The Borg, Lt. Uhura, and security guys wore them. People talked to themselves in public. Once upon a time, Bluetooth headsets were all the rage, filling mall kiosks and Best Buy stores. There were curving behind-the-ear loops, chrome blobs, and sleek black sticks like Apple's. And it seemed that everyone who was anyone had a Bluetooth headset to accompany their new Blackberry … [Read more...] about Throwback Thursday: Remember When a Bluetooth Headset was a Must-Have Accessory?
Every day, it seems there is a new lawsuit in the mobile phone industry. HTC, Motorola, Google, Microsoft, and especially Apple and Samsung are actively litigating their way through a thicket of patents. The same is increasingly happening in the rest of the IT industry. But is all this bloodshed really about innovation? Or is it, as one federal judge noted, simply a new form of … [Read more...] about Begun, the Patent Wars Have
I spent this week at the 2011 Microsoft MVP Summit in Redmond, WA. It was an excellent trip, full of great information that I can't talk about: Microsoft is the only company I have an NDA with! But I can say that no one should count that company out. Although Apple, Google, and Facebook (?!) get all the attention, Microsoft is making some good moves. The Kinnect and Windows … [Read more...] about Back From the Pile: Interesting Links, March 4, 2011
I recently purchased a Novatel MiFi 2200 on Virgin Mobile (USA) as an emergency fallback networking device for Tech Field Day, and it saved our bacon on-site at Symantec. It literally saved our bacon. See, being a security company, Symantec had a strictly-controlled network that did not allow live streaming to Ustream. Since the CradlePoint PHS300 was in use by the delegates, … [Read more...] about Why Won’t My MiFi Charge?
Apple has taken a beating from the "in crowd" lately. In the mind of these technophiles, they've gone from hip to evil in just a few years. While Apple is lambasted for turning the iPhone "walled garden" into a jail, Google is applauded as the new bastion of openness and geek friendliness. This criticism focuses on the iPhone, especially with regard to the despised American … [Read more...] about How Apple Will Get Their Mobile Phone Mojo Back From AT&T