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CES 2010 on Ulitzer The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year was grandiose and overwhelming as always. As my colleague Jeff Shelmire and I represented ChannelVission Inc to scope out the latest in tech madness, we were assaulted by a sensory overload of 3-D screen enablers, perceptive sensors, gaming devices for a lazier and racier audience and phones that promise to be smarter than ever before. Samsung, Panasonic, Sharp and all the big names were loving it as they have been looking for just this kind of  interest surge to get back into the game after last year’s abysmal retail push. Tablet sized touch screen net books and niche e-readers were in abundance as trend dictates smaller, sleeker and more mobile. Since everyone is crazy about downloading apps for everything from bird watching to clock ticking (OK, I made this one up but I’m sure it exists som... (more)

Why Social Media Check-Ins Could Bridge the ROBO Gap

Badges, Passports, the Creator, the Founder, the Mayor, getting a Pin, picking up a raccoon..This is the language of the newest phenomenon to hit the location-enabled social media marketing world. I am talking about Social Networking Games. No longer only for geeks and geocachers, these are real tools for seeing where your friends are, in real time, as they “check-in” to locations and share what they are doing. Since the device knows where it is, you can only check in to a location you are visiting. While mobile location sharing is not new, incentives that tap our competitive si... (more)

A New Bubble?

We all remember the Internet bubble back in 1999-2000 era. Start-ups were getting huge valuations. The joke then was – if you are 27 years old and not a millionaire, then you are a failure. All you needed was a sign-board saying “new internet company” and stand on Sand Hill Road. Several cars will stop and within hours, you should have a check worth millions as investment. This is an exaggeration of course. Jeff Bezos of Amazon even said – we spell profit as “prophet”. Then the bubble burst one day and the debris was huge. Hundreds of B2C and B2B companies went belly up. Now af... (more)

The Rise of The Vertical Cloud

While some are happy to debate definitions of cloud computing, I prefer to focus on the characteristics that make successful companies, successful. Lately there seems to have been a shift from the anything for anyone cloud to the industry or vertically focused cloud. Adding to this is today's piece of news from Zynga who announced what they describe as "the beta release of,  a new service enabling third party developers to create and publish games on the Zynga Platform." Yes, that company that brought you farmville is now going to be a cloud service provider enabling a ... (more)

Google dropping old Office formats, AWS beefs up super-fast data processing and more

By RyanKamauff Here are the top tech news and stories of the day. A startup emerges to use wireless mesh and the cloud to fight energy theft - A Canadian startup called “Awesense” is looking to cut down on energy theft. This theft can occur from people tapping directly into high-voltage wires and using the power for illicit means. The intent is for power workers to be able to see how much energy is supposed to be distributed, and what is actually distributed. This solution is a mobile one, with clampable sensors and more. Via GigaOM, more here. Support for old Office formats endi... (more)

Cloud Gaming and the Future of Console Gaming

With the fall/winter 2013 release of Playstation 4 and Xbox One, the console world is starting to buzz about the possibilities of Cloud gaming. Now, we have to admit, we normally use this space to blog about more VPS Cloud centric topics however, we, like you, are nerds, geeks and gamers. Due to this, we are going to break from our normal indulgence in Cloud tech to talk about the future of console gaming and how it relates to the Cloud. Cloud Gaming: A Short History Before we can chat about the real subject of this post (the Cloud capabilities of PS4 vs. Xbox One), we have to tak... (more)