HOLLYWOOD'S Windowing System Starts to Unravel.
FINALLY! When I managed a games portfolio product for Bell, I learned about “windowing” as a content industry mechanism to “squeeze out” as much profit from core IP (content assets) as long as the industry could do it. At the start of 2006, the gaming industry’s windowing system was just as intense as Hollywood’s film creators. Games followed a lengthy...
GAMES AND BLACKBERRY.
The media had a field slow day yesterday so they opted to keep harping on the same old boring drumbeat. But we have good people at Research in Motion fighting the good fight. Until then, we’ll let them speak and build their “Klout”. ;-) And so on, and so on. Now onto more serious stuff. My good friend, Volker Hirsch (Director, Global Head of Business Development -...
WHY IS TIM COOK TRYING TO HOSPITALIZE ME?
[LOL] Welcome. Shoot me. I am just as bad as the news media (CNN!) for using crazy headlines that have NOTHING to do with the article. Well, this one is somewhat related. However, it’s not Tim Cook’s fault. I like Tim Cook. Even E.T. likes Tim Cook. He isn’t trying to hospitalize me. Only the software is. This is another “What Would Alex Bosika Do?”...
The Murky World of Internet Access. Ugh! Poor...
Want to change your internet service provider? GET YOUR NOTEPAD READY. :-) And find a better way to explain this to your lady so she doesn’t think it’s all b**lsh*t and m*rketing (yes, marketing has become a dirty word). :-) The above notepad assembled information from a wholesaler competitor which has been a thorn in the back-side of Bell, Rogers, Cogeco, Shaw and others. That...
Gaming, Netflix and Women.
Back in 2006, I was responsible for Canada’s leading value-added games service at Bell Canada that was genetically no different than the Netflix model we know very well today. The product had a client application (client/server), cataloguing, streaming technology, subscription pricing, drip content feeding and required the Internet to be functional. Netflix Vs Blockbuster @Home from Dish...
RIM May Have Suffered From A Two-Headed Dragon But...
Surprise! RIM is not breaking up in two! Surely, this would be the end of the company as we know it. And an obvious sell-off. I wrote a long article to play up the media story over some random UK report suggesting a RIM corporate sell-off in two buckets. Here’s a little IP here for you, and a snoop full of IP there. Where do all these Yahoo’s come from? I am losing quite a lot...
Apple Inc's Five Year Track Record - Phone... →
[BREAKING] 200 VIDEOS of Steve Jobs Aggregated... →
Kudos to the aggregator of fine content. Something I wanted to do. :-)
[RUMOUR] RIM to Sell its Caramel and Sundae...
When Research in Motion (RIM) announced it was looking to JP Morgan and RBC for advise on its strategy, you knew they had no strategy. There is only one reason to go this route: The board and the management ‘company proper’ had given up. Watching RIM bellow out news that is designed to stabilize (not working) the market and public perception, I chuckled when Lazaridis told the media...
[ MUST-SEE VIDEOS] THE MEDIUM IS THE RESISTANCE.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. — Alphonse Karr (1808-1890)
*&*% SAKES! I SCRATCHED MY SCREEN!
Back in January 2012, as the media remained focused on Steve Jobs’ passing, anecdotal stories started cropping up about Apple, Steve, and the iPhone launch. One story caught my attention. It was about the time Steve Jobs flipped (literally) a month before Apple was to launch the iPhone back in 2007. By the way, none of the language below is real. I made it up to make it a little more...
I respect the Japanese and especially like their execution and communication...– Terry Gou, Hon Hai Chairman (FoxConn) - maker of iPhone and also courting Japanese through Sharp joint venture deal.
Speaker Selection Meets Technology | ExpoWeb.com →
Groundbreaking stuff happening at Speakerfile.com. Know the team well. A deep dive into the U/X and future product plans tells me that this team really knows what they’re doing.
ACT DIFFERENT: HOW ABOUT A 25% RAISE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS - USA), the 2012 inflation rate is currently hovering around 1.2%. With the Fed’s endless engagement using market measures like “Operation Twist” and whatever other “easing” Bernanke see’s fit, it truly is hard to believe that so much “liquidity” (DEBT MONEY JUICE!) has kept the economy from...
MOBILE: SOFTWARE WON. Plain and Simple.
What a week. The latest? Nokia expected to cut 10,000 additional jobs by 2013 and cut out some research and development in Burnaby, BC and Ulm, Germany. This isn’t really anything new. When Steve Jobs II returned, he immediately slashed and burned. Specifically, R&D. He then killed the Newton (his disdain for John Sculley evident - it wasn’t his baby, so bye bye Newton). He...
I have noticed 70 UNEXPECTED friends....WOT NOW?
[YOUTUBE: MUST SEE] YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL (12:46)
I am SPEECH…LESS. What an amazing clip. Need more? Watch this movie.
THE RISE OF THE VAINGLORIOUS DIGERATI.
(Source photo: see URL at bottom) Something interesting happened this week at Apple’s WWDC 2012. Outside of a slew of announcements introducing new features like passbook, maps (flyover), and fully refreshed MacBooks, iOS6 (and to some extent, MacOSX Mountain Lion) took the centre stage. Importantly, Apple announced a “deeper” integration of Facebook into iOS —...
1436: Gutenberg Press helps circulate and spread ideas and the world of information with printing press technology 1768: Encyclopedia Britannica organizes the world’s information into volumes 1998: Google organizes the world’s information and data on the Internet 2010: Apple introduces Siri, the world’s first intelligent personal assistant designed to organize the...
WWDC12: WE'RE POST-PC.
Flashback: D8, June 2010 Key data points: Steve Jobs returns to Apple again from ongoing battle with his illness iPad is THE hot-topic Apple and Google: Fractured Relations Apple passes Microsoft in market valuation for the first time It’s all about the “Post-PC” era IBM got out of PCs and focused on their core strengths. Dell recommended Apple shareholders get their...
[INFOGRAPHIC] TOP 30 MOST RESPECTED VENTURE...
May wish to follow them on twitter.com for insights. This is a early 2011 graphic but that said, still interesting to see.
Mobile Competitors on Facebook vs. WWDC12 News...
The media was buzzing for Apple today. It is interesting to see one company get so much buzz and attention. Deserved? Up for debate. Some great product announcements but best left to the folks who “live blogged” today. I took a few snapshots from some competitors on Facebook on WWDC12 day. What do you think? Apple Windows Phone Research in Motion / Blackberry ...
400 MILLION STORE ACCOUNTS. 1-CLICK.
If this isn’t something to sneeze at, I don’t know what is. May I point you to this article from Nick Bilton of the New York Times. More info from AppleInsider.com.
[VIDEO] FULL TIM COOK D10 INTERVIEW AHEAD OF...
It would have been nice to be able to embed the full video but AllThingsD appears to have an issue with the embed code - or it doesn’t work with Tumblr. That said, I wasn’t entirely sure if Tim Cook spoke for a short 20 minutes at D10 with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg but it appears the content was was withheld until the full video was released. Over 1.5 hours of Tim Cook. ...
[MINDMAP] FOCUS IN THE AGE OF DISTRACTION.
Mike Hiles, a respected colleague, opted to share this through his social media network. Enjoyable visual of the amount of stuff going on in our lives. Looking for some old school inspiration to improve your productivity game? Look no further than the Pomodoro Technique. Download the free book on the method. Thanks for the quality share my friend. Have a productive week!
MOBILE ADVERTISING: THE FUTURE IS NEAR
Apple’s announcement of iAd in April 2010 came with much fanfare. It touted a universe of rich, HTML5 ads that behaved like a dedicated ‘microsite’ on a mobile smartphone - specifically, the iPhone. In Jobs-speak, it would be easier for advertisers to reach premium users and make it very easy for agencies to leverage the medium on behalf of large brand advertisers. This was...
[Comic] IT'S YOUR FAULT.
Apple and WWDC. The hype and the fiction.
PROMETHEUS 'HR GIGER' REBOOT
I chose not to read any reviews for Prometheus because I did not want to get any spoilers. If you are ‘in the know’, you’ll know the title reference gives away the farm. HR Giger, by far, creates the most surreal craft in modern day design, sculpture or architecture. You’ll spot his work in Prometheus fairly quickly and if you’ve picked up on this, then you know...
The 'Sexiness' of Cloud Platforms
You getting that odd feeling that ‘the cloud is sexy’? I can’t find a press release today that doesn’t announce new cloud infrastructure as part of the value proposition. It’s becoming overdone. One day, those sexy clouds will turn into thunderstorms when there are brute force violations by hackers, failed redundancy measures and loss of customer data. A...
MINDMAP: CONTENT CURATION TO THE MAX
There’s always room for more content. Here’s an interesting find.
MCDONALD'S CANADA FACEBOOK CAMPAIGN: GOOD OR...
I “stumbledupon” McDonald’s (Canada) unique social media campaign after logging out of Facebook. It is probably the first ad execution on Facebook that caught my attention from a major brand. Putting aside the typical blindness associated with Facebook Ads today (did they really think I’d give away the “data farm” with unique interests and likes...
ANDROID FRAGMENTATION KEEPS DEVELOPERS ON "IOS... →
I saw a repeat IDC forecast media blurb the other day stating that in “four years”, Windows Phone will surpass iPhone. That may be true but let’s focus on today. Unless Apple does something really stupid to annoy developers, it looks like the “app happy train” remains on the iOS platform. Money talks. Who pays? Who pirates? Best this or best that. We learned...
The Rise of the 'Fan Boy' Attack!
I had an interesting exchange over twitter the other day. Someone posted a sensational article which seemed to suggest that “Apple was playing with fire” and listed about five to six points which implied Apple was floundering and this was a sign of Android’s rising prominence. Naturally, I’ve seen this kind of journalism far too frequently. CNN and countless other...
MY LINKEDIN PASSWORD WAS COMPROMISED!
To my earlier note, the great folks at Lastpass have created a site where you can enter your password to confirm if it was compromised. Guess what? Mine was one of the lucky 6.5 million that was compromised. I changed it immediately. Thanks Lastpass for developing this. Mind you, what a great way to introduce your product to millions of people as a result of the mishaps of another...
The World's 25 Reputable Companies. What do you... →
Here are 25 reputable companies with “international” reach. What do you think? Any that stand out for good or bad reasons? Share
THE PASSWORD TIME-BOMB!
IT HAPPENED AGAIN. We’re living in an age of digital paranoia. It’s becoming far too complex to manage online profiles, identities, and other personal information. This is why companies like Lastpass thrive in today’s world. Known as an encrypted digital locker which opens all your profiles with a single click, you can push that security further with Yubico’s USB...