Month: February 2010

Internet Censorship Gathers Momentum

Once upon a time, the world was outraged by Iran and China filtering and blocking access to content on the internet. Then Australia got into the game which started people scratching their heads, and now with France being the latest entrant into the censorship arena it appears that this is going to be the norm from now on. The initial argument for censorship is blocking child pornography. This is something no one can argue against and is an absolute necessity. However, once that is in place it is only a few policies away from an Orwellian “1984” scenario. If...

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Hulu for your iPad

As the jokes about Apple’s inadvertent naming of its newest product have slowed down, there is news that the online streaming service Hulu may be coming to an iPad near you. Hulu’s owners are currently pondering over how they can bring an effective service to the iPad. The insider reports suggest that it will be a paid service or in other words a subscription package. While Hulu has been free so far online, there have been constant rumblings from NBC U, Fox and Disney that a premium service is somewhere in the offing. The subscription service to the iPad, when it does materialize, will be the first step in monetizing the Hulu service. The rumors are that Hulu will eventually move onto a three-pronged approach, where it will reach consumers via the web, mobile and TV. Under this plan they intend to keep the current episodes free on the web while offering back episodes for a nominal fee while the mobile and TV services will be offered as subscriptions. However, the first step of the larger plan still involves moving to a mobile device which currently happens to be the iPad. Unfortunately, the iPad does not support Adobe Flash, which is the medium used by Hulu and a myriad of other online video services to deliver their content. So it appears that a workaround solution has to be found....

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Latest Trends in Smart Phones

The Mobile World Congress trade show is set to begin soon and the big boys of the cell phone handset world are ready to come out all guns blazing. So, here is what you can expect from each of them at the trade show scheduled to take place shortly. Nokia – Once the undisputed leader, Nokia finds itself challenged by the iPhone and the Blackberry. With its dominance reduced to 39 % of the Smart Phone market, Nokia is concentrating more on 5000 series models which are simpler and cheaper. The free satellite navigation feature that is included with all new Smart Phone models makes it unique among its competitors. RIM – Business professionals love the Blackberry, which is reflected in the 20 % share that Research In Motion currently holds. The Blackberry Curve is RIM’s best seller due to its retail-friendly nature. Although it has a lower profit margin, the sheer volume of sales is making this model a winner for RIM. Apple – The iPhone is still a phenomenon, even though it is almost three years since it was first released. It has been steadily growing while currently holding almost 14 % of the market share. Although no new features or developments are announced yet, Apple is focusing on is new markets. With China as the new target, expect the iPhone to challenge the #2 spot in...

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