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Big Data – Batter Up!

Big Data – Batter Up!

My recent post about Big Data inspired some in-person inquiries (btw you need not await a 1:1 conversation; just hit ‘Comments’); namely: What Is It? Why Care from a business POV? Who Is Already Into It? I headed New Products at one on the Big Three global data houses a few years ago. Not long ago, I [...]

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Google Glass: A Privacy Tipping Point?

Google Glass: A Privacy Tipping Point?

News from BBC that US politicians are worried about Google Glass. Not about the technology- Google Glass is said to be inferior technology to that of other eyeglass recorders. It’s the scope. Google has the resources & geography/audience reach to make Glass an instant global phenom. Congress (Democrats & Republicans alike) has doubts on the pervasive use of recording devices & [...]

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BB Not Out of the Woods Just Yet

BB Not Out of the Woods Just Yet

Kudos to Thorsten Heins for adding focus at Blackberry. Kudos to his firm for courting app developers & urging current users to be patient until the next device. Blackberry now has a renewed life with BB10. No frivolous tablet launches. No recent crucial system downtime. No compromise to launch fast; instead, launching when ready. Turning [...]

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Quarterlies? Why Not Invest on the Long View?

Quarterlies? Why Not Invest on the Long View?

Awaiting apple’s earnings results is almost as anticipated as the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. I was asked to be interviewed on my prognosis today. No thanks. My understanding of the minutiae that moves day-to-day stock prices is weak; though I assure you I watch Apple closely; it’s a fine example of Good and [...]

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Spitfire’s 7 Tech Trends for 2013

Spitfire’s 7 Tech Trends for 2013

I was a bit ahead of the industry’s tech uptake rate for wearable tech in July, 2011; it took time for the market to admit its potential, despite cool innovations such as Google Glasses. But 2013 looks to be promising for my #1 2013 Tech Trend Choice, Wearable Tech (wearable digital images, footwear that charges [...]

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RIM Bets It All on BB10′S Jan 30 Release

RIM Bets It All on BB10′S Jan 30 Release

CTV News Team spoke to me Nov 18th about RIM; Scott Laurie asked about the critical upcoming BB10 launch Why announce a launch date of Jan 30? Because that’s the date Thorsten Heins says it’ll be ready! A respected tech icon once said: “Detail matter; it’s worth waiting to get it right” (any guesses who [...]

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Expedia Fires Back at Google (This Is Gonna Be Fun!)

Expedia Fires Back at Google (This Is Gonna Be Fun!)

Expedia hasn’t rolled over & given up in the war looming against Google-Frommers. Back in August I told you Google acquired Frommers – a respected name in travel, with revered guidebooks, travel destination info, tourist resort links, hotel reviews, etc. That’s a necessary step before Google becomes a travel destination booking player- and that inevitability [...]

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Only One Chance to Make a First Impression

Only One Chance to Make a First Impression

Going global means looking afresh at market possibilities. Of course most firms apply their ‘elsewhere proven’ home-market business/marketing model, but often a new market has different competitive situations, social/ cultural norms & unmet consumer needs. What does that mean? It means you look anew at a market, where your particular highest-fit opportunity may be, then [...]

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Google, RIM, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung (GRAMS)

Google, RIM, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung (GRAMS)

GRAMS. Universal units of measurement. And a memory-tool summarizing key smartphone players- easier to create once Nokia basically fell out of serious contention. I had expected it possible that this Fall I’d need to revise GRAMS [Google, RIM, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung], after the iPhone 5 intro. I thought it might seal the fate of RIM, [...]

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Google News: A Flight Delay for Expedia & Travelocity?

Google News: A Flight Delay for Expedia & Travelocity?

Recently I wrote that Google had acquired Frommers, predicting it would lead to a ‘service enhancement race’ in online travel-booking. You know the players: Bottom-end Travel booking: Priceline.com. Hotwire.com Midscale Travel Booking: Expedia, Travelocity Upscale/B2B Travel Management: Carson Wagonlit, American Express Travel, etc Specialists: Hotels.com, Bookings.com Travel  Tour Expertise: Michelin, Lonely Planet, Rick Steeves, Frommers [...]

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