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Lost in the noise this week was an announcement of a settlement in a legal dispute in which Sprint agreed to help current and former customers unlock their phones for use on other CDMA networks like Verizon.At the same time, they agreed to help customers wishing to bring an unlocked phone onto their network. This settlement is limited to the state of California and to Sprint only, but it begs the question: Is the tying of a phone to one network anti-competitive and should companies be required to unlock phones for customers or to sell unlocked phones, should they request one?This could have huge implications for the industry if this type of settlement and sentiment spread. Currently, it is not exactly easy or obvious on how to bring a compatible, unlocked phone to the network of your choice. Equally difficult is to take your phone to another carrier after you’ve … Continue reading

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Every once in a while innovations come along that offer profitable opportunities for the inventors and business minds that turn them into innovations, but offer even greater possibilities for humanity if widely adopted. I read an article in Fast Company recently that struck me as one of those opportunities. It profiles a mechanic name Jonathan Goodwin and his fuel efficiency exploits.Traditionally, a potentially market transforming technology will use a skimming price strategy and come into the marketplace priced high and gradually reach lower price points as volume builds and development costs are recouped. This is fine with something like the iPhone or high definition television, but it strikes me that on the other hand there is a loss to society with this price strategy with certain innovations. This includes things like life-saving drugs (AIDS, Cancer, etc.), but also other technologies like Mr. Goodwin’s innovation in internal combustion engine design. The … Continue reading

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When it comes to a hotel room, how small is too small. There are several new entrants into the hotel market that are promising to shrink not only the price of a room, but the size of it as well. At first it sounds a lot like New York’s tiny hotel rooms, but the comparison stops there because those digs have sky high prices.In contrast, easyHotel offers hotel rooms in central London from 25gbp. Another recent creation from Philips and CitizenM utilizes pre-fabricated modules that only require four cables to be connected to have the room up and running. Small rooms aren’t so bad if the prices are small, and looking at photos they don’t look like they are quite as small as Tokyo’s pod hotels. Would you stay in one of these new small hotel rooms if the price was right? Don’t miss an article (3,950+) – Subscribe to … Continue reading

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I came across an interesting branding article on a BusinessWeek blog the other day about Al Gore, and I have to say one thing about Al Gore: Has there ever been a more successful loser in history? Al Gore lost or “lost” the 2000 Presidential election (depending on who you’re talking to), and since then has gone on to amass a fortune of over $100 million in the business world and win a Nobel Peace Prize. He has created a personal brand so strong that some say that he could waltz into the Democratic primaries at the last minute, win the nomination, and possibly even the White House. No matter what your party affiliation, you have to admit that Al Gore’s turnaround of his personal brand is phenomenal. For most presidential candidates, the loss of an election usually spells the end of their political career, but Al Gore has risen … Continue reading

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Sony has probably made its single biggest gamble to date with the Playstation 3. Lost in all of the stories about Sony’s recent struggles, is the monumental importance of Blu-ray succeeding. Sony has bet the future of two of its strategic pillars (video playback and video gaming) on Blu-ray’s success. These two strategic pillars are out on the table in a high stakes standards battle.This is not the first standards battle Sony has been in, and not even the first in the video marketplace. Many will remember Sony’s loss in the Beta versus VHS battle of the 80′s, which they lost despite having the superior technology. This time around they have paired with their nemesis from that standards battle, Matsushita, and the rival is instead Toshiba. Sony currently holds a slight lead over Toshiba’s platform, but Sony had a lead in the Beta versus VHS struggle as well, only to … Continue reading

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There was an interesting piece of news last month from a company called Eye-Fi that has come up with technology to enable digital cameras using SD memory cards to transfer photos wirelessly.The company has engineered a solution that combines 2GB of memory and WiFi in an SD memory card format. No more fumbling for cables. My camera doesn’t use that format, but what a great idea!I would definitely say this is an innovation, but unfortunately for the company, their shelf life will be short unless they figure out another product to offer. The reason I say this is that their own success will kill them. If they are successful, then all camera manufacturers will build WiFi into their cameras sooner rather than later. If they are not successful, then digital camera manufacturers will integrate WiFi functionality more slowly.Will this product be a hit? What do you think? Don’t miss an … Continue reading

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Best Buy announced today that it has exited the analog TV business. Of course, this makes it easier for them to promote that all televisions purchased in their store will work in the all-digital future, but buried in the press release was a statement about the availabilty of converter boxes. Those choosing to be in the late majority and laggard parts of the digital television market will be able to get up to two coupons per household that will allow them to purchase analog-to-digital conversion boxes for the outrageous sum of $40/each. Of course I am kidding… $40 is a lot cheaper than buying a new television, and may serve to keep some analog tube televisions out of the landfill. It might not be a bad business to snap up outdated big screen analog televisions (27″ and up) at bargain prices on craigslist and then package them up with …

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