Real-time Image Analysis in Marketing: Some Exciting Use Cases

On first hearing the term ‘image analysis’, it’s easy to think immediately of software that can identify objects in photographs. But while static image analysis is a vital application of computer vision, and one that offers immense value, it’s only a part of a bigger picture. For marketers in particular, some of the most compelling […]

Android Update Rollouts Accelerating But Still Painfully Slow

Android Update Rollouts Accelerating But Still Painfully Slow

It has been a little less than a year since Google officially announced Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The first device to roll out with version 4.0, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, hit store shelves in December. Since then, 4.0 has reached 23.7% of all Android devices – with 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean, waiting in the wings. What is the holdup?

More Nicks in Net Neutrality’s Death By A Thousand Cuts

More Nicks in Net Neutrality’s Death By A Thousand Cuts

This week, at long last, the Federal Communications Commission explained in court why telco criticisms of its Net neutrality regulations are “baseless.” Nonetheless, it has become crystal clear that the FCC’s rules against online discrimination – perhaps the signature technology policy move of Barack Obama’s presidency – are in the…

Apple And Samsung Both Lost. So Did Buyers

Apple And Samsung Both Lost. So Did Buyers

The fallout from Apple’s win over Samsung in a California patent court has been an extension of the rhetoric that took place within the court. Apple, smug after its billion-dollar settlement, claims the whole case was about values. Samsung still holds to the line that Apple’s design patents are frivolous and the real loser is the consumer…

Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi Poised to Take Off, Latest IPO Filing Reveals

Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi Poised to Take Off, Latest IPO Filing Reveals

Wi-Fi in the sky is a rare bright spot in an industry that engenders ever lower customer expectations. Five years after Gogo launched its in-flight Wi-Fi service, most passengers still don’t pay for Internet in the sky, but there’s every reason to believe they’re beginning to see the value of staying connected en route. As Gogo disclosed in an…

RIM’s Potential Blackberry 10 Licensing Partners: Few & Far Between

RIM’s Potential Blackberry 10 Licensing Partners: Few & Far Between

Research In Motion has nearly finished developing its BlackBerry 10 operating system. New smartphones from the Canadian manufacturer are expected to be released at the beginning of 2013, but they may not be the only Blackberry 10 devices. According to reports, RIM is open to licensing BlackBerry 10 to other manufacturers. Such an move would have…

How Chattanooga Transformed Itself into America’s First Gig City

How Chattanooga Transformed Itself into America’s First Gig City

What can you do with a ubiquitous metropolitan gigabit Ethernet connection? Google has recently gotten lots of attention with the metro fiber network that it is beginning to build in Kansas City. Welcome to Chattanooga, Tenn. The city has laid its fiber network just about everywhere, and is beginning to reap the rewards of ultra-fast…

Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Student Software Contest Holds Lessons for Startups

Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Student Software Contest Holds Lessons for Startups

The 10th annual student software contest, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, is wrapping up in Sydney, Australia, and there are some important lessons that all entrepreneurs, young and old, can glean from the process. The contest challenges hundreds of thousands of people – mostly college students – from around the world to come up with a new idea, code it…

Indiana’s Sewers: An Outpost on the Internet of Things

Indiana’s Sewers: An Outpost on the Internet of Things

An unlikely place to look for the latest trend for the Internet of Things is inside the sewers of the City of South Bend, Indiana. For the past six years, South Bend’s city managers have been working with a group of consultants from IBM, nearby Notre Dame University and others to instrument the city’s sewers as a means of delivering better…