31 Jan Why the PC Industry Cannot Ignore Smartphones

When HP abandoned their smartphone and tablet business and webOS last August, many in the industry were disappointed in the speed of the Palm acquisition and the quick dismantling of it. Some who consider themselves “business-savvy” said it was the wise approach as it wasn’t core to HP’s corporate mission. They said that smartphones were a […]

13 Dec Apple iCloud Shortcomings Provide a Competitive Opportunity

Apple iCloud launched two months ago to huge fanfare and punditry. It’s no surprise given the huge future opportunity with the cloud. Also, it was a big deal for Apple given their past online endeavors had been so unsuccessful that even Steve Jobs issued out one of the few apologies Apple had ever made. In that case, it […]

28 Nov The Scenario Where Smartphones Take Down the PC

If you’ve done any long term strategic planning you know there are few absolutes but, very many scenarios. Tech history shows that even disruptive innovations take time to rollout and many scenarios existed that could have gone both ways. BlockBuster saw digital media coming and I will bet they had scenarios that showed varying levels […]

11 Nov Quad Core Smartphones: What it Will Take to Become Relevant

There has been a lot of industry discussion on multi-core smartphones in the past year, and the dialog has increased with NVIDIA’s launch of Tegra 3, a quad core SOC targeted to phones and tablets. The big question lingering with all of these implementations particularly with phones is, what will end users do with all […]

11 Oct iCloud is Promising Yet Incomplete

After release to developers at Apple’s WWDC, the Apple iCloud is available to all consumers today with access to iOS 5 and updated iTunes.  In many ways, it is incredible that millions will have access to the consumer power of the cloud.  It’s very integrated into the experience, but then again, it’s not as complete […]

02 Jul The Future Personal Music Cloud

While many can easily see the need in the future for a Personal Video Cloud, there is a lot more uncertainty about a personal cloud for music. There seem to be three schools of thought for everything and this applies to the Personal Music Cloud, too. In this blog I will be talking about these different points […]

30 Jun The HTC EVO 4G Smartphone Signals Our Tech Future

The old days of annual phone announcements are gone forever. I say good riddance, because it was boring.  A week doesn’t go by without another smartphone announcement, and this is exciting not just for the consumer, but also for the technologist. Why for both? Consumers are finally getting the capabilities in their phones that they could […]

01 May Future Device Bridging: More than E-Mail

I have been spending some time with the latest media tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook and in my last write-up, I covered the BlackBerry PlayBook Bridge feature. While in its infancy, the PlayBook Bridge provides some advantages, particularly in enterprises with an investment in BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). To consumers, there is value in the shared browser, basically enabling tethering without […]

16 Apr 45 Days with the Motorola Atrix HD Multimedia Dock

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In my last entry, I looked at the Motorola Atrix 4G Lapdock™. It couldn’t replace my laptop today, but with some technology improvements, the use case gets a lot more interesting.  This time, I’m looking at another accessory for the Atrix 4G, the Atrix HD Multimedia Dock. After using it for 45 days, I’ll take a […]

14 Apr 45 Days with the Motorola Atrix Lapdock

The following analysis documents my personal user experience with the Motorola Atrix 4G and the Motorola Atrix Lapdock™. It is intended to provide a user-level overview and is not intended as a market analysis for the device. I also provide suggestions on how I would improve the design to be more appealing as a notebook replacement. Two Atrix […]

12 Oct Apple iOS Video Pipeline Experiment- Part 2

In my last post, I talked about my experiences with capturing video using my fourth generation iPod touch and getting that video into my iPad for use. Recording video with the iPod was easy. Getting the video from the iPod 4 to the iPad was painless, but there were trade-offs. So let’s look at the experience of […]

11 Oct Apple iOS Video Pipeline Experiment- Part 1

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With my new fourth generation iPod touch I now have a 720p video camera. I also have an iPad, and I wondered what I could do with them together.  As I have said in earlier blogs, one way I stay on top of today’s technology is to “stretch it” or make it do things it really wasn’t […]

19 Jan Google Nexus One First Impressions

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Since I first reviewed the T-Mobile G1 with Android OS last year, I was really looking forward to the improvements Google and HTC could bring to the end user experience with subsequent products.  The G1 felt like a beta piece of hardware and software at the time, but I was impressed about many things too.  The difference between the […]

17 Feb BlackBerry Bold as Mobile Cloud Workhorse

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Cloud computing is rising in interest even during these uncertain world economic times and AMD is taking an important leadership role in the creation of the cloud. And in opinion, smartphones are increasingly becoming one of the most important cloud clients. What makes smartphones cloud-unique is their portability and versatility. One minute a phone, the next a […]

01 Dec One Week with the New BlackBerry Storm

New and exciting smartphones are coming out every few months from the major players and November was no different. Smartphones include products like the 3G iPhone, the BlackBerry Bold, and the G1 Android, which I blogged about last month. These little guys do a lot more than make phone calls as they are slowly becoming […]

23 Oct T-Mobile G1 Android: First Impressions

It was Day 1 yesterday for the T-Mobile G1 Android phone and I wanted to share my early impressions of the device. 24 hours is NOT enough time to complete a full evaluation, as mobile devices like this are very personal and take months to fully explore and judge. But I think within 24 hours […]