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The first competitor for the iPhone

A new challenge for the iPhone was launched yesterday: it is the first mobile phone with Android inside.

Even if not everybody seems to be so enthusiast about the product, more than everything else in the DEV perspective, at least, I see a very interesting trend for prices. The announced price is 120 Eur (at certain conditions) which is fine is compared with many other models and the iPhone itself. So, the tendency of prices to get lower is happening this time as well and we can really start thinking about a wide spread of these tools, also in developing countries.

Linking this news with the possibility of wider access available in two years time, than the scenario could be very much different in the near future.

Are WE going the same direction? Will we be able to provide good services for that time? How much time do we need to design new services for these devices? Are our Human Access Points ready to help us designing them?

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New connection for the South of the world

It is called O3b and stands for other3billion: that’s to say the 3 billion people who are not connected yet to the Internet. It is a new initiative funded by Google, Liberty Global, and HSBC to build a new telecommunications infrastructure, with 16 satellites, offering high-speed, low-cost Internet connectivity to emerging countries.

The service is supposed to become active in 2010. It seems very close, so I suggest we immediately start thinking how to exploit this new potentiality, preparing new mobile and Internet services of the future.

In this sense, I very much agree with Dion Hinchcliffe when, mentioning the peculiarities of the web, he underlies the need for a deeper knowledge of its mechanism. I see it fundamental to well interpret the Internet and get the best out of it.

The Jakob’s law

“Users spend most of their time on other sites”

can be a good stimulus in this sense.