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Protecode: Eliminating the Pitfalls of Software Development

August 20, 2012

Software development productivity has evolved tremendously over the decades as the cost of computing has plummeted rapidly while the cost of human capital has accelerated. Of course there are some anomalies in the “human capital” part of the curve as development can now take place in countries like India where wages are lower than say Silicon Valley. Still, when plotted against a dollar per unit of computing power curve which is exponentially decreasing, it continues to be much more expensive to hire programmers than to add processor cores or to increase clock speed.

Case in point, a few decades back when programming an IBM mainframe, it didn’t matter that programmers had to batch their programs using punch cards and wait for the computer’s results because you weren’t going to add more mainframe processing power unless you won corporate Lotto.

Smartphone Margin Decreases versus Beats by Dr. Dre

August 16, 2012

Recently I touched upon some of the differences between the automobile and tech spaces and in the past I have mentioned how Apple’s ability to price its products without discounting implies a stronger brand and moreover helps it sell in its retail stores which offer the same prices as online.

This doesn’t mean that Apple can sit still because we can expect an almost infinite supply of focused competitors.

Sure, many of them like RIM and Nokia are in decline and are retooling their product lines almost perpetually to become competitive. But beyond these examples we also have a slew of Japanese consumer electronics companies who have seen the golden age of TV come and go… Now they are focusing on exporting mobile devices to make a living.

Dunkin Donuts App Lets You Pay More Quickly

August 16, 2012


Allowing you to utilize a virtual credit card, the new Dunkin Donuts app available on iOS and Android allows you to send "gifts" electronically through text and Facebook for example. The app also functions as a nutritional guide and allows you to find the closest store.

While there has been much chatter about the Starbucks relationship with Square, Nigel Travis, Dunkin's CEO thinks that there will be a mix of payment options and he sees a future where voice integration plays a role in future apps.

Dunkin outsourced its app development to Digitas among others and Travis touted the company's ad budget - likely referencing the fact that this app will be getting some serious publicity in the future. The company expects to order 600 new stores globally in Korea, the west coast of the US, Latin America and "Even Europe," he says.

Although the popular east coast US coffee chain is late to the mobile app game, studies have shown that coffee shops whether they are Starbucks or Dunkin have loyal customers - who more than likely haven't switched loyalties because of the ability to order online via mobile device.

The upshot of the news is that it's more convenient to get your morning java fix regardless of the store you frequent and that mobile devices continue to boost productivity beyond the workplace.








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)











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.

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.


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.

E-mail Focus Built and Hurt RIM

July 2, 2012

Compaq’s iPaq ( pictured), brought to market early last decade was a blockbuster device from the standpoint of its aesthetics. It had a bright color screen, had great audio at the time and felt good in the hand. Competing the Palm 7 black and white wireless device, it was less practical from a battery perspective and didn't have cellular connectivity build-in but was infinitely more easy on the eyes.

Within a few years after the release of the iPaq however the industry started to shift from wanting the most gorgeous device to one which provided the best email experience.

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