’s Top 6 Posts for February 2013

by Jeff Wiener on March 5, 2013

1. Introducing Digitcom’s Hybrid Hosted Solution: It’s the Best of Both Worlds!

For almost any business in the world to succeed an effective communications strategy is essential, and for many that means investing in a cutting edge premise-based communication solution for your office, one that offers the very best in advanced call features. While such systems are the backbone of the business phone systems industry, there are downsides to investing in the hardware, software, and maintenance of such a system however, particularly related to upgrading and expansion.

If your business is growing and you want to avoid investing in on-premise communication solutions for your satellite offices, what you need is a Hybrid Hosted solution from Digitcom. Providing cutting edge communication features at a fraction of the cost of a premised solution.

2. Blackberry 10 launch doesn’t stabilise RIM’s future

The Blackberry 10 launch was supposed to signal the start of RIM’s rejuvenation as the company looks to secure its future but the company’s future still looks uncertain. After the massive launch late last month, RIM’s stock dropped on the TSX following average reviews on their new smartphones and operating system.

Ultimately, Blackberry’s fate will be decided by the sales of the new smartphones and while its stock value is going to fluctuate over the next few months, Blackberry hopes that the public warms to its new products if it is going to survive and challenge the likes of Samsung and Apple for dominance in the mobile market.

3. Breaking the Affordability Barrier: How to Connect the ‘Next Billions’

While smartphones are becoming increasingly affordable for us here in the West, the cost of even the lowest-end handset remains a barrier to smartphone expansion in the world’s emerging mobile markets.

In an engaging keynote address about connecting the ‘next billions’ in emerging markets at this month’s Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Manoj Kohli, CEO of carrier Bharti Airtel – which operates in India and Africa—gave a hard target for the mobile world to hit:. If you want to break the affordability barrier, the price of smartphones needs to drop to $30.

4. MicroFluidics Revolutionizes the Mobile Keyboard

We may love our tablets and smartphones, but there’s one thing most ‘mobile addicts’ still despise, and that’s the touchscreen keyboard. Whether it’s those fat-fingered mistakes or those hilariously embarrassing auto-corrects and typos that plague the user interface, the fact that touchscreen technology is so prone to mistakes makes it a less than ideal choice for our default physical computing interface.

California-based Tactus Technology has created the perfect solution to this physical keyboard conundrum, using the science of MicroFluidics to create a physical keyboard that bubbles up from the surface of you mobile device; there when you want it, gone when you don’t.

5. Is NFC Really the Future of Mobile Payment?

While the buzzword at this year’s Mobile World Congress is once again ‘NFC,’ there are some who believe that ‘near field communication’ technology will ultimately fail to take-off.

Despite no shortage of companies who continue to back NFC, with the likes of China Mobile, Visa, and MasterCard all announcing deals this week to boost the use of this payment form factor, the trouble remains that two of the mobile markets biggest players, Apple and Samsung, have yet to embrace the technology, opting instead for their own mobile payment systems. Without those two players on board, many fear NFC will never truly succeed.

6. Small Cells Solution to Spectrum Crisis?

Over the last several years we’ve covered a number of possible responses to the looming spectrum crisis…and none of them have involved acquiring more of the valuable wireless resource. Whether it’s encouraging government spectrum management, treating the extant bandwidth as a finite natural resource of sorts, or pooling all available spectrum and allowing carriers to access only what they need, there are certainly solutions out there, just none of them are terribly popular in light of our insatiable capitalist pursuits.

But its looks like AT&T has listened, at least in part, to some of the possible solutions being bandied about, as Ma Bell revealed this month yet another piece of the company’s patchwork spectrum plan: small cell technology.

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