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FlyCast Adds Streaming to PCs and Google Android

January 8, 2009

While on vacation in the Cayman Islands last week I was lucky enough to have

DSL where I was staying and brought an AP and lit up the beach. I fired up Pandora to listen to music and after about a minute received a message that Pandora was not authorized to run in the country I was in.

I found it interesting that this island was a haven for Cuban cigar smokers as the cigars were sold like candy but I couldn't listen to internet-based radio. Ah - for those outside the US - we aren't allowed to purchase products from Cuba here.

How to Make/Save Money With Communications Today

January 8, 2009

In my conversations with many in the telecom industry they tell me they are very excited about coming to ITEXPO next month in Miami. They explain, now is the best time to be at a communications show which not only addresses the entire telecom space but focuses on business - or making money.

They tell me this year, more than ever, they need to focus on generating earnings. Sure, the future, visionary aspects of communications are great (and will be disussed at the event) but I can tell you from personal experience, the companies in communications that haven't been focusing on sustainable business models can't pay their bills and many have already quietly closed their doors.

AT&T Inching Forward With Femtocells

January 8, 2009

Delta Adds WiFi in Northeast Corridor

January 7, 2009

As a person who commutes semi-regularly between Connecticut and Boston and DC, I never fly. I either drive or take the train so I can work while commuting. One of the challenges the airlines have is the productivity loss of security, shoe removal, etc. Then there is the typical wait when flights are delayed, the cramped seats, etc.

Pandora on iPhone Goes 2.0

January 7, 2009

 

One of the best iPhone applications has to be Pandora, the customizable Internet-based radio station. Today, it goes 2.0 and adds a host of new features and functions.

You can tap album art to see a song progress bar - so you have an idea how much longer you have to enjoy y the current selection. When the bar comes up, you are presented with a list icon on the left which allows you to instantly create a new station from the artist or song playing.

Blackberry Storm Gets Dedicated YouTuble Client

January 1, 2009

Solar iPhone Case is Handy and Useful

December 31, 2008

New case from mobile.brando.com.hk is a perfect iPhone companion for the sun

 



I'm always looking for that killer story idea - you know - the one which has all the elements of interest and buzzwords... Like iPhone, green, gadget, etc.

Can Cisco Become a Consumer Electronics Company?

December 29, 2008

To Cisco's competitors and there are many, the company is a monster. Almost impossible to compete with on a level playing field. In the past I have mentioned how the way Chambers and company acquires and integrates new companies into the fold is better than just about any other company and only Oracle is as talented.

Om Malik does point out a severe weakness the company has... Its inability to compete in the consumer electronics business in a serious way.

Here is my favorite part of his post:

How does a company that gets big fat margins from selling expensive equipment (and paying its sales team accordingly) live with the razor-thin margins of consumer entertainment gear?





UPS Driver Hurls Package

December 28, 2008

When you have 425,000 employees, some will definitely do things which embarrass headquarters. Such is the case with this UPS driver who seemed to try to make a basket with this package. No word on how many points he will get for this one but odds are he received at least one pink slip followed by the words, "Don't let the door hit you in the rear on the way out."




He is pretty lucky in fact the resolution of the video is not great enough for him to be recognized.

This is yet another example of how the web can take over a company's branding and messaging in ways they cannot control.




Google Android vs. Apple iPhone

December 26, 2008

Trying to find a reason to purchase an Android-based phone instead of an iPhone? If so, check out this article which describes the state of Android, the future and finally some applications you just can't get on an Apple-powered phone. At least not today.

If by the way, Android phones from HTC are not your cup of tea, rest assured Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung and maybe others will be coming out with their own Android devices as well.

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