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Robert Whent

President and CEO - OTEP Inc.

Rob Whent (rwhent@wetech-alliance.com) is the Entrepreneur in Residence at WEtech Alliance, a Regional Innovation Centre and a pioneer in the digital media space, founding two technology companies. His startup, Think-2-Learn, is developing adaptive video game technology to identify and improve cognitive ability in children with learning disabilities. Follow him on Twitter @swento

A Match Made in Mobile Purgatory? Microsoft and RIM

With the Blackberry maker RIM struggling today to stay relevant, I think it's time they join forces, hire some new interface designers and give Apple and Android a run for their money -- if they do it right.
03/17/2012 11:58 EDT
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Domain Names Are as Important as Your Children's

Virtually every new business today tries to come up with a company name that will fit a dot-com domain name. Some of the new domain names work quite well -- like .org for governments, .edu for education and the newly minted ".xxx" for, well, you know. But businesses still love the dot-com.
03/17/2012 11:56 EDT
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What if Video Games Are Actually Good for our Kids?

I wasn't a particularly good student when I was a kid. In grade school, I had a lot of problems with math, and to a lesser extent reading and writing. It didn't matter how much I tried, I just couldn't get it. I couldn't seem to grasp concepts that most of my friends seemed to understand easily.
03/16/2012 10:17 EDT

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

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?).
03/14/2012 12:06 EDT
alamy

The Mozart Effect on Your Children

A group of Canadian scientists who specialize in learning, memory and language in children think music good for the brain and soul. They have found evidence that pre-schoolers can improve their verbal intelligence after only 20 days of classroom instruction using interactive, music-based cognitive training cartoons.
03/13/2012 08:49 EDT
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A (New) Apple Today Keeps Competition Away

Twelve months after the iPad 2 hit the shelves comes the much anticipated iPad HD. My wife hasn't even used all the features on her iPad 2 yet, and now it's already obsolete as the new version hogs all the headlines.
03/07/2012 12:00 EST

RIM Strikes Gold With New Corporate Tablet

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.
02/07/2012 01:22 EST
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The End of Kodak's Moment

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?
02/02/2012 09:42 EST
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The Perils of the Early Adoptor

I have not been a particularly successful early adopter. My basement is proof of that. I lucked out when I jumped on the compact disc bandwagon but had a harder time with my video game consoles. Anyone remember CD-i? Sega Genesis? 3DO? Game Cube? Coleco Gemini? No? Well come on over and I will show you.
01/31/2012 05:10 EST