Sunday, 29 April 2012

The killer phone architecture

With most users changing their phone every couple of years, it’s exceptional now for a phone design to be in use, or even remembered, ten years after it was designed. Superficially, that can be attributed to the marvellous and rapid evolution in the services that phones deliver. But there are also deeper and less attractive reasons.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Technology Strategy Board backs Local Energy Markets vision

Our vision for Local Energy Markets in the UK came a bit closer to realization on 11th April, when the Technology Strategy Board announced substantial financial support for an in-depth feasibility study. The study consortium will be led by the smart energy specialists Swanbarton, with industrial IT expertise from the high-integrity software house IPL. Net Trajectory's Clive Tomlinson brokered the IPL-Swanbarton partnership, articulated the Local Energy Markets vision in the consortium's winning submission to the government-backed Technology Strategy Board, and will be contributing to the study in the Swanbarton team.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Does Apple condemn itself to second place in the smartphone race?

March’s analysis of ‘the future of mobile’, from the enterprising Henry Blodget of Business Insider, paints a picture of smartphone operating systems rapidly outstripping all other software platforms, and of iOS growing more strongly than Android. But today’s reports from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech (What a mouthful! And what a web site!) suggest that iOS is heading for second place in the smartphone Olympics.
There’s good reason for that.

LTE tax

The UK government budget document for 2012-13 purports to reveal how we'll be taxed in the coming year, but it makes no mention of its planned LTE spectrum auction. I've seen several predictions of how much money the auction may raise for the Exchequer; the smallest that I've seen (in the Financial Times) is £2bn. While that 2bn will be paid directly by the businesses that will be bidding, ultimately it will be paid by UK mobile communications users: the businesses have no other source of funds.