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Tony Poulos

March 10, 2015

As featured in Disruptive Views

There is no need to tell you what happened at the BIG event last week in Barcelona. You would have been bombarded by bombastic bulletins broadcasting a billion budding businesses banking on big breakthroughs before their bubble bursts – and all based on mobility (I ran out of ‘B’ words).

However, if you manage to sift through the impending rubble of Bluetooth-brushes, smart suitcases, baby bottles and diapers that warn you when one is empty, or the other full, you will find some absolute gems as the GSMA did in the final keynotes on Day 4... MORE

February 27, 2015

Last month, we got wind of a SIM card called ‘WhatSim’ that allowed unlimited access to WhatsApp messaging platform from any mobile phone anywhere in the world, even without Wi-Fi access, for one low initial purchase price – but it sounded just too good to be true.

In the last month WhatSim has morphed into ChatSim, and the suppliers claim it is the only multi-platform SIM that lets you chat anywhere, 24 hours a day, with all the messaging systems in the world – QQ, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Skype, Viber, Line, KakaoTalk, Telegram, Snapchat, Twitter, Hangouts, iMessage... MORE

February 11, 2015

As featured in DisruptiveViews

At last, a voice from within the US FCC that sees through the Obama/Wheeler net neutrality smoke screen. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai issued the following press release on Friday that offers a very alternative view to that ‘official’ one Chairman Wheeler rolled out. Things are not as rosy as we were being led to believe and this strongly supports the anti net neutrality stance that DisruptiveViews has been taking. You decide….

“Last night, Chairman Wheeler provided his fellow Commissioners with President Obama’s 332-page plan to regulate the... MORE

February 10, 2015

As featured in DisruptiveViews

If you thought telecoms operators were the only ones to suffer from the big billing glitches that catch the attention of the press and alienate customers you’d be very wrong. Even statutory bodies can get it badly wrong, and with serious financial implications as this story from South Africa illustrates.

IT Web reported that four years after the City of Johannesburg denied it had a billing crisis – after thousands of complaints – and then saying it was rectifying the situation it had denied existed. But that’s only the start!

In a... MORE

February 03, 2015

This article originally appeared in the DisruptiveViews blog

OK, so I have been a little harsh of late with criticism of the Internet of Silly Things but I have to admit that occasionally, something brilliant does come along that you know would be of real benefit to most people and, in this case, children.

You can argue black and blue that introducing technology too early to children could have a detrimental effect on the ability to learn and communicate effectively but, like or not, kids will seek out the technology whether you like it or not. Being selective about what... MORE

January 13, 2015

Wary employees currently analyzing data for their companies are questioning whether the widespread adoption of big data technology will put some of them out of a job well they may be concerned, but probably for the wrong reasons.

Bloomberg reports that similar technology used by telcos to determine if customers are about to churn may be used to determine when employees are about to quit and allow HR to intervene in order to keep valuable staff.

VMware has been testing a new prediction technology from Workday that looks for trends within employee activity, when promotions... MORE

January 12, 2015

As featured on the DisruptiveViews blog

Whilst the telecom industry seems to be spending and inordinate amount of time and money coming to grips with the digital revolution it is dwarfed by the issues being faced by other sectors no less affected.

Retailers with traditional bricks and mortar outlets have had to rethink their whole strategy with the onslaught of online stores that have popped up in their thousands. They have realized that even whilst customers enjoy the convenience and savings of shopping online nothing can take away the experience of seeing, touching and... MORE

January 07, 2015

Freescale Semiconductor, Inc, producer of sensors and processors, recently held a competition asking readers to submit their ideas for the dumbest things they would like made ‘smart’. Judging from the responses it’s no surprise the ‘Internet of Silly Things’ (IoST) is taking off. Who would buy some or any of these ‘things’ is a worry.

Smart shoes seemed overly popular with ideas including a modular shoe sole with multiple hardware modules in the sole that add Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and phone functions plus interchangeable flashlight and recharger. Or a shoe for sports and driving... MORE