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Gogobeans Enables Mobile Cloud Sharing

March 21, 2011

Behold, the semi-social mobile cloud is born



One novel way to store and share information is Gogobeans, a company which allows you to store information in a digital locker in the cloud and share it easily by sharing or “bouncing” a bean to someone else. Last December I covered the company – saying they want to manage your digital life.

Android-Based ThunderBolt a Winner

March 20, 2011

I have to say after using the Android-based HTC ThunderBolt for a few minutes I was thoroughly impressed. It was like a mini-tablet and browsing sites was fast and its Flash support was very impressive. Its a 4G phone and I tested it for a few minutes on a WiFi network at TMC headquarters. Sadly there is no 4G network in Norwalk, Ct at the moment.

The specs are equally impressive with a 1 GHz processor, a WiFi hotspot for up to 8 devices and an 8 MP rear camera.

Android is indeed getting better - it still isn't as easy to use as an iOS device but as more users get Android gadgets - there will be a support system of users helping users just like with PCs.

I do recommend this phone but I have heard from at least one user that it is a battery hog and won't make it through a full day of heavy use.

TMC's Erik Linask has a more thorough review.







What AT&T Purchase of T-Mobile Means

March 20, 2011

Today, AT&T announced it was purchasing T-Mobile from Deutsche Telecom generating a combined entity with 130 million wireless subscribers producing $72.2B per year in revenue. While AT&T had an exclusive contract with Apple to sell iPads and iPhones it could rely on organic growth but now that Cupertino decided polygamy was more lucrative and Google’s Android is unleashing a torrent of cool devices on all networks, the challenge for carriers is to figure out how to compete effectively in a world where differentiating based on device is more difficult.

iPhone and AT&T’s Network Quality Perception

AT&T took a beating while being the exclusive home of the iPhone and was ridiculed on programs from The Daily Show to Saturday Night Live for selling device which couldn’t effectively make phone calls.

Will iPad 2 Glass Break?

March 18, 2011

A Future Made of Glass?

March 17, 2011

Intel Touts Durability While Apple Uses Glass

March 17, 2011

There are two approaches - the minimalist, clean look or the dead.

If you are a PC maker you have to be scared to death of the gains Apple is making in the tablet market and to make matters worse, any day now an Android tablet may be released which sells in the tens of millions of units. And if you supply processors to these devices like Intel does, you have to be scared as well since Apple is not only designing ARM-based CPUs for its tablets and phones, they are getting more powerful and may one day find their way into Macs.

So borrowing a page from Apple in the eighties, Lenovo and Intel have teamed up to get education-centric laptops into the hands of students quickly - before the Apple disease further hurts either company.

The result is the Lenovo Classmate+ PC which you can read about in an article on TMCnet's Education Technology site.

After spending some time on the Intel Education website I am a bit surprised as to how this approach to education is different from the Apple brand most of us think about in our heads.

For example, here is a statement from the site touting the benefits of the Learning Series:
Education specific, research based

Our team of ethnographers conducts observational research to understand how kids naturally learn, what PC features will support intuitive use, and how teachers can best introduce technology into the classroom. This research informs the design and development of Intel Learning Series products.

I realize this is a behind-the curtain look at what is happening but just reading it makes me think of how one might design a hospital or airport, not a computer for students.










Tech Minimalism: Only Apple Comes to Mind

March 17, 2011

Tembo Trunks: Vuvuzela Inspired Music

March 17, 2011

Its been months since the World Cup ended but that sound of Vuvuzelas is still stuck in my head. But wouldn't you know it - someone took the idea of the vuvuzela and came up with a concept for iPod speakers which don't require external power. At least that's my take on Tembo Trunks which are also collapsable and fairly unique. Tracey Schelmetic broke the news about these new speakers on TMCnet and another important point is they can amplify music up to 80 dB.

They are a project on KickStarter - a site which allows a community to fund new project ideas.

How China is Unleashing a Sales Boom for Tech and Media

March 14, 2011

Shanghai at Night
In many parts of the world, rampant pirating of products takes its toll on businesses costing billions of dollars of lost sales and value. While countries like Iran violate rampantly with no signs of improvement, others are slowly making changes.

China is one of the countries under the spotlight because it is growing incredibly fast and so many manufacturing jobs have fled to the country and in return, many there aren't paying the originators for software, movies, music and various other products.

The US has complained to China for years and although there hasn't been much progress, there has at least been the promise of progress from the country's leaders. This is why I called the Apple App Store the OPEC of the West in June of last year. My thinking was, even though I am not a fan of closed app stores, at least Apple is ensuring people get paid for their hard work.




iPad 2 Hands On Review

March 14, 2011

Without a doubt, the iPad 2 continues in the Apple tradition of attracting legions of followers who wait in line for hours in order to be one of the first to acquire the latest and greatest in consumer electronics. With long lines all weekend in many stores, buyers were faced with numerous choices if they did make it to the front of the line. Which carrier – AT&T or Verizon? What color – white or black?

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