The Weekender – 6PR Radio – 28 February 2010

February 28, 2010

The average Australian spends seven (7) hours per month in social networks, whilst the rest of the world spend 5.5 hours.

This triggered the on air chat between Morris and Harvey Deegan of Perth’s 6PR of what social networking is and why it’s here to stay.

We had a look at where social networking has taken us and where its going including the notion of CrowdSourcing, and communal input with websites and mobile apps like Trapster, FourSquare growing by the hour.

With the time remaining we took a look at this week’s announcement by Bloom Box of a new affordable home based energy generator; iTunes 10 billionth download and what’s new in fashion shows and retailers.

Listen to this live segment now, or join us live each Sunday at around 12.35 (Aust EST) 3.35 (Aust WST) and for in between stuff follow me on Twitter (MrFuture).

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Radio ABC – Future Tech Segment – 26 February 2010

February 26, 2010

Creating your own electricity at home started Phil, Adelaine and my on air discussion this week on our ABC Australia Today program.

We chatted our way through Bloom Box’s new technology which will, when it comes to market in aprox 5 years, be the size of a grapefruit, cost US$3,000 and create all the energy your home or office needs 24/7.

The Future of Fashion parades is one step closer with a number of the world’s leading fashion designers, including Dolce and Gabbana, live streaming their New York and Milan Fall runway shows to iPhones and other mobile devices and Vogue, the fashion magazine, releasing an iPhone app that lets you zap their print ad with your mobile phone to upload images of the latest fashion to your phone as well as take and upload pictures of your current wardrobe and then compare the two with the outcome being an online shopping spree for whatever’s missing and takes your fancy.

For the last decade I have envisioned, spoken and written about how retail would evolve and now PlaceCast has brought this dream one step closer, by producing a location based mobile app that recognises you and your buying habits and sends you promotional materials as you walk past retailers that yuo have opted in to hear from.

It may sound like a nuisance now, but this electronic spruiker is part of the retailers new arsenal of communication tools that will allow you to decide who you want to hear from and what you want to hear about and then in real time and in situ receive meaningful promotion and information contacts.

All this, competitions to guess iTunes most popular song as it celebrated it’s 1 billionth download and the word of the week – Brummagen – as well as numerous unsuccessful attempts to link to Hong Kong radio was some of the mischief that abounded in this weeks segment.

Listen live each Friday @ 12.20 p.m. (Aust EST) and for regular updates from the Future be sure to follow my Twitter updates.


Google Buzzing Again

February 10, 2010

Google has just released its newest foray into Social media – Google Buzz.

It will be automatically available to all Google GMail users and is scheduled to be rolled out over the next 3 – 4 days.


A new electronic alter has been erected – all hail the Apple iPad

January 27, 2010


One of geekdomes worst kept secrets, with more leaks than a sieve has finally been confirmed this morning, it garnered so much interest that the live feed and blogging of the event melted several websites that couldn’t cope with the peak demand

The Apple iPad is part app store, part book store (books priced between US$12.99 – $US14.99), part movie store, part gaming device, part communication tool and part coffee maker.

Apple has taken the emerging need of a single convergent easy to use device to playback, engage and interact on and have interestingly downplayed (in their initial launch video) the strict work related applications (although iWork – for iPad including pages, numbers, keynote was announced later).

This device with a 9.7 inch or 24.638 cm screen, is 13.4mm thick and weighs 0.68kg. and has optional keyboard dock, camera connections and mostly affordable price points – the 16GB, Wi-Fi-only version costs US$500, while the 32GB is US$600 and 64GB is US$700. Pricing increases by US$130 to add 3G. The Wi-Fi-only models ship in 60 days, while 3G models will ship in 90 – Australian prices and shipping are still to be announced but the 3G version, which is the optimal experience, will require yet another spend with the telco’s and could make 3 internet connections you have to fund – the phone, the laptop and the iPad (we could combine or cut back on our devices, but I don’t think this will happen in the short term).

It uses a 1GHz “A4” chip that can decode HD video for up to 10 hours on a single charge (technology they inherited when they bought P.A. Semiconductor) has a stunning resolution (1024 x 768), with incredible speed.

The downside is just like the IPhone, there is no multitasking, you can’t do two things at once (yes, for most men this has always been the case ha, ha). There is no built in camera or video (although the devices size may be a bit awkward for taking photos with anyway) and the keyboard is OK, but not great and of course there is no voice calling – teleconferencing on one of these would have been interesting and I’m sure will come at some later stage. Also SD cards to expand on board memory will be available, but in the form of an adaptor – an apple specific adaptor and still no Flash content allowed.

I have long spoken about convergent technology and Apple has been the best mainstream example of this over the past few years. This will be the new must have and it will be interesting to see whether Apple will loosen the reins on the OS and stop controlling so tightly the end products.

This will open up a new paradigm of social engagement and interaction. What will emerge from this is each person in the family, social group or workplace will have their own IPad, or an eventual competitors’ take on this, with each person receiving their own copy of the same streamed information, TV show or entertainment.

This IPad will certainly shake up the industry and more importantly catapult the consumers expectations of what technology should offer them and how they wish to interact with it.

There will certainly be some wringing of hands and consternation over it from doomsdayers and we have yet to see the marketplace acceptance of this, although it is safe to assume that it will be huge, but as always a new electronic device does not herald the end of the world as we know it, it merely gives us a new electronic alter at which to worship.


The Weekender – 6PR Radio – The Future of Retail

January 3, 2010


Launch of Google’s new Nexus mobile phone and retail stores that recognise you when you walk in, shopping lists that start at home and follow you into the supermarket and beyond, in store magic mirrors that try on clothes for you, talking shelves, electronic purses and much more were just some of the topics that had Perth’s Todd Johnson and Morris Miselowski laughing in this weeks “Future” segment. Recorded live 3rd January 2010.


The Weekender – 6PR Radio – Morris’s predictions for 2010

December 27, 2009

2010 is set to be a year pregnant with promise and possibilities, but with some difficulties nevertheless.

Let’s get the bad stuff out of the way. There will certainly be a couple of interest rate hikes (1.5% – 2.0%) over the next 12 months; the Australian economy will for the first time in a couple of years have no large government handouts or stimulus packages, some American and European loans that have a similar bad odour to that of the sub prime interest rate debacle will fall due in the latter half of 2010 and a South Australian, Tasmanian, Victorian and possibly Federal election are all on the horizon. This cocktail will subdue, but not stymie, consumer confidence and the economy.

Next year will definitely continue to see the rise and rise of technology the iPhone, Googles Android and Googles own mobile handsets will storm along with new apps, features and possibilities abounding. This will also be the era that ushers in the notion of apps or software accessories being readily available for hardware and within the next few short years expect every piece of hardware – phones, computers, televisions, cameras, toasters, fridges to come with their own apps store.

3D, virtual and augmented worlds will come into their own and although they will not dominate the online world, yet, they will begin to make their presence felt as we build to a mainstream acceptance of these new rich features. Our expectations soon will be that we receive real time in-situ information about where we are, what and who’s around us and what we can do between here and wherever we are headed.

Although we have chosen to have our devices merge into one, their is an interesting side show happening where a raft of stand alone technologies are emerging – these include e-readers and flip cameras (small high definition video recorders). It will be interesting to see if we take to these devices or prefer the single united divergent technology – my betting is on all for one and one for all; and whilst we’re betting look out for Apple’s next killer piece of hardware the new iSlate tablet PC.

These were some of the predictions Morris and Todd Johnson of Perth’s radio station 6PR discussed this week in their weekly segment. Recorded live 27th December 2009.


The Weekender – Perth Radio 6PR

December 20, 2009

Todd Johnson of 6PR Perth and Morris reprise their weekly future segment as this week they talk about the best of tech 2009, including Twitter, iPhone apps and Google phones before moving on to Santa and Christmas and how to find him on line. Recorded live 20 December 2009.