Why Things Matter

#1. The world is interconnected

We are living in a world that everything around us are connected to each other. Not only peoples, but the appliances, objects, devices as well. A world which the energy flowing one way to another. Information network available everywhere, we can actually access to the internet no matter where we are. For instance, we are connected to people out from Malaysia with all the social media platform today. Facebook, twitter, instagram, email and so on allow us to connect with people all over the world. So do the devices as well. A mobile phone have the function of calling and messaging, connected with the google maps and others. Reaney (2012) mentioned that 85% of people around the globe who are connected online send and receive emails and 62% communicate through social networking sites.

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#2. Crumbling of physical borders

People today are less conscious about the borders as well. Things are become so easy with the availability of internet, location and country are no longer a problem anymore. Internet allows people to get connected in anywhere and anytime. As the information are decentralized, we have physical device to access something, eg: mobile phone and laptop. The homogenization of time and space does’t matter anymore. We are no longer bound to the physical space. The media used to be mass media, but it is currently jumping to a smaller market. For instance, instagram, facebook, pinterest and others. Media today is all the combination of all those small platform.

#3. Internet of things

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All the physical objects are connecting to internet and the objects are becoming tangible social actors. The social actors will tell us what to do. For example, when you are hungry u post at your twitter or facebook what should you eat, your friends will reply you with all sort of different answer that telling what you should eat. Internet of thing is a form of social connections that allow us understanding the identity. It is about how do people want to use their devices.

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Within this one minute on the internet:

  • 168 million emails are sent
  • 695,000 status updates and 510,040 comments are published on Facebook
  • Google serves more that 694,445 search queries
  • 370,000+ minutes of voice calls done by Skype users
  • 20,000 new posts are published on Tumblr
  • 13,000+ hours of music streaming flows from Pandora
  • More than 13,000 iPhone apps are downloaded
  • 6,600 images are published on Flickr
  • 600 videos (about 25 hours of content) are uploaded to YouTube

#4. The impact of things connected

The objects will have unique network address making each discrete object uniquely identifiable. The objects are able:-

  • Dynamically register changes to their environment.
  • Store and process that information, as well as independently initiate action (able to do things at their own).
  • Have a semantic interface for humans, for instance communicate and access network objects.
  • Remote accessibly.

Things today are no longer stand alone meaningless objects, they are having relationship with the peoples. In year 2008, more objects are connected to the internet than peoples and it is predicted that 50 billion objects will be connect to the internet by 2020.

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Reference:

Raeney, P 2012, Most of world interconnected through email, social media, accessed 8/11/2012, http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/27/net-us-socialmedia-online-poll-idUSBRE82Q0C420120327

Apple & Android

A smartphone is a mobile phone built on a mobile operating system, with more advanced computing capability and connectivity than a feature phone. The most common mobile operating systems (OS) used by modern smartphones include Google’s Android, Apple’s iOS, Nokia’s Symbian, RIM’s BlackBerry OS, Samsung’s Bada, Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Hewlett-Packard’s webOS, and embedded Linux distributions (Mashable 2012). In the market today, the top 2 choices of everyone will be apple and android and there goes a lot of battles and comparison between them. Both Apple and Android have their own advantage and disadvantage, we couldn’t say which one is better than the another one.

A short history of phone:-

1983: First mobile phone in the market (Motorola)

1997: First ‘smart phone’ (Philips Ilium Synergy)

2001: First 3G networks (Japan & Korea)

2007: First Iphone

2008: First Android Phone (HTC Dream)

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As we could see from the infographic, Android users are currently more than Apple users. 54.8% of Android applications are free while only 45.2% of Apple applications are free. Iphone is a closed device which Apple decide the limit of functionality of the device. Apple have completely control over the platform, content and the user. The users shall not modify the operating system. Besides, Apple only allow certain applications, some of the applications are not allow to enter the application store. On the other hand, Android is a open source device, where it allows independent application market.

android iphone market share newspaper

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Many of the Apple users are switching to Android today. What drives them to switch this? As we could see from the image above, price is a huge factors. Android phones are cheaper compare to Apple. Besides there are many choices of Android phone such as HTC, Samsung and so on. I’ve mentioned above Android have more free applications than Apple as well. Will it be one of the factor too? The battle is still going on, even though Android having more users than Apple now, but we wouldn’t know how will it be after 3 years, 5 years or even 10 years. By the time there might be another operating system coming out as well. If you were to purchase a phone right now, which will be your first choice?

Reference:

Mashable 2012, Smartphone, accessed 2/11/2012, http://mashable.com/follow/topics/smartphone/