Monthly Archives: December 2007

First impressions of the eeePC

Very first log in screen, one that will never show up again. They made me do this at the store itself so that we could test that the machine I was going to take home with me was in full … Continue reading

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Dec 07: Connecting dots for an emerging future

“People are techno savvy. Mobile phone and the SIM card are powerful computing devices. Three most expensive infrastructures in banking, POS machine, ATM and Bank Teller will be replaced with the use of an inexpensive mobile phone,” “The mobile sector … Continue reading

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The new ‘browning’ of African technology

This is taken from an article in Monday’s Straits Times, I’ve yet to find it online anywhere [updated, link to article on the Japan Times] written by G. Pascal Zachary on the observable trends in Africa. To quote, “The sudden … Continue reading

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Built in mobile broadband, the next big thing?

Just the day before yesterday, I wrote the following in a post after ordering my new eeePC, As for the phone? Well, if this little device can do all of the above, all I’ll really need to is take calls … Continue reading

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Coming soon! My very own mobile information device

Out of stock already due to the holidays, the eeePC by ASUS has apparently been flying off the shelves at the local Challenger superstore in Singapore. As the sales assistant walked me to the customer service counter where I could … Continue reading

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Design for an emerging world

The Torino World Design Capital 2008 website has just published my opinion piece written for them, here’s a longish excerpt to encourage you to read the whole article. Poverty, culture and the environment are the three global megatrends that are … Continue reading

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Liminal cyberspace: The next billion online

The BBC has an interesting viewpoint by Canadian Internet law professor Michael Geist where he takes a big picture look at the impact of the next billion internet users coming online globally. Quoting the article directly, some snippets: The next … Continue reading

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Prototyping to reality: niche mobiles for unmet needs

In May 2006, a little news snippet about a team of undergraduate students having successfully developed Amharic text for the mobile phone caught my eye when I was creating the Design Directory newsletter. Back then, the news article ended with … Continue reading

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Pondering the mobile innovation divide

Vanderbeeken has an interesting post up on Putting People First today, one that made me think about the possible reasons why mobile services and application areas in the developed world (read the United States) are a bit behind the rest … Continue reading

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Emerging market strategies: Planning and flexibility

Nothing ever goes according to plan, particularly in the developing world, and being flexible is the key to accomplishing your objectives. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But what does this actually mean for those of us who’ve created plans, implemented strategies … Continue reading

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