Where are the growth opportunities in the Internet economy? Take a look at where Yahoo is planning its future investment. Social media, video and mobile access. I think they’re right on with this outlook but they did just get beat out for YouTube (video) and they were not able to complete a deal with Facebook (social media). About the only place Yahoo has some traction is in mobile phones. Yahoo Go is available on several popular phones and they plan to be everywhere by the end of the year. Yahoo’s mobile stuff is actually quite good and useful. They’re doing better than most, but watch out because Google maps is available on phones as is gmail and the google rss reader.
Always finding new ways to breath new life into the RAZR line, Motorola and T-Mobile have introduced new RAZR models with laser tattoos based on the work of artist. These phones look great and if I weren’t so interested in moving to a smart phone, I’d want one.
Using a Palm Treo 700, a Fox News cameraman was able to shoot video and send it directly to Fox which proceeded to use it live on-air. This is the first time a major news organization has used live streaming video from a cell phone. The cameraman was actually on a completely different assignment but was close by when a single-engine plane crashed into an apartment building in downtown New York. The software technology used is called CometVision from Comet Video Technologies.
With so many cell phones now having camera and video capabilities, this kind of on the spot citizen media link to major new outlets will only increase. I can see the possibility for an affiliate citizen media program. For every photo I make available to a major news outlet, I can get compensated. For every minute of video I provide, I can make a little cash. How soon until we see fake, staged news events created by people who want to see their stuff on tv or who just want to screw with the system?
Samsung will introduce a new line of mp3 players and a digital music download service run by Music Net. Music Net already powers stores like Yahoo Music and Urge from MTV. Were getting a glut on music download services and may of them all being tied to the mp3 player you own. Microsoft will also launch a store with the Zune player later this year. Just how many on-line music stores can we handle? I think within a few years we will see these stores start to drop like flies and only the strong will remain. iTunes, Microsoft, Yahoo. After all the hand wringing over digital music and downloading on-line digital music downloading is the hottest thing going. Within 10 years, it will be rare to find someone buying a physical cd.
Looks like the stars are aligning and Apple is ready to announce its iTunes movie store on Sept 12th. It should come with a new iPod that sports a large screen for better movie viewing. Like TV, I think this will be very successful for Apple and a great thing for customers. Let’s just hope the DRM allows us to burn a DVD. If not, that would really suck.
Like so much of technology, this points to the furthering of mobile. Less and less are we required to sit at once place to experience media and/or get things done. Our technology is really going with us. Too bad Netflix and Tivo couldn’t pull this off sooner. They had such a great opportunity but now with Apple in the game, they’re toast. It’s shocking to see Microsoft sitting around with nothing to show. No digital music, no movies, no tv, no nothing. Just trying to ship an OS. Somehow I think Zune will not quite live up to expectations. Take a look at what happened with the Ultra Mobile PC. So much hype and then, oh, is that it? Except for the Xbox, Microsoft has a bad record with hardware. And why will the millions of people who have already invested hundreds or thousands of dollars into iTunes music want to switch. You can’t take your DRM music with you, not legally anyway.
The days of downloadable movies are upon us. Bye bye Blockbuster.
The mobile phone industry is already talking about the next generation cell phone technology. 4G? Are you kidding me, they didn’t ever really deliver 3G. I have been with Cingular, T-Mobile and AT&T in the past three years and have never had the opportunity to go full 3G. The industry complains that the market never responded to 3G. Not so! Most of us couldn’t even get it, and charging an extra $19.99 per month for unlimited data is too steep. So many promises, and not much delivery, at least here in the US. I’m not buying into anymore of it. Stop talking and start producing.