Call a bike Bußgeld

Ich bin eigentlich begeisteter Nutzer von Call a bike – gerade nachdem mein Fahrrad vor ein paar Wochen geklaut worden ist. Finde den Service für immer frisch gewartete und funktionerende Rder auch echt günstig – nur muss ich beim Abgeben die Standorteingabe ein wenig nachlässig behandelt haben und statt der Kreuzung nur den Namen der Straße genannt haben, wo ich das Rad abgestellt habe – dass mir das gleich ein „Bußgeld“ i.H.v. 5 EUR einbringt finde ich dann doch ein bißchen happig..

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New Businessmodells II: Hollywood Studios

I was just visiting Nokia: I’m looking for a multimedia device – can’t live with blackberry without video/foto. And what found was:

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Now that’s the new N95 8GB bundled with Spiderman 3 – two main reasons for that I guess:

1) Inform the customer, that a whole Spiderman movioe fits on a mobile

2) Marvel knows, as well as the music industry, that customers won’t pay for movies any longer (nor in the future) – so they bundle it with a mobile – Nokia might pay for that – at least it’s an incentive for new download models for the customer.

Public security cams

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So you like to have a „live look“ into the world: just google for something like „inurl:ViewerFrame?Mode=“, „inurl:ViewerFrame?Mode=Refresh“, „inurl:axis-cgi/jpg“, „inurl:axis-cgi/mjpg“, „inurl:view/indexFrame.shtml“, „inurl:view/index.shtml“, „inurl:view/view.shtml“ – and you’ll find dozens of unsecured security cams: or just click here for a live example (is it china, japan,…???)

Android – a threat to the telcos?

So Google has released the android sdk – and yes, it looks nice in their demo video. But it’s only a video… It seems to be a good strategy to me not to build their own gPhone – Apple has build a beautiful phone with the iPhone, but it’s not a good phone regarding voice quality, basic technical features like 3G etc. What Google tried to build with all of their web-apps is the web OS – but control over hardware still was at the browser and the underlying OS. So now it’s their first „real“ OS, taking control over hard ware features like initiating phone calls, evoking emails and so on. The goal of that strategy is in the huge developer community maybe starting to build cool mobile apps – but why haven’t they with Symbian? There are already cool apps out there, so why another OS? Of course it makes sense for google, but as long as telcos route the traffic, the market will remain a walled garden. Telcos charge you for „offnet“ traffic (offnet = www, onnet = portals of the telcos) and will in the future – the only remaining chance for growth for telcos for the next 5 years is in data traffic – and here might be the point: when the demand for offnet features grows, and it might because of cool apps build on OS like android, it’s a winning situation for the telcos on the short and mid term – but it won’t be over the long term. Telcos will have to find new ways of monetize their service – infrastructure on its own will not last over the next ten years. Telcos have carefully recognized this development and will react, like building music- and video stores selling products there or building alliances and sell bundled products (get a fridge, 100 songs and a mobile for 100$, electricity included for the next 24 month). But it’s going to be a tough fight for every single customer. With android google has launched a platform they can monetize in the long term – and that’s why you still should buy GOOG 😉

New Businessmodell in in the music industry

As iTWire reports, Radiohead new Album was downloaded 2 mill. times in total. Radiohead offered the Download as „free to pay“ – appr. 40 % of the Downloaders were willing to pay about $US 2,26, which is more than 100% more as the normal refund via majors (about $US 1). I wouldn’t have thought, that ANY one would have paid for the album, because a widely spread opinion is, that on the internet everything is free. I see this example as an example majors should look at carefully – users are willing to pay for quality – there’s money out there, but the revenue streams are changing. Users will pay $US 40 for a high quality broadband connection – but they won’t pay for $US 1,99 per Full Track Music Download. I’m seeing quite interesting business models popping out there, especially represented through intelligent bundles (à la get your iPod for $10 more, but filled up with 100 songs).