2011

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Me at Connected World Blog – “Let’s Make a Deal: CTIA Enterprise & Applications 2011”

If this fall’s CTIA Entertainment & Applications show (San Diego October 11-13, 2011) had a theme, it would be “Let’s Make a Deal.” the U.S. wireless industry is weathering the economic downturn with grace and in some cases, new business models. The companies still standing have made the adjustments to staffing levels, product lines, and business models needed to survive, and are anxious to return to growth. Entrepreneurial start-ups want to ride that tide. The U.S. wireless industry is open to new ideas, alliances, business models, and markets.

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Driving Vacation this Summer? Consider the 2011 Edge – Guest appearance on Connected World blog

For a family driving vacation this summer — if you’re planning to defy rising gas prices — head over to Connected World Magazine for my review of the go-to car for family vacations this summer: the 2011 Ford Edge. I had the chance to drive the Edge for two weeks last winter, and found it to be packed full of driver- and family-friendly features, such as the ability to connect multiple music players via Bluetooth to the car’s entertainment system and select routes based on fuel efficiency.

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Waiting to Exhale: CTIA Wireless 2011

CTIA Wireless 2011 in Orlando was a hotbed of speculation about how the at&t – T-Mobile merger will affect the U.S. mobile industry. While the ripples will be felt to every corner of the value chain, there was a lot more to talk about at the show. It was fun to watch the “4G” competitors duke it out, and measure China’s growing presence in the U.S. with a Day 2 Keynote by China Telecom and significant Chinese presence on the show floor. The “Internet of Things” became more real as Ericsson’a CEO Hans Vestberg foretold 50 billion connected devices in 2020, and solutions for connected health, proximity marketing, automotive and greentech captured attendee imaginations.

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Smart Grid: What it Is, Why It Matters

If you want a quick intro or refresher on what the Smart Grid is, listen to NOVA | PBS’s February 23 podcast “Toward a Smart Electric Grid.” This five-minute video explains in plain language how a grid that can monitor and manage itself in real time will save energy, ensure a reliable electric supply, and integrate alternative energy sources including electric cars and home solar arrays.

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Wireless Industry Gathering: CTIA Spring in Orlando, 3/22-24/2011

Once again, the global wireless industry will gather in Orlando, FL for the Cellular Telephone Industry Association’s (CTIA’s) Spring show. This year we’ll hear about LTE network roll-outs, cool connected devices and a rash of new high- and low-end handsets, plus the services, applications and cool new technologies that keep them all running. Cloud-based mobile services such as mobile wallet, mobile health, context-aware mobile advertising and location-based services (LBS) will also claim their share of the limelight.