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Do You Really Want Your Bank Following You Around All Day?

Do You Really Want Your Bank Following You Around All Day?

For most people, banks are little more than necessary evils – places to store your money until you need it, and maybe earn a little interest along the way. The goal is to get a decent return without too much hassle.
But a conversation with senior Wells Fargo execs reveals a bank trying to use the Internet, social media and mobile technology to…

A Requiem For RIM

A Requiem For RIM

Since Research In Motion made BlackBerry synonymous with smartphones in the early aughts, the company has taken a pounding for mis-steps, delays, intentional blindness, equivocations and most tellingly, mediocre products.

Those brickbats have often been well-deserved, but RIM should also have earned some respect, if not love, for the important…

“If Facebook Were Built Today, It Would Be a Mobile App”

“If Facebook Were Built Today, It Would Be a Mobile App”

James Pearce, head of mobile developer relations for Facebook, likes to point out that “you and your friends don’t always have the same devices” or even use the same mobile platforms.

That’s a problem for the company, as it has to support all the major platforms, from Apple iOS to Google Android and beyond – often putting it in the position of…

8 Reasons Why Cloud Computing is Even Better for Small Businesses

8 Reasons Why Cloud Computing is Even Better for Small Businesses

Sure, cloud computing offers benefits to companies of all sizes. But the clouds’ advantages apply even more dramatically the smaller and newer your company. At the same time, the standard objections to cloud computing matter less to small companies than to large ones.

On the plus side, the cloud’s economies of scale naturally make a bigger…

Would You “Rent” a Startup Founder? For Charity?

Would You “Rent” a Startup Founder? For Charity?

Have you ever wanted to get first-hand advice from the founder of a successful startup? Or at least get to shoot the breeze for a while and get a sense of what they’ve been through and what awaits you?

Of course, right? But would you pay for the privilege of “renting” a tech company founder? OK, what if the money you spent went to charity? And…

Autodesk Uses Cloud Computing to “Fix” PLM

Autodesk Uses Cloud Computing to “Fix” PLM

PLM is far from the sexiest acronym floating around the Internet these days. Short for Product Lifecycle Management, PLM is often thought of as an esoteric offshoot of the equally obscure PDM, or Product Design Management – the way engineers track control technical data related to a particular product.

PLM is like PDM on steroids, extending the…

Autodesk CEO Pushes “Democratization” of Technology

Autodesk CEO Pushes “Democratization” of Technology

Most people think of Autodesk as the maker of AutoCAD, the design software of choice for architects, engineers and other design professionals – typically running on high-powered workstations. So why is Autodesk CEO Carl Bass so hung up on the “democratization” of technology – spreading technology to the cloud computing platforms and mobile…

Take My Facebook Password? Over My Dead Body

Take My Facebook Password? Over My Dead Body

Not to beat a dead horse, but there are a lot of people out there who are very, very upset at the idea of sharing their social media logins with employers or potential employers. I’m not talking about the ACLU, and a couple of senators asking the Justice Department to look into the matter. I’m talking about real people worried about being asked…

When Your Boss DOES Have the Right to Your Facebook Password

When Your Boss DOES Have the Right to Your Facebook Password

The kerfuffle over employers asking for the passwords to workers’ and candidates’ private social media accounts just won’t go away. While it’s not clear exactly how widespread this practice is, lawmakers around the country are already drafting bills that would outlaw requiring facebook logins. Many people clearly find the very idea intensely creepy…

HP Pounds Another Nail In The PC’s Coffin

HP Pounds Another Nail In The PC’s Coffin

Remember when computers were cool and printers were boring peripherals? Well, these days there seems to be fewer and fewer differences between the two devices.

At least HP seems to think so. Reports are circulating today that the hardware giant plans to combine its not-all-that-profitable PC division (you know, the one the company’s last CEO…

Why Can’t Apple BUY Anything With Its $100 Billion?

Why Can’t Apple BUY Anything With Its $100 Billion?

Having an extra $100 billion lying around isn’t a bad problem to have. And I don’t have an issue with Apple’s decision today to use some of that cash stash to pay dividends to investors and to buy back some of its stock.

But doesn’t that decision also indicate a lack of attractive companies for Apple to buy? I mean, $100 billion is a lot of…