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  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)

What's Driving Business Technology Spending Disruption?

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. Here's why. 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)

Amazing Amazon

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 businesses: 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)

Today iPad is the Only Whore in Town

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 API? 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 fragment: “Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScri... (more)

Windows 8 - Microsoft's Big Gamble

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 failing? 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 minority. Others may argue that every alternate version of Windows re... (more)

This Week in Cloud, December 6, 2012: Cloud predictions for 2013, EMC & VMware’s new business unit, 1 in 5 employees use Dropbox. And more…

The Innovative CIO! The Innovative CIO: How IT Leaders Can Drive Business Transformation – the new book from Andi Mann and George Watt Cloud News 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)