It looks like my predictions about Blockbuster and RIM are coming true. In this alberta@noon column on CBC Radio One with host Donna McElligott I discuss what options are available to Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, in the shadow of a massive stock price drop. We talk about what this means for the Canadian tech sector, national pride, and Kitchener-Waterloo tech startups by looking at Critical Mass and the oil and gas industry in Calgary. We also look at how they might be able to get back on track by examining comparisons to Google and Apple’s work.
This is our last Tech and Trends column before we take a summer hiatus. Time to start dreaming up some new ideas for topics for the fall…
In this alberta@noon column on CBC Radio One with host Donna McElligott I introduce listeners to the website Etsy and then talk about the he said/she said battle going on between an artisan who uses Etsy and Urban Outfitters. And then Miley Cyrus gets involved. Does the site put small businesses on equal footing with global ones? Following that we discuss Apple’s latest announcement at WWDC: iCloud, and what it could mean for how you access documents and music.
In this alberta@noon column on CBC Radio One with host Donna McElligott I talk about the future of crime fighting. Specifically we discuss the saga of Sean Power and his stolen laptop. He had free tracking software that he used to see what the thief was doing and live-tweeted the entire event. His followers, friends and others solved the crime and even got the laptop back. All from 800 km away. And after the police wouldn’t help. What could this mean for the future of crime fighting? Welcome to the world of personal responsibility.
In this alberta@noon column on CBC Radio One with host Donna McElligott I talk about Elections Canada’s ban on reporting the results of a federal election in a time zone where the polls have not closed yet. Topics include the $25,000 fine, the difference between media and people using social media, #tweettheresults becoming the most used hashtag in the world in the recent election, and clever ways to report results including Brits, Australians and Americans tweeting on our behalf. How do we even find these people? Do we have the resources? We also talk about whether Twitter tried to block tweets or were there just jokes being taken seriously. Elections Canada is fighting a losing battle. When shutting down the internet is the best option available to you, you need to rethink your strategy. It’s long overdue to reexamine our election night social media ban and find new ways to address this issue.
In this alberta@noon column on CBC Radio One with guest host Holly Preston and I talk about the BlackBerry Playbook, calling it a cross between a tablet and a smart phone, while highlighting it’s touch border, lack of apps, user interface, and it’s need to tether to a BlackBerry. We also discuss the GSlate and other Android tablets. Yes, they play flash and it’s powerful and less expensive. We also talk about how the tablet market has taken off – we’ve realized we didn’t want bells and whistles and buttons on our computers, we just wanted functionality – and third party developers are being leveraged to customize every device. What’s next? The restaurant industry.