What’s in a name? Branding your product.

October 31, 2011

I stood at the cash at the local Tim Horton’s (a Canadian doughnut chain), and ordered a “combo” – sandwich, coffee, and a doughnut.  “And which baked good would you like with your lunch, sir?” Baked good.  Wow! Questioned, he explained that “baked goods” just seemed an easier and shorter description than enumerating all the […]

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Raising a Glass to Steve Jobs –-1955-2011

October 5, 2011

I’ve just been sitting and chatting with my parents on the phone. Told them that the first computer I ever laid eyes on was an Apple II.  It was at the CompuMart store at the corner of Roosevelt and Byron in 1978.  We used to head down there after school. The owner, a tolerant guy […]

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Photographing SFO with BlackBerry Torch

October 1, 2011
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I’m an enthusiastic amateur photographer.  Part of my enthusiasm comes from being married to an art photographer, and part of it is fascination with the creative process in the digital age. So, I like to think that I might occasionally take a decent photograph (check out my flickr stream). Last week I was strolling through […]

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New Beginnings @BlackBerryDev

September 28, 2011
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In early 1999, I experienced a technology that would change the world.  From the backseat of a taxi in Las Vegas, I edited a press release on a RIM 950 Inter@Active pager.  It was an early device, with email but no real PIM capability to speak of.  Still, it was enough to open my eyes […]

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Start-up advice, from the wine industry

July 25, 2011

Sunday morning Janice and I took a quick trip to Picton, Ontario. One of Janice’s photographs has been juried into CLIC, the Eastern Ontario Photo Show, and so we made the trip to Picton to drop her entry off before the exhibition begins next week. It happens that Picton is in the centre of Prince […]

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Pent up demand for Playbook Applications?

July 22, 2011

Want proof of pent-up demand for Blackberry Playbook applications?  Announced in March, and reportedly due to be available later this year, an early beta of the Playbook Android Player was inadvertently made available for a short time on Blackberry.com yesterday.  RIM pulled the software, and issued a statement telling people not to use it, but […]

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Voice 3.0 goes mobile: Phono Mobile debuts

July 22, 2011
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Phono, by Voxeo Labs, is a simple jQuery plugin and JavaScript library that turns any web browser into a phone, capable of making phone calls and sending instant messages. Phonegap is an HTML 5 framework that lets any web based application become a mobile application, for virtually any modern mobile device – Windows Phone, Android, […]

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Playbook first tablet to be FIPS certified

July 22, 2011
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The Blackberry Playbook is now the first tablet to gain FIPS certification, which means that it meets US government standards for data security and encryption.  Playbook also won Best in Show and Best of FOSE in handheld devices at the federal government IT conference in Washington DC this past week. This certification and these awards […]

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Facebook delivers video-chat for the masses

July 8, 2011
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Like a lot of other folks, on Wednesday I was playing with the newly launched video chat capability on Facebook.  Done in partnership with Skype, it brings video chat to the masses via the 750 million Facebook users out there. First I chatted with Larry Lisser in San Francisco.  Not a good experience.  Grainy, laggy […]

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PVR’s 10th Anniversary a Legacy of Mediocrity

July 8, 2011
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According to the Globe and Mail’s Hugh Thompson, next month will mark the 10th anniversary of the Personal Video Recorder, or PVR, in Canada.  And what a boring and dull ten-year old our PVR has become.  Almost none of the promise of the PVR’s first released in 1999 has ever been realized here.  Instead, our […]

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