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Apple: The angst vs. the reality | Between the Lines |

Apple: The angst vs. the reality | Between the Lines | "It’s open season on Apple these days. The stock is in a tailspin. Worries abound. The iPod market is saturated. The consumer wallet is pinched. It all adds up to an ugly stock chart. But it’s time for a reality check here. Is all this angst really warranted?

Despite the year to date stock chart (right) Apple’s business isn’t exactly limping along. Sure you can worry about the iPhone not selling 10 million units, or iPod profit margins and even whether the MacBook Air is that big of a deal. But what’s the point? Until proven otherwise most of us would love to have Apple’s business.

Here’s a look at the angst and the reality check that goes with it:

The angst: Apple is cutting the price of the iPod shuffle to goose units because growth is slowing. Last week, Apple announced that the 1 GB iPod shuffle will retail for $49, down from $79. Apple will also launch a 2 GB version for $69.

J.P. Morgan analyst Bill Shope wrote i…

Linux News: Wikis: When a Wiki Goes Corporate

Linux News: Wikis: When a Wiki Goes Corporate: "Wikis are finally becoming a useful tool for collaboration and information sharing in the workplace. However, like all business tools exposed on the Internet or corporate intranet, IT managers have to view their deployments with a stern eye regarding who can use them and what corporate information may be at risk.

Helge: Take time to produce great content and ensure it's up-to-date.

Rather than the one-way communication offered by corporate blogs, enterprise wikis facilitate conversations between multiple people within -- and sometimes outside of -- an organization. Enterprise wikis can be used as an efficient way to organize collaboration. Be warned, though, that keeping it running will take some work, and you may not always get what you expect.

Helge: The conversational company.

The concept of a wiki, named for the Hawaiian term 'wiki-wiki,' meaning quick, has been around since the mid-1990s. In its purest form, it's a …

Open Source Applications for Small Business

Open Source Applications for Small Business: "Open source software (OSS) has become a buzzword sometimes burdened by misperception and misunderstanding. The OSS movement is deeply rooted in the Linux/Unix community, and it's based on the premise that developers distribute their software complete with the source code for inspection or customization. But OSS software is not limited to the Linux and Unix operating systems—increasingly, OSS applications are available for Windows, too, even though Windows itself is a closed-source platform.

Budget-minded small business owners can choose from a number of free, open-source applications designed for Windows that will reliably handle their productivity needs. Better still, many OSS programs support Mac and Linux machines, too, meaning that customers that use those platforms can share compatible files and the same software experience.

Office Alternatives. Microsoft Office has dominated the productivity market for more than a decade, and …

Global Spares Exchange

Index: "Global Spares Exchange is a unique service that provides its worldwide process manufacturing membership with a combination of timely, cost effective procurement, inventory optimization and methodology for asset recovery / disposal of critical spares"

Helge: This would be easy to blog...

GSE supplies via the SaaS method its Patented, Web 2.0 technology that will provide all of your sites, who are enrolled members, with SOS™ FREE of charge. SOS™ is the "Process Worlds" leading Optimization process. You will be able to utilize SOS™ to:

Optimize Critical spares Identify excess for asset recovery initiatives Scientifically identify and provide a list of deficient items for procurement Search a central database of other enrolled sites within your organization:
a) That have been SOS™ analyzed as safe for disposal to internal or external 3rd Party sites

b) and review all Spares Member wide within your Company

In Addition. By using a combination of…

The Tessler Electric Car

They are taking a ride in the first production car Tessler. Tessler is freaking awesome for an electric car with a lot of torque. It has the highest 30 to 70 miles acceleration of a car ever made (tested). Scobleizer and Jason Calacanis are making a mobile blog (Weblog) about this car with an aluminum extrusion body and carbon fiber top.

This is blog is a scripting of the online videoblogging made by Robert Scobleizer about Tesla Motors. Jason Calacanis is driving a yellow Corvette on the side. The Teslar is accelerating very fast. Scobleizer is making the interview as they are driving.

News travel fast. Innovations can be covered as they are made. This car is in production already and over 900 have been sold. The sports car costs about 100 000 dollars. Jason Calacanis has bought one. Jason is an serial entrerprenur and owner of Mahaloo. Scobleizer is probably the worlds' best know technology blogger and Loic LeMeur is Europe's best know blogger now living in USA and developin…

Where are Mobile Phones headed?

Martin H. has sent you a new message: I'm very curious as to where mobile technology is exactly headed, after reading all these reports from 3GSM (Oops, I meant Mobile World Congress) of various new devises.

Helge: Barcelona...

I remember back in early 90's, when everyone wanted smaller phones, smaller the better. Now devises are bigger (though not humongous big) and screen size of 3 inches or bigger is preferred, due to all the multimedia requirements.

Helge: I think bigger is better!

Touch interface is getting all the more sofisticated, thanks to the advent of iPhone, and connection speed is getting faster still with proliferation of WiMAX, though we are yet to see it in North America.

Helge: WiMax is great.

Would the mobile technology eventually replace laptops and UMPCs? Will the people accept and tolerate the shortcomings enough to use their smartphones in place of their computers? I don't know. Depends on who you are asking, I'll wager. I would. Some smartphones are ge…

Microsoft researchers make me cry « Scobleizer — Tech geek blogger

Microsoft researchers make me cry « Scobleizer — Tech geek blogger: "Microsoft researchers make me cry

It’s not often that I see software that really changes my world. It’s even rarer that I see software that I know will change the world my sons live in. I can count those times pretty easily. The first time I saw an Apple II in 1977. When Richard Cameron showed me Apple’s Hypercard. Microsoft’s Excel. Aldus’ Pagemaker. And something called Photoshop, all in his West Valley Community College classroom. Later when I saw Marc Andreessen’s Netscape running the WWW. ICQ and Netmeeting which laid the ground for Skype.
Helge: Scobleizer is a very popular blogger. He is into something new but can't tell the details yet. His blog is very clean compared to all the clutter I've on my blog. I'm planning a clean-up, but the reason is I'm testing various add-ons and the clean-up comes later this year.
Like I said, these things don’t happen often.

Yesterday was one of those days.…

In Evidenza

Helge: I just spoke about future houses and the European market. There seems to be new niches under development. Need to get back to this. Talk about this with Vascellari.

In evidenzaAl padiglione 6 è possibile visitare la Quality Life House dove i visitatori possono sperimentare e toccare con mano le innovazioni e le tecnologie della casa del futuro. Per rendere maggiormente fruibile l’opportunità di aggiornamento sulle ultime novità in fatto di ricerca e tecnologia dell’ambiente domestico, il padiglione 6 resterà aperto fino al 24 febbraio, con orario continuato dalle ore 9.00 alle ore 18.00. Visita l'area del sito dedicata alla Quality Life House.

See Me, Hear Me: Videoconferencing You Can Afford

See Me, Hear Me: Videoconferencing You Can Afford: "New Web conferencing services seem to pop up almost on a monthly basis these days, inspired perhaps by the global success of Skype on the one hand, but its failure to seize the business market opportunity on the other.

Helge: There are some very expensive solutions available. The problem with the big, safe, secure, corporate conferencing systems is that your partners and associates should have a comparable system. How can a big company learn to play open and social with extremely guarded and gated communities? I guess, no way!

We take a look at two services that have in fact been around for a while—SightSpeed from SightSpeed Inc. and HearMe from AVM Software. Both are fundamentally voice-and- video-conferencing/calling services that also offer instant messaging (IM). HearMe adds screen-sharing capabilities. Sight Speed adds hosted video mail and in-call file sharing by e-mail.

SightSpeed, launched in 2003 and winner of several ma…

Nokia and Google Vie for Mobile Web Role

Nokia and Google Vie for Mobile Web Role: "Nokia has 40% of the global handset market and more than half of the smartphone market. That and its software prowess give the company great clout to determine the standards that will be used to access the Internet via handheld devices. 'I don't know if we're in a position to decide,' Anssi Vanjoki, Nokia executive vice-president for markets, told BusinessWeek. 'But Nokia's power position will certainly influence the development of different interfaces.'

Helge: There has been a lot of no-show in Barcelona. We didn't see the Google Phone. It isn't ready yet. Nokia's New Line of Handsets are "traditional" and will become mobile best sellers but the touch me Nokia isn't yet on the market. What did Apple show? Where are the big news? This was a "Mobile Family Meeting" with small gossips, but not real break-through news. Location-based business is certainly an evolutionary thing. …

SVII Innovation Society: Innovation Culture

SVII Innovation Society: "Innovation Culture. Societies are a critical element contributing to culture. Innovators are a distinct group sometimes working alone and for larger projects in groups. What they all share is the creative process and the angst that often accompanies it.

The gestation period followed by some type of manifesting is effortless at times but impossible at others. It knows no boundaries - people in the arts, sciences and business all go through the same steps.

This can be made easier by sharing experiences and solutions. Professional organizations do this in every field, now the Innovation field has a professional organization to call it's own.
Silicon Valley is unique in the world in terms of innovation

The number of patents issued in the region known as Silicon Valley loosely ranging from South San Francisco to San Jose is greater per capita than any place in the world. The number of companies that have been founded based upon these technologies and funded i…

Unified communications market reaching turning point, says Datamonitor | Tekrati Research News

Unified communications market reaching turning point, says Datamonitor | Tekrati Research News: The continued media focus on green IT is also likely to affect the unified communications market positively. Vendors will continue to market solutions from this perspective, helping to reduce businesses’ carbon footprints.
Let's talk over IPNo need to drive and walk
Video conferencing can be used instead of long-distance travel to meetings; whereas presence and unified messaging can help keep home workers connected, meaning less time is spent commuting.

Helge: It has taken us such a long time to learn the basics of Telepresence.

There is now a wide variety of high-end video conferencing solutions, including Telepresence from Cisco and Microsoft’s RoundTable, and these developments mean that there is now a feasible alternative for global business meetings. Considering the current economic climate, enterprises will be encouraged by the cost saving benefits from reduced travel.

Helge: Global b…

Why We Travel - The New York Times > Travel > Slide Show > Slide 1 of 17

Why We Travel - The New York Times > Travel > Slide Show > Slide 1 of 17: "ON THE BUS FROM OSLO TO STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, JUNE 6, 2007 Mary Ahlgren, right, a 60-year-old librarian from Sanbornton, N.H., with her daughter, Kerstin, 26, a graduate student at Columbia University. “My daughter and I wanted to see the Swedish countryside, and a bus is a good way to do it. My family spent three weeks in Sweden when I was about 11. I had met a lot of family then, but they were my fat old great-aunts that I was a little scared of. Well, on this trip we visited my second or third cousins, because the fat old great-aunts are no longer around. One cousin took me to where my grandmother had been born, a very small house up in the woods. It was the highlight of the trip. I really got a sense of why the whole family had to leave Sweden in the early 1900s: there was no way to make a living.” As told to Seth Kugel.