Peering Into the Future

While I was at VON last month the phrase "peer-assisted streaming mesh networks" passed through my brain. But it didn't really trigger any insights until last night. I was at a seminar about "next generation Web ad networks." (Tell me, is anything today not next generation?) One of the presenters was from SkyRider, a company that helps people distribute and "monetize" content on peer-to-peer networks. It was then that the full disruptive possibilities of mesh networks clicked for me. For … [Read more...]

BT Bundles VoIP for Biz

Here's a refreshing idea: Make your service more attractive to customers by helping them save money. That's what British telecom giant BT is doing with its Office Anywhere. The service, which delivers email, calendars, contacts and documents on a free-with-service HTC S620 smartphone, also includes free VoIP calling from WiFi hotspots. Oh, and it’s also a conventional mobile phone. … [Read more...]


The Apple Rumor Mill has been operating overtime on grist that the company is planning a WiFi version of the iPod, planned just in time for Christmas 2007. The source of the rumor is Taiwan's Digitimes, which has a notoriously poor track record predicting Apple news. … [Read more...]


Prevalent Devices has an interesting solution to the problem of PDA typing. The company's PhrazeIt softkeyboard for devices running Microsoft Windows Mobile organizes the keypad around vowels and their permitted following consonants. The software, which you download from the site, is available in eight languages: English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish and Swedish. It's an intriguing concept. I tried the demo on the site and it didn't take me long to get the idea. However, I … [Read more...]