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Phoneblet and phablet powered people get super screen status

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In 2012 smartphones dominated the personal device market and a new device category was growing up between phones and tablets. This category has since evolved and been split into two main segments – “phoneblets” and “phablets” – one more phone than tablet and the other more tablet than phone. So how do we distinguish between the two? Continue reading

Creating the Networked Society of 2030 in the here and now

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When I was a kid, I went to computer camp to learn how to draw a green box on a black screen by telling a turtle commands in the LOGO programming language. Nowadays, my two-year daughter expertly works my smartphone when she sneaks it out of my bag, using her apps and watching her videos much better than her grandmother ever could. Continue reading

How Apple actually created the iPhone

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Before delivering his revolutionary phone, Steve Jobs knew he knew nothing about mobile phones or mobile carriers. How can you do something well if you know nothing about it? Continue reading

The revolution of the connected car is just ahead

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So, here we are finally. Self-driving cars. They are here, near you. Google has them, Volvo close behind, and the car companies expect that the first self-driving cars will be available for everyone very soon, maybe already in 5 years. Continue reading

A day in the life – year 2050

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I’m passionate about technology that helps us in our everyday lives and makes us more socially connected. In this post I wanted to lay out a vision of what life might be like in 35 years in the year 2050. I let my imagination run freely here but many of the things I mention in this ‘future’ blog post are actually in the works today and it will not be long before they become a reality. Continue reading

Are we shaping smartphones or are they shaping us?

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In my last post, I wrote about two-way flexibility – about people trying to understand the new norms and rules in the changing landscape of work and leisure. In this post, I want to continue that discussion further and look into what issues arise as the private and personal spheres merge. Continue reading

The first mobile phone on wheels

The year is 1950. A Volkswagen bus drives over to the island of Lidingö, outside the Swedish capital of Stockholm. After nearly five years of development and testing, the day had arrived for the launch of world’s first fully automated system for mobile telephony. From the bus, a voice was transmitted to a boat anchored in a marina just outside the southern city of Trelleborg, over 600km away: ”Hello, this is the Norwegian steamer, Birkeland.” The voice was clear and distinct. No disturbance on the line. It was hard to tell who was more surprised, the voice on boat or the one in the car. Continue reading

What is a phone?

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I was recently participating in an innovation workshop attended by some of the leading organizations in the North American telecom market. We were brainstorming when somebody made the following comment: “We as an industry are in a great place. The phone has become central to all interaction – it’s in the middle of everything and all others work around it, through it, and with it.” Everybody liked that comment. Everybody agreed. It made everybody feel good. There was only one small problem. Continue reading

Risk management at the frontline of the new economy

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Have you ever wondered who makes the best investments? Obviously, anyone who can predict the future will have an enormous advantage. It is no surprise then that modern business is founded on effective asset management, growth and business auditing as well as the coverage of investments during unexpected events. Business has been able to grow exponentially since the 17th century because these methodologies enable a degree of predictability and an expectation of asset growth and return. I have addressed different aspects of security previously, and in this post, I will look closer how managing risk and predicting the future is now about access to data. Continue reading

Extra network muscle needed for connected vacationers

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For power users of e-mail and social media, vacation might be a time to consider some digital detox as outlined in an earlier blog post. The reverse can also happen as it did in a few communities of vacation homes where the mobile networks choked from a substantial increase of use. The traffic patterns have shifted significantly over the past few years and here are a few of my own personal observations from my own holiday on the Swedish west coast. Continue reading