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IoT Connectivity Standards? Still a Confusing Mess.

62 million European households will soon have smart gas meters as reported on IoT Evolution with an annual growth rate of 27.8...

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Digital Transformation Gone Wrong: Did Macy's Fail?

Amazon will be moving into six floors at 300 Pine Street, a historic epicenter of Seattle retail, home to Macy’s. In fact,...

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Mazda Rotary Engine to Cease Electric-Range Anxiety

The rotary or Wankel engine is an automotive marvel. It revs higher than an engine with cylinders and weighs far less. It...

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Invoxia NVX 200 Phone Connects to Apple Watch 3

Forget Dick Tracey, Invoxia takes your watch phone one-step further by allowing you to use a desk phone as the interface to...

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Network Slicing - An A La Carte Network Service in 5G?

I’ve been meaning to write about network slicing for a while.  When 5G was first being written about, network slicing was one...

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Thanks to Actility, Comcast may Build Largest U.S. LoRa Network

There is a race to roll out the largest LoRa network as eventually trillions of devices will need a low-power way to...

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Brexit Could be Yuuuge for China

June 26, 2016

A freer people are a happier people

In the past eight years world history has changed in an unprecedented way. Just this week we learned the UK is leaving the EU and that Venezuelans have experienced prices increase up to 19,000% in the past four years – at the hands of its new unified socialist government.



Even more – the end of globalization seems to be at hand as many other EU countries are also looking to flee the EU and/or euro.

Bitcoin, Blockchain and FinTech to the Brexit Rescue

June 24, 2016

The One Industry Unaffected by Brexit is Ransomware





It’s undeniable that there is a chance that after seeing Britain leave the EU that the grand experiment of the European Union will go up in smoke. With riots, protests and a financial crisis every few years, it’s hard for anyone who has a memory to argue the EU was a positive step forward. Sure, proponents will argue that the EU has prevented war, but who’s military other than the US, Russia or China these days is really equipped to take over an entire country?

This gets us back to the premise of this article.

API of the Week: GoGo, IBM and Weather Company Reduce Flight Turbulence

June 23, 2016



We are literally in what seems to be a golden age of API integration. No, APIs aren’t new but something magical seems to be happening in the space as evidenced by the huge amount of news related to the topic in the last few days. Consider, just yesterday and today Twilio, an API company had a blockbuster IPO debut. Without Twilio, some of the best Uber communications features wouldn’t exist.

How Chicago Will Further Hurt its Job Market

June 23, 2016

Many jobs which can be moved, will

Ask the average person their opinion of Chicago today and it will likely be murder capital of the world (technically it is far from it but the murder rate is up a whopping 72% this year). Just a decade ago it was known for pizza – which by the way is quite delicious. The good people of Chicago already have an unemployment rate 20% higher than the national average at 6.5% vs.

10 Takeaways from Successful Twilio IPO

June 22, 2016

APIs are where the action is

With a backdrop of the tech market receding and traditional legacy telecom companies complaining of depressed margins and valuations, Twilio hit a grand slam with an IPO which priced them at over $1 billionahead of expectations.

Twilio is essentially an API company which allows developer ecosystems to be built by adding value to other applications. If you’ve communicated with your Uber driver without sharing your actual contact information, you can thank Twilio.

API of the Week: First Data Powers Fintech Apps with Ecosystem Benefits

June 22, 2016

In the last 30 days, television news programs have been covering presidential campaigns like never before, controversy about firearms, two tragic events in Orlando and one bit of news we typically don’t hear much about – international happenings. Typically, unless it’s a war or a tragedy, U.S. TV screens don’t get to see much of what happens beyond the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. But the UK is thinking about leaving the Euro Zone – the so-called Brexit as its known.

Aricent: How to be Digitally Durable

June 20, 2016

"APIs are now a business model!"
"A company that has more APIs has more value."

If every industry is being digitally disrupted (it is) then the question companies need to ask is how to remain digitally durable. If you want insight into how to fight off the next wave of innovation before it makes you obsolete, a great place to start is talking to Frank Kern, the CEO of Aricent, the company responsible for helping other companies be disruptive.


If you don't know them, Aricent has a few different practices from security and IoT/embedded to cloud and software defined everything. I last interviewed Frank in 2015 where he shared with us his vision for the future of technology.

Microsoft's LinkedIn Acquisition is API Integration on Steroids

June 18, 2016

Redmond just turned ecosystem lemons into lemonade



Microsoft has been uniquely positioned in the IT space for decades meaning it’s a massive target for the whole industry. In fact, the company is now in a similar position to Novell in the 1990s when it owned the corporate network server space. Redmond used its dominant position in supplying endpoint software to also sell server operating systems and wiped out Novell.

Uber Picks Dialpad to Fuel its Growth

June 14, 2016



We’ve been covering cloud here at TMC for two decades – back when we called  these companies in this space ASPs and over these twenty years or so, there has been one constant in how they've gone to market. The initial target is small companies known as SMBs and then later they work up to larger companies. Grasshopper is an extreme example… They call themselves the entrepreneur’s phone system and while most have tried to move to larger installs, they seem to be stuck in place. Not that there is anything wrong with the approach, it’s just unusual.

API of the Week: Trulioo Provides Instant Identity Verification

June 13, 2016

As hackers have become more successful, they have become emboldened and are able to attack companies via ransomware and malware as well as individuals via password theft. As ever-increasing amounts of crucial information are available electronically, the challenge then is how to verify identity on a global scale.



Founded in 2011, Trulioo launched GlobalGateway, its online electronic identity verification service, in 2014. Developed for an international market, the product was created to help businesses and organizations verify identities online to mitigate fraud and financial crime activities.

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