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Is Apple Too Sexy for MWC?

February 15, 2013


In deciding not to exhibit at the Macworld events, CES and MWC, Apple has shown the world that it doesn’t need others to be successful. It can control the conversation far better when it holds its own press conferences which are invitation-only by design.

While this philosophy was very successful for a number of years, what Apple didn’t count on was the innovation gap between its products and the rest of the market closing to the point where a large-screen Android smartphone is actually preferable by the masses to the company’s iOS based phone offerings.

In other words – the “Apple attitude” we’re too sexy for your trade show was a great marketing concept for a number of years but now it seems like a bad choice.

Do Physical Digital Libraries Make Sense?

February 7, 2013


Bexar County in Texas will be home to one of the world’s first digital libraries which contains just e-readers and lots of electronic editions of books. The interesting idea here is the library is going digital but still needs $1.5 million to start up. Moreover, it believes the ongoing costs to maintain the library will be lower than one which contains traditional books.

The natural question worth asking is, are libraries missing the bigger picture?

Apple needs an iPhablet

January 23, 2013

For over 2-and-a-half years, Apple has watched the smartphone competition grow taller and wider and it eventually capitulated on a taller iPhone size with the latest iPhone 5. But it is still way behind when it comes to providing total screen real-estate when compared to a Samsung Galaxy S3 or Note 2.

I’ve argued repeatedly that the company needs a wider phone and that market forces will damage Apple in the long-run as many form factors will be developed and some will be hits. The point was that in the eighties we saw vibrant PC competition destroy Apple’s price/performance position.

A Trip to the Corning Museum of Glass

January 21, 2013



Over the past five years or so, glass has evolved from being just a display for our technology to the interface itself. If you dismiss all prior and unsuccessful attempts where a stylus was used, the iPhone began this trend. Now the terms smartphone and tablet are virtually synonymous with a touch-based interface which relies on glass. Corning, the company behind Gorilla Glass proudly counts just about every company in tech as its customer and says it has its glass installed on over a billion devices including products from Samsung, HP, Dell, Lenovo and Sony.





Wearable Computing: Your Hand Becomes the Keyboard

January 19, 2013



There all sorts of companies working on glasses which they believe will either replace or augment the smartphone. Question is, exactly how do you type on such a device? The answer according to Google is to project a keyboard on your hand and to type on it using your other hand. This according to a recent patent application the search company filed which utilizes a laser.

Awareness Ads Important but Often Forgotten

January 17, 2013

I'm sitting here at a restaurant called Tengda in Darien, CT a stone's throw from my office just thinking about how I came to know about this restaurant. You see I've eaten at Tengda before - but I didn't know they had a location right by my office. In fact when the weather is warmer I often walk here - its probably just over a mile away from TMC's River Park headquarters.

The point is I found out about this location through one of the daily deal sites - it was likely LivingSocial but perhaps Groupon.

Will Revealing Online Identities in China Change Advertising?

January 16, 2013

There is a great debate going on in the analyst community regarding whether Chinese regulations requiring Internet users in China to use their real names will boost revenue for search engine leader Baidu. We often hear that Facebook has more valuable traffic because all the users are known but this misses the point that purchasing intent isn't always known - even if you know who a person is online.

But having search intent which could lead to purchase intent coupled with the real name of a user which can be cross-referenced in CRM systems and demographically analyzed could lead to higher cost per click from advertisers.

In the US and EU there are all sorts of privacy laws prohibiting advertisers and other companies from following you too closely.

What to Make of Facebook's Search Announcement

January 15, 2013

According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, graph search is another pillar of the Facebook ecosystem along with news feed and timeline. The idea behind this initiative is to allow easy access to the massive store of big data Facebook has amassed about so many people. Using the new search feature a user can search for friends of friends who are male who live in New York or for all the photos they have liked. The free form query-based system is the secret sauce here.

A Larger iPhone - Apple Will HAVE to Listen Now

January 8, 2013

Sometimes I feel like a broken record MP3 player but when you know you are right and you are a student of history, you see the mistakes companies make before they do. On July 8th of 2010 I told you that larger Android devices would be a threat to Apple. The point was that Apple is repeating its mistake from the eighties where it had its own hardware competing against many manufacturers. At the time price/performance was the Achilles heel of Cupertino but now the challenge is not only price/performance but form factor.

How Mobile Will Destroy Retail Margins

December 21, 2012


Some of the news of the week has to do with eBay deciding mobile advertising doesn’t work for them as it clutters small screens and doesn’t provide that much revenue. This seems to make sense but if you think this in any way is going to change the impact of mobile advertising and commerce you are dead wrong.

Logic and rumors tell us Amazon will be releasing a telephone soon and the reasoning for them to do so goes far beyond expanding its ecosystem and pushing people to download apps and watch videos online.

Location based advertising is where everything is going.

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