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Verizon MiFi and Boingo Indispensable

February 8, 2013

Some time back Verizon Wireless sent me a MiFi device to test and I have used it as a long-term review unit and am blown away at how useful it has become. Recently at ITEXPO in Miami I was able to use it instead of hotel WiFi which often can cost $15/day. Moreover, there was one hotel I stayed at this past month where the position of the hotel meant 4G didn't work from any provider - and it turns out I paid through the nose for hotel WiFi. I happened to use three devices and I got charged for each one (almost daily) for seven days. I didn't notice that there was a per-device charge as typically this isn't the case at the hotels I use.

Although I didn't get charged $315, that is what I would have paid had I used each device each day and the hotel didn't take some of the charges off my bill.

Does This Hire Tell us The Future of Apple's TV?

February 8, 2013

There is speculation today that the hire of OLED expert James(Jueng-Gil) Lee by Apple shows the company is serious about developing its own TV. A real Apple TV with a screen is the rumor that never dies - analysts have predicted for some time that we will see one. Moreover the supply chain has hinted that one will eventually arrive as well.

The question worth asking is exactly how far along Apple is if this gentleman was just hired.

Belkin Buys Linksys from Cisco

January 24, 2013

In a continuation of Cisco exiting the consumer market, the networking giant has announced it has sold this division to competitor Belkin for an undisclosed amount. Belkin will continue to honor all valid warranties and will now own about 30% of the U.S. retail home and small business networking market.

Cisco has had many failures in the consumer market for an obvious reason.

Age of Acceleration Literally Center Stage at ITEXPO

January 24, 2013


You may have seen my article in a multi-day USA Today insert recently where the topic was the Age of Acceleration. In it I detailed how the world is moving faster and technology is playing a crucial role in allowing us to keep up. Some in fact are ahead of the curve. Of course when you are in a race to arm your decision-makers with relevant information, minutes and sometimes seconds count.

Ferrari By Logic3 Impresses With High-End Audio at CES

January 23, 2013

Apps for Apes - Now How Big is the Tablet Market?

January 23, 2013

The multibillion dollar smartphone and tablet market may be bigger than analysts previously realized if you factor in the amount of apes and orangutans that will be using them. Before you check to see if this piece is an April fool’s Joke, it isn’t, I promise. You see In September of 2011 Tracey Schelmetic wrote on TMCnet about Orangutan Outreach, a program designed in-part to bring technology to apes and enable them to use the touch interface and Skype with other apes. No, seriously… This is NOT a joke.

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.





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