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Feb. 6, 2016 Apple Problems

Something is happening at Apple. CEO Tim Cook said that iPhone sales were slowing. On Feb. 3, 2016 The Verge’s Walt Mossberg wrote “Apple’s apps need work Complexity, feature gaps, and bugs have crept in” about the company’s software lagging behind its hardware design. On Jan. 28, 2016 The Guardian’s Nellie Bowles, wrote “Apple – losing out on talent and in need of a killer new device” about software developers not wanting to work for Apple. On Feb. 1, 2016 Bloomberg’s Jack Clark wrote “Google Parent Overtakes Apple as World’s Most Valuable Company” about Alphabet’s market capitalization reaching $531 billion over Apple’s $523.9 billion.

Lately I have noticed recruiters desperately trying to place anyone at Apple. I know some amazing technical people who will not even talk to them. They say Apple does not pay enough to live in Silicon Valley. They do not like the pressure cooker culture. People inside are cautiously reaching out, looking for new opportunities. Some are contemplating selling their homes.

This does not jive with Apple continuing to build its mothership or recently announcing it is getting more office space in San Jose. What is going on? We might find out at their next big event on Mar. 15, 2016.

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Jun. 12, 2013 IEEE AT&T

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On June 12, 2013 in Santa Clara at Texas Instruments, the Silicon Valley chapter of the IEEE hosted AT&T’s Shiyama Clunie of External Affairs, Michael Caniglia of Mobility and Jacob Saperstein of Public Affairs.  They explained how AT&T is expanding its network capacity to meet growing demand. They also talked about their Palo Alto Foundry which gives innovators access to AT&T’s massive resources to develop new technologies and services. They also brought some unusual attachments for an Apple iPhone.

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Oct. 16, 2012 SVForum Cleantech Mash-Up

On October 16, 2012 in San Jose at PwC, SVForum held “The Cleantech Mash-Up: How Convergence & Innovation is Creating New Business Opportunities.” Rob Shelton of PwC moderated panelists Diarmuid O’Connell of Tesla Motors, Rachel Sheinbein of CMEA Capital and Clint Wilder of CleanEdge. Wilder is co-author of “Clean Tech Nation: How the U.S. Can Lead The New Global Economy” with Ron Pernick.

Clean tech disrupts existing economic, social and political structures. Our identity may be determined by our access to information as well as energy. It is as much about online speed as physical distance. There may be a convergence coming. Imagine using your iPhone to order a Tesla electric vehicle on Zipcar that drives itself to your house and takes you to work while you catch up on your messages. We are closer than you think. See picture below.

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Jul. 24, 2012 SVForum PWC Mobile

On July 24, 2012, in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop, SVForum with PWC presented a Quarterly Venture Breakfast on Mobile. Stanley Pierson of Pillsbury Winthrop moderated panelists Steve Bengston of PwC, Bob Borchers of Opus Capital, Kim Morgan of Motorola Mobility and Venu Pemmaraju of Intel Capital. By definition the mobile market is in constant motion. Five years ago Europe’s infrastructure and Nokia led the way. Today, Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android dominate the discussions. Five years ago most Facebook users were on PCs, now most are mobile as trend accelerates.

There are still challenges. Batteries face physical restraints that are addressed with software managing power. There is a debate about how much personal information should be on the device versus in the cloud. Content providers have to deal with smaller screens to accommodate advertising. Company brand managers now understand that an app can be the ad to target customers. Of course, making a purchase may not be easy. The promise of Near Field Communication (NFC) has bogged down in dealing with banks, carriers, device manufactures and merchants. The solution may already exist. Apple started iTunes selling music and then expanded to movies, television, movies, books and magazines. Amazon started selling books, but now you can buy appliances through them. How far away are we from buying a cup of coffee through iTunes or Amazon? Monetizing mobility is a moving target.

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Dec. 8, 2010 SDF Fred Davis Holiday Gadgets

On December 8, 2010 in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop, the SDForum Emerging Tech SIG presented “Gadget Night with Fred Davis.” Davis is a media pioneer with roots in MacUser, CNET, Wired and currently with Forward Innovations. He and Lisa Padilla of Grabbit demonstrated the latest tech gadgets and talked about the significant trends in consumer and business technology.

Apple dominates gadgets this year. While the number of apps on the iPhone and iPad are increasing, people should look at the iTouch which has many of the same apps, features and games of an iPhone without the AT&T two year contract.

Speaking of contracts, the iPad can be networked using a contract with Verizon and the MiFi Mobile Hotspot. You can connect it to your camera using the iPad Camera Connection Kit with its own SD card reader. It can also be used as kind of a USB port, which the current iPad does not have. Davis thinks there are more features on iPhones that will migrate to the iPad like front and rear cameras. The most interesting news was the possibility of textbooks next year. Imagine having the latest and best textbooks for your child regardless of what state or school district you live in.

The iPod Nano and Shuffle prices of $149 and $49 are falling into the stocking stuffer category.

It was not all about Apple, but even Amazon’s Kindle has an app on the iPad. Amazon is looking for platforms to sell content and the Kindle appears to be just one way to do that. This brings up the issue of DRM and whether you own content or only rent it. Amazon inadvertently deleted George Orwells “1984” because it discovered it did not have the proper rights to publish it. Google has found itself in similar situations. There is nothing more disturbing than having a book disappear from your library. I wondered if an illegally downloaded copy of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” would cause an e-reader to ironically burst into flames.

Speaking of a nightmarish future with large screen televisions, Davis does not think much of the current expensive 3D televisions. Anything that requires glasses can give you a headache. There are other interesting things you can do with your existing TV. He likes the Sonos S5 multi-room wireless music system. Microsoft’s  Xbox 360 4GB with Kinect allows users to interact with the video games by tracking your every move in front of the screen. To get Americans off the couch, the Gruve personal activity monitor tracks your activity and calories as you move around. For the car, there is the Pioneer AVIC-X920BT which of course can be paired with your iPhone.

For cameras Davis likes the following: Canon EOS 7D, the Nikon D7000, Red Mysterium X camera, and the Panasonic HDC-SDT750.

That’s it. Enjoy your holiday shopping.

Copyright 2010 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

Sept. 23, 2009 SDF iPhone Apps Neal Goldstein

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On September 23, 2009 in Palo Alto SDForum’s Software Architecture & Modeling SIG hosted Neal Goldstein to talk about “Context-Driven Design: Next-Generation Mobile Architectures: The iPhone And iPhone Applications”. Text from DJCline.com

Goldstein is author of “iPhone Application Development For Dummies” and a pioneer in the practical application of edge and cloud computing. He believes we are living in a post desktop world. A compelling iPhone application is fundamentally different from one on a personal computer. Compared to a PC, the iPhone is limited by its screen, memory, processor, battery and no keyboard or mouse. Despite this, the iPhone offers usability and mobile Internet access to applications with an embedded experience relevant to wherever the user is located. A good app is about user experience not user interface. Goldstein described the iPhone software architecture and how context-driven design rather than function design can make a substantial difference in user experience. Text from DJCline.com

Goldstein also talked about App approval process. He thinks it is opening up. They are concerned about offensive content and intellectual property. It is better to be the IP owner. They don’t want the app to crash when they test it. Apps prices more moving away from 99 cents and more to ten dollars as they add more value. People are also preferring to do data manipulation on the iPhone rather than over the network. Text from DJCline.com

The closest competitor to the iPhone might be the Android because it is projected to have more devices out there in two years. The problem is that the Android may be a fragmented market given the nature of cell phone carriers. The Blackberry is very difficult to develop for and the Palm Pre seems to have dropped off.  Text from DJCline.com

In the future he sees more power and speed for the iPhone, comparing its current state to the early days of the Mac, which was underpowered but still did amazing things. It is worth getting in early and developing for. He also sees opportunities for faster and more reliable networks. Text from DJCline.com

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Aug. 20, 2009 Stanford Solar Car Project

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I was stopped in rush hour traffic when I saw an experimental prototype from Stanford Solar Car project called the Apogee (not the Solstice). It definitely turned heads. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a Cash For Clunkers program where you get an electric car?


The driver of that vehicle according to Mr. Sasha Zbrozek was Daniel Posch of Stanford. His perspective can be seen at http://dcposch.blogspot.com/

A few days after these pictures were taken, Chuck Squatriglia of Wired posted an excellent article about the car with splendid pictures by Jim Merithew. Their fine work can be seen at: http://www.wired.com/autopia/2009/08/stanford-solar-car/

I have been covering electric vehicles for many years and I wish Mr. Posch and the rest of the team success in Australia.

And now for some good natured humor…

Top Ten Thoughts on the Apogee

1. No cupholders

2. Can only use the cigarette lighter on really sunny days.

3. Low ground clearance prevents off-roading.

4. Not exempt from chain laws on ski trips.

5. No place to put a bumper sticker.

6. Seats one person or one really close couple.

7. No luggage rack.

8. Needs windsurfing board adapter kit.

9. Needs USB port so you can upload songs to the world’s largest iPhone.

10. Dealer supplied undercoating costs an extra $800.

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May 13, 2008 SDF Teen Tech 2

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On May 13, 2008 at HP in Palo Alto, SDForum held it’s second annual Teen Tech event. NPR, the San Jose Mercury News and CBS 60 Minutes covered this year’s bigger event.

One way to see the future is to meet the people who will be living in it. The Teen Tech event is a good way to see what the next fifty years will be like. Teens connect with each other while moving through physical and virtual space using voice, video, text messaging and games. Teens are moving beyond social networking to building businesses with each other. The question is not what technology teens will buy but what technology they will sell to the rest of us.

SDForum’s CEO Susan Lucas-Conwell and HP’s Debra Brackeen kicked off the event by introducing Anshul Samar of Alchemist Empire. Samar created a game where chemical elements and compounds become essentially action figures with particular properties. It has sold thousands of copies around the world.

Stephanie Olsen of Cnet moderated the High School panel with Deanna Alexander, Priyanka Bhatia, Sekal Hathi and Jonathan Wilde. Teens seldom watch TV but do watch YouTube. It would be nice to see a new episode on a big TV. They listen to music from iTunes and movies on Netflix and search for reviews on Google. They spend six hours a day on the laptops doing homework, reading and e-mailing because it can reach teachers, relatives or potential employers outside their age group. Students want teachers to create consistent user interfaces with lectures online and interactive whiteboards for online classes.

While they have no trouble learning new technical skills they still want to work on their real world social skills. Facebook is more popular and less complicated than MySpace. Most smart phones are not as smart as the iPhone. They want GPS, decent video and calendars interfaces that are easier to use. Like their parents, they are very concerned about privacy and safety. They are more likely to participate in causes online than their parents.

Allison Leopold Tilley of Pillsbury Winthrop moderated the second panel with Steve Hoffman of ROCKETON, JD Lewin of Microsoft, Matt Thompson of Sun, and Ameer Karim of HP. Millennials are so adept at new technology that their parents ask them for technical advice. They see teens more mobile, more virtual and more likely to use or develop open source applications. They are also more fickle and likely to drop a brand or technology if something better comes along. They have to see value before buying.

Online games are attracting millions of players usually by personal recommendations. Games designed by teens will be played by teens. They want to be able to create and control their online identities across platforms. They want to have their Grand Theft Auto avatar on their Facebook account.

Karen Rohde of SUN talked with Mani Pande of Institute for the Future about teens in the workforce. To attract talent companies will need to use blogs, wikis, instant messaging and texting. Teens multitask and will text message each other while in a meeting. They are more likely to communicate and collaborate. If they don’t know something they will search and find someone who does. They expect flexible schedules and are seeking mentors to plan their careers.

Salina Truong of Gumball Capital spoke about her early desire to do good. As a child she wanted to buy a third world country. As a teen she sold Rubik’s Cubes and snacks and moved on to selling affiliate software on eBay. Now she works with Kiva.org to encourage micro lending around the world.

Larry Magid of CBS moderated the College panel with George Deglin of Berkeley, Jae Joh of Stanford, Mazy Kazerooni of Ustream, Alina Libova of Cal Poly, Jon Osborn of Santa Clara and Jeff Siebert of Stanford. They don’t watch TV or read newspapers. College students still use e-mail and carry laptops. About half the laptops at Stanford are Apple. Upper class students want smart phones that can surf the web like the iPhone or Blackberry. Other kids use basic cell phones and Microsoft Windows. Both groups look for music groups with MySpace. They use Facebook, Salesforce and Google Groups to keep track of friends or contacts. Teens will content as long as there are no strings attached like DRM. They want cell phones that vibrate and text message on faster networks. They like iTunes, Crunchgear, TechCrunch and Woot.com. They want better aggregation and interoperability in software applications. All of this technology makes it easier for them to be more socially and politically active.

Ben Bajrin of Creative Strategies moderated the Investor panel with Andrew Braccia of Accel, Sergio Monsalve of Norwest Venture Partners and Angela Strange of Bay Partners. Despite the current downturn investors and teens know the economy is cyclical and it will turn around. Bad investors and investments stay out of a down market and it is easier to see through the clutter. High energy costs will force the next generation to redesign where they live, work and play. Their technology choices will percolate through society and show up in other age groups. The opportunities are in mobile, content and branding. Right now there is no way for a teen to buy online without a credit card. That is an opportunity, and not just for teens. Fee or subscription models are vulnerable to advertising driven free content models. While they look for opportunities to invest in teen entrepreneurs they still want them to continue their educations.

Richard Escobedo of Teens in Tech spoke about his interest in entrepreneurship from age of seven until his present age of fourteen. He learned to be resourceful, seek help when necessary and to persevere. He started a podcast for teens and uses Twitter, WordPress, Apple and Final Cut Express video. Beyond technology he plays football and the violin.

Courtney Macavinta of Respectrx moderated the Teen Entrepreneurs with Drew Levine, Shooby Kumar and Daniel Brusilovsky. One factor in becoming a young entrepreneur is growing up in a family that values technology and entrepreneurship. They see lower barriers of entry in starting a business, with a great demand for video content.

Non-profits are inspiring teens too. Whitney Smith talked about the Girls for a Change that uses technology to build networks for girls in poor neighborhoods. Elizabeth Stock of Computers for Youth spoke of making learning fun and relevant in ways outside traditional education. Joel Franusic and Adam Smith of SuperHappyDevHouse invited teens to their big open source event at Sun Microsystems Menlo Park campus the next weekend.

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