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Abbeynet: From Carrier to Twitter Development

July 7, 2009

While in Sardina recently I had a chance to spend time with Luca Filigheddu the prolific blogger of all things communications, tech and more recently Twitter. I have known Luca for years via his blog and I met him live for the first time at ITEXPO in Los Angeles a few years back. When I heard I was going to be in Sardinia I contacted him.

As part of my island tour I stopped by his company Abbeynet to learn more about what his company does.

Some Terrible Android Advice

July 7, 2009

I just came across an article which was horrifying to me as it gives advice which is so wrong it should be outlawed. To be fair, the article written by Elizabeth Woyke over at Forbes explains survey results from Haydn Shaughnessy head of research for the Conversation Group, a London-based communications agency.

Shaughnessy explains how OHA vendors should attack the market. Here are some of his thoughts:

Something Old and New at Tiscali International Network Media Event

July 6, 2009

A while back I headed out to Sardinia Italy to attend a media roundtable hosted by Tiscali International Network regarding the state and future of broadband technology. I do get invited to quite a few of these press/analyst events and this one really stood out in my mind due to the quality of the speakers and the location of the event itself. Sardinia is located in the middle of the Mediterranean and if you picture Italy as a boot kicking Sicily - a soccer ball, Sardinia would be located at the top of the kick.

Sardinia on the map

 

Boosting Twitter Productivity

July 6, 2009

If you have a fair number of people following you on Twitter and you want to know who all your followers are, you can have Twitter alert you whenever a new person follows. The challenge is in order to learn more about a follower you have to click on their link to get to their page on the Twitter server. This is where the "fun" begins as Twitter can get overloaded and response times can be painfully slow.

In order to alleviate much of the waiting pain, set up a rule which sweeps all email from Twitter into a folder which you can check very early in the morning or late at night.

Problems at Joost

July 1, 2009

Om Malik sums up the problems over at Joost quite well... The company is having a large round of layoffs and is losing the video war to Hulu and others. While Om explains all the factors which led to the company's demise such as their rapid growth, lack of focus and geographic distribution, I wonder if the biggest problem isn't the lack of intriguing or popular content (which he points out and elaborates on). The few times I used the service I was amazed at how little interesting content it had.

Hungry for Better WiFi

June 24, 2009

 



Broadband connectivity - it has become like air to me. I suffocate when I don't have it and the faster the broadband access I have, the better I feel. So when I enter a restaurant and the WiFi is on but locked I just go crazy. I have become so accustomed to having fast broadband access everywhere, I just can't understand when a restaurant doesn't provide it.

Check out the Video Quality of Your iPhone 3G S

June 23, 2009

I just got my iPhone 3G S up and running and am blown away because as a power user - even using the new OS 3.0 on an iPhone 3G I had to wait 5 or more seconds for an email address to resolve. Multiply this by 100 times a day and you can imagine the frustration. I also was not satisfied with the browsing speed of the 3G with the 3.0 upgrade. The new S model is blazing fast compared to its predecessor.

Can we Learn from the Nortel Fire Sale?

June 22, 2009

Better M&A, management and marketing skills always win the war

As Ron Gruia pointed out this morning, the Nortel fire sale continues and a once-great company with a market cap of $250 billion is effectively being sold off at bargain-basement prices. In fact NSN picked up the ailing Canadian company's CDMA and LTE business for about one times revenue or $650 million. At this rate the entire company will be sold off for a total of $2 billion.

iPhone 3G S: Its the Apps Stupid

June 19, 2009

There is so much fanfare about the Apple iPhone 3G S so I went to the Orange store here in Nice, France to check the lines. It was slow and steady with people coming in and asking about the phone during the 30 minutes or so I surveyed the store. The phone itself is certainly faster than the standard 3G model with an upgraded graphics chip, processor and as a bonus, the procesore runs about 50% faster than the old one and there is more system RAM.

Having used the new iPhone OS 3.0 for about a week I can tell you it is much better than the old version allowing email push as well as landscape typing in email. I have noticed that the browser does not seem as fast as the previous OS and it takes longer to resolve email addresses when sending messages.

Other issues that need resolving include multitasking -- you still can't listen to music from the new Sirius XM app and respond to email for example.



iPhone OS 3.0 Review: Batteries Not Included

June 11, 2009

I have to admit I was impatient and when I learned I could follow some easy steps to upgrade to the shipping version of the iPhone 3.0 software before the June 17 general availability date -- I just had to try it. Of course it helped to have fellow TMC blogger Tom Keating there to step me through the process. You see Tom wrote a piece yesterday detailing exactly what you need to do to get ahead of the pack and be the first in your neighborhood to type emails on your iPhone in landscape mode.

The instructions are here but I should warn you that although the process is dead easy it can take many hours to go through the upgrade.

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