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2013 and still no usable WiFi hotspots

I travelled from Paris to Amsterdam this week... (for a business conference). I took the Thalys speed train. They offer WiFi on board... supposedly via satellite with fallback to multilink 3G when necessary. The reality is it works only 50% of the time…...

July 4, 2013 · 3 min · François Planque

15 minutes with iPad: too heavy!

I was at a conference in Amsterdam last week and although we don't have the iPads in Europe yey, I had the opportunity to play for 15 minutes with an iPad brought by a US attendee. My first impression was: it's really nicely designed, extremely intuiti…...

April 18, 2010 · 2 min · François Planque

Flat rate is about to unleash the mobile web

Remember when DSL internet access started to come with unlimited data transfer plans? This is when everyone started using for the web for all kinds of things: this is when people actually started surfing the web! The reason behind that is that flat…...

August 19, 2008 · 2 min · François Planque

2004: year of the mobile apps

As Russel [link gone] puts it: 2004 is the year of the mobile [applications]. (Okay, here in France, it might shift to 2005, but whatever...) Of course, the two main markets here are: mobile games (play while commuting...)and mobile enterprise…...

January 10, 2004 · 2 min · François Planque

Photophones & Copyright

Seems like a pattern beginning to emerge... :>> Samsung bans camera phones in workplace This is wild. Samsung Electronics, the world's leading maker of high-end camera phones said it would block employees and visitors from…...

July 10, 2003 · 1 min · François Planque

Who said we didn't need wireless? (Reloaded)

At first this looks plain stupid. However, one would hope there was actually careful planing in building the new road AND in moving the pylons but that they were just not executed in the right order... and it was probably better for the road contractor…...

May 16, 2003 · 1 min · François Planque

Trendspotting: mobile SPAM :(

It's already making me sick... and it's only the beginning :( Mobile SPAM is coming in all flavours! First there is SMS spam. Your phone beeps in the middle of a meeting as if you just received an alert, you check what's going wrong... but no, it's just…...

May 12, 2003 · 2 min · François Planque

Who said we didn't need wireless? :))

Who said we didn't need wireless?

May 4, 2003 · 1 min · François Planque

Mobile devices are going crazy!

Can you imagine carrying this one in your pocket? Brother's m-print micro printer: 17.5 mm thick, less than 300 g, printing A7 documents. You can actually carry it in your pocket and use it to print from your phone or PDA! (But I certainly…

April 13, 2003 · 1 min · François Planque

Smartphones are doomed !

There's been a lot of excitement in the air lately about how smartphones are supposed to change the mobile world as we knew it until now. Simple plan: take the best PDA, take the best mobile phone, melt them together, rely on Moore's law to get it do…...

April 10, 2003 · 9 min · François Planque