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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.

TMC and Objectivity

December 25, 2008

Objectivity is the subject of today's thoughts - primarily because I came across a pretty harsh criticism of me being biased towards a particular vendor. I was going to link to the posts where an anonymous individual decided to skewer me but I then realized that the poster could be a short seller of the stock of the company in question or perhaps a disgruntled former or present employee.

Seldom, I do get criticism from people saying I am biased towards or against companies. They say I brownnose or they say I am in the pocket of this company or that.

TMCnet For iPhone on Apple's Site

December 24, 2008

iPhone Apps: First Microsoft and now HP

December 23, 2008

Is there no end to the Apple competitors developing iPhone apps? Moreover... Once the genie is out of the bottle, can they get it back in again. I think not.

Silicon Valley Closes for Christmas

December 22, 2008

While the tech industry was immune from much of the slowdown in this recession during the first part of the year, the economic crisis which took hold in September of certainly changed all that. Now, many Silicon Valley companies are closing for an extended time during the holidays and obviously there have been many layoffs.

My take?+ If things do pick up next year and this is a short-lived slowdown, it may be a good thing to have extra time to spend with your family. My advice? Enjoy the time off.

We're No Shrinking Violet Says Nortel's Carrier Chief

December 20, 2008

Nortel is an interesting company from the perspective that they have an inherent advantage in their product development as they cater to two separate markets - enterprise and carrier, which need similar products. The company can afford to easily sell carrier-class products to enterprise customers making them more reliable than what many competitors offer.

But all the advantages in the world don't mask the company's recent earnings which were below expectations with carrier revenue down 24% and they certainly can't easily offset the billions of dollars of debt the company has.

I said this in a recent post:

Turn an iPhone into a Hard Disk

December 20, 2008

Vonage Executive Compensation Out of Line

December 19, 2008

I received an email after my post on Sylantro wondering why I don't bring up companies like Vonage when I talk about corporate failures. Specifically I was sent a link to Vonage VP/CFO/Treasurer's page on Forbes where they show his annual compensation to be just under $2 million dollars.


 

Attached to the link, the following thoughts:
  It is because of this man that the company has never made a dime and artificially depressed VoIP prices to kill off competition and ensure the VoIP industry remains under pressure for years. This is a very difficult accomplishment .


While we can't blame John Rego for all the problems over at Vonage, I can't understand how anyone at any company can be taking home this kind of money when the stock price looks like a ski slope.





LTE Being Rushed Out

December 18, 2008

The fight between the WiMAX and LTE camp is heating up and WiMAX seems to be on the back burner according to wireless experts like Harald Braun and others.

This is an excerpt from a recent article in fact:

I asked about the WiMAX/LTE competition and he said for his company, WiMAX was always a bridge technology towards LTE but today it seems carriers have stepped up their roll outs of LTE technology. "Now the gap is closing," he said. He continued, "I would have thought we would have more WiMAX deployments by now and I don't see it."
My take? LTE does have the inherent advantage of being provided by the equipment companies the carriers are familiar with and moreover it has the advantage of copying the best of WiMAX.




The Why of the Storm

December 18, 2008

I have noticed the Blackberry Storm has improved a good deal over past weeks but this it seems is not enough to keep people from returning these handheld computers at a record clip. While it is impossible to know for sure if the Storm return rate is higher than it is for other devices, Silicon Valley Insider says it is surprisingly easy to find people sharing their device return intentions on Twitter.

Here is what I am hearing. People find the device difficult to use and confusing.

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