I was just listening This week in google #236, and they were talking about device ecosystems. The topic of smartwatches came up obviously. The first Samsung Galaxy Gear was apparently not a good seller because it had a limited app ecosystem and it was tied to just a few devices (I only know one person who has said watch, and wears it regularly).
If Apple builds an iWatch, they will tie it into the iOS ecosystem. This is why Leo Laporte the host likes the Pebble – it works with all his devices.
How many people are Leo with an iPhone and an Android phone? And whatever else is compatible with the Pebble? End users (consumers) usually have one phone. There’s nothing wrong with the iWatch to be tied into the iOS ecosystem — its an awesome ecosystem. Soon you may get cars with iOS on it (just like you can get cars with Linux on it).
The iWatch if Apple makes one will probably be compatible all the way back to the iPhone 4S. It should cover most iOS/iPhone users. And just like the apps you buy in the app store when the iPad came along (first you had iPhone only apps, with double-size; then you had separate iPad apps that would cost more; nowadays many apps are “universal” to work on both and cost the same), I expect something similar will happen with the iWatch.
That said, I like my analogue watches. I had no interest in the Pebble or the Samsung Galaxy Gear. I’d be interested to see what they do with version 2, which has Tizen (even less apps maybe?). When Apple releases an iWatch, you can be sure I’d probably buy it — I have seen things from all sides, and I like their ecosystem.
Microsoft has its third CEO in its entire history (started 1975), Satya Nadella. Some choice quotes & thoughts…
What drives me every morning and what keeps me up every night is one thing: this business is not about longevity, it’s about relevance.
Via his letter to his employees:
Our industry does not respect tradition — it only respects innovation.
Many who know me say I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I buy more books than I can finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things.
This starts with clarity of purpose and sense of mission that will lead us to imagine the impossible and deliver it. We need to prioritize innovation that is centered on our core value of empowering users and organizations to “do more.”
I truly believe that each of us must find meaning in our work. The best work happens when you know that it’s not just work, but something that will improve other people’s lives.
Not sure about this “one microsoft” idea (I hear too much of 1Malaysia), but the elements required to aspire to change the world stand strong: talent, resources, and perseverance.
Definitely an exciting time to see what Microsoft can bring to the table. Not to mention that opensource and cloud computing is pretty much everywhere these days…
News today: Genneva (gold trading company, launched by former Prime Minister Mahathir) Malaysia director charged with accepting deposits without a license.
So if you’re thinking of a Bitcoin exchange in Malaysia, think again. Bank Negara Malaysia obviously doesn’t think much of Bitcoin. How will you accept deposits without a license?
Singapore on the other hand proves itself to be in the forefront of finance: treat Bitcoin like a product. Read the full IRAS statement. Singapore is about to get its first Bitcoin ATM soon.
For further reading, see the BAFIA 1989, in its entirety. Once again, laws that prevent innovation.
“I’m told that there is a Chinese proverb that says:
If you want one year of prosperity, then grow grain.
If you want 10 years of prosperity, then grow trees.
But if you want 100 years of prosperity, then you grow people.”
(Via Remarks by President Obama and President Hu of the People’s Republic of China in an Exchange of Toasts at State Dinner | The White House)
As is becoming tradition, this year we celebrated the New Year’s Eve in London, and on New Year’s day we moved from London to Zurich. We woke up on New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam, so there were a lot of British Airways plane rides (now offering gate-to-gate usage of your tablets, kindles, phones). This past year, we threw the usual Christmas open house and only left on the 26th — something that I think was very useful, as I got to see a lot of old friends whom I don’t normally manage to catch up with (noon-8pm this time around).
In terms of travel, 2013 brought on 27 trips (36 last year), visiting 17 countries (20 last year), and 35 cities (42 last year). I only spent 223 days on the road (262 last year), and did 305,399 miles (456,110 miles previously). I’m still on my 28th trip so the stats are a bit munged now.
2014 is something I’m looking forward to. There are lots of exciting things brewing. I plan to travel a little less, looking at having more of a home base. I’m writing this after an exciting day walking around Zurich. I haven’t written a retrospective of 2013, and I never seem to do (i.e. look back), but when I look forward, I just see good things happening overall. Think positive, and all that ;-)
I’m taking more photos again (I now carry a more pocketable camera, the Fujifilm X-E2, which I picked up before Christmas). OK, signing off, time to go back to real life. Happy New Year’s! May it be prosperous for you (heard on British Airways, its clear the influence from China is now stronger).