Android is growing

Every week (and almost almost every day), we can find a new study on the status of the market for Smartphones, either in the USA, either in the whole world. [tweetmeme source = “malvarezcabanes” only_single = false]

So, this week we have been able to find out via Techcrunch that there are more free applications on the Android Market than in the Apple Store, and in Mashable
that there are more consumers in the USA who prefer a phone with Android to an iPhone.

In Engadget, however, we were told that the developers are not too happy with the fragmentation of Android, and in various articles that the tablets with Android cannot o overshadow the iPad.

In short, Android has grown quite a lot, and the situation of the the monopoly that one brand has had in recent years has finished.

However, the unitarian movement led by Google that has managed to turn the tide, slowly begins to crumble. It is logical, because there are many interests behind, and it is not surprising that a company eventually decides to leave it and create their own version of Android and its own Market.

At the end, this division is in the very roots of free software, and if it has not happened before, it is because there was a figure who exerted a clear leadership role and the companies were finding a clear and tangible benefit.

But when the news regarding the success of Android begin to appear monthly and not weekly, a fratricidal war could begin.

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Instapaper

Despite having read several articles on Instapaper, I had not decided to use it until yesterday. [tweetmeme source = “malvarezcabanes” only_single = false]

In case you have not heard of Instapaper before, it is a service to store and organize web pages.

Many times when I’m looking for something online, I find interesting sites on the way. Sometimes, if I’m very focused on the search, I just let them pass by. Other times I start to read them, and I forget what I was looking for initially. Finally, the times that I’m better organized, I keep them in Google Bookmarks (formerly in delicious) to read them later.

So … if I can already save the links, what for do I need Instapaper? Instapaper offers additional features:

  • Only “useful” text and images are stored, no ads… (Although it also stores the original link if you want to see).
  • The ability to store not only websites, but any text that is sent to a personal email from Instapaper (for example, a mail).
  • The option to automatically share through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinboard or Evernote.
  • Periodically sending of the articles to the Kindle.

There is an official version of Instapaper for iPhone and iPad. Although there is no Android version, it seems that InstaFetch perfectly meets the purpose.

In short, a way to store links, but something else. A tool that promises to be very useful.

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Changing course

Greetings to those who occasionally read my posts. [tweetmeme source=”malvarezcabanes” only_single=false]

You may have noticed that a few posts ago I decided to write the post both in spanish and english. Some people got quite surprised when I started doing it, and other people have told me that they do not like quite much the way I am doing it, because it produces very long posts.

So I have decided to change the approach to the problem, creating another blog (entechnomian.wordpress.com). Thus, in this I will just write in Spanish, while in the other I will use English. As it did not seem logical to lose information on either, I have decided to copy old posts in both.

Moreover, and somewhat contrary to what I wrote in the first post, the truth is that I am very glad that there are people who are following this blog. Thank you very much for it, and I hope you feel encouraged to participate in the blog with comments …

Greetings

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El iPhone 4 blanco / white iPhone

Acabo de leer en Techcrunch una noticia que por muy banal que me pueda parecer a mí, lo cierto es que era bastante esperada. El iPhone 4 blanco llega a las tiendas de los USA.[tweetmeme source=”malvarezcabanes” only_single=false]

¿Tiene alguna mejora tecnológica? No. ¿Alguna repercusión en precio o cualquier otra cosa? No. ¿Hay alguna razón técnica para que no se pudiese fabricar un iPhone blanco hasta ahora? No.

Y sin embargo, había gente esperando a que estuviese disponible para comprar un iPhone. Y había gente que ya tenía un iPhone y lo va a vender para comprarse el blanco, teniendo pérdidas económicas en la transacción.

Yo, al menos, extraigo dos conclusiones (no son novedosas, sino que símplemente reafirman lo que ya sabíamos):

  • Algunos consumidores de los productos de Apple, son auténticos fans. Fans de Apple y del diseño. Lo suficientemente fans como para desear un iPhone blanco porque hace juego con su iMac.
  • Apple sabe medir perfectamente los tiempos de sus lanzamientos. Los productos no se ponen a la venta en cuanto se puede, sino cuando más beneficios pueden obtener.

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I have just read a post from Techcrunch that although it may seem banal to me, the fact is that it was quite expected. White iPhone 4 has just arrived stores in the USA.

Is this a technological improvement? No. Has it any impact on price or anything else? No. Is there any technical reason that has prevented Apple to make a white iPhone so far? No.

And yet there were people waiting for its availability to buy an iPhone. And there were people who already had an iPhone and are going to sell it to buy the white one, with economic losses in the transaction.

I draw two conclusions (not new, but merely to reaffirm what we already knew):

  • Some users of Apple products are genuine fans. Apple fans and design fans. Such big fans to want a white iPhone because it matches colour with their iMac.
  • Apple knows perfectly measure the time of releases. Products are not offered for sale as soon as possible, but when more benefits can be obtained.
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WiFi gratuito / Free WiFi

Estoy pasando unos días en Santillana del Mar, y constato con gusto que muchos de sus hoteles y posadas disponen de WiFi gratuito para sus huéspedes.[tweetmeme source=”malvarezcabanes” only_single=false]

Esto, que es una norma bastante habitual en los hoteles en Europa, no lo es tanto en España, donde me he encontrado en situaciones de hoteles que no ofrecen WiFi, o que lo ofrecen a cambio de tarifas “abusivas”.

No sé qué opinará el resto del mundo, pero para mí el WiFi es un bien básico, y no sería la primera vez que elijo un hotel por disponer de él.

Aquellos hoteles que calculan el servicio del WiFi como una oportunidad de obtener fondos adicionales, lo que están logrando es pérdida de clientes.

Espero que sepan reaccionar a tiempo.

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I am visiting Santillana del Mar for a pair of days, and I have found that lots of its little and rural hotels offer free WiFi connection for their guests.

Although this is quite common all over Europe, in Spain is not so common. I have found some that do not offer WiFi, and many that try to apply “abusive” tariffs.

I do not know what the rest of the people think about this, but for me WiFi connection is basic, and I have sometimes choose a hotel just taking into account its WiFi connection.

Those hotels which are considering WiFi connection service as a direct incoming obtation method, could be facing a direct guests losing issue.

I hope they can react on time.

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Kindle y las bibliotecas / Kindle and libraries

Amazon ha anunciado un nuevo servicio en los USA. A partir de ahora, los usuarios de los lectores de ebook de Amazon podrán descargarse en préstamo libros de 11000 bibliotecas de los USA. Así de sencillo; como se venía haciendo toda la vida con los libros de papel. [tweetmeme source=”malvarezcabanes” only_single=false]

Eso sí; Amazon siempre tiene que poner la guinda. En este caso, la posibilidad de que las notas que escribes en el libro queden ahí por si lo vuelves a coger en préstamo o a comprarlo. Y sólo quedan ahí para tí, no para otros lectores del libro.

Una muestra más de que el Kindle no es ni más ni menos que un libro mejorado.

Amazon has annaunced a new service in the USA. From now on, Kindle users will be able to borrow ebooks from 11000 libraries. As simple as borrowing paper books.

However, Amazon always offers an extra. In this case, the notes you write in the book will be there for you in case you borrow it again, or even if you ever buy it. Just for you, and not for the rest of the people that could borrow the book.

A new proof of Kindle being just a book; an improved book.

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Velocity manifesto

Esta semana estoy tratando de leer el libro “The velocity manifesto” de Scott Klososky.[tweetmeme source=”malvarezcabanes” only_single=false]

Algunas veces, existen ideas que revolotean por nuestras cabezas, pero a las que no prestamos atención suficiente por parecernos demasiado simples u obvias. Sin embargo, luego, en el día a día, por muy obvias que sea esas ideas, no somos capaces de materializarlas.

Por eso, hay veces que un libro, a pesar de no decir nada nuevo, logra plasmar por escrito estas ideas, y sólo por ello ya merece un elogio.

En este caso, el “Velocity Manifesto”, trata de mostrarnos como las nuevas tecnologías han cambiado el mundo mucho más de lo que solemos admitir. En el mundo personal estamos algo más abiertos al cambio, pero en el mundo profesional es donde hoy en día el grado de integración de las nuevas tecnologías, y la velocidad que tengamos en adaptarnos a ellas es vital.

Un factor muy importante a tener en cuenta según el libro es que esta integración no es algo accesorio, sino una parte integrante de la cadena de valor, y que por tanto toda la organización, y muy especialmente el CEO debe estar 100% implicado en lograrlo.

Klosovsky habla de tres tareas principales:

  • La renovación de las cañerías digitales.
  • La estrategia de las luces largas.
  • Crear la Cultura de la Velocidad.

Hasta el momento sólo he leído la parte relativa a las “cañerías digitales”, pero me ha resultado muy interesante la comparación de los procesos digitales con cañerías. Todo debe estar bien interconectado, y el agua debe llegar de forma fluida a todo punto que realmente la necesite.

Por tanto, las decisiones referentes a la gestión de la comunicación y aplicaciones, no deben estar guiadas (sólo) por el departamento de las TIC, sino que debe seguir la estrategia establecida por el CEO.

Esto es; no debemos realizar un proceso de adaptación a las herramientas, sino que debemos lograr que ellas se adapten a nuestra estrategia de empresa.

Lo dicho; un libro cortito y muy interesante.

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This week I’m trying to read the book “The velocity manifesto” by Scott Klososky. 

Sometimes there are ideas that flit through our heads, but we do not pay sufficient attention to them, because they seem too simple or obvious. However, in the day to day, no matter how obvious are these ideas, we fail to materialize them. 

There are sometimes that a book, while not saying anything new, succeeds in translating these ideas. This alone deserves praise. 

In this case, the “Velocity Manifesto”, is showing how new technologies have changed the world more than we usually admit. In the personal world we are more open to change, but it is in the professional world where it is vital to adapt quickly to the integration of new technologies. 

A very important factor remarked by this book is that integration is not an accessory part of the company, but an integral part of the value chain. Therefore the entire organization, and especially the CEO must be 100% involved in the achieve. 

Klosovsky speaks of three main tasks: 

  • Renovating digital plumbing. 
  • The high-beam startegy. 
  • Creating a Culture of Velocity. 

So far I’ve only read the part on the “digital plumbing” but I found it quite interesting to compare digital processes with pipes. Everything must be well connected, and the water should reach seamlessly to every point you really need. 

Thus, decisions concerning the management of communications and applications should be guided not (only) by the IT Department, but should follow the strategy set by the CEO. 

That is, we must not make adjust our minds to the tools, but we must make them fit our business strategy. 

As said, a short and very interesting book.

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