"Consumer Technology" Posts

Buying Zagat: Smart Move for Google

Google’s stunning acquisition of Motorola Mobility has barely cooled off, and now the search giant just announced it has acquired Zagat, the publisher renowned for its restaurant reviews.

At one time, it would have been inconceivable to think an …

RFID Innovation In Japan A Harbinger Of Things To Come

Most online marketers don’t give a lot of thought to the potential for RFID. I wrote about RFID a year ago to demonstrate that its usage is growing here in the U.S. in areas that impact marketing. Among some …

PayPal Mobilizes With Zong

Smartphones are finally paying off the promise of one-device connectivity and the mobile consumer has emerged. The next great mobility wave — paying on the go — is now upon us.

In May, Google announced Google Wallet, a product …

With Skype Purchase, Microsoft is Buying A Lot More Than You Might Think

The recently announced plan by Microsoft to acquire Skype for over $8 billion demonstrates that the Ballmer-led software giant isn’t about to give up the game to Google.

What does Google have to do with it? Quite a lot, …

DEMO Spring 2011 Highlights: The Top 3 Consumer Focused Companies and the Best One-Liner

This year it was very appropriate to be at DEMO Spring 2011 in Palm Springs on the day after the Oscars.  Like a Colin Firth many a nervous startup founder came on stage to make their presentations. Perhaps …

DEMO Spring 2011 Highlights: Promising Companies Who Are Not Quite Ready for Prime-Time

One of the joys of DEMO is seeing technology trends emerge and evolve. This year there were several companies who had obviously invested a lot of resources and development time in the science behind their product but still managed …

On The Verge: eBooks No Longer A Passing Fancy

With almost $1 billion in sales, eBooks are here to stay whether book lovers (of the physical kind) like it or not. Google’s announcement Monday that it’s now a viable eBook contender only adds to the overall sense that …

A Different Approach: 4 Companies to Learn From

You are probably familiar with the adages “Why fix it if it isn’t broken” or “Why try to reinvent the wheel.”  While you don’t always have to reinvent or fix something that works it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look …

The Implications of a New Browser

There’s a new web browser in town called RockMelt. Despite its odd name, there’s nothing odd about who’s backing it – none other than Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Netscape (you remember Netscape, don’t you?) and now a principal in …

Will the 3DTV Market Live Up To Its Promises?

3D televisions are the talk of the town. Right? Well, yes and no. 3D sounds amazing, and all the major models are on board but is it part of our future or just a passing fad?

Will this be …