AT&T recently released their Femtocell. This device plugs into your home
(or small office) network, and uses your current ISP to provide strong cell
coverage. Currently, AT&T and Sprint are the only networks with full on
femtocells. T-Mobile has their “Hotspot @ Home” which enables Wi-Fi
phones to have better calling via your broadband internet, but is not an
actual cell tower. AT&T’s offering enables voice and data over the cell
(great for those non-Wi-Fi phones) while Sprint’s femtocell only allows
voice transmissions. Obviously enabling full on voice and maybe data for
people in their homes is a big deal. Especially on the most often reviled
and harangued network, AT&T.
The ability to actually make calls from home is something a lot of iPhone
users and other cell phone users would love to have. The most common thing
heard about the iPhone is “it’s grea... (more)
It's a given, this year more CIOs will shift their focus from selective IT
efficiency to overall IT effectiveness. In 2014 and beyond, enterprise IT
leadership will be judged on their ability to meet the demands of tech-savvy
Line of Business users.
This is the type of meaningful progress that CEOs have been anticipating. But
that organizational realignment won't always translate into higher budgets.
According to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC),
worldwide IT spending will increase by just 4.1 percent in constant currency
this year -- ... (more)
Amazon’s stock this last week crossed $300 (from $2 in 1997 when it went
public, after splits) and the valuation reached $140B, twice that of
Facebook, but lower than Google and Apple. This is indeed amazing.
Amazon started out as a web-based book selling company. Now it has three
Selling new books as well as users can sell their old books. Using its
fulfillment engine to sell every other consumer goods. The Amazon Web
Services platform for offering cloud based services.
The last item is growing to become its number one business soon. It started
monetizing its huge co... (more)
Yesterday, Apple introduced new features of iPhone OS 4. Nice. Really? Should
we embrace the platform and, for a lousy $99, become a developer for this
Those people who bothered to go through the application process noticed the
difference in a clause 3.3.1, which in the past was just merely stating
“Applications may only use Documented APIs in the manner prescribed by
Apple and must not use or call any private APIs.”,
the new version (the beta of iPhone OS 4.0) has the following interesting
“Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or
You may be thinking how a failure can be a game changer. Yes, it's easy to
understand that if Windows 8 succeeds, then the tablet and smartphone
computing would be changed forever, but how can it change the game by
Well – if Windows 8 fails then it would be an official endorsement of the
end of an era – the era of the supremacy of the personal computer.
Some of you would argue that the era has already ended and the failure of
Windows 8 is already a foregone conclusion. But, you will probably be in the
Others may argue that every alternate version of Windows re... (more)
The Innovative CIO!
The Innovative CIO: How IT Leaders Can Drive Business Transformation – the
new book from Andi Mann and George Watt
The contributors to the Forrester Cloud Playbook have put together a list of
the top 10 cloud predictions for 2013, according to this Forbes article. The
analysts predict that we’ll see some of the following trends next year:
Cloud and mobile will become one, we’ll stop equating cloud with AWS, and
we’ll finally stop saying – “everything is going cloud.”
VMware and EMC announced their plans to create a new business unit, the
Pivotal Ini... (more)