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Apple iPad or Galaxy Tablet?

OK, I’m going to confess to you right up front, I do not own a tablet of any kind, I do not own any Apple products, I do own a Samsung Galaxy S smart phone and a number of PC’s….NO Mac’s.

So why am I writing about this? Truthfully, I’m at a cross-roads if you will, I am going to buy a Tablet this year, and I don’t know which one to purchase. Here’s the dilemma, I’m a control freak. I prefer open systems over closed systems, I prefer Linux over Windows, but I use both, I have to. The Open & Closed system thing is how I’m wired, it’s not right or wrong, it’s just my preference that’s all. I prefer more open systems over closed systems, Apple & Windows are closed, which you would think, would be enough to help me make my decision. But, I’m a curious lot : )

Having said all that, I thought I would simply ask you, which one do you prefer & why. What is the deal maker for you, what made you decide to purchase the one you did, was it peer pressure or did you do your research and make your OWN decision?

So which one would you buy today if you were buying for the first time?

iPAD or Galaxy Tablet?

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The Future Of Business – Social Is A Feature Not A Platform

There is a technology cycle working in the background while the rest of the world is distracted with and by Social Media. I have shared with you in the past that Social Media is not the future of business, at best it will be a feature, not a platform. If you study technology at a deep level you’re probably unaware of the tide changing or shifting might be a better word. Something much bigger than Social Media is brewing and you should pay attention, because the tidal wave of change will knock you over and sweep you out of it’s way.

The social component is merely the doorway to engagement, but we are headed for a much deeper kind of engagement. It might surprise you when I say that Microsoft Windows is dying, Google may loose it’s stranglehold on search in the next few years.

Windows is suffering, it has gone from 96% to less than 50% market share, and soon will be 30%, this means the Desktop era has passed us by. The reason, SmartPhones. These devices have all but made us forget about Windows Operating Systems for the most part, don’t be surprised to learn that Windows 8 (Due out in 2012) might be the last big push for a Desktop Platform by Microsoft.

Index search has peaked, Google, like Microsoft, have many other ways to be a player in the new technology cycle, but not doing what they are doing today. Not with Index Search, and not with the desktop, the mobile marketplace is doing both of these things better and seamlessly, they’re not separate things you have to do anymore.

The big craze today and in the next few years will reshape the Internet, Apps, HTML 5 and Tablets, they have already set the pace for a new frontier. But if we must talk social, let me share this, if you are an investor or a developer, and a business owner, consider building on top of FaceBook, no one can catch up with them, no one. The same can be said of Apple’s iPad, and Apple’s financial structure, no one can catchup with them, they are the current leader with FaceBook. FaceBook IS the new Windows!

Social Media is not the future of business, it’s a side show, Roger McNamee is quoted as saying about Social Media, “This is not the mania you are looking for”.

The future of business is mobile and social, FaceBook is the new windows, HTML 5 allows all of us to participate, Apps and Tablets are the tools we will use to move products and services. Most of what we manually do today will be fully automated, like search, it’s just a matter of time. The real issue, how does your business leverage this new technology cycle, I think the first step is to open your mind to new better ways of being in business, the world has yet to arrive in the digital realm, are you ready?

Being Social alone is not enough to participate in the Future Of Business.

 

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The Future Of Business – Payfirma Mobile Payments On The Go

I had posted a link on the Twitter on online Payment technology, particularly swipe format. I sarcastically said, it will take 18 months before Canada gets this or even wants to embrace it. You see, in Canada we are very slow in adopting new technology, heck, even new songs that breakout in L.A. take 6 months before we get the groove. Anyway, I got a response back from someone, he recommended I watch this video. I took a quick look and responded back to him on twitter, I’ve seen this before, it’s cool, but do you have anything in the works for Android?

Let me backup a bit, the person who hailed me on The Twitter was @KalleRadage , I hope I’m not stepping out of line here : ) He works with a company called Payfirma, you probably have heard of it, if not, this should be news to you. What does Payfirma do?

“Payfirma is Canada’s true all-inclusive payment processor, providing a full-range of Credit Card, Mobile Payment, eCommerce and Integrated Point-Of-Sale Solutions.”

That should get you started, but let’s watch the video and then you iPhone freaks should get real excited here in Canada!

Well, what do you think? I’m hoping they work on something for my Android, the truth is, as cool as this looks, it needs to be easier in my humble opinion. Security is always an issue, and I’m not even going to attempt covering that topic here.

The Future Of Business will be Social & Mobile, this is part of the mobile aspect where we all will live in the coming months. So Payfirma, you are on the right track, I am really interested in your progress, and I’m most especially interested in your work for the open systems like Android.

By the way, Payfirma has already released the BlackBerry Mobile Payment App!  : )

So how would we recommend this be easier to use? Any ideas?

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The Future Of Business – The Future Of Shopping With PayPal

Look at what PayPal is introducing in the future of shopping, when systems of this nature are implemented, over time, it’s usually impossible to go back to old ways of doing things. But it is fun to use new technologies and new ways of getting things done.

Hope you find this interesting, or at least eye opening, would you use PayPal’s new system?

Is Technology Taking Mankind To An Unhealthy Place?

I have been talking about technology for over 30 years, in my opinion, technology is taking mankind to an unhealthy place. There I’ve said it. Many of you think I am a pro technology man, more than I am a pro business man, the reality is, I’m both, but technology is merely a tool to get business done, even though technology is leading us down the road Neo in the Matrix have been down before.

I was born in the late 50’s, I’m a Baby Boomer, I have seen technology evolve, technology started it’s takeover of mankind with the handheld calculator. When I was in school, it was forbidden to use a handheld calculator in class, today, you can’t finish school without one. Technology is now raising generations unable to think, the arts are being eliminated because technology wants to do all the creative thinking for us. Everything technology today has gotten smaller, so small it can be injected into your blood stream, blood cell sized nanobots! These types of technologies will eventually make us live for ever, birth perfect babies, have perfect health. Ray Kurzweil predicts the singularity, where technology and man merge, will become a reality by the year 2045. Technology is being embedded into everything, including the human body. Is this a good thing, I’m not convinced it is just yet.

RFID chips were to be injected or planted into humans at one time, this can be done today, but I think the push back has forced big brother to shift gears. Instead of planting or injecting, the technology is carried by you and I through credit cards, bank debit cards, drivers licenses, and all these chips can be scanned by anyone as far as 50 feet away. That means the dark side can scan your credit card, create a new card with your account details, almost, if not, completely steal your identity. All this in the name of technological progress. For every technological good, there is an equal bad for all of us. We are more willing to embrace carrying these technology cards because they aren’t intrusive, it’s not painful or difficult to do, but that isn’t entirely true is it? We are being lulled into carrying these cards, using all these cool mobile device, geo-location, the 4squares and the like. We can’t not be found, everywhere we go we can be tracked, and most of us are happy about it. But what if there is a war of any-kind, corporate war, technology war, or a war where life is threatened. Those in the working corporate world become the enemy, those who work for technology companies, countries and man against man all become the enemy, where then do we hide? We can’t.

There is a a scripture in the bible that states, the meek (weak) shall inherit the earth, maybe it should be the Geeks shall inherit the earth. As much as I am concerned where technology is taking us, I also see much good, but I more worried about the consequences of a society that is too eager to embrace any technology without having some foresight. Everytime we mess with the human body, the earth, and or creation of anykind, we put ourselves in a place that can’t be reversed, is that smart?

Man is the problem, we complicate everything, we shackle ourselves, we don’t really know what we are dealing with in the bigger picture. People far smarter than I believe they know what they are doing, I’m suspicious to be completely transparent. So what do we do, we can’t go backwards, it’s too late. You couldn’t take technology (computers) out of our homes, our cars, our businesses, or take away handheld devices, we would be completely immobilized.

I get nervous everytime the major tech companies come out with a new product, we tend to do everything in our power to get in line to get it, without even thinking if we need it. Our future needs better planning behaviour than having the latest greatest in our hands, life is not about having the most toys, and or about being the first one to have it.

As you can see I’ve been ranting, I am worried about mankind, I am worried about you. We all were created to do something great on this planet and it’s different for each one of us, we were DNA’d to play a role, to make this world a better place. Technology doesn’t solve that problem, it merely allows us to get more done in a day, nothing more. There are no shortcuts.

Stephen Covey once said, “we are the only creatures on this earth that have the ability to stop and think before reacting”, let’s all exercise that muscle when it comes to embracing new technology or existing technologies. It may be too late, younger generations, the under 20 and generations to come may not be taught to stop and think. There is a huge discussion here, and I am only scratching the surface, I would love to hear your thoughts.

Do you believe technology is taking mankind to a healthy place?