… the “good people” of the internet who believe in the fundamental rights of individuals to be free, have free speech, fight hypocrisy and stand behind logic, technology and science over religion, political structure and tradition. These are the people who build and support things like Wikileaks, Anonymous, Linux and Wikipedia. They think that people can, and should, govern themselves. They are against external forms of control such as DRM, laws that are bought and sold by lobbyists, and religions like Scientology.
As you may have read, Nokia just announced that they will be killing the Symbian OS and start using Windows Phone 7 for its smartphones.
My question is obviously: Why not go Android? From the Washington Post article:
At a briefing in London, Elop told reporters that Nokia also considered Google’s Android but didn’t think it could differentiate its phones from all the other Android hardware on the market and on the way.
Wait a minute… Wasn’t the problem to start with that Symbian was so vastly “differentiated”?
Although Windows 7 reviews have been favourable, If Nokia wants to “catch up” it could ride the wave (tsunami?) of an Open Source platform that has a large & growing developer and user base.
I would think that many of today’s Android developers started out being Nokia users & developers and would continue to use & promote Nokia’s excellent high-quality hardware.
What do you think?
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Skyrove, a specialist??wireless hotspot company, plans to launch an audacious bid for national radio frequency spectrum and, if it gets it, it plans to build a network to take on the country???s incumbent mobile operators.
The company, run by CEO Henk Kleynhans, plans to participate in an auction for national radio frequency in the 2,6GHz band. The auction, the first of its kind in SA, is set to take place in the next few months and involves spectrum at both 2,6GHz and 3,5GHz. It???s expected that the spectrum will be used to provide broadband access using third- and, later, fourth-generation wireless technologies.
Skyrove???s shareholders include venture capital firm 4Di Capital, which is ultimately owned by Reinet Investments (formerly Richemont), led by billionaire businessman Johann Rupert. Another shareholder is well-known East London-born Internet entrepreneur Vinny Lingham, the man behind fast-growing international website Yola.com.
Skyrove has built technology that allows anyone to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot and earn an income by sharing their Internet access with others.
But now Kleynhans wants to take his business to the national stage, and thinks he has a model that will allow smaller players in the market to take on the giant operators in the industry.
Unlike other companies that are expected to bid for the spectrum ??? the mobile operators and larger Internet service providers are likely to be keen participants in the auction ??? Skyrove plans to share its infrastructure with other industry players if it wins the bid.
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This morning, while checking the (miserable) forecast for Cape Town in anticipation of the Breadline Africa surf lesson I "won", I noticed that WeatherSA.co.za has finally overhauled its much criticized website.??