forbes
SDR Device courtesy Forbes

So I pull Galaxy out of pocket and look this up. I find Forbes article that shows SDR is already used by hackers. That makes me wonder if I understand what I just hear. I can see this technology is real. But is scary. Hacker can hurt you and you cannot shoot them. I give you link to article.

You think I make this stuff up? I see it happen! Come to my place and we talk summore. Ludditis Shots ‘n Beer. We got potato pancakes better than Lithuania. I not even charge for sixth beer. Sveikes!

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Links

MITEF Chicago

www.mitefchicago.org
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Ken Jones

Verge

www.verge2.com

kenjones@verge2.com

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Steve Zielke

Matrix Horizon

SRZielke@ameritech.net

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Martin O’Shield

Windy City SDR

http://www.americainc.com/

Martin@WindyCitySDR.com

Forbes Article on SDR

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/10/19/darpa-funded-radio-hackrf-aims-to-be-a-300-wireless-swiss-army-knife-for-hackers/

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THE TYRANNY OF THE TELEPHONE


SmartphoneVERBATIM – Transcribed from a recording by Loop Lonagan

Everywhere I go, people bow their heads over their smartphones or hug ‘em to their face like they’s worshiping pagan idols. And maybe that’s not far from the truth. It looks dumb. It rude. And a guy could walk into a truck. Nowadays you can’t have a decent conversation without getting interrupted five times by a phone call or text.

One time, long ago, an exec answered a call in the middle of our meeting. After I waited three days to see this guy in person, some yahoo calls up and takes front stage. That’s The Tyranny of the Telephone. That little incident happened before cell phones. Now it’s worse—we carry the little tyrants around in our pockets 24/7. Pretty soon these things is gonna be waterproof so we can carry ‘em in the shower—even take ‘em to the beach. I can picture some new venture raising money to make special smartphone holders for soap racks. With the screens growing in size, I wanna see ‘em try and develop a pocket to fit a string bikini.

Yeah, I know it—I’m no different from anybody else. I’ll remember to confess that to the Padre this week along with a buncha stuff I can’t talk about here. See, I’m what’s called an early adopter. Already on my third smartphone. Anyhow, I gotta get off this train of thought and focus on this speaker I came to hear.

HUGH JEDWILL on the FUTURE OF MOBILE

Hugh Jedwill, CEO of Mobile AnthemI’m listenen’ to a really smart guy talk about mobile tech. This ain’t no Madison Avenue sharpie. Guys got a shaggy pony tail. Roudy jeans. Nice sport jacket, though—just enough to show you he’s here on business. Looks like California big venture money–those guys dress like street bums but with sport jackets. We’re all used to it by now. I think it’s an image thing and it seems to work. People go for it. Anyhow, he knows his stuff, which is what counts with me. He’s soft spoken with a good sense of humor and it’s easy to like the guy.

Mobile Anthem

Hugh’s big-time. Used to work marketing for Fortune 500 outfits. Now they seek him out. He’s CEO of Mobile Anthem—a marketing agency that helps these companies build a bridge between traditional marketing and mobile technology. There’s a big-demand for that. They need his help and need it bad.

Tektite GroupThe event’s put on by the Tektite Group. Jean Pickering moderates and she calls Hugh “her hero,” which is kinda weird, but I’m sure she’s got her reasons.

THREE KEYS to a SUCCESSFUL VENTURE

Hugh says with these, you got a good business.

Awareness
Trial of product
Repeatability

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THREE STAGES in MOBILE TECHNOLOGY

He talks about what’s going on now and what’s to come:

Stage 1—We’re using the mobile internet NOW—not 15, 20 years from now. That’s way faster than the elite predicted. And mobile is ubiquitous. (I like that word.) Who ever leaves home without the keys, the wallet, and the phone?

Stage 2—Pretty soon, mobile isn’t just about phones. It’s ID wristbands in hospitals. ID devices at amusement parks—systems that pull down your Facebook profile and help you find your lost kid. It’s Clairol using an app to time your hair coloring perfectly. It’s Nike shoes reporting your running stats for you—and sending them to your accountability group.

Stage 3—In the future, it’s not even a phone. Hugh says it this way: “The idea of what is mobile will change dramatically.” Maybe it’s in your clothes—and you get to change the color of the fabric. Maybe it checks if your windows are closed. Maybe it monitors your meds. He quotes some futurist who expects it in nanotechnology. He’s talking really small, like IN YOUR BLOODSTREAM. Now just stop a minute and think about the positive and negatives of that.

Hugh says that not all these possibilities are so pretty. The opportunity for abuse by unscrupulous individuals, greedy companies, and repressive governments is huge. That gets my attention. And I’m wondering how it will all shake out.

He talks about innovations that don’t get used effectively. Here’s an example: The QR code was big for a few months then it fizzled. Reason? Poor use. People posted lots of QR codes that didn’t lead anywhere. So people ignore ‘em now. Cry wolf.

smartphone with keyboardTHREE LIMITERS

He talks about three limiting factors in mobile technology. (Hey, this guy thinks in threes):

Limiter #1—First is battery life. These things suck battery and everybody’s looking for a wall outlet wherever they go. The industry needs to get that solved. (FYI: Just happens I know a startup company’s got a way to make batteries last ten times longer, so the fix is coming—people just don’t know about it yet.)

Limiter #2—Next is privacy. There ain’t no safeguards now. Everything’s self-regulated and there’s some real bad actors out there—people who know your location and take advantage of that. Companies can pull down your personal profile. Think they’re not using that stuff? Think again. You walk down the street and WHAP—a lousy come-on from the bar you just walked past. Hey—it’s in the terms and conditions you never read when you downloaded that app, so it’s legit. Then there’s the illegal text spam—the kind you didn’t ask for at all. It’s already with us. Then there’s the fact that smart phones are computers. Won’t be long before the hackers and cheese-doodle-eating virus kids get busy. That kinda behavior slows down the industry. I wonder how fast it would be movin’ without these creeps.

Hugh predicts two major events in the very near future.

A major privacy incident

A major location-based incident

A mobile app is like a credit card transaction over the Internet—theft happens. The credit card company gives you some protection but nobody’s protecting the cell phone users. He predicts that both of these events will get a lota media attention and plenty of righteous indignation. It’s gonna be bad enough that the industry is gonna face a contraction, so watch your telecom investments.

That also means regulation is coming. Plenty of it. But Hugh sees it as the only way. Says this particular industry CAN’T regulate itself. He’s hoping for the kind of regs that worked real good for the food industry. Rules that make it easy to find out what’s in your food. But the government might come down with a heavy hand, like the way Sarbanes Oxley is screwing with our capital markets. Me, I’m betting the government will do something dumb. That’s their trend. But all I can do is wait and see how it shakes out.

Limiter #3—In the future, our location privacy and personal privacy is gonna be pretty much gone. That’ll be another limiter on mobile technology. Maybe somebody’ll solve it or maybe we just get used to it.

Pockets full of Smartphones

Now his time is shot and he takes Q&A. I think it’s a good presentation. I learned somethin’ and had a good time. Before we break into groups, I meet him one-on-one. Guys got FIVE—count ‘em—5 smartphones on his person. Pockets full of ‘em. What’s with that? So I ask him what gives. “It’s my business,” he says. Simple answer. Direct. Honest. One thing I learn dealing with this new crop of technical business people—they’re intense. And they get the job done.

Your editor invited me down here ‘cause he don’t own no smart phone and he wants I should meet with these people. Yeah, you heard right—no smartphone. Hard to believe but it’s true. Says his Palm Pilot ain’t broke yet. Palm pilot? That thing belongs in the Field Museum with the dinosaurs. The guy carries that piece o’—that piece of hardware around everywhere. Calls it a classic. I call it dumb. Weber GrillHe coulda been here, eatin’ this great food at the Weber Grill. www.webergrillrestaurant.com. So, John, I raise one to you. Cheers!

CONTACTS

Find Hugh Jedwill, CEO of Mobile Anthem, at http://mobileanthem.com, an agency that bridges marketing with mobile technology. See him on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2oY4vrZFDc

Find the Tektite Group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheTektiteGroup and their blog at http://tektitegroup.wordpress.com. These events are organized by Jean Pickering www.facebook.com/jean.pickering who for years has run most o’ the best stuff in this town. Was always behind the scenes till now. I might just mosey on down next time. Had a blast. This ain’t no waste-of-time networking group. I took in a terrific presentation and made three solid business connections.

And check out the great food at the Weber Grill. http://www.webergrillrestaurant.com/

All my best regards,
Loop Lonagan

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