What are some examples of applications where tablets and smartphones have/might replace dedicated display/input mechanisms?



  • Browsing the web: if you have an iPad, you almost fully stop doing it on your desktop (especially now that iOS 6 and Google Chrome are out)
  • Handheld console gaming
  • Standalone console gaming (the iPad may not have come very far on that route, yet, but it is on its way, as this article, among others, suggests: http://www.theverge.com/2012/6/2…)
  • Medical documentation and assessment, patient care (http://medcitynews.com/2011/11/5…)
  • Interactive information displays: Museums use this a lot already: the iPad is being put into a case that locks the Home button, therefore only displaying the content that it should display; another good example is McDonald's using it as an info display/surf station in its fancier restaurants.
  • Small/children's room television sets: Many people already use the iPad as a second (third, fourth) TV; something that people used an HTPC and a display or a standalone PC in a kid's room for before.
  • Blogging/publishing/writing: I know a few people who have already adapted to the zero feedback of the keyboard of the iPad and are almost ten-fingers quick at typing their content.
  • Textbooks/learning: From iBooks to proprietary apps, there are a lot of learning institutions encompassing the iPad into their learning/distribution of learning materials.
  • Children's entertainment and learning: There are already thousands of edutainment apps for preschoolers out there.
  • Consumer photo editing: Once the domain of simple Paint-like programs, then a mass adoption of basic Photoshop started, iPhoto took over and now it's iPhoto on the iPad. AI allows edits which were much too complex for beginners just a couple of years ago (even with great input devices) and consumers embrace it – without needing input devices.
  • Social networking: Sounds almost a bit too obvious, but ask anyone who uses both Facebook and an iPad – they'll tell you that they almost never switch on their computers to do some Facebook.
  • Note taking: As basic as it is, would we have believed if anyone would have told us seven years ago that in the near future we would not use a keyboard or a pencil anymore for taking notes? (Thanks, Evernote!)
  • Document display: Before tablets, dedicated display/input systems were the only ones you could use to display a presentation or a PDF to someone at work. Now that that's changed, tablets are taking over.
  • Information search: Very close to the browsing I wrote about above, it's obvious that many people are turning to apps when they look for information, rather than using a traditional PC with a browser – Wikipedia is a good example.
  • Shopping online: Before Tablets (and smartphones), there was no other way to enter your information than to use a traditional display/input system. Today, eBay already makes about 10 billion dollars from mobile purchases (http://allthingsd.com/20120718/e…). One reason for this is that for an online shopping experience to satisfying, a beautiful and 'haptic' experience is way more important than fluent text input.

I could go on like this for ages, but maybe I am just a mobile enthusiast…(,

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How far is ePub from being the de facto standard for publishing in the eLearning industry?

The e-learning industry is an enormous, decentralized and definitely still very heterogenous one. There are no definitive go-to sources, yet, even though some players in the industry like Apple are shifting large amounts of money into R&D&M (research and development and marketing) to change that.

You are asking about ePub becoming the de facto standard for e-learning. In fact, there are so many standards and formats out there still, that I think the consolidation process of standards has just begun.

First of all, ePub is of course only highly relevant for text publishing (you might want to think about rephrasing your question), and e-learning consists of all media types. For instance, large amounts of media out there are either mixed-media or video.

Secondly, format standards or standard consolidation depends highly on the publishers and distributors. For now, it seems that most of them are still trying to diversify their format portfolio rather than to consolidate it. Apple iTunes U is a good example, providing support for multiple video and audio formats, as well as PDF and ePub text publishing (source: http://deimos.apple.com/rsrc/doc…).

Finally, all e-businesses are innovation driven businesses, and ePub still has a way to go before it is able to fully compete with more established (not open) formats in every necessary way.

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Is Quora the new Google?

If everything goes well,
Quora might be what shows on Google when you enter a question in the search box. And on Bing. And on Yahoo.

Important note: Google has been working on their solution of semantic search, the Knowledge Graph, for years. Others, like Bing, are working on semantic search, too. Quora has the potential to fit right in. In the web world of tomorrow (and yesterday, actually) what we need are answers, not search results. If Quora SEOs the heck out of this website, that might just be their largest benefit. And yes, that might also make it a Wikipedia alternative. But to get to that point, it will have to diversify its portfolio of topics and answers far more than it has to date.

So no, there is no David vs. Goliath question here, and Quora is not the new Google. There is more of a David-in-symbiosis-with-Goliath-thing starting to emerge…

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Will Facebook’s Job Board compete with or threaten LinkedIn?

Yes, it will.

EDIT: After reading Anon User's answer I have included a statement about sharing private data in relation to business purposes.

Let's see what makes LinkedIN:
– job listings
– profiles
– a big user base
– updates/a news feed

LinkedIN is a specialized social network, rather than a job board – no one would argue with that fact. Facebook is a universal social network platform, offering first and third party services.

Look at the services Facebook duplicated/acquired, like photo sharing, and you know where I am going: If a business model that runs on social platform technology is successful enough, Facebook will try to eat that cake. Since it cannot acquire LinkedIN, it duplicates its service. Because there are already successful services in the career business running as an app on Facebook, the step seems only more logical.

The publication of personal data is has already transformed our private lives. It's a fact that today more people than ever share more private data than ever with their relatives and friends online. The second transition is also in full fledge: We (meaning the people in general) have already begun to share more and more of our private data with strangers, colleagues, friends of friends and other distant people. Many people even go so far as to friend all of their colleagues and publicize their whole Timeline. Since releasing private data is becoming more and more common, it is only a question of time until this development will reach the business lives of most people. It might take longer for some business areas than others, but it has already started, is spreading fast and will continue to spread.

Recent development shows that Facebook is not just competing with job board internet services. Wired correspondent makes a pretty good point in his June 2012 Article "The Facebook Juggernaut" (http://wrdm.ag/K5WrOV) that Facebook is again becoming more and more of a a closed platform like the early AOL and the like. With more and more links being rewired to Facebook apps rather than the respective websites, Facebook is making it harder and more and more unnevessary for its users to leave the platform, thus forcing/driving 'engagement'.

The pressure to deliver higher each and every quarter that Facebook's shareholders apply is unstoppable. It has to grow to survive.

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What are good ways to prove that a product is being substituted?

A shift in sales/user numbers is the most widely used indicator for the substitution of products by other products in the same category. Publishers see this happening right now: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/…

If you want to be able to preconceive an industries’ transition, combine sociological and cultural research with simple chart techniques/chart analysis. Identify trends to gain the opportunity to react before the transition is already in full effect.

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