garrylengthorn

19-Jun-12

In Blog, BYOD, Consumerisation, Euro 2012, Olympics, Technology on June 19, 2012 at 6:24 am

For a moment last night, it looked like Spain might get dumped out of Euro 2012, but then they found that precious goal! When the chips are down, just like Germany the previous night, they seem to deliver. Over to Rooney now….

Xavi Hernández of Spain made 136 passes against Ireland in their previous game with only 9 of these going astray! This broke the previous record of Ronald Koeman, who mustered 117 against Denmark in 1992.

This is an amazing stat considering the team made 810 passes! Ireland actually made only 198 passes, but as it’s unclear how many of these were successful, it could be that he made more successful passes than the whole team!

London Transport announced a new addition to its network yesterday, which was the opening of the Thames cable car between the O2 arena and the ExCel exhibition centre on 28th June. The new 1.1km river crossing will carry up to 2,500 people per hour, the equivalent of 30 bus loads, between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks in a journey time of 5 minutes. Wonder who will be the first O2 reveller to be air sick on their journey home considering the 90ft view from the ground?

Microsoft announced their entry in to the tablet market yesterday with their Surface prototype device, which will be launched with Windows 8 this year. Clearly with their dual investment in Samsung slates, Microsoft are pinning a lot on the new operating system and it’s going to be interesting to see if they compete with Apple and Android devices. What I am not sure about is the larger screen estate they seem to have adopted over the traditional Apple iPad screen size. Although I can see the value in doing this, I am not sure the added weight and tablet size will be a winner with everyone?

According to a report I came across yesterday, mobile users own an average of 3 connected devices, whilst 18% people own 5 or more and 41% of people use their personal mobile device for business purposes. This final number is staggering and just continues to confirm that Bring Your Own Device is not a choice of businesses, as staff are already doing it!

One of my earliest memories of mobile computing devices was the Psion organiser, which a colleague at my last company (over 14 years ago) used to cherish and go on about all the time.

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Yesterday Motorola purchased Psion for £130m bringing to an end the company that pioneered mobile computing in the 80’s and 90’s when the other fashionable item was Stock, Aitkin and Waterman tunes (hmm. Maybe not)! Its the end of an era, but maybe they will be saying the same about Microsoft in another 20 or 30 years?

To close, good luck to England tonight. Fingers and everything else crossed…

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