A few months ago I did an interview with NBC News (KNTV) on VOIP. Yesterday a clip from that interview surfaced again, on their Skype/eBay story. Weird to see oneself taken, while not out of context, out of time.
One of the things I like about the Treo 650 is that it supports Bluetooth. I've been using the capability for file transfer and syncing with my Thinkpad X40, and also with wireless headsets. This week I'm using the new Treo Wireless Headset. It is unbelievably tiny and lightweight, and has better performance (less static, better range) than my old Jabra BT200. It also uses the same charging system as the Treo 650, which makes it more convenient than a headset from another vendor. It feels a little loose on the ear, though. Since I like the fit of the BT200 better, I look forward to trying the newer model with that form factor, the PalmOne-branded version of the Jabra BT250.
The online community, The Well, turned 20 last week. I've had an email account there since 1988. First it was obscure, then it became hip to be a Well user, and now it's obscure again. But it's the only consistent online ID I've had for more than a few years, so I hope to keep it forever.
Some music junkies have begun using the PC VOIP product, Skype, as a broadcasting platform. It's like podcasting in some ways, so it's being called, "Skypecasting." Did anybody forsee Skype, a telephony app, being used as a media distribution platform? Not really. But it's a great illustration of what can happen when you release a new platform and don't get in its way. Skype is taking a hands-off approach to the development of apps like this. Good for them.
File this under, "Shouldn't be news, but is." The two biggest US cellphone companies now let users send photo (MMS) messages to each other on either network. SMS traffic took off when US mobile carriers finally enabled cross-carriers messages. Phone messaging could rocket up now, too.
What's the next technology for mobile phones? Handset makers and carriers are looking hard at VOIP. What this will do to existing infrastructure and pricing models is open for debate, but at least the carriers are investigating this new model now, instead of cowering behind their existing billing structures.