Some performers on television appear to be horrible people, but when you finally get to know them in person, they turn out to be even worse.
Michael Gorman at Engadget (http://www.engadget.com/editor/michael-gorman) reports that Vodafone has launched “[...] the Webbox, [that] will bring the internet to anyone with a TV and access to 2.5G or EDGE networks. The Webbox is essentially a QWERTY keyboard — with the data hardware from a phone stuffed inside — that connects to a TV through basic RCA cables and allows for a relatively speedy internet experience by compressing data by around 90 percent. It’s dead simple to set up, as you simply plug in the RCA’s and switch on the device — an Opera Mini browser pops up on screen and allows users to start surfing the world wide web immediately. An app store, some games, and a text editor are baked into the portal, and the ability to send email and SMS messages is included is well. Vodafone is selling the device — which comes with a 2GB SD card and 100MB of data — in South Africa for 749 Rand ($102), with other markets and a two year contract plan to be added later this year. Check out the Webbox, and all its elegant simplicity, in the video after the break. [...]” (full article at http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/16/vodafone-announces-webbox-gives-internet-access-to-the-developi/).
I think that even if under lucrative perspective (because Vodafone is looking for profit not charity) could be a way for developing to have access to the web and hence start or accelerate a path towards knowledge and diffused culture.
What makes me think is that this countries, maybe don’t have access to primary life savings things (hospitals, medicines, food, water,… ) or economy boosters (roads, trains,…) but have full coverage for mobile phones.
It’s quite sad to think that before surviving someone thinks of a cell phone, even if it is cheap…
This post as a comment also at http://www.engadget.com/2011/02/16/vodafone-announces-webbox-gives-internet-access-to-the-developi/Read More
Jack Loftus at Gizmodo (http://gizmodo.com/people/J%20B%20Cougar/posts/) reports a Nielsen study presented also by USA today and engadget where users are less interested in 3d after giving a try on their own (full article at http://gizmodo.com/5635518/study-consumers-less-interested-in-3d-tv-after-experiencing-it-firsthand, original articles at http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/consumer/u-s-consumers-show-high-interest-in-3dtv-but-cite-some-concerns/, at http://content.usatoday.com/communities/technologylive/post/2010/09/study-glasses-for-3d-tv-are-no-fun/, at http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/11/nielsen-survey-shows-high-interest-in-3dtv-low-interest-in-payi/).
I think the limit is in the hardware we are using. Glasses don’t help in being familiar with 3d TV and use is limited. Once solved (if any solution is find), the user experience will boost and so will sales.
This post as a comment also at http://gizmodo.com/5635518/study-consumers-less-interested-in-3d-tv-after-experiencing-it-firsthand, at http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/consumer/u-s-consumers-show-high-interest-in-3dtv-but-cite-some-concerns/ and at http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/11/nielsen-survey-shows-high-interest-in-3dtv-low-interest-in-payi/Read More