American Airlines New Logo

Check Out the New American Airlines Logo

I like what FutureBrand has done here. Again, I’m not fully convinced that a new logo was even required, but given the request, I think they’ve done a great job.

I agree. The new design is bold, modern, and helps to refresh a brand that has become stale. Well done.

American Airlines New Logo
Posted in Business

Intel getting out of the PC business?

Intel starts killing off its own PC business

Intel has taken the first steps toward dissolving its PC motherboard production. If all goes according to plan, the entire division will be nonexistent by 2016.

If anyone still thinks that tablets are a fad, this should be a harsh dose of reality. The iPad has eroded the dominance of the Win-tel platform and sucked the profits out of the PC business. Intel can see the writing on the wall…

Posted in Business, Mobile

Forbes Crushes Microsoft

Sell Microsoft NOW!

Ballmer has committed to fight to the death in his effort to defend & extend Windows. So expect death…

Adam Hartung paints a dire picture of decreasing sales, increasing competition and poor leadership. If customers and investors smell blood in the water, Microsoft will be the next RIM.

Posted in Business, Mobile

Only 18% of Top CEOs are on Social Networks

Only 18% of Top CEOs are on Social Networks

Only 18% of the CEOs of the world’s top 50 biggest companies by revenue have one or more social networking accounts, according to a study released Tuesday by global pr firm Weber Shandwick.

I’m not sure what is more likely here — that these folks are woefully out of touch with the rest of society, or that the corporate PR folks have muzzled the CEOs to keep them from embarrassing the company.

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Target will now price-match Amazon

Target will now price-match Amazon, other retailers year-round

Target also plans to match rates from Walmart, Best Buy, and Toys R Us if customers should find the same item priced lower there.

Smart move. Target already had the best brick-and-mortar retail shopping experience. Now they have the best prices too. This is their play to crush WalMart and BestBuy.

Game on.

Posted in Business

Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes for Maps

A letter from Tim Cook on Maps

At Apple, we strive to make world-class products that deliver the best experience possible to our customers. With the launch of our new Maps last week, we fell short on this commitment.

Say what you will about Apple, but their leadership isn’t afraid to stand up and admit when the company has faultered.

While we’re improving Maps, you can try alternatives by downloading map apps from the App Store like Bing, MapQuest and Waze

Well played.  Of course Apple would love everyone to use their new Maps application, and help it improve.  In the long run, however, Apple wins no matter which app you use — as long as it’s running on an iPhone.
I wouldn’t want to be working on that Maps team today though.  I suspect they’re going to be burning the midnight oil for quite a while.

Posted in Mobile

Taxing Customers Who Use IE7

Internet Explorer 7Kogan Imposing Tax On Shoppers Who Use IE7

…from now on, anyone who visits the Kogan site using IE7 will be charged an additional 6.8% “IE7 tax” — 0.1% for each month since the browser was released — on any purchases.

A+ for original thinking.

If Microsoft won’t push their customers off old versions of IE, the market will find a way on its own…

Posted in Business

Same Old Microsoft – Short Sighted

no microsoft officeMicrosoft to Delay Office for Android and iOS

Initially, Microsoft planned to introduce versions of Office 15 for all three platforms. But according to sources familiar with the company’s strategy, Microsoft will now ship the long-awaited application suite sometime in October for Windows devices, most notably the upcoming versions of Windows Phone, and hold off on selling Office for iOS and Android devices until next spring.

This is 90’s era thinking.  Trying to artificially bolster a failing product (Windows Phone) by propping it up with a successful one (Office).

Don’t be surprised if the Android and iOS versions of Office are also missing key features only available in the Windows Phone version either.  That’s another oldie but goodie from the Microsoft playbook.

Rather than punishing Apple and Google customers who want to pay for your software, maybe you should be punishing the engineering team that took way to long to produce the Windows Phone, and the marketing team that can’t figure out how to make it attractive to customers.

Posted in Mobile

Local Inventor featured on KickStarter

podpropsKen Malsan, co-creator of  the Cohabit iPhone puzzle app, has just launched his latest invention — PodProps.  A PodProp is a flexible smart phone dock, perfect for holding an iPhone or iPod Touch.  Channels cut in the bottom of the stand allow you to charge your device while it’s in place, and the soft material keeps it safe and secure.

To raise awareness for the product, and generate the funding needed to begin mass production, Ken has launched a KickStarter campaign.  It will remain open until June 4th, by which time he hopes to have raised $15,000.

I have been using a prototype in my office for nearly a year now, and I really like it.  I’m guessing you will too.

Take a look, and let me know what you think!

Posted in Announcements

Cohabit Sudoku adds Game Center Support

Cohabit SudokuCohabit Sudoku 1.5 is now live on iTunes with Game Center support. This version also squashes many nefarious bugs, for an even more diobolical gaming experience.

Crush your brain, then taunt your friends — for FREE!

Download your copy of Cohabit Sudoku from the iTunes App Store today.

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