G.ho.st – The New Web on the Web

September 24, 2007

This application is quite futuristic in the way that it will make sharing a totally new phenomenon, napster etc, would sound like pre-historic as soon as the G.ho.st gains popular usage.G.ho.st Logo

Imagine countless users connected to a singular O.S with personalized interfaces but similar/shared resources. Being shared, on similar platform the users will seamlessly engage with each other. My God! Facebook, Orkut, Youtube, google etc etc would become dependent on G.ho.st to access their market.

World Wide Web, as we know it today, will become just a supporting platform for the hi-level “virtual web world” where everyone can come play, learn, exchange, live, work without any boundaries.

G.ho.st must surely be haunting a lot of heavy weights around the web globe. Anyone know if Microsoft, Google or any other giant is vying to buy out G.ho.st or even just buy & bury so that their distributed, sgregated, each item for a price business model can sustain a little longer?!


truphone and Fring: Call FREE from YOUR Mobile Phone NOW

June 22, 2007

Disclosure: As a matter of record this post was originally published at Green & White by the same author at integrate.

Yes be shocked, be awed and hurray! Now you can make free calls (negligible rates apply for some landline and overseas calls) to any number truphone Logoin the world, anytime from you sweet little handy cell phone.

How does it work?

Most of us have been using PC 2 PC VOIP (voice Fring Logocommunication) services like , Skype®, MSN® Messenger, Google Talk™ , Twitter etc. These applications convert the voice input through our PC mike into data packets, transfers these packets over, say Google Talk, VOIP server to the receiver PC which then converts these data packets back to voice that is audible through headphone or regular speakers.

Fring and Truphone do just the same; they have simply developed software application for mobile devices/cell phones called “Thin Clients” (yes coz they are thin, no need to open a tech-dictionary here).

Fring Network

For Details check How does Fring Work and How does Truphone Work.

What do you need to Fring/Truphone your phone?

  1. Your cell phone must be a 3G device, with most updated firmware; easily downloadable from the manufacturers website. Example; www.nokia.com). List of Nokia 3G Devices. All company cell phone list.
  2. Your phone must have internet access (through Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE, 3G Internet Data Plan)
  3. You need to download Truphone or download Fring client on the cell.
  4. Start talking without a stop

What does it cost?

– Mobile phone software clients are freely downloadable from Fring and Truphone.

– 100% Free: Mobile 2 Mobile/Mobile 2 PC – Since data packets are exchanged over the internet through Fring/Truphone servers between the talking devices.

– Negligible Cost (From 95-98% lesser than what you pay now): Mobile 2 Landline/Mobile 2 International Numbers – Since the route in such cases includes some travel over charged networks (depends from country to country; may be free where local calls are free)

Check the tariffs for Fring and tariff for Truphone.

How does this change the way we live?

Truly Diminishes Boundaries: Talk to anyone, anywhere, anytime for any length of time.

Gives a Human Touch: Text can not deliver the same warmth and trigger feelings that a human voice does.

Boosts Commercial/Social Possibilities: Network teams will have a whole new meaning for keeping in touch. Global travelers will call as in the same city. Call centre agents shall service their customers from their homes. Trading and stock markets will become ever more faster. Son will call his parents daily from his dorm. Daughters shall cook while their mothers guide them on the recipe over the phone.

Pushes Telcos to a more Value added Competition: So much for the stupefying and user disturbing price wars and consistent phone calls by sales people. Telcos shall have a run for some real products both in terms of design friendliness and value for the user.

The Challenges for Telcos: Best interest of the subscribers or profits!

Internationally truphone is already bering the brunt with T-Mobile not permitting its subscribers to call any truphone number. This means that you can make a call from a truphone number to a T-Mobile number but not vice versa. See a demo here.T-mobile can not call truphone

The conventional Telcos are already fretting over this technological advance. Lets take the Pakistani scenario. Telcos are already targeting customers (new/switches) on the basis of consistently lowering price plans. Especially the new comers like Telenor, Warid and now ChinaMobile shall have serious reservations over permitting such VOIP transfers over their network. So do not be surprised if your calls are restricted already or in near future as the subscriber awareness increases.

Or the Telco service Cos. shall realize and explore the potential towards offering the “hi-end handset customers” the real experience. This shall be a true test of the product design and profit plan capabilities of the Pakistani telco companies. Djuice for one, should benefit from this new technology 🙂Djuice Logo

Even better times for Handset Manufacturers

We should see some interesting campaigns from popular hand set manufacturers capitalising their products compatability with the Mobile VOIP service. Nokia for one is already collaborating with truphone through cross promotion and offering Nokia Pro Members free truphone benefits.

Atlast Value for the User (or a call for Consumer Awakening)

The customers in Pakistan by pattern mostly benefit more from competitive or compulsive (regulatory or technological) reasons for the commercial businesses, in this case the telcos. Its high time that the mobile users show their resolve to benefit from these amazing possibilities and lodge personal and collective protests to the telco service providers in case any hidrances are created in benefiting from this facility.


The Techno Void: Is technology killing the experiences of life

June 18, 2007

Disclosure: As a matter of record this post was originally published at Green & White by the same author at integrate. 

First of all, It was really hard to find a “Anti-Technology” cartoon on the internet! ;-)

Anti-Technology

Small experiences make up majority of our lives and sharing of such moments with the youth creates ties that make us bond as a family and a society, generation to generation. However if majority of such experiences are limited to stories and are no more doable by the new generation it creates a regressive void popularly known as the “Generation Gap”.This great void directly and severely damages the societal framework that flourishes on the human interactions that the introduction of “techno-social” medium can not emulate. I’ll give you a couple of examples:

How many times do you cherish the warmth that was treasured when friends and family visited each other over the weekends. How clearly do you remember the last time you went to meet your school teacher or a old time friend while visiting your hometown. Have you recently received a letter by your loved one only holding which is a full experience in itself!

The point to ponder here is that should technology be at all permitted to replace the “human experiences” in life. Where using technology would mean facilitation and how can it simply take away a part of our “humanity” and lead the way to cloned disposable workers and cybernetic reproduction plants.

This brings to view the regulation of IT services; from the technologies that are developed and permitted for penetration to the content they carry to the masses. Who is to decide it, how could it be implemented, when to upgrade and how to penalize defaulters.

I say that the decisive role will be played by the consumer; hasty acceptances or careful adoptions!


Your Life in a Mobile Phone – UBL Orion – Part-1

June 9, 2007

Disclosure: As a matter of record this post was originally published at Green & White by the same author at integrate. 

UBL Orion: Mobile WalletOrion Wallet LogoOrion Wallet Logo

UBL has a few days back launched its new product “Orion”, a payment solution via your gsm service cellular phone. The concept of this new service product is enabling your cell phone to make payments against selected/authorized products and services that you avail. You can see the demo here.Orion Mobile Wallet

How does Orion function?

The user level functional description is that a GSM subcriber needs to open an Orion Account with UBL. Just deposit amount (refundable/withdrawable) in the Orion virtual account and start spending by way of paying bills, purchasing/loading cellular service prepaid balance, share/gift money to other Orion account holders etc. Regular call charges/tarriffs apply on Orion transactions. The Orion service charges are separately payable to UBL.

Examples of usage are payment of utility bills via a SMS command from your cell phone, recharging your cellular connection via an SMS purchase request or gifting Rs.1,000/- to your younger brother on his birthday.

Or payment of your restaurant dinner bill through your cell to a virtual merchant account, purchase of an air-ticket, ordering Starbucks latte and paying while on way to office with the latte ready at the takeaway counter, buying and sending movie tickets to kids via cell phone, dialing a bail for your son…


Dilemma of Pakistani Software Industry: The Business Model+Human Resources -1

June 9, 2007

 Well about the locally incorporated companies, I have mostly observed, closely and factually, that rewards and retention have no clearly defined or SERIOUSLY practiced policies. The reasons range from preferential treatment for favorites to project limited vision (dukaan wali approach). I would however categorize these outcomes against the following core reasons:

1. Business Model: Weaknesses in system design, targeted business (mostly follow the crowd).

2. Product Design: Weak or no product differentiation, weak understanding of client/industry needs.

3. Road Map: Literally no road map for the business and products for growth in a competitive reference.

4. R&D: Absence of R&D from almost all setups.

5. Marketing & Demos: Never heard of demos from most of the local companies. They have presumed that they have the right product for everyone and anyone.

The outcomes are that a few favorite or dependable employees are loaded (burnt, depreciated) with most of the workload or project mgmt. This creates a big gap between the ladder from junior to middle mgmt positions. What ends up happening is that when a middle manager leaves for a better job due to similar reasons elsewhere :-).

The owners get someone take a leap from the lower end of the void to the vacant middle mgmt position with a fat increment. This effects professional commitment of the team, hurts their morale, distorts and unrealistically increases pay raise expectations, disturbs financial mgmt., challenges continuity in both the momentum and quality of products.

The need is to have strong regulatory and business model support and back stopping from the association of the industry and the regulatory govt. bodies to help prevent such corps from turning into corpse! The industry needs to share and learn a lot. This is a mis-fortune with most of the Pakistani economy; we just do not share and learn and avoid making the same old thrashed tested and tried repeat result yielding exercises that are called mistakes blunder and crashes.