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Nokia, RIM, Skype, Cisco and ITEXPO News August 30, 2010

August 30, 2010

Tech once again has been an amazingly vibrant market in the last week of August when news is generally slow. A recent trend has to do withtechnology companies playing nice with global governments to make sure they aren't rejected or find themselves out of favor like Google happens to be in China.

Nokia Spices up its Servers

Nokia for its part has decided to put servers in India to comply with local laws allowing government officials access to once impenetrable communications systems. You may recall India recently had some issues with not being able to monitor messages sent on Blackberrys.

Skype - an M&A Target



Behold: Satellite Radio 2.0

August 30, 2010

In my opinion services like Satellite radio and personalized services like Pandora and Slacker are what I would consider Radio 2.0 so I read with interest a piece on Seeking Alpha which discusses Satellite Radio 2.0 which will blend the best of a service like Pandora with satellite technology. Patent #20090320075 filed by XM has a number of really consumer-friendly nuggets in it. Specifically it specifies what I have long considered a dream device - it will listen to multiple streams of satellite, HD and other radio and record content into playlists which it believes will be of interest to me based upon my likes and dislikes.

Basically, a merger of Pandora and TiVo on steroids - tapping into the vast archive of content on satellite, WiFi and elsewhere which could include news and sports.

Sony Dash, AT&T Femtocell, 3PAR, Dell and HP

August 26, 2010

This morning my new Sony Dash arrived in my office and I have been meaning to set it up all day but failed. This gadget is essentially an iPad which is more chunky, cheaper and needs a plug to operate. Still, everyone I meet with these days asks if I have one and it seems like a tech rite of passage to have one of these in your office.

Phew - what a day.

Google Gmail VoIP, Cloud Computing and Other News August, 25 2010

August 25, 2010

It's been a busy day in the world of tech news as Google who already has a telecom service in Google Voice has expanded it into Gmail with a two-pronged goal of making it easier to call via Google's network and making the Skype IPO less lucrative. In addition, cloud computing has heated up with Nimbula receiving $15 million dollars so the ex-Amazon founders can purse providing private cloud services.

On the TMC front, we officially released TechZone360, our new site dedicated to all things tech and sporting a new and cool interface we hope you love. My readers got an unauthorized sneak peak last week (thanks for not squealing on me) and you can see it has evolved quite a bit these past days.

Simple Solutions to US Problems

August 24, 2010

With housing in a tailspin and many wondering how the US should get out of its economic quagmire, the answer is as obvious as ever. The country has pulled tens of millions out of poverty by allowing free market capitalism to allow entrepreneurs to prosper. 99% of all useful inventions on the planet have come from the private sector and watching politicians talk about a summer of recovery when unemployment is at disastrous levels would be funny if it wasn't so sad.

The free market didn't create the housing mess, government entities such as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were government vehicles used to push housing on people who were not economically viable candidates to own homes.

Of Course Apple Will Take the 30%

August 24, 2010

Apple has two choices going forward - focus on platforms such as the iMac which are open and allow customers to run things like Flash games or close it all up and force users to use the App Store and pick up 30% on each sale and in-app purchase. Sure the company has to host massive data centers to deal with all the app downloading and upgrades but any sane person would do whatever it takes to move the entire company to iOS as fast as possible and start raking in massive amounts of dough.

What was that sound you just heard? Oh, about a dozen Adobe execs jumping off the rooftop of their San Jose HQ.

Mark Cuban: Stock Market Bad, Cash Good

August 23, 2010

 


Mark Cuban has an excellent piece out today on why now is the time to avoid the stock market. He has made a number of cautious statements about the market this past decade and it does seem he has been at least as right if not more so than most other people who predict market direction for a living.

The premise of his argument is that capital is so cheap; it is difficult to make any money in the market.

Hot Communications Trends August 20, 2010

August 20, 2010

I recently received a TMCnet What's Hot in VoIP newsletter which had a number of stories worth sharing. First off is Comcast who is losing VoIP share to competitors but is still moving forward with plans for WiFi roaming and philanthropy. I have noticed Time Warner WiFi hotspots popping up all around TMC HQ in Norwalk, CT but have yet been able to connect to the service. If I do, I will keep you posted on my impressions.

Changing The Rules (Again) to Save Newspapers

August 19, 2010

Many people are very fed up with the idea of changing the rules to save favored institutions - TARP, the bailing out of AIG, Citibank, GM, Chrysler and underwater homeowners at the expense of the companies and people who played by the rules has infuriated millions. The problem with changing the rules of the game is you never know when you should stop. For example, now that everyone else has been bailed out, the states too who have spent beyond their means are being bailed out meaning if you live in a state where you elected fiscally conservative candidates who spent wisely, your tax liabilities still increase because the administration is being forced by bailout momentum to save states which are bankrupt.

And believe me I understand the incompetence of state politicians as Connecticut, my home state is about to face bankruptcy - we have a week's worth of cash.

With this set up, understand why many are concerned when they hear that some suggest that now we need to change the copyright laws to save newspapers.

Mind Your Mobile Camera and There is no Facebook Dislike Button

August 17, 2010

You go New York Times, there are a few stories the newspaper has run recently which are worthy of note and worth potentially sending to people who don't devour tech news for a living. The first is from this past week - an article which exposes a simple security flaw which could haunt you. Simply, by allowing the camera on your cellphone or GPS enabled-gadget to geotag your photos, information stored in the pics will become available to people savvy enough to decipher your photograph's location.

This is an important point in case if you happen to be very private and sitting at home and decide to photograph something like your cat or a deer running around your backyard.

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