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Let’s get started, I’m not in love w/ the new naming system for the iPad. “New” should never be in any products name, let alone a real piece of technology (will the next one be New New? or New and Improved iPad?). Ridiculous. That said, Apple has certainly upped their internal standards (as the iPad 2 was showing its age and limitations in a few aspects). Apple’s Upgrades The first huge upgrade is the screen. While I still disagree with the 4:3 aspect ratio, Apple has quadrupled the pixels to a ridiculous 2048×1536. At 1536p it certainly is beyond 720p or 1080p (hd resolutions) but will this be a positive in the long run? The second upgrade is the CPU/GPU pairing. Apple has implemented a dual-core CPU with a quad-core GPU, claiming better speed and performance than the current king on the block – NVIDIA‘s Tegra 3 architecture. I do not buy these blanket statements ... (more)

Ulitzer - iPad for Business?

iPad For Business In case you did not hear, Apple announced the iTouch on steroids aka iPad last week. Apple iPad via Is it a phone? No, its not an iPhone Is it a PC? Well, not in the context of the traditional PC or Mac book What is the iPad or more importantly, what is the possible business angle? First as to what is it, it might be easier to describe what it is not. As mentioned above, it is not an iPhone, granted you can get an iPad with 3G or WiFi for data access (similar to how iTouch has WiFi). Likewise, the iPad is not a PC in the context of running applications traditionally found on Windows PCs or Mac devices. What is it? As far as what is the iPad, here is a link to its specifications, some of which have resulted in confusion. For example, I have seen many comments about how the iPad does not have a camera. Well, not built in however there i... (more)

Businesses Turning to Internet of Things to Get a Leg up on Competition

Market research firm Infonetics Research released excerpts from its just-published M2M Strategies by Vertical: North American Enterprise Survey, which provides a view of the machine-to-machine (M2M) market - also known as the Internet of Things (IoT) - through the eyes of businesses using or planning to use M2M solutions. For the report, Infonetics surveyed medium and large businesses about their plans for M2M services, which allow wireless and wired systems to communicate with devices that collect and provide data for analysis. Some examples of how organizations are utilizing M2M connections today include: Transport companies equipping their fleets with connected devices that monitor driver speed, location, and other data to maximize safety and efficiency Automobile makers manufacturing "connected cars" that enhance the driving experience by providing fuel saving t... (more)

The Smart Mobile Apps and Open Hybrid Cloud Trends

Savvy executive leaders are already prepared for the shift to more progressive business technology deployments throughout the enterprise. Open hybrid cloud architectures, big data analytics and mobile applications are high-growth platforms at the center of this shift. In particular, the emerging mobile applications must be integrated, flexible, and adaptable to constantly changing business conditions. This is the new normal in many fast-paced industries. That being said, are you ready for the mobile data deluge that's inevitable? According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index global mobile data traffic forecast for 2013 to 2018, worldwide mobile data traffic will increase nearly 11-fold over the next four years and reach an annual run rate of 190 exabytes by 2018. The projected increase in mobile traffic is partly due to continued strong growth in the number of mobile... (more)

TriQuint Semiconductor's New HV-HBT Transistors Can Lower Costs of 3G/4G Mobile Infrastructure

TriQuint Semiconductor (Nasdaq:TQNT), a leading RF semiconductor manufacturer and foundry services provider, today announced the release of two new HV-HBT (high voltage-heterojunction bipolar transistor) devices created at TriQuint’s San Jose, CA design center, formerly WJ Communications1. The highly efficient, highly linear devices expand TriQuint’s HV-HBT portfolio, and when paired with TriQuint’s high power HBT devices, provide a complete RF solution for 3G/4G high power amplifier (HPA) mobile infrastructure designs. Greater amplifier efficiency can enable lower initial base station costs, lower power consumption and lower operating costs. “An important customer advantage of the recent WJ Communications acquisition is the ability of the companies’ portfolios to complement each other,” remarked TriQuint Product Marketing Director... (more)

iPhone 3G experiences

I thought I’d stop after traveling from event to event, catch my breath and take a moment to review my experiences working with the iPhone for the last month or so. The following musings are in no particular order. The user interface is really fun to use. Beauty, however, is only skin deep. Apple often shows how [...] ... (more)

AT&T to Offer iPhone 3G S on June 19

AT&T announced it will offer Apple iPhone 3G S, the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet, in its retail and online stores beginning June 19. In addition, the company today will begin selling iPhone 3G starting at $99 for new and qualifying subscribers. AT&T offers the nation's fastest 3G network and the best worldwide coverage of any U.S. carrier. iPhone 3G S is the fastest, most powerful iPhone yet, and we're extremely proud to offer it to our customers on the nation's fastest 3G network," said Ralph de la Vega , president and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "We're also pleased to offer these innovative phones and plans at incredible values, including free Wi-Fi access at nearly 20,000 hot spots." Based on independent market research, twice as many smartphone users have chosen AT&T over any other U.S. carrier. "I expect this great new iPhone 3G S and a $99 iPho... (more)

New Evernote App For The iPhone OS 3.0

Evernote, the multi-platform application that allows users to remember every notable aspect of their lives, today announced the availability of a significant update to its application for iPhone and iPod touch: Evernote version 3.0. Taking full advantage of the latest iPhone OS 3.0 software update, the app has been redesigned and optimized for easier note creation, faster browsing and more intuitive search. Evernote lets iPhone users create notes, take snapshots, record audio memos, and search through any content created on their iPhone or iPod touch, desktop computer, or the Web, thanks to its cloud-based sync functionality. New in Evernote 3.0 Evernote 3.0 contains a number of major enhancements made possible by the latest iPhone software update. New features include: -- Full note list sync enables smooth browsing and quick filtering -- Map view plots notes on a m... (more)

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Available in Stores

T-Mobile USA announced the national retail availability of the highly anticipated T-Mobile myTouch 3G with Google. Customers can now purchase the myTouch 3G in T-Mobile retail and partner locations, as well as online at, and also choose from an array of accessories and customized shells to make their device truly their own. To celebrate its arrival, T-Mobile is aiming high and plans to launch an aerial spectacle in the sky over San Francisco. Today at noon PDT, 100 skydivers, each dressed as unique personalities to reflect the individuality of the myTouch experience, will colorfully parachute in synchronized formations over the city*. “myTouch 3G can be personalized to wholly reflect your individuality, pride and passion, making it ‘100% you,’” said Denny Marie Post, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “We’ll help this come to lif... (more)

Blackberry 9630 Tour: Perfect for My Small Business Needs

I just upgraded my Verizon Blackberry World Edition to the BlackBerry Tour 9630. This note provides a few observations. I use my phone for business, so I need good clear always-on voice.  But my Blackberry is also my hand held office. I need a device that lets me rapidly draft and send e-mails, and I need always on connectivity to the many cloud computing services we have all grown to depend upon in this cloud driven age.  I need access to contact info from the cloud and need access to my office and home calendars.  I need access to work documents, spreadsheets and presentations as well. My previous phone, the older Blackberry 8830 World Edition, met most all the requirements I really needed met.  It was great at receiving and sending e-mail and had a keyboard that lets me fly when it comes to typing.   Browsing speeds on the Verizon World were acceptable.   I almos... (more)

AT&T and Vlingo to Bring Innovative Speech Recognition to Mobile Devices

In an effort to provide mobile device users an easier and more natural way to control their applications, AT&T* and Vlingo today announced a licensing agreement and strategic alliance to incorporate AT&T's Watson technology into Vlingo's speech-enabled applications. The alliance will drive innovation in user interfaces by allowing people to use the power of their voice to create and send a text message or email, search the Web, access social networking tools and more, making data services more accessible and convenient to use. As part of the alliance, AT&T will take a minority equity stake in Vlingo. "AT&T's Watson technology provides a world-class speech recognition engine in both performance and features," said Charles Kalmanek, vice president of networking and services research, AT&T Labs. "By allowing users to speak naturally, Watson opens the door to a wide rang... (more)