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Occupy Protestors get "Arrested" App. "Irony" App Needed

October 25, 2011

It is difficult to know what the “Occupy” protestors want but it seems they aren’t happy with the way Wall Street works and believe it’s rigged; salaries are too big, etc. But whatever the reason they are there, some of them are now using their tech smarts to build apps which help their cause. For example, a new “I’m Getting Arrested” app lets a protester tell their friends quickly that they are about to go to jail.

Many of the interviews with protestors I’ve heard show strong socialist/Marxist beliefs and I find a dramatic irony between these views and the launching of an app which requires a smartphone.

Steve Jobs Biography in Cliff Notes Video Format

October 25, 2011

SNL Skit Features Mark Zuckerberg Rupert Murdoch, Reed Hastings and Arianna Huffington

October 25, 2011

I have been a somewhat loyal viewer of Saturday Night Live since the eighties - and for some reason I even watch it these days - although it is far less funny. One skit that did get me smirking a bit didn't even run. SNL actors portrayed a Charlie Rose interview with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Rupert Murdoch of News Corp, Reed Hastings of Netflix and Arianna Huffington.

Rose starts the skit by discussing the death of Steve Jobs and everyone at the table basically explains why he was so amazing and how they basically do the opposite of what he has done. Zuckerberg for example starts off by saying, "Look, I dressed up" even though he is clothed in sweats.

Blackberry Outage: Lives Saved, Accidents Down

October 20, 2011

Abu Dhabi saw accident rates plummet by 40% with no fatal accidents precisely at the time when Blackberry had its three-day outage in the country. Moreover, in Dubai the accident rate dropped by 20% during the same period (perhaps they have more iPhones and Nokia devices?).

As word spreads, expect even stricter laws to prevent texting while driving. But as studies have shown, such laws tend to increase traffic accidents because it causes drivers not to text less but to hide the phone while they text, meaning their eyes are even farther away from the road.

Will Apple's new Siri on the iPhone 4S be the solution to the texting while driving problem? Perhaps.



Tech Growth: It's all about the Arbitrage

October 15, 2011

Wikipedia defines arbitrage as the practice of taking advantage of a price difference between two or more markets and I’m amazed at how it’s helped the world of tech grow through the decades. Now before I continue I should point out productivity and flexibility are also crucial reasons for tech growth. For example, the PC spreadsheet made it possible to not only perform financial calculations more quickly but more importantly to perform calculations you just couldn’t afford to have humans do.

But really, arbitrage is the hidden gem in the market because quite often it fuels the use of a new technology with paying customers who can justify the expense because they are saving money elsewhere.

Jobs, Ritchie & Galvin Dead but not Forgotten

October 14, 2011

As TMC's Peter Bernstein says, the rule of threes seems to be in effect. First we lost Steve Jobs who transformed the music, movie, computer and mobile markets and next we lost C programming language and UNIX OS creator Dennis Ritchie. The third death was that of Former Motorola CEO Robert Galvin who oversaw the creation of the first "large-screen" (19-inch), transistorized, cordless portable television and the first cell phone among a slew of other important innovations.

As I mentioned yesterday, the C programming language was the fourth one I learned after BASIC, Pascal and PL/1 and what made it unique was its infinite flexibility. All of a sudden a programmer could create dynamic arrays of pointers in a program instead of relying on fixed variables.

Should We Define 4G Before the Government Does?

October 13, 2011

Every few years the American people elect politicians who say one thing to get elected and do another once in office. Conflicts of interest, scandals related to campaign contributors, tax evasion and other related issues have made us numb and political ethics is a phrase you may have just read now for the first time.

But of course politicians being politicians need to help the people - at least that is what they say they want to do. One of the latest focus areas is 4G - what exactly is it? My company TMC runs a show on 4G called 4GWE (Feb 1-3, 2012 in Miami) so this topic is of great importance to me.
 
In a recent story on TMCnet sister site TechZone360, there is a fascinating article which begins as follows:


Today, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), top Democrat on the U.S.






iOS 5 Update: Steve Jobs Rolling Over Already?

October 13, 2011

I understand the title of this post may be insensitive and nothing could be further from the goal of this piece. In fact, if anything, I admire Steve Jobs so much that I feel this entry needed to be made in order to honor his memory.

The question which our industry is asking today is how could Apple screw up the iOS 5 update so badly - literally a week or so after the death of Steve Jobs? I realize of course the two incidents aren't related but one has to wonder if all those devices that Steve keeps in his office wouldn't have have had a hiccup or two - causing him to sound the alarm bells that this upgrade was not ready.

As I mentioned earlier today - I went into the upgrade cautiously and an iPhone 4 was upgraded without a hitch but an iPad 2 crashed, giving me the error message below. I sent an email to my IT team and they suggested rebooting and retrying - apparently there are cases where an upgrade had to be performed four times to get it to work.



I was lucky.







Apple's Siri Announcement has Great Timing

October 11, 2011

We know that texting while driving is dangerous but new research shows it may be even more of a concern than researchers previously thought. How bad you ask? Well according to an article by TMCnet's Jamie Epstein you are 11 times more likely to blow a flashing yellow light if you are texting what you had for breakfast. On a side note, this is an even bigger problem for Yours Truly who enjoys a big breakfast with lots of ingredients.

The good news here for Apple - the company's new Siri software should help bring awareness to speech recognition as a viable alternative to life-threatening e-mail while driving.

Kikin: Did Web Links Just Become Less Important?

October 7, 2011

A new iPad browser from Kikin (iPad link) allows you to click on text to draw a circle around it- then it performs a web search in a window and pops up results allowing you to open the results in the foreground or background. By seeing a few of the top results and a snippet of each result beneath the web links, you can quickly get a feel for the most important and/or latest news about any topic located on your web page.

So as a writer, I wonder if I need to add as many web links - assuming of course that this browser and model for browsing becomes popular. I tried the browser with a bunch of sites like CNN and the Drudge Report and it worked well in most every case - detecting the important word in the center of the circle and eliminating extraneous search terms.

I wasn't able to get it to work correctly with TMCnet for some reason.



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