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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?

TMC Video News Crew out in San Jose Next Week

July 10, 2012

Can Discounted Hardware Compete with Apple?

July 10, 2012

Microsoft Store in Danbury, CT


Global Apple stores are brimming with traffic with municipalities tripping over each other to get Apple to open stores in their areas. At the same time, the Microsoft Store in the Danbury Fair Mall in Connecticut had a fraction of the foot traffic of the nearby Apple Store this past weekend according to fellow TMC blogger Tom Keating. The good news for Steve Ballmer is Tom likes the layout of the Microsoft store better. These are his exact thoughts:


My next thought was, "It's better." The Apple Store has this clean simplistic design with lots of white and clear plastic, but it lacks the fun factor and has this almost cold, hospital, sterile-like atmosphere.

Should RIM Be Judged on its Hires or Fires?

July 3, 2012

No company wants Apple as a competitor as the company has more momentum than the euro crisis. But that is the challenge companies like Nokia and RIM face on a daily basis. Yesterday I delved into the problems RIM faced because it had an email-centric view of the world which was just as keyboard-centered as it was focused on asynchronous corporate communications.

This morning I had a chance to speak with Luca Filigheddu who is the new BlackBerry Developer Evangelist for the Italian market.

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