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15 Things to Know About Tim Cook's Comments

May 30, 2012

Last night Apple's Tim Cook was at The All Thing D tech conference and this is what you need to know about his comments:
  1. He says he will blow us away in 2 weeks at the WWDC
  2. There is more the company can do with Facebook he says - will there be a Facebook branded phone from Apple I wonder.
  3. iPads will be bigger than PCs
  4. Microsoft will suffer if it brings the PC "baggage" to the modern tablet which he says Apple invented
  5. We have a culture of excellence thanks to Steve Jobs
  6. We are doubling down on product secrecy
  7. He wants an Apple product made in the US - the glass for the iPhone and iPad is made in Kentucky today
  8. We need a shift in the US economy to support tool and die skills and a different educational system to bring manufacturing jobs back to the US
  9. Gives a wishy washy answer on the patent wars - he says they are a pain in the ass but it seems Apple patents are viewed as more important than others he believes should be easily licensed
  10. We will keep "pulling the string" on the Apple TV to see where it takes us
  11. Won't say if they are making an "Apple TV" a new real TV but says people aren't pleased with the current TV experience
  12. When looking at acquisitions they don't look for revenue but skills and products instead
  13. Siri will improve over the next few months
  14. Apple does not need to own a carrier or cable company
  15. Apple knows Ping "sucks"

And there you have it - a bunch of rumors have just been killed off if what Cook says is accurate. It will be very interesting to see if there is big Facebook news in the near future and if it puts a floor under the social networking company's stock. Overall Cook did a great job sharing a good amount of information but not giving away too much about the future. He walked the line perfectly and to read more check out this post from Jay Yarrow.


TMC Contributor Wins Two First Place Journalism Prizes

May 29, 2012

I was happy to learn one of TMC's contributing writers Deborah Hirsch has just received two first place prizes at the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists' annual excellence in journalism awards.

I wanted to wish her a very public and much deserved congratulations for a job well-done. and further say we are proud to have such great contributors on our team.

Feel free to peruse her contributions to TMCnet - some of here latest articles are below for easy reference:

As a reminder/disclosure I am CEO and Group Editor-in-Chief at TMC/TMCnet.







Why Facebook Needs a Phone

May 29, 2012

Facebook as the dominant social network is becoming the replacement for the phone. Nowadays in fact it is fairly common to use Facebook as the primary way to stay in touch with others – especially among those under 30. The point here is that the phone is becoming the Facebook communicator.

And with mobile adoption continuing ta a blistering pace – many people have multiple mobile devices in fact, Facebook should be sitting pretty, right?

Turns out Cisco Cius Can't Compete With the iPad Either

May 25, 2012

Company after company is learning what most of instinctively know already – competing with Apple head-on is like trying to tackle a freight train with your bare hands as it is barreling down the tracks in your direction. Amazon with its Kindle Fire competed on price and used its services to subsidize the device. Other tablet makers are finding it virtually impossible to compete without such advantages.

Disruption Targets Currency Exchange Kiosks

May 25, 2012

Technology has resulted in massive margin compression among industry after industry. Retailers have to struggle to make money to pay their brick and mortar overhead while consumers routinely see and touch the merchandise in their store while buying it online simultaneously. A coworker in fact detailed how he saved $30 on an iPad case buy using eBay on a computer from the Apple store he was in.

But the retail story isn’t a new one – we wrote stories at TMC in the nineties about the death of brick and mortar and certainly the loss of Circuit City was in-part caused by competition not only from WalMart and Costco but Amazon.

Yahoo Reinvents Mobile Browser with Axis

May 23, 2012

Yahoo has taken the mobile browser and improved it dramatically by integrating search and allowing users to view results rapidly without the need to open page after page. While Google allows similar functionality on a desktop what Yahoo! has done here is put the results of browsing up top where they should be. And with the simple swipe of a finger a user can scroll through pages after page to see the site they are looking for.

If you take the best parts of Google Instant and the now defunct visual SearchMe bowser and put them together with some added features you get Yahoo’s Axis.

Kickstarter, A Solution for the Patient

May 23, 2012

If you want to be involved - intimately involved with the manufacturing process behind a product you purchase then I suggest you immediately jump onto Kickstarter and start backing projects. The high-flying site has made lots of news in a short amount of time. In March of last year they received $10 million in funding. In its third year the site raised almost $120 million in funding - almost three times as much as total revenue from the prior years combined.

Perhaps the company's highest-profile project was Arianna Huffington looking to use the site to raise $1 billion to buy back the Huffington Post from AOL.

In December of last year I came to the conclusion that the TouchFire Keyboard - a silicone keyboard project on the site may be  the perfect companion for those of us using the iPad 2 as a data entry device.

So with my readers in mind I ordered it and waited.





HTML5 Continues to Be Big Tech News

May 22, 2012

HTML5 is being embraced by virtually every company as it a cross-platform solution to getting your content in front of users without the need for app stores or developing customized solutions for each device and OS you would like to have your content displayed upon. The good news is companies like Adobe have jumped on the bandwagon – ColdFusion 10 will support HTML5 based on news released this week in fact.

Then there is the “dark side” of HTML5 – basically some believe mobile devices and browsers aren’t ready for this new development language. This problem becomes an issue for video where 30-60 frame per second viewing is needed for optimal viewing quality.

Sonos SUB Expensive but Convenient

May 22, 2012

Sonos makes a great WiFi-based sound system allowing wire-free sound in any room in your home. The only problem with this strategy is that Apple and its AirPlay wireless streaming system is a peripheral competitor and when you go up against Apple well, let’s just say bad things happen to your company. So it makes sense to expand into areas which allow you to live within the Apple ecosystem.

Sonos hopes the leading-edge design of their latest SUB speaker will make customers shell out a very high price and show it off.

TV to GO: Cablevision Customers Access TV Beyond the Home

May 22, 2012

Cable companies having come together to share their WiFi networks in order to compete somewhat with 3G and 4G networks are also looking at another competitive threats such as OTT video such as YouTube, Hulu, Netflix and any other alternative way consumers can get access to video content.

Yesterday, Cablevision started to promote via an email their TV to GO service which allows customers to watch TV outside their home – as long as they have the Cablevision Optimum Online user name and password.

A sampling of networks available to Cablevision's TV to GO service

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