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The Biggest Winner from Google/Motorola Is… Microsoft?

Two years ago I facilitated a competitive brainstorming session for a leading pre-paid wireless service provider, with the goal of identifying the threats to incumbent brands. One of the ideas we discussed – but dismissed as too far-fetched – was Google becoming a disruptive provider of free wireless services. Not just free software, but free everything: hardware, software, apps and connectivity – the entire value chain.  After all, if Google

The Year of the Cloud

We weren’t three days into 2011 when the New Year was dubbed “The Year of the Tablet” by major press outlets (e.g. here and here). While this may turn out to be the case, we are perhaps just as likely to look back on the year in Technology & Entertainment and call 2011 “The Year of the Cloud” (and more specifically, “The Music Cloud”). Last week Apple joined heavy hitters

Compete Smartphone Intelligence Survey Reveals Tablet Adoption Hurdles and Opportunities

Data Show What It May Take for Tablets to Go Mainstream BOSTON, MA–(Marketwire) - Compete, a Kantar Media company, today released the results of its Q4 2010 Smartphone Intelligence survey, revealing that despite a surge in tablet interest, especially in the iPad and iPad 2, certain factors may be holding back some consumers from taking the plunge and buying a tablet today. In short, while there is still a threshold for

Mobile Devices Bridge the Gap Between Online and Offline Shopping

Compete Online Shopper Intelligence Study Tracks Cross-Channel Behaviors BOSTON, MA–(Marketwire) – Compete, a Kantar Media company, today released the findings of its quarterly Online Shopper Intelligence Study that tracks cross-channel shopping behavior; it shows how mobile devices are bridging the gap between online and offline shopping. Smartphones help consumers shop smarter – Smartphone owners are increasingly bringing their devices to the store. This finding is corroborated by the most recent Compete

iPad 2 – On the Crest of the Tablet Tidal Wave

It started as a ripple back in 2001 when Bill Gates demoed the prototype Microsoft Tablet PC at Comdex. And now, ten years later, this tablet tidal wave has hit, and news flash – it’s entirely iPad. Are you surprised? Like the iPhone and the iPod before it, Apple has once again invaded an existing space (tablet PCs/e-readers) and made it its own by introducing enough style and innovation that

Women In Tech

A bunch of Competers went to the office warming party at Performable last week and I kept overhearing “Wow, there are a lot of dudes here!” Yes, it’s true that there are more men than women in our field. Why? I don’t know, but I’d like to help change it. Want to learn more about what it’s like to work in tech or are looking for a mentor in Boston?

Poken Takes Poking Offline

According to TechCrunch Europe, self proclaimed "˜social business card‘ startup, Poken, just received a $1.8MM investment from Swisscom. Obviously, this means there is hope for good things out of this unique social networking product.