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Future of mobile apps

Interesting article about HTML5 being the future of apps on mobile. Having worked in the smartphone industry I totally agree. Just like not many apps are used on the PC / Mac anymore but mostly web browser I believe the same thing will happen on tablet / smartphone. The key obstacle to PC moving to web was the horsepower and fast links. If you think about the smartphone and mobile networks you could  consider them to be like the PC and dialup internet 5 years ago. Given Moores law and 4G networks the mobile will go the same way I believe. The other key part is offline storage in HTML5 so that applications can retain data/state. Already the financial times have switched to HTML5 based app so that they can avoid the 'Apple Tax'

Slides from Cloud Computing World Forum

My slides from Cloud Computing World Forum today are up at It was a good event and some pretty good speakers in general and lots of interesting and smart people around. If you're in London it's still on tomorrow.

Slides from today's presentation

My slides "Evolution of cloud computing" from today are up at It was a great little summit over in Newport, Wales - thanks to the organisers.

Why the Google Chromebook will succeed

I'm excited about the Google Chromebook and I believe it will do very well. Not 80% market share well, but perhaps around 20% and Apple seems to do very well with a similar market share. Why do I think this is a game changer? Isn't a notebook that only works on the Internet doomed? I don't think so for a few reasons. Firstly it will work offline. Google Docs will be working offline soon . The operating system (ChromeOS) will also store files locally. This includes things like Google Music and I'm sure others such as Spotify/DropBox will add support once it becomes popular. Secondly it will work seamlessly with Google Mail/Google Apps. More and more organisations and individuals are going down this path and remember all those people with Android phones (now #1 smartphone) also have a Google account. So now you'll have a notebook with optional 3G that you can use for email, docs etc even offline. I often use my Android phone instead of my iPad or Mac or PC alre

Motorola Atrix and Motorola Xoom thughts

I had a quick play today with the Motorola Xoom (iPad competitor) and Motorola Atrix (smartphone that doubles up as a netbook). I must say that I was impressed with both of them, although the Xoom was the more impressive of the two. The Xoom seems a credible competitor to the iPad and the Honeycomb version of Android looks very polished and works on tablets well. The speed of it seemed faster than the original iPad and around the same as the iPad 2. All the software on it that I used seemed quite nice. I did like the ability to customise the home screens more than on the Apple. Of course the key to the success for many people will be what apps come out for it. I personally believe in 5 years that apps for cellphones will be irrelevant, just like they are on a PC today as mobile platforms and web browsers become more powerful. That still leaves a few years in between though. The other key to success will be whether the battery lasts like the iPad and I couldn't test this. The

Amazon move deeply into PaaS

Amazon have announced today Elastic Beanstalk. I have been wondering how long until Amazon do PaaS in depth and now they have. As a techie, I like their approach too. You can either leave it just as a service that runs your applications e.g. Java or you can tune each individual component. Amazon are continuing to go up the stack and this is probably enough to convince more people to use them now.

Rackspace showing real thought leadership

I continue to be impressed by the direction that Rackspace is taking at the moment in regards to the cloud. Today they announced that they are working with Akamai on distributing content through the cloud as reported through The Register here . On paper this seems to jump past the AWS from Amazon and their CloudFront service. CloudFront doesn't push anywhere near as deep into the network as what Akamai do. Of course I'm not going to write off Amazon though as they are innovating very quickly also. The other big (huge??) thing that they are behind is OpenStack . I believe that the project has the ability to really tidy up in cloud management, and as a bonus it is open source. If it's  good enough  for NASA then perhaps it is good enough for others also. They worked with Rackspace to get OpenStack started because of dissatisfaction with open core model on another product (I could start a whole rant on open core here and how some people are using some real deception at th