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Comments on Last Week's DevCon5 HTML5 Conference

May 1, 2012

HTML5 is an important topic as cross-platform development without the need to work with app store guardians means developers are generally free to write apps the way they want without the need to conform to standards or really any rules set by an app store overlord.

This isn't to say that app stores don't have advantages to them - they do... Consider their ability to promote your apps, host the files for you and deal with billing are a few of these. But still, for many, the write-once, run-everywhere nature of HTML5 makes it an important resource in their development.



Last week's HTML5 event DevCon5 (disclosure, TMC is a co-producer of the event and I am CEO of TMC) was well-attended (pictures) and although I wasn't at the conference I felt like I got a great taste of all that happened by reading the 8bitrocketblog by Jeff Fulton.

My favorite part of the post is the page where the HTML5 iOS demos live - I like Brickbasher Mobile but Retro Blaster Touch is my favorite. A coworker saw me using the game in a meeting earlier today and try as I did, I am not sure I convinced her I was actually absorbing the finer points of HTML5, not ignoring her presentation.







NQ Mobile Protects Android Phones from Malware and Viruses

March 20, 2012

Last year Roger McNamee mentioned that he doesn’t think Android has a bright future because of the malicious apps proliferating on the platform and to his point Android malware is up over 400% with no signs of slowing down. This is where NQ Mobile’s NQ Mobile Security app comes in. I recently met with Kim Titus who described the threat as being greatest over SMS as well as in parts of the world where apps are sideloaded. He believes 10% of Android devices in fact are infected and SQL injection as well as HTML5 are further challenges to securing this mobile OS.

AirWatch Highlights MDM in a Post-PC Era

March 8, 2012

Yesterday Apple CEO Tim Cook showed a chart of how the iPad alone is selling more unites than PCs from any other individual vendor. This is an amazing achievement when you consider the iPad is a few years old and that HP swallowed up Compaq making it the largest vendor in the PC market. Of course with so much device proliferation the question of mobile device management or MDM has to rear its head. As this market is so crucial I am happy I had a chance to sit with Alan Dabbiere the charismatic Chairman of MDM leader Airwatch at MWC 2012.

Stop the Licensing Insanity, Cable Companies Need a Slingbox App

February 21, 2012

Would you move because you wanted a better cable company? The answer is probably not – especially if you live in an area of the country where you are served by a major provider. Cablevision is a relatively smaller cable company serving areas in the northeast like Connecticut and New York and even so they have WiFi-enabled much of their footprint allowing free wireless broadband to customers at many restaurants and shopping centers.

So cable companies aren’t necessarily competing against each other – they are competing against OTT providers, Hulu, Netflix, YouTube as well as phone companies.

ITEXPO East 2012 Miami Out of Office Message

January 24, 2012

While I digest the super-strong, mind-numbing Apple growth numbers which propelled the stock to a high of $460 per share after hours I have just set my out of office message for next week when I will be at ITEXPO. The message is below in case you want to use something similar. And for your convenience here is the first show daily from the event – which covers news from Sprint, AT&T, Whitespace Alliance, Panasonic, Accedian Networks, Cycle30, FaxSIPit, Phone.com and Polar Media.

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RIM Quietly Shifting Strategy to HTML5

January 23, 2012

While it does seem that every company is working on an HTML5 strategy, one of the more aggressive in the space has been RIM. And while the news of the day has to do with the company replacing its Co-CEOs for a single CEO, to me what is interesting is how the company has been promoting its HTML5 strategy.

As a disclosure, my company TMC is co-producer of the DevCon5 HTML5 developer event and RIM has made a sponsoring commitment to the show for a few events in a row – where they give away Blackberry Playbook’s to developers who successfully package mobile HTML5 apps and test them on a device simulator.

Bain Capital, Romney, Vulture Investing and 15% Tax Rates

January 23, 2012

A shout out to investors everywhere

I haven’t seen this level of funding in the tech space in years – I would go so far as to say the amount of funding is the greatest I’ve seen since 2000. I don’t believe we are exceeding 2000 levels but it is encouraging to see that investors believe that tech makes a solid investment.

Before I begin with which markets have gotten money, let me make a shout out to the investors in the world.

Analysis of FT and NYT Paywall Success

January 9, 2012

For newspapers looking to offset falling advertising revenues via increased paid subscriptions one solution is to raise prices of the printed versions of your product in order to gently nudge loyal readers online. A great analysis of how two newspapers the Financial Times and New York Times have been successful in doing so comes from Frédéric Filloux of The Guardian who explains that the NYT has increased their print prices by 25% in the UK and the FT has had a whopping 40% increase over a similar time period.

The article goes on to explain how the FT has a simple strategy when it comes to paywalls – you get less and less free articles per month unless you pay. The NYT has a more convoluted strategy which has a few tiers – and the article says both newspapers have models which work.

Gameloft Reinvents Self at 3D GTML5 Game on Google+

December 27, 2011

I am a huuuge Gameloft fan – which subsequently means my family isn’t. Some of my favorite games are N.O.V.A 2 a futuristic game where you kill aliens and robots on another planet, Zombie Infection, a game where you basically kill zombies (the company recently upgraded the program with a long-play “survival” mode at no cost) and Modern Combat 3 from Gameloft Montreal – an awesome futuristic military game which like the others is addictive and believe it or not has some really funny one-liners.

Modern Combat 3 Fallen Nation, Cold-Blooded, Day 12, Siberia - two scenes - the second with sniper rifle zoom

I just read on HTML5 Report – a venture between TMC and Crossfire Media that the company is now going to look into 3D HTML5 games on social networks such as Google+.

This is very exciting news because the company makes some solid iPad games and HTML5 means a larger potential audience for the new titles they produce.


Wait, Toggl is why HTML5 is so Important?

November 29, 2011

Some months back Crossfire Media head Joe Mazzeo came to TMC to tell us HTML5 was the future. He showed us some demos and we decided to extend our event and online partnership which encompassed 4G, M2M and other areas into providing a forum for the community of HTML5 designers and developers named DevCon5.

This all came back to me when I read an article from Tim Beyers aptly titled HTML is Bigger Than You Think on Motley Fool about toggl, a simple HTML5 app which uses the cloud as a timer for projects - allowing you to start and stop it from any device.

As Joe mentioned in our initial meeting - it is HTML5 that brings the true power of the cloud to the user and although toggle is a simple app, it proves Joe was right.

The next DevCon5 HTML5 developer conference takes place in Santa Clara, December 7-8, 2011 and you can register now.

My team put out this cool promo today worth checking out as it details some of the companies you can come meet, learn from and network with at the conference.







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