How would you like to have a landline phone and not worried about the extra monthly bill? Well, this is possible today with various options (the assumption here is that an Internet service is in place). My preferred approach is the following.
1. Get a free Google Account - This provides a free email address too
2. Request a free Google Voice Number - Typically Call with the US and Canada for free
3. Get a regular home phone from the store (Walmart, Amazon.com etc)
4. Get the OBI200 from Obitalk for about $50.00 (one time spend and no follow up)
5. Connect things up and now there is a working home or business phone..
This may not be valid to get emergency services, so make sure to validate that..
The other benefits would be for businesses or individuals outside North America that would like to communicate with businesses or individuals frequently. This could be done for free and those in North America can call this number for free without any issues with dial codes and long distance cost.
Alternatively, Magic Jack is another option for setting up a cheap home or business phone service (learn More)..
Enjoy the new service and share your experience with us..
I have always been a fan of having a single device for basic computing needs. Practically, its not too hard to do this with a Phone in a desktop scenario or a tablet with a keyboard case. an example is the Clamcase for Ipads or the Samsung Dex Dock. For using a phone in a laptop setting, it becomes a little more challenging.
There are two products that seem to have make it to the commercial stage. Those are the Mirabook and Sentio Superbook. These are very promising and useful but they still require a cable connection to the laptop shell. What if we could have this done as wireless or incorporate the phone seamless into the laptop?
Apple did file a patent on this concept over a year ago. Here is an example of how it looks
Find out more on this concept from Apple on Engadget. Considering the Wireless option, we know that Bluetooth is simple for Keyboard and Mouse. It seems then that the display aspects could be the challenge but with Miracast and Chromecast, it should be possible to mirror the display wirelessly to a laptop style device. This means, one could have the phone close by and still be productive as a laptop. Be able to take calls easily without having to unplug the cabling.
The argument could be made that with Laptops so cheap; what is the point of doing this? Well, it's very possible to make this device cheaper than a comparable laptop. For example, the new Iphone Xs just released 9/12/2018, is very powerful and cost roughly US$1000+. Therefore, buying a laptop shell for US$300 or little more could still provide a premium experience much better than a regular $300 laptop. Also in emerging markets, it could also lower the cost to have productive computing capabilities since the prices could be contained.
Alternatively, one could make there own solution using an older laptop shell - See example with Macbook Mod.
Lets hope creativity steps in here. What do you think of this concept?
According to singularity hub, the power density of electric engines are way too small to compete with Jet Fuel currently. Quoted "In much the same way that early experiments with motor vehicles involved electric and gasoline-powered vehicles, electric flight also has a long history. Electric cars accounted for a third of all car sales back in 1900, figures that are only now starting to be matched in countries like Norway. Several airships were electrically powered, with the Tissandier brothers in 1883 flying an electrically-powered dirigible before the Wright Brothers’ glider took to the air.However, an electrically-powered airplane was a very different proposition. The key problem is energy density. It’s not hard to see why this is a problem. The energy density of jet fuel is around 43 MJ/kg, or 12,000 Wh/kg, which is nearly twice that of coal and three times that of wood. Compare this to a classic lead-acid battery, which has an energy density of around 30 Wh/kg."
As we know research will continue along this path to find practical solutions especially for the short haul and personal travel. Read more.
What do you think of these challenges? share your views.
Its time for the latest Internet trends report for 2018.. See some key takeaways here:
This report is courtesy of Mary Meeker - Read more....
One of the best methodology available for product innovation is called the "Blue Ocean Strategy". In order to reduce trial and error with moving things forward the following is noted "Ninety percent of businesses fail within ten years. In almost any other context, that would be a shocking statistic. But it’s something the entrepreneurial community seems to accept as standard. If you want to minimize the randomness and trial and error in creating new market space, follow these five systematic steps so that you maximize the chances of hitting the bulls-eye."
As we all know, SDN has carried the buzz in networking for the last 5 years or so. One of the communities that emerged early was Opencontrail started by Juniper Networks. While there is a lot of interest from Telcos and some enterprises, Opencontrail has very little vendor inputs since it was seen as a Juniper dominated community.
However, that should change with the community now part of the Linux Foundation and having a new name "Tungsten Fabric". Here is the release from SDXCentral.com.
The OpenContrail open source network virtualization platform, previously hosted by Juniper Networks, has completed its move to the Linux Foundation. And it’s got a new name — Tungsten Fabric.
Randy Bias, VP of technology and strategy at Juniper Networks, said, “We went through a long process to figure out the name.” But ultimately the group chose “Tungsten Fabric” because tungsten is a very strong metal that’s unlikely to break down even as part of a fabric.
The move to the Linux Foundation should provide a clear distinction between the open source code of Tungsten Fabric versus the commercial Contrail products offered by Juniper. “Historically, there’s been a challenge between the commercial version and open source version because they were always exactly the same,” said Bias. “People were never sure which side of the fence they were on.”
In fact Juniper’s decision in December 2017 to move OpenContrail to the Linux Foundation came after criticism that the code wasn’t really that open.
“We’ll be one of the biggest consumers of Tungsten Fabric,” said Bias. “For the current state, there’s no difference between Tungsten Fabric and OpenContrail in terms of feature sets. In the future, we don’t see there being any functional differences between them.”
Tungsten Fabric’s mission is to build a cloud-grade, software-defined networking (SDN) stack that provides a network fabric capable of connecting diverse environments. Contributors and community members include Aricent, AT&T, Bell, Cavium, Intel, Juniper Networks, Lenovo, Mellanox, Mirantis, Netronome, and Orange, among others. Read More
Here comes Stratum which is an evolution of switch data plane management. This approach leverages P4 and moves away from the classic OpenFlow protocol.
Here is what the ONF says of the project "Stratum is an open source project to develop a reference implementation for white box switches supporting all next generation SDN interfaces. It will provide a silicon-independent switch operating system that allows a switch to be controlled by a local or remote Network OS (NOS) via P4, P4Runtime and OpenConfig."
Read more details on the stratum site - Project Stratum
This seems to build off the work done on CORD @ on.lab
Ran into this exciting new Robotic solution for building which significantly reduces the time taken and effectively reduces cost as well.
Can technology create quality homes at a fraction of existing cost? Its great to know that its possible to make homes for less than $10,000 using 3D printing technologies. This reminds me of the $300 house movement started at MIT.
We all know that with the emergence of many technology types, its really possible give most humans on this planet a very good quality of life if only we had the social structures in place to accomplish this.
How could poor countries develop better systems to eliminate poverty? It seems that having the right balance of systems and approaches could ignite the innovative potential of these countries.
According to an HBR Article - Inclusive Growth: Profitable Strategies for Tackling Poverty and Inequality
"The situation is far worse in the developing world. Although growth has raised the standard of living in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, more than a billion people remain in extreme poverty and outside the formal economy. This is especially true in countries with large rural populations, where smallholders are shut out of the supply chains of nearby food companies because they lack knowledge of modern agricultural practices and the means to access and finance needed technology inputs. Developing nations also suffer from massive talent gaps. Large numbers of young adults are unemployed, while corporations find planned expansions stymied by a shortage of skilled local workers."