Carriers are the Biggest Threat to Innovation
Before the advent of the iPhone, cellular carriers had very specific regulations on what they would and would not allow on their networks and the mobile phone producers were slaves to the carriers’ demands. The iPhone seemed to turn that around, however, as Apple had released the device to cater to the customers rather than the carriers. Unfortunately, the industry is in a backslide as carriers become even more heavy-handed in regulating the next generation of mobile devices.
Cisco’s New Cloud Service Plays Nanny
Cisco’s new cloud service, Cisco Connect Cloud, has been rolled out by the company to routers all over the world recently and users are finding that the service is somewhat restrictive. In the terms of service for the service, Cisco forces users to comply with restrictions against digital piracy and pornography, among other things. Failure to abide by these regulations could result in losing access to the service and the administrative functions it provides.
British Airways Wants to Google You
Under the auspices of using the information to deliver a “more personal touch” to customers, British Airways has begun use of a program called “Know Me” that pro-actively searches for photos and records of passengers. This has created quite a buzz in the Internet community, however, because many customers take offense at having their personal information browsed and analyzed by outsiders simply because they purchased a plane ticket.
Amazon Going Cellular?
Amazon’s flagship tablet device, the Kindle Fire, has been the center of attention for the company in addition to their popular online shopping platform. However, rumors abound of an Amazon smartphone currently in development, likely supported by the Kindle’s Android shell OS or something like it. With Amazon’s powerful app store and media delivery services already established, the company certainly has the infrastructure to support an entry into the market, but time will tell if the public is interested in yet another smartphone.
Polaroid is Making a Comeback into the Digital Age
Most people over the age of 20 can remember a time when Polaroid photos were a novelty and a convenience. Photos developed instantly, on-site, without the need of a 1-hour photo development shop or lengthy mail order processing. These days, most people own a digital camera and can easily print photos with a color printer in their own home, but sometimes nothing less than instant gratification will suffice. Enter the new Polaroid Z2300: a small form factor digital camera with a built-in printer that produces business card-sized photo prints within about 30 seconds of taking the shot.