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Happy Birthday Digi International

November 5, 2015

In the eighties I was a UNIX admin and database programmer and relied on DIGI International for terminal banks which plugged into the UNIX machine and allowed dumb terminals from companies like Wyse to be connected. For those of you who may not know, UNIX is the grandfather of Linux and back then you could run a company of 16 users on 1 MB of RAM and 50-100MB worth of hard disk!

Hard disks cost about $5,000 at the time - or about $11,000 today!

Getting back to DIGI - they are one of the few companies which was able to evolve and stay on the leading edge of the tech curve. they are now major players in the IoT and their solutions even help NASA.

My colleague Ken Briodagh has more but I didn't want the opportunity for me to wish them Happy 30th Birthday to go by. Its an achievement - especially in the tech space to survive and thrive for multiple decades.





Lemko EZ LTE Really Disrupts the Carrier Model

October 28, 2015

As I write this, I’m in disbelief as it seems impossible to take the massive carrier equipment which makes up the multimillion dollar central office LTE network and repackage it into a plug-and-play module which fits on a coffee table. Yet, this is exactly what Norman Fekrat of Lemko shared with me.

A previous interview with Norman regarding his company’s solutions

I’ve known the company for some time as a provider of NFV solutions (video) based on software. What I didn't expect was how fast Moore's Law has worked to decrease the size of the hardware.

Uber lets You Test Drive a new BMW 7 Series

October 16, 2015


This morning CNBC interviewed valuation expert Aswath Damodaran, professor at NYU Stern School of Business who said Uber is worth less than half as much as investors think or just $23.4 billion instead of $51 billion. He cited increased competition from serious players as a major issue.



One wonders however if the company's latest business model has been factored in - the Uber test drive. BMW has an exclusive deal with the taxi disruptor allowing you to enter the Exclusive Promo Code: BMWNYCVMZP8FTHUE. According to the company, you then request the “7 SERIES” option on 10/17 and 10/18 between 10am–6pm.

Requests must be made within the coverage zone which includes parts of New York and New Jersey.






Inhance Trade from Inhance Technology Keeps Mobile Customers Coming Back

September 24, 2015

One of the most important aspects of the wireless market is the smartphone trade-in program as evidenced by recent news that Apple now offers its own upgrade program and Sprint tried to outdo the entire industry with a paltry $1 per month upgrade plan for customers with iPhone 6 trade-ins purchasing a 6s.

In a conversation I had recently with Inhance Technology, I learned 90% of customers don’t come back to the same retailer they purchased a device from. The company has a solution to help improve the odds of attracting a customer back into the store to upgrade. Their recently announced the Inhance Trade program which uses a variety of mechanisms to target specific devices, plan a specific action and determine when the action should take place.

Why you Should Hold Off on iOS 9

September 17, 2015

I bit the bullet and downloaded iOS 9 yesterday – right at the start of TMC’s on the road show tour of Dallas, Texas where I was meeting a number of companies in the area and learning about their upcoming news and more.

iOS 9 is amazing – it is much better than iOS 8 – especially on a tablet where PiP video and multitasking can really amp up productivity. There are lots of great new features like enhanced locations on maps – transit directions – Siri makes smarter suggestions, notifications come in order of receipt, 6-digit passcodes are allowed and so on.

The challenge, of course always is what apps will break when you upgrade.

Taoglas Adds Ecommerce to its Cable Solutions

September 13, 2015

Getting the correct custom RF cables, which are used in a wide range of wireless solutions, has long been a frustrating and overly lengthy process for engineers but now Taoglas has modernized the procedure with a new online cable assembly wizard that revolutionizes the whole transaction.

Dermot O’Shea, President of the company, explained to me at the CTIA Wireless show in Las Vegas, that his company has taken human interaction out of the equation. Although his company has manufactured cables in Taiwan for many years, he says the company’s new location in San Diego, CA will address the needs of companies who can’t wait for the cables to ship from overseas.

In addition, the company has new antenna solutions for IoT and has recently opened an office in Munich, Germany to serve the automotive among other markets.

Accuris Networks Helps Stich Together Cellular and WiFi Networks for Carriers and ISPs

September 13, 2015

This past week saw the launch of a plethora of new Apple devices – specifically two new phones which will shoot and edit 4K video as well as a new iPad Pro which sports a massive 5.6 million pixels. Moreover, the phones have 12MP cameras which replace the previous models which had 8 MP. That’s a 50% increase in potential pixels in photos. What this means, is even more demands on wireless broadband networks as these phones hit the market.

VoicePIN Voice Biometrics Brings New Tech to Phone and Apps

August 31, 2015



The biometrics market has been around for decades but never achieved widespread acceptance until after Apple rolled out TouchID. Laptop makers flirted with the technology about a decade ago but never got their systems to work very well. Apple – to its credit, released a solution which is very good.

Epson Moverio is the Ideal Wearable Drone Companion

August 12, 2015

App Designed by 14-Year-Old Girl Could Help Fuel Diversity in Tech

August 12, 2015

A huge talking point in the media is how to get more girls interested in technology as a career.

Just this month, in fact, President Obama made a push to get more diversity in tech, Intel touted its diversity numbers and Tesla promoted  its female engineers on Twitter with the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer. 





We build cars #ILookLikeAnEngineer pic.twitter.com/hyYCRvzQxc

— Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) August 12, 2015


The explosion in smartphone and app use, is a universal phenomenon - everyone has been exposed to the wonders of tech. Still, there are far more boys than girls entering the fields of science and technology.

This is why I hope 14 year-old Naomi Benenson's new social-wishing app wish2wish becomes a smash hit. 


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