A new video from an Israeli start-up called StoreDot shows how smartphones could be charged in thirty seconds. This tech was demoed during Microsoft’s Think Next conference in Tel Aviv. Although the video shows a Samsung Android smartphone being charged, it could be used to charge iPhones as well.
I’ve said that any developer seeking to unleash a task management application needs to think mobile first. We live in a mobile world, where we can (and do) work from anyplace and at anytime. Being disconnected from your tasks and projects for an extended period isn’t just undesirable – it’s not an option. That’s why today’s announcement fro Mindjet is such a huge deal. Today they have announced the availability of their purpose-built app for mobile team and project management: Mindjet Tasks.
Yesterday Steve Ballmer sat down with LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman to talk about Windows, technology, and the state of things. From the audio (and video) posted by TechCrunch, there were the typical Ballmer moments, but more interestingly Ballmer is trying to position Microsoft as a middle ground between the wild west of Android and the tight control of Apple. Maybe he’s onto something.
Gartner Report: Apple and Samsung Control Smartphones, Andriod Leads, but iOS Will Narrow the Gap Soon
Gartner’s quarterly report on the mobile phone market are out and unsurprisingly it’s a battle between Apple and Samsung, iOS and Android. Apple and Samsung together control almost half of the smartphone market—46.5%— and while Android controls over 50% of smartphone sales by OS, iOS is expected to narrow the gap in Q4. Really, the smartphone market is like an opera. We have two main players (Apple and Samsung) battling for our hearts and minds, while the rest of the field have their own parts to play.
As much as we’ve discussed Scott Forstall’s pseudo-departure from Apple—I’ve Come Not to Bury Scott Forstall, But To Praise Him—at length, we haven’t talked about seemingly unrelated, but curiously related, news of Steven Sinofsky’s abrupt departure from Microsoft. Is there a connection? Is there an opportunity for Forstall in this? The mind boggles. In the end, however, it’s going to come down to which path they choose next.
If you live in Philadelphia, Seattle, or Oakland you better keep tabs on your smartphone, because according to Lookout, those are the top three cities for smartphone loss/theft. Not to mention Micro-Max.com says that 113 smartphones are lost or stolen every minute in the U.S. alone. Kinda makes me want to physically connect my phone to my body at all times!