Doug Vining Microsoft's Model Turns Left

Microsoft is trying to adapt to the on-demand software model - Forbes Magazine 4 November 2005
Posted: 6 November 2005 at 18:14

Doug Vining Cheap PCs from Google?

Google set to challenge PC makers with $200 entry-level computer
The American internet giant is thought to be on the verge of launching a slimmed-down machine that will work without Microsoft software,,9075-1969326,00.html
Posted: 6 January 2006 at 12:37

Neil Jacobsohn RE: Cheap PCs from Google?

Greeting to all and Happy New Year!

I see Google CEO Eric Schmidt had denied Google is looking at their own PC, according to today's Business Day.

Neil Jacobsohn
Posted: 9 January 2006 at 09:02

Doug Vining Google Launches Voice-Based Search Experiment

April 10, 2007

With very little fanfare, Google yesterday launched a new service called Google Voice Local Search, which allows users to search for business listings by phone.

Users to call a toll-free number (1-800-GOOG-411) to search in English by business name or by category. The caller can be connected to the business, or the listing can be sent as an SMS message to a mobile device. The fully-automated system cannot be used for residential listings. Google also stresses that as it's experimental, the system may not always be available.

Posted: 10 April 2007 at 17:51

Doug Vining RE: Google Launches Voice-Based Search Exp...

Until recently, when Eli Portnoy wanted to find the nearest restaurant he would use his cellphone to call a search service offered by his carrier, Verizon Wireless. A live operator would answer and, for about $1.50 per inquiry, give the 26-year-old entrepreneur a list of choices based on his location.

Today Mr. Portnoy still makes wireless calls to get such information. But he has switched to Google Inc.'s free directory service that employs voice-recognition technology to power searches for local-business listings. To use it, he'll call the service and say "restaurant" and his location. Within a few seconds, an automated voice will list the top 8 choices and also give Mr. Portnoy the option of receiving a text message or being connected to one of the restaurants. The restaurants do not pay to be included, and they are ranked using the same algorithm Google uses for Web searches.

Posted: 1 June 2007 at 20:51

Doug Vining Linkbook deletes the digital divide

At ZAR 199 per month it's not free, but that includes a data plan, and it is a computer. So it seems the vision of this MindBullet is not far off the mark!
Posted: 13 May 2010 at 07:49

Doug Vining Speak to your Android

Software Upgrade Lets Android Phones Take Orders:
New voice recognition features for everything from text messaging to music.
Posted: 18 August 2010 at 15:18

Doug Vining iPhone starts to talk sense

It's uncanny how close the new features on the iPhone 4S are to the scenario for speech controlled computing we envisioned in this MindBullet, which was published in 2004.

Long before the iPhone was even invented, it was an obvious application, and now many of these features are available on both Google and Apple phones. The timing is pretty close too - we suggested 2012. Perhaps these speech products will come out of beta next year!
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Posted: 5 October 2011 at 08:48

Shierly Matrix iPhone starts to talk sense

This article reminding me of the incident happened in 2011 as when my roommate's iPhone 4s started talking out loud. I had to double click everything to for it to work, and it was something to do with Siri I think. It was the first time this has ever happened. From that time to now Apple turns as faster Face ID, wider stereo sound, a beautiful new gold finish and introduce Dual SIM to iPhone's latest version. Want to know any help or features detail of iPad or iPhone visit here
Posted: 19 September 2018 at 11:17

Wolfgang Grulke Subscribe...and the PC comes FREE!

We have long talked of this being the ultimate cost of a! The ultimate commodity. Now if you subscribe to this 'newspaper' that singularity has been reached.
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Posted: 24 November 2013 at 20:42

Doug Vining Subscribe...and the PC comes FREE!

I recall drafting this MindBullet nine years ago. When you consider that in those days there was no iPhone, no Facebook, and laptops were heavy and expensive, the scenario was pretty outlandish, but has proved very close to the bone!
Posted: 25 November 2013 at 18:50

Neil Jacobsohn The price of free!

That's one heck of a price to pay for a business that offers free messaging - $16-billion! Here's an interesting take on why Facebook is prepared to cough up that much for WhatsApp. This is a shrewd recognition of the powerful "Free to Fee" trend that we talk about in a number of our themes. Facebook has recognised the power of the WhatsApp user base, and in time, will start to monetise that. It's such a dramatically different business model from the way the economy has performed up to now - it really is a fundamental change to the way we value businesses. "Free" is a big future trend.
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Posted: 20 February 2014 at 11:58
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