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Boingo, GigSky, XCom: Why my Europe Connectivity was Awesome

April 23, 2014

A while back, I had a chance to go to MWC (news and analysis) in Barcelona, Spain and like many of you who travel internationally, I was concerned about my cellular bill as I enjoy the relative generosity of multigigabyte 4G data plans in the US. In Europe however the costs can grow quickly. When headed overseas, Verizon charges $25 per 100 MB of data. As many US devices are locked, it becomes a hassle to bypass such restrictions with multiple devices and a bevy of SIM cards.

Intel Buys Way into Tablets While $99 may be Microsoft Sweet Spot

April 16, 2014

Intel recently reported earnings and the takeaway is the company is going to focus more on Android and ramp up subsidies to get into more OEM tablet designs in Asia and elsewhere.

Intel said that its Windows tablets are shipping in numbers which barely register in their quarterly numbers. Obviously this isn't a positive development. To put this in perspective, out of the five-million processors the chip behemoth shipped for tablets, as little as 10% were for Windows. It seems many analysts are convinced that for Windows devices to be successful, they need keyboards and to some extent this makes sense as tablets are typically described as consumption devices.

Can Apple's Haunted Empire Still Make Hits?

March 20, 2014

Isn’t it funny how much of the world has changed thanks to Steve Jobs? As I sit here at my computer using a mouse and GUI, which Jobs popularized while listening to MP3s, another industry he revitalized, I am fascinated by how much this man changed computing. Over a decade ago, my company TMC launched a show in the biometrics space called BiometriTech and another in the tablet space, Tablet PC Summit. Both shows failed because the companies in the industries failed to make products in volumes that translated into marketing budgets which allowed for a successful conference.

Samsung Boosts Enterprise Wireless Performance

March 18, 2014

What does a company do after going up against Apple and showing it can compete head-to-head with Cupertino in the device space? Well, if its Samsung the next thing to do is cement your device strategy with wireless concrete meaning new wireless LAN products offering unique integration with Samsung devices. We know about Samsung KNOX and how it is designed to lock enterprises into using Samsung - at the expense of Blackberry and others. Now, this wireless LAN tech uses the best innovations from the world of LTE and brings them to a company near you.

Sennheiser Rounds Out Portfolio

March 17, 2014

 

The UC space is alive and well even as it moves from the customer premise to the cloud. To learn more about the market I had a conversation with William Whearty (pictured), VP Sales & Product Marketing at Sennheiser where he told me their 70-year history of making microphones and headphones shows we know how to reproduce sound.

Now, the company is making an aggressive push into various segments of the UC market and is working to add certifications.

Magellan Echo is a Smartwatch Which Amplifies Fitness

March 13, 2014


When I first got my hands on the $150 Echo Smart Running Watch from Magellan, I was excited to put it through its paces (pun intended). Many of us know Magellan as a rock solid GPS maker but I knew this piece of wearable tech wasn’t going to have a GPS unit inside it because the company told me so at CES a few months back.




In short, this is a great device for runners, bikers and anyone who relies on a smartphone when they exercise. This may sound counter-intuitive… After all, if you use a smartphone, why do you need a smartwatch?



How TextGen Converges Texting with Service

March 7, 2014

Face it, your customers don’t want to talk on the phone, they want to communicate with you the way they do with everyone else, using text. Sure, this is a generational issue but the young are getting older. Moreover, the parents and grandparents of all those kids have learned something very important in the past decade… If they want to communicate with their younger family members, they better buy a pair of reading glasses and learn to text.

But many companies aren’t prepared for a world where customers text them.

OpenWave Uses Push To Boost Consumer Relationships with Carriers

February 27, 2014

Mobile carriers aren't communicating with subscribers as effectively as possible and as a result Openwave Mobility is providing their MOTIFY solution which solves the problem by using a push notification on iOS/Android devics to begin user-engagement. At that point they communicate with an app on the device which connects with Openwave Mobility's backed system which receives data over the push channel.

The cloud-based solution can be used to send marketing campaigns to users and can then determine the uptake through reporting.

For example, if there is a new video feed to a local sporting event which the carrier wants to promote, they can send a message letting the appropriate subsctibers know.

Sequans Powers Innovative Pinyon Tech LTE Hotspot

February 27, 2014

A very large market for 4G happens to be India but the catch is the population is extremely price-sensitive. In order to provide the country with a solution which maximizes the LTE opportunity for carriers, Pinyon Technologies partnered with Sequans Communications to develop the AirWire LTE WiFi dongle, a unique device designed primarily for home/business connectivity.

Unlike most LTE hotspots, this device is clamshell in nature and packs a relatively huge high-gain antenna. The benefit to carriers is that their towers can be more sparsely located or alternatively the device will use less power.

SOTI Aims to Make Android More Enterprise Ready

February 25, 2014

Customers deploying mobility solutions have a major challenge in deploying secure solutions to their clients in a BYOD environment. Enterprise Mobility Management is a growing space and at MWC 2014 I had a chance to meet with Carl Rodrigues, President & CEO of Soti and Roula Vrsic, VP of Marketing to learn about how their company helps enterprises maximize their workflow productivity.

Vrsic said enterprises are looking to maximize the number of applications they roll out on mobile. She mentioned how healtchare is going mobile but we may not have envisioned this trend some years ago.

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