Sony answers MobileRead’s Sony Reader questions

Sony_reader_3Earlier this month MobileRead gathered up reader questions about the new Sony Reader product and the answers just came in, direct from Sony! What a great example of collaboration between the web community and a major consumer electronics company.

I consider the MobileRead community to be among the experts in the area of eBooks and you can clearly see this in the types of questions they ask relating to the Sony Reader functionality. From file formats to RSS reading to DRM, they’ve asked the right questions. Head on over to see Sony’s detailed responses.

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What Is 30Boxes?

In case you were wondering why I did not go to the Steve Jobs Show yesterday, let me tell you the reason: I was meeting with 83 Degrees co-founders Julie Davidson, Nick Wilder and Narendra Rocherolle, the Webshots trio, that are working on an online calendar called 30 Boxes. 30 days 30 boxes. Scoble had mentioned the company on his blog earlier, following a dinner all of us had in my favorite curry joint in San Francisco. Was it worth staying back? Absolutely! They showed me their early early alpha, and it is safe to say 30 Boxes will be to calendars what GMail was to Email.

Narendra RocherolleThe trio were tight lipped about their plans, but beta will come soon sometime. They are mum, because the threat of a Google calendar has everyone worried. Clearly, calendar space is getting hot. Silicon Beat had reported that another online calendar company, Trumba, had raised $8 million in funding, joining the ranks of Zimbra and AirSet. I like what all these guys are doing: trying to make the magic happen in a category that till recently seen little innovation. I loved Nick’s comment: “You don’t need millions to build a great web application.” If what I saw was any indication, then well, he is spot on.

VoIP traffic, slows and accelerates

TeleGeography says that the international voice-over-IP traffic grew a mere 23 percent in 2003, much lower than typical growth rates of 80%. However this slowdown could be temporary, and the volumes should be up 40% by end of 2004. “The slowdown in 2003 was due, in part, to the growing maturity of the industry, and partially due to temporary setbacks in a few key destination countries,” said TeleGeography analyst Patrick Christian.
23% growth is still pretty decent compared to the traditional voice business, which is falling faster than 49ers chances to make it to the play-offs. VoIP is still growing at twice the rate of traditional switched voice, and now accounts for 11 percent of international calls. According to TeleGeography’s latest research results, global voice traffic reached nearly 200 billion minutes in 2003, 22 billion of which was carried over the Internet. The impact of VoIP technology is greatest on routes into developing markets, where high settlement costs make VoIP a worthwhile alternative. For example, VoIP traffic to India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh more than doubled in 2003. In markets like these, VoIP can account for a quarter or more of incoming calls