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Sonos Supports Amazon Cloud

August 9, 2012

One of the challenges for consumers is dealing with disparate cloud vendors such as Apple and Amazon. Interestingly for many users the song catalogues for each vendor is incomplete. This is especially true when it comes to electronic dance music or EDM. So users who try to live within the iTunes ecosystem are forced to venture over to Amazon at times.

Well, this can present problems because it isn't always easy to find your Amazon music on your iOS device - especially if you have a large catalogue of music and aren't sure what songs you recently downloaded/purchased.

One partial solution to this problem has presented itself as Sonos - the in-home WiFi-powered stereo system now supports the Amazon cloud.



Best Buy's Best Choice is to Evolve

July 31, 2012

This guest blog post is from TMC Senior Editor, Peter Bernstein, a respected analyst covering technology and communications for a number of years. Peter’s post addresses my recent comments about what Best Buy can do to make it in the new world of digital competition from the likes of Amazon and others.

WalMart, another “Big Box” national franchise that destroyed most local merchants and devastated Main Streets and property tax bases, has done quite well with people ordering online and picking things up at the store. This enables them to meet the competition on pricing and obtain additional spontaneous discretionary spending – a strategy our friends across the street at Costco have mastered.

In Order to Compete with Apple, You Need to BE Apple

July 30, 2012

The idea that Google, a company with an incredible business model, allowing them to potentially profit off every query they process on the web had to go out and buy a hardware company to get into manufacturing would have been unthinkable before the launch of the iPhone and iTunes App Store.

Consider the facts - since the launch of the iPhone in January of 2007, Apple stock has increased by just under 600% while Google has increased by about a paltry 20% in comparison. Click on the chart below to see the details for yourself. 



But lo and behold, we are now comfortable with Google in the hardware market and Microsoft has even launched its own Surface tablet.

Apple in NYC Makes Offers You Can't Refuse

July 30, 2012

Is it better to have an Apple store in your mall which doesn’t share revenue or not have them at all?

This seems to be the important question the MTA had to contend with in the months leading up to Apple becoming the winning bidder for a prime location in Grand Central Station.

Apple under Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, the company had a reputation for being great negotiators. And this won’t change after the details of Apple’s Grand Central Station store in New York emerge.

Did Sonos Just Obsolete Their Remote?

July 28, 2012

Sonos users rejoice - you can now control the volume level of your
music with the volume buttons on your iOS device. Prior to this software upgrade you had to use the slider switch on your Apple device. Now Sonos sells the nice, fancy Sonos Control for their WiFi home stereo solution for $349 and the best reason to purchase one of these is because of the fixed volume buttons and of course the fixed mute button which allows instant volume scrubbing.

You see without a fixed button to control button it takes time to reduce volume in response lets say to a ringing phone. First you have to press a button to wake your iPhone, etc.


Why Apple Purchased AuthenTec

July 27, 2012

AuthenTec has been a major player in the finger-based biometrics space for many years and in a post 9/11 world the prospects for the security technology went through the roof for a few years and then the optimism quickly faded. Over time the company has expanded into mobile VPN clients as well as  providing mobile security.

In fact the company provides the mobile VPN client for the Samsung Galaxy SIII as well as content protection for HBO Go.

In short, the company has important technology across a broad spectrum of markets where Apple needs to be a leader.

Can Discounted Hardware Compete with Apple?

July 10, 2012

Microsoft Store in Danbury, CT


Global Apple stores are brimming with traffic with municipalities tripping over each other to get Apple to open stores in their areas. At the same time, the Microsoft Store in the Danbury Fair Mall in Connecticut had a fraction of the foot traffic of the nearby Apple Store this past weekend according to fellow TMC blogger Tom Keating. The good news for Steve Ballmer is Tom likes the layout of the Microsoft store better. These are his exact thoughts:


My next thought was, "It's better." The Apple Store has this clean simplistic design with lots of white and clear plastic, but it lacks the fun factor and has this almost cold, hospital, sterile-like atmosphere.

Should RIM Be Judged on its Hires or Fires?

July 3, 2012

No company wants Apple as a competitor as the company has more momentum than the euro crisis. But that is the challenge companies like Nokia and RIM face on a daily basis. Yesterday I delved into the problems RIM faced because it had an email-centric view of the world which was just as keyboard-centered as it was focused on asynchronous corporate communications.

This morning I had a chance to speak with Luca Filigheddu who is the new BlackBerry Developer Evangelist for the Italian market.

E-mail Focus Built and Hurt RIM

July 2, 2012

Compaq’s iPaq ( pictured), brought to market early last decade was a blockbuster device from the standpoint of its aesthetics. It had a bright color screen, had great audio at the time and felt good in the hand. Competing the Palm 7 black and white wireless device, it was less practical from a battery perspective and didn't have cellular connectivity build-in but was infinitely more easy on the eyes.

Within a few years after the release of the iPaq however the industry started to shift from wanting the most gorgeous device to one which provided the best email experience.

It's Time for Apple to Allow Default iOS Browser Choice

June 29, 2012

Google’s Chrome browser was released for iOS today and it is getting good reviews. After becoming the leading desktop browser it has also become the number one free app on the iTunes App Store. But there are two big problems for Chrome running on Apple’s mobile devices. First of all the browser is slower than Safari because Apple doesn’t allow other developers access to its Nitro Java engine.

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