Entries by Robert Whent from 02/2012

The End of Kodak's Moment

| Posted 02.02.2012 | Canada

Last week Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection. With digital photography, Kodak didn't sell chemicals or paper so they pretended it wasn't coming. They decided to continue milking a system they had a monopoly on and insisted they had the better product. The world loved Kodak so why change?

Samsung's New Galaxy Note Smartphone/Tablet

| Posted 02.02.2012 | Technology

The new Samsung Galaxy Note builds on the success of the Galaxy SII, the best smartphone released in 2011, and comes with some significant improvements, like the addition of the S-Pen stored conveniently in the bottom of the phone.

Why I Need the Cloud

| Posted 02.07.2012 | Technology

I came home yesterday to copy hundreds of my recent wedding photos to my server and OMG! -- Nothing. No Lights. No Hum. Nothing. I got the dreaded "Server is not available" message and my heart sank.

RIM Strikes Gold With New Corporate Tablet

| Posted 02.07.2012 | Canada

The company demonstrated the 2.0 update of the PlayBook software at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last month in Las Vegas and it's pretty amazing. The PlayBook will now have a native email application that acts as a hub for all of your social needs, bringing in feeds from Twitter, LinkedIn, and others.

Hammacher Schlemmer -- a Gadget Guys Paradise

| Posted 02.07.2012 | Technology

You know when you type in a URL into your web browser and it comes up with a high-resolution image of R2-D2 that this is going to be a fun place to shop -- www.hammacher.com does just that. Geeks everywhere rejoice.

3-D Smart TV -- The Future of Home Entertainment

| Posted 02.14.2012 | Canada Business

I loved "Avatar" in 3D but didn't expect it to be nearly as good on a 3D television. Then I saw my father-in-law's beautiful 55" Samsung 7000 Series LED 3D TV and fell in love with it (I had already fallen in love with his daughter, so why not his TV too?).

The SmartPhone's Nemesis -- Gravity!

| Posted 02.16.2012 | Technology

According to SquareTrade, more than one out of seven iPhone 4 owners, 13.8 percent, to be exact, will damage their phone within the first year, the highest rate of any smartphone.

How Skype Changed the World

| Posted 02.17.2012 | Technology

In 2003, I was visiting some business colleagues in the Netherlands when I heard of a new technology with a funny name: Skype.

Facebook's IPO -- Can We Learn From Past Mistakes?

| Posted 02.21.2012 | Technology

Going public and raising a boat load of cash doesn't guarantee success. As we all eagerly await Facebook's Initial Public Offering (IPO), I can't help but to think that history is going to repeat itself.