Mobile vs Mobility

We just arrived home, having beat out traffic jams and a thunderstorm…not to mention having caught up with everyone we needed to and, yes, planned tomorrow too. We used Waze to bypass a jam-packed highway and got routed through streets we never would have known to follow. Before we left, we diligently checked Dark Sky…

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A Mobile View of Mobile World Congress

Mobile is everything…. Must be so…as that was the theme line for MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona with over 100,000 attendees (largest crowd ever) viewing some 2,200 exhibitors covering 110,000 net square meters – which is huge – I know, I walked it all… And here I thought it was digital…how old-school…Luddite that I…

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Downton Abbey Inspires an App?

How do I begin 2016? Big Data? Drones? IOT? Need it now? More mobile? Post-digital? Pre-apocalypse? More on Star Wars and Adele? Nah… Instead I opted for a great story. One that encompasses everything that I love and admire about the age we live in and an age that is past. 2016 begins the sixth…

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Not Digital…Not Mobile…People First!

Is there a difference between Disruption and Transformation? Between shaking up a business sector (I’d say “business model,” but that is proving to be less and less true) and transforming society? Between monetizing fabulous enablement and actually changing people’s lives for the good? For example…we talk about Uber disrupting the “Get a Taxi” model –…

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Twitter, Schmitter, and Turkey

“Twitter, mwitter,” so said Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to thousands of supporters at a rally in Istanbul last week where he vowed to close down social platforms. As reported by Reuters…further: “We will wipe out all of these,” Erdogan said. “The international community can say this, can say that. I don’t care at all. Everyone…

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India Can Ignite Your Imagination

India has always been synonymous, to me, with magic and mystery. I must confess that growing up in the West, it was Rudyard Kipling who first ignited my passion and The Jungle Bookand Kim are still go-to reads for me…and before you jump on me – yes, I know that his colonial roots are problematic…but as you knee-jerk…

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Does Facebook Know it’s Mobile?

Facebook is a mobile company. Already. FULL STOP. In fact, as much or more so than AT&T or Vodafone or Telefonica or whatever local carrier you use in your country or region. In fact, as much as Google or Microsoft or Samsung or Nokia – only different. So I am mystified by the digibabble and…

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Remember Cell Phones?

Do you remember cell phones? We used to use them to make calls…. Today we have smartphones.  We use them to communicate, but also to take pictures, consume content, play games, buy and sell stuff, find our way, store data and get advertised to…. We pontificate on mobile – it’s here! Its time has come!…

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The World Was Coming To An End

The world was coming to an end!!!! But what world? So asked Ray Bradbury in his early 1950s short story “The Highway,” through the voice of a poor rural farmer watching city folk frantically drive by his home as they sought to escape the doom. He in turn calmly plowed his fields, wondering what they…

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Gamification

Gamification. It’s all about gamification – the future of all digital communications and of anything social resides in understanding that all outcomes can best be fulfilled by creating gaming engagements that lead to them. One day you might vote or fill out your tax forms through some sort of gaming platform – imagine determining the…

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