Government Powerless to Limit Economic Damage

The sordid details of last week’s telecommunications breakdown are well known, so I won’t bore you with their goriness.

Suffice to say the Yukon was dead in the water for a day, not only from a telecommunications perspective but, more importantly, from an economic perspective.

Offices and businesses were unable to work. Stores were unable to sell. Money just stopped moving in the Yukon, or worse, it turned to smoke as thousands of workers sat idly by waiting for the problem to be resolved.

In short, there were significant economic losses for the Yukon. There’s no official estimate. But I think it’s safe to hazard a guess in the hundreds of thousands of dollars range.

And our government couldn’t do anything about it, other than sit around like the rest of us and wait for it to be fixed. Continue reading

iPhone Still the Best in a Crowded Market – Barely

As Apple introduces the latest generation of its iPhone this week, it’s important to put the company’s flagship device in perspective as just another smartphone in a crowded marketplace.

Long gone are the days when the iPhone exemplified the cutting edge in mobile computing. Now it’s well matched by competing products from other companies like Samsung and Nokia.

Even the iPhone’s long-vaunted iTunes media ecosystem isn’t as unique as it once was. Until just a couple years ago iTunes was the best way to buy movies or music on a mobile device.

No more. Superior competing services like Rdio, Netflix, and Amazon Prime have vaulted past Apple’s languishing media platform.

That leaves apps. Apple invented the concept of the mobile “app” and made it easy to install and use them. The iPhone remains app nirvana, but Apple is at risk of ceding leadership here too. Continue reading