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Here’s what’s holding back the Internet of things

November 12, 2014
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Here’s what’s holding back the Internet of things

The “internet of things” (IOT) has become a hot topic in the tech. press. While the term is relatively new, connecting devices to networks is certainly nothing new. IOT has become the catch-all name to describe smart-home sensors, embedded devices, and other smart-devices with internet connectivity, characterized by devices like the Nest thermostat but IOT includes everything from coffee…

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I hope Apple continues to offer a four-inch iPhone (for men?)

November 6, 2014
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I’m an analyst and researcher first, but I’m also a plain old end-user too. When I speak of Apple vs. Google or iOS vs. Android, I’m usually speaking in the abstract, with no relation to my own personal preference. However, in this case, it’s very personal. I want essentially an iPhone 6 “mini”. What I…

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Google adsense decline a blip or trend?

August 4, 2014
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Google adsense decline a blip or trend?

For the first three quarters of 2013 growth of revenue from partner sites through the Google AdSense program completely stagnated and revenues actually shrunk. Things looked a little better for the last quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, but industry pundits and analysts see it as a disturbing downward trend.   The Incredible Shrinking Inventory Of PC…

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WWDC, iOS 8, reading between the lines

June 6, 2014
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WWDC, iOS 8, reading between the lines

When Apple introduced iOS 7 at last years’s WWDC, I posted some quick takes, including criticisms about the lack of customization and integration options. Obviously, Apple was listening While iOS 8 may not give us everything in this regard, it certainly is taking steps in that direction. The new App Extensions in iOS 8 open the door…

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Now it’s time for an iPhone rant

April 11, 2014
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In the spirit of contrasting views, the following is a guest post by a former colleague. The iPhone sucks For starters, the out-of-the box email client sucks horribly compared to blackberry (I used bb for almost 15 years, now forced to iPhone). The battery dies 5 times faster than my Galaxy Note II, and in…

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This one article accidentally explains the biggest practical difference between iOS and Android in a nutshell

April 9, 2014
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For all the improvements to the Android end-user experience, and there have been big strides, there’s still a lot of practical differences in usability between the two platforms for everyday average-Joe users and this recent GottaBeMOBILE article inadvertently highlights one of the biggest real-world problems facing users of Android devices: Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note…

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I won’t shed a tear for Microsoft

February 21, 2014
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I won’t shed a tear for Microsoft

People have told me they feel sorry for Microsoft these days, that we should be thanking them for all they have done for the industry, that Bill Gates should be praised for “placing a PC on every desktop.” I see what you did there. You almost got me. You see, I think about what the…

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Secret decoded

February 11, 2014
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Secret decoded

The Secret app is a new iPhone app for sharing photos and text anonymously. The sharing model of Secret is unusual and intriguing to me.  According to their FAQ: Your secrets are delivered anonymously to the people in your Contacts who are on Secret. Ok, so right there, although it may not be obvious on…

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The Twitter times they are a-changin’

February 3, 2014
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The Twitter times they are a-changin’

Back in 2010, when Twitter was changing their API from Basic Auth to oAuth (the first Twitter-pocalypse) we had various conversations with the Twitter dev team regarding challenges that micro-controller environments have with implementing such protocols. John Kalucki (@jkalucki now ex-Twitter) made the following suggestion: Why not have the controller proxy through a full-featured webserver…

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Microsoft Office for iPad, will they or won’t they?

October 3, 2013
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Microsoft was hoping the exclusive availability of “real Office” would be enough to give their Surface tablet an advantage. It turned out that wasn’t enough and, after a year of sluggish (non-existent) sales,  Microsoft had to write off almost a billion dollars in inventory that they couldn’t sell. Recently, they slashed prices to try to…

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