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How The Internet Can Reduce Global Theft

September 3, 2010

A while back I left a GPS unit in a rental car and when I returned it. I don't want to be offensive to any particular company so I will refer to the GPS company supplying my device as PomPom. When I realized I wasn't going to get it back I called the company because I remembered it was M2M-enabled and as such I paid a $10/month fee for Google search access and other online goodies.

The first thing I did was cancel my account but the second was ask that it not be enabled again if someone who takes the unit calls PomPom to start the service.

Dear Government, Please Stop "Helping" Us

September 2, 2010

I have said before that the Obama administration has been the most anti-business of any administration I have ever seen. There is hostility towards success achieved through legal business means and demonization of virtually every profession (except ironically lawyers, professors and community organizers).

  • Doctors have been accused or removing tonsils and amputating without reason.
  • Bankers are irresponsible and fat cats.
  • Oil industry execs - well you know.
  • Hedge funds - are bad people for fighting the White House during the whole autogate controversy of last year where GM and Chrysler were bailed out.

One has to imagine these comments are made to somehow help the US population but it is statements like these that are in-part responsible for keeping companies from hiring and well-off consumers from spending. I can't imagine this is what our President intended to happen but the rhetoric hasn't ceased and neither have the job losses.

While I come into work every single day and promise myself I won't write about politics it is apparent that politics has become a greater factor in business than one's ideas and potential. In other words if the government continues changing the pieces around, businesses will continue to hold off on spending and so will consumers.

Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Google and ITEXPO News September 1, 2010

September 2, 2010

It has been an extremely exciting week again for tech news and moreover for me personally as I got a chance to open up my Sony Dash and it is a very cool addition to my desktop as it allows me to view my photos and take advantage of widgets of all kinds which among other thinks allow me to see the pandas at the San Diego Zoo. This handy gadget has a slew of communications, social networking and calendar features as well but for now, I just want to see the pandas.


The big news from yesterday of course was Steve Jobs onstage pushing a slew of new iPods and a rental-only model for Apple TV and a social network integrated into iTunes.

Goldman's Interest in Green IPO Helps Obama Relationship

September 1, 2010

I read with tremendous interest about Goldman Sachs and their unusual interest in PetroAlgae, a company in the renewable energy field which is not only small but losing money. Generally a company like Goldman would laugh at such a small IPO. Courtney Comstock of Clusterstock details the pros and cons of the deal and refers to a Reuters article written by Steve Eder. One pro is the idea that Goldman positions itself nicely in the alternative energy field with this deal but one wonders if Goldman really needs this positioning as even with all their recent PR problems they are seen as the best and brightest on Wall Street and most every firm would die to work with them.

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.

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