Category Archives for Phones

Why we hate video calls

Good piece in the New Scientist about why we’ve always hated video calls: When another New York Times reporter went to Pittsburgh in mid-1971, however, he found only 33 Picturephones in operation, with just 12 able to dial outside their … Continue reading

17. December 2016 by jeremy
Categories: Interfaces, Internet life, Networks, Phones | 1 comment

Jack’s Hit: Apple’s Missing Socket

There’s been a lot of talk about the removal of the iPhone’s audio jack, most of it knee-jerk, albeit sometimes amusing. A sampling:  Apple Plug Fill in your archaic headphone connector with beautiful aluminium and plug yourself into the future. Apple … Continue reading

09. September 2016 by jeremy
Categories: Innovation, Phones | Tags: , , , | 1 comment

A Tale of Three Asias

Source: GfK data I’ve just been playing around with some smartphone data from GfK, which collects its data by point-of-sale (POS) tracking in 90+ markets and estimates values based on unsubsidized retail pricing — meaning I guess that these are not … Continue reading

27. November 2015 by jeremy
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From balloons to shrimp-filled shallows, the future is wireless

From balloons to shrimp-filled shallows, the future is wireless BY JEREMY WAGSTAFF (Reuters) – The Internet may feel like it’s everywhere, but large pockets of sky, swathes of land and most of the oceans are still beyond a signal’s reach. … Continue reading

28. April 2014 by jeremy
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Meshing and Stacking Away from Disaster

I’m often haunted by the folk in Wall-E, the movie where humans have abandoned Earth to trash, a small waste-collecting robot and a cockroach. That’s not the bit that scares me: it’s the space-bound humans who are ferried around on … Continue reading

16. April 2014 by jeremy
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WhatsApp: Silly Money or New Front in the Platform Wars?

It’s been a few days since Facebook announced to the world it had bought WhatsApp. And Rakuten bought Viber. You are forgiven if only one of those names rings a bell. so while I’m at it, let me throw in … Continue reading

01. March 2014 by jeremy
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Taxi Dating Apps?

I’ve been meeting a better class of taxi driver lately. It’s been made possible by something called GrabTaxi, which I have begun to think of as a dating app for passengers and taxi drivers. Of course, it’s not really, that … Continue reading

08. February 2014 by jeremy
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Smartwatches: Coming Soon to a Cosmos Near You

This is a column I did for the BBC World Service, broadcast this week.  There’s been a lot of talk that the big boys — by which I mean Apple and Samsung — are about to launch so-called smart watches. … Continue reading

05. September 2013 by jeremy
Categories: BBC, Design, Devices, Hardware, Innovation, Interfaces, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 comments

iPhatigue

This is the text of a BBC piece I wrote, based on our Reuters story of a week or so ago.   The problem with smartphones is that they’re visible. We want them to be visible; we flaunt them. We put … Continue reading

13. February 2013 by jeremy
Categories: BBC, Phones, Reuters, Software, apps | Tags: | 1 comment

Myanmar’s mobile revolution too slow for many

A piece I wrote from Yangon on the state of mobile communications in Myanmar Mobile revolution in Myanmar is on the cards, but too slow for many | Reuters: Myanmar is on the cusp of a mobile revolution. Only it’s … Continue reading

21. January 2013 by jeremy
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