Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The New Airport X-Ray Security Device

Yap, the new airport x-ray security device has already caught this perpetrator.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Technorati Claim

Please ignore this posting. This is a Technorati Profile

Introduction of DMB in Korea

Here is the link to a research project that I completed last year (2006) on the subject of Mobile TV. The project basically looked at the Korean market--the first major market to go live with Mobile TV Broadcasting--and how the Korean experience was relevant to other emerging markets in America and Europe.

The research project was commissioned and sponsored by Arqiva, a broadcasting infrastructure company in London. And the project eventually became by graduation project for Sloan Fellowship at London Business School.

Some of the key topics covered are:
  • Historical background of mobile TV broadcasting in Korea
  • Technical standards of mobile TV
  • Observed usage patterns
  • Communal video content consumption vs. individual video content consumption
    Time-shifting and space-shifting TV
  • Subscription vs. Free-to-Air
  • Non-mobile devices including in-vehicle receivers
Follow the following link: The Introduction of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting in Korea (http://ericemoon.googlepages.com/IntroductionofDMBinKorea.pdf)

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Nokia N800 Review by Walt Mossberg

Ouch! This really hurts for my dear friends at Nokia. Who let Walt test the device without the software in it?

Perhaps, it's just me, but don't you think Walt is a bit biased towards the iPhone? I mean, he doesn't have to mention iPhone every time he opens his mouth or write a sentence, right?

Personally, I think the Nokia device is really cool. And I'm sure it is more capable than the illusive, but hyped iPhone would be in June. And I'm not sure if the third-party developer strategy is really a bad idea. Would you really want your PC to come with all software pre-installed?

Watch video of Walt Mossberg reviewing N800

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Wireless Network Neutrality

Found this brand new working paper on Wireless Net Neutrality by Tim Wu of Columbia University Law School. The author states that the paper was presented to FCC on Valentine's day 2006. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=962027

Monday, February 19, 2007

Apple iPhone

Since everyone is talking about iPhone, here is my two cents.

I too believe iPhone is the biggest thing to hit the wireless industry in years... perhaps, bigger than any 3G implementation that took place in recent years. What is 3G anyways? And who cares?

However, I disagree from the others on why iPhone is such a significant event for the mobile communications business.

The truly revolutionary feature of iPhone is neither the much talked about touchscreen nor its music-playing capability. It is not even the innovative navigation design that involves some type of flickering of the fingers. All of these components of hardware design are not really new and will be copied rigorously by other manufacturers in the short coming months.

What sets iPhone apart from other mobile devices, however, is that the iPhone will provide users with the uncluttered access to the Internet. Cingular (or the New AT&T as some of its employees started to called their company) has agreed, on Steve Jobs insistence, to do away with the Cingular browser software that is standard on any other web-enabled device on the Cingular network. With the iPhone, a consumer is now able to access the Internet freely without the pre-configured menu of dull and useless contents provided by Cingular. A truely mobile access to the Internet.

It has taken someone like Steve Jobs to finally get through the thick skull of phone company executives to let them know that the operators are really the dumb pipes. They might have thought that they were the water company, but they were just the plumbers. Plumbers don't control what flows through the pipes--it has to be determined between the water company and the consumers.