Marketing: Repaving the Yellow Brick Road

Technology and telecommunications companies have, for too long, relied on three increasingly obsolete business principles. That population expansion will ensure their growth, that R&D investment will protect their futures and that creating uniqueness in their offers will insulate them from competitive forces. However, this apparent [yellow brick] road to success has resulted in some high…

“Disruptive”. Investor-pleasing rhetoric with little substance?

In an interview with the Financial Times this week, HTC CEO Peter Chou talked of the company launching a tablet in the near future. He stated that the product would be disruptive. Disruptive. What a nebulous statement that has become. I’m sure it resonates well among the investment community keen to see HTC’s fortunes reenergized,…

Ebay, I’m losing trust – step up and protect your sellers

I’ve been on something of an ebay [selling] rampage over the last few months. I’ve probably sold in excess of 30 items since the start of the year and so far I’ve not had a single bad experience with my buyers. Until now. It’s not a bad success rate I admit, but it calls into…

Twitter’s place in television.

“Thank-you Prime Minister….and now here’s what Steve in Chelmsford thinks”. Do you care what Steve in Chelmsford has to say about the war in Syria? The BBC (or any other major broadcaster) certainly thinks his opinion adds valuable commentary to that provided by both trained journalists and respected commentators. Yes, Twitter’s role in television has me…

Fitbit: I’ve got that sinking feeling

I’m not one for running. A teenage knee injury made sure of that. In fact, I’ve recently become quite glad that I’m not a runner. It means that I’m not able to fall into the overly narcissistic behaviour of using a fitness tracker to post my running and exercise regimes on Facebook, (cyclists you are…

The same device for two years?

Who wants to be tied to the same mobile device for two years? Published in today’s Telecom.com (on behalf of WDS, A Xerox Company), my views on the future of the mobile device subsidy and the growing misalignment between operator business models and hardware innovation lifecycles.

Skydrive: A case of mistaken identity

When I first read this headline, I had to check that it wasn’t 1st April.  Could Sky, a television and communications business, really have forced Microsoft to rename its cloud storage solution, Skydrive? My first reaction was one of incredulity (I thought Apple had the market for petty legal attacks in the bag). In its…

BlackBerry’s device ambiguity

Oh BlackBerry, you do infuriate me. Sometimes I think you forget that you now have two distinct form factors in your line-up. How else can you explain broadcasting device-ambiguous #BB10Tips through your @BlackBerryHelp Twitter account? Some are self-evident; “Swipe down”…ok, that must relate to the Z10 not the Q10/5. But then you get something like……

Is all smartphone photography narcissistic?

In the smartphone camera vs digital SLR debate I’ve come to the conclusion that technical comparisons are irrelevant. For me it’s a question of curation, narcissism and  Starbuck’s Lattes. A post on The Verge about smartphone photography has really got me thinking about this. The sentiment of the piece became overwhelmingly distorted by the reader…

iOS Green Felt RIP

My own personal homage to the departure of Apple’s skeuomorphic design language.