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Sorry Apple, This is Really Samsung's Month

I find if you write about Android or Apple, you are often a target for people who will flame you on social...

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Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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The Apple Board is Complaining About Apple's Lack of Innovation

August 9, 2013

Apple, We Need a Larger iPhone as I have asked for since 2010



It’s getting to be laughable – the phone choices in the Android camp are literally becoming infinite from Samsung alone – let alone when you throw in Google, HTC and others. Apple popularized the mouse, the GUI, fonts, desktop publishing and so many things yet they eventually got killed in the late eighties and nineties because of the competition and their lack of correct response to it.

In other words the price/performance curve got so out of whack that when PCs became commoditized and Apple lost its software ecosystem advantage, it didn’t make financial sense to buy an Apple product.

In 2010 I predicted this would happen to Apple in the smartphone market when I saw the gloriously huge Motorola Droid X. At the time I said the following (bold added for emphasis):

And this gets us to the headline of this entry...

15 Reasons Why Bitcoins are Better than Gold

August 9, 2013

Technology is literally at the point where it is disrupting almost everything and this week has been a prime example of this trend. On the one hand Google co-founder Sergey Brin was revealed as the investor behind growing synthetic meat in a lab in order to disrupt the cattle business and Elon Musk proved he can disrupt the auto market with his successful launch of Tesla Motors and the recent public acceptance of his company’s vehicles which surpassed analyst estimates.

Can you disrupt a commodity though? After some consideration I would assert you can and this post will explore the top reasons why Bitcoins are better than gold.

Verykool RS90 Vortex Smartphone Review

August 8, 2013

A Solid and Rugged Smartphone Value with an unusual name





How often do you get to take a piece of expensive electronics and treat it like it’s a bowling ball? The answer for me is not that often but that is exactly what I found myself doing with the InfoSonics verykool RS90 Vortex Smartphone. From the moment I received it, I have pummeled it, drowned it, bowled with it and literally dropped it on every surface I could find.

Ruling Clears Way for Bitcoin Regulation

August 8, 2013


All it took was one bad actor… BTCST was a Bitcoin-based hedge fund savings & trust which turns out to be more Ponzi scheme than investment vehicle. Investors collectively lost 263,104 Bitcoin in principal, that is $1,834,303 based on the daily average price of Bitcoin when they purchased their BTCST investments, or in excess of $23 million based on currently available Bitcoin exchange rates. The founder of the fund Trendon Shavers was formally charged by the SEC in 2012 but Shavers fought back by saying Bitcoin is not money so it isn’t subject to Federal Securities Laws.

It turns out Judge Amos Mazzant disagrees and in a statement mentions that Shavers used Bitcoins to pay his living expenses and moreover explains that even though Bitcoins aren’t accepted everywhere, they can be converted to other forms of currency.

Comverse ONE Helps CSPs Monetize Digital Services

August 7, 2013


In March I detailed how Comverse Share is helping carriers integrate the best of social networking with their carrier offerings allowing a CSP to communicate with customers in an environment where they are spending more of their time. The integration of social into the typical service provider business model means carriers can use information from these networks to provide their customers offers on specific products and services. For example a sports fan could get an offer on a package which offers football video streaming.

In the above interview I spoke with Alice Bartram and last week I followed up with her and Mike Huffman in their Mass based headquarters to report on the latest offerings coming from her company.

Tech Leaders Brin, Zuckerberg and Bezos are Changing Everything

August 6, 2013

In the last few years there has been an incredible display of tech leaders transcending the status quo and jumping into new markets with both feet. Sometimes they do this with financing alone and other times they exert elbow grease.

Google is a great example of a company that constantly pushes the envelope… They are involved in green energy, self-driving cars and wearable technology – pushing forward in all these areas to create new markets. Amazon showed the world the power of ecommerce but also of cloud computing where they not only were responsible for pushing this market into the mainstream but also for reducing prices so quickly that some competitors are scrambling to stay in the game.

Axis Communications Uses APIs and Low-Light Tech to Differentiate

August 5, 2013

One constant in business has been the ecosystem can be more important than the product. As an example, if a person is considering attending a conference, they typically look at the speakers and exhibitors to see if there is a fit before booking their trip. In other cases they will look to see who else is attending before they decide to pull the trigger. Over the last few decades a number of tech companies did their best to attract developers to their platforms to build their ecosystems.

Jetman: A Rocket Powered Human Can Fly

August 5, 2013

Iron Man fans everywhere rejoice as it is now possible to fly with rocket power and a wing strapped to your back. Yves Jetman Rossy is responsible for making the flying suit which avoids bumpy landings because it uses a parachute.

The extreme sports enthusiast has flown across the English Channel and some years back tried to cross the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco to Spain.

Nancy Pelosi OKs Use of Google Glass

August 2, 2013

Plantronics BackBeat Go 2 A Solid Performer

July 29, 2013

Plantronics has outdone itself with tremendous improvements to an already great product





I have been doing a long-term test of the Plantronics BackBeat GO Wireless Earbuds for over a year and they are what I would call a technological marvel. They are small, weigh almost nothing, sound great and can take an absolute beating. I have run with them for hours – many miles in hot, humid weather in rough wooded terrain and no matter how hot and sweaty they got, they kept working.

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