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3M's Role in Improving Cell Phone base Stations

October 9, 2014

It’s quite common for people to look at the cellular industry as a bunch of phones from different companies competing on features and functions but the reality is the towers are often the glue that connects these devices when they aren’t near WiFi hotspots. Towers are rife with innovation and in order for consumers to get better service they need to be upgraded with better radio frequency equipment, antennas and backhaul bandwidth.

3M Communications Markets Division is one company which focuses on perfecting the base station by making them easier to work on while ensuring they need less ongoing maintenance. I spent a good deal of time with the company recently speaking with Omar Flores, Steve King and others at the company to learn about how they are applying many of their innovations directly to the towers and other equipment responsible for interconnecting our tablets and other devices.

This is more of a commercial on what this division of 3M does but it's still instructive



EasyNDA aims to Lubricate Business

October 9, 2014

We live in a sharing society which seems to be divided by generational lines which dictate your level of privacy. 30 and under? You likely share virtually everything about yourself online. Older than that and you probably guard your privacy more.

Apple's Positioning Should Scare Intel and Others

October 9, 2014


Will the combination of the ARM processor coupled with 14 nm FinFET process thanks to Samsung change the dynamics of the mobile processor market? That is certainly the logic being put forward by Mark Hibben at Seeking Alpha.

As he explains:

The term FinFET stands for Fin Field Effect Transistor because one of its structural features is a vertical silicon fin.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus: Top 20 Must Know Thoughts

October 6, 2014

After spending a good deal of time with the iPhone 6 Plus, I feel confident enough to point out its pros and cons. Hopefully you’ll find this list useful when making a decision regarding a smartphone purchase.


Pictured above: iPhone 6 and big brother/sister iPhone 6 Plus




  1. Perhaps the best feature of the phone is the superior antenna, thanks in part to the larger size of the phone and technological improvements by Apple like support for 802.11ac. If you used a 5s or smaller device you have likely experienced the challenge of seeing a WiFi signal but not being able to connect with it in a meaningful way. In other words, the phone is receiving a signal from an access point but doesn't have a strong enough signal to establish a connection of any value.

H-P Probably Smart to Spin Off PCs and Printers

October 5, 2014




Hewlett-Packard will once again split its company into two, basically spinning off the low-margin PC and printer business according to reports. We have seen IBM pull this off with its PC and later server business thanks to Lenovo.

The reason I say "once again" of course is the company said it would do this a while back and abruptly changed course. They then reassured hte market that they would not spin off the units.

The move does make sense from the standpoint of focus and valuation. The company is gargantuan and having to deal with PCs and printers is just one more area to devote precious resources.






SOTI Helps Manage the Phones that Save Lives

October 2, 2014

The enterprise mobility management space is bustling with activity thanks in large-part to the explosion of devices which companies must support. BYOD is something companies had no choice to accept – but this doesn’t mean they can’t manage the devices which are logging onto corporate systems and using company wireless networks. In fact, more than ever, they have to focus more on potential BYOD threats.



In a recent meeting with SOTI, a major player in the space, they announced they had 50 android OEMs using their platform.

Will George Clooney's Wedding Popularize Burner Phones in Your Company?

September 29, 2014

This morning, news broke that even more celebrity nude photos of have leaked and that George Clooney handed out burner phones to wedding guests to ensure any photos taken didn’t show up on the internet after accounts got hacked. The interesting point here is that what Clooney is saying is his wedding is only as secure as the weakest cellphone password. As you might imagine, TMZ was not amused.

This security measure makes sense… George’s security team was able to remotely monitor all photos taken meaning they would also know who leaked a specific photo.

Consumer Reports Confirms iPhone 6 Bendgate Overblown

September 27, 2014


Consumer Reports used a three-point flexural test to determine how much force different large devices could take before bending. In short, here are the results:

  Deformation Case separation HTC One (M8) 70 pounds 90 pounds Apple iPhone 6 70 pounds 100 pounds Apple iPhone 6 Plus 90 pounds 110 pounds LG G3 130 pounds 130 pounds Apple iPhone 5 130 pounds 150 pounds Samsung Galaxy Note 3 150 pounds 150 pounds
Here is an important point:
The reports stated that Apple applies 25 kilograms (slightly more than 55 pounds) of force to an iPhone 6 Plus to test flex. What does 55 pounds mean in context? Using our Instron, we found that it's approximately the force required to break three pencils.
Basically, as I have been saying all along, bendgate is a tremendous amount of BS.



Finally Some Sanity at the FAA and EASA

September 26, 2014


For many years I have complained about FAA regulations that defied logic. In 2008 I said the following when pondering if gadgets make airplanes crash:
First you can use laptops on planes -- even during take off. Then you can't. Then you can -- but not after the aircraft door closes.


The Myth of the Bendable iPhone 6 Plus

September 25, 2014

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