The Wireless World
Oct 13th, 2011
The past couple of weeks have been a frenzy in the mobile world. Amazon released three Kindles; new Kindle, Kindle Touch, and their flagship–Kindle Fire. And, unless you live on a Survivor-esque remote island, you’ve heard about the Apple iPhone 4S. Apple also announced iOS 5 in which they will finally offer cloud-based services (iCloud). Pre-orders for the Kindle Fire reportedly reached 95,000 units while the iPhone 4S exceeded one miliion in the first 24 hours. In a humanitarian effort, the Indian government is releasing the Aakash tablet to students for $35!!
“The rich have access to the digital world, the poor and ordinary have been excluded. Aakash will end that digital divide,” says HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal.
I have to say, technology has come a long way and I’m a SF/Silicon Valley native. How are you suppose to keep up with all the new flat-panel TVs, digital cameras, mobile phones, tablets, etc? New LCDs, LEDs, f/…, …mm, i(fill in), Droid (fill in pastry/dessert) are released every quarter. This is terrible for an early adopter like myself! I mean, I need the thinnest, 480Hz, LED flat-panel to watch my Netflix (now switching to Blockbuster or Hulu) streamed movies and to view the pics taken with my new $1000 Canon lens, which will be uploaded to Facebook or into the cloud (somwhere out there) for sharing to all 369 of my closest friends via their iPad, iPhone, or Droid.
“According to web analytics firm comScore, smartphones and tablets accounted for 6.8% of all web traffic in the U.S. in August. Approximately two-thirds of that 6.8% came from mobile phones, while the remaining third came from tablet devices.”
With the exception of your flat-panel which device requires you to be wired-in? I hate being “chained” to a specific spot and seeing a tangled mess of wires. Ok, yes, hard-core gamers may need to be wired in for hours upon hours of play. The rest of us, however, like the mobility of starting a movie on our sofa and continuing it in bed on our iPads. I like the flexibility to wirelessly upload my pics from my man-cave (yes, I have a man cave– jealous?) or kitchen counter. I surf, read and write emails, check the weather, look up stocks, before bed and every morning on my iPhone. Let’s say it together now… Wi-Fi (re-think your occupation if you clicked on the hyperlink).
Wi-Fi and mobility is not limited to the homefront. It also applies in the enterprise. Afterall, we spend 8-10 hours a day in the office space. I want to access our corporate network and resources using my iPad and iPhone. No more docking and undocking my laptop. Pencils and notepads are for Mad Men. I don’t want to be chained by a cable. It’s all about Wireless LAN (WLAN). Companies need to accept that employees and guests expect to use their personal mobile devices in the workplace. They need to implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives to manage this mobile revolution. Unless your company still issues CRTs and dekstops it’s time to make the MOVE.