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Off to MWC 2012 Next Week

I've got lots on my plate this week before I take off to Barcelona to attend Mobile World Congress (MWC) - which was once called 3GSM. I've got great meetings lined up and I am very interested in seeing what...

Cisco Underestimated Skype's Value. Acts against Microsoft Acquisition

Cisco is far from the most open company in tech so it is ironic it is concerned about a monopoly over video conferencing a result of the Microsoft acquisition of Skype. The company’s Martin De Beer said, “For the sake...

Rewards Network, the Social Restaurant Hub

In the last few decades it has become apparent that all companies are for the most part limited by their imaginations. Apple was thought to be a computer company but is now a leader in music, movies and phones. Amazon...

Microsoft Leverages New Google Data Sharing Policy

Microsoft comes out swinging at Google - saying the search leader has changed its policies to make your personal data more valuable to advertisers. While this is obviously true, the goal of all companies is to make more money and...

Google: Can it be Everything to Everyone?

Google is the new Microsoft but boy are they faster than Redmond ever was. Part of the reason has to do with the search engine leader’s access to the eyeballs of almost every human on earth via its home page...

How Megaupload Takedown Hurts Cloud Computing

How self-destructive US policies are hurting hiring and industryOne of the biggest concerns regarding the passage of SOPA is that entire domain names could be blocked by federal authorities due to a single offending blog or web page. In this...

Less Than 2% of Yahoo Users Want to Share on Facebook?

Yahoo introduced news sharing on Facebook three months ago and will now roll out sharing to 26 other parts of its site including its omg entertainment news, television, movies and games. According to the AP few people are opting to...

How Stoke and Autism Patents Kinect

You know I am “in love” with technology because it boots productivity and efficiency but did you know what I love even more about tech? How it helps people with disabilities. Check out how the Xbox Kinect helps people with...

Microsoft Live 365 Deal With MasterCard Shows Cloud is Mainstream

Microsoft recently inked a deal with MasterCard which entails the company joining Microsoft's Office 365 program. This means MasterCard will provide a 10 percent savings to eligible small business cardholders when they purchase Office 365 through the MasterCard Easy Savings...

Will Microsoft Departure Kill CES?

Can one major defector kill a trade show institution? It happened with COMDEX – the show got so big that it exerted tremendous pressure on companies to spend more and more money to keep their coveted locations on the show...

Will AT&T Divest in 2012?

TMC Senior Editor Peter Bernstein thinks AT&T may explore divestiture options next year and it is a conceivable thought. Moreover, what is worth thinking about is what will the Department of Justice do with other high-profile acquisition attempts next year....

Bluetooth Smart Ready Shows Potential

Bluetooth to me is one of the most convenient technologies I use as it allows me to get rid of the cord from my mobile and desk phones. I am surprised actually that everyone doesn't use a stereo bluetooth headset...

Nokia says we are Fed up With iPhones

In an interview with Pocket-lint, Niels Munksgaard, director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales at Nokia Entertainment Global said the youth of today are fed up with iPhones and Androids are too complicated and insecure. My informal analysis of the...

Google Currents Crashes Newsreader Party

Flipboard calls itself the pocket-sized social magazine and this is an apt description for a social newsreader so popular that this week when it launched an iPhone edition, it was overwhelmed with traffic and crashed. Obviously there is tremendous interest...

Microsoft, .XXX and White Spaces News

I'm off to Mass today to get ready for video shoots this week. In the mean time, check out the news from the latest daily TMC Techfast newsletter.  War of the Words: Better get your troops ready for the Twitter...

Altigen's iFusion: Fuses the Desk Phone & iPhone

The smartphone and tablet are taking the world by storm and this information isn’t lost on Altigen Communications the company who literally revolutionized the communications space in the nineties by merging the best of the PC and telephone into an...

Microsoft Surface Update Available. It's an iPoffee Table

The new Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface is now available for $8,400 or approximately the same price as 42 Kindle Fires or almost 17 entry level iPad 2s. A giant tablet-in-a-table, the super-sized 87 pound gadget runs Windows 7...

Blackberry Outage: Lives Saved, Accidents Down

Abu Dhabi saw accident rates plummet by 40% with no fatal accidents precisely at the time when Blackberry had its three-day outage in the country. Moreover, in Dubai the accident rate dropped by 20% during the same period (perhaps they...

Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Shows Great Potential

I finally got around to installing Microsoft's Social Connector and it was an interesting experience. The goal of the program is to let you see the social status of people you exchange email with. As you scroll through emails, you...

Prediction: Meg Whitman Lasts at HP 12 Months Max

By Now you know Meg Whitman is replacing Léo Apotheker as CEO of HP. Look, I personally like Meg Whitman - she is dynamic, energetic and ran eBay for a good while. Two of the major products under her were...

Windows 8 Targets Boot Time in War With Apple

Here is a typical scenario many of us deal with... While waiting for our laptop or PC to boot, we take out our smartphones or tablets to check email and work until the Windows-based machine ends it's leisurely boot process....

6 New Rules in a Post-Jobs World

Let’s face it, any company trying to compete with Apple in its core markets has been beheaded and frankly in the case of HP, embarrassed. For so many years, there were two ways of doing things – the established way...

Suggestion: Apple's First Move Without Steve Jobs

Apple went from computer innovator to little more than a joke. Then Steve Jobs returned and since then, the company has become the absolute leader in tech, consumer electronics, wireless, tablets, music, entertainment, app stores, retail, industrial design and those...

Latest Trends in Speech Technology, CRM, IVR, Collaboration and Cloud Computing

Speech analytics in greater demand At the recent SpeechTek 2011 conference in New York I gained some great insight into the state of speech technology. For example, Jeff Schlueter of Nexidia told me his company’s speech analytics solutions have been...

Anthropomorphized Ads Go Mainstream.

Anthropomorphism or assigning human characteristics to nonhuman objects is alive and well in the world of advertising. Perhaps the best example of advertisements which embody this technique are of the “Mac Vs. PC” variety where the Mac character is...
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