Thursday, April 7, 2011

Convergence Crisis

Technology has wrought huge change in media content, consumption and access. It's changed business models, viewing patterns, and now - in the words of the Australian government - "the NBN will transform the delivery of content in Australia, allowing viewers to access virtually limitless content from all over the world."

And so the government is planning a major review of its media policy, the "Convergence Review". A big challenge with convergence is the increasing irrelevance of national borders and the futility of national governments attempting to regulate and restrict what is now an international - and internationally accessible - media.

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Friday, February 11, 2011

On the Burning Deck

Just a day after writing this blog post about Nokia, it seems Question 5 has finally been answered:

5. Why the OS schizophrenia?

Nokia has been venturing into various different operating systems (MeeGo, Maemo) when Symbian's dominance has long been shrinking. Given Android has clear dominance among Linux-based mobile OSes, why not bring out an Android device? Or even Windows Mobile. Interestingly, new CEO Stephen Elop previously headed Microsoft's business division.

Looks like Nokia plans to do both:

Nokia has joined forces with Microsoft in an attempt to regain ground lost to the iPhone and Android-based devices.

The deal will see Nokia use the Windows phone operating system for its smartphones, the company said.

It means that Nokia's existing operating systems will be sidelined.


"We reserve the right to introduce tablets using other platforms, including ones we may be working on internally," [Nokia CEO Stephen Elop] said.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Why bricks should lose to clicks

eBay ran a particularly clever campaign this year: "Browse at Westfield, buy on eBay." It's a 180-degree turn from a few years ago, when the internet served more as a catalogue for shopping that actually took place offline.

Retailers predicted a gloomy festive season: they claim one of the key reasons, other than rising interest rates, is a rush by Australian consumers to overseas shopping sites. The strong Australian dollar means that buying items from the US - even when international shipping costs are included - often works out cheaper than buying goods here.

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