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08NTC: Day 2, open plenary with David Pogue

Macro trends in technology: Three technologies to watch
David Pogue

Year of the cell phone

Leaving the cell network and going onto the network like landlines.

  • VOIP, carry your number. Every feature known to man.
  • Cell phone carriers haven’t taken on VOIP over cellphones
  • T-mobile, hot spot at home – any time you’re in a wireless hotspot, all your calls are free. $20 more a month. Little box is like a cell tower in your house. (makes it cheaper for them because they don’t have to put up new towers in your neighborhood)
  • Can hand off call from mobile to wireless network
  • T-mobile is the only company that doesn’t have a land-line business, which is why they are doing this
  • David Pogue just gave us his phone number.
  • Grand Central - too many phones. Awesome video that he posted on the NY Times site

  • Google Cellular – 411 costs $2. Use text messages. Send message to 46645. Type what you’re looking for: “Pharmacy Chicago” In 5 seconds they will send you back the complete name, address, phone. Weather. Driving directions, movie showtimes. Flight info. Currency conversions, Definitions. Instantaneous and uncluttered.Voice to Text - “to page this person, press #” That voice is on Ambien. The voices on voicemail recordings are slow. They make $100 million a year keeping people on the phone and paying for more minutes.
    • Spinvox and Callwave transcribe your messages so you can scan them, skip to the important ones, and not pay minutes!

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