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Badges, Passports, the Creator, the Founder, the Mayor, getting a Pin, picking up a raccoon..This is the language of the newest phenomenon to hit the location-enabled social media marketing world. I am talking about Social Networking Games. No longer only for geeks and geocachers, t...
Another episode of As The E-Book Turns wrapped this week, with Amazon locked in a page-turning battle with the publishing industry. The plot twists are many, but here's a quick outline: Amazon wants to continue charging $10 for e-book versions of most new titles and bestsellers, but th...
Last week I was able to get together a large group of iPhone Developers and I took the opportunity to question them on the newly announced iPad. Firstly a quick show of hands identified that approximately 30 of the group already had iPhone OS applications on the Apple AppStore, some of...
The recent announcement of iPad has ignited yet another wave of emotional discussions around the role of Flash Player in the evolution of mankind. People easily take sides and everyone seems to know what’s right and what’s wrong. Actually the word ‘’people” is too vague in this conte...
Social media marketing is hot hot hot. While the disjointed components have risen and fallien with the VC tide for some time now, a coherent roadmap is emerging for marketing a brand, product or service via social media. No longer just a fad for college kids or a way to virally promote...
Of course, there are the cynics along with skeptics (not to be confused with being one and the same). Some are cynics and discount anything from Apple like their counter parts who discount anything from Microsoft or others that are not part of their preference. However there also seems...
One month ago: We were half way across town driving to a friend's house to watch the Boise State football team take on TCU in the Fiesta Bowl when I remembered that I had not programmed our DVR to record the game for posterity. I reluctantly confessed this to my wife. She pondered whic...
Siri provoked a flurry of interest last summer, and presumably not just because CTO Tom Gruber took part in one of my podcasts. With their genesis inside a big DARPA-funded Artificial Intelligence project, their talk of emergent Virtual Personal Assistants and their slick iPhone-powere...
Beyond the hype the of the iPad by Apple lovers and the nay sayers who say "who needs it " the iPad is likely to impact company IT practice more than anticipated. For many CIO's and IT Directors there is a growing interest in minimizing the expense and support of endpoint devices. Many...
In my earlier post, when I railed against the iPad, it was mostly personal disappointment and letdown.  I was disappointed by the technical specs, most notably the aspect ratio, and the exclusion of USB, HDMI, and webcams.  Those items can all be added on in later iterations (which I f...
Micro-apps seems to be the hot topic nowadays at SAP. These are small mobile applications for iPhones, Android, Blackberry and Windows mobile. These applications can be limited and provide
I’m proud to consider myself an upper middle class American . Why am I so proud about it? Because I haven’t been born in an upper middle class American family. I came to the USA 18 years ago with $200 in my pocket on a visitor’s visa. Don’t rush reporting on me to the Immigration autho...
Today was a historic day in computing history. While the techno-geeks will argue for the next several months what this really means and what the Apple iPad is missing or why it’s only a large screen iPod Touch, I’m going to be focused on what I think this really means to some key indus...
While the entire tech world seemed focused on Apple during the iPad rollout, Google just kept serving in silence, keeping the innovation engines running without distraction. I sure enjoyed the iPad rollout.  Although I was a little underwhelmed, I enjoyed watching the presentation and...
WOW.  What a letdown.  I can not believe that this was the subject of endless hype.  Here are the quick stats (if you haven’t found them somewhere else). A4 1GHz Processor 16GB ($499), 32GB ($599), or 64GB ($699) Flash Memory WI-FI enabled, 3G for $129.99 iPhone OS 4 20 Pin ...
Pardon me for adding yet another iPad analysis (certainly, when a computer product launch makes it into Doonesbury, we have crossed a new threshold of hype), but one thing actually missing from the copious words and videos on yesterday’s event at Moscone was the simple fact that we hav...
While most of us — regardless of the industry in which we work — would give just about anything to receive the publicity for a product launch that Apple receives, there are a couple of points we should observe that may assist us in every aspect of our business. 1) Critics...
To borrow a line from Scrooge, “I’m as giddy as a drunken man.” With today’s Apple iPad intro, it feels like Christmas. I was glued to Engadget’s live blogfeed of the announcement. Apple is leveraging its iPhone technology in a new tablet format, adding bells and whistles like unlo...
Our pals over at TiPb are rocking all sorts of iPad coverage today, as you might expect. Our quick take from a webOS perspective: it looks like a pretty cool device, but not the revolution much of the pre-release hype made it out to be. The one thought we can’t get out of our heads:...
Is "free nav" from Nokia a part of a plan, or a defensive reaction to try to take back lost smartphone market share and try to establish a US beachhead in the face serious pressure from "new" movers and shakers like Google, Apple, RIM, Palm, and others? It certainly seems Nokia had ...
Apple users are nothing if not dedicated. The landmark form factor and user interface innovations the company has ushered in over the last 25 years have created a fiercely dedicated customer base. There are Mac clubs, iPhone fan sites, and even online photo collections of Apple logo ta...
Do you guys also remember the Frenchman Philip Kahn, the charismatic founder and CEO of Borland? There were always weird stories about Kahn, that he would hire people like the young man who pumped gas into his car at a gas station, or that he had board meetings on his sailboat, or that...
In reverse order: 10 . You won't get fired for leaving your iPhone in a cab revealing company secrets. 9. You won't miss another meeting with your boss because the iPhone calendar app didn't sync right with your Exchange server. 8. Speed read through your email with just a swipe.
I met with a team of mobile software developers this week that have developed a fascinating mobile technology that enables the user to access ALL of SAP's ERP and other SAP components on an iPhone. I am particularly intrigued because I have never seen a mobile application that can quic...
I am up late January 5th and have been awaiting the first news stories from the big Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) about the new Google phone, the Nexus One. I just Googled up the first piece (from 33 minutes ago) from, of all sources, the Montreal Gazette. In the final few sent...
Desktop applications can be used on a mobile device by running the app on servers in tha data center and delivering the UI to any Receiver equiped SmartPhone. The UI of many apps already include Window panes or frames that can easily be sized so they look and feel great on most Mobile ...
Following Steve Jackson's other release +6 Bag O'Munchkins. Aside from the weirdness of using these in a game of Munchkin - you can put one in front of you in order to gain a benefit during the game - SJ added a whole level of weirdness to them by allowing you to use the pieces in any ...
Hello Cisco Mobile Community. I would like to take a minute to introduce myself. I am one of Cisco’s Chief Architects for Service Provider, focused on the evolution of mobile network architecture and services. I will also be Cisco’s Guest Blogger for the month of January. I am excited ...
I am at a bit of a disadvantage here because (oh, the horror) I don't have an iPhone and I am not all that conversant in Stratacache's software. But, that stated, I am nonetheless thinking that developing an iPhone app for its ActiVia software is a pretty clever move Yes, if you have ...
Yeah, it's this time of the year. Again. Making predictions is so tempting... This year I'll cover just the iPhone. Apple will let Flash Player on iPhone no later than October ’10. They don’t have a choice, if they want to stay competitive. Enough of a crippled Web browser already. Act...
Having been the lone male in my house for a long time, I get outvoted on many things, but especially the TV. Luckily I am proud to say that I am a tech/gadget geek as well, as an admirer and part-time developer for iPhone, so I sometimes retire to my study in the evenings to investigat...
I am always on the lookout for proof points to my thoughts on Enterprise Mobility and I was happy to find a great piece of coverage from Eric Lai of ComputerWorld that appeared last week. He wrote a Q&A with John Chen and was able to share some great insight, with regard to Sybase and ...
Many years ago I was one of the first developers in EMEA to get to grips with a new RAD Client/Server tool called PowerBuilder, just after V1.0. By the way PowerBuilder is now on V11.5 and still going strong. PowerBuilder itself, as well as the client/server windows development paradig...
Some people say “oh, you’re dual licensing like MySQL. So does that mean that I get to use it and not pay as I don’t with my MySQL based website?” Companies such as Google have thousands of MySQL servers running without paying license fees for it, due to a loophole in the GPL (in both ...
I’m at Supernova. (live stream) I’ve come in a little late on an afternoon session. Werner Vogels talks about cloud computing. He contrasts it with a 1900 Belgian beer brewery that had to have its own electricity generator, which took a lot of maintenance and didn’t help it make better...
Such consumer and technology transformation has distorted the way 'Prosumers' consume their products and services, and interact with their mobile devices. The industry waits to see if Asia's Top Telecom guns can decide on a unified approach to map revenue streams back to the operators....
Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's Chief Software Architect, recently commented in an interview with CNET, "Yes, iPhone has a lot of momentum, unquestionably. But I think the phenomenon we're in right now is the app phone. And if you look at the depth of apps that are on these phones, they're not ...
Mobile Device Management (MDM) refers to the approaches or solutions used by companies to remotely manage their mobile devices (PDAs, Smartphones, Laptops, Netbooks). Variety of devices involved pose a big challenge for anyone who intends to implement a Mobile Device Management Solutio...
In September I mentioned that Michael Hickins had reported on phone spoofing with cell phones to avoid sanctions for calling to Iran. Now The Economist reports that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan complains that “they eavesdropped on me for six years.” "They" may possibly b...
I’m in Scottsdale, Arizona…and thought it might be interesting to visit the new Windows Store in Fashion Square Mall. Here’s the picture I took…with my iPhone…from the front of the store… Notice anything? I’ll bet you do! If the logo on t...


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