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Best Buy's Best Choice is to Evolve

July 31, 2012

This guest blog post is from TMC Senior Editor, Peter Bernstein, a respected analyst covering technology and communications for a number of years. Peter’s post addresses my recent comments about what Best Buy can do to make it in the new world of digital competition from the likes of Amazon and others.

WalMart, another “Big Box” national franchise that destroyed most local merchants and devastated Main Streets and property tax bases, has done quite well with people ordering online and picking things up at the store. This enables them to meet the competition on pricing and obtain additional spontaneous discretionary spending – a strategy our friends across the street at Costco have mastered.

Use it and Lose it: No Shared Hotspots At London Olympics

July 30, 2012

Of course having hundreds of thousands of hotspots operating at once and being shared by many users and/or devices could potentially cause a problem for carriers and any organization looking to utilize WiFi over relatively free and clear radio waves. The solution if you are the London Olympics however is straightforward.

First, ban the use of "shared" hotspots by adding them to a list which also includes pepper sprays, fireworks, knives, laser pointers, drugs, firearms and radio scanners.

Next, confiscate offending devices.

Here is the specific wording... Be sure to read it and comply before it's too late:

Personal/private wireless access points and 3G hubs (smart devices such as Android phones, iPhone and tablets are permitted inside venues, but must not be used as wireless access points to connect multiple devices)











Liter of Light Turns Plastic Bottles into Solar Light

July 30, 2012


What is one of the most ingenious, low-tech inventions you never heard of but which has the potential to brighten the lives of not only people in the third-world but the west as well? Liter of Light of course - the organization founded by 10 Swiss grad students from University of St.Gallen in Fall 2011. Now at 20 people and counting the organization takes a simple 1.5 liter plastic bottle, fills it with water and bleach to keep algae from growing and uses a special adhesive to bond it in a hole of the ceiling  of a third-world shack for lack of a better term.


The result is the equivalent of a 55 watt light bulb with no electricity, wiring and of course the obvious downside - no light switch.


My sources tell me the company will bring this to the UN General Assembly on August 3rd. It just goes to show you that sometimes the most compelling new technologies are the simplest.


What may be even more impressive is how the organization makes buildings out of plastic bottles.









In Defense of Capitalism

July 30, 2012

I am fortunate to have watched my father at a young age start TMC – the company where I am CEO and turn it into a company which has helped feed thousands over its 40-year history when you consider contractors, freelancers and their family members. I have always seen the United States as the “land of opportunity.” After all, a person could come here with a few dollars in his pocket, not know the language and become a successful publisher of magazines.

In many other countries this can’t happen because of an entrenched class system and a bloated government making rules and regulations which strangle business.

And my father’s story is far from unique – many people come to the US every year and make it big and in the process boost the economy in myriad ways.

In Order to Compete with Apple, You Need to BE Apple

July 30, 2012

The idea that Google, a company with an incredible business model, allowing them to potentially profit off every query they process on the web had to go out and buy a hardware company to get into manufacturing would have been unthinkable before the launch of the iPhone and iTunes App Store.

Consider the facts - since the launch of the iPhone in January of 2007, Apple stock has increased by just under 600% while Google has increased by about a paltry 20% in comparison. Click on the chart below to see the details for yourself. 



But lo and behold, we are now comfortable with Google in the hardware market and Microsoft has even launched its own Surface tablet.

Apple in NYC Makes Offers You Can't Refuse

July 30, 2012

Is it better to have an Apple store in your mall which doesn’t share revenue or not have them at all?

This seems to be the important question the MTA had to contend with in the months leading up to Apple becoming the winning bidder for a prime location in Grand Central Station.

Apple under Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, the company had a reputation for being great negotiators. And this won’t change after the details of Apple’s Grand Central Station store in New York emerge.

Did Sonos Just Obsolete Their Remote?

July 28, 2012

Sonos users rejoice - you can now control the volume level of your
music with the volume buttons on your iOS device. Prior to this software upgrade you had to use the slider switch on your Apple device. Now Sonos sells the nice, fancy Sonos Control for their WiFi home stereo solution for $349 and the best reason to purchase one of these is because of the fixed volume buttons and of course the fixed mute button which allows instant volume scrubbing.

You see without a fixed button to control button it takes time to reduce volume in response lets say to a ringing phone. First you have to press a button to wake your iPhone, etc.


Why Apple Purchased AuthenTec

July 27, 2012

AuthenTec has been a major player in the finger-based biometrics space for many years and in a post 9/11 world the prospects for the security technology went through the roof for a few years and then the optimism quickly faded. Over time the company has expanded into mobile VPN clients as well as  providing mobile security.

In fact the company provides the mobile VPN client for the Samsung Galaxy SIII as well as content protection for HBO Go.

In short, the company has important technology across a broad spectrum of markets where Apple needs to be a leader.

Silicon Valley 2012 TMC Video Interviews Posting

July 17, 2012

One Nanometer Per Bit Storage in our Lifetime?

July 11, 2012

Researchers at the The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have embedded an iron atom into a nanometer-sized molecule consisting of 51 atoms to enable it to function as an on-off binary switch. The molecule acts as protection for the charge allowing the molecules to be packed together closely without worrying about the superparamagnetic effect which limits smaller bit sizes in hard disks. According to Engadget, magnetic storage such as a spinning disk needs a whopping 3 million atoms per bit meaning this new discovery can theoretically store 3 million times as much data in the same amount of space.

The downside?

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