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Synaptics Shows Off Thinner Screens, No-Touch Displays And Flexible Biometrics

February 29, 2016

It’s always great to meet up with the people at Synaptics – like I did at Mobile World Congress (MWC16) to see what the future holds from a touch-interface standpoint. Andrew Hsu, Head of the Concept Prototyping Team had lots of great information to share. First off, the company’s acquisition of Renesas SP Drivers and fingerprint sensor company Validity means great things for the world of touch-intensive applications. By having biometric authentication, capacitive touch and display technologies under one roof, the company is able to allow fingerprint sensors on the side of phones.

CommScope Survey: Better Building Wireless Worth $1 Million

February 29, 2016

A common challenge for many businesses is having adequate connectivity. You’d think in the US this isn't an issue but I can tell you from firsthand experience (I am also CEO of a New York and Connecticut provider of IT support), in many buildings, the landlord signs an exclusive contract with a carrier and subsequently the tenants are stuck with one, often poor choice. Quite often, these buildings have only copper connections and they are generally very old. In other words, the telco locks in a building to avoid having to upgrade service to compete with cablecos.

Dialogic Plunges into Apps with PowerVille

February 9, 2016

By technology standards, Dialogic is a veteran – having been established in 1983, the company has supplied communications infrastructure used by carriers, enterprises and developers for many, many decades. The New Jersey company enjoyed the benefit of providing solutions which could be paid for by arbitrage. In the late eighties and nineties, Dialogic boards allowed companies to build computer-telephony solutions which used off-the-shelf computers to compete with custom-built hardware solutions from manufacturers of telecom equipment. Even though Dialogic boards were not cheap, solutions based on their products cost far less than alternatives on the market thanks to the ability to leverage PCs and servers.

Breaking Rumor: Verizon to buy XO

February 3, 2016

Spectrum is the new beach front property according to Peter Radizeski @radinfo and he has a very reliable source which tells him Verizon is in late-stage talks to purchase XO Communications.

More from Peter:

"XO is the largest owner of LMDS spectrum, currently [2007] worth $35.8 million, in the nation. NextLink, the wireless operation of XOHO, recently launched its broadband wireless services in Las Vegas and increased its wireless portfolio to 14 markets at the speed of covering 1 to 2 metro areas/month: Washington DC, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Miami, Nashville, Chicago, Kansas City, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, LA, Seattle, Phoenix, Las Vegas - already more than its almost only competitor in LMDS fixed wireless services, FiberTower. The remaining large LMDS spectrum owner, Level 3, through its acquisition of Telecove." [seekingalpha] IDT also owned a chunk of this spectrum too.
We'll see if he is correct - I have a lot of trust in his scoops - he has been very accurate in the past. As a reminder, I told you about Verizon's Terremark spin off eight months before the Reuters exclusive.

ITEXPO 2016 Overview Video

January 22, 2016

T-Mobile Combats Verizon Marketing Campaign

January 21, 2016

2016 is the Year of IoT

November 20, 2015

The Internet of Things (IoT) will enable the Next Industrial and Business Revolution

The IoT is not a single technology but the latest convergence of tiny computing devices like sensors with wireless networks leveraging the tremendous processing power of the cloud. It’s changing how business operate, how wars are fought, how crops are watered and how goods and services are transported. Few industries are able to claim responsibility for ushering in the next industrial revolution but humble IoT, with its loosely connected sensing products and smart software, can.

News from Jabra, Nimble, Polycom and More

November 18, 2015

TMC Conducting 100+ San Jose Video Interviews Next Week

November 6, 2015

I'm really excited to share that next week, I'll be in Silicon Valley interviewing over 100 companies and personally learning about the state of technology in the hottest tech market in the world. The response to our trip to the west coast has been fantastic. What's amazing is how many companies we'll meet which are relatively new.

Some which I'm sure most of you have never heard of and many which are just out of stealth mode.

They span the range of hot technologies from analytics, cloud and IoT to identity management, speech recognition and of course security.

We have a few slots left so if you have something important to share - like a leading-edge technology you are about to introduce, please reach out ASAP to sfine (at)

Here are some of the videos from a recent trip we took to Dallas.

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.

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