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January 2013

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John Sculley Takes Stage at ITEXPO, Startup Camp7

January 31, 2013

Live Blog

John Sculley has taken the stage and the audience is riveted so far. He was the first MBA the company hired. He became the biggest advocate of creating a relationship with the consumer and the brand. Talk about lifestyle and experience and how the company focused on the "Pepsi Experience" through the newer color TVs was unique.

ITEXPO Miami 2013 and Startup Camp7, Waiting for Sculley

January 31, 2013

It's the second day of ITEXPO - I am at StartUp Camp7 listening to startups pitch the audience and panel on why their applications are the best. The founder of ProtegGO is speaking right now - he seems to have the audience interested. The idea behind the app is tthat a few minutes can save lives in an emergency. the app alerts 15 people in the event of an emergency.

ITEXPO Future of Cloud Panel Pic

January 31, 2013

Win This Jeep Friday at ITEXPO Miami 2013

January 31, 2013

New Blackberry on Display at ITEXPO

January 30, 2013

Telefonica Keynote at ITEXPO Miami 2013

January 30, 2013

Some Shots From Related ITEXPO Events

January 30, 2013

Truphone Breaks Blackberry 10 News at ITEXPO

January 30, 2013

ITEXPO Miami 2013 Day One Going Great

January 30, 2013

Thanks OpenText for Sponsoring Charging Stations at ITEXPO

January 30, 2013

Video is the Recurring Star

January 29, 2013

There is an insatiable demand for content of the video variety. It is so great in fact that sports networks like ESPN are getting an outsized portion of your cable bill. The network in fact gets more than $5 per subscriber per month regardless of whether you ever watch their networks. Cable and IPTV companies for their part are in quite a pickle as more subscribers drop their service altogether for OTT competition.

ITEXPO East 2013 Starts Tomorrow - Schedule

January 29, 2013

Here is a good solid list of many of the happenings at ITEXPO tomorrow and the rest of the week. Today'spre-conference day was fantastic and I will post pics soon. The following applies to people who have registered for a VIP pass. Your registration may be different and entitle you to additional offerings/sessions.

Thanks to FDA, Robotics Takes a Massive Leap Today

January 29, 2013

Forget everything you know about robots - the market is about to explode with growth. To date there has been much commercial success with floor cleaning and even window washing robots and both of these are huge markets. But they may be nothing compared with the next frontier of this amazing technology which will allow them to navigate around humans in operating rooms at hospitals.

You see iRobot just got FDA approval for a new robot to do just that.

ITEXPO Miami 2013 Pre-Show Show Daily

January 29, 2013

ITEXPO Miami 2013 Set Up

January 28, 2013

The set up of ITEXPO takes place today and tomorrow. Starting in the morning we welcome attendees to Asterisk 123 which takes place at 9:00 am. This will be a great opportunity to learn about open-source communications.

Its a huge day for M2M tomorrow as well - the ILS Technology Workshop also kicks off at 9:00 am and then at 2:00 pm its Battle of the M2M Platforms which was a huge hit the last time it ran.

ITEXPO Miami 2013 Helping You Manage the Tech Tipping Point

January 27, 2013

With so much going on in the world of technology, we've done our best at TMC to fill ITEXPO with content you need and more importantly can't find anywhere else. More importantly, you have to wait a full seven months for another chance to attend this event. This email was sent today by my team to expo registrants. It's an update on important happenings.

Arrived at ITEXPO Miami 2013

January 27, 2013






I made it to sunny Miami and just in time. The dry heat of Connecticut started to make the back of my hands bleed. I am not typically a "lotion person" but had no choice as I was starting to look like I belonged in a horror flick. What am I doing now you ask?

Sitting by the pool working in a T-shirt and shorts and enjoying the ability to do so without being distracted by the sound of my teeth chattering.
This week will be amazing.







Latest ITEXPO Miami 2013 Show Daily

January 25, 2013

Belkin Buys Linksys from Cisco

January 24, 2013

In a continuation of Cisco exiting the consumer market, the networking giant has announced it has sold this division to competitor Belkin for an undisclosed amount. Belkin will continue to honor all valid warranties and will now own about 30% of the U.S. retail home and small business networking market.

Cisco has had many failures in the consumer market for an obvious reason.

Age of Acceleration Literally Center Stage at ITEXPO

January 24, 2013


You may have seen my article in a multi-day USA Today insert recently where the topic was the Age of Acceleration. In it I detailed how the world is moving faster and technology is playing a crucial role in allowing us to keep up. Some in fact are ahead of the curve. Of course when you are in a race to arm your decision-makers with relevant information, minutes and sometimes seconds count.

ITEXPO Miami 2013 Registration Confirmation

January 24, 2013

You should soon be receiving an e-mail like the one below if you've registered for ITEXPO which begins next week. You may want to bookmark this entry for later reference at the event or use it now to help  with your planning. I look forward to seeing many of my readers at the show and be sure to check out the details below on how you can win the new Jeep we are giving away.

Safe travels everyone.

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ITEXPO Miami 2013
January 30 - February 1
Miami Beach Convention Center

www.itexpo.com



Here’s Your Registration Confirmation
Important Schedule Update - Comprehensive Listing Below

Dear Rich,

Your registration for TMC’s ITEXPO is confirmed.







Xirrus XR-520 AP For Smaller Areas

January 24, 2013

Xirrus is known for large-scale WiFi systems and conferences and stadiums are a typical area where you will see the company’s products. It seems however there are times when Xirrus customers want to WiFi enable smaller areas. For this reason the company rolled out the XR-520 AP which they tout as the only software-programmable AP in its class with a radio that can run in either the 5GHz or 2.4GHz bands.

Lest you think the company is competing with the likes of the consumer router/AP companies whose products you can pick up in Wal-Mart and Best Buy – fear not… Xirrus touts the inclusion of significant horsepower in the form of a dual-core Cavium network processor.

Ferrari By Logic3 Impresses With High-End Audio at CES

January 23, 2013

TMC Looking for White Paper Writers

January 23, 2013

Limited Space Remains at ITEXPO SDN Workshop

January 23, 2013



Software-defined networking is considered by many to be one of the most important, and potentially disruptive, developments in networking since the rise of the Internet. To date, networks and connectivity have come first, and applications have followed. SDN turns this model on its head, approaching networking from an apps-first standpoint.

By now, you may be aware you have access to a software-defined networking workshop at ITEXPO (admission is included with ITEXPO registration) but you may not know space is filling up fast.

How M2M Saves the Amazon Rainforest

January 23, 2013



Machine-to-machine technology is generally any sort of grouping of devices where machines talk to machines. When your car tells a central computer you need an oil change and the dealer calls to remind you – that’s M2M in action. Perhaps the best example of how M2M can be used for good is a recent report that Gemalto’s Cinteron M2M technology is being used in Cargo Tracck in the Amazon rainforest to protect an area the size of the United States.

By placing these tracking devices in the tree trunks, authorities will be alerted when one reaches within 20 miles of a cellular network.



Apps for Apes - Now How Big is the Tablet Market?

January 23, 2013

The multibillion dollar smartphone and tablet market may be bigger than analysts previously realized if you factor in the amount of apes and orangutans that will be using them. Before you check to see if this piece is an April fool’s Joke, it isn’t, I promise. You see In September of 2011 Tracey Schelmetic wrote on TMCnet about Orangutan Outreach, a program designed in-part to bring technology to apes and enable them to use the touch interface and Skype with other apes. No, seriously… This is NOT a joke.

Apple needs an iPhablet

January 23, 2013

For over 2-and-a-half years, Apple has watched the smartphone competition grow taller and wider and it eventually capitulated on a taller iPhone size with the latest iPhone 5. But it is still way behind when it comes to providing total screen real-estate when compared to a Samsung Galaxy S3 or Note 2.

I’ve argued repeatedly that the company needs a wider phone and that market forces will damage Apple in the long-run as many form factors will be developed and some will be hits. The point was that in the eighties we saw vibrant PC competition destroy Apple’s price/performance position.

Blind Dates: Online Dating Comes Full-Circle

January 22, 2013

Before online dating some of us remember a time when we had blind dates. I, like some of you who dated before Match.com became popular, may remember a simpler time when we couldn’t Google every bit of information about a person and actually had to get to know them, the old fashioned way… By speaking with them.

As I often tell people who have spent much of their adult lives on these services with no success, it seems a person we wouldn’t expect to like based on their profile, could sometimes be the best match of all. After going through all the form-filling of many online dating sites with their scores of questions and complicated computer algorithms which attempt to align Venus and Mars, it seems many just can’t find the right match.

Gesture-Based Eye-Tracking, Hand-Sensing Tech Coming but What of Standards?

January 22, 2013


Microsoft certainly popularized gesture-based computing with the Xbox Kinect but it seems one of the next areas where this sort of interface will have a big impact is in your automobile. Hyundai in fact unveiled a concept car recently which allows the driver to turn virtual knobs and choose from a menu using just their eyes.

Hyundai eye control technology



Hyundai virtual knob turning demonstration








Other areas are ripe for gesture control as well – Samsung is using the technology in its televisions and Leap Motion is using it to control PCs and laptops.

The logical question to ask as we enter this brave new world of gesture-based computing is what about standards?

Temple Run 2 Impressive

January 21, 2013

One of the most addictive iOS and Android games on the market has to be Temple Run but in recent months addicts may have switched to Subway Surfers. At least this is the case based on the informal research I have been doing among my kids and their friends. Now Temple Run 2 is out for iOS and it is really visually stunning. Its a great game with outstanding graphics.

ITEXPO Miami 2013 Show Guide is Up

January 21, 2013

7 Things The Atari Bankruptcy Teaches us

January 21, 2013



Research tells us a positive outlook is linked to a healthier life. With this in mind, Atari's bankruptcy has so many positive takeaways worth focusing on. Before we go any further, it may be worth informing you of an excellent article on this sad situation from contributing TMCnet writer Steve Anderson. One point I’ll make for those of you who may not be aware – Atari is one of the companies that got me into technology – I played the company’s Pong when I was a kid and instantly fell in love.

A Trip to the Corning Museum of Glass

January 21, 2013



Over the past five years or so, glass has evolved from being just a display for our technology to the interface itself. If you dismiss all prior and unsuccessful attempts where a stylus was used, the iPhone began this trend. Now the terms smartphone and tablet are virtually synonymous with a touch-based interface which relies on glass. Corning, the company behind Gorilla Glass proudly counts just about every company in tech as its customer and says it has its glass installed on over a billion devices including products from Samsung, HP, Dell, Lenovo and Sony.





Wearable Computing: Your Hand Becomes the Keyboard

January 19, 2013



There all sorts of companies working on glasses which they believe will either replace or augment the smartphone. Question is, exactly how do you type on such a device? The answer according to Google is to project a keyboard on your hand and to type on it using your other hand. This according to a recent patent application the search company filed which utilizes a laser.

Tactus: The Huge Smartphone Advance You Don't Know About

January 18, 2013

Ever hear of Tactus? The company develops an ultrathin membrane that sits over the display of any touchscreen device that is also essentially invisible when not in use. But should you abruptly desire the use of actual keyboard buttons beneath your fingertips, the Tactus membrane will suddenly spring into action on demand and magically create a raised and fully operable 3D set of keyboard buttons for you. Suddenly your touchscreen has an actual keyboard on it.

Be at the SDN Workshop at ITEXPO

January 18, 2013

One of the most important trends in networking and communications is software defined networking or SDN. At your request we have put together an SDN preconference at ITEXPO in Miami which teaches you everything you need to know about this emerging topic. Come to the show and boost your career and company by staying on top of this hot trend which is transforming networking the way virtualization has transformed computing.

What you’ll learn at the show on January 29th:

  • Detailed overview of SDN
  • Examination of the technologies and components involved in SDN
  • Summary of the use cases of SDN
  • Comparison of the players involved in moving SDN forward
  • Expert analysis on what SDN could mean for networking as we know it.
I hope to see you there.

HTML5 Finally Eating Apple's Profit

January 18, 2013

I have discussed for some time how HTML5 will loosen Apple’s grip and decrease the amount of revenue the company makes from apps. Case in point, Amazon recently started touting the Cloud Player app which runs on iOS but allows you to purchase songs via HTML5 using the web browser Safari. The point is by using the web, Amazon sidesteps the 30% cut Apple usually takes from sales which take place via apps on their platform.

How painful will this be for Apple?

StartUpCamp 7 at ITEXPO Miami has Heavy Hitters

January 18, 2013

StartUpCamp 7 at ITEXPO in just over a week will not only have past Apple CEO John Sculley as a keynote speaker it will have an all-star panel of judges outlined below:

  • Craig Walker, CEO of Firespotter Labs, a telecom focused incubator that's launched UberConference, Nosh, NoshList and Jotly since its founding in April 2011.
  • Jeff Uphues, Vice President, Cbeyond, a leading communications provider that delivers cloud services and communications to SMBs.
  • Gerry Dehaven, Senior Partner, QAdvisors, a top merger and acquisition firm deeply rooted in technology, communications and business services.
  • The panel will be moderated by serial entrepreneur Gary Pudles, CEO of AnswerNet which was recently named a 'Best Run Company' by SmartCEO.

Come check out and vote on the top startups in sunny Miami. Register here.

Miss America to Drive Fitness App Adoption

January 18, 2013

Remember yesterday when senior editor here at TMC Peter Bernstein said fitness apps would be a fad? Well he may be dead right but he may be surprised to learn that Miss America used a fitness app and social platform called Fitocracy to get in shape. I must admit Business Insider describes it far more effectively than I do when they call it “Top Bikini Shape.”

Although Peter could be right – part of his point was that downloading a fitness app is like joining a gym – it’s using the fitness app which becomes more challenging over time.

FCC Commissioner Adelstein Speaks at ITEXPO/Super WiFi Summit

January 17, 2013

Many people who read that former Apple CEO John Sculley is speaking at ITEXPO wondered why I didn’t mention former FCC Commissioner, Jonathan Adelstein is also speaking. I really didn’t have an answer except to say a post will be forthcoming on the matter. Here is that post.

Mr. Adelstein will deliver a keynote address on “Investing in America’s Wireless Future” at Super Wi-Fi Summit on Wednesday, January 30, at 9 a.m.

It's an App Eat App World

January 17, 2013

Peter Bernstein has a great analysis piece on how the Unilever/Slim-Fast empire is struggling in-part because the company was too slow to come out with an app as well as the fact that other competitors have expanded their offerings to match the company or even take the lead. Personal experience has shown that the majority of my friends and acquaintances are now using apps to track their fitness – running and/or eating via calorie counting.

It’s amazing to me that even a company which profits handsomely from items sold in grocery stores can lose share because it didn’t provide apps on smartphones. This is in contrast to Starbucks who I tweeted about earlier this week – they really think mobile and social are crucial to their future.

Awareness Ads Important but Often Forgotten

January 17, 2013

I'm sitting here at a restaurant called Tengda in Darien, CT a stone's throw from my office just thinking about how I came to know about this restaurant. You see I've eaten at Tengda before - but I didn't know they had a location right by my office. In fact when the weather is warmer I often walk here - its probably just over a mile away from TMC's River Park headquarters.

The point is I found out about this location through one of the daily deal sites - it was likely LivingSocial but perhaps Groupon.

New Bluetooth Tech Lets You Find Anything

January 16, 2013

With the tens of thousands of people roaming around CES its amazing that I ran into contributing writer to TMCnet - Doug Mohney. I actually saw him twice - without any planning. But now that I read one of his pieces from the show regarding tracking devices that will use low-power bluetooth and not run out of battery for a whole year, I have to wonder if he stuck one on me.

According to Doug:

Based in Florida, SSI America has been developing Bluetooth devices for over 12 years for large companies.

Will Revealing Online Identities in China Change Advertising?

January 16, 2013

There is a great debate going on in the analyst community regarding whether Chinese regulations requiring Internet users in China to use their real names will boost revenue for search engine leader Baidu. We often hear that Facebook has more valuable traffic because all the users are known but this misses the point that purchasing intent isn't always known - even if you know who a person is online.

But having search intent which could lead to purchase intent coupled with the real name of a user which can be cross-referenced in CRM systems and demographically analyzed could lead to higher cost per click from advertisers.

In the US and EU there are all sorts of privacy laws prohibiting advertisers and other companies from following you too closely.

Tehrani's Best of CES 2013

January 16, 2013

I Want Xbox IllumiRoom Now!

January 16, 2013

Microsoft really differentiated itself with Kinect and now it's touting IllumiRoomn as the next step in immersive gaming. The idea is images will be projected in your room beyond the display - allowing for the offline world to merge with the online. The company has showed similar demos before - at an ITEXPO some years back the company showed a video on the keynote stage of a desk where a screen was projected and interacted with items on the surface like a coffee cup.

The same technology was on display this past week at CES actually - just not from Redmond.



Is IllumiRoom a product we will see in the future or just a gimmick with a short shelf life? I am not sure.





See Blackberry 10 in Action on the Z10

January 16, 2013

ITEXPO: Meet the One Man Who FIRED Steve Jobs

January 15, 2013

ITEXPO in Miami, FL takes place in about two weeks and it is going to be awesome. I will be covering the show in this space and wanted to start off by saying how excited I am that John Sculley will be part of the show – keynoting StartupCamp7 – one of the most exciting events at the conference. You can learn more about the situation between Jobs and Sculley in Forbes and on Tom Keating’s blog.

It’s worth noting that there is controversy as to whether Jobs was fired or demoted but whatever specifically happened is not as important as the fact that the incident started a cascade of events which changed music, entertainment, computing and mobility forever.

What to Make of Facebook's Search Announcement

January 15, 2013

According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, graph search is another pillar of the Facebook ecosystem along with news feed and timeline. The idea behind this initiative is to allow easy access to the massive store of big data Facebook has amassed about so many people. Using the new search feature a user can search for friends of friends who are male who live in New York or for all the photos they have liked. The free form query-based system is the secret sauce here.

xG Technology Scores Another Potential Win

January 15, 2013


Yesterday I discussed how xG Technology scored with a big $6M win and today the company has announced Cornet Technology has entered into an agreement with xG to resell $5M worth of the company’s products to the government and DoD.

Cornet Technology, Inc. is a privately-held concern which designs, engineers, and manufactures a wide range of advanced command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) solutions targeted at U.S. and international defense and aerospace agencies.

The deal covers part of an end-to-end two-way video streaming solution for vehicles that is currently under development.

How CBS Just Ruined the Integrity of CNET

January 15, 2013



Recently the editors at CNET were about to give the best of show award at CES to Dish Hopper. The trouble started when CBS alerted CNET to a legal conflict over this ad-skipping product which shows recorded programs on iPads. As you might imagine, bringing notoriety to a product which destroys the revenue of your parent company was seen as a suicidal move by CBS. On the flipside was the integrity of the journalists who believed this product was the best in show.

The problem was, even though this product had already won, the directive was given from above that it had to be disqualified from consideration.

Shockingly Nortel's Frank Dunn not Found Guilty in Canada

January 15, 2013

In February 2004 I was invited to a Nortel analyst day. The Canadian telecom giant had great news to share about their worldwide sales – especially in China. CEO Frank Dunn was the primary speaker at the conference and explained just how well the company was doing. Thereafter, I met with division head after division head and the story kept getting better.

xG Technology Scores Huge Win

January 14, 2013

The most controversial company I have ever reported on has to be xG Technology. They have a wireless solution which uses unlicensed spectrum in an efficient manner in order to allow service providers to provider service without needing to purchase costly licensed spectrum. Never have I been subjected to repeated scathing comments than in my writings and video posts pertaining to this company.

Bottom line was I saw a working demo and reported on it.

Apple Production Cuts May Just Mean a New Model is Coming

January 14, 2013

I truly believe Apple has no choice but to finally succumb to the larger phone trend I have been harping about for over 2.5 years. Today’s news that the company has cut production of current models coupled with rumors of a larger phone coming may just mean we will see a new model soon.

And this would be the potential reason for the cuts - if the news is even accurate.

Certainly, the company’s share price dipping below $500 isn’t good news. Moreover, rumors of a curved screen device have been circulating for a long time.



Whoops: Cisco Sued by Customer over Slogan

January 14, 2013

Tomorrow Starts Here is a pretty catchy slogan – so catchy that it’s the reason Cisco is being sued by its customer East Carolina University. In 2003 ECU was so happy with Cisco they allowed the networking leader to use them as a case study for their Aironet Wireless 1400 Series Wireless Bridge (PDF). But things took a turn for the worse when Cisco decided to brand itself with a new slogan “Tomorrow Starts Here.”

According to Reuters: The U.S.

Body Painting Crossed Line at CES?

January 14, 2013


Remember the CES trend I cited last week about hot DJs and body painting? Well it seems at least one of these items may have crossed the line – and I’ll give you a hint, it has nothing to do with music. You see there is a backlash taking place over Hyper’s use of women as “sex objects” at the recent 2013 CES. The reality is however that sex sells.

CES: Sharp Shows Off 8K TV Prototype

January 11, 2013

CES: LG Jumps into Wearable Computing

January 11, 2013

CES: Another Booth, Another DJ

January 9, 2013

The CES 2013 Trend? Body Paint and Hot DJs

January 8, 2013

FERRARI by Logic3 At CES

January 8, 2013

Ford Makes Big CES Splash

January 8, 2013

Avicii Makes CES Splash

January 8, 2013

As a huge fan of both telecom and electronic dance music or EDM the news that one of the EDM legends, DJ Avicii has teamed with Ericsson on a crowdsourced project which takes bassline, effects, melody, rhythms and vocals from you the public and turns it into a song. Ericsson will support this Avicii x You initiative using its experience in the cloud and of course wireless. For Avicii, this deal raises his profile further to a more "techie" crowd and probably pays pretty well. For Ericsson, they get to be associated with hip and new music and can leverage this proof of concept into other areas.

Some Outside CES Shots

January 8, 2013

A Larger iPhone - Apple Will HAVE to Listen Now

January 8, 2013

Sometimes I feel like a broken record MP3 player but when you know you are right and you are a student of history, you see the mistakes companies make before they do. On July 8th of 2010 I told you that larger Android devices would be a threat to Apple. The point was that Apple is repeating its mistake from the eighties where it had its own hardware competing against many manufacturers. At the time price/performance was the Achilles heel of Cupertino but now the challenge is not only price/performance but form factor.

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