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Day November 3, 2011

Sponsor: Billings Pro from Marketcircle, now with cloud

I want to once again thank Marketcircle for their support and for their great software.

Marketcircle develops business applications for small businesses and individuals who use the Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

In a previous sponsorship I mentioned Billings Pro. It’s their multi-user time tracking and invoicing solution for the Mac and iPhone. They’ve since added Marketcircle Cloud. With Marketcircle Cloud you get the Mac and iPhone experience with the convenience of web access. They take care of setup, hosting, and backup of your data, while you focus on your business.

As I’ve mentioned in my stats round-up Mac and iOS users make up a majority of the audience for Asymco. As I also expect many of you are using Macs in a working environment and are either self-employed or work in small firms, Marketcircle’s applications could be a valuable addition to your operations.

Strongly recommended. They offer free trials. Read more here.

Revolutionary User Interfaces

A few years ago, around the middle of the last decade, the mobile phone market was characterized by the rivalry between a few established vendors. These were Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson. These incumbent companies had a broad portfolio of devices including smartphones and feature phones and basic phones. Many also sold networking equipment and were deeply engaged with their customers, network operators.

There was also a set of entrants who offered only smartphones.  They were quirky. HTC was a a prominent “ODM” or original design manufacturer who built phones for companies who added their brands and sold and supported the product. HTC made phones and PDAs for operator brands and for some large PC companies. It also began to sell phones under its own brand. RIM was also offering products that had evolved from pagers into email appliances with added voice capabilities. But RIM’s products were not very good as phones. Voice was so poorly integrated that many people carried both a BlackBerry and a voice phone. Then there was Palm with something called a Treo which promised many things but did not quite deliver.

In 2007 something happened which changed the industry. It took a few years to even realize it was happening but by the time it was obvious, it had changed to such a degree that huge companies found themselves in financial distress. This chart illustrates the effect.

In a few short years

5by5 | The Critical Path #12: Back to the Future

Episode #12 • November 2, 2011 at 5:00pm

Dan and Horace talk about the tension between relying on data and using intuition to make strategy decisions. We also apply this dual approach to think through the next evolution of user interaction and the jobs we might hire mobile computers to do for us.

via 5by5 | The Critical Path #12: Back to the Future.

Dirk tweets an alternate description:

“The iPhone prepaid availability is not the key to emerging market. It’s Siri suiting high illiteracy rates.”

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