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Cisco VNI Report on Mobile Video

The past few weeks, I have mentioned the February 2016 Cisco VNI report to make some points about WiFi.  However, the Cisco VNI report...

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Windows 10 Includes Flipboard and Candy Crush Bloatware

Its Memorial Day weekend and while most of you are out in the park, having hot dogs, etc., I'm captivated with my...

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Programmable SIMs for IoT, How DIDs Fit in and Alexa Fun

"Twilio ramps up mobile play with programmable SIMs for IoT and handsets with T-Mobile," says Ingrid lunden at TechCrunch. The idea behind...

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EEOC Finds Silicon Valley filled with Racist, Sexist Criminals

Expect the summer of deflection to continue. I have discovered the reason that there is a lack of diversity in Silicon Valley....

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Open Letter to LinkedIn

What started as a neat online rolodex evolved into a business networking site, but now is a lousy version of Facebook....

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API of the Week: Stitch Labs Adds Flexibility to Omnichannel Commerce

As the number of sales channels explodes, companies look to automation to help them manage inventory across them all. From Amazon to...

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ITW and the Importance of Services

As many of you know, ITW has historically been about wholesale voice minutes exchange.  But as voice minutes exchange has lessened in...

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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.

In the recent Google Earnings" href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444868204578067101716321238.html?mod=googlenews_wsj" target="_blank">WSJ article the statement is made "About half of all U.S.

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

If T-Mobile buys MetroPCS Who Will Take the LEAP?

October 8, 2012

The NY Times puts it very well this is a Turbo IPO for T-Mobile.  It solves a variety of problems for T-Mobile.  As you know they were forced to be left at the altar by the FCC when they try to merge with ATT.

There are people suggesting that Sprint would come in to acquire MetroPCS out from under DT, but I have to think that Sprint has too much on its plate already.

Regrets before the Show

October 2, 2012

When you start planning events you focus on the audience and you think about what needs to be done to provide knowledge transfer about the subject.

For example, In Mobility Tech we are going to be talking about the data explosion, because the network planners are the people we are looking to support.  So we are talking about how to manage, coverage, speeds and feeds (backhaul).  We are also looking at the relation to of apps to the carriers (although most of apps content is in the HTML5 Summit).

The WebRTCbook, Book Review.

October 1, 2012

Before You Buy the iPhone 5 Ask Yourself where is the iPad4

September 14, 2012

Were you excited about September 12th.  Was it nice of Apple to give us a day after 9/11 to look forward to and not feel so of the past.

Then it was disappointing to find it was light faster cheaper but not....

Revolutionary, Remarkable, Redefining, Rejuvenating, etc.

Did HTML5 Fail Facebook or Vice Versa

September 14, 2012

At Disrupt SF Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Facebook, candidly said that HTML5 has not delivered the mobile device market to them like they expected.

Candidly,  I think we need to parse this message carefully and really think about what was said, because the reality is the direction change was more than just a statement about mobile. It was a statement about Facebook as well.

Previously Facebook was looking to use HTML5 as the lingua franca for app interconnection to their platform.