Tag Archives: iPhone

BlackBerry and the Innovator’s Dilemma

The Innovator’s Dilemma Many years ago I read a terrific business book by Clayton M Christensen entitled “The Innovator’s Dilemma”.   Christensen’s book discussed how revolutionary new technologies could fundamentally “disrupt” long-held business models and unseat long-time industry leaders. It also discussed how individual companies, in an attempt to satisfy existing customer needs, could become prisoners […]

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But They Didn’t – Circa 2013

A day after the iPhone 5 was released last September, I wrote a blog post entitled “But They Didn’t”.  The blog post extolled the iPhone 5’s apparent engineering excellence, but it lamented its inability to facilitate game-changing innovation.  The following is an expert from last year’s post about the iPhone 5, which is followed by […]

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NFC Is Not Dead!!!

Many have branded Apple’s iOS7 the harbinger of death for Near Field Communications (NFC).  Although iOS7’s Airdrop feature is a really intriguing peer-to-peer communications application, it does not rule out the use of NFC in an upcoming iPhone nor does it suggest that NFC is dead.   Why?  Because peer-to-peer is only one of three communication […]

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The Future of Customer Engagement

Much is being said about the latest generation of customer engagement technologies such as interactive digital signage, location-aware mobile apps and tablet-oriented kiosks. Marketers are excited with their ability to use these technologies to actively engage the consumer on a real-time, location-centric basis.  They are also excited about their ability to track and analyze, in […]

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No One Buys Cellphones Anymore

There was a day when it was relatively simple to buy a cellphone.  Back in the “olden days” of pre-2008, cellphone features were generally limited to talk, text and email.  Then along came Apple. Apple ushered in a fully integrated mobile ecosystem consisting of sophisticated smartphones connected to ubiquitous wireless broadband networks that provided anytime/anywhere […]

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Where’s The Game-Changing Innovation?

Last Monday Steve Ballmer, the CEO of Microsoft, took the stage to introduce Windows 8 Mobile and a bevy of new Windows 8 phones from Samsung, HTC and Nokia.  This announcement followed Friday’s release of their new Windows 8 Surface tablet.  On the same day, Google also announced a new Nexus 4 smartphone, an updated […]

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NFC: It’s Not All About Mobile Payments

Nearly every review of the iPhone 5 since its September 14th release has made reference to its conspicuous lack of Near Field Communications (NFC). These reviews, almost without exception, have regarded the absence of NFC as a major defeat for mobile payments.  In addition, most reviewers have written their articles in such a way as […]

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Will It or Won’t It? Have NFC That Is.

In a matter of hours, months of speculation about the successor to the iPhone 4s will likely come to an end. It is said that we’ll finally learn what the new iPhone will be called, what feature/functions it will possess and what form-factor it will embody.    For those who follow Near Field Communications (NFC), the […]

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2D Barcodes Revisited

Two years ago I wrote an article about 2D barcodes and my opinion of their viability. I thought it would be worthwhile to revisit the subject given all of the recent discussions surrounding the topic.  Before I give you my latest views however, I think it may be worthwhile to look back at what I wrote […]

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Just Returned From CTIA Wireless 2011

I just returned from a three day trip to the CTIA Wireless 2011 conference in Orlando. I was there on behalf of the Digital Screenmedia Association to give a series of talks targeted at educating the mobile industry on the value of digital signage as a tool for promoting mobile context. We were pleased to […]

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Why CTIA

Last week Charles Ansley, the CEO of Symon Communications and an executive on the Digital Screemedia Association (DSA) Board, wrote an article that articulated the value of augmenting traditional digital signage tradeshow participation with that of non-traditional tradeshows.  In the article, Charles referenced the collaborative efforts that the DSA is making with the Specialty Graphics […]

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So Much For Wayfinding

Last week, Ken Goldberg of Real Digital Media posted the following tweet: “So much for digital signage for wayfinding in grocery.” Included in the tweet was a link to an article that described a new mobile application being tested by the Meijer’s grocery store chain in Michigan that allows smartphone-equipped shoppers to find more than […]

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Ad-Funded Digital Signage: Is There A Future In It?

Today, I just released a new white paper entitled, “Ad-funded Digital Signage: Is There a Future In It?”. This release came one day after a presentation that I gave at Digital Signage Expo 2010 in Essen, Germany. In both the white paper and the presentation, I laid out the five social and technological trends that […]

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Google’s Response To Apple’s iAd Service

  Last quarter I wrote two articles on mobile marketing and its implications to digital signage (Mobile Marketing and Its Impact on Digital Signage and Mobile Marketing and Digital Signage) .  In those articles, I discussed Google’s purchase of mobile ad aggregator, AdMob, and Apple’s purchase of mobile ad aggregator Quattro Wireless.  It was my […]

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Watch Out Ad-Based Digital Signage!

Over the past few months, I’ve written two articles (Mobile Marketing and Its Impact on Digital Signage and Mobile Marketing and Digital Signage) that are focused on the implications that emerging mobile marketing trends could have on digital signage. In those articles, I postulated that Google’s recent purchase (or should I say pending purchase) of […]

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The Android Push

The following post is based upon a collaborative dialog between myself and Ben Guthrie. Ben is Symon Communications’ InView Mobile product manager. (FYI, InView Mobile is a smartphone application that plays location-based content.) Ben and I originally wanted to write an article on the topic contained herein, but we just couldn’t fully agree on some […]

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The Mobile Ecosystem

While attending the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, I had the opportunity to talk with customers, prospects and partners about mobility.  I also had an opportunity to spend several hours with a strategist from a major handset manufacturer. As I spoke with each group, two things struck me: 1)    There was clearly a burgeoning awareness of […]

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The Decade In Review

I have said and written on many occasions that we are in the third era of mobile communications. The first era, the Personal Communications era, was about using phones without wires (1973 – 1995). The second era, the Personal Productivity era, was about using data-enabled mobile phones for web browsing, mobile email, scheduling and text […]

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Smartphones and Digital Signage

Those who know my affinity for mobile technologies and digital signage typically ask me this question: “Which mobile trend will have the greatest impact on digital signage and what will be the impact?” I receive this question so often that I wrote an article on the subject, which will appear in October’s issue of Digital […]

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More On Convergent-Ready Mobile Devices

Since my last post in which I gave my opinion on the role of non-iPhone devices (e.g. Blackberry, Windows Mobile, etc) in the convergence of digital signage and mobility, many of you have asked me to provide more detail concerning the attributes of a true convergent-ready device. Although I listed many of these in my […]

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