Set Adrift On A Memory Bliss

This summer I was lucky enough to attend some amazing Bruce Springsteen concerts. In Milan, the San Siro arena was packed. No less than 70,000 people waiting the whole day for Bruce and the E Street Band to come out on stage.

Then the lights went down. Almost immediately, thousands of hands went up, and not (only) to applaud. They were holding softly glowing screens. Cameras and smartphones, not necessarily in this order, all straining to capture the show.

Although I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a social media addicted, I tend to limit myself to a snap or two at the beginning or end of a performance, trying to keep my focus on the show and not be distracted by Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

At this show, however, I noticed something different. With the notable exception of someone for whom, apparently, gig recording is a second job, people appeared to be trying to carve in digital form not the show itself, but the mood of the most memorable moments of the show.

Suddenly, I realized that instead of trying to obsessively document the night, Bruce’s fans were interested in capturing small snippets of the show to serve as a placebo in the future. The videos could augment that physical recollection of the night, rather than serve as a replacement for it.

This could be a sign that we are now in a sort of “memories overdose”: because of digital data and networks, we are in a situation where the amount of memories we can reasonably review has exceeded our capacity. Just take a look at YouTube statistics to see what I mean.

BTW, this is a pic taken in Milan from inside the pit. What a show… 😉

Bruce Springsteen from inside the pit. Milan, 2012

Nokia: The Loud, The Small and The Bright

Somebody has to stop them.
Nokia has released three new phones.

What?“, you could say, “Is the Android-killer Iphone-slasher Windows-equipped device already out?

Nope. They all come with Symbian OS but, hey, it’s the new version – called Symbian Belle .

Nokia claims that the 701 has the brightest phone screen the world has ever seen. The 600 is their loudest smartphone to date. The tiny 700 is the smallest monoblock phone on the market. Sounds good, uh? Well, you can’t judge a book by its cover but…

Nokia Symbian Belle Phones

Really, Nokia: stop that. We don’t want these to be your final days. Gizmodo is begging you too:

Then Nokia up and comes out with three new Symbian phones today. QUIT IT. Seriously. Finland. Do you read me? Stop making Symbian handsets. Repeat: kssshhhh Stop making Symbian handsets. Save your money for the Mango models. Wow us in October with something unexpected: competition for the iPhone. I’ll switch in a hummingbird’s heartbeat. And I won’t be alone.

Cellphones

Mobile war: who will win?

android vs iphone

In a recent report, Nielsen has stated that in U.S. Smartphone Market, Android is Top Operating System, Apple is Top Manufacturer.

Nielsen US mobile phone market share Q2 2011

We all know that Google has a business model for Android that goes far beyond the “simple” device sales figures (read something about it here, and listen to what Schmidt has to say on this subject). But are we sure that the people in MV aren’t missing something?

Apple captured two thirds of available mobile phone profits in Q2. Take a moment to let that sink in. Apple now controls over 66 percent of all the profits amongst the major players in the mobile space. HTC, RIM, LG, Sony-Ericsson, Samsung Motorola, and Nokia combined for the other 33 or so percent of profits in the space (with a few of them: Nokia, Motorola, LG, and Sony actually losing money).

Read the whole article on TechCrunch!

Nokia Final Days?

Phone makers market capitalisation

It seems that smartphone roaring sales are crushing Nokia Chief executive Stephen Elop’s transition plan. The lack of news on the upcoming (?) Nokia-Windows phone and the shift towards hi-end products (i.e. Apple Iphone and Samsung Android-equipped devices) coming from emerging countries have lead in Q2 2011 to a $692 million loss, the second in the history of the Finnish company.

Read more about it in this interesting article on ViewsWire.