Amazing Skype Codec and New Cloud technology gets lost in iPhone 5 buzz

Mob mentality can be personified in the numbers of Chinese children taken out of school to make iPhones that Apple is expecting to sell to on launch day. When the government can state that the anticipated sale of iPhone 5 will single-handily boost the economy, despite loud cries of “don’t buy it” coming from Apple’s opposition, you know Tim Cook is keeping Steve Job’s business model of selling to a culture alive and well.

How about the business altering new Skype codec that is set to make your communication crisper and less choppy? Audio engineers at Skype teamed up with Xiph.Org to make CD quality audio that is intended for the internet. Even if you disregard Skype and video calls, if this kind of technology is successful, we would be looking at a whole new way of streaming music on the internet. Now that’s a business improvement that can put the world ahead again. So maybe dancing around an iPhone with a smaller plug in its bottom is not really worth our time anymore. What about updating your company to the cloud? As business people, we should move away from navel gazing at our phones and return to looking for innovation that can make our business move faster. It would also be a great change of pace for recent technological media.

I doubt that Andriod phones are made in a more educationally sound environment than Apple phones are. The keyboard on any OS before Andriod’s Ice Cream Sandwhich isn’t exactly the best. But I don’t even see the internet pointing that out anymore. But just about every article I have written about technology in the last month has been about my disappointment with Apple, and that’s not normally my top priority. Speculation about the new iPhone takes up a large portion of the internet about five months after the release of the previous model. And that considering the updates are not even that spectacular.

Here we are again, with model 5, which really has few noticeable changes from the 4S, considering its most popular feature Siri is still in beta. Again with the smaller, thinner, better, words being thrown around. The difference is that if parts of the previous phones were ‘revolutionary‘, the only ‘revolting’ aspect of the 5th model is the smaller charger and larger screen. Let’s call the new phone what it is, a leap to catch up to current Andriod phones. Instead of standing in line right now, let’s wait for the iPhone 5z (or G, S, X, really take your letter pick) to come out with an actual NEW and Revolutionary feature that will cause all of the competition to jump in and try to get ahead again. I have said it before: technology became lost when innovation stopped being a business model and culture turned into one.

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Google Fiber For Your Business?

Google is nowhere done growing. Neither was Skynet in 2029 when it sent back the Terminator. Much like the number of zeros the number googol has, Google’s abilities run into hundreds. At this point, it’s passed pandemic proportions and moved into worldwide contagion. Much like with Apple products, you can completely Google yourself out. Chromium powered laptops, Andriod phones and tablets are a techie’s open source dream. Recently, tech companies have begun to press the power of wireless internet. Apple discontinued Ethernet ports in their new MacBook Pros and Chrome Books’ OS Chromium relies heavily on the internet to power and store your information.

The next step for Google is only natural: make internet better. Google’s next great, multi-million, multi-year venture is called Google Fiber. Fiber is going to be doing what so far only Verizon Quantum has attempted to do, for quite a bit of cash. Verizon services can offer you up to 300 Mbps speeds (2.2 min to download an HD movie) for 89.99 per month, and so far no major cable companies can compete. That is until Google came in with its Wal-Mart sized competition. Google is trying to do to basic home internet what Wal-Mart did to retail store prices.

Fiber offers a wide range of pricing from 0$ per month (that’s no typo) to 120$ for TV and high speed internet. For every business owner and tech nerd with at least three devices, this is a dream come true. And the three people whom I have pointed in the direction of Fiber have gotten excited all over for the mere prospect.

Cons: Getting closer to the possibility of having Skynet cyborg overlords. But seriously, let’s clarify some information. In order to use the free internet, a person needs to be part of the set up installation process that costs a 10$ when Fiber makes it to your city and a 300$ installation fee or 25$ a month, after which your internet is maintained at no cost. On all the other plans the installation fee is waived.  Will there be another catch? Possibly, in this case the large corporation will not be seeking to suck money from us, but something far more valuable—our consumer habits.

 

For your business, Google Fiber is an excellent prospect. Just consider the value of the product you could be receiving! For the time being, Fiber is not available for businesses even in Kansas City, as Google is keeping it residential during development.

It’s also important to note that several important addendums may need to take place before Fiber comes to your town, not to mention, your business. First, Fiber just launched in Kansas City in July. And the first tests have not brought the best results. Just as well, after initial testing, Google could realize the true cost of maintaining a 1Gbps speed and charge a lot more. Still, Google’s idea is truly noble: make internet a must have easy access tool for everyone and raise the bar in speed while they are doing it. Perhaps just seeing the competition heat up with make cable companies reconsider their current rates.

Businesses Might be Forced to Remove Macs from the Picture

Apple’s last conference left a lot of people very excited for their next product’s main attraction, the Retina display. Some of the features of the new Mac could make a great addition to any workforce. It helps that the MacBook Pro is able to run multiple monitors without a problem. Another being how cool the Mac stays under the pressure of running those monitors. But there are a lot of issues waiting for the business consumer that are easily overlooked because of society’s general obsession with Apple products. Specifically, Going Green. We’ve installed recycling bins on every street corner (at least as observed in NY/NJ), we use ecofriendly water bottles, compostable potato chip bags, recycling bins specifically for plastic bags are in every grocery and paper speakers amp up our phones. So how is it that Apple’s latest computer has moved so far away from those efforts?

The latest MacBook Pro with Retina has been deemed “The least Repairable Laptop” on the market. Perhaps a consumer could overlook the fact that the new Retina machine does not have an Ethernet port. Maybe they could get excited for the  three monitor hook up because of the graphics it enables. Let’s not even discuss the fact that Apple can no longer claim to be virus free. Most will probably even look past the fast that the outdated technology (RAM and Processors compared to competitors) will not stand the test of a year’s time.  “Fine, I can update the parts, add an ethernet” Macheads might immediately chime in. However, being “the least repairable laptop” means that you no longer can just update any piece on your own. It means that repair costs go up and so do the spare pieces needed to make a more complete laptop. More importantly, it means the government can’t purchase the machines. Before anyone gets upset claiming government control over everything, I would like to point out that the regulation only asks that the machine be easily disassembled to recycle. Seems like a noble cause to us.

Apple’s new release just doesn’t stand the poor-economy-consumer test. What’s to come for the environmentally friendly folks who want a compostable laptop Apple just recently boasted? In a profit driven world there is no room for wallet comfort, and certainly no room for ecofriendly.

Apple actually accomplished a lot of things for their business and yours. They can return their product to being exclusive, because those with their senses intact will doubtfully purchase a computer that cannot be updated for anything less than Apple charges. The MacBook Pro with Retina will return Macs to Designers, who need the graphics, but don’t need constant contact with the internet and conversely will not be receiving viruses from its use. As an entrepreneur, no one expects companies who have switched to Mac to switch to Windows, but during the next update, you will be forced to reconsider shelling out a thousand dollars for a laptop that loses a the basic functions a business uses, the internet. If the government can’t stand behind a private company that accounts for much of the U.S. imports, how could you?