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Fascinating WebRTC Demos from WebRTC Expo

WebRTC has been described as the most disruptive communications technology of the decade. It has also been described as overhyped. Well, I...

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Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Reverse Incentive Actions: Broadcasts Get Their Due

December 12, 2012

No Man is an Island, but Isle of Man is no longer CWC

December 3, 2012

This week's article is going to be about M&A, so the news that Cable and Wireless Communication was "disposing" of its assets in Isle of Man, Monaco, Seychelles and a whole bunch of other assets in the Atlantic.

Batelco the Bahrain telephone company is buyer and you can see the difference in perspective.

 

Here is Tony Rice, CEO of CWC quote;

WebRTC Demostrations...if Only we had a Carrier Category

November 29, 2012

It's always interesting to see when your expectations are exceeded.  The WebRTC demos were a huge success and more importantly were live.  When we first talked about the demos our expectations were that we were going to see a lot of lab work.  Things that had been tinkered with and brought out to discuss but not ready for prime time.

Is their a Barrier to Entry

November 5, 2012

The IDC report showing that Android owns 75% of the Smartphone market points out some interesting issues.

 

Chart: Worldwide Smartphone OS Market Share, 2012Q3Description: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker provides smart phone and feature phone market data in 60 countries and 8 regions by vendor, device type, air interface, operating systems and platforms, and generation. Over 20 additional technical segmentations are provided. The data is provided four times a year and includes historical and forecast trend analysis.

What People Don't Get about Windows 8

November 2, 2012

We can argue the values of companies;

  • Amazon,
  • Apple,
  • Google,
  • Microsoft. 

We can argue the value of networks;

  • ATT,
  • Sprint,
  • T-Mobile,
  • Verizon.

In the end they are not the where what we see.

What we see is look and feel.  We are going through a revolution on the web that is not about speeds and feeds but about user experiences.

Google Earnings Drop Shows a Shift on Top

October 20, 2012

While the news leaked early and made tweets look like a stock ticker, the data behind the story tells a different story.

As you will recall from discussions with Bill Volk that later were reported in Gigaom,  the difference in the world of Android and Apple has a lot to do with the charging for an app vs. the commercials around an app.

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AirTime is Exactly What it Needs

October 19, 2012

The Deal Book in the NY Times shows that even startups with pedigrees have problems breaking out.  Airtime looks like a Google hangout upgrade.

But at the end of the day, what is the driver for these things.

It's one thing to build something for facebook which is how AirTime expects people to connect, but its another to think of video as part of every day communication.

iPhone5 Sales are still strong

October 15, 2012

According to Richie Jennings the iPhone5 is not being impacted by the Map Failure is not showing up in sales.

Most friends are still waiting for the iPhone5 and while I have been anticipating the new mini iPad, the iPhone maniacs are all around me.

It's hard not to believe that iPhone5 sales are going to make the 4Q stock price a problem for many who are playing with shorts right now.

I also imagine that the iPhone5 form factor will be a subject of discussions when the new iPad arrives.

Android UpDate

October 15, 2012

As a good friend puts it, when Google supports a product it's hard to tell.  The company lives virtually in so many ways and for those of us who tried the "GPhone" it was an interesting experience having HTC try to be customer care after T-Mobile punted.

So for many there is some skepticism on the new Developer Console, but it does solve a few problems that are familiar to the small app developer.

What’s new in the Developer Console preview:
Updated look and feel
New publishing experience, ability to compare new and old APK versions
Create store listings in more languages
Statistics on user ratings and reviews
Updating your app in the new site makes automated store listing translations available to users on the web

The following features are not yet supported in the new Developer Console.






The Economy of America is App Based?

October 8, 2012