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Zocalo: Amazon Just Fired a Gun at Microsoft, Oracle and Dropbox

Amazon has made its name in ecommerce and cloud but its next frontier may be productivity applications and in the process, they may disrupt the entire enterprise software and cloud market. Zocalo is a new service from the company which...

One Thing Amazon Music Has, Others Don't

One of the biggest challenges users of electronic devices have to deal with is battery life… I returned from a conference this week where executives all around me had iPhones with large, bulky covers… Something I try to avoid using...

Microsoft, Facebook, Skype Round out Must Know News

Memorial Day has indeed ushered in a big week for tech news, starting with an EU antitrust review of Facebook’s WhatsApp acquisition which has been approved in the US. According to the Wall Street Journal: The social-network company has approached...

We Don't need a #AmazonCart Hashtag

Generally I think Amazon is an amazing company doing amazing things and I am a big fan of Twitter but I don’t see any reason why the launch of #AmazonCart will be a big deal for anyone. The idea is...

To Compete with Google, Apple Should Buy DuckDuckGo

Apple is in an outright war with Google and lawsuit wins against Samsung while helpful to the tune of a few hundred million dollars are great, to compete with Android the company must attack the very core of Google which...

Can Apple's Haunted Empire Still Make Hits?

Isn’t it funny how much of the world has changed thanks to Steve Jobs? As I sit here at my computer using a mouse and GUI, which Jobs popularized while listening to MP3s, another industry he revitalized, I am fascinated...

Should We Shop on Thanksgiving?

If there is one thing that's made this country and many others great, it's tradition. I don't mean to get all Fiddler on The Roof here but many traditions are fantastic. Like family dinners, brunches and other things which...

Why Apple Should not Produce Low-Cost Phones

Speculation and rumor will tell you that next month Apple is set to introduce a low-cost phone. Some will argue this makes sense since Apple is competing in a field with other companies such as Samsung and HTC which produce...

Tech Leaders Brin, Zuckerberg and Bezos are Changing Everything

In the last few years there has been an incredible display of tech leaders transcending the status quo and jumping into new markets with both feet. Sometimes they do this with financing alone and other times they exert elbow grease....

Why Apple Dropped its App Store Name Fight With Amazon

In January 2011, I wrote about my belief that an app store is an app store and both the terms app and store are generic meaning together they become yet another generic term. Certainly the nuances of the legal system...

Americans Don't Know They Want Wearable Tech Yet

Recently a headline stating that most Americans don’t want wearable tech caught my eye and reminded me of many past of articles regarding consumer choices which were just plain wrong. The piece can be summed up with the following paragraph:...

Will iRadio Kill Pandora?

34% of Internet radio users surveyed would switch to Apple’s iRadio and some believe this is a major problem for Pandora. I remember when Google was going public, similar research showed users would also switch to a better search engine...

ProfitBricks: Where InfiniBand Meets Cloud 2.0

In a recent meeting with William Toll and Pete Johnson of ProfitBricks, the pair were ecstatic to explain how their company has developed public cloud 2.0 – in other words this is not your father’s cloud. Now you might be...

Metaswitch Clearwater: Game Changing Open Source IMS Initiative

The march to a software telco world is progressing nicely Communications service providers are at war with OTT providers and need to ensure they are able to battle on as level a playing field as possible. There are significant costs...

Does Bezos' Money Present an Objectivity Problem for Business Insider?

I am left wondering if there will be any perceived objectivity issues as a result of the $5M investment by Jeff Bezos in Business Insider. Like Jeff, I am a big fan of Business Insider… Henry Blodget and his team...

IPgallery Helps Carriers Become Social Hub and More

Communications service providers once the center of the customer's world have awoken to the new reality - social and apps are the new hub. In fact, Facebook, Twitter and a wave of other social networks have fully overtaken the telephone...

Mobidia Tackles Bill Shock at MWC2013

  Chris Hill (pictured) the VP of Marketing at Mobidia was euphoric in telling me about the growth of the company's new app My Data Manager which has had 3.5 million downloads in the past 12 months. As bill shock...

Thank You Amazon, Retailers May Now Merge at Will

When reports surfaced regarding Office Depot merging with OfficeMax, the first thing which may have occurred to many, is regulators wouldn’t let this approximately $2 billion happen because the resulting store would be too large and create antitrust concerns. Much...

Do Physical Digital Libraries Make Sense?

Bexar County in Texas will be home to one of the world’s first digital libraries which contains just e-readers and lots of electronic editions of books. The interesting idea here is the library is going digital but still needs $1.5...

HTML5 Finally Eating Apple's Profit

I have discussed for some time how HTML5 will loosen Apple’s grip and decrease the amount of revenue the company makes from apps. Case in point, Amazon recently started touting the Cloud Player app which runs on iOS but allows...

How Mobile Will Destroy Retail Margins

Some of the news of the week has to do with eBay deciding mobile advertising doesn’t work for them as it clutters small screens and doesn’t provide that much revenue. This seems to make sense but if you think this...

Who Should Buy Linksys and how does the Cloud fit in?

Cisco recently appointed Barclays to help it auction off Linksys – a move consistent with the company’s desire to exit low-margin consumer businesses as it looks to invest in high-margin areas like software and services. But as the saying goes,...

eBay Now Gets Serious in NYC

The home delivery market could be huge as predicted back in the dotcom days when companies like WebVan and Peapod were springing up faster than Android produces device variants today. Who comes to mind when you think of home...

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...
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