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May 2010

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Does BP now Stand for Black Pest?

May 28, 2010

Knocking Video Over Capacity

May 26, 2010

Lindsay Lohan Embraces M2M

May 26, 2010

Plantronics Savi W430 Designed for Performance and Your Inner-Geek

May 26, 2010

 


When advising entrepreneurs how best to explain their products to customers to minimize the barrier to adoption, I often say focus on the solutions your product or service provides. At the end of the day, we all have problems and will pay to have them solved. In case you doubt me I invite you to visit Doggie Doo Not, a service dedicated to pooper scooper activities on your property.

Bezos Says Kindle Potential now only 10% of Market

May 25, 2010

Assuming all households were once candidates for the Kindle, the iPad has just taken 90% out of the book reading market leaving just 10% - the serious book readers to buy the Kindle. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explains in fact the best way to compete against the iPad is with a more-focused approach. The Wall Street Journal has more and points out quite accurately that the Kindle service could potentially still do very well on the iPad.

Last night in fact I came dangerously close to buying a book on the iPad and agonized over buying it via iTunes to be locked into an Apple-only ecosystem or go Amazon so I could at least go cross platform in the future.

I did a quick search via the Apple bookstore and the volume didn't show up.

Should CenturyLink be Focusing on Wireless, not Copper?

May 25, 2010

Is it possible to take a group of wireline carriers, roll them up and cost cut your way to greater and everlasting profits? I present to you two opposing viewpoints on the merger between CenturyLink (formerly CenturyTel) and Qwest. One is glowingly positive and one is quite negative. The positive story is from Barron's, a source which I trust a great deal - the other from TMCnet blogger Peter Radizeski who is also a source I know to be spot on.

Summertime iPad Shutdown Warning!

May 25, 2010

 


If you use your iPad in bright sunlight you will likely have to turn the brightness all the way up so you can see the screen. The problem becomes that after a while the unit can overheat, issue an overheating warning and then shut down. SIP Forum head Marc Robins called me today to share the experience he had with his iPad. And he said it was only 88 degrees outside so if gets really hot out you may not be able to use your iPad at all.

Yahoo and Nokia Sync on Maps and More

May 25, 2010

Yahoo is a web powerhouse in terms of page views - ranked number four in the world by Alexa.com. While the company seems to get a fraction of the press that Google gets - and more recently less than Twitter and Facebook as well, it is an integral player in not only the web but the mobile web. Again, another area where Yahoo! seems to be more successful than the media would indicate.

Web traffic ranking Alexa, May 25, 2010 1 Google 2 Facebook 3 Youtube 4 Yahoo 5 Live 6 Wikipedia 7 Baidu 8 Blogger 9 MSN 10 QQ  

According to M:Metrics in a study which took place last August, Yahoo reaches 35 million mobile unique users per month.

Open Source, Cloud Computing and Ecosystems Changing VC Investments

May 24, 2010

The world of investing is changing as startup costs are plummeting for companies who are able to use open-source software and cloud computing tools while in many cases piggybacking on existing product ecosystems as they grow. As Bloomberg reports in an article I found through GigaOm, tech startups need much less money because they aren't using the expensive computers their "ancestors" used.

Hosted storage, hosted software, open-source and the lower price of office rental space means there can be many more startups per dollar. The downside for VC funds is you can't put a billion dollars to work $500,000 at a time.

TMC Celebrates 38-Year Anniversary

May 24, 2010

How do companies make it through gut-wrenching industry and technological change without going under?

I do my best to wish every TMC a team member a Happy TMC Anniversary and as such the start date of all of our full-time members are in my calendar so I can be the one to send them this greeting (If I forgot you in the past - please accept my apologies). Last week I noticed that it was the anniversary of Nadji Tehrani, the company Founder & Chairman, my father and the person who decided to start this company in 1972. Funny, I never noticed his start date on my calendar before - and it occurred to me that this was TMC's 38-year anniversary.

Apple: Which is Worse, Flash or Poor Voice Service?

May 23, 2010

 


People who think the iPhone is a great device but terrible phone are common - in fact just about everyone I know who has an iPhone tells me the call quality and dropped calls are a major problem. Now there is a way to get compensated via the US court system - specifically worstphoneever.com allows you to upload your log files of dropped calls - which become part of a class-action suit which eventually get you some cold hard cash for your efforts. Currently there are over 57,000 dropped calls in the company's system which they believe is worth $672.

Lightwave ONE Web Conference site now up

May 22, 2010

I have heard a number of positive comments regarding the addition of an optical event at ITEXPO this fall. Thanks for all your comments. As I mentioned recently, Lightwave ONE which stands for "Optical Networks for Enterprises" will be collocated with ITEXPO Oct 4-6 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.

As you likely know, we at TMC do our best to ensure we provide the most complete educational experience we can under one roof.

How Smart Products can Transform Health Care

May 22, 2010

Smart health systems have the potential to transform healtchare and weight-loss in a similar manner to the way electronic spreadsheets transformed corporate analysis and boosted the bottom line



One of the largest shifts in technology which has silently grown in importance in the world of electronics and technology is that of the product ecosystem - the group of smart products which interact with one another to provide a collective solution much more powerful, adaptable and flexible than any particular component of the ecosystem.

If you haven't kept up with the Smart Product Ecosystem or SPEC site on TMCnet, please do as this is the best place I know of to keep up with the market and its evolution. There are some fascinating stories I just received in this week's SPEC enewsletter (subscribe) and I will focus on the first one as you are free to check out the others at your leisure.

The first story from Professor Mary Cronin discusses MetaLogics, a company that developed a sensor to determine accurate caloric expenditure.

Priceline: Revenge of the Dotcom

May 21, 2010

Some of you may know TMC and Priceline have our headquarters in the same building at 800 Connecticut Avenue here in Norwalk, CT and as I drove into the garage this afternoon I spied an Audi R8 in a parking spot which belongs to Priceline. I am a huge fan of this car and have blogged about it before. It is the Audi answer to the Porsche 911 in case you are wondering. But it looks better and is quite mesmerizing in person.

Get More from Your iPad

May 20, 2010

iPad Neck Update

May 19, 2010


Remember when I wrote about my painful iPad neck? Well one of the commenters, P.J. Tanzillo mentioned that his neck began to hurt and kept him from turning left - causing his friends to call him Zoolander. This reference is to a movie character played by Ben Stiller and I think the movie is pretty funny.

Google and Microsoft Telecom Failures: Lessons Learned

May 18, 2010

Let's start this piece by saying it is meant to be constructive and that people who live in glass houses should never throw stones. Unlike many writers, I am also the CEO of a media company which means I get involved in lots of product launches myself - sometimes they are from my company TMC and sometimes they are with partners or even vendors in the industry who use our services to help them launch. Over the years, I have failed in some of my launches - and I feel what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and in an effort to utilize my collective experience to help others, I figured I would write about some of the areas where Google and Microsoft have tried to change telecom and failed.

We will start with Microsoft who unveiled their Response Point phone system to me a number of years back and wowed me with all the features embedded in a system which cost only a few thousand dollars.

Google Buys GIPS - Here's Why

May 18, 2010

When it comes to enabling technology, Google's new mantra is its better to be needed than liked

I first met the company called Global IP Sound around 2002 at TMC's ITEXPO and Pulvermedia's VON expos. What differentiated the company tome at first was the company's ability to power wireless VoIP calls over PDAs - specifically Compaq iPAQs via a low-bandwidth codec. As you can imagine, at the time, the codec needed to not only be low-bandwidth due to the slow wireless connections but also had to be super-optimized because processors in PDAs at the time were not powerful.

Ooma, Making Home Phones Better

May 17, 2010

It is tough to impress me when it comes to home telephone systems... I have seen it all or at least I feel I have. Covering the telecom space as long as I have, I figured there are few innovations I haven't seen. That was until I took a train into Manhattan to see the execs at Ooma to learn how they are evolving their Telo home phone system to do more and more.

OnStar Saves Woman's Life

May 17, 2010

I am a huge fan of any paradigm-changing technology and OnStar - the GM invented service which integrates a car's computer and a remote call center is certainly one of these achievements. The service does lots of different things like provide turn-by-turn navigation but perhaps the crowning achievement of the service is the ability to connect to the call center when the vehicle's sensors indicate there has been a collision.

A few days ago, a couple was forced into their car at gunpoint near Chicago and a thief forced them to drive to a Currency Exchange to cash a check. On the way to the Exchange the woman was able to hit the OnStar emergency button on the remote control which alerted the police.

LIGHTWAVE One Optical Event New to ITEXPO in LA This Fall

May 17, 2010

It is no secret that I have been hearing great things about the future of the optical market. Check out this post for optimistic interviews regarding the space with Hunter Newby of Allied Fiber and Jim Theodoras of Adva Optical Networking. Between the need for faster enterprise and consumer broadband connections and the need for more backhaul capacity to satisfy the needs of an ever-growing number of 3G and eventually 4G devices, the need for speed is real and consumers and businesses are paying for it.

The new iPad 3G I just picked up with its corresponding $30/month connection should be a reminder to the skeptics of the insatiable desire for bandwidth on-the-go.

Steve Jobs is My Hero but He Scares Me

May 16, 2010

I should start out this post by saying I believe that the momentum Apple has gained in the mobile and now tablet space is probably close to unstoppable in the near-term. Short of Steve jobs resigning and someone messing it all up, it is very difficult to see how anyone can catch them. The stores, the user interfaces, the apps, the iTunes store... I look at each of these accomplishments and see Cupertino digging a deeper and wider moat around its businesses.

iPad Neck - Ouch!

May 16, 2010

 

I noticed from the time I started programming computers at age 15 that my eyesight started to deteriorate. Whether it was staring at the screen that caused the problem or not is unknown but it did seem the longer I stared, the stronger my contact lens prescription needed to be.

Another computer related injury/syndrome is carpal tunnel and while other professions such as hairdressers can be afflicted by this malady, many have had to deal with excruciating pain as a result of typing in an uncomfortable position or with poor posture for hours at a time.

Apple Shows the Success of Sticker Marketing

May 14, 2010

My mother received an iPad from the family on Mother's Day and when she opened the box I noticed there was no user manual but there was an Apple sticker. How amazing I thought that customers are accepting of being marketing vehicles for a company - and in this case accept getting a sticker instead of instructions - or headphones for that matter.

This week I had my MIS team get me a Griffin Technology PowerBlock Wall Charger for the iPad as I read it was the fastest way to charge the device. When I opened the box, again I was presented with a sticker which I just took a photo of.

Apple Pages for iPad Gets Update

May 14, 2010

I spent yesterday morning in New York talking with Ooma and I decided to take only my iPad to the meeting. Normally you know me as the buy who lugs a bag full of gadgets, chargers and batteries everywhere I go. My Dell laptop has that extra battery attached to the bottom and if I had to I could get nine hours of life out of it. Moreover I have probably logged as many miles on the wheels of my laptop case as I have on American Airlines.

Legal News from TMCnet

May 13, 2010

 


Please be sure to check out the new TMCnet legal news site whose goal is to provide you with timely news and analysis pertaining to the legal world. Our official press release on the new area explains how legal news is becoming a major part of business. Between patent suits and government agencies such as the FCC, DOJ, and FTC there is a steady stream of news which is affecting the technology and other markets.

Some of the latest articles from this new vertical industry site pertain to HTC countersuing Apple regarding patent infringement.

Dialogic and Veraz Merge

May 12, 2010

Dialogic and Veraz Networks just announced their intent to merge and the news has many implications for the numerous markets the companies play in. Nick Jensen, CEO of Dialogic had this to say about the merger, "By combining Dialogic's proven expertise in application enablement for voice and video with Veraz's leadership in voice, data, session control, security, and transport, we will be creating a company with innovative products that will enable our customers to unleash the profit of video, voice and data for 3G/4G networks."

Dialogic has been a voracious company having rolled up much of the communications development market over the years. By integrating once fierce competitors NMS and Brooktrout/Cantata the company has taken on more and more share of market.

A Frustrating iPad Drawback, no Hyperlinking

May 12, 2010

I have been using the iPad more and more each day and I have been leaving the Dell laptop in my office. The challenges with the iPad however are growing because there are so many things we take for granted with a computer that I am finding cant be done on this slick device.

Printing is one of the drawbacks of the iPad, iPod and iPhone but it is worth noting that HP has an app which let's you print photos on an HP printer. This works great in my house but not in the office by the way.

Heading back from Streaming Media East 2010

May 11, 2010

Heading Back from Streaming Media

May 11, 2010

Heading into NYC For Streaming Media show

May 11, 2010

I am on a train heading into Manhattan and there are no seats. I brought my iPad and found as I entered the train one other person in the car was working on one. In the past 45 minutes I have kept up with email fairly well. It is much easier tintype (should have read "to type" - the text in the parenthesis was typed on a Dell laptop - a real keyboard is still a faster way to input text than a virtual screen - oh and also - occasionally I find myself hitting the iPad Send button by accident) on an iPad than and iPhone.

D-Link, Much More Than the $99 Router Guys

May 9, 2010

Let's face it, it's an exciting time to be in the consumer electronics and technology business as consumers and businesses are buying better and faster devices while simultaneously upgrading their bandwidth connections including routing and switching technology. One of the major vendors in these spaces is D-Link and recently I sat down with the company's US management team to hear how they plan to grow and evolve into the future.

In a discussion with Nick Tidd - President, Dan Kelley, Senior Director of Marketing and Les Goldberg, Media Relations Manager I got to learn a tremendous amount about how the company is looking to move upmarket without losing its core heritage as a provider of SMB and consumer technology solutions.

Tidd explained, "We are more than your $99 router guys and we have been working to build-out our product portfolio and partner program over last few months." Perhaps the most important part of a strategy of moving upmarket is a chassis-based product and not surprisingly the company recently announced the xStack Chassis Series DGS-7200E.

For Apple, It's the Simplicity Stupid

May 8, 2010

How Apple's dead simple interfaces and walled-garden approach are wreaking havoc on the competitive world of technology and entertainment

If you have any interest in the future of computing read this post from Charlie's Diary which explains why he thinks Apple is blocking Flash from many of its newer devices. In a nutshell, Flash allows cross-platform development and Apple of course doesn't want to see this being done. There are other cross platform tools available for the iPhone at but let's not go there at this moment.

Force10 and VMware Intertwine Networking and Virtualization

May 8, 2010

The data center market has a built-in engine of growth according to Kevin Wade - Senior Director of Product Marketing at Force10 Networks. Wade explained the move to the cloud coupled with increased bandwidth demands have come together to keep the market more resistant to the slowing effects of the economy. He actually said that data centers are in high-growth mode which is good to hear if you are a believer like I am that technology spending generally correlates to greater productivity.

Is the iPad a Work Device?

May 8, 2010

Should Apple's competition be scared? Absolutely. Apple has done it again.

Yesterday TMC received its iPad and you may recall me watching it as it left China and made its way to Alaska.

Tripwires Helps Reduce IT Compliance and Security Challenges

May 7, 2010

Did you know there were more data security breaches involving credit cards in 2009 than the past four years combined? Moreover the effort companies are putting into solving this problem is generating massive amounts of data which isn't able to be effectively analyzed? To get an idea of how organizations can cope with the challenges of dealing with the security of confidential information and compliance I sat down with Gene Kim, CTO and Co-Founder and Matt Hixson Director of Product Operations at Tripwire a company which focuses on helping companies solve these problems.

As budgets are being cut Kim explained that companies need situational awareness regarding what can put them at risk.

Could Yesterday's Market Disruption Been Prevented?

May 7, 2010

Two people with intimate knowledge of markets come up with ways the markets could improve in the future to reduce the likelihood of disruptions. Will anyone listen?

Yesterday's temporary market crash has been blamed on fat fingers and/or potentially some fraudulent trades. Whatever the reason it is apparent that trading is something which is become more automated and as a result markets are swinging more and more wildly.

Rich's iPad is Very Cold

May 6, 2010

Crescendo Application Delivery Controllers Scale as Giant Virtual ADC

May 5, 2010

As Web sites reach traffic capacity due to increased loads, quite often an application delivery controller or ADC is enlisted to help with the task of speeding of web performance as well as dealing with load balancing. A few areas where an ADC can come in handy are dealing with compression and SSL while allowing web servers to deliver web content. At last week's Interop 2010 in Las Vegas, it was apparent that this market was one of the hottest but I didn't see it gaining anywhere near the coverage of more mainstream topics like the cloud and security. I was a bit  surprised at how many companies have decided that this is a market where they want to stake a claim.

Ixia, Testing From Wireless Edge to Core

May 5, 2010

Atul Bhatnagar President and CEO of Ixia Explains his company's strategy to me at Interop 2010 Las Vegas


For investors, it seems the maximum returns are to be made you invest at a time of great pessimism and/or when things look the bleakest. Such was the case with the recent financial meltdown. In business, the same principals generally hold true.

TV Disruption to Happen More Slowly Than You Think

May 4, 2010

If you have any interest in understanding how the internet will or will not disrupt television broadcasting you must read this article from Bill Gurley, Benchmark Capital. Bill explains in well-thought out detail that affiliate fees will block disruption for many years. In other words, the television market via fees paid by affiliates such as cable companies are worth - $32 billion/year.

What does this mean?

Google Becomes Wind Powered Electric Company

May 4, 2010

In Google's quest to become greener the company recently invested $38.8 million in North Dakota wind farms and the company is looking to make this a profitable business. You might expect the company to be using wind to power its own data centers but at the moment that is not the goal. Remember, that data centers need to have continuous power at and wind as we know has a tendency to be unpredictable and is not constant.

The company is in so many businesses in fact it is tough to keep track but an analogous space is certainly the smart grid and recently I sat down with Jon Arnold - a partner at Intelligent Communications partners to discuss Google in the energy markets.

Where is Rich's iPad?

May 4, 2010

Amazon's Kindle Embraces Facebook and Twitter

May 3, 2010

The e-reader which really popularized the category is under attack from the iPad and is fighting back - will these social media updates make a difference or is it too little too late?

When it comes to the tablet/e-book reader market, innovation is the biggest differentiator and while Amazon's Kindle is doing much better in the market than I first predicted, Apple is doing an even better job in this space courtesy of the iPad which is now up to 1,000,000 units and counting. Oh and did I mention 12 million iPad app downloads to date? To combat the threat from Apple, Amazon needs to innovate like crazy and they have done so in this new release 2.5 which has lots of innovative features such as integrating social media into book reading so you can now share book passages with your followers on Twitter or Facebook.

InfiniBand over Ethernet Gives Speed and More

May 2, 2010

The need for faster data throughput is not slowing down and there are a number of high-level business reasons for the continuing data tsunami in modern data centers. Perhaps the most important from a financial perspective is high-performance computing related to the financial markets. Algorithmic traders can turn a slight decrease in latency into potentially millions or billions of dollars. A few weeks back in fact I discussed this very point when interviewing Jim Theodoras - Director of Technical Marketing at ADVA Optical Networking.

Our WiFi Future

May 2, 2010

For years, the tech industry tried to kill Ethernet with newer and more innovative technologies but Ethernet kept evolving to meet and exceed the challenge. In fact now the replacement of T1s and T3s with Ethernet is common. Although not exactly analogous, I always think of WiFi as similar to Ethernet in that it continues to evolve to take on technologies such as WiMAX, LTE and other next generation networks.

Certainly anyone who has used a municipal WIFi solution which works well knows you can somewhat replace cellular providers in this manner.

Cloud Computing Unleashes Creativity

May 2, 2010

Recently at Cloud Expo in New York I caught up with Duke Skarda the Vice President, Information Technology and Software Development at The Planet and learned about his company's Infrastructure as a Service business targeting companies who have hardened websites which need to be up 24x7. He explained how his company believes many customers want a blend of cloud and premise-based solutions.

 

In the above video Skarda explains a growing part of his business is experimental projects where companies hope for the best but plan for the worst by utilizing cloud-based infrastructure to ensure they have resiliency of an always-on network without the CAPEX of doing it yourself. The ability to quickly scale an application at a fraction of the cost of owning all the equipment yourself means companies can experiment with services in ways not possible in the past.

Interop 2010 Las Vegas Videos Start to Post

May 2, 2010

My team and I had hundreds of meetings at Interop 2010 in Las Vegas last week. We recorded about 80 video interviews in short, digestible nuggets full of the information you need to make intelligent buying decisions. We expect to have all of the videos posted this week and there are a number of them up already. For example, here is an interview with me and Kevin Gavin of ShoreTel. Gavin is explaining his company's lowest TCO guarantee and how customers should analyze costs in a forward-looking manner before purchasing.

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