Jake Levant the Vice President of Marketing at Fring about Mobile video chat that has now evolved from one on one into social chat with multiple friends.
Jason Mitura the Chief Product Officer at Viewdle about cutting edge visual analysis technology used for facial recognition on mobile devices
Calvin Harrison the Chief Operations Officer at IneoQuest about digital video delivery and it’s challenges.
John Landy the Chief Technology Officer at IntraLinks about cloud-based solutions that allow you to collaborate more effectively, manage risk more efficiently, and share information more securely on both sides of the firewall and around the globe.
Rebecca McNeil an Attorney at Finnegan about the America Invents Act which is the most significant piece of patent reform legislation in a very long time.
Chris Hansen the Chief Executive Officer at BAMM.tv about connecting artists, entertainment service providers and audiences worldwide through an extensive global content distribution network.
Ken Grunski the Chief Executive Officer at Telestial about the ins and outs of Telecom.
Scott Albro the Chief Executive Officer at Focus.com about their online business professional network and how it can connect you with the industry experts who can advise and network with you.
Paul Magnone the VP of Business Development at Openet about Service Optimization Software delivered through two distinct, interrelated transformational architectures.
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Open Source software has been one of my soapbox subjects for the past two decades. You’ll find it in your smartphone (the Apple iPhone and Android are both based on it), running your car, in your television and much more. It’s Open Source software that has helped thousands of companies develop software solutions that just wouldn’t be possible otherwise.
Intel, who has been providing millions in funding to Universities, is now requiring that the Universities do not use that funding to create patented technology. Which leads us to another subject I’ve written about in the past: Software Patents. These are killing innovation here in the US, and will ultimately cause great, unseen, harm to the entire world economy.
Kudos to Intel for helping to stem the growth of harmful software patents!
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The debate over violent video games‘ harm to their users continues as psychologist Patrick Markey of Villanova (Pa.) University release a study which shows that harm from the games may be more related to the user’s pre-disposition than the game itself.
In a study he co-wrote in the journal Review of General Psychology, he says “If you’re worried about a video game turning your son or daughter into a killer, don’t worry about that. But is your kid moody, impulsive, or are they unfriendly? It’s probably not the best idea to have that child play violent video games.”
“Video games are not simply good or bad for everybody,” he says. “But for some individuals who have certain dispositions, if they play video games they’re much more likely to be negatively affected.”
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Say goodbye to the world of Blackberry. Research-in-Motion’s (RIM) lack of innovation and progress have left the company who was once known as the dominant force for business smartphone users in the dust, even dropping well below analysts’ expectations. A good 10% drop in profit and resultant layoffs are in the works. It doesn’t look good, and things just aren’t going to get any better.
Apple’s iPhone is not only a market leader, but their recent changes to make it much more friendly to the business marketplace, with improved security and email integration, are likely to make it the standard replacement for Blackberry in business. So much for RIM’s stronghold in the business community. And Android is doing much better.
Google’s Android still has problems in the Corporate data center. Its lack of standard security features which are required by corporations, including data wipe, on-device encryption, mean that Apple is the only growing player left in the Corporate space for now.
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The FBI has confirmed that it’s investigating claims by at least three young celebrities, Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, and singer Justin Timberlake, that their phones have been hacked. Turns out that smart phones aren’t too smart when it comes to security and that celebrities seem to follow that same trend.
The two nude photographs of Scarlett Johansson became widely available in the US after links to them were posted on an aggregator site this week and photos and texts between Kunis and Timberlake have been available for some time.
The FBI’s rapid involvement in the case is the most interesting twist. Cell phone hacks have been ongoing for well more than a decade, and there’s been little that has been done by law enforcement or congress to curb the assault — which may be a good thing. Technology always leads society’s response to that technology.
If you’re not a celebrity, it doesn’t mean that you’re safe. The contents of your phone’s contacts list, documents, email, etc. have been available to professional hackers for years and although the security technology embedded in our smart phones is getting better, it will likely be a couple of years before using our phones is reasonably safe.
Your phone can be hacked via its Bluetooth connection, WiFi connection and even over the airwaves you use to talk. Hackers have demonstrated devices which allow them to have the same access privileges as your phone’s provider — which means that they can get at everything and anything on your phone without your permission, and without even your knowledge.
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Microsoft and Intel have been so inter-twined for decades that there’s been a special name for them: WinTel. The “WinTel Monopoly” has required you to run Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and the rest of their core software on Intel hardware only, with few exceptions.
There have been a couple of attempts to move away from Intel x86 architecture toward better processors (such as Digital’s Alpha and the Itanium), but this is Microsoft’s first real shot at running its core product on an inexpensive, low-power processor architecture — the ARM family.
Hitting two birds with one stone, Microsoft Windows 8 is also aiming squarely at tablet computers, and is hoping to be able to employ the power-sipping ARM family to give it a big advantage over past attempts at running Windows on a tablet. Toward that effort of taking over the tablet world, Microsoft has adopted larger icons and a different work-flow which should make it easier to use your fingers to run your tablet.
Will it be enough? Steve Ballmer has said that Windows is their core product family for future revenue enhancement, and there are obviously hopes that the new Windows 8 will provide them a universal platform that will sell by the millions. Given their history of attempts at tablets over the years, it will be at least another two or three years before we’ll be able to tell if they made a dent.
And then there’s the built-in advertising platform. Windows 8 provides a complete platform to be able to show you ads no matter what you’re doing. No more waiting to go to a web site to see an ad Now you’ll be able to see ads anytime. Now there’s a feature that will attract users!
George Schlossnagle the CEO of Message Systems about Back-end technology that allows brand marketers to be able to successfully email customers securely, without worrying about those messages getting stuck in spam filters and minimizing the risk of exposing customer data to hackers.
Fabrice Sargent the CEO at Cellfish Media about Technology that allows their white-labeled “FanCam” app, which enables fans to take a photo, digitally insert branded product, and then immediately share it with friends via social media platforms.
Tony Anzalone the VP of Marketing at Inova Labs about Portable Oxygen Concentrators.
Jason Weaver the CEO of Shoutlet about technology that allows marketers the ability to monitor, manage and monetize on social media marketing efforts.
Homi Shamir the CEO at Given Imaging about Vitamin-sized pill cam which people swallow and it takes pictures of your insides.
Douglas Gentile a professor of psychology at Iowa State University about the violent video game effects on children and adolescents
Alan Trefler the Founder and CEO of Pega Systems about Build for Change® technology speeds up business solutions by directly capturing business objectives and eliminating manual programming
Ranjith Kumaran the founder of Punch Tab about a Technology Twist on Loyalty Programs.
Mark Szelenyl the Senior Director of Webcasting at ON24 about Virtual events and webcasting industry — Virtual career fair for returning military veterans.
Matthew Growney the Founder at Isabella Products about Consumer technology trends
Brian Roberts the CFO at Insulet about Disposable wireless insulin pumps.