Last week the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that Dell was again looking at the MP3 business and that I was involved in the effort. I’ve been fascinated with the success of the iPod for some time now and the fact that even though it is very clear how Apple took the market, there has yet to emerge a truly serious competitor to Apple’s leadership. This is primarily because no one wanted to match Apple on all aspects of their program initially, and now that Apple is dominant, matching alone won’t do it anyway.On the other hand, just like Apple moved around the companies who dominated the MP3 player market before Apple entered, so too (in theory) could another firm. But, it will be harder this time because Apple has already captured many of the likely early adopters with either the iPod or iPhone product lines (you can check out our Apple iPhone 3G review).The first lesson is that the way to beat Apple is to actually not focus on Apple at all, or more … [Read more...] about Dell’s MP3 Player Move: How to Beat Apple
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Remember the DJ Ditty? It’s OK: not many people do. The DJ Ditty line was Dell‘s early effort to kill the iPod by offering its own portable music player. Most people know how that worked out: here and there, you’ll still find a couple people who have heard about the iPod, but Dell discontinued the DJ Ditty line in mid-2006. When Dell acquired Zing Systems back in August 2007, speculation began that Dell might re-enter the personal media player market…although, to date, all the company has managed to do is offer to pre-load selected CinemaNow movies on new computers. However, Zing does provide the systems underlying some SanDisk media players and the Sirius Stiletto. Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting (subscription required) Dell has decided not to bring its rumored new personal media player to market in time for the 2008 holiday season. Although no product details have been announced, industry scuttlebutt has consistently had Dell working on a … [Read more...] about Dell: No DJ Ditty Redux for the Holidays
Portable yet powerful, the laptop has become the machine of choice for the modern business user. But for anyone with extensive experience pushing the limits of its portability (in coach, on the bus, anywhere power outlets come at a premium), the lure of the laptop may be losing its luster - especially in light of recent advances in netbooks.Deathmatch: BlackBerry vs. iPhone Video: RIM's WES ’09: Bloggers Predict the Future of BlackBerry...and It Is Good And while the wise foresee ARM-based netbooks running some flavor of Linux as the long-term solution for business users' portable computing fix, the (arguably) foolish among us hunger for even smaller devices. After all, today’s smartphones look more and more like computers, with keyboards, browsers, storage, pointing devices, and even applications.Not one to steer clear of a challenge or the chance to be labeled "crazy" by colleagues, I decided to spend a month seeing how far I could go toward replacing my laptop with … [Read more...] about How Much Work Can You Do on a BlackBerry?
The Museum of Broadcast Communications has a vast archive of classic television and radio shows. The museum uses unique storage technology to store the content and deliver it smoothly over the Internet on demand. Distributed storage from Cleversafe helps to keep the Golden Age of Television alive.Are you a fan of old radio and television shows? Do you appreciate the historical value of original news reels of speeches by John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr.? If you’re tired of the endless drivel on YouTube, then why not listen to or view real history on www.museum.tv?This fascinating Web site is brought to you by the Museum of Broadcast Communications. The streaming media is made possible by unique storage technology from Cleversafe, Inc. I’ll tell you how it works in just a moment.Bruce DuMont is the president and founder of the museum. DuMont spent much of his career as a television producer. One day at work he discovered a treasure trove of newsreels … [Read more...] about Unique storage preserves the Golden Age of Television
As an IT professional, I can recall conducting Google searches on various technological problems 10 years ago and finding nearly instant answers. Today it seems the process is much harder; too many non sequiturs, amateur hypotheses, "me too" tales of woe and dead ends have made it difficult to pinpoint some solutions. The answers can generally still be found, but I find myself doing a lot more digging (and frankly, eye-rolling). Simply put, there's a ton of data out there and making sense of it is becoming a bigger and bigger challenge.Tableau, which interprets and presents data in some fun and unique ways.Before getting into how it works I want to present some immediate examples of how data is literally visualized by Tableau. If you head to their public demo site at public.tableau.com and click Gallery you can see some very specific illustrations as to how they display data, and I'll present some here as well. Tableau works with data visualizations (each of which is also known as a … [Read more...] about Tableau presents new ways of analyzing data
Of all the things we could be arguing over, the design of a retail store seems like it’s probably not worth throwing a ridiculous fit over but… here we are.Over at Gizmodo, Sophie Kleeman says “Apple Unveils World's Least Portable Laptop.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tay Bass.)You can say a lot about Apple…Like, ham salad the banana scooter. See? You can say things about Apple and they don’t even have to make sense. It’s what makes tech coverage go ‘round.…it brought smartphones and personal computers to the mass market, it changed the technology industry forever, it was controlled by a megalomaniacal asshole for much of its existence…This is a piece about how dumb the writer thinks an Apple Store looks so why not throw in a jab at Steve Jobs? Sure. I mean, he’s been dead for almost six years but… sure.…but you’d have a hard time getting even the staunchest critic of the company to argue its products … [Read more...] about Put a lid on it: Over-the-top Apple Store criticism
The Walmart Holiday Toy List 2014 is already here. Walmart has again like last year asked kids to vote new toys into the Top 20 Toys List. Walmart gathered hundreds of kids, ages 18 months to 12 years and turning them loose on the hottest new toys from suppliers like Hasbro, Mattel, Spin Master and Zing. “The kids surprised us this year with their changing tastes in toys, but we were ready to react to their feedback,” said Anne Marie Kehoe, vice president of toys at Walmart U.S. “When we saw specific trends emerge, we worked closely with our toy suppliers to make sure we were stocking our toy shelves and eCommerce distribution centers with the items kids really want this holiday season. Parents can trust that we’ll be ready with these kid-approved toys at great prices all season long.” 2014 Walmart Holiday Toy List:Creativity, Crafts Rule This SeasonKids are looking for toys that allow them to be more creative. These types of toys are one of … [Read more...] about Walmart Holiday Toy List 2014 Released
Do your employees use tablets for work? The devices may help make employees more efficient and productive, but if you're not careful, these computers may also put your business data and network at risk. Just like laptops and computers, tablets face security threats from malware and hacker attacks. Here are five tablet security risks your employees face — and how to prepare for them. 1. Mobile malwarephishing, tablet users are at risk for all types of mobile malware that can wreak havoc and allow unauthorized users into the device and network systems. Such malware includes root kits that give hackers access to settings and controls, tracking programs that monitor activities, and apps that steal data, such as by capturing usernames and stealing passwords. Without proper protection, employees' tablets — and your business data — become a free-for-all for cybercriminals.What to do: Although iPads aren't 100 percent safe from mobile malware, Android tablets are particularly … [Read more...] about 5 Tablet Security Threats: Are Yours Protected?