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The Acer Aspire Switch 10 Changes the Tech Landscape

August 11, 2014

This cheap tablet is perfect for students and consumers





The Acer Aspire Switch 10 two-in-one touchscreen tablet/laptop may be the ultimate device for students and consumers. In short, it offers all the good of a PC meaning you can run full Microsoft Office applications like Word and Excel and at the same time it is a touchscreen tablet which can be used for media consumption. It runs Flash so all the challenges many other tablets have with this Adobe creation aren’t a problem.

Securus eResponder a Solid IoT, M2M Device

August 4, 2014

With an aging population around the world, the potential for strokes, falls and other medical problems which leave a person unable to reach help, only increases. As a result, the need for a device you wear all the time – something small and light increases as well.

This category of product in fact is likely one of the first in the M2M space otherwise known as IoT.

I recently had a chance to try out the Securus eResponder Mobile Personal Emergency Response System, a device name which apparently is designed as a filter.

How to Get AT&T to Fund Your IoT Idea

July 31, 2014


IoT and M2M developers - here is some exciting news.

It Isn't that often that you can develop something for what is supposed to be one of the largest market opportunities ever and at the same time get the support of a major telecom carrier. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention you could also get $5,000 in the process and a Samsung tablet.

Fast Pitch sponsored by AT&T takes place Wednesday, August 13, from 2pm-4pm in Las Vegas at M2M Evolution which is collocated with ITEXPO.

AT&T judges will listen to three minute pitches at booth 601. Two winners will be chosen to receive $5,000, a Samsung Tablet, and invaluable feedback from the company. There will be a judges choice winner and an audience choice winner.  





Expect Sprint to Lower Prices After 4G LTE Upgrade is Finished

July 31, 2014


Sprint CEO Dan Hesse is watching the price wars in mobile from the outside as he hasn't been able to compete in the latest round of price reductions being led by T-Mobile.

"We're balancing strength of the network versus how quickly we have to move," he said in a CNET interview.

The challenge the company faces is stock analysts say their valuation is high and if they lower prices without getting a large number of new customers, they end up hurting themselves from an earnings perspective.

Here is a good excerpt from an article worth reading on CNET:

The reintroduction of the 30-day guarantee, which Hesse announced last month, is one of the ways Sprint is trying to change its reputation. The announcement came just a week after T-Mobile launched its own Test Drive program.

In markets where Sprint Spark -- the company's name for its enhanced LTE service -- is available, the connection is actually pretty fast. The problem is there are only 27 markets able to get Spark.

A big priority in the marketing will be getting people to understand the improvements to the network, Hesse said. But he acknowledged that there remains a lot of work with the upgrades.
Bottom line: When the network is ready - in other words more competitive with other providers on a nationwide basis, expect the company to more aggressively compete for new customers through lower pricing.













What's the Future of SIP Trunking, IoT, Cloud and WebRTC?

July 2, 2014

Gary Audin shares his insights on the future of technology

Does the cloud have challenges you should be aware of? Is IoT the future? If so, how should carriers react? Weill WebRTC change how companies communicate internally?

On Aereo, Supreme Court Needs to Get with the Cloud

July 2, 2014




There are some good thoughts from Carl Ford on the Supreme Court Aereo ruling which says the company cannot transmit content freely received over public airwaves over the internet while also providing a DVR service and charging customers. Carl argues that the Supreme Court lost track of the public good regarding this case but I would argue that that is not the job of the court. Instead, I would make the point that if I were to come to your house and install a digital TV antenna, DVR and Slingbox I would effectively be giving you what Aereo does. If I were to charge monthly for the equipment, would this not be providing the same service Aero does?


A Truly Positive Truphone Experience

July 1, 2014

Recently I had a chance to give Truphone a weeklong test drive in Europe. The company sent me a new iPhone 5s and a HUAWEI MiFi E5776s-32. When I landed in France the iPhone worked perfectly but the MiFi did not. I called customer service by dialing 707 on a Sunday morning.

Surprise! Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Not Airplane Friendly

July 1, 2014

Whether you think the Surface Pro 3 is a good product or not depends a great deal on the applications you plan on using and the specific needs you have. It is better than an iPad and a MacBook Air in many ways and also worse. While I have had about a week to use the device I have found it is a lot more productivity-inducing than an iPad Air if you get tremendous volumes of email like I do. Specifically, Outlook 2013 is a much better interface than the email client on an iPad.

Everything We Know About Disruption is Wrong

June 18, 2014

People in the tech space generally accept the Innovator's Dilemma written by Clayton M. Christensen as fact - companies need to either disrupt or be disrupted. Jill Lepore writing for the New Yorker Magazine questions much of what is "accepted wisdom" or as Al Gore might call it, "settled science" in a well-researched and written piece debunking much of what techies have believed for decades.

Lepore's argument is that the book uses handpicked case studies which aren't necesarily cut and dry in terms of their outcomes. Moreover, the innovators aren't always more successful than the incumbents as you can see from this passage below:

In fact, Seagate Technology was not felled by disruption.

Alcatel-Lucent: NFV Can be More Secure than Legacy

June 16, 2014

As NFV and SDN usher in a new era of software telcos, there are just so many pieces which have to be put into place to enable solutions from disparate vendors to interoperate smoothly. Moreover, carriers are always looking for one throat to choke and NFV really opens up the carrier network is so many new ways that determining who is responsible for issues is more difficult.

Security has always been a major focus for operators. Indeed, when their networks were proprietary and thought to be bulletproof, it was determined a simple whistle distributed in a box of Captain Crunch cereal could give access to hackers.

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