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Help us translate our Mobile Vision Video

dotsub-frontpageAfter we have published the Video “The Future of Mobile – Mocom2020” it was translated by our community into chinese and french within a few weeks. Now we want to offer our video to more people in different languages. DotSub is the best platform for translations and subtitles of videos online – so that’s why we are using this platform. The “Mobile Future” Video is now even featured on DotSub’s frontpage.

But to make this happen, we need your support and engagement.
We want to translate the “Mobile Future” Video into many more languages. Please go to DotSub.com and start translating the video.

THANK YOU.

20 Questions for Mocom 2020

20 Questions for Mocom 2020We need your help!

Please have a look at these 20 questions about the future of Mobile Media and Communication. We reflect our thesis and trends presented in our Future Vision Video and want to get your thoughts and feedback.

The questionaire will just take you a few minutes, but for us it will be big help.
If you take part you have the chance to win one of three Mocom 2020 books.
Thank you for your support.

20 Questions for Mocom 2020 – The Questionaire:
Start the Questionaire right here!

Future Vision Video subtitled in Chinese and French

Video with chinese subtitles
Within the first week after we have published the Future Vision Video we already reached over 10.000 views on YouTube. But we also published the Video on DotSub to enable users to subtitle the video. Within a few weeks the Mocom 2020 Community subtitled the video in Chinese and French.

Thank you for your support and engagement to offer the video in many different languages. You can also participate and translate the video in Spanish, Greek or any language you want.

Video: Mobile Future on DotSub.com

Evolution of Computer Capacity and Costs

Evolution Computer Power and CostsArtificial intelligence pioneer Hans Moravec made an interesting slide showing the evolution of computer power and cost, and the trajectory toward a thinking machine comparable to a human brain. “Evolution of Computer Power/Cost”.

Evolution Computer Power and Costs

Wikipedia: Hans Moravec (born November 30, 1948 in Austria) is a adjunct faculty member at the Robotics Institute (Carnegie Mellon) of Carnegie Mellon University. He is known for his work on robotics, artificial intelligence, and writings on the impact of technology. Moravec also is a futurist with many of his publications and predictions focusing on transhumanism. Moravec developed techniques in machine vision for determining the region of interest (ROI) in a scene. Other ROI techniques exist, including the patents of Sherman de Forest (U.S.), and the machine vision / image processing articles by Sobel. His last academic publication was in 2003.

Who will bring out the first eNewspaper Reader for free?

Rupert MurdochThis week Murdoch’s News Corp. annouced that they are developing a device that would be used to read newspaper content on a large screen. Murdoch says “its time consumers started paying to read Web content.”

Mobile technology could save the ailing newspaper industry, according to Rupert Murdoch, the CEO of News Corp. and one of the world’s leading media barons. The problem is well known: Newspaper sales and advertising is declining steadily because publishers, fighting tooth and nail for eyeballs, have made most of their content available for free on the Web. Think of it as a price war where the price has dropped to zero.

Murdoch said the project is in its early software development stages, and he provided few details on what he introduced as a potential solution to the problems ailing the publishing industry. “People are used to reading everything on the net for free, and that’s going to have to change,” Murdoch said at the cable industry’s largest annual gathering in Washington, D.C.

Why News Corp. is going to the expense and hassle of developing a dedicated device when the Kindle and its rivals already exists is unclear. Today, Americans can download and read the Wall Street Journal (owned by News Corp.), for example, each day on the Kindle for $10 a month. While neither the Kindle, nor its enhanced successor, the Kindle 2, is perfect, they have been widely lauded for providing a relatively easy reading experience on an electronic device.

Moreover, Amazon is also breaking new ground with its business model. Rather than subsidising the device, as a mobile operator might do, Amazon has priced the Kindle high, but doesn’t charge for the 3G airtime needed to download new titles, so that users can typically buy publications for less than it would cost them to purchase paper copies.

Of course, Murdoch may want a device in which both the hardware and the software are highly-optimised for the delivery of breaking news, potentially pushing headlines, sports scores and other fast-changing content out to his customers as they happen. But is there really room in consumers’ pockets, handbags or brief cases for another dedicated device, especially when they cost several hundred dollars apiece?

The Question for the MOCOM 2020 community is looking into the future: When will somebody bring out the first eNewspaper Reader for free? As the Kindle is sold for few hundred dollars right now, the vision of giving away eBooks or eReaders for free or for 1 USD is not far away.

When do you think this will happen?
And would you take an eNewspaper Reader for free?

Via Dave Pring and
Total Telecom.

4G needed to avoid wireless network overload?

The surge in popularity of mobile applications and smartphones is resulting in significantly greater data consumption, which could soon push existing wireless networks to their limit.

From 2005 to 2012, mobile traffic will have increased a thousand-fold, according to a keynote address at the CTIA Wireless 2009: Mobile Life conference. A Cisco white paper predicted that usage on wireless networks would double every year for the next several years, potentially multiplying 66 times between 2008 and 2013.

“It’s hard to conceive of that type of growth—can we keep up with that type of demand?” said Benjamin Wolff, co-chairman/CEO of Clearwire Corp., which partnered with Sprint on 4G WiMax technology (see story). “We’re already having some challenges with today’s networks to keep up with consumer demand, and as an industry we have to deal this capacity crunch to avoid the threat of network overload.

“We’re seeing a huge amount of wireless data consumption, and it’s only going to go up,” he said. “Capacity is the wireless industry’s dilemma, and today’s apps and devices are just the beginning.”

Today’s smartphones use 30 times as much data as feature phones, while laptops use 450 times the data of a standard mobile phone.

The popularity of new mobile applications is driving bandwidth consumption.

Read more at Mobile Marketer.