On this page:
- “Become a world class University with more diversity by 2030″ – Educational reforms at Tokyo Institute of Technology by President Yoshinao Mishima (6th Ludwig Boltzmann Symposium) [Eurotechnology.japan]
- “Speed is like fresh food” – Revitalization of Japanese industry by JVCKENWOOD Chairman Haruo Kawahara (6th Ludwig Boltzmann Symposium) [Eurotechnology.japan]
- “Groupthink can kill” Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Chairman of the Independent Fukushima Accident Commission (6th Ludwig Boltzmann Symposium) [Eurotechnology.japan]
- Ludwig Boltzmann – Energy, Entropy, Leadership by Gerhard Fasol (6th Ludwig Boltzmann Symposium) [Eurotechnology.japan]
- Boltzmann constant, temperature and the new SI system of units by Gerhard Fasol (6th Ludwig Boltzmann Symposium) [Eurotechnology.japan]
- Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSEL) by their inventor, Kenichi Iga (6th Ludwig Boltzmann Symposium) [Eurotechnology.japan]
- Is Linkedin uploading profiles of minors including email addresses? [Open Gardens]
- Leaking Intercepted Phone Calls Become 'En Vogue' [Martin's Mobile Technology Page]
- Israel Japan Investment Funds Tokyo 2014 [Eurotechnology.japan]
- Retooling [Cloud Four Blog]
- Plan-B Tales About My Home Cloud [Martin's Mobile Technology Page]
- What will 5G look like and how 5G will shape the technological landscape of countries for the next decade [Open Gardens]
- Speaking at smama – Swiss mobile association on Mobile trends [Open Gardens]
- Why do Steve Jobs and SONY reach opposite answers to the same question: what to do with history? [Eurotechnology.japan]
- 5G spectrum – for all or for the few? [Open Gardens]
- Finding Money / 4YFN Barcelona [Slides] [Volker on Mobile]
- Responsive Design Workshop in Denver [Cloud Four Blog]
- Getting Ready For HTTP 2.0 [mobiForge blog]
- Mobile Miscellany, 27th Feb 2014, MWC Cinderella Special [MobileMonday London]
- New Buildings, Insulation and Coverage Issues [Martin's Mobile Technology Page]
March 09, 2014
“Become a world class University with more diversity by 2030″ – Educational reforms at Tokyo Institute of Technology by President Yoshinao Mishima (6th Ludwig Boltzmann Symposium)
“Speed is like fresh food” – Revitalization of Japanese industry by JVCKENWOOD Chairman Haruo Kawahara (6th Ludwig Boltzmann Symposium)
“Groupthink can kill” Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Chairman of the Independent Fukushima Accident Commission (6th Ludwig Boltzmann Symposium)
Boltzmann constant, temperature and the new SI system of units by Gerhard Fasol (6th Ludwig Boltzmann Symposium)
Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSEL) by their inventor, Kenichi Iga (6th Ludwig Boltzmann Symposium)
March 08, 2014
Note – Overall, I like what Linkedin is doing including the new publishing platform . I also ‘trust’ Linkedin to upload all my contacts because its a great networking feature. I only have a problem with the specific issue (as a father) as below
Like many people, I uploaded my contacts on Linkedin
Its a useful feature
I was surprised to find my son’s name (and email address) as a Linkedin profile as ‘People You May know’
My son is aged 10 ..
And is very tech savvy .. Here is a book we are writing together – Python in Schools – A Computer Science perspective – By Ajit Jaokar and Aditya Jaokar
But as far as I know, he does not have a Linkedin profile
At first, I thought he had created one
The poor child denied it ..
And then I realized that Linkedin is creating dummy profiles from all emails I unload – whether they have a existing Linked in profile or not
Why supposedly respected / corporate sites should use such tacky techniques is beyond me!
And then companies complain when they are under the cross fire of EU regulation
Who ELSE can see my son’s email address I don’t know ..
But behavior like this deserves to be highlighted because its a lack of trust
If minor’s email addresses are visible to others – it could have serious legal and regulatory implications for Linkedin
If anyone in Linkedin writes back I shall update this
See also this post – which I suspect is the same issue.
Update from Linkedin
Linkedin has formally contacted me about this. Their response is: They do not store profiles. However, they have no way of being able to distinguish an email address i.e. when they upload an address book, they upload all contacts (including in this case, my son). Apparently, this cannot be avoided.
Its good Linkedin does not expose this email address to others. But still sounds very opportunistic. After all, this is the company that has invented ‘Big Data’ and email addresses can be hacked(as has happened to Linkedin itself). So, all in all, it does not seem to be that bad – but could be improved none the less
March 06, 2014
I am amazed at the current steady flow of intercepted phone calls that are leaked in some form or shape. Take the phone calls of the Turkish prime minister, the leaked phone call of the US diplomat who found quite strong words for the foreign politics of the EU or the phone call between the EU foreign representative and the Estonian foreign secretary discussing the situation in the Ukraine as prime examples. What few reports are asking is who intercepted those calls, who might have leaked them and what was their motive in doing so? Leaving the political questions aside in this post I think it is save to assume the majority of those phone calls were not lucky intercepts by a teenager but the work of professionals in the employment of one state or another. Also, I think it's a safe assumption that these leaks are just the peak of the ice berg. A nice thing of leaked phone calls is that they litterally speak for themselves compared to documents who's authenticity is much harder to prove to the public.
In the meantime it must dawn on most politicians that they simply have to assume that the majority of their calls are intercepted and recorded if no end-to-end encryption is used. Not that they don't want to use devices that offer end-to-end encrypted calls but from what I can tell they are still cumbersome to use and interoperability between devices of different makers is virtually non-existent. But perhaps this constant flow of leaked phone calls will trigger people to rethink their position and create a bigger demand for interoperable and easy to use devices and applications for end-to-end encrypted calls that are not only affordable for them but for the general public as well. I for one would welcome it as I think it's not only politicians who in the meantime have no privacy anymore when making a phone call.
March 05, 2014
March 04, 2014
GitHub introduced a new text editor called Atom last week, and reactions (at least in my Twitter feed) seem divided between fervent desire and snide disregard. For every few people shamelessly begging for invites, you’ll find one or two bemoaning how fickle we all are, how crowded this software category has become, or how our obsession with the “latest and greatest” distracts us from what really matters (what we make).
Some of these emotions are likely the result of the unspoken assumption that everyone in our industry must always know everything (Lyza called this the knowledge burden). But I also believe, regardless of industry, that a natural friction exists between makers and their tools.
We’ve yet to invent a device capable of directly converting our thoughts into physical manifestations. Until we do, tools can only approximate our intent. This means that the distance between idea and execution is often defined by the capability of our tools and our mastery thereof. They tell us what we can and can’t do.
It’s a complicated relationship.
Some remain faithful to a specific toolset for as long as possible, cultivating an intense and focused knowledge of every feature, quirk and workaround. Peanuts creator Charles Schulz was so fond of Esterbrook & Co.’s Radio Pen No. 914 that he bought all of their remaining stock when they stopped producing it. The pens lasted him through the remainder of the strip’s nearly fifty-year run.
Others transition quickly, abandoning their previous workflow as soon as they feel it may be working against them. English post-punk band The Fall have remained vital and prolific for nearly four decades, in part because of frontman Mark E. Smith’s infamous propensity for changing the band’s lineup with little or no warning.
We’ve yet to discover that magic “one size fits all” process. Until we do, we should encourage the accelerating expansion of available tools while remaining skeptical of any that claim to be everything to everyone. Choice encourages diversity in the types of thought processes our medium supports.
In other words, tools are important. Not for their own sake, but for those they empower to create. Welcome!
One tiny downside of running cloud based services at home such Owncloud files, calender + address book synchronization, VPN services, Instant messaging server, etc. at home is that one becomes dependent on the power company and Internet provider to keep you connected to your services when you are not at home. And every now and then things go wrong. Back in December I had a two hour power outage that I managed to detect with my GSM enabled power socket that sent me an SMS once power was restored so that angle is covered. To survive DSL outages I have a fallback solution over wireless in place. And that's just what I needed recently when my DSL line failed for two days.
While it worked rather well it also demonstrated just how many self hosted services I used today and for which the fallback solution ensured service continuity and for which it didn't. So here's the story:
In addition to the DSL router for normal operation I have a cellular router in place for backup Internet connectivity over a different default gateway IP address. The router also registers a backup dynamic DNS address so I can still access the network remotely when the DSL line fails. One more thing I need to switch my services to the backup line is a way to remotely switch the default gateway addresses of my servers away from the DSL router during an outage and towards the cellular router For this purpose I use a secure shell (ssh) login on a box in the network that I can reach over the cellular connection. For this purpose I have a separate Raspberry Pi to which I have enabled port forwarding from the cellular router over a non-standard TCP port so I can securely reach it via SSL using the backup dynamic IP address. Once I'm logged into this machine I can ssh into my other routers to change the default gateway and DNS server and then restart the network stack on them.
The last thing that remains to be done during a DSL outage is to switch the dynamic DNS domain I used for my services away from the DSL router and towards the cellular router. Once that is done I have my main services back in operation. In addition, I can use the Raspberry Pi's vncserver to remotely get a GUI on a machine inside my home network and use a browser to access the web interface of the routers for maintenance. Again, the SSL connection helps to securely access the VNC server and I'll describe in a second post how that works.
So while this works very well there are a number of quirks:
The first is that most cellular network operators do not assign public IP addresses (anymore) which is, however, a requirement for this to work. Fortunately my cellular operator has a dedicated APN but it seems to be a rarity these days.
The second thing that makes the use of the backup solution somewhat of a pain in practice is that the cellular router doesn't recognize that when I'm at home and use my domain name to access my cloud services it should loop back the packets internally instead of sending them out to the network where they are lost. That means that while I'm in the home network I can't reach my services over the default domain name. My solution for this is use a VPN to connect to an external VPN service so the loopback is performed externally. Not ideal but the amount of data that goes back and forth is not very large.
Another thing is that my VPN service doesn't work while I'm using the backup solution because the cellular router doesn't have an option to create static routing entries to the IP address range and subnet used by my VPN server for the clients. While I could live without the VPN server for a while as I can also use an external VPN service it limits my ability for remote support when I am not at home as I use my home VPN service as part of that solution when I'm behind a NAT myself and thus not reachable for reverse VNC connections.
So while by and large the backup solution works there are some shortcomings that would take some more tinkering to overcome. But o.k. it's a backup solution so I can live with that for a while. And yes, agreed, this is not something non-techies would set up at their home so it's by no means a solution for the masses.
What will 5G look like and how 5G will shape the technological landscape of countries for the next decade
Based on my observations at MWC and outside, here is an analysis of why 5G matters and how it could shape the technological landscape of countries.
What is 5G
The Ericsson white paper on 5G says “5G radio access is an integrated set of technologies addressing a wide variety of use cases and requirements”
This statement sounds very generic but covers a lot of specific details because technology does not exist in vacuum. Hence, 5G should be seen in context of the previous technological evolutions. These are: 1G(1980’s) Voice; 2G(1990’s) Voice & Text; 3G(2000’s) Multimedia; 4G(2010’s) Mobile Internet. Building on these, 5G could be seen as a set of technologies that bring the networked society to life. This statement ‘creating a set of technologies that bring the networked society to life’ also sounds aspirational ..
So we need to explore what 5G means for applications and services
Today, Mobile traffic is driven by predictable activities which include making calls, email communications, browsing, watching video etc. Over the next 5 to 10 years, it is expected that billions of new devices with less predictable traffic patterns will join the network. These include Smart meters, Automotive applications, remote surveillance etc.
So, to handle this, 5G represents a convergence of Radio access technologies. To this, 5G also adds a good user experience as a goal
What does 5G mean for applications and applications?
The drivers for 5G are
- Massive growth in Connected Devices
- Wide range of Requirements and Characteristics
- Making access affordable and sustainable
To achieve this in a diverse ecosystem as discussed above, from a network standpoint, we could classify applications along the parameters:
- high volume(classical)
- latency oriented
- data payloads
- energy efficiency
- network reliability
- Relaxed latency requirements – Remote meter reading for billing purposes
- Strict latency requirements – Safety or control mechanisms in the process industry,
- High network reliability – Applications relating to the control of critical infrastructure (such as electrical grids), industrial control etc
- High volume – Remote video surveillance,
- Low payload – Smart metering
And all these on a massive scale (50 billion)
5G will expand into new deployment scenarios, for example ultra-dense deployments where the distance between network access nodes may be as small as a few meters and to Direct device-to-device communication. Direct to device supports radio access between a terminal and an access point connected to the Internet. Direct to device is beneficial when devices that share information are close to each other and information has in a local context.
What to expect from next generation wireless networks technology?
Some of the qualities of a 5G network include:
- mobile data rates of multiple gigabits per second;
- higher spectral efficiency and advanced beam-forming technology;
- a dramatic reduction in power consumption by both devices and macro- and microcell sites;
- latencies of less than five milliseconds end to end;
- a larger number of supported devices;
- pervasive coverage;
- extreme reliability;
- self-healing capabilities.
The blog What to expect from the next generation of wireless communications? Gives a good outline of 5G features which I summarise below
End to end broadband connectivity that meets or exceeds user expectations – Higher data rates , superior end user experience, minimal dead zones and dropped data/voice packets, high quality of voice, ubiquitous Five signal bars, close to zero Latency, no network congestion, pervasive and robust networks that can withstand natural calamities
Dynamic allocation of resources –mapping the service requirements to the most suited combination of frequency and radio resources.
Customized user specific experience – The future wireless communications will focus increasingly on delivering enhanced support for diverse applications while remembering the customers’ preferences and usage patterns. The customer will be able to trust the service provider. Quality of service will be tailored to the applications’ demand.
Multi-hop mobile ad hoc networks – Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs) are designed to operate without any infrastructure and possess self-organizing capabilities. The wireless nodes communicate among themselves using multi-hop radio relaying, without the packets passing through a central access point or a base station.
The Internet of Things – The idea of machine to machine communications is not new and has been discussed for years. However, the ‘Internet of Things’ is a relatively fresh term referring to various objects in our lives all possessing a unique RFID (linked to an IP address). They will communicate with each other without human interference, help in decision making and save time.
Centimeter and millimeter wave frequencies as spectrum source –The spectrum above 3 GHz has been largely left untouched so far in most parts of the world. High frequencies means low range
Smart and efficient receivers –The primary intelligence of the network will remain with the transmitter for the foreseeable future, but eventually receivers will play an increasingly important role in making the mobile environment more efficient on a network level.
This is summarised in the following diagrams
The race for the next generation game changers is on ..
5G could be a game changer for countries and companies and many have realised that
The UK effort is led by the University of Surrey 5G research center
Ericsson led metis2020 project, the Intel Strategic Research Alliance for 5G, the EU project 5gnow , Huawei’s 5G collaborations in Europe (especially in Munich) and ofcourse Neelie Kroes announcements for 5G are examples of various projects in this space
The World Radiocommunications Conference, scheduled for November 2015. Will bring many of these discussions into focus
The new 5G-Public Private Partnership will work in three phases over the next six years to define and launch the 5G infrastructure:
- Phase I (2014-2016): Basic research work / Vision building
- Phase II (2016-2018): System optimization / Pre-standardization
- Phase III (2018-2020): Large-scale trials / Early Standardization
To conclude, the discussions for 5G are only just beginning! And much is at stake
A unified view of a 5G network would look as below
March 03, 2014
Its always nice to speak in German speaking countries since I have so many friends and also family in Germany
Zurich has been a hotbed of mobile activity with Google’s labs there – so its great to speak in Zurich for this event
the next trade event will be held on 6 . March 2014 in the HWZ an exciting topic ‘mTrends’ instead. Please save the date!
Are you interested? Your application we will be happy to take on 3 March against 2014. All other details can be found below.
Participation is for smama members (max. 3 persons per company + max. 3 guests) free. Non-members and additional guests pay a fee of CHF 80 -.
Fritz Reust, Managing smama
16:30 to 17:00 Arrival of the guests
17:00 – Welcome by Fritz Reust, Managing smama
17:00 to 17:30 Keynote 1: “The Mobile World in 2018: The future is based on global micro-trends” - Sebastian Rassmann,Trendone, Hamburg
17:30 to 18:45 Top 5 Trends for 2014
The smama departmental managers designate the mTrends 2014:
- Ronie guarantor, mobagogo to mMarketing: Couponing – LBS / LBA – CRM – Offline to Online Cross Chanel. mAdvertising: New advertising formats – Optimization – BigData – Local Based Advertising – programatic Buying
- Joachim Hagger, Netcetera to mApps & mInternet: cross-channel services – Real-time Web – mobilization of Business – Indoor navigation – Wearables – extinction of the desktop Web
- Tobias Wirth, Aduno group to mCommerce & mPayment: Mobile Contactless Payment – M-wallets – Beacon / iBeacon – In-Store Remote M-Payment – P2P Purse to Purse M-Payment
- Martin Fessler, view group to mContent & mPublishing: Personalization – Mobile First – Advertising – Crowd
- Sascha Corti, Microsoft to MTechnology: Device Trends – Internet of Things – BYOD within the company – Enterprise Apps – HTML5/CSS/JS as native development language
- Dr. Oliver Staffelbach, Wenger & Vieli to mStartups: developments in Startups – Presentation Sharely
18:45 to 19:15 Keynote 2: “Cross Domain technologytrends in Telecoms, Mobile and the Internet” - Ajit Jaokar,opengardensblog / Future Text, London
19:15 to 19:30 Q & A
19:00 to 20:30 Aperitif / Networking
21:00 end of the event
Here you will find the gesame program. ((Link follows))
March 02, 2014
March 01, 2014
I am back from MWC and also from the keynote at the Raspberry Pi conference. More on those soon.
Independent of MWC, here is an interesting link I saw about 5G from Stephen Temple’s blog
The question is: Will 5G benefit all (valleys) Or will it benefit a few who already have good coverage (hills)
Stephen identifies three trends affecting Spectrum allocation
a) Radio system technology advances are focused solely on making the hills ever higher but doing relatively little about the valleys.
b) Spectrum regulators are doing their best to find more spectrum to meet the rising consumer demand for wireless data (again – the hills)
c) The third trend is the collapse of mobile handset performance as an ever greater number of frequency bands are brought into use for mobile radio. An antenna optimised to work over widely separated frequency bands always has a worse performance than one optimised for a specific frequency band.
You can read the full story from the blog - Will 5G be for a minority of high capacity hill dwellers or for the rest of us?
Image source Stephen Temple blog representing Hills and Valleys
February 28, 2014
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February 27, 2014
Last year, the kind folks at UIE invited me to give a workshop entitled When Responsive Design Meets the Real World at their UX Immersion Mobile conference in Seattle.
The workshop was a blast. People seemed to enjoy it.
Not only that, but they created a neat animated video about the talk.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the animation. I did an interview with Jared Spool for the UIE Podcast (available for your listening pleasure now), and at the end of the podcast, they asked me to talk for a couple of minutes about the workshop and they would “animate it”.
I think it turned out pretty well. I literally laughed out loud at the person hitting their head against the wall. Let’s just say that it wasn’t hard to see myself in a character with a round head and no hair.
UXIM looks great again this year. Lots of great speakers and in-depth workshops. If this sounds like something of interest to you, you can register for UXIM using the code “SPKUXIM” and save $200 off the full conference price.
I’d love to see you in Denver.
HTTP is the underlying mechanism that runs the web. It is the language spoken by browsers and web servers to communicate, download webpage elements and upload user data. The version we currently use is 1.1, a specification that is now almost 15 years old.
Whether you're a stay-at-home this week, eschewing the tapas scene in Barcelona or you're making like Cinderella while your ugly sisters enjoy that tapas scene - or even if you've been there, done that, and are now returning home replete with all that MWC has to offer ... we have a short Mobile Miscellany for you with the usual mix of news and offers ...
Last Event, 17th Feb Acceleration and Finance
A packed house last week to hear our super star line up of Simon Cook of DFJ Esprit, Jon Bradford of Techstars, Simon Devonshire of Wayra, Jessica Stacey of NESTA, Brian Taylor of PixelPin and Diane Perlman of Microsoft Ventures superbly chaired by John Spindler of Capital Enterprise. You can read all about it thanks to Simon Andrews of Addictive with video interviews by Tim Green and a full podcast thanks to Mark Bridge of The Fonecast ... all that plus the much asked about presentations by John and Jessica can be found here.
Google Cloud Platform Briefing, this Friday 28th Feb
Google Cloud Platform is holding an event that will be interesting for technical leaders in the mobile community. It includes the opportunity for 1:1 consultation on building a backend for your mobile app. At 123 Buckingham Palace Road, it's free. Register here.
Starting Soon...The Mobile Academy Spring 2014, 25th March to 27th May
“Need to Know Mobile” Talks, Workshops and Surgeries with Industry Experts in Business, Design and How to work with Technology on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Based in Shoreditch, co-hosted by Mobile Monday London and UCL, it is also CPD Certified and the only course of its nature in London.
More information and testimonials: themobileacademy.org.uk, 20% off with this link
London Fintech Week, From March 24th
London FinTech Week is just around the corner. It’s a 10 day celebration of innovation in financial services. Don’t miss out on the biggest line-up of start-ups and large financial enterprises London has ever seen. Mobile Monday Members can benefit from a 30% by using the discount code: MOMO1. Space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
DCMS Solicits Our Views
The Department for Culture Media and Sport is looking for feedback on the terms of reference for the communications infrastructure strategy that it plans to create. Find out more here and make your views known.
TSB offers 75% funding towards £33k Feasibility Studies
The Technology Strategy Board has £2M to award to feasibility studies from small and micro companies. You can get up to 75% public funding for projects up to £33k. If that's interesting, read more, deadline is 5th March.
DevLab LIVE - win £2,500 or even £10,000
Check out DevLab LIVE which is a 3 day event 28th - 30th March. Talks on the Friday then a weekend hackathon in which you will work some of the UK's leading brands to tackle their challenges. More info and sign up at Eventbrite - 50% off before 7th March.
A little rant today on new buildings and coverage issues as I keep hearing such reports with increasing frequencies:
When GSM was launched in the 1990's the windows of most buildings were made of glass and while there was some signal loss through them, by and large things worked pretty well. Over the last couple of years however, new buildings, especially offices, are equipped with heat insulating windows that don't only keep the heat or cold out but also radio waves. Their effect is pretty dramatic. Excellent coverage outside the building, no coverage whatsoever inside the building. Hotels, offices, shopping malls, you name it, it's getting more difficult to get coverage into those buildings from macro cells on the outside. While shopping malls are often equipped with indoor coverage via repeaters or small cells, hotels and office buildings or usually not. An exception I have noticed are 4+ star hotels in Asia while their European counterparts usually don't bother. Sure, there are solutions for this that work great such as repeaters, distributed antenna systems, small cells, femto cells, etc. but they all require active interaction between network operators and the owner of the buildings, i.e. extra work. Extra work many building owners are so far unwilling to do. I wonder how much critical mass it will take in terms of new buildings before network operators are taking a pro-active approach to this!?