The Cola Wars are legendary and taught as case studies in business schools all over the country. Back in the 1980s, Pepsi ran a series of advertisements where people, caught on hidden camera, in a blind taste test, chose Pepsi over rival Coca-Cola. And many will of course remember the infamous strategic retreat Coke made on July 11, 1985, by announcing its plans to bring back the original ‘Classic’ Coke after recently introducing New Coke.
Pepsi had its groove on back then and it was heady times for the beverage company Read more
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An Emeryville California start-up has developed a way to send big video files from computers and mobile devices to a special server at speeds far in excess of FTP (file transfer protocol).
The system is being used by The New York Times to manage its video distribution from the field. We first reported last month how some Times reporters are using an Aspera app on the iPhone to upload videos to the server.
Last week, we spoke with Michelle Munson, co-founder and President of Aspera.
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There are some things we all agree are broken. Finding stuff on the web is broken. The volume of ‘stuff’ has rapidly exceeded the tools we’ve counted on for the past ten years or so. And, the speed of ‘stuff’ makes validating new data harder and harder Read more
It’s easy to imagine the ultimate meeting in AT&T’s corporate headquarters that finalized the decision to buy out No. 4 national wireless carrier T-Mobile. AT&T Chairman Randall Stephenson is at the head of the table. He goes around the table checking with his top executives — Wayne Watts, the general counsel; Ralph de la Vega, who heads AT&T Mobility; Rick Lindner, the chief financial officer; John Stankey, who is in charge of business solutions Read more
I have to admit that I was an anti-nuclear power activist back in the late ’70s and early ’80s. I protested in front of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant in New Hampshire, and worked for the Campaign For Safe Energy that in 1980 lobbied for anti-nuclear power resolutions in both the Republican and Democratic party platforms that year.
Protests, plus the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island and the more serious event in Chernobyl, contributed to the demise of the U.S. nuclear power program. But recently, a lot of politicians have called for us to build more nuclear plants.
But People Say It’s Now Safe
Despite my anti-nuke activist roots, I started to reconsider my feelings about nuclear power a few years ago Read more
I was talking to a tech guy this morning about my new iPad 2 and he asked the same questions everyone asks: “What d’ya think of it? What’s cool about it compared to the original iPad?” I have my stock answers, about it being slimmer, lighter and faster, the addition of the camera, but it got me thinking about something I’ve been chewing on for a while: with a device like the iPad, what’s next?
There are rumor sites that suggest that the now-mythical iPad 3 will have a faster processor, a “retina” display or other higher resolution screen and a higher resolution camera. Maybe a built-in SD Card reader or USB port. Maybe a second interface plug so that the device could be docked in landscape orientation, rather than just portrait.
Better, faster, stronger, lighter, thinner, but there are logical endpoints to these trends Read more
It’s no brilliant observation to note the near-dominant success of the ever-changing world of iPod players. That success has spawned perhaps an even larger industry, that of third-party accessories, an industry that has almost become self-perpetuating as it has to keep changing every time Apple puts out a new iPod model with slightly (or sometimes vastly) different specs. In fact, this month we see a perfect example of that: the research for this column started months back to look at accessories for the iPod touch, generation 3 – and Apple subsequently released generation 4.
Have no fear, because those of you still with the third generation iPod (not much more than a mere year old) will find everything here applicable to your device. But for those who’ve already upgraded – take this as a mea culpa: the cases described here will alas no longer be appropriate since the current iPod touch now includes a camera Read more
Since the iPad’s release in April of 2010, the device has found its way into both homes and classrooms. It’s amazing to see the number of educational apps available on the market. Some mix games with reading, while others focus strictly on promoting literacy. It seems that most all children love the ability to interact with mobile devices, but can these devices be a learning tool particularly well suited for kids with autism? For many apps, the answer is yes.
During Apple’s March 2 special event announcing the iPad 2, Steve Jobs introduced a video featuring a 10-year-old boy with autism, Leo, using the iPad Read more
AT&T’s plan to take over T-Mobile has set the stage for Washington’s high-tech policy battle of 2011.
But that’s not all that’s at stake. This proposed deal paints a dark scenario for the future of all communications — a future that looks increasingly like a bygone era of monopoly control.
If AT&T succeeds it will form a communications colossus to rival Ma Bell. Two companies, AT&T and Verizon, would control close to 80 percent of the mobile marketplace in America — a figure that could exceed 90 percent, if, as many anticipate, Verizon buys Sprint.
For the hundreds of millions of American people who rely on handheld phones and wireless Internet devices this equation spells disaster Read more
In August of last year, a IT-centric research blog called Wikibon released a stunning infographic representing the total amount of data stored online in 2010. The astronomical figure cited — 1.2 zettabytes, or 1 billion terabytes — could have filled a stack of 16GB iPads (75 billion, to be precise) that would nearly reach the peak of Mount Everest. Other estimates have put the number of total information transacted (i.e. not necessarily stored) in recent years closer to 3 or 4 zettabytes Read more
The day the tsunami struck Japan, Apple launched its tsunami-seller, the iPad2. My calendar for 3.11.11 — the date of the massive 9.0 earthquake — was steady:
3.5 p.m.: Stand in line for iPad2
When the first iPad was unleashed, like Harry Potter’s magical wand, but for adults — I stood in line for three hours to buy the shiny portal for my parents. The hype around the iPad2 this spring is almost unbearable. And, like a true APPLEaholic, I was driven by “the hunger.” After all, it was Eve who first ate that apple promising the Tree of Knowledge.
I count myself among the disciples to Steve Job’s elegant technology, his sleek, design style born of his calligraphy training, his artistry and eloquence that make Microsoft geeks look like dunderheads — or worse, drones Read more
Sitting at my desk, listening to a stream of NPR, I consider the power of technology and how it has the ability to “share,” to give and take, and open eyes and minds, and allow the exchange of thoughts and opinions amongst millions of people. But the reality of technology and how it affects the world lies in the willingness of users to employ and leverage technology in the evolution and change of society.
Just recently, I had written about “disconnecting” from the internet. I deactivated my Facebook account, as well as my Twitter and Yelp accounts. I have even disconnected my HTC Droid smartphone, in exchange for a 15+ year old Samsung flip phone Read more
Exodus International, the notorious “ex-gay” organization, recently released an iPhone app that, according to its website, is “designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders.” The Exodus website further boasts that its app received a 4+ rating from Apple, meaning that it contains “no objectionable content.”
No objectionable content? I beg to differ. Exodus fraudulently claims to offer “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ” and they use a hateful and bigoted message replete with scare tactics, misinformation, stereotypes and distortions of LGBT life to recruit clients. They endorse the use of so-called “reparative therapy” to “change” the sexual orientation of their clients, despite the fact that this form of “therapy” has been rejected by every major professional medical organization including the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Counseling Association. But reparative therapy isn’t just bad medicine — it’s also very damaging to the self-esteem and mental health of its victims Read more
At the All Things Digital conference last June, I had a chance to question Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about when Windows laptops would be able to compete with the iPad when it comes to battery life. He said to stay tuned. I have stayed tuned but haven’t heard much from Microsoft about battery life. However, I did just get my hands on a new Windows 7 notebook PC from Lenovo, which claims to actually outlast the iPad’s rated 10 hours of battery life.
The ThinkPad X220, which will be available in April as both a standard notebook PC and as a convertible PC/tablet, boasts an amazing 24 hours of battery life with an add-on external battery pack that attaches to the bottom of the unit Read more
A nuclear power reactor is an extraordinary machine. All other machines generate heat while they are running, but stop generating heat when they are turned off. A reactor continues to generate heat, even when it is turned off. That is the root of the problem in Fukushima, Japan Read more
The speculation that the full moon and its gravitational effect on Earth could trigger earthquakes and other natural disasters is getting attention in some quarters. It is not surprising, given the fact that humans have been looking above rather than below our feet for answers since ancient times.
The coming March 19 is a full moon day, in fact, a special one dubbed as “supermoon. On this day, the Moon will be closer to Earth in its last 18 years — it’s full and close. It will approach the Earth at a distance of 221,567 miles — a lunar perigee.
The gravitational pull of the Moon on Earth is evident from the ocean tides Read more
Here are seven steps to developing a digital marketing blueprint. Many people skip the first four, but these first few steps are the crucial difference between success and failure. I have also uploaded slide presentations to help you along.
Assess Your Situation — This first step is perhaps the most important Read more