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Amazon Fire Phone Should be a Laptop

I’ve written a lot of headlines in my life but this one is among the oddest. Why on earth does a phone...

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Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet

Replacing credit cards can likely only be done if the new system is dead-easy to use and it moreover has to be...

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Signaling Offers Great Differentiation for Mobile Value-Added Service Offerings

We’ve all heard that some Value Added Services (VAS) revenue such as Short Message Service (SMS) are starting to decline in...

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Birdstep Improves Wireless User Experience, Reduces Churn

A smartphone user can get tripped up easily when in motion as today’s smartphones look for WiFi networks to connect to and...

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Sonos BOOST, For Music in Tough to Reach Places

I’ve been using Sonos as an in-home streaming solution for many years and since it relies on WiFi it provides infinite levels...

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IOT tests do NOT tell the whole story

Service providers typically have infrastructure from multiple vendors installed in their networks.  Mostly this is by design since they don’t want...

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Notes from Connections 2014 Part Deux

More notes from BSFT Connections 2014 in the desert by friends of my at the show. These notes are from ANPI's...

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Verizon Wireless HomeFusion PSTN Sunset 10 GB at a time

March 6, 2012

According to the Washington Post today Verizon Wireless is offering an alternative home access service for $60 a month and 30GB service for $120 a month. 

The most important aspect of this service is that it finally breaks the cross elastics that the carriers have been using for their MiFi services.  Embedded in the pricing of the MiFi services was equivalent rate to a T1.  If you did the price analysis it was there in black in white. 

If You Can't Trust your Certs....Tales from GitHub

March 6, 2012

Once again we have discovered that PublicKeys can be thwarted and in this case the victim was GitHub.  Now I have to tell you,  I am constantly asked to run a security event.  And the reality is that I have security training, but no one wants to admit that they need it.  Especially a place that supports open source. 

Is YHOO try to be a Yahooligan with Facebook?

March 5, 2012

So far Scott Thompson has not been catching the stock markets fancy with YHOO.  Perhaps proving that Yahoo! is really a Californian company it has joined all the patent infringement strategies and is bring suit against Facebook.

Ironically the infringements are based on the acquisition of GeoCities years back.  As you know the patent wars have already caused Google to purchase Motorola Mobility and several others to build an arsenal. 

Interestingly we have yet to see Scott Thompson bring to bear a mobile payment strategy which I would have hoped to see at Mobile World Congress. 



Ron Johnson Brings in Apple's Laurie Beja Miller to JCP

March 5, 2012

The Genius Bar was lowered at Apple when Laurie Beja Miller departure to JCPenny.  Ron Johnson the man who Jobs worked with to create the Apple Store experience has brought in Ms Miller to "create a town square" feeling to the department store.

If you have not noticed Ellen Degeneres  doing all these commercials for 'JCP' the rebranded JC Penny, you probably turned off their pre superbowl adds with all the customer's screaming "Noooooo" as the stores posted their after Christmas pricing. 

The bottom line is we are going to get a very fresh look at retailing at JCP and its worthwhile to walk in to see where the changes are taking them.


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Getting your Compass on CSS3

March 2, 2012

Yelp's IPO needs some Review

March 2, 2012

Perhaps we have a bubble again.  Perhaps the community of Yelp Reviewers are betting on their experience rather than the finances.
Yelp as an IPO has the feel of a drug that could get sued over a side effect that happens in almost 100% of all cases.

The Yelp Financials suggest that they are going to bleed cash without a growth strategy to solve their operational woes. 

Something about has made the stock go up today on the first day of trading.

The only thing I can think of is they need to be acquired, but the stock that has been released is not enough to get any trade outs.  So at the end of the day they are either going to be a minnow looking for whales to swallow or happy to be a pilot fish. 






Rule Tata! Tata Rules the (Air) Waves

March 1, 2012

It is inevitable that monies acquired need to find a place to be spent.  In the case of Tata buying Cable and Wireless it's got the benefit of historical irony and today's common sense. 

Cable and Wireless has always been good at milking cash cows.  The company that started as the sealant manufacturer for undersea cables has come along way and has been the incumbent in many places where the British Empire once ruled (including India).

Now Tata is considering buying Cable & Wireless and it makes a lot sense to me given the capabiliities of Tata. 



Does Windows 8 Give us a Short Time View on Intel?

March 1, 2012

We used to refer to them as WINTEL. Microsoft and Intel were connected to each other at the hip.  Servers, Desktops, Laptops all were in their sphere of control. 

Then Came Linus Torvold's contribution to the Unix world and we got a stable open source kernel that stopped the warring factions on Unix and made Linux and LAMP the server side solution. 

Net Neutrality

November 9, 2011

Interview with Carol Davids of IIT and the RTC Lab

October 28, 2011