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The Comunicano Daily for Friday December 27 2013

 
 
 
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Most of the news today has been about the holiday shopping/shipping woes. So we'll start with that and look at some other facts and information surrounding the holiday season. Now..on to the news.. 

 
 

 
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Many shoppers blame online retailers for stealing Christmas: Shipping delays left many people with little under the tree

Many shoppers are blaming online retailers for stealing Christmas. Companies from Amazon.com Inc. to Kohl's Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. promised to deliver items from headphones to television sets before Christmas, but shipping delays left gift-givers across the country without anything to put under the tree.

 
 

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Apple's iOS Completely Blew Away Google's Android For Shopping On Christmas

Apple's mobile operating system, iOS, continues to blow away Google's Android in mobile commerce, according to IBM analytics.IBM put out a press release about what it saw during Christmas. It's not good for Android: iOS vs. Android: As a percentage of total online sales, iOS was more than five times higher than Android, driving 23 percent vs.

 
 

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Amazon Reveals a New Hint About Prime Membership Rolls

Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press SEATTLE - The world's biggest online retailer has mastered the art of talking a lot about its holiday sales, while saying very little. For years, Amazon has blasted out a press release, a day or so after Christmas, filled with a string of tantalizing-sounding factoids about the holidays at Amazon without actually providing a very meaningful picture of its business.

 
 

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Learning by Shipping

Rather than predict anything that will suddenly appear at the end of 2014, this post offers some trends that are likely to double by some measure this next year. This will turn out to be an exponential year in many technologies and what seems far-fetched could very easily be trends that are doubling in relatively short periods...

 
 

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As much as a third of all Internet sales gets returned, by one estimate

Free shipping and lenient return policies have given online retailing a huge boost. Now, chains are mining their order data to get shoppers to keep more purchases. Behind the uptick in e-commerce is a little known secret: As much as a third of all Internet sales gets returned, according to retail consultancy Kurt Salmon.

 
 

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With mobile Internet traffic growing, its a sign that more people are also consuming and contributing more data from tablets. If you're a company that's in the Internet space and not designing for tablets and phablets, you're out of the game before it starts. What's also clear is people are using their devices away from the home and office more, and as time goes on this will only increase. We're already seeing Verizon Wireless network in the USA stressing and straining...it will get worse before it gets better.

 
 

 
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U.S. Mobile Internet Traffic Nearly Doubled This Year

Andrew Burton/Getty Images Two big shifts happened in the American cellphone industry over the past year: Cellular networks got faster, and smartphone screens got bigger. As a result, people's consumption of mobile data nearly doubled.

 
 

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This leads to our next story about app usage tracking. Let's face it, government that governs best, governs least is an old axiom. When one sees the trade organization for mobile making a move to put out a app usage reporting tool that tells people how much each app consumes you know they're not just doing it to be nice. They're doing it with dual intentions. One for the consumer, but another for themselves. Expect more apps from Mobile operators in 2014 that help consumers and the operators know more, make more better informed decisions and be more aware of just what their options are. 

 
 

 
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CTIA Releases Know My App To Prevent Excessive Data Usage

Seth Fitzgerald | On 26, Dec 2013 As more and more services move to mobile devices, data usage is skyrocketing, which makes monitoring usage an incredibly important task. Only a handful of carriers still offer unlimited data while the others have restricted their plans, although many people stay within their limits, others have a hard time doing so.

 
 

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Yesterday, our lead off story was about T-Mobile and Sprint. Well here's an opposing point of view on the possibility of their merger...

 
 

 
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Analysis: In telecom merger mania, skeptical eye from Obama administration

 

 With both cable and mobile phone operators grappling with slowing growth, speculation has intensified recently about potential takeovers of No. 4 wireless service provider T-Mobile US Inc and No.

 

 
 

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It's no surprise that BlackBerry is canceling their Live event. Some would say it's better than having smaller numbers than in the past, as the naysayers would have been quick to call it, BlackBerry Dead....

 
 

 
 

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Sponsored links, if any, appear in green. Troubled smartphone vendor and enterprise service provider BlackBerry has announced that it will not host its signature event, BlackBerry Live, next year. So how will developers, buyers, and other participants in the BlackBerry ecosystem connect? There's a plan for that as well.

 
 

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The iPhone is a wonderful product. But what makes it so great is what Apple is constantly doing to make it more useful....Soon it could save lives.

 
 

 
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Apple patents accurate touch and hover panel, embedded heart rate monitor

Apple on Tuesday was granted two iOS device-targeted patents, one for a "touch and hover" display panel that is made more accurate by compensating for signal drift, and another for heart rate monitor that can be seamlessly integrated into a handset. Touch and hover The newer of Tuesday's patents, Apple's extensive U.S.

 
 

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China is adding MVNOs. This means they have built out the infrastructure to support competition. The question in my mind is what non Chinese company or global mobile operator will be the first to partner with one of the MVNO's to break into the market... 

 
 

 
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China's Telecom Regulator Awards Virtual Telecom Licenses to 11 Companies

 

China's telecom regulator has awarded licenses to 11 private companies to run mobile telecom businesses based on services leased from China's state-run carriers. The new licenses mark a concrete policy change after years of discussion by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, which regulates China's telecoms sector.

 

 
 

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Just to show another side of things, Quartz has a nice counterpoint to the runaway enthusiasm of the tech press. To them, 2013 was more the year that wasn't. 

 
 

 
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2013 was a lost year for tech

All in, 2013 was an embarrassment for the entire tech industry and the engine that powers it-Silicon Valley. Innovation was replaced by financial engineering, mergers and acquisitions, and evasion of regulations. Not a single breakthrough product was unveiled-and for reasons outlined below, Google Glass doesn't count.

 
 

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Positioning-Apple is A Products Company, Google Is A Service

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At Comunicano, our master of the message, Bill Ryan hammers on regularly about why positioning is so important. He should know. Back in 90s his agency, NRW was brought in by the late Steve Jobs to help with the turnaround of Apple. Now, some 16 years later, you can still see the fingerprints of Bill and his colleagues who left their mark on one of the world's true iconic products companies.

All you have to do is read today's post on Business Insider and see the difference between Google and Apple as iOS vs. Android is the battleground of today.

To Apple product owners the experience that they have with Apple is one from top to bottom and at the end of the day, that is what really matters.

With Google and Android, it's not the same.

Sure you can get gift cards for iTunes or Play, but the fragmentation of Google Android vs. the single experience of Apple tells the whole story. Personally, the Play gift cards seem so me too, it feels like they are on store shelves only because Apple already was.

Don't get me wrong, Google is moving in the same direction as Apple--quickly, and my experience as a Google Apps user is only getting better, but I have that experience on Apple products as well as on Google's Android and Chromebook devices, but what I don't get from Google or Android is the Apple Store, the Geniuses or the support that Apple puts behind its products with anything other than the core apps of Google.

Apple owns their customers expereince end to end. That's where it breaks down for Google. If there's a problem with an Android device immediately it's the manufacturers problem, not Google's. Let's call that the second layer of fragmentation. And, there's more when you look at the two side by side, which is why at the end of the day, an Apple product and Google services is the REAL combination that is killing BlackBerry and Microsoft.

Net-Net--Apple positions better than Google but together they are an unbeatable combination which makes me wonder if the two companies really are rivals, or simply allies with common enemies, and really are working together on a far more strategic level than they let on.


For Some Santa Didn't Come

There's a lot of anger and animosity being directed to online e-tailers like Amazon and the delivery companies, UPS and FedEx for not getting the presents to their intended recipients on time. I'll take a contrarian's view point and applaud the logistical giants one and all for doing the right thing. Sure, many children and adults were dissapointed, but when the thoughts of what else may have happened race through my mind, the crisis counselor in me says that UPS and FedEx made the right decisions.

So what if presents arrive a few days late...Better a day late that than not at all in my book.

Let's start with UPS and Fed Ex, both companies which are often under appreciated, clearly made the right moves in not having drivers and warehouse staff, many who already were working overtime hours and extra days not deliver on Christmas Day. Not only did it make for good fiscal sense for the companies, as the overtime would have been directly impacting their bottom lines, but what has been overlooked by many is the health and welfare of the drivers-who also need the day off.

They want and often need to be with their families so by not forcing the drivers to work the companies didn't wreck the plans they made, or give their families a less than happy holiday. Now imagine if the overtimed and overtired drivers got into a fatal accident because the public wanted their packages on Xmas eve. Those are big trucks, and an already overworked person driving around in holiday traffic in any size vehicle is a danger on our roads. So, yes,  call the decisionmakers at FedEx and UPS over cautious. But don't call them callous because some presents didn't arrive. There's a certain point where not changing plans makes sense and this was one of those examples as so far we haven't heard of a UPS or FedEx driver overturning a vehicle racing to make sure the presents were delivered on time..

As for Amazon-beyond the apologies and the credits the reality is they are migrating to their own delivery companies to augment what UPS and FedEx do. In some cases its great, but in other cases it's just so so...

As for what can be done...well, part of the problem lands at the feet of the online retailers. Last minute sales, lead to unanticipated demand on the logistics companies. There's only so much room on airplanes and in trucks for so many packages. Add in offers of free shipping, gift wrapping (added weight, space) and you start to see how even the best run companies at figuring out how to get the box from point A to point B can underestimate.

People also have the whole year to shop and ship...but being procrastinators simply means waiting until the last minute likely leads to a problem for some. I can see all kinds of things coming from this.

1. More local pick up by Amazon as their predictive delivery knowledge increases

2. Tiered delivery service costs-if you really want it delivered, you'll pay a premium after a certain date. Call it the procrastinators tax.

3. A return to physical retail. Expect the big box stores to get better at competing, targeting offers and having products actually on hand, or close enough to be picked up.

4. The rise of the local suppliers. 

Like anyone, I get upset when something expected isn't delivered on time, but in this case, level headed thinking outweighs the emotional angst that the buying public feels. I for one would rather get the present later versus finding out that a case of wine was damaged in an overturned truck that killed two people because I had to have my wine before Xmas...sorry. The welfare of the drivers and the welfare of the public trumps personal need and as long as the wine isn't damaged, or can be replaced, why should I care...(In my case I asked wine shippers to hold off shipping until after Xmas....)


The Comunicano Daily for Wednesday December 25 2013

 
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Cascais Portugal. Xmas eve brought rain, but now it seems the present of the day is clearing skies and a nice calmer day. As for news, not really much out there. A bunch of wrap up stories, and some looks ahead seem to dominate the news.

Biggest story is around SoftBank and their potential bid to buy out T-Mobile in the USA along with some travel tech related news.....so now, onto the news.

 

 
 

 
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SoftBank gets closer to buying T-Mobile: report

(Reuters) - Japan-based SoftBank Corp (TYO:9984) is in final stages of talks with T-Mobile (TMUS.N)parent company Deutsche Telekom (DTE.DE)about acquiring the U.S.-based wireless carrier, the Nikkei news service reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous sources.

 
 

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2014 will likely be a massive year for M&A, but it will also be a big year for startups  Our first story is all about Crowdfunding....

 

 
 

 
 

Crowdfunding in 2014..What Will It Be Like

 
 

 

Crowdfunding has become a buzzword among entrepreneurs, inventors, and the creative community. Impressive growth has occurred .....

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Smart marketing is always recognized and what JetBlue did with some "surpises" ads on Craigslist can be the start of something new both there and on sites like eBay as marketers look for ways that generate earned media coverage for a bright idea, but that also have that special contagious value to it.

 

 
 

 
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JetBlue hops on the holiday season bandwagon to surprise travellers

JetBlue used Craigslist's Rideboard to help people out who needed to get somewhere over the holidays..

 
 

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Tablets are more than just about reading....and apps, now they are becoming essential tools for customer service agents of all kind. Just look at how travelers feel about their airlines and tablets.

 

 
 

 
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60% of Flyers Want to Travel with Airlines That Use Tablets to Speed Up Lines

Sixty percent of flyers would be more likely to fly with an airline again if its staff used tablets to speed up wait times during the holidays, says survey.

 
 

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As someone who travels getting the right tech at a hotel or in the air is crucial. The next few stories sum up a lot of what's happening or about to be in the mainstream.

 

 
 

 
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Welcome to the holidays of the future

 

Hotels all over the world are tuning in to the needs of tech-savvy travellers with up-to-date gadgets. HOTELS all over the world are redefining luxury by embracing technology and incorporating it into the guest experience.

 

 
 

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24/7 connectivity - peace of mind?

Technology has revolutionised the life of the business traveller. 24/7 connectivity anywhere, anytime, has brought with it unquantifiable benefits. But is the last frontier of tranquility about to be taken away...

 
 

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Silent flight: Consumers voice opposition to in-flight calls

When Virgin Atlantic let it be known last year that it would be allowing passengers to use mobile phones for voice calls on flights, many of the news stories and commentary about the decision assumed the worst. "Annoyed yet?" began a CNN Travel report.

 
 

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Mobile Predictions for 2014

Well it's that time of year we pundits start cranking out our predictions for the coming year. Of course those of us who follow the mobile space shudder at that prospect given our industry's undiminished ability to surprise and confound. Be that as it may, here's what I'm expecting in the coming year.

 
 

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Top 10 predictions for the mobile market in 2014

The drama will continue in the mobile market as fortunes of mobile operators and wireless handset makers are won and lost in the upcoming year. Take a look at CNET's top predictions for the 2014. (Credit: T-Mobile) This past year was a busy one for the mobile market.

 
 

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Where Is The Innovation in Communications?

Back when I started VoIPWatch innovation was happening in voice, video and collaboration. That was in the era where Jeff Pulver coined the phrase "Purple Minutes", Alec Saunders crafted his VoIP Manifesto, Skype was still a fledgling independent, Michael Robertson was busy figuring out Gizmo Project with the likes of Jeff Bonforte, James Tagg was inventing Truphone and the ever lovable tag team of Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet were cooking up GrandCentral, which we all now call GoogleVoice. Video was something that was coming-SightSpeed being one of the first and IM with AOL, Yahoo and MSN/Windows Messenger all were the way we "texted" or "chatted."

But along came the iPhone and the innovation shifted away from voice and even video to apps. Mobile Apps, Web Apps. App for Apps even Apps for SAPS.

Now I'm sure many will say that WebRTC is where the innovation is, but I'll contend that all WebRTC will be is a simplification of SIP. Forget about building and writing things that break new ground, now all you have to do is build on top of what's in the browser. If Web sites that used to go for six figures can now be outsourced to 99Designs.com or services like LauchRock for hundreds of dollars, so too will communications apps go that route. It's natural evolution.

The cost to develop drops, new services come along and that's about disruption.

If you have a really game changing communications app or service, come talk to me. It can be in the infrastructure or end user layer or even a game changing add on to something we all use everyday...the world is ready for new, different and radically different ways to do things..today is yesterday somewhere, so think about tomorrow...


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The Comunicano Daily for Tuesday December 24 2013

 
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  So back in the summer when I got asked to speak at two conferences in Bangkok I made a wager with myself. First that the weather would be brutal in the USA starting late fall so why deal with that...I was right. That decision led me to go to where it wouldn't be nasty. Australia and work from there. The weather was great. Food very healthy and the Internet in all three towns I visited was just perfect.  That then led to why go home for two weeks when I already was going to be in Europe for the holidays to catch up with friends I only see a few times a year in France, Portugal and the UK.

  My second wager was that the time surrounding Christmas and New Years would be absolutely brutal on the news front. Christmas and New Years both fall this year on a Wednesday. That means no one really seriously is thinking work on Monday or Tuesday. Heck for many, the world of work ended sometime last week. So, I closed the agency last Friday, giving everyone on the Comunicano team a six day holiday, and basically 9 days off over a two week period. And they deserve it. With an all virtual team I can see them working when others are done for the day. Put simply, a virtual workforce gets things done. Giving the team a break before CES also is deserved. The team works hard, and deserves a break.

  Oh, and being in Cascais, Portugal--great people to hang with, hit or miss weather--but who cares, amazing wine, food and yes, both mobile and broadband...that mean's I'm "staying connected." 

Merry Christmas....to all and to all a good year! So...now onto what passes as the news for today. It's so light, there's no need to comment...so just read it. 

 
 

 
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More Tech Startups Will Choose An IPO Over Being Acquired In 2014

There will be a record number of tech market IPOs in 2014 according to the most recent 451 Research Tech Corporate Development Outlook Survey published by 451 Research. The 451 Research survey respondents project that 2014 will be a post-recession record year for tech IPOs as the three major U.S.

 
 

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Apple continues quiet acquisition spree with BroadMap and Catch

While the world continues to wait for Apple to buy an enormous and powerful company with its stockpile of cash, the tech giant just keeps quietly snapping up smaller ones instead. The latest: BroadMap and Catch, two completely different tech companies that focused on mapping technologies and productivity, respectively.

 
 

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Sony selling off media metadata service Gracenote to Tribune group

Some five years after buying media identifying service Gracenote for $260 million, Sony is selling it off to Chicago-based media company Tribune Co. for nearly half that. The two companies today announced a $170 million deal that gives the Tribune Company's Media Services group Gracenote's technology and database of 180 million music tracks and videos.

 
 

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Funding Daily: We opened ours early

As an adult living hundreds of miles from your point of origin, you are faced with an annual dilemma: Open the brown box and all its contents now, or wait for the morning of the 25th. Oh, you know what you should do. But you're a dad-blamed grownup now.

 
 

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T-Mobile's GoSmart Hopes to Boost Data Use by Offering Unlimited Free Mobile Access to Facebook

Overseas, Facebook has worked with a number of carriers to bring free access to the social network for those who don't otherwise have data plans for their phones. Now a T-Mobile subsidiary is trying to see if the same thing works in the U.S.

 
 

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BlackBerry calls off 'Live' conference, cancels two low-cost phones

On Friday, BlackBerry delivered its Q3 financial report, and the numbers weren't pretty. But lost inside all that data was yet another worrying development: BlackBerry's current predicament has forced the company to abandon work on two unreleased smartphones.

 
 

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HP Makes Another Phone Call - The Information

Now CEO Meg Whitman is taking another stab at the crowded mobile-phone industry as she tries to turn around the company. She is searching for new areas of growth amid declines in desktop and laptop computer sales, which make up HP's largest business unit.

 
 

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Twitter and Square’s Jack Dorsey joins Disney’s board of directors

The Walt Disney company has announced today that Square and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has been elected to the company's Board of Directors. Dorsey will serve as "an independent director," and stand at a meeting in March of next year.

 
 

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Apple-Backed Rockstar Said to Hold Discussions to Sell Patents

 
 

A consortium created by Apple Inc. (AAPL), Microsoft Corp. and other technology companies to acquire $4.5 billion of patents from Nortel Networks Corp. in 2011 is holding discussions to sell a portion of those patents, according to people with knowledge of the plans.

 
 

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Analysis: Time Warner Cable's missed chances begin slide to takeover buzz

Credit: Reuters/Mike Blake A cable truck returns to a Time Warner Cable office in San Diego, California December 11, 2013. Its stock price increased more than five fold and it returned more than $9 billion to its shareholders in dividends and stock buybacks, on top of a $10.9 billion dividend at the time of the split.

 
 

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Stop Waiting For WebRTC

If you're waiting for an official version of WebRTC to revolutionize your customer service, don't. The wait may be long, and real-time communications can be done today. WebRTC is a proposed technology standard poised to change the world. It will potentially disrupt voice, video, and mobile communications, and dramatically affect how we interact with the web.

 
 

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The people have spoken! Here are the top 3 startups in Europe

Thank you all for voting in our annual Startup of the Year poll. The results are in - here are the favorite startups from our shortlist: #1 Fieldoo What sport has over 250 million players worldwide and an industry worth a huge €20bn? Football.

 
 

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The Comunicano Daily for Monday December 23 2013

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Hello from Cascais Portugal. Last week I was in the South of France, where I was working remotely from Domaine d'Aupilhac, helping with the planning of their 25th anniversary, is just as easy as working from home.  

Being on the road didn't mean work stopped for me. Meetings using Calliflower,GoToMeetingWebExUberConference. Calls using either Counterpath's Bria withSimpleSignal or via Skype, along with mobile service from Truphone, plus local mobile operators Bouygues Telecom and Orange have allowed me to stay connected. I'm also finding a massive shift in my behavior with the iPad Air with a Zagg keyboard vs. MacBook Air, my traveling laptop these days. The laptop stays in the apartment (gites) more than it leaves. Same here in Portugal.

In France while driving, I've made a ton of calls using 4G on Bouygues, but the calls were not over the usual cellular networks but over the data networks. The issue, coverage is still being built out and when you switch between 4G and 3G it's different networks and your IP calls get dropped. That problem will go away over time. Here in Portugal, Optimus' 4G network is giving me up to 50 megs of speed and I'm making VoIP calls using SimpleSignal like I'm home.

Net Net--The Internet keeps me connected and working from winery (WFW) or from the back of a taxi is the same for me as WFH (working from home).

Here in Portugal the combination of Optimus and Vodafone, as well as Truphone on my devices has me mobile and connected. The hotel has provisioned a personal direct connection to their broadband network for me, with my own Wi-Fi SSID so only my devices are on that part fo the network giving me 20 megs symmetrical up to 50 megs anywhere on the resort...This is where the new iPad is excelling as is the Nexus 7 tablet.

What else has changed. Over the past week or two members of my team and I have been digging deeper into GoogleDocs and I'm watching how much faster collaboration can occur. Also, being on Google with an Android is far more seamless than being on other devices, but if you use the Google Apps on iOS the seamlessness seems to continue so I don't see how Microsoft or Blackberry even can catch up. The only players who can are LG and Samsung, along with some new players like OPPO andXiaomi  who a are both innovating with Android as the core OS and then adding to it.


Cheers...and now onto the news

 

 
 

 
 

 

Data. Data. Data. No, not the Data in StarTrek's second coming, The Next Generation, but data is the key driver to all business these days. And, using data from the iTunes App store may be a key driver in determining just what's hot or not.

 

 
 

 
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Identifying the Hottest Startups in the iTunes App Store Using Mobile Data Analytics

Last week we shared some high level insights we have gleaned from the data on over 1 million apps in the Apple iTunes App Store that we actively track. This week, we wanted to share how we analyze the data at an application level to help our customers discover emerging apps and publishers.

 
 

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One doesn't have to look farther than Google Ventures to see where Google is placing its bets long term. 

 
 

 
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Where Google Ventures is pinning its hopes

December 19, 2013: 8:08 AM ET The search for a better way to fight cancer is unfolding quietly against the floor-to-ceiling window of a conference room in a San Francisco office building where three young men are scrutinizing a jumble of Post-it Notes.

 
 

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if you can't beat them, join them. That's what legendary heavy metal band Iron Maiden did when it came to battling piracy. Even though sales of recorded music are down due to piracy, the band use data to go to where the pirates are, selling out their concerts and moving millions of dollars of merchandise. 

 
 

 
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How Iron Maiden found its worst music pirates -- then went and played for them

For more than a decade, musicians have battled rampant music piracy that has put labels and record stores out of business at a rapid pace. Unlike the shift to Amazon that did in the book store chains, record stores are suffering from outright theft, and the migration to iTunes or Spotify streaming isn't making up the difference.

 
 

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Innovation is alive in Indonesia when it comes to a mobile network where no network was before. This is not the first example of this, but shows that if there's a will, there's a way.

 
 

 
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A Guerilla Mobile Network Springs Up in Indonesia | MIT Technology Review

A four-hour drive from the nearest cellular coverage in the remote highlands of Papua, Indonesia, a new kind of guerilla telecom network is operating, albeit outside the law, using a cheap base station roped into a treetop. The technology could provide a new model for self-managed "last mile" mobile coverage in the world's hardest-to-reach areas, where traditional top-down telecommunications business models don't work.

 
 

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If you ever wondered what you can do with Push notifications, here's a real nice primer.

 
 

 
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Push Notifications - Push Messaging - Push Marketing - Just Enough Just-in-Time - Top-10 Issues and Impacts

Push notifications, push messaging, push marketing, push, news alerts, Push alerts, push messages, push mobile alerts, push alerts, weather alerts, crime alerts, emergency notifications, emergency alerts, fire alerts, news push, push news, push sports, walkie-talkie, real-time news, real-time push, real-time messages, real time weather, real-time business, business news, push business news, push tech news

 
 

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As the Internet of Things grows, beacon technology which combines mobile apps, BlueTooth and location to trigger actions will blossom in importance.

 
 

 
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Comment: What are iBeacons and why should retailers care?

If you follow mobile tech or digital retail news, you will have heard about a mysterious new technology called iBeacons that seems to be being billed as changing everything in retail. Continue reading this article - Simply subscribe below Subscribe for less than £1 a day and get immediate online access.

 
 

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If the FCC changes the sports blackout rules, mobile networks and mobile infrastructure players will be the big winners as sports can be leveraged into packages. And you wonder why Dish Networks wants to buy T-Mobile and keep them out of Sprint's hands?

 
 

 
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The FCC’s plan for TV blackouts: what it means for sports fans

Sports leagues - especially the NFL - use blackouts to encourage fans to see games in the stadium rather than on TV. A new proposal by the FCC would make it harder to do this, but it won't bring relief to the majority of sports fans.

 
 

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Speaking of T-Mobile, their "uncarrier" approach may take on an ever newer twist next year, with the Seattle based carrier buying customers out of early termination fees. That will spark a very big price war if it happens...or put an end to them along with subsidized phones. 

 
 

 
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What if Uncarrier 4.0 is other carriers' early termination fees covered? [UPDATE: It probably is]

Ever since John Legere teased Uncarrier 4.0 on his twitter account earlier this week, I've been racking my brains trying to decide what it's most likely to be. In terms of its own plans, value and available products, T-Mobile has done about as much as it can do to convince customers to join.

 
 

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