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Pimp Your iPad and iPhone 4 With Carbon Fiber

August 16, 2010

The saying goes, if you have to ask how much an exotic sports car costs, you can't afford it. The good news is if you are a tech and car nut you can accessorize your devices in a manner which may appeal to both your techie and auto sides while not totally breaking the bank. Many exotic cars like Lamborghinis and Ferraris are built in-part with carbon fiber which is a super-strong and lightweight material also used to build fighter jets.

An accessory maker named monCarbone has just released a line of cases for iPads and iPhone 4s called HoverCoat and they come in Mystery Black, Midnight Black, for the iPad and iPhone 4 and soon there will be a Luminous Silver option for the iPhone 4.

US Visa Fees Surge: The Good and Bad

August 16, 2010

This past Friday, US President Obama signed into law a new bill which drastically raises the cost of hiring foreign workers using H-1B and L visas from $320 to $2,320 in situations where a company has more than 50% of their workforce holding these visas and also having at least 50 employees in total. The chief sponsor of this bill is Senator Chuck Schumer who has been positioning himself as a protector of the American worker through other initiatives like the anti-offshoring bill which would add a 5 cent surcharge to domestic calls transferred overseas.

Let's look at the good and bad regarding this new legislation. The best part is it only applies to companies with 50 or more employees which thankfully shows the administration understands the importance of small companies to growing jobs and strengthening the economy.

Tablet Update and Oracle Sues Google over Android

August 13, 2010

It's been a very busy tech morning so I spent some time assembling news you should be aware of before you grab your morning bagel and brew that pot of coffee.

Tablets, Tablets Everywhere

First off is an article from Harry McCracken at Technologizer discussing 32 tablets, slates and pads. Yes Virginia, there are alternatives to the iPad but surprisingly the iPod Touch isn't on the list.

Dialogic Eyes Video Compression, SBC Market with Veraz Acquisition

August 10, 2010

For those of you in telecom for decades you remember how in the mid-nineties Dialogic was the major company producing hardware and software building blocks in what we called the computer telephony/CTI spaces. They provided the market with DSP resource boards which at first powered simple voicemail systems but as Microsoft and Novell tried to muscle their way into the communications space, the world realized for the first time that telecom was becoming open and companies like Dialogic had the tools to convert analog signals into digital form and back.

A few years later the company was purchased by Intel and the brand became diluted and the company for all practical purposes fell off the radar. As an industry insider it was shocking really as an entire ecosystem of partners all of a sudden had to market and push product on their own.

Oracle's Larry Ellison Says Hurd Loss at HP a Huge Mistake

August 10, 2010

I spent some of the weekend covering the Mark Hurd resignation with a post titled Hurd's Resignation and HP's Odd Half-Decade where I discussed just how logic-defying the situation surrounding the ouster of this CEO is.

Some big news yesterday in the world of technology had to do with Mark Hurd and his resignation following a sexual harassment investigation where he was not found guilty. The woman allegedly involved with Hurd was a former contractor and according to a close source there was no romantic or sexual relationship between the two. What is unusual though is the company on a conference call characterized their relationship as "close" and "personal."

Hurd Resignation from HP Gets Weirder

August 7, 2010

I already detailed, earlier today why Mark Hurd's resignation from HP seemed weird. Here is an excerpt:

Some big news yesterday in the world of technology had to do with Mark Hurd and his resignation following a sexual harassment investigation where he was not found guilty. The woman allegedly involved with Hurd was a former contractor and according to a close source there was no romantic or sexual relationship between the two.

Hurd's Resignation and HP's Odd Half-Decade

August 7, 2010

Some big news yesterday in the world of technology had to do with Mark Hurd and his resignation following a sexual harassment investigation where he was not found guilty. The woman allegedly involved with Hurd was a former contractor and according to a close source there was no romantic or sexual relationship between the two. What is unusual though is the company on a conference call characterized their relationship as "close" and "personal."

I am at a bit of a loss to understand exactly what I just wrote means.

Google Wave: It's the UI Stupid

August 6, 2010

Why we should congratulate Google on its failures

 


When Google Wave launched I read it was going to change email and it was what email would be if it was designed today. The concept seemed very solid - merge social networking and email together and make both better in the process.

TMC Editorial Open House at 40+ Companies

August 5, 2010

Blackberry Torch 9800 Analysis

August 5, 2010

 

The launch of RIM's latest phone the Torch 9800 certainly wasn't a secret and although I haven't had time to test the device as of yet, I am impressed with much of what the Canadian company has packed into its new gadget. Blackberry's have always excelled at e-mail and text messaging and you can expect this new phone with an integrated and very real keyboard to carry on that tradition but those people who prefer a touch-screen experience can benefit from the capacitive variety built into this device.

Some of the biggest challenges facing RIM as it competes with the iPhone 4 and Android devices are the lack of a really slick device, poor browsing, limited apps, poor camera, limited search and poor download speeds.

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