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How TextGen Converges Texting with Service

March 7, 2014

Face it, your customers don’t want to talk on the phone, they want to communicate with you the way they do with everyone else, using text. Sure, this is a generational issue but the young are getting older. Moreover, the parents and grandparents of all those kids have learned something very important in the past decade… If they want to communicate with their younger family members, they better buy a pair of reading glasses and learn to text.

But many companies aren’t prepared for a world where customers text them.

MIPI Alliance Works on New Specs for Audio and Sensors

February 27, 2014

In a conversation with Peter Lefkin and Michael Krell of the MIPI Alliance at MWC 2014 we discussed how this ten-year-old alliance was started to help camera chips in cell phones have a common standard and has subsequently evolved to over 45 published specifications for things like display, audio and yes cameras.

Formally, the areas of focus are Multimedia, Control/Data (RF/envelope tracking - many analog technologies), Chip-to-Chip (connecting the application processor to other systems) and Debug and Trace.

New for this show is SoundWire which is an interface for dealing with audio and microphones - this interface is better than their existing SlimBus which wasn't designed for a digital, off-platform world (external speakers, etc).

Nomad ChargeKey is a Must Buy

February 14, 2014

There are few products which I see which are worthy of me carrying with me everywhere but the Nomad CHARGEKEY is one such item as it fits in a wallet and allows you to charge an iOS Lightning device from any USB power source. There isn’t much to say about it beyond you need to have one with you for emergencies. Everyone who has a mobile device should go out and purchase one right now. It even fits on a keychain.

Blackberry's Smart Pivot to M2M

January 24, 2014

The machine to machine (M2M) market is growing rapidly – as sensors become cheaper to embed in our clothes, appliances, shipping containers and just about everything else. In fact, one estimate pegs the market as worth $88 billion in nine years from now. Hundreds of billions of sensors will soon be sold, presenting an opportunity like few others. More importantly, there is no market leader in the space big enough to block out everyone else.

Braven Intros New Wireless Stereo System at CES 2104

January 7, 2014

Braven showed off an entire wireless home audio system at CES 2014 with a few twists to give you advantages over some of the other players in the market such as Sonos. The company's Vibe series pictured above features a sharp aluminum and black look to differentiate it from most everything on the market. Moreover, the speakers are battery operated and bluetooth-ready meaning they can be useful in applications where your home WiFi network doesn't exist.

If you like the industrial look of these systems and additional functionality of bluetooth integration and battery-operated speakers, then the Vibe system could be a good choice for you.

Tech Pioneer Philippe Khan Speaks at Wearable Tech Expo Next Week

December 5, 2013

Philippe Khan is one of the tech entrepreneurs and visionaries who really defines the term successful serial entrepreneur and inventor. In the 1980s he was CEO of Borland, the company which made a number of programming tools and eventually purchased Paradox, the most-popular full-featured PC database program. TMC, the company where I am CEO ran on both Turbo C and Paradox in the eighties and I was the person in charge of the programming and running IT at the time. I first used Turbo C in college on a 286 clone that I believe ran at 10 or 12 MHz. Thankfully Turbo C was a fast compiler.

Dell Tablet Ad Takes on Apple and Android

December 3, 2013


Microsoft is having a tough time this holiday season - lets face it, Wal-Mart alone sold 1.4 million tablets on Thanksgiving. This is exactly why the company and its hardware retail partners and Intel desperately need a piece of the tablet pie.

The result? The companies finally put out an ad - really its a Dell ad for the Venue 8 Pro which is worth watching. It features a traveler on an airplane who has no space and is still able to work with his office apps and more.

I am left wondering though - since Microsoft is now the proud owner of Skype - a consumer technology which could entice potential buyers, why not mention it in the ad somewhere?




Do Intel Retail Stores Make Sense?

November 15, 2013

Decades back Intel research showed them that people buying computers powered by their processors didn’t know who made the processor. Many people in fact thought the manufacturer of the computer such as Compaq made the CPU. This revelation launched a multibillion dollar advertising campaign focusing familiar slogans like “Intel Inside.”

Intel has since firmly established itself in the mind of consumers but the challenge the company faces these days is ARM-based products are proliferating by the billion – embedded in smartphones, tablets and other devices where low-power is important.

GigSky Wants to Easily Connect You Everywhere

November 12, 2013

One of the largest challenges international travelers have is staying connected at affordable and easy-to-understand rates. The last time I was in Europe I was fortunate enough to have a portable WiFi device with me that gave me free access to 3G. I happily streamed music in the gym and would occasionally look at my phone ad notice the WiFi icon was missing for some reason. My stomach would drop whenever this happened as I had no idea how long I was streaming at local roaming rates.

ZipWhip: What if Every Phone Number Could Text?

November 12, 2013

Back in 2005, yes, 2005 I wondered when WiFi phones would allow text messaging – I suggested there was an opportunity for companies to take advantage of the merging of the VoIP and consumer electronics spaces. Of course eight years later the world is a different place. The iPhone was two years from being introduced back then, Blackberry was in the early days of becoming king of the smartphone market and Microsoft and Nokia were strong players. Now Apple and Google are dominant and the others mentioned above are scrambling.

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