Saturday, 29 January 2011

You must be really old...

Well, quite.

All that new fangled mobile technology stuff eh?

Interesting article that's actually about an economic summit thingy (Davos, which isn't the name of the chief bad dalek from Dr Who fwiw) but is actually a bit of a commentary on why mobile devices are arguably much more important than those big old fashioned PC things. Which I guess you probably sort of new. But, like, I'm far too old...
One top politician at Davos tells the story of how she visited a technology bootcamp for teenagers, and was stunned when the youngsters freely swapped computer code with competitors. When she challenged one of them, he said "you must be really old" and told her that the swap would make both projects better.
Which, I guess, is part of that awfully old fashioned idea that the best thing about technology is it's openness - and that only dinosaurs try to close it off too much.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Paying with your mobile

Hmm, interesting- paying for stuff using your cell phone.

It's all part of the way in which ICT can help people to use stuff more efficiently. Why do you need a wallet full of cards when you have a cell phone and the ability to pass information over short distances securely? Everything, Penny, is better with bluetooth (although this might be using RFID...)

Some half decent links from the news report as well.