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Sonos Nearly Perfects Home Audio

June 27, 2010

This summer more Americans than ever are conserving cash by taking staycations and in doing so, many are looking to add nice touches to their homes to make their lives more comfortable. A new 3D TV may be one way to go about improving the house but another is boosting the capability and functionality of your sound system.

For many months I have been enjoying the Sonos multi-room music system which uses WiFi to stream many different types of audio throughout your home. What made me decide to go with Sonos myself was their introduction last winter of an all-in-one "boom box" style stereo which looks like something Apple or Bose would make.

What Happens When BP Spills Coffee?

June 25, 2010

The web can be your worst enemy when you are a company at the center of an environmental tragedy and causing massive amounts of oil to destroy livelihoods and more. Recently I wrote about an effort by Greenpeace online to come up with a new logo for BP as it relates to the oil spill/catastrophe. Now there is a very viral video from UCB Comedy making the rounds and showing what happens when BP spills coffee.

It is pretty funny and worth a look.


Once again, it reminds us how important social media and the web can be to a company's brand and reputation. Granted, 24x7 cameras in HD showing how much oil you are responsible for leaking into the Gulf of Mexico is tough to top from a negative public relations perspective.




Russia to Duplicate Silicon Valley? Good Luck With That

June 24, 2010

Which country wouldn't want to duplicate the success of Silicon Valley? What leader wouldn't want to be the one who brought their country to the technological forefront? TMCnet's Erin Harrison reports that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev toured Silicon Valley on Wednesday to explore the so-called "origins of success," at Twitter's San Francisco headquarters. Medvedev reportedly set up a Twitter account under the name KremlinRussia and sent his first tweet.

US World Cup Win, Earthquake, BP, Twitter and More

June 24, 2010

Yesterday was certainly made for Twitter as news flowed in so fast it was difficult to cover the major events with any more depth than 140 characters. First there was the report that the US had an exchange of generals in the Afghanistan war while at around the same time the BP oil spill took a turn for the worse when a robot accidentally knocked into some equipment causing the spill volume to increase.

All this while in World Cup news, the US prevailed in a historic win in the final moments of a game against Algeria - even though it seemed referee calls in back-to-back games were decidedly anti-American (US Vs. Algeria, US vs. Slovenia) resulting in two important goals being called invalid.

Leverage Social Influencers with Pursway

June 23, 2010

Human beings are extremely social creatures and the term social networking which we often tie to the electronic world of blogs, Facebook and Twitter is really just an extension of what humans did before the age of computers and interconnected devices. The difference between today's social interaction and those of the past is we can now measure and manage the process and leverage the interactions of the networks to help promote brands.

There is more of course as the efficiency of electronic communications means we don't need to use a telephone or pencil and paper to communicate and moreover people can reach entire groups with the minimal effort related to a simple tweet or status post.

People often turn to their friends and others they trust for opinions because they are hit with so much branding that they aren't sure which phone is best or which car has the softest ride.

Vantrix CMO Gives Thoughts on Wireless Data Caps

June 22, 2010

I have mentioned before that even if you feel your data usage will never exceed 2GB, you are likely underestimating your broadband needs of the next few years. This is without a doubt the case as you start to stream video from your device on a more regular basis. If you look at the evolution of social sharing, it began with words, migrated to photos then videos and now streaming. Even though we are at the very very early moments of the live video streaming revolution, one of the companies in the market - Ustream already has a website ranking in the top 450 in the world according to Alexa (lower numbers are better and sites like Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Twitter occupy some of the top spots).

DashPad App Store Alternative to Get Weather Widget

June 16, 2010

Recently I wrote about the DashPad environment from PXL Creations which allows iPad users to utilize Safari instead of the App Store to install widgets which multitask and allow you access to a bunch of tools like a calculator, notepad, calendar, searching in Google, the Yellow Pages and more. One request I made in a post on the matter was I hope that a weather widget would come soon. It seems the company will oblige me as I heard word late last night from company president Charles Carver that the weather widget is next to be released - along with performance improvements.

If you are a widget lover and have an iPad, $10 will get you access to a wonderful alternative to the Apple App Store.

Apple App Store the OPEC of the West

June 16, 2010

I try to always look out for my readers and as such I have been one of the harshest critics of closed app stores and how they could change the computing paradigm via censorship which is not good for users. But for the US there may be very important reasons to embrace this new transformation - especially as it pertains to the Apple and iTunes App Store. To set this article up let's explore the extent of global software piracy - currently the total amount of pirated software stands at $53B according to a study by the BSA and IDC.

According to the report: 

Looking for CXOs in DC/Maryland for Video Interviews

June 15, 2010

Attention readers - in our never-ending quest to keep TMC's growing audience up to date on the latest happenings in the market we will be in DC with our video crew next week interviewing companies in the Baltimore and Washington DC area. We are looking for CEOs, CMOs, and Presidents at companies which are in the tech and/or communications spaces. This includes 4G, satellite, cable, etc. Here is a sample of what the finished video will look like.

If you are interested, the exact dates are Tuesday, June 22nd and Wednesday, June 23rd and the location is the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD (directions).

Please contact Jaime Hernaez for consideration.



Malicious Software to Avoid Online

June 10, 2010

As a tech person I am often called upon to help people I know fix their computers when there is a problem. While my regular readers are no doubt aware of many of the Internet scams which infect computers with malware, Trojans and viruses, I imagine many of you have had to spend hours and money trying to undo damage done by some of this software because others have been duped into clicking where they shouldn't have.

Having said that, I have been meaning to put together some graphics of "legitimate looking" scams to avoid and today my capable MIS team sent these images around - which of course reminded me to attend to this post which has been on my mind for a while. Feel free to forward it to users who you believe will benefit from seeing what to avoid online.

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