At our place, we’ve just decided to dump our landline. What has been holding us up for a couple of years was our need for broadband speed, but it seems our carrier has finally worked that one out. And our phone bills should be cut in half.
Meanwhile, it seems that people are using mobile more and more for reading their email according to Litmus and summarised on ReadWriteWeb. Many interesting stats about email use, including the above extract from their infographic, have been supplied by Litmus, although as ReadWriteWeb points out, the data’s international and private applicability is limited.
Five years ago we were spruiking how mobile phones would deliver what was then called ‘rich media’, mainly by corporates wanting to to cash in on data costs. I guess its finally come true (although data has become cheaper, and many of the services free, so the corporates are relatively silent). One of these services that I’ve taken to, like a fish, or a bird, in the water/air, is Instagram, which has notched up 9m registered users and well over 10m downloads, according to an interview with Kevin Systrom on TheNextWeb.
Instagram’s design motivation was:
“The app store is 90% full of solution-based apps … But do they solve a problem?” A good question, but it was this concern that was the building blocks of Instagram. “Let’s focus on problems, not solutions” was the ethos as Burbn turned on its heels and morphed into Instagram.
The problems that Instagram solves are ‘beauty, speed and distribution. So true!
All this mobility, so little need for it. I should get a sleepbox, and give up home. Unfortunately they don’t yet make them collapsible or inflatable. And of course I’d need to put a baby change table in there.