Well, this sure is a blog post long overdue. You see, in my line of work, which is a combination of CMO/Co Founder of a startup (ZCast), tech blogger (on this blog and many others like TechCrunch, Business Insider, The Next Web, Huffington Post, Venturebeat, The Street, Mashable, and GigaOM to name a few), startup advisor (working in an advisory role with some of Israel’s leading startups), and mentor at pretty much all of Israel’s accelerators, I see a LOT of startups. Like an obscene amount of startups.
Yesterday was the much anticipated Apple iPhone event. Yes, I am getting the iPhone 7 Plus, no I do not intend on talking about all the announcements and why, iPhone aside, all the other announcements almost put me to sleep.
Let me just get this right out of the way, the DJI Phantom 4 is the best drone I’ve ever owned. Now to be clear, I’m not a professional droner (Is that a thing?) and I’ve only taken interest to this insanely fast growing industry in the past few years. If you want to buy one, go for it! If you do not, keep reading.
By: Hillel Fuld (@Hilzfuld)
I am writing these words on an Apple iPad on my way back from a Huawei event in Shanghai. No one disputes Apple’s superiority in certain areas such as tablets and other consumer technologies. However, even the mighty Apple, the most valuable company on earth realized long ago that me writing blog posts on the plane using their tablet is not where the growth is. Want to know where the future lays? One word: Enterprise.
Yes, Huawei is no laughing matter in the consumer space. The company, without the US market, is the number three largest phone manufacturer worldwide after Apple and Samsung. The Huawei P9 sets the standard for mobile devices in 2016. Simply put, it is phenomenal. More on Huawei consumer technology here. But again, consumer? Meh.
Consumer < Enterprise
Huawei is single handedly dominating the mobile enterprise world and has been laying the infrastructure for our future connectivity around the globe for years now. You think your LTE is snappy? 5G is to LTE what LTE was to dial up, and that is a huge understatement. The speeds speak for themselves.
If you are an American consumer, you’ve perhaps seen the Huawei logo enough times to recognize it if I showed it to you, but if I asked you to pronounce the name of the company? That is where the conversation ends. Here’s the thing, that is going to change fast.
Huawei, in many markets, like the one I am flying over right now, the Chinese monster of a market dominates the way BlackBerry once dominated the business world. One small difference? Huawei is learning from some of the casualties of the mobile market, like BlackBerry and Nokia, and the company is innovating faster than anything I’ve ever seen.
Big data, 5G, automotive, virtual reality, and global connectivity are just some terms I heard thrown around over the past few days from the leading Huawei execs. This company isn’t playing around and while the US market has traditionally been strangely suspicious of Huawei, the company has basically said “No US? No problem. They’ll come begging when they realize that Huawei technology is running through the veins of all the leading technologies American consumers and businesses are using.”
Will Huawei have the brand recognition that Apple is so well known for? Nope. Does it matter? Absolutely not. If anything, the opposite is true. Apple, through its recent partnerships with IBM and others clearly realizes that it has to start making a dent not only in people’s pockets but in the enterprise world as well, because that is the future.
Also? The iPhone 7 is a few weeks away and the leading rumor of what we expect to see in Apple’s next flagship? Dual lenses for better pictures. Where have I seen that again? Oh yes yes, the Huawei P9 in my pocket.
Listen, we all talk about the connected car, autonomous vehicles, and other technological dreams that are slowly becoming a reality but let me ask you a question…
When your autonomous connected car senses an obstacle on the road and notifies the system to brake, would you prefer that that communication take place over existing 4G/LTE technology that still causes your kids’ Barney videos on YouTube to buffer or would rather it take place over blistering fast 5G technology of which Huawei is the provider? Yea, that’s what I thought.
You might not yet know how to pronounce Huawei or know quite what to make of this company, but if you are interested in what’s coming and what will shape our future, then repeat after me:
Instagram stories, Snapchat, yada yada. So much has been said about Zuck’s repetitive and systematic ripping off of Snapchat so I will not be adding to that echo chamber. Before I talk about how the launch of Instagram Stories affected my personal usage of both platforms, I would like to talk a little bit about the phenomenon of copying. It sucks. No, really. Speaking as someone who has been plagiarized and blatantly copied, it royally bites.
It’s been a while, I find myself spending more and more time on platforms like Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and YouTube, and less time blogging. It’s a sore topic, so don’t get me started. I will just say this. I wouldn’t say blogging has been replaced and I most definitely intend on continuing to write here since everything good that has happened to me professionally happened because of this blog, but… I will say that storytelling, as in letting people really get to know you as a person or as a company, is a whole lot easier on these other platforms than it is via blogging.
The older we get, the more set in our ways we become. Or maybe that’s just me.
I’ve been a tech-lover for as long as I can remember. The tech milestones we’ve all celebrated on social media are permanently etched on my brain. (remember Google Glass?)
But being set in your ways doesn’t just apply to your favorite Starbucks drink and whether you like your toilet paper to hang over or under.
It also applies to tech (and how you use it).
Today I’d like to share 4 ways Huawei changed the way I think about tech – and how that affects my life.
Before I get into the nitty-gritty details, I’d like to take a moment for full disclosure.
I was invited to a VIP tour of Huawei Technologies in Shenzhen last month. I accepted. As a result, I experienced a week’s worth of tech fantasies that would make any geek drool.
For me, visiting Huawei Technologies was like visiting Disney World.
Huawei asked me to share my thoughts with the world. These are my own words based on my own experience. This is not a sponsored article. This is all me!
Now that we got that out of the way…
I know it’s rare to get an inside look at Huawei, and how the company does business.
(I took this pic inside the offices on the Huawei campus in Shenzhen)
I toured the headquarters. I attended a slew of executive briefings. I spoke with many employees. I visited the manufacturing center. It was all very open and inviting.
I stood in an air-conditioned server room that purred like a kitten. I learned about the future of IoT. And I played with some insanely cool video conferencing and surveillance tech.
Like I said… it was like Disney World for a tech-lover like me.
(@2morrowknight, @tomfgoodwin, @24K, @petershankman, and me)
I came away from it all with a different view of the company than I had before.
I could write for days about my experiences there, but for this post, let’s focus on the tech.
I’m talking about the juicy, mouth-watering, innovative, forward-thinking tech that we all love.
4 Ways Huawei Will Change the Way You Think About Technology
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1. New ICT (information and communications technology)
Stop for a moment and imagine what it would be like if everyone in the world could connect to each other.
A better connected world means more opportunities, faster growing economies and a better life for all.
Huawei is on a mission to make that a reality. How?
By focusing on:
- Broadband Infrastructure
- Advancements in Cloud Tech
- Big Data Analytics
- Data Centers
Digital technology is shaping our future – which is quickly becoming our now.
These new developments will affect all of us, regardless of what industry we’re in.
The applications in our everyday lives are endless.
For example, we could build safer cities. As we all know, public safety is more of an issue now than ever before.
According to Huawei:
Cities today need effective public safety solutions for incident prevention, emergency response, and evidence collection.
See it in action here –
– Use emerging IoT tech and open cloud platforms to develop, grow and maintain reliable energy. Imagine distributing electricity to anyone, anywhere at any time.
– Make much-needed upgrades in the education, banking and medical industries. (and create specialized solutions for countless other verticals)
– Big businesses could become more agile and able to respond quickly to change. It would make it easier to perform like a fast, lean startup rather than a slow-moving giant.
I could go on and on.
Our world is changing rapidly, and there is nothing that gets me more excited about the possibilities than ICT.
Read more about this by downloading this PDF – Huawei ICT Insights (issue 17)
2. 5G Technology
Holy Batman! Ready or not, here it comes.
I live in the United States. We have some of the best 4G networks in the world, which is a good and bad thing.
It’s good because we can access what we want, when we want, wherever we want. There are no restrictions and very few delays.
It’s bad because that digital luxury is turning us into spoiled brats when it comes to connectivity.
Many of us even have backup connections in the rare case that our primary connection fails.
When it comes to our Internet connection, we don’t mess around.
So as an American, learning about 5G technology at Huawei made me feel like a kid on Christmas morning.
Obviously Huawei is not the only company working on and testing 5G technology. Verizon, AT&T and many other tech giants are exploring this tech too.
Huawei has invested heavily in 5G, and their vision for how it will enhance our lives is inspiring.
What is 5G?
Think about all the devices that are connected to the Internet (between 6 and 7 billion).
You think that’s a lot? It isn’t. 99% of machines in the world today are not connected. But that’s changing fast.
Think about this from an IoT perspective. According to CNBC, there will be around 21 billion connected devices by 2020.
Okay, that’s insane.
How is our existing 4G network going to increase speed (which we want) while still being able to manage all those connected devices?
That’s where 5G comes in.
5G is the 5th generation of mobile technology.
How will this affect your life?
Imagine your Internet speed increasing by about 50%.
You’ll be able to download a whole movie faster than most web pages load today.
And what about 5G-enabled driverless cars? Yep, those fit into the equation too.
According to Huawei:
The combination of holographic imaging, augmented reality, driverless cars, smart factory, intelligent agriculture, smart logistics along with 5G’s ultra-high throughput, ultra-low latency and massive connections will stimulate an astonishing transformation of the way we live our lives, and even inspire the creation of new business models and industries.
My question is, won’t our demand increase with 5G?
Won’t we want more resolution, more pixels, more augmented/virtual reality and more data in everything?
And what about global standardization?
Not to mention, building a 5G infrastructure seems like a daunting task.
We’ll see how it all plays out. I can’t wait!
As Huawei puts it, 5G will lead the human race into the era of “everything on mobile.”
Just think, kids born today will never know what it’s like to wait for a video to buffer. That’s nuts!
According to Huawei’s rotating CEO Guo Ping, there are some things we should do before 5G arrives. You can read that interview here.
If you’d like, you can also download Huawei’s white paper on 5G security.
For now, we’ll just have to be happy with 4.5G technology which is coming this year!
3. GCI (Global Connectivity Index)
One thing I’ve written about a few times is how Huawei taught me to think more globally.
For me, life is technology and vice versa. You can’t have one without the other.
When I think about life, work, love and our existence from that perspective – I quickly realize that we can’t leave anyone behind.
And when I say “anyone” – I mean developing countries.
I believe everyone on our planet has a right to connect to the Internet.
We all deserve the gift of connectivity and the opportunity to build relationships as a result.
But not all countries are progressing at the same rate.
That’s where the Global Connectivity Index becomes relevant.
In a nutshell, my friend Julia and her team at Huawei devote much of their time to collecting intense data from around the world.
They then use this data and analytics to compile a report that explains how we are all progressing globally in this digital era.
I wrote about the Global Connectivity Index in detail last week. You can learn more by clicking over to that post at Global Connectivity and the Digital Economy: A Comparative Analysis.
You can also download and read the 94 page 2016 Global Connectivity Index Report for yourself.
See where your country ranks by clicking over to their interactive Global Connectivity site.
Here is the breakdown:
I know what you’re thinking, and I agree. It’s fascinating to view your own country from a global connectivity perspective!
4. Huawei P9 Phone
True. You don’t have to travel all the way to China to experience the P9 – but it’s still definitely worthy of being in my top 4.
When I arrived at my hotel in Hong Kong, the concierge handed me a pretty P9, all set for unboxing.
Huawei is the world’s 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer. (Huawei bumped Microsoft out of that spot last summer)
And now I understand why.
There are a lot of people in China – and just like here in America, almost all of them have a phone in their pockets.
It makes sense that Huawei would produce an irresistible phone, and they’ve done it with the P9.
I’m typically an iOS girl, but I haven’t been able to put my P9 since I received it.
This blog post is not a P9 phone review, but the awesomeness of the camera cannot be understated.
Let me explain.
The P9 has a dual camera system (co-engineered with Leica).
For someone like me who doesn’t own any fancy camera equipment, it feels like I’m carrying around a DSLR lens.
The way the dual camera works is simple. For every pic you snap, the camera takes 2 pictures – 1 is color and the other is black and white.
These 2 pictures are then layered on top of each other to enhance the contrast and light.
The result is the best smartphone pic you’ve ever taken. Seriously. If you get your hands on this phone, try it. You’ll never use Instagram filters again.
The P9 allows you to be as much in control of your phone’s camera features as you’d like.
In other words, it allows you to have professional control, but only if you want it. With one tap you can control the aperture and other settings.
It also allows you to control the focus and depth of field of the photo after it’s taken.
This is one of the first pictures I took with the P9 – and that was before I learned about any of the features. I l-o-v-e this camera!
no filter, no Photoshop, no adjustments and no skills. 🙂
again…no filter, no Photoshop, no adjustments and no skills. 🙂
If you want to read about all the technical specs on the P9 camera, just click over to How to Use the Huawei P9’s Superb Dual-Lens Camera.
(This is Cipher. He works at Huawei, and he taught me all about the P9.)
Before I visited the Huawei campus in Shenzhen last month, I had a completely different opinion of the company.
It was a subtle reminder that you can’t always believe what you hear. And sometimes, you just have to see it for yourself.
I feel blessed that I was given that opportunity.
Thank you, Huawei for all the innovation and inspiration. Technology will pave the road for the future of humanity.
It’s a great time to be alive!
If you’d like to continue the conversation, tweet me at @adamsconsulting.
Thank you for reading my article!
It is time! By now, I have upped my Snapchat game… We have all upped our Snapchat game! Snapchat right now has so much in common with the early days of Twitter, it’s ridiculous! There is the active community that is in love with the platform, and then there is the normal folks who “Just don’t get it.” But they will!
If you haven’t heard about Snapchat by now, I have one question for you, that rock you’ve been living under, is it comfy? No, but seriously, what is happening right now with Snapchat is a combination of Facebook is 2009 and Twitter 2007. In other words, it is all anyone will talk about.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you have for sure heard of the operations carried out by the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous time and time again in recent years. They are they ones that have taken down thousands of ISIS-related Twitter accounts. They also received press for acts such as threatening to expose the names of thousands of KKK members; taking on NSA over censorship of free press; hacking government sites that don’t support LGBT rights, and more. On smaller scales, they have been known to use their Internet wizardry to combat police coverups; track child predators; and find evidence to support victims of assault cases. Pretty impressive stuff, right? But who are they?
The Complex Web of Anonymous
- A member notices that something wrong is going on
- Other members check to see if the problem can be fixed using the Internet
- An operation leader steps up, gathers troops, and organizes the operation
- Maybe create a video detailing the cause and outlining the plan of attack
- They maybe organize a protest or two
- Members disband from the operation and never talk about it again.
Some of the members might join forces for other operations. Others might just leave. The amorphous nature of it all is pretty fascinating. Are you wondering if they can be stopped? Don’t bother, the answer is no. Authorities have busted members a few times here and there, and those members were quickly replaced by several more.
Characteristics of Anonymous
According to Brian Kelly, there are three characteristics that tie-in with Anonymous:
- An unrelenting moral stance on issues and rights, regardless of direct provocation
(Makes sense, because they usually fight against large groups for the greater good)
- A physical presence that accompanies online hacking activity
(They go out and talk about their missions with their videos, social updates, newsletter, protests, etc.)
- A distinctive brand
(Their use of the Guy Fawkes mask is no joke. The logo with the question mark, suit, and tie- woah. And their tagline is so creepy: “We are Anonymous, We are legion, We don’t forgive. We don’t forget. United as one. Divided by zero. Expect us.”)
I guess most of us don’t have to worry about being attacked by Anonymous. We can sit back, grab some popcorn, and enjoy the show. But if you’re doing something wrong- some kind of injustice using the Internet- THEIR INTERNET…. oh Mister… as Stephen Colbert once said, you’re “sticking your penis in a hornets nest.”
And by the way, they are generally good to the media. They love being in the press. They love being in the headlines. That’s because they proudly stand behind all that they do, and want everyone to know that they are doing it.
The Origins of Anonymous
Operations and Shenanigans
Anonymous can’t stand hypocrisy. They don’t like it when the US Government practices what they say is illegal for others to do. The government has repeatedly done DDoS attacks and shut down sites. When regular people did so, they were prosecuted. This was especially the case when people would use software for such attacks, but it was always totally okay for the government to it, and Anonymous did NOT like that. Despite being harshly punished by the US government (10 years in prison,) DDoS attacks are viewed as “virtual sit-ins” by Anonymous. I guess it goes without saying what they did to different US government sites to teach them a lesson, haha.
There was one point they even overthrew the Egyptian government. Mubarak had shut off the Internet in Egypt, which was a major no-no. Anonymous instructed people on how to get the Internet back by setting up virtual networks that cannot be shut down by the government. They even went as far as helping people send out tweets. Same in Tunisia. And China. And many more countries.
On a smaller scale, Anonymous assisted citizens in a series of high-profile cold cases, coverups, and police brutality cases. They also launched crusades to uncover truths behind assaults, and reported their findings to authorities accordingly.
We have all experienced it. Someone does something on Facebook or Twitter and you find yourself thinking “Who does that?!”