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Google and Yelp Seem to Settle on Places

August 26, 2010

I've opined that Google is far more feared than Microsoft ever was as it can use your own content to compete with you and there is little if anything you can do about it. As an example I mentioned Yelp reviews were being scraped by Google to include in their Faces service. Moreover, I pointed out a staggeringly high 57% of Yelp's traffic comes from Google so altering their site so Google can't crawl it would be search engine suicide.

The solution seems to be a truce of sorts where Yelp reviews show up on Google search results but not on Places pages.

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.

Agent Market Dies, Gets Reborn at ITEXPO

August 25, 2010

In the mid-nineties as the CTI market stormed onto the scene a slew of new unified messaging companies came onto the scene looking to sell systems which integrated voicemail into corporate email repositories and later IP-based phone systems. The biggest challenge of the day was the traditional interconnect or telephone system reseller didn't understand data and the data guys didn't get voice.

A new breed of reseller was born and the data and voice VARs who couldn't adapt were at a huge disadvantage which forced many of them to close up shop.

The agent market too is evolving as core products are being sold today through call centers and the Internet and if you are still doing business the way you did a decade ago, you are in deep trouble.

Move into Your Bathroom and Change Your Name to Avoid Tech Pitfalls

August 25, 2010

Apparently there is something called a tech addiction - at least that is what I heard as I was browsing the web from my iPad last night in bed while watching TV. I don't consider myself a tech addict as I only use technology when I am awake and only have 3 monitors and one TV in my office. Then again, I do have an electronic picture frame in here which is on its last transistors and a Sony Dash which should arrive any moment.

So I was very surprised when I heard a man in Queens, NY moved into his bathroom to cure his tech addiction.

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.

MSPWorld, Another Great Reason to Come to ITEXPO

August 23, 2010

ITEXPO has become one of the defacto tech events - starting out as a communications-focused conference it has slowly but surely become an umbrella event encompassing all the exciting segments of technology and communications. Now to put this in perspective, I am a techie - but I don't launch shows because I want you to come and see cool stuff. We have been adding collocated events at ITEXPO because we believe there is potential for the subject matter covered to make or save our delegates money.

We want you to be able to go to a single event and see so much opportunity that you will bring even more people to the next event and so on.

Hot Communications Trends August 20, 2010

August 20, 2010

I recently received a TMCnet What's Hot in VoIP newsletter which had a number of stories worth sharing. First off is Comcast who is losing VoIP share to competitors but is still moving forward with plans for WiFi roaming and philanthropy. I have noticed Time Warner WiFi hotspots popping up all around TMC HQ in Norwalk, CT but have yet been able to connect to the service. If I do, I will keep you posted on my impressions.

Changing The Rules (Again) to Save Newspapers

August 19, 2010

Many people are very fed up with the idea of changing the rules to save favored institutions - TARP, the bailing out of AIG, Citibank, GM, Chrysler and underwater homeowners at the expense of the companies and people who played by the rules has infuriated millions. The problem with changing the rules of the game is you never know when you should stop. For example, now that everyone else has been bailed out, the states too who have spent beyond their means are being bailed out meaning if you live in a state where you elected fiscally conservative candidates who spent wisely, your tax liabilities still increase because the administration is being forced by bailout momentum to save states which are bankrupt.

And believe me I understand the incompetence of state politicians as Connecticut, my home state is about to face bankruptcy - we have a week's worth of cash.

With this set up, understand why many are concerned when they hear that some suggest that now we need to change the copyright laws to save newspapers.

Yahoo Mail on iPad Better than Apple Mail

August 17, 2010

Yahoo Mail on the iPad is a beautiful thing and is a rare situation where an application is better than what Apple itself has created. To make matters more interesting it is not only much better than a native application - in this case the Mail app which comes with the iPad but it is based on HTML5 and as a browser-based app it is supposed to be at a disadvantage.

Yahoo Mail on iPad in landscape mode




Check out the features from an email Yahoo! just sent me:

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Mind Your Mobile Camera and There is no Facebook Dislike Button

August 17, 2010

You go New York Times, there are a few stories the newspaper has run recently which are worthy of note and worth potentially sending to people who don't devour tech news for a living. The first is from this past week - an article which exposes a simple security flaw which could haunt you. Simply, by allowing the camera on your cellphone or GPS enabled-gadget to geotag your photos, information stored in the pics will become available to people savvy enough to decipher your photograph's location.

This is an important point in case if you happen to be very private and sitting at home and decide to photograph something like your cat or a deer running around your backyard.

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