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Blind Dates: Online Dating Comes Full-Circle

January 22, 2013

Before online dating some of us remember a time when we had blind dates. I, like some of you who dated before Match.com became popular, may remember a simpler time when we couldn’t Google every bit of information about a person and actually had to get to know them, the old fashioned way… By speaking with them.

As I often tell people who have spent much of their adult lives on these services with no success, it seems a person we wouldn’t expect to like based on their profile, could sometimes be the best match of all. After going through all the form-filling of many online dating sites with their scores of questions and complicated computer algorithms which attempt to align Venus and Mars, it seems many just can’t find the right match.

Miss America to Drive Fitness App Adoption

January 18, 2013

Remember yesterday when senior editor here at TMC Peter Bernstein said fitness apps would be a fad? Well he may be dead right but he may be surprised to learn that Miss America used a fitness app and social platform called Fitocracy to get in shape. I must admit Business Insider describes it far more effectively than I do when they call it “Top Bikini Shape.”

Although Peter could be right – part of his point was that downloading a fitness app is like joining a gym – it’s using the fitness app which becomes more challenging over time.

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.

Flexible Samsung Screens and Jim Cramer's Mistake Round Out Tech News

December 20, 2012

Samsung to show flexible screens are coming to a smartphone and tablet near you but what still needs to be worked out is how to get multicore processors and batteries to bend along with them. Moreover, what happens when you bend them too far – do they just snap, pouring the guts of the battery onto your lap or dinner plate? We still have some time on this tech but the progress is promising. Can’t wait to see it (and bend it) at CES.

Important Tech News of the Day Dec 14, 2012

December 14, 2012




Amazon Prime Instant Video app for iOS is out


and in my testing on a 4th generation iPad it worked well. Some complaints remain that for non-Prime users the experience isn’t that great. I for one would like to be able to download video on the app – there is a download area but no instructions as to what is downloadable or how to download.

Alcatel Lucent says providing video to devices is a great new revenue opportunity for carriers.

FakeFollowers: What is your Net Twitter Following?

December 6, 2012

A new service called Fakefollowers allows Twitter users to see how many of their followers are of high quality or “real.”

Consider this service to be lumped in with other social tools like Klout which is used to measure social influence. I can already see the fights starting. “Hey, I have more Twitter followers than you.” “Oh yeah?

I'm Too Sexy For Consumers: B2B Tech IPOs Are Hot

September 24, 2012

B2B Tech is hot once again thanks to a string of consumer social IPO losses and B2B successes

In the fickle world of consumer purchasing behavior it is tough to predict what trends will last. Few things seem to be predictable in the market beyond their desire to amass more devices powered by Apple's iOS.

There are spectacular examples of consumer companies which were here today and gone tomorrow – perhaps AOL, Yahoo! and MySpace are the best examples of entities that rapidly became irrelevant because consumers moved on.

And while Facebook has done an infinitely better job than MySpace of keeping its social network sticky and relevant, it still has become a textbook definition of investor loss and IPO blowup.

VCs disrupted by Angels thanks to Cloud, Apple, Google and Facebook

August 23, 2012

How too many investors can lead us to irrational exuberance 2.0

Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures is one of the most well-respected VCs around and does an amazing job with his AVC blog – it is in many ways a blueprint to starting a company. He has had so many good posts over the years it is tough to count.

In a recent interview with Technology Review he made some alarming comments which you should be aware of.

Facebook's Plummeting Share Price to Hurt Tech Market?

August 17, 2012

Recently, on a trip to Silicon Valley to meet with execs and newsmakers I got a good sense of what tech business leaders were thinking. As you could expect “cautiously optimistic” was the tone but I sensed more optimism this year over last. It certainly wasn’t euphoria and a few people even said they were glad Facebook had a crappy IPO.

But I wonder if they expected the “crappy” IPO to have tuned into a stock which is setting new lows regularly.

 

Nexus Q: Google's Lateral Move into the Home Entertainment Ecosystem

June 28, 2012

There has been massive speculation regarding Google’s decision to purchase Motorola Mobility. Many, including the author believed this move was primarily driven by patents but it is becoming clear that even if this was the case, the search leader has looked to Cupertino as a guide and decided it too needs to be a hardware company building out ecosystems. Yes, Google, a company which makes most of its revenue via auctioning ads - having no brick and mortar stores, is getting beaten in terms of market cap and sales growth by Apple, a company which relies on malls and physical stores for a good part of its revenue.

Google obviously thinks it can take Apple on and while most of the tech sphere is focusing on the company’s Nexus 7 tablet, I find it only mildly interesting.

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