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iPad's Lack of Flash and Openness a Blow to Publishers

 Last year I called lack of Flash support on the iPhone the real Apple Tax. This is still the case and since this post, TMC had to spend significant development resources to create an iPhone specific site which converts our...

Tech Lubricates Theft, Can it do so For Law Enforcement?

The Internet is an incredible lubricator and margin compression resulting from immediate and widespread information dissemination is destroying industries on a level never before experienced. Examples include the newspaper business which has seen classified ad revenue jump to Monster and...

Should Amazon Collect State Sales Tax?

Amazon and other ecommerce vendors enjoy a tremendous advantage in these times of fiscal responsibility as many of the products the company sells do not involve sales tax in most states. There are arguments for and against Amazon paying taxes...

ITEXPO Launches Startup Camp - Investors Take Note

We love startups - as a society we owe them more and more each day. The contributions of Apple, WalMart, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Intel, etc. Most companies which were not spinoffs started life as tiny babies in the enterprise pediatric...

Nook Analysis

I stopped by local Norwalk, CT Barnes & Noble to gauge interest in the company's latest product the Nook, the Google Android-powered ebook reader. What I found was an extremely enthusiastic staff who were thrilled to walk me through the...

Social Web as Next Frontier

Remember Cuil - the Google killer? The search engine launched with much fanfare and then disappeared from the scene pretty quickly when it was determined the site's results were not that good. Well the search engine is back with a...

Book Review: Behind the Cloud by Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com

I generally don't do book reviews as there just isn't enough time in the day but I recently read Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry by Marc Benioff...

Sprint's Big Bet - M2M and More

Speaking with Sprint's Wayne Ward you come away amazed at the potential ahead for wireless carriers in the burgeoning machine-to-machine or M2M space. Just what exactly is M2M? It is simply machines communicating with machines. Quite often this interaction is...

An Amazing Week for Wireless at CTIA

Where is my Mobile Data? An overwhelming amount of wireless, communications and tech news is the best way to describe the last few weeks. Perhaps one of the most important nuggets is a catastrophic loss of T-Mobile USA Sidekick customer...

The Facebook Threat to Carriers

Facebook and social networking in general are having challenges monetizing the tremendous volume of page views they generate but undeterred, social networking leader Facebook is expanding its potential to make money by selling virtual and physical goods in its gift...

Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple and Google News Make Historic Week

This week marks a huge change in the world of technology and the events which have taken place will forever change the landscape of the market as we know it. News of Microsoft and Yahoo finally finding a way to...

Mimo UM-730 Does IP Communications

Recently I was looking for a solution to a challenge I have when I am in a meeting and want to share information quickly via computer with someone sitting at the other end of the table. I decided the Mimo...

Amazon Bites Hand That Fed it

At a certain point Microsoft went from being the small friendly corner store computer company to an awe-inspiring hulking behemoth that crushed virtually any company in any market it wanted. Thousands of PC utility and other vendors have been put...

Amazon Sales Tax Coming

It looks like the dreaded "Amazon sales tax" I wrote about last year (Amazon's response) may be coming whether we want it or not. As this article points out, the new regulations will slow ecommerce. Not surprisingly eBay is totally...

What Newspapers Need to do

Tom Wheeler has some salient points on how newspapers need to reinvent themselves using wireless technology. While the article doesn't focus on revenue generation it is worth mentioning the challenge for newspapers is subscribers really don't want to pay for...

Amazon Net Grows 9% in Latest Quarter

Amazon continues to perform and the company has shown it is dominant in the world of ecommerce. For the year, net sales grew 28 percent over 2007, to $19.17 billion. This includes a 9% increase  last quarter -- a quarter...

Amazon Ink Matching Program is Genius

I was in a rush and entered hp 88 ink package into Amazon's search box so as to quickly find a set of inks which match my home printer. Last time I ordered inks from Amazon, each box of cyan,...

Amazon WindowShop Does 3D

Amazon's new WindowShop 3D marketplace is a new spin on shopping. Instead of the traditional 2D way of searching and sorting, this new 3D interface is surprisingly iPhone like in how you navigate and select items for purchase. It also...

3G Juice Review

Having complained about iPhone 3G battery life in the past, I was thrilled when I received a 3G Juice battery for the iPhone 3G. The device came in a nice black box that fits with the whole "I am...

SnapTell: Mobile Game Changer

Game changing is a term used too often - and sometimes in the media we think something will bring about big change when in fact it doesn't. No one has any way to know for sure when an idea...

SaaS -- The Tide is Turning The Wrong Way

Without listing them all as their are too many, the recent outages of services from Amazon, Google and many others have people worrying about switching to hosted applications and moreover, some jobs may be at risk over decisions to go...

Trixbox Certification

The open source world of communications is growing rapidly. Recently I discussed the Nortel acquisition of PingTel and what this means for our markets.Ironically the competition in open source was once between Digium and PingTel and when Asterisk became the...

Nortel Buys Pingtel

Years back -- in the mid-late nineties in fact I came across Pingtel, a company who saw the oncoming VoIP revolution (we called it IP telephony back then) and decided to place their bets on this burgeoning market by...

iPhone Vs. Kindle Magazines

Yesterday I blogged about how the iPhone and Kindle will battle for the hearts and minds of electronic book readers... Now it seems magazine publishers are getting into the act. In fact, publisher's are taking sides, looking to publish device...

iPhone Vs. Kindle?

Citigroup recently upgraded Amazon, saying more kindles will be sold than previously thought. The leading etailers stock zoomed upwards on the news in fact.The analyst estimates Amazon will sell up to 380,000 Kindles in 2008, up from a previous forecast...
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