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How to Win the 50-Year-Old China Trade War

May 15, 2019



Today and this week in-fact is historic - the left and right in the U.S. agree that we have a major trade problem with China.

They agree on little if anything.

See Opposites attract: Even Steve Bannon and Tom Friedman agree Trump is right to attack on China trade for more.

You may recall, we were the original canary in the coal mine - we registered a site, Lost American Jobs in 2003, before it was on anyone's radar. We regularly detailed all the jobs being lost. Here is a snapshot from the WayBack Machine.

The bottom line is the following.

China needs the U.S.











Cure Charge Anxiety with the Versatile ChargeHubGO+

May 6, 2019

One of the biggest challenges many of us face is charge anxiety and this problem has gotten worse thanks to USB-C.

Personally, we have devices which use Micro USB like our Jabra Elite 65t wireless headphones and Anker Fast Wireless Charger Stand.

We use Lightning for our Apple iPhone XS Max and USB C for a 12.9" Apple iPad Pro.

For a short while we also had to carry a USB to USB-C cable to connect our SurfaceBook gen 1 to our iPad but now that we have a SurfaceBook 2, we have a direct USB-C to USB-C cable.

So when we travel, we take all these cables with us.

What about when we can't take a backpack? How do we decide which cables to take with our backup battery that we often need?

We have found the absolute perfect solution!

The ChargeHubGO+ 5000 mAh All-in-One Charging Solution is the most versatile solution to charging on the go, we have ever seen.



This 5000 MaH battery has two cables built in. A Lightning and USB-C.

















HIPAA Compliance, APIs Continue to Fuel Phone.com Growth

April 22, 2019

“We recently announced more than 30 thousand small businesses across the U.S. and Canada and there are two major factors helping our company grow,” said Brent Barbara, SVP, Business Development, Phone.com in an exclusive, live, in-person interview. “APIs and HIPAA compliance have helped us achieve 900 to one-thousand business associate agreements in the past year.”



“Most other companies charge or have stipulation on the # of users for HIPAA compliance,” he exclaimed.

You Have to Check out This Massive Amazon Tablet Sale!

March 27, 2019



Photo courtesy of Gizmodo Australia. 

While Apple is selling its iPad Pro 12.9-inch tablet for north of $1,149 (on sale for $999 today), Amazon is selling tablets for almost the price of the case!

Specifically, Prime members can get a  Fire HD 10 Tablet with Alexa Hands-Free, 10.1" 1080p Full HD Display starting at $100!

That's $50 off!

If you want the case too, the price is $180!

Amazing.


The tablet comes in black, red and blue. We suggest you get the model with 64 GB which adds $40 to the cost.

In addition, you can finance the tablet without interest, over five months.

We recently spent over $200 for the Apple Smart Keyboard Folio (for iPad Pro 12.9-inch, 3rd Generation, US English)!

Moore's Law is incredible - which reminds us, so are the profits Apple makes from its hardware!

Oh, and it's just $50 for the 8-inch model of the Amazon Fire Tablet with $30 off!






























Elizabeth Warren's Plan to Break Up Big Tech

March 8, 2019


Elizabeth Warren penned her detailed opinion today, telling us it is time to break up Amazon, Google and Facebook, implying they are defacto monopolies. She is correct, they are. Whether they meet the classical definition today or not is secondary, they all have enough market power to effectively block competition and continue to wipe out current foes.

We agree in principle but not with many of the specifics. Here is the objective analysis of the salient points of her writings:

In the 1990s, Microsoft — the tech giant of its time — was trying to parlay its dominance in computer operating systems into dominance in the new area of web browsing.




A Foldable Phone More Than $1,500 is Just Stupid

March 5, 2019



It brings tears to our eyes, but we really don't need a foldable phone. We were blown away by Samsung's entry into the space, the Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X with its even larger screens blew us away again (below).



There seems to be great concern about the durability of these new plastic, foldable phones. Will they hold up to key scratches when they are in your pocket or purse? Will there eventually be a line or crease where the fold is, distracting from the user experience?





The Case for Edge Computing gets Stronger as IIC and OpenFog Unite

February 20, 2019

Edge computing has a very bright future - it is absolutely inevitable.

If you are unconvinced, we invite you to read until the end.

For the sake of this post - we will use edge and fog computing interchangeably. This is becoming a less controversial position based on a recent exclusive interview with Chuck Byers, OpenFog CTO.



The OpenFog Consortium announced at an IoT Evolution Expo keynote in Fort Lauderdale, Florida last month, that their merger with the Industrial Internet Consortium or IIC was finalized. Both Carl Ford and Ken Briodagh with IoT Evolution have interesting insights on this merger, as does Matt Vasey, Chairman and President of OpenFog Consortium.

Suffice it to say, this combining of resources makes a great deal of sense as it helps the adoption of edge/fog computing. Here are some of the benefits and issues of fog-computing and OpenFog contributions.

Latency

Chuck discussed that apps should run in the cloud if possible but there are often impediments.













Pareteum on What iPass Merger Means

February 18, 2019

We told you last year Pareteum wants to let carriers and companies quickly integrate global mobile services. They abstract the communications companies and users need, allowing a focus on applications and services, not the underlying network.

To that end, last year, Pareteum procured a worldwide license to embed iPass technology as part of its connectivity strategy.

You may recall, in 2008 we were pretty impressed with how iPass helped create a communications skin first discussed by the head of Bell Labs. Specifically, they allowed a single login and password to access a network of global WiFi devices.

Now, the two companies are involved in M&A meaning the best of both companies can be harnessed by customers worldwide.

In an exclusive interview, CEO Vic Bozzo explained, Vic said, "Wireless is eating everything. Demand is growing and carriers can't keep up." He continued, "Pareteum provides flexible, elastic, cloud-based management of all of these streams of communications."

Our most recent video interview with Vic Bozzo


With iPass, they get a top-notch connectivity manager allowing customers to toggle easily between wireless and WiFi. In addition, they get access to 65 million global hotspots and over 500 Fortune 1,000 customers.

"Customers can now connect anywhere and everywhere," he exclaimed.

He went on to explain, companies are taking advantage of their open APIs to take advantage of more flexible communications and the smart-city space is beginning to heat up as a customer segment.

It's a great story with impressive synergies - a further abstraction of communications, allowing companies and developers to focus on solutions and apps, while ensuring connectivity is handled in the most efficient manner.


















ITEXPO is Next Week, Get to Know Participants Now

January 21, 2019

We can't wait to host you at ITEXPO next week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

To get you up to speed on who you will see and what they are all about, check out some early interviews with participants. In addition, the Show Guide for this 2019 show guide is available for you to download.

Thanks, have a safe trip and we'll see you there!



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Nyansa

Nyansa: Cloud and AI Taking Complexity Out of Network Management

Qumu

Qumu: If You're Not Leveraging Video in Your Business, You're Falling Behind

OpsRamp

OpsRamp: Why AIOps is Critical to Business Success

IVR Voice

Why IVR is Critical to Revenue Growth

Avaya

Avaya: The Future of Work is All About AI, Mobility and other Emerging Tech

ServiceTree

ServiceTree: Meeting the Need for Speed with Modern IT Support Solutions

Radisys

Radisys: How Service Providers Can Accelerate Time to Market Strategies

Yottabyte

Yottabyte: How Service Providers Can Keep Pace with Amazon and Google

Pax8

Pax8: How Providers Can Simplify Their Cloud Migrations

Jive Communications (part 1)

Jive: How Cloud is Making Communications Better (Part 1)

Jive Communications (part 2)

Jive: How Cloud is Making Communications Better (Part 2)

Aruba

Aruba: Making SD-WAN Better with SD-Branch

Tehama

Tehama.io: Making Sure Businesses Can Function in the Cloud Era

Incessant Tech

Incessant Tech: Redefining the Future of Work with Digital Automation Strategies

Talari

Talari CEO Talks SD-WAN, Cloud & More



The Apple Stroke of Genius You Missed

January 3, 2019



If you listened to the financial experts after the news broke that Apple guided lower last night, phones are now commodities, Apple doesn't know how to innovate anymore, the prices for iPhones are too high and the public has lost its obsession with smartphones.

Our collective heads almost exploded listening to this jibberish - with a minor exception we will get to at the bottom of this post.

Last year Apple made two moves totally missed by virtually all financial analysts. They released iOS 12 which is up to two-times faster than prior operating systems and they drastically reduced the cost to replace batteries.

To give a sense of what these changes means in the real world... An iPad Air 2 released on October, 2014 became a truly useable device as a result of iOS 12.

Four-year-old phones, computers and tablets are generally destined for the trash but what Apple has done by increasing the speed of its operating system is to literally make billions of devices usable again.

Another way of looking at this is the much faster processors available in later devices matter a lot less - meaning a reason for upgrading for millions of users was just eliminated.

Apple continues to tell us they want you to think of them as a service company.

They are more than this, however... They are also an ecosystem company.

Any group of people who send iMessages to iOS and Android users know that iMessages work far better when they are sent Apple to Apple as they use the IP network first, making them far more likely to be delivered.

















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