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Stuart Henshall

futurist + strategist + innovator ....making "sense" actionable

Last Build Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:48:18 +0000


iWatch – Continuity – Handoff the Possible Hidden Secret in iOS 8 and Yosemite

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:48:18 +0000

Testing some scenarios for the future I used iWatch in a thought experiment and now wonder if continuity is the real hidden secret. On the Apple website we can see the pre-release claims for “Continuity” and “Handoff”. Features coming in iOS 8 and OSX Yosemite.  All these wonderful new ways that we can take phone calls, work […]

“Hey Siri” tell me about HomeKit. #WWDC

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 02:22:38 +0000

“Hey Siri” tell me about HomeKit. I’d like more details and this will make a big difference to using products like Philips Hue – “turn up the lights”. As long as there is no network delay in response. I suspect Siri will have to remember the Turn up the lights by keeping the action local. iOS 8 […]

#WWDC TouchID and Payments – A big hidden step forward.

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 02:19:21 +0000

Second observation from this mornings #WWDC event. Developers are going to get to use TouchID. Yea! Every app can now use TouchID. There was also a developer announcement for connecting Apps and bringing those extensions into Safari. Apple is adding one of the most-requested features to iOS 8: inter-app communication. App developers will be able […]

#WWDC iMessage and Continuity

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 02:17:59 +0000

I have three observations from the Apple Keynote I saw this morning. Whether they come true or not remains to be seen. 1. iMessage, 2.TouchID, 3. Ok Siri. I’ll make them separate posts. First up iMessage and the new calling features that allow easy integration between iPhone and Mac. Some competitors won’t be happy. Apple […]

iBeacon for My World – We aren’t there yet…

Thu, 29 May 2014 20:58:57 +0000

I’ve been experimenting with Apple iBeacon again. A simple method using “Launch Here” and “Locate iB”. Using these too together will demonstrate how to manage proximity to a single iBeacon and present a simple launcher. I’ll highlight some of the issues below and let’s hope that iOS 8 actually brings the changes. I’ll also list […]

Velo Labs‘ Skylock is a smart bike lock that unlocks with bluetooth and has sensors for theft detection.

Thu, 22 May 2014 21:42:52 +0000

SkyLock will never fly out the door although it may cruise down the street. It is just too expensive at its $249 projected price and another one of those fund me ideas that may or may not come to fruition. Still there is something nice about the video and “keyless entry” for you bike. Its a […]

The Internet of Things and Humans #IoTH

Wed, 21 May 2014 21:03:23 +0000

Internet of Things and Humans! Good examples in this piece by Tim O’Reilly. Re-think the IOT interaction paradigm. “Uber is a $3.5 billion lesson in building for how the world should work instead of optimizing for how the world does work.” That is precisely the lesson that Internet of Things designers need to learn: how […]

Examples on How Mobile Changes the In-Store Game of Retail

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:59:35 +0000

I recently caught a short article in The Economist on how Nordstrom’s and Macy’s are using mobile in the shopping mix. It’s a good reminder and again points to a radical change coming in the way we see POS or point of sale terminals. Mobile solutions are replacing static registers while also making it easier […]

A “good” network – Vodafone India

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:28:14 +0000

I’ve heard many times over the last few weeks that Vodafone has a “good” network. That may trace to the ad below. The term ‘good’, in my western eyes, has a certain definition – but here, in India, it may not always work and may still roll back to 2G/Edge.  “Good”, is enough to change […]

‘Android’ is now the Brand of Phone and Tablet you buy in India

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:23:09 +0000

I find it very hard to see value in expensive Android handsets today. Perhaps I should extend that to any handset and OS. The question for Android appears to be; does the brand matter? Looking at the myriads of Android handsets (priced Rs.5000 to 8000) now available in India you see attempts to play down […]

Did Apple Get it Right This Time? – New SVP of Apple Retail

Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:22:21 +0000

Apple has announced the hiring of Angela Ahrendts, soon to be ex-Burberry-CEO, as their SVP Retail & Online Stores. A few weeks ago I wrote a post on what the job spec should include. I listed five key areas that will determine success and drive the hiring choice. I had a big vision in my […]

The Maid and the Smartphone – India

Fri, 11 Oct 2013 14:29:13 +0000

She doesn’t read or write. She carries an old very basic Nokia and “speed-dial” has been programmed by a friend to connect her with the key people in her life. Her family and her employers. At first, most of the calls just came to her although these days she is making many calls herself. She’s […]

The Mochi and the Smartphone – Not Likely Soon

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:31:15 +0000

I’d like you to meet the local cobbler or ‘mochi’. He will repair your shoes for a few US cents. His business is established (street side) and he has a couple of stools and the paper so his customers or his friends can just “drop-in”.  While watching him, he took a call, pulling his quite […]

New “Login and Pay with Amazon” Mimics Facebook Connect – Single Sign-On Systems

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:01:06 +0000

While the headline for the linked post below is “Amazon challenges PayPal with new ‘Login and Pay’ checkout service for online retailers”, the article understates where Amazon can take their new payment approach. Amazon’s proposition to users is simple. You trust us, when you buy and then pay us. When you buy elsewhere use Amazon […]

In Search of the $100 Android Smartphones – India

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 01:00:06 +0000

The $100 price point was once a big deal for the PC (One Laptop Per Child). $100 was also the point of reference for the Smartphone. That’s the price (no-contracts) where people said they would start taking over the world. The facts don’t yet support this in countries like India. Feature phones outsell smartphones in […]