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WebRTC Conference & Expo Kicks Off

I am at the WebRTC Conference & Expo here at the South San Francisco Conference Center and the mood at the show is positive. What I have heard over and over from telecom equipment vendors, call center vendors and software...

WebRTC Will Disrupt Telecom Big Time

The Phone Finally Meets the Web There are few technologies in telecom which seem to have generated as much excitement as WebRTC – VoIP and SIP come to mind as two others.With WebRTC, every web browser becomes a communications server....

Google and Dish Were in Talks to Launch Wireless Biz

Some time back I commented on rumors of a Sprint takeover by Google and at the time many thought the idea was crazy. Fast forward a few years, tens of thousands of Android devices and a Motorola Mobility acquisition later...

Mobile Profits are Skyrocketing as 67,000 Are Laid Off

Mobile is not your father’s tech space.  Over the past two years, profits from the top eight mobile vendors has risen from $5.3 billion to $14.4 billion for a whopping increase of $9.1 billion and all this while over 67,000...

The Bearish Case on Apple

With Apple's stock down more than 20% it isn't difficult to find lots of analysts willing to make the case the shares have further to drop. Regardless of whether you are an Apple bull or bear it is worth pointing...

Why Apple Needs an iLane Bryant Phone

It may seem obvious that Apple needed to offer a smaller iPad now but when I suggested the idea in November of 2011 I received criticism from many who thought Apple didn’t need to “dilute” its product assortment of iPods...

A Little Heavy Chrome

Google has a new heavy metal-based TV commercial which has a Halloween undercurrent. The ad touts the $249 Samsung-made Chromebook as being smaller, better on batteries and good for “scaring off viruses.” It goes on to discuss its lack of...

Best Buy Tablet Doomed?

The common sense analysis of Best Buy’s new Android-based tablet is it is doomed because if only Amazon is able to pull a tablet off by breaking even or even potentially losing money and even Samsung isn’t making a dent...

Microsoft, SNL, Sprint and Softbank News for Monday October 15, 2012

Microsoft is jumping into the music business and this is perhaps the biggest news of the day and possibly the week. Redmond is now offering ad supported music streaming and going up against Sirius XM, Pandora and Apple’s iTunes all...

3-D Printing Brings Disruption to Manufacturing

The pace of disruption continues to increase rapidly – in the nineties Napster and VoIP showed how digitization left record labels and telcos vulnerable to new methods of distribution and communication. This disruption was once relegated to digitization meaning if...

Major Flaws in Ballmer's Apple-Fighting Strategy?

It really is shocking that Apple has pulled so far ahead of every other device maker with designs that are more art than technology focused. For those of you familiar with Bang & Olufsen products (BeoSound 8 pictured above) you...

Microsoft Hopes Free WiFi Will Persuade Developers

Google has been a steady sponsor of free WiFi in airports and subway stations for some years now but Microsoft has decided such sponsorships make sense for them as well. Specifically, the company is paying Boingo for the privilege of...

Don't Believe the Apple MapGate Hype

Apple has become so successful that journalists seem to go in for the kill if a new service doesn’t work perfectly. To some degree the company has executed so well, this is to be expected. The latest issue is the...

LBS Needs Trust

For over a decade the communications industry has been waxing poetic about the potential for location based services or LBS to change the world. The idea was mobile commerce would be unleashed as coupons would be flashed in front of...

Will the $35 Aakash Tablet Transform the World?

The iPhone 5 is selling at retail stores today to millions of people who are obviously wealthy. After all an unlocked 64GB model which is unlocked runs $849! Some people are so bent out of shape about how much money...

Google's New, Free WiFi - Not For iPhones or iPads

Just before the launch of the new iPhone, Google Play has inked a deal with Boingo to give free WiFi access to virtually all devices – just not the mobile ones from Apple. The over 4,000 sponsored Wi-Fi locations include...

Apple to Launch a Pandora Competitor Next Week?

Apple is said to be getting into the music streaming business and there’s a chance we’ll hear more about it at the iPhone 5 launch event next week. As you may recall I surmised Apple would get into the home...

Business Insider: Super WiFi a Billion Dollar Market

I read with interest news from the Business Insider touting the Super WiFi Market as a huge thing for 2013. I agree of course since TMC and its partner Crossfire Media have been running the Super WiFi Summit for a...

Are Apple's Patent Lawsuits Dead Right?

I have often referred to patents between large tech firms as mutually assured destruction as any of these companies can sue others with a slew of patent infringements at once, counting on a few to be upheld by a court....

Google Leverages Home Page to Promote Nexus Tablet

Google has been "different" for over a decade because the company always resisted overt advertising seen throughout the web. Through the entire pop-up era where so many websites capitulated and ran ads for security cameras and other items, Google stood...

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

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...

Not So Fast - Yes We Should Protect Innovation

The tech news of the day includes Google using its Motorola Mobility patents to sue Apple. Patent suits aren’t new but we are getting to a point where the news flow relating to patent litigation seems to be overshadowing the...

Smartphone Margin Decreases versus Beats by Dr. Dre

Recently I touched upon some of the differences between the automobile and tech spaces and in the past I have mentioned how Apple’s ability to price its products without discounting implies a stronger brand and moreover helps it sell in...

What the Auto Market can Teach us about Mobile

Have you ever heard from someone that they don’t like Starbucks coffee but they like the experience at the store so they go in, sit down and buy the coffee? It is quite a testament to the world’s largest coffee...

In Order to Compete with Apple, You Need to BE Apple

The idea that Google, a company with an incredible business model, allowing them to potentially profit off every query they process on the web had to go out and buy a hardware company to get into manufacturing would have been...
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