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Is Apple Repeating its Mistake from the Eighties?

July 8, 2010

5 Minutes With Motorola Droid X show the wonders of the Android ecosystem


I spent five minutes with a Motorola Droid X because the editor who has it here at TMC HQ literally will not let it out of her sight. What this told me right away about the device is that it is special.

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.

Software to fix iPhone 4 Antenna

July 2, 2010

Sadly the famous death grip will still cause calls to drop

The controversy regarding the iPhone 4 death grip - the so-called way of holding the iPhone 4 to get it to lose its signal and drop a call takes a new twist with Apple explaining that the problem is how you hold the phone but rather the incorrect algorithm used to display antenna bars. It seems according to the company that people are holding the phone in a manner which blocks the antenna and when they do their very weak signal becomes even weaker and poof - the call is gone. A surprise to many will certainly be the fact that the algorithm used to calculate antenna strength is the same as it was in the 3GS and 3G.

Invitation Only Video Interviews in San Jose with TMC

June 29, 2010

OK - it is kind of weird to call it "invitation only" if I am blogging about it but somehow it doesn't seem right to not let you know that TMC will be on-hand in Silicon Valley performing a host of video interviews with the best and brightest minds in tech and communications at the San Jose Marriott Tues, JULY 13th - Thurs, JULY 15th.

A sample screen shot of an interview which took place just outside of Washington DC


Here is a link to the most recent interviews I posted from a similar trip to the Washington DC area. If you are interested in consideration be sure to reach out immediately to Jaime Hernaez (jhernaez (at) tmcnet.com).

Since word got out about these interviews the spots have been filling up faster than in any city we have gone to so please be aware we expect all spots to fill up soon.

Here is a sample video from our recent DC trip



Russia Spies Use Ad-Hoc WiFi Network

June 29, 2010

In a world where the Internet is so pervasive and content flows so freely in such massive quantities, you would imagine encrypted information can be sent undetected between spy agencies and spies. Why, you may wonder would anyone transfer covert in any other manner? Still, this is exactly what happened when a gang of alleged Russian spies communicated via ad-hoc network between coffee shops and a nearby van. In addition, the ring made use of prepaid phones.

iPhone 4 Quite Polarizing

June 29, 2010

While many bloggers have been on a rampage about the new Apple death grip required to hold the new iphone 4 in a manner which does not cause signal degradation, I thought it may make sense to briefly focus on a few positives.

The first is the polarized screen which looks quite sharp to my Maui Jim wrapped eyes. A few other early likes are the digital zoom and the flash which is quite powerful.

I should mention that in normal usage with the phone I haven't had any problems. Then again, I use the phone more as a data device and typically use a bluetooth headset when speaking... The phone stays in its case.

I am not blown away by the iPhone 4 but perhaps that is because the previous 3Gs was so good and set a high bar.





SpaceNet, Angel.com, HyperOffice, Parature and other Video Interviews

June 28, 2010

Last week I was in DC and met with a number of companies in the surrounding area which I wrote about in this entry. In an effort to keep you up to date on more of the interviews I have posted others below and hopefully they are useful to you.

SpaceNet is a managed network services company with roots in the satellite space. The two videos below show the breadth of the company's offerings (Apple users click here: SpaceNet overview, Coms on the move)



Angel.com, a division of Microstrategy talks about their company's cloud-based IVR and contact center solutions for the global 2,000 (Apple link)


HyperOffice boosts small business collaboration and productivity - carriers/channel welcome (Apple link)


Parature is a leader in customer service solutions and enables 20M customers and a Facebook page near you (Apple Link)


Bay Bridge Decision Technologies makes strategic planning software for contact centers with 350+ agents (Apple link)

SkyBitz was formed from a DARPA grant and focuses on low-powered asset tracking and has over 30% market share in the trucking space. Using GLS not GPS, the company adds proprietary technology to solve for location on servers.
















Sonos Nearly Perfects Home Audio

June 27, 2010

This summer more Americans than ever are conserving cash by taking staycations and in doing so, many are looking to add nice touches to their homes to make their lives more comfortable. A new 3D TV may be one way to go about improving the house but another is boosting the capability and functionality of your sound system.

For many months I have been enjoying the Sonos multi-room music system which uses WiFi to stream many different types of audio throughout your home. What made me decide to go with Sonos myself was their introduction last winter of an all-in-one "boom box" style stereo which looks like something Apple or Bose would make.

The Need for Wireless Broadband Speed on Amtrak

June 23, 2010

Having been an early adopter of 2G, 1X, EVDO, 3G, etc I can tell you the speed of wireless access on the train between Washington DC and New York and back seems worse than at any point in recent memory. Here are some speed test results from AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless and you can see they are terrible. Actually they are much worse than the numbers here because of the frequent random delays. It is virtually impossible to work at such speeds and repeated tests show similar numbers and I have seen many speed tests freeze up.

This is the result of the Verizon Wireless speed test



The result of the tethered iPhone AT&T speed test




It is worth noting that the Verizon scores are based on the wireless modem in my Dell Latitude E6500 laptop while the AT&T score is based on a tethered iPhone.










Some TMC Newsroom Videos from DC

June 23, 2010

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