Alexandru Bleau

More happy than crazy, busy with product, mobile and coffee

Common sense shower thoughts

I happened to “tumble” over these 2 shower thoughts. Even though people are creating so many new products and services, there is still a lot of value slipping in between the cracks.

For example:

 

http://just-shower-thoughts.tumblr.com/post/147772056894/toilets-should-have-a-foot-pedal-to-lift-the-seat

http://just-shower-thoughts.tumblr.com/post/147936921804/atms-should-allow-for-a-panic-pin-number-so-that

What other similar gems have you found?

Elon Musk: I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact

If anyone would come up and say that they want to test landing rockets on a platform, in the middle of the ocean, with difficult wind speeds AND make it land by itself, I would have had a hard time saying yes. Anyone would.

And yet, SpaceX has done just that. And they did it in 5 tries. 5. 5! I needed more tries to learn to ride a bike.

Can you imagine someone working on this project going home for dinner? “How was your day at work honey? …Oh, ok. We just made a rocket autoland on a moving platform”

Even the U.S. President was gealous:


What an incredible day and what an incredible achievement. Enjoy the awesomeness below:

2_Parrot_AR.Drone_2.0_in_flight

Can drone racing become a sport of the future?

I read an interesting piece about drone racing and people who want to make more of this type of events than just backyard fun. And that sounds cool.

From the disused locations to the fact that they decorate the location and encourage racers to be “aggressive”, it all adds up to an interesting racing experience that we have only seen in games or movies.

Here’s a quote from the article:

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Native Apps vs. Mobile Web

Mobile Web vs. Native Apps. You might need both but question is when

One of the people that I constantly follow and read is Luke Wroblewski. If you don’t know him yet, do look him up. He recently wrote an article about Mobile Web vs. Native Apps where he does argue in the end that we might need both.

While native apps dominate the “time spent on your phone”, in reality, the dominate part is done by just a handful of apps… most likely not yours.

In the meantime, mobile web audience is growing both bigger and faster than native apps.

Unless your app is the service, there are three questions (at least) you should ask yourself before spending valuable time and resources building that app:

  1. What’s in it for the user? If there is no solid reason for him to keep your app on the phone versus accessing from the browser, your app will be deleted within a month. Good examples here would be Pocket and Google Maps giving the ability to save content offline.
  2. Can you afford the resources? We are not only talking about initial development time here. There’s maintenance, updates, bug fixes, compatibility for oh so many devices, customer support and the list goes on.
  3. Can you afford the time? It takes several months at least to deliver a high quality app. Months. That means a lot of time that you could use to deliver a lot of value to your users. It also means you are actively giving competitors time to copy or clone your service. It takes as little as 3 weeks for a successful app to be cloned.

So yes, native apps do serve their purpose and come with certain advantages both for the users and for the business, but it’s important to find the right timing and reasons for investing in building it.

NVIDIA DRIVE PX2 self driving cars computer

The exciting road ahead towards autonomous robots and vehicles

I don’t know about you, but I’m quite excited after all the announcements from CES 2016, particularly those related to making cars, robots and other things autonomous.

NVIDIA’s super computer and all the other self-driving/autonomous initiatives are just the beginning. It is very likely that in 5 to 10 years there will be several open source autonomous solutions that will not be limited to cars.

This means brainpower for any type of vehicle or robot that we want to make autonomous accessible to anyone.

  • Do you need a robot that signs for your packages?
  • Did you buy a car and want to send it home or to be registered?
  • Need a robot to do the washing and cleaning? Or cooking?
  • Need some robots to fly ahead and start building on a new planet that we want to colonise?

One of the next revolutions will be the robot/machine revolution but I don’t believe that it will leave us without jobs. Just consider that most of the jobs today did not exist 2-3 decades ago. We will just have new titles and new jobs.

 

 

The platform lock-in myth

There has been a lot of talk regarding Twitter’s decision to go beyond the 140 character limit… by adding another 9860.

It doesn’t mean that you have to scroll through 10k character tweets as everything past the first 140 characters will be hidden. The other important thing to mention is that according to some, this is an attempt to lock-in users. More will stay on Twitter to read content instead of going to the linked website.

I would reword and say that it is an increasing myth. We have had and still have several companies that achieve a certain level of lock-in. But it is not a hard lock, more like a convenience lock.

Consider for example Apple’s app ecosystem. Buying a new phone is not a problem but losing hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of apps si not something a user will easily be determined to do.

Even in Apple’s case, they could only afford to impose or institute a platform lock in because of their initial “blue ocean” when the first iPhone came out.

The users’ expectations are changing to the point where they expect and demand and consider it as a given that they can port their data and settings when switching services and when it becomes a basic expectation of every service, that is when we will go from myth to impossible.

 

 

How would Quora monetize

A few ideas on how Quora could elegantly monetize its service

Quora at the moment is “very free” for its users. That is good and worrying at the same time.  I know they have raised funding so that they can remain that way, but sooner or later they do have to monetize in order to keep the service running.

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Virtual reality, Augmented Reality, Brain Connected to Internet

Connecting our mind to the internet in the future

Here’s an interesting quote:

To continue on his idea, in this age and probably the next to come, everyone needs and wants a phone. We have come to the point where not having one is a serious drawback to basically anything you want to do.

But here’s the thing: the internet, all the information, communication with others. Those are the things that are indispensable to us. Not the phone. The phone is just the input and output device.

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A sort of “Hello World!”

moWOW studios logoHi, I am Bleau (Alex Bleau, but people just like using my surname as a nickname) and I am half of moWOW, an independent mobile game studio. The other half is Tudor.

While he wears the dev, server and art hat, I wear the game design, marketing, community and monetization ones. You can find me on Twitter and read more about my experience on Linkedin.

Our first game and also our “learning game” is Clumsy and the Stars. We are currently working our next game, where casual meets a Quantum Leap storyline. If you want to find out more, just follow me or Tudor on twitter.

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