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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.

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?

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.





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.

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.

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.

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