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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...

Why Was Amazon S3 Down?

If you are interested in learning about why Amazon had an outage in their cloud computing initiative S3 you can read about it on their corporate blog with some interesting commentary here.Is there anything worth pointing out? Sure thing. Amazon...

Amazon Down Again

Amazon having more problems. Second time in a few days. I am in the middle of an order and the site is hanging and then crashing. Very frustrating. Yes, they have complicated systems but this can't be good for business....

Amazon Fights for First Amendment

The scary part about so much information about people being in a single place is that the government knows where to look. This is a good thing when they are investigating a suspect but when they start to investigate the...

Amazon Outage

Amazon is out. They are down and I wasn't aware of it until I received an email from Greg Galitzine. This a huge deal and will likely reduce the company's revenues and moreover an outage of major proportions is extremely...

Amazon Fights back Against New York Tax

Amazon, feeling singled out by what New York state officials have dubbed the Amazon Tax has decided to sue the state. According to the New York Times, the state changed the law regarding who has to collect taxes and instead...

NY to Tax Amazon Purchases

There is just something so mind-boggling about our nation's tax collection system. I was reading this MSNBC article about how New York State is looking to and likely will tax Amazon.com purchases and it goes on about how New Yorkers...

iTunes Tops Others

File this under "I saw this one coming." Apple's iTunes store is now the number one US retailer of music. One wonders if there is an opportunity for the company to expand into consumer electronics beyond their own brands. They...

CellTrust: Providing Secure SMS

While SMS is a fantastic technology for consumers, there is a roadblock to SMS use in companies due to the security problems inherent in this unencrypted communications medium. Business users such as financial institutions and those in e-commerce would use...

Kindle Interest Rekindled

Boy was I ever wrong about the Kindle. I said no one wants the device and it sold out in a day and Amazon can't keep up with demand. Wow! I really screwed up. I only wish Amazon would tell...
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