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Bluetooth to Improve Home Electronics

July 27, 2009

In my recent trip to northern California a few vendors told me they were integrating bluetooth into their products for the home market. Generally until now most bluetooth applications have been of the mobile variety. Sure, you have some bluetooth options from GN Netcom and Plantronics for the office but Bluetooth generally is found in cars and headsets which allow mobility.

Some exceptions are stereo speakers and headsets but it doesn't seem like stereo Bluetooth has lived up to its potential yet.

Brief Results of My Silicon Valley Trip

July 24, 2009

I spent a solid week in Silicon Valley and as I wrap up my trip and reflect back on the companies I met with I was pretty happy to see a good deal of optimism from the communications and technology executives I met with. Some areas of growth are the usual spaces such as products which support broadband growth and wireless backhaul.

For the companies not in those spaces there seems to be more optimism coming from companies which are not the premium players in their markets. The so-called value players seem to be attracting more interest as budgets have tightened.

Polycom Uses Video to Boost Corporate Productivity

July 18, 2009

As companies continue to rein in costs the reality they face is they still need to operate - make widgets, fix widgets or distribute them with less resources. You see regardless of business type, productivity is important and even if there are less employees and smaller travel budgets, the show must go on.

Enter technology - the major casualty of the dotcom bust - the initial cause of the last recession.

But this recession while so many market segments are truly hurting, tech has emerged as a resilient sector.

TMC is Hiring

July 17, 2009

While the media business in general has been like so many other industries such as financial and real estate - meaning lots of doom and gloom, I am happy to report TMC is hiring to fill new positions and looking for new people as well. We just hired three new professionals in our sales group and expect to add more people this year.

You may recall I mentioned we were looking last month.

While print publications have seen advertising decline and we should know as we publish four magazines - we have positioned ourselves for the day when marketing moved to the web since the nineties.

IPhones Become Enhanced Services Platforms

July 17, 2009

One of the first truly useful wireless devices was the Palm 7 as it had a screen big enough to be useful and a stylus which allowed typing so a user could interact with web pages. As I recall, there was no real web browser but instead customer-designed Palm 7 applications which allowed users to access information which was optimized for the pocket-sized viewing experience. In a lot of ways the Palm 7 was the precursor to the iPhone and the App Store.

The popularity of this Apple-based device is a major driver of AT&T revenues but in a dramatic twist, Comcast has gotten into the iPhone game by releasing an application which integrates tightly with the company's e-mail, voicemail and broadband services in a way which adds value to the user experience.
 


I spent some time studying user reaction to this new application in the App Store comments section and some are truly blown away by the service.

Telecom Italia Mobile Goes Solar

July 14, 2009

While communications and technology solutions have the ability to drastically reduce costs associated with travel by simulating trips via conferencing - telepresence, etc... The reality is technology is also responsible for more and more energy use. Think about all the computers and consumer electronics devices in use today and you realize why you always seem to have too few outlets in your home and office.

A great trend I am seeing is the use of alternative power solutions to minimize energy use while still allowing communications and technology progress.

How to Sell Communications Products This Fall

July 10, 2009

I know we are in a recession and everything is supposed to be gloom and doom, etc. but please indulge me as I remind many of you just how important it is in these tough times to get new customers.

It is for this reason I feel compelled to remind you ITEXPO has become the world's communications conference - the place you need to go to find new products and services. As a result, vendors/exhibitors were thrilled with ITEXPO in Miami this past January.
 

 

Witness the 4G Wireless Evolution

July 8, 2009

One of the most exciting parts of my job is to explore new technologies with my readers and attendees at live events. By now you probably know TMC produces the 4GWE conference in partnership with Crossfire Media -- a company where Carl Ford is an integral part of building a number of communications communities. If you aren't aware of Carl, he is a thought-leader in the telecom space having spent years developing leading edge content as part of the VON events of years past.

The first 4GWE event we produced drew hundreds of attendees from around the globe and was extremely successful. We have collaborated and improved th conference quite a bit and in addition we have added a number of great new media partners and sponsors.

Does the Google Chrome OS Matter?

July 8, 2009

It was a given that Google would eventually formally announce a new OS for netbooks and other computers. The company already has its Android OS in a number of cellphones and the netbook space is the next logical move upmarket for the company.

While Google's Android has been successful in the mobile market it has the potential to be even more successful in the netbook space where cost is a bigger issue. Indeed a number of netbook prototypes showed up last month at Computex in Taiwan recently.

Internet Music Saved?

July 8, 2009

There is some good news and bad in the recent negotiations between record labels and internet streaming sites which bring you radio over IP.

From the AP:

The revenue-sharing deal announced Tuesday is between SoundExchange, a nonprofit that collects royalties for recording copyright owners from digital radio services, and three smaller webcasters: radioIO, Digitally Imported and AccuRadio.

The problem for internet radio was that the old rates set in March of 2007 stipulated internet radio had to pay between 0.08 and 0.19 cents per song per listener - rates that certainly would have crippled internet radio.

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