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)
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)
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
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)
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
Zynga.com, 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)
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)
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)