By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC
09/18/2014

The Zen master is leaving his CEO post at Oracle. Larry Ellison, one of Silicon Valley's celebrity executives, today revealed plans to vacate the position, handing over the reins to co-presidents Mark Hurd and Safra Catz, who will now report directly to the board.

By Alisen Downey, TechZone360 Web Editor
09/18/2014

The enterprise solutions market is flooded these days with endless variations on a theme when it comes to the software you're looking to integrate into your business. So how do you choose, and how can you be confident that you're choosing the right one? Vendors ultimately just want to sell you a product, reading analyst reports can be time-consuming and lead to muddled conclusions, and long meetings discussing all the options eat into everyone's busy work day.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
09/18/2014

Jeff Bezos first created an e-commerce empire in Amazon.com. Now he's building the newest U.S. rocket engine in partnership with the aerospace elite without any taxpayer dollars. It sounds like an amazing fairy tale, but it's true.

United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Blue Origin formally announced today, September 17, that the two companies would work together to complete development on the BE-4 (Blue Engine-4) for use in the Atlas and Delta family of launch vehicles.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
09/18/2014

In case you missed it, and it is difficult to imagine that you did, Apple had a coming out party a few days ago for its wearable device Apple Watch, the new iPhone 6 in two flavors, a near-field communications (NFC) wireless payment system that—thanks to a growing ecosystem of partners—is supposed to jumpstart finally the mobile payments market called Apple Pay, and some other goodies. I thought since today is the iOS 8 availability date, and that there is going to be a bit of a wait for those new iPhones and Apple Watch, there should be a free playlist included that is appropriate for the device—especially given that the new wearable will be able to play music.

By Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
09/17/2014

While Samsung’s latest viral campaign is relatively new, it is having an impressive impact approaching a whopping 47M views in one spot and 12M additional in another. In contrast, Apple’s 3 competing viral ads only reached around 16M people - which typically would be a good showing but when you take into account the Samsung stuff wasn’t even targeted at the U.S. and still went vertical, you have to realize something else is going on. These rankings and the viral spots, which are worth checking out, are on AdAge this week.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
09/17/2014

The correlation between having ubiquitous high-speed broadband at affordable prices with economic vitality is both well-establish and undeniable. Where having access to modern railroads, highways and airports, along with a favorable business climate and quality education, remain top priorities for business locating in an area; the presence of ubiquitous broadband not only is on the list of company “must haves” but is moving up fast.

By Richard Moulds, Vice President Strategy, Thales e-Security
09/16/2014

Mobile payments have always sounded cool. It’s fun for consumers, refreshing for merchants and a chance for new players like mobile operators to get a piece of the action – what’s not to like? But the industry is horribly fragmented and has been locked in a ‘battle of the business model’ for years - the old versus the new, the disruptors and the incumbents. It’s a mess that hasn’t been helped by constant uncertainty over technologies, security and standards. Worst of all, the user’s voice has become silent in a debate that has degenerated into a conversation of self-interest – focused on the ‘how’ rather than the ‘why’.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
09/16/2014

Even casual observers of the big data market have been looking for this field to climb, and rapidly, over the course of the next several years, particularly after observing the rates at which this field has risen to prominence as it has. But a new report from International Data Corporation (IDC) suggests that the gains are likely to be more pronounced than many have expected.

By TMCnet Special Guest,
09/16/2014

As usual, the hype surrounding Apple’s recent announcement was deafening. There were weeks and weeks of speculation as to what might be debuted, but unlike previous Apple events, the world wasn’t quite sure what Apple would announce. This was perhaps the most uncertain and mystery-filled announcement since the 2010 iPad launch.

Why? The public anticipated a potential new product category for Apple, something that hasn't happened since the iPad in 2010. Ultimately Apple didn't disappoint.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
09/15/2014

T-Mobile US added 760,000 branded net customers in the month of August 2014, the best month ever in terms of postpaid net additions, says CEO John Legere.

We had our biggest net add postpaid month in the history of the company in August, with 552,000 postpaid net additions, he said. The company also had 208,000 prepaid net additions in August.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
09/15/2014

Will Facebook become an ISP? The question is no longer odd, after Google Fiber.

While not confirming that Facebook had any interest in becoming an Internet service provider, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has in the past noted that barriers to connectivity are an obstacle to Facebook’s growth.

The reason is that both Google and Facebook have business models that scale directly with use of the Internet in general—and of course their own applications in particular.

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
09/12/2014

Assuming the AT&T bid to buy DirecTV is approved by regulators and antitrust authorities, AT&T plans to launch a rural areas bundle based on internet access and TV including Internet access at 50 Mbps.

The bundle apparently would use dedicated access spectrum--fixed wireless--not the core AT&T mobile network.

AT&T earlier had said it would provide service to about 13 million rural locations using fixed wireless, but had at that time expected to deliver only about 20 Mbps to 30 Mbps.

By Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
09/10/2014

There were two warring events this Tuesday, one that had a ton of media attention surrounding Apple’s new phones, watch, and phone payment app and another from Intel. Having watched both and recognizing that Intel builds parts not complete products - I was surprised that Intel actually seemed to out execute Apple. I don’t recall that ever happening before - at least not with consumer products - but Intel brought their “A” game and, I hate to say this, Apple basically phoned it in. Don’t get me wrong, the Apple products were great - but the magic Apple was so famous for under Jobs, just isn’t there under Cook. Let me explain.

By Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
09/10/2014

This last weekend we had another incident where celebrity nude pictures made it to the Web, and a whole bunch of people got embarrassed largely by doing a series of things they shouldn’t have done. There is a decent analysis up on how many of us think the attack was carried out, and it appears that the hole in Apple’s services has been patched so it shouldn’t happen this way again. However, other services aren’t as secure and it is likely hackers will continue to find a way through most security systems to get at stuff you want private.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
09/10/2014

For those of you who live in the U.S., you probably are aware that today is Internet Slowdown Day. For those of you who do not reside here, you are likely to nevertheless find this intriguing.

So what’s it all about?

The short answer to the above can be summed up in two words, “Net Neutrality.” Yes, the third rail of Internet public policy making continues to rear its head.

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer
09/10/2014

With the impending release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into the wild, Apple’s competitors are working overtime to find ways to stay competitive. Amazon, despite launching the Fire Phone earlier this summer is already going after new customers by dropping the price (with a two year contract) to just 99 cents. While there is certainly no shortage of phones that are offered up for this rather cheap price, it’s newsworthy that Amazon is already taking this step on such a new model.

By Peter Bernstein, Senior Editor
09/10/2014

Will an Apple a day keep the doctor away? Apparently so according to Apple CEO Tim Cook.

In his comments at the big Apple reveal day -- two iPhone 6s, iOS 8, Apple Pay and three Apple Watch versions were announced -- Cook, in extolling the virtues of the collection of new Apple Watches, explained, “It turns out there is a direct relationship between fitness and good health.” Whether it is our good health or Apple’s is an interesting question.

Of course, it is likely to be a foregone conclusion that the answer to the health question above is that it is a win/win for a company based on the likelihood that its aficionados will want to be the first on their block to have one of these strap-on devices.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
09/09/2014


Grocery shopping; for some it's a chore, for others it's an opportunity. Whether it's a grim and joyless march toward another bill or a great opportunity to plan some of the week's highest points, it means a lot of things to a lot of people. But for those who don't much care for grocery shopping, a new partnership between Whole Foods Market and Instacart is about to make the process smoother and easier to work with.

By Maurice Nagle, TechZone360 Web Editor
09/09/2014

For many, Apple’s announcement today brings about the same feeling as Christmas morning. In heads around the world, the same question is being asked, “What’s in the big white box?” It’s time to find out!

Today, in Cupertino, Calif., Tim Cook enters to a roar of applause, “On this stage 30 years ago Steve introduced Macintosh to the world. And, on this stage we introduced the iMac which signaled the rebirth of Apple. Today, we have some amazing products to show you.”

By Gary Kim, Contributing Editor
09/09/2014

Things change. Sometimes they even change fast. Phablets is one example.

In February 2013, Flurry said the phablet was, “an insignificant player in the mobile ecosystem” and was not having a “meaningful impact.”

Things have changed. After Flurry surveyed owners of a sample of 59,214 devices worldwide, Flurry found phablet adoption (market share) almost quadrupled in a year’s time.

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