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Belkin Buys Linksys from Cisco

January 24, 2013

In a continuation of Cisco exiting the consumer market, the networking giant has announced it has sold this division to competitor Belkin for an undisclosed amount. Belkin will continue to honor all valid warranties and will now own about 30% of the U.S. retail home and small business networking market.

Cisco has had many failures in the consumer market for an obvious reason.

Age of Acceleration Literally Center Stage at ITEXPO

January 24, 2013


You may have seen my article in a multi-day USA Today insert recently where the topic was the Age of Acceleration. In it I detailed how the world is moving faster and technology is playing a crucial role in allowing us to keep up. Some in fact are ahead of the curve. Of course when you are in a race to arm your decision-makers with relevant information, minutes and sometimes seconds count.

Xirrus XR-520 AP For Smaller Areas

January 24, 2013

Xirrus is known for large-scale WiFi systems and conferences and stadiums are a typical area where you will see the company’s products. It seems however there are times when Xirrus customers want to WiFi enable smaller areas. For this reason the company rolled out the XR-520 AP which they tout as the only software-programmable AP in its class with a radio that can run in either the 5GHz or 2.4GHz bands.

Lest you think the company is competing with the likes of the consumer router/AP companies whose products you can pick up in Wal-Mart and Best Buy – fear not… Xirrus touts the inclusion of significant horsepower in the form of a dual-core Cavium network processor.

TMC Looking for White Paper Writers

January 23, 2013

Limited Space Remains at ITEXPO SDN Workshop

January 23, 2013



Software-defined networking is considered by many to be one of the most important, and potentially disruptive, developments in networking since the rise of the Internet. To date, networks and connectivity have come first, and applications have followed. SDN turns this model on its head, approaching networking from an apps-first standpoint.

By now, you may be aware you have access to a software-defined networking workshop at ITEXPO (admission is included with ITEXPO registration) but you may not know space is filling up fast.

How M2M Saves the Amazon Rainforest

January 23, 2013



Machine-to-machine technology is generally any sort of grouping of devices where machines talk to machines. When your car tells a central computer you need an oil change and the dealer calls to remind you – that’s M2M in action. Perhaps the best example of how M2M can be used for good is a recent report that Gemalto’s Cinteron M2M technology is being used in Cargo Tracck in the Amazon rainforest to protect an area the size of the United States.

By placing these tracking devices in the tree trunks, authorities will be alerted when one reaches within 20 miles of a cellular network.



Apps for Apes - Now How Big is the Tablet Market?

January 23, 2013

The multibillion dollar smartphone and tablet market may be bigger than analysts previously realized if you factor in the amount of apes and orangutans that will be using them. Before you check to see if this piece is an April fool’s Joke, it isn’t, I promise. You see In September of 2011 Tracey Schelmetic wrote on TMCnet about Orangutan Outreach, a program designed in-part to bring technology to apes and enable them to use the touch interface and Skype with other apes. No, seriously… This is NOT a joke.

Apple needs an iPhablet

January 23, 2013

For over 2-and-a-half years, Apple has watched the smartphone competition grow taller and wider and it eventually capitulated on a taller iPhone size with the latest iPhone 5. But it is still way behind when it comes to providing total screen real-estate when compared to a Samsung Galaxy S3 or Note 2.

I’ve argued repeatedly that the company needs a wider phone and that market forces will damage Apple in the long-run as many form factors will be developed and some will be hits. The point was that in the eighties we saw vibrant PC competition destroy Apple’s price/performance position.

Blind Dates: Online Dating Comes Full-Circle

January 22, 2013

Before online dating some of us remember a time when we had blind dates. I, like some of you who dated before Match.com became popular, may remember a simpler time when we couldn’t Google every bit of information about a person and actually had to get to know them, the old fashioned way… By speaking with them.

As I often tell people who have spent much of their adult lives on these services with no success, it seems a person we wouldn’t expect to like based on their profile, could sometimes be the best match of all. After going through all the form-filling of many online dating sites with their scores of questions and complicated computer algorithms which attempt to align Venus and Mars, it seems many just can’t find the right match.

Gesture-Based Eye-Tracking, Hand-Sensing Tech Coming but What of Standards?

January 22, 2013


Microsoft certainly popularized gesture-based computing with the Xbox Kinect but it seems one of the next areas where this sort of interface will have a big impact is in your automobile. Hyundai in fact unveiled a concept car recently which allows the driver to turn virtual knobs and choose from a menu using just their eyes.

Hyundai eye control technology



Hyundai virtual knob turning demonstration








Other areas are ripe for gesture control as well – Samsung is using the technology in its televisions and Leap Motion is using it to control PCs and laptops.

The logical question to ask as we enter this brave new world of gesture-based computing is what about standards?

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