The new Sprint MiFi reviewed and tested for today and tomorrow

August 10th, 2009 by Daniel DiRico

sprint-logoWell we can think of no better place to fire up a new technology gadget for the first time than on the lush green spaces of Boston Common on a perfect August afternoon. So that’s what we did.

The gadget is of course the Sprint MiFi 2200 — your own portable 3G wireless network bubble that follows you where ever you go. Initial setup of this device was as easy as it gets. Turn it on (you’ll see a green LED indicator light up) and your laptop and/or phone will

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Why hardware devices are the future of digital media distribution

August 4th, 2009 by Daniel DiRico

iphone3gs_2upHave you noticed lately the explosive success of the iPhone App Store and the unexpected popularity of the Amazon Kindle book reader?  Of course you have.  These products and services have obviously become huge wins for Apple and Amazon, but there seems to be something larger happening here.  And that something may have just signaled the start of a massive shift in how we distribute and monetize digital content in the future.  And to many of us, that future is going to seem oddly familiar.
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Customers take shortcuts and you should pay attention

July 26th, 2009 by Daniel DiRico

shortcut-pathWhile walking through Cambridge recently on mission to find lunch, a park scene stood out as something important to take note of.

It is likely that considerable time and effort went into designing and building the original paved path to guide people through the park. Unfortunately, the path was not always followed and people began to carve out a path of their own instead.

This not only created a scar for others to see, but it also turned an otherwise standard walk in the park into a mildly treacherous, unfriendly user experience for anyone simply trying to get from A to B in a way that made the most sense to them.

What is going on here?

Your company’s Web sites and software applications may be extremely well planned, prototyped, and tested prior to deployment, but once released
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More powerful than Facebook Connect; enter Gigya Socialize

July 25th, 2009 by Daniel DiRico

gigya_logoWhile we were searching for a way to integrate Open ID or Facebook Connect to this blog, I stumbled across Gigya Socialize. Gigya created a brief video that explains what this service does, but in short — if you know what Facebook Connect is and/or does, then imagine a service that is higher than that.

It not only allows your users to authenticate with your site with their existing Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. accounts, but
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Send your WordPress posts directly to Twitter with WP to Twitter

July 24th, 2009 by Daniel DiRico

twitter_logo_wordpressIf you happen to own or manage a WordPress blog (like this one) and there is a Twitter account that you must also keep updated, then this is the plug-in for you.

It is called “WP to Twitterand it works like this…

You write your WordPress post:

  1. Decide whether you want to Tweet your blog post URL, Title, and or Blog Name
  2. Publish your WordPress post
  3. Bam! Your Twitter page is updated with a Tweet of your WordPress blog post (using the cli.gs URL shortener) simultaneously

Prerequisites:

  1. You need to be able to install WordPress plug-ins on your WordPress blog
  2. You’ll need a Twitter account to publish to

To see this in action, you can visit our own Twitter page at www.twitter.com/BizTechAnalyst

Cisco Systems Inc., formerly known as Pure Networks

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Use a Gmail address alias to organize your inbox and reduce spam headaches

July 24th, 2009 by Daniel DiRico
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I’m sure like most of us, you probably cherish your personal email address and feel a little bit of hesitation every time you type it into an online sign-up form.

If you use Gmail, there is a simple way to create an alternate version of your email address (an alias) that you can use for these automated sign-up forms.

It works like this:
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