XMarks the Spot

As Dave Johnson reports for CBS MoneyWatch: “If you use Internet Explorer, either because it’s required in the office or you just prefer it to other Web browsers, you might be missing out on some of the more compelling features from competing products. What you might not realize is that it’s a snap to sync […]

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Coming Soon: A Smaller iPad?

According to Nick Wingfield and Nick Bilton, writing in the New York Times: “The tech companies are at it again — trying to catch the blockbuster iPad in a race to win the tablet market. Google on Friday began shipping its Nexus 7, which is smaller and less expensive than Apple’s iPad, and is meant […]

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Dish Ad-Skipping Lawsuit to Proceed in California

As we posted in May, Dish Network has introduced a new DVR that zaps out ads. Clearly, this is not in the best interest of the advertising community — which already worries about people fast-forwarding through commercials when they watch recorded shows. This emerging technology is a real threat to ad-based programming. As a result, […]

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How Companies Are Tracking E-Reader Behavior

We are being tracked in so many ways. Here is more “Big Brother” stuff in a report by the Wall Street Journal. Click the photo to learn more. Photo by William Duke

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A New Google Product Strategy: Born in the U.S.A.!!

As John Markoff reports in the New York Times: “Etched into the base of Google’s new wireless home media player that was introduced on Wednesday is its most intriguing feature. On the underside of the Nexus Q is a simple inscription: ‘Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A.’ ‘We’ve been absent for so long, we decided, […]

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Can Microsoft Finally Generate a Success in an Apple Marketplace?

As Microsoft announced that it would soon be introducing its own tablet, the Surface, to compete with the iPad and Droid-driven devices, four questions come to mind: Can Microsoft be successful after so many missteps with other products? Can Microsoft be a hardware manufacturer after so many years as a software-driven company? The entertainment-oriented X-Box is […]

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It’s Official: Google Is Now a Hardware Company

With the acquisition of Motorola now official, Google is about to embark on another interesting adventure. How will it do? And will the other makers of Droid-based phones be upset with Google? According to Brad Stone and Peter Burrows, writing Business Week: “Motorola, founded 84 years ago, invented the cell phone in the 1980s, made it […]

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As Apps Move Into Cars, So Do More Distractions

How distracted are you? Is safety going out the windows? According to John R. Quain, writing in the New York Times, “Automakers are fighting an undeclared, escalating war over in-dash apps, worrying regulators about even more distracted driving. Manufacturers say they are concerned too, but that hasn’t stopped them from connecting smartphones to in-dash systems and putting […]

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New DVR to Fully Zap Out Ads

The Hopper from Dish Network is a consumer’s dream — setting up programs that are DVRed to not only skip commercials during playback but to blank them out — and a marketer’s nightmare. Big battles will be coming. Look at this story in today’s Wall Street Journal for an interesting perspective.

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