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Skype Upgrade Supercharges iPhone 4

July 21, 2010

For all the benefits Skype has given users of PCs and MACs, on an iPhone the app was inferior on so many levels. Bluetooth connectivity was nonexistent and multitasking was not allowed on the app - the OS didn't support it either. Basically you could use Skype for outbound calls on your iPhone but a lack of multitasking meant you dropped calls when you left the app and forget about IM because again, if you left the app to check email or stream music you wouldn't get your inbound messages.

Today, the company just announced an upgrade which should make Skype one of the most-used apps on the iPhone.

Truphone, GlowPoint, XConnect, In Store Solutions News and More

July 21, 2010

Today, TMC hosted a number of companies in the communications and technology spaces and it was a learning experience for all. Much news was broken and you can expect a torrent of related articles from my editors this week. TMC's Juliana Kenny does a great job giving you an overview of the companies we met with below.

 

The following companies were present and clicking on the links will take you to video explaining exactly what they do and what they plan to provide customers in the future.

Mobile YouTube Site Shows Cloud's Potential

July 9, 2010

iJustine's videos on the mobile version of YouTube running on an iPhone 4


Without a doubt one of the best results of the feud between Microsoft and Google is the migration towards web-based apps by the search giant. Two things Google will continue to do to take the wind out of Apple's sails are to provide applications and services which give Android an advantage over the iPhone and migrate applications to the cloud. The reason for the cloud migration has to do with proving you can do everything you need to in a hosted data center and that local apps are a legacy nuisance.

TMC editors in San Jose Next Week

July 8, 2010

Next Week, my team and I will be hosting meetings in San Jose where the technology and communications markets will have unprecedented access to TMC editors and the ability to tell their story in TMC's video newsroom. Since I blogged about the opportunity a while back we have already scheduled over 60 meetings. We are subsequently flying more of our team out to the west coast to handle the meetings. The good news is there is still some more space left for meetings now that we have decided to send more resources cross-country from our headquarters in Connecticut.

Moreoever, this event now has networking potential meaning you will not only meet editors but others in the industry.

New Twitter Coupons

July 7, 2010

 


The online coupon business is booming and the reason for its recent boost in success is 100% related to the economy. On the one hand customers have less money and need to shop for the best deals they can find. On the other hand retailers want to spend money on marketing while being able to generate a direct pay back.

Vuvuzelas Equal Profit Online

July 6, 2010

How the World Cup and Entrepreneurial risk-taking turned an idea into profit




The power of the Internet coupled with a good idea allows companies to make money more quickly than ever. Consider the case of the simple vuvuzela - the super-annoying horn constantly blasting at World Cup games. One company, 365 Inc. bet that the focus on the World Cup would make these plastic horns a top seller and was right. The Birmingham Alabama company has sold nearly 30,000 of these horns for $8 a piece and brought in $240,000 in the process.

Anna Chapman: a Model Spy - Seriously

July 2, 2010

I already covered how this whole spy scandal seems unusual because they didn't seem to be taking as many precautions as they should to avoid detection. Now I happened upon a post from David Gewirtz explaining how gorgeous lead spy Anna Chapman is. He included in his post the video below where she talks about her training as an investment banker and desire to be an Internet entrepreneur.

So let me put this in perspective.

Amazon Outage

June 29, 2010

Cloud Computing Boosts Data Center Market

June 29, 2010

 


Thanks to cloud computing, cloud-based storage, cloud-based contact centers, cloud communications and a mix of other services hosted in data centers worldwide, the data center market is booming. A solid article about the market comes courtesy of David Gross at Seeking Alpha.

Coincidentally I will be moderating an Interactive Intelligence sponsored webinar focusing on cloud communications at 2:00pm EST today (don't worry; it is archived if you get to this post later or are busy at this time). I hope to see you online- in the mean time here is an excerpt from the above-mentioned article.

US World Cup Win, Earthquake, BP, Twitter and More

June 24, 2010

Yesterday was certainly made for Twitter as news flowed in so fast it was difficult to cover the major events with any more depth than 140 characters. First there was the report that the US had an exchange of generals in the Afghanistan war while at around the same time the BP oil spill took a turn for the worse when a robot accidentally knocked into some equipment causing the spill volume to increase.

All this while in World Cup news, the US prevailed in a historic win in the final moments of a game against Algeria - even though it seemed referee calls in back-to-back games were decidedly anti-American (US Vs. Algeria, US vs. Slovenia) resulting in two important goals being called invalid.

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