Faced with telepresence, real people are blurring out
Polycom, in its never-ending quest for a vision of portfolio-expanding standards-based customer-centred development in real-time telepresence, finally reaches the point where people on the screen are actually more in focus and at higher resolution than real people.
In the press photo accompanying a release on its latest product offering (don’t ask us what it’s about, the release entitled “Polycom Drives Telepresence Adoption by Expanding Portfolio with Breakthrough Innovations” is impenetrable) represents the triumph of the unreal.
But telepresence is not the only way to escape real-life interaction.
Just the other morning Fry Up was listening to a presentation of an Aussie psychologist’s informal “survey” of how people’s perceptions are changed by social networking. “My on-screen friends appear more well-rounded people with a broader range of interests than my immediate friends” was a postulate that got quite substantial agreement.
Today you can text happy in the knowledge that the telco receiving the call on its network can only charge its competitor 0.06c. Hurrah for the Commerce Commission, which has dramatically lowered mobile termination rates and which, fingers crossed, will see prices fall in the mobile text and calling market.
The decision only took the Commission seven years to get around to finalising (oh, we know the delay wasn’t all your fault ComCom, Fry Up recalls the great Mallard compromise when Telecom and Vodafone convinced the then Minister of Economic Development that a commercial solution was the way to go, even though on-net calling pricing plans had became de rigueur and young people risked social death if they weren’t on the right network...).
Anyway, Fry Up has been told that some members of generations Y and Z don’t text, they DM. As in Direct Message each other on Twitter, which they access via their smartphones. Apparently they create Twitter accounts and then message through the app on their smartphones send each other updates.
Fry Up can only report on this development, we haven’t been invited to join an intimate Twitter circle. And if we were, it is highly likely we would take the Groucho Marx view.
What are young people doing with smart phones anyway? Fry Up remembers that in our youth it was a stretch to afford two paper cups and a piece of string (well maybe one paper cup, filled with beer, placed beside a jug).
But the target market for smartphones, according to two recent device briefings attended by Fry Up is 18 to 35 years old. This is possibly because they aren’t allowed to officially market a phone to anyone younger than 18 and they think anyone older than 35 is still clinging to their Blackberry Pearl.
Now that our two-year, lock-down contract with Vodafone is over, Fry Up is free and ready to discard the iPhone 3. We now have in one pocket a Motorola Defy (Android OS 2.2) and in the other a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (Android OS 2.3). The Arc (which is rather gorgeous) won’t be on sale until next month, and there are limited stocks in the country, so we have to give it back. The Defy is now on sale and we can keep it for longer. We like Defy but its annoying that Telecom is aggressively marketing a phone with an operating system that has already been surpassed.
You can check out the differences between Android 2.2 (product name Froyo) and 2.3 (product name Gingerbread) here.
And for those of you who still have a Pearl, it is maybe time for an upgrade. The editor of our sister publication PC World is on assignment in Florida at the BlackBerry World conference and reports that Angry Birds will be coming to the – soon to be released in New Zealand – BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.
Put down the phone Pearlers.
Pick up the tablet.
Has YouTube really just given the people of the world the opportunity to view a large amount of pointless cat videos? Vicktor Hertz on the Behance Network website takes a wry view of a well-known company logos and slogans.
Fry Up Live
Fry Up is holding a debate in Christchurch on Tuesday May 10 with the moot: Politics has no business in telecommunications.
It will be at The George, at 7.30am and includes a cooked breakfast. Entry is free. See you there. Fry Up Live registration