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Google Birthday Reminders: Is Google+ Pushing Too Hard?

May 13, 2013


This morning I was greeted with a reminder of the birthday of a Google Plus acquaintance on the home page of Google.com. For over a decade this home page of Google has been clean and white with the exception of an occasional offer for some Google service or hardware or some special doodle which signifies a day which the company deems important. Sometimes they even test a humorous message around the holidays designed to push even more of their services at once.

The question I cant help but ponder though is whether Google is going too far trying to jam Google+ down the throats of its search users. Of course they want to make sure we are all engaged with our Google social network and there is no better form of cheap advertising than this real estate.


Wearable Tech to Grow Even Faster than 40% a Year?

May 9, 2013

If you had a chance to listen to my radio interview with IMI TechTalk you know I believe the analytics behinds wearable computing will be a huge business. As sensors and cameras become part of our wardrobe, there will be billions of new data gathering devices connected to the cloud.

Companies like Facebook and Google will want to soak up as much of this data as possible and use it to generate revenue through a variety of services.

At a certain point, many of us will have sensors on our bodies - perhaps as part of our smarphones which measure our pulse and body temperature in real time. Using analytics we can use this data to determine the epicenter of a variety of incidents. For example, one imagines heart rates will increase in unison when there is roaring thunder, tsunami or earthquake.

Moreover, this data can be used to determine the spread of the flu or a pandemic based upon the increasing temperature of a population.

In addition there could be early heart attack symptoms we can determine from this wealth of sensory information which means lives can be saved...







Metaswitch Clearwater: Game Changing Open Source IMS Initiative

May 8, 2013

The march to a software telco world is progressing nicely

Communications service providers are at war with OTT providers and need to ensure they are able to battle on as level a playing field as possible. There are significant costs associated with running a major telco and hardware infrastructure certainly ranks high among them. Sure, OTT providers like Skype and WhatsApp have infrastructure costs as well but they often leverage standard servers and software to achieve their goals.

Does Wearable Tech Make You a Jerk

May 2, 2013

To the fashionable, the latest technology innovations have typically been frowned upon. Wearing a bluetooth headset is more accepted than ever but still has a stigma in certain social circles. Apple is an example of a company that understood and embraced this challenge and at one time had the highest valuation of any publicly traded company as a result. This also explains why the iPhone 5 doesn't look out of place next to an expensive watch.

In fact, smartphones are status symbols today and feature phones tell others you aren't with it or are cheap.

Google is not Apple but they have certainly learned a lot from Cupertino and applied much of it to Google Glass.



Google's Deep Learning Systems

April 24, 2013

Is The Media Tweeting Away its Profits?

April 16, 2013

I’d like to start by saying my heart goes out to the victims of the horrific Boston Marathon and their families. Having said that I read with interest that The New York Times, Boston Globe and Wall Street Journal took down their paywalls during this crisis and moreover many reporters were reporting on Twitter without linking to any content on their sites.

The challenge paid and many other media outlets face is obvious… They need to master social media while also getting readers to pay for their news and/or visit their websites for more information.

Of course there is the ability to give away a great deal of free content on Twitter and other social sites in order to get many followers who can be then directed to special subscription offers.

With Tablets and Smartphones Eating the PC, What Can Microsoft Do?

April 11, 2013


These are very dark days for people who work for many divisions of Microsoft as tablets and smartphones have absolutely decimated the PC market as evidenced by a decline of 14% in sales of PCs last quarter. This news comes on the heels of the Windows 8 launch, the new OS which fuses the best of the tablet and Windows experience in one platform. The only problem is the new OS with all its marketing and slick new form factors isn’t cutting it, as consumers gravitate towards smaller screen devices.

Expect many calls for Steve Ballmer to be fired and when you consider how many markets Redmond has squandered since 2000 you could make a solid case for pushing him out.

IDC: PC Sales Decline Substantially

April 10, 2013

According to IDC, PC sales are in a tailspin with 76.3 million units sold in the first quarter of 2013. This number represents a decline of 13.9% compared to the forecast decline of 7.7%. These are the worst numbers since IDC started tracking in 1994 and it is the fourth quarter of year-on-year shipment declines.

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Google Blocking Apps Blocking Ads

March 14, 2013

Want to find the latest ad-blocking software for your Android device – sorry, you won’t be able to find them in the Google Play store. You see, the company decided that these programs do not comply with its Developer Distribution Agreement. Of course the argument could be made that they never did – in other words, ad-blocking is not new and having them listed in the company’s store isn’t a new development either. Obviously Google which is in the advertising business realized they shouldn’t allow a company which keeps it from generating revenue to take advantage of the app store they host.

Microsoft, Facebook, Apple and Google: France's War With US Tech Firms

March 13, 2013

Ten years ago the people of France had to deal with a major challenge – English tech words were beginning to become more popular than baguettes. As a result, the country’s Culture Ministry banned the term e-mail and replaced it with the term Courriel. A decade later, the country decreed the word hashtag shouldn’t be used but instead they suggested 'mot-dièse' which we believe may be French for “too much time on our hands due to overly generous government handouts.”

The country’s battle against tech terms coming from the US is dwarfed only by the country’s attack on US tech corporations.

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