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Ultrabooks, Kindle Fires and the New World Apple Must Compete in

I have had many friends and relatives share their gadget purchase decisions with me these past weeks and none of them were Apple products. Most were Kindle and one Nook. Based on my informal questioning it seems the only...

Google Holiday Promo For Your New Gadgets

Google is holding back nothing in its desire to promote all its top products and services this holiday season. Sure they have massive amount of advertising space they can utilize on their search and AdSense ad network but they also...

Avaya's Top Communication Trends in 2012

Recently I had a chance to have an in-depth conversation with Avaya about the trends they see for 2012 in the communications space. In particular I spoke with George Humphrey a Director and Line of Business Owner at Avaya and...

With Rypple Acquisition Salesforce on Track to be Cloud-Based Oracle

In the early nineties I was and SQL programmer in a market dominated by companies like Oracle and Informix. At the time these database companies stuck to their core competency. Fast forward a few decades and Oracle sells software in...

China App Market to Surpass US by 2013

Analytics company Flurry makes a compelling case about why app developers need to take China very seriously. The country now represents 12% of the global app market and moreover at its current pace it will overtake the US by the...

iPhone 4S Review with Help from Duran Duran

Two days ago I happened upon a new iPhone 4S as a replacement for my current 4 model. On the same day, I had an opportunity to go to Madison Square Garden and watch a Duran Duran concert where I...

The Bittersweet Pandora HTML5 Update

Bittersweet only if you use Apple iOS devices.As a huge fan of HTML5 and someone who is even involved in putting on  DevCon5 conferences covering the space I was thrilled to see the new Pandora HTML5 interface. Likewise I was...

Google Pays Half Million Per Patent for Motorola Mobility

Google just purchased patents as part the acquisition of Motorola Mobility – 24,500 of them to be exact. At a $12.5B valuation that puts the value per patent at $510,204 apiece. But the search giant also gets 19,000 employees on...

Living in a Post-OS World

Two of the major drawbacks to a perfect cloud-based existence where the browser serves all your needs are speed of remote apps/services and UI flexibility. It just so happens, two news items have coalesced recently to help usher in the...

Metaswitch Thrutu iPhone App Lets Carriers Become Social Hubs

Earlier this year I came across Thrutu from Metaswitch newtorks - an application development platform allowing carriers to leverage rich social features and provide them as services to customers. In short, this is the exact sort of solution wireless phone...

Survey: Games Most Popular Smartphone Apps

And surprise, most people will pay for appsGames, weather and social networking apps are where people are spending a tremendous amount of their time followed by mapping, news, music and entertainment. These are the results of a new survey from...

Now You Need to be a Lawyer to Understand Tech?

It seemed to start off slowly but now the trend is gaining momentum - lawsuits over patents in tech are everywhere and its tough to make decisions which are best for your company when you aren't sure if the products...

Home Automation Could Be Next Tech Bright Spot

The future looks bring for home automation and energy management vendors Hold onto your hat tech investors – we already have some hot sectors like consumer electronics, wireless, the cloud, VoIP, collaboration, healthcare automation and security to name a few....

HTML5 Week in Review

Big Facebook, Financial Times and Acrobat HTML5 NewsFacebook declares war on Apple: Its only Thursday and this week has been a huge one so far with regards to HTML5 – with Facebook looking like it will have a new HTML5...

HTML5 Shines on New FT App

According to Ed Silverstein on TMCnet's sister site TechZone360, The Financial Times recently released a web app at app.ft.com based on HTML5 and in doing so has shown the Splinternet may be reversing course. As you may recall, I...

Interop 2011 Day One Wrap Up

Day one of Interop has been great so far – I had video and written interviews with a number of companies such as Juniper Networks, Siemens, Brocade, ShoreTel, Navisite, Broadcom and Cisco. The videos will be posted soon – I...

Is Apple Telegraphing A Tablet Market as Large as PCs?

I'm Predicting 500,000,000 tablets sold by 2015 (updated - an eagle-eyed reader noticed I left out 3 zeros for the various iPad estimates throughout!)Through informal research I have seen iPad owners not giving up on their PCs – in fact...

Is Android Security Really an Issue?

Yesterday I showcased an interview with investing legend Roger McNamee, managing director and co-founder of Elevation Partners but what I didn't mention was the following comment he made, "I don't trust Android because some 16-year-old kid in the Eastern Bloc...

Photobucket Outage

Updated 4/14/2011, 4/15/2011 and 4/19/2011 - see below.Originally posted 4/13/2011Apparently my Photobucket account is one of the ones unavailable due to maintenance. I have come to rely on this cloud-based photo sharing service more and more as it works on...

Amazon Ad-Supported Kindle

The new Kindle with Special Offers costs $114 and shows ads as screen savers and so far has some high-profile customers - Buick, Olay, Visa, and Amazon.com Reward Visa Card (Chase Bank). Some of the offers are quite good, giving...

11 Reasons Why Google Needs Retail Stores

It is becoming clear the world is gravitating towards everything Apple sells and even worse for the competition is Cupertino is setting the tone for product launches, making the rest of the tech world play perpetual catch up. Even...

Brady Bunch Videoconferencing Goes Mobile Thanks to fring

fring has launched a Beta app for mobile devices allowing Brady Bunch-style conferencing with up to four users at once. The importance of this announcement is that anyone can now take advantage of advanced video communications which until recently was...

HTML5 Conference DevCon5 Launches in New York This July

Dear readers, I have some great news - you know I am a huge fan of HTML5 and I want to do everything I can to facilitate its acceptance by developers, carriers and end users. Back in January of 2008...

Android-Based ThunderBolt a Winner

I have to say after using the Android-based HTC ThunderBolt for a few minutes I was thoroughly impressed. It was like a mini-tablet and browsing sites was fast and its Flash support was very impressive. Its a 4G phone and...

iPad 2, What You Need to Know

Apple has done it again with the iPad 2 - it has a dual-core A5 chip which is up to nine-times faster as well as two cameras for FaceTime communications and a self-cleaning cover which comes in a plethora of...
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