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Yahoo Fancouver, Coming to a Mall Near You?

February 22, 2010

Getting Ready to Head to the Olympics

February 17, 2010


Slowly but surely I am packing and generally getting ready to fly to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver where I will not only see some games such as curling and hockey but I may even take in concert if there is time. The Bare Naked Ladies are playing. I will be with Avaya during my time there and I will be learning about how their equipment powers the games and the 911 call center.

To most, sports is a much more passionate topic than technology -I am glad to see the two intersect and expect me to be reporting on the intersection over the next few days.

Windows Phone 7 is Really Version 3.0?

February 15, 2010

For years, Microsoft products have been known to be pretty poor until version three came around - at which point they were pretty good. Based upon the early comments about Windows Phone 7, this update seems to be the version 3.0 experience which basically means the best mobile product the software leader has developed to date.


The company has embraced the clean interface needed to compete in the mobile space without any gimmicky pseudo 3D interface tricks.

ITEXPO East 2010 Photos from Dan York

February 12, 2010

2010 Vancouver Olympic iPhone Apps

February 12, 2010

Here are 10 winter Olympic apps suggested by Network World. As I am going next week I thought I would get in the spirit and start downloading.

So far I picked up the following (all links immediately below lead to iTunes store):

This one wasn't on the list but I installed it just now - Winter Games Grub -- it is an Olympics news feed.

Be sure to also check out TMC's new site - Technology in Sports or Sports Techy and the following hot topics:

  1. Olympics Technology
  2. Sports-Themed apps on phones
  3. Fantasy Sports Technology

Supercomm Dies, What it Means to Carriers, The Industry

February 8, 2010

Last week, Doug Mohney had the big scoop that Supercomm will be cancelled - he blogged it as a rumor which was subsequently confirmed by the TIA and USTelecom today. As a show organizer myself I get a lot of questions regarding what this news means to our industry. Rather than continuing to opine on a person-by-person basis, I thought it made sense to put my thoughts in writing.

Espionage via APT or Advanced Persistent Threat Widespread

February 5, 2010

Corporate and government secrets are currently being stolen on a grand scale - can anything be done about it?

If you are one of those people not easily rattled, please have a seat and get ready to shake. A new acronym, APT which stands for Advanced Persistent Threat is on the scene and by many accounts is an online threat which is virtually impossible to detect and even worse eradicate. Once your company is infected it seems hackers have access to virtually any and all information on your network.

Tech, Telecom: The Energy is Back

February 3, 2010

 Communications, wireless, consumer electronics, cloud computing, virtualization -- in a turbulent market, it is good to be in technology. was one of the companies I considered to have a natural monopoly in the US job search market a decade ago. Amazingly, social media sites like LinkedIn and Craigslist are making Job sites less relevant and as a result Monster just picked up HotJobs for $225 in cash to shore up its decreasing market share.

A decade or so ago it was common knowledge that satellite radio would eventually make a huge dent in the business of traditional radio companies.

Patent Pooling Taking Off

February 2, 2010

I suggested companies join the RPX patent protection club back in 2008 as I have seen how patent litigation can destroy a company's profitability and force it to lose focus. RPX as you may remember is a firm whose goal is to allow companies to buy into a pool of patents which can be used to protect them against future lawsuits. The idea is a company will think twice about pursuing a patent lawsuit if you can countersue using a huge pool of patents.

Since my original entry, Microsoft, Nokia and Sony have signed up for the service.

ITEXPO East 2010 Miami a Great Success Thanks to You

January 26, 2010

A humble thank you to my followers who came out in support of ITEXPO this past week in Miami. Thank you conferees who braved a tough economic climate and came to the show. I also want to extend appreciation to the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees at the show. In addition, thanks to our many partners who contributed greatly to the success of this week of events.

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