This week I've assembled a collection of products, each with a twist. Some have a hidden feature or something that just sets the product apart. Often it's the result of out-of-the-box thinking.
One of the most frequent questions I get is whether to buy a Mac or a PC. Here's an analysis based on the 10 features I consider important. 1. Starting up: Turn on a Macintosh from sleep and the screen lights up instantly, networks are quickly found and the computer is ready to use a few seconds later. PCs take much longer. This means you're more likely to use the Mac like a radio, turning it on and off to retrieve information without giving it a second thought. Advantage: Mac
If you travel internationally, you're likely aware that only GSM phones from Cingular and T-Mobile will work in the rest of the world, while CDMA phones from Verizon and Sprint are limited to use primarily in the United States. GSM phones contain a tiny removable SIM card (subscriber information module) that contains information about the carrier. To change to another carrier, simply switch the card.
San Diego played host to DEMO Fall, the semi-annual conference where companies introduce their new products for the first time before an audience of the technology press, analysts and investors. Each of the 67 companies had a few minutes for a demo and then the opportunity to showcase its products in an exhibit area for the two-day event.
With the increased restrictions on traveling with your computer, maybe it's just time to leave your notebook at home. Consider the benefits: Your carry-ons will be lighter and you won't be distracted by all the hassles of keeping the computer charged, getting online and keeping your data secure. As a bonus you'll get through airport security faster.
The CTIA wireless show held in Los Angeles this past week was all about new phones. I've rarely seen a collection of so many "gotta-have" new products. There was a wonderful assortment of new smartphones of all sizes, as well as tiny pocket-sized phones with finishes more like jewelry than technology devices.
If you thought ingenuity was dead, these products tell a different story. Here's a roundup of a variety of new products that I have tried in recent weeks.
When I rent a car in a city away from home, I usually take along a portable GPS device. This makes it easier and safer to navigate in unfamiliar areas, saves time and reduces stress. While I've used the Hertz Neverlost and Avis' phone-based guidance options offered for rental cars, they're quite primitive compared to today's GPS technology.
How quickly fortunes change. A year ago Dell could do no wrong, while Hewlett-Packard could do nothing right. Analysts urged HP to shed its money-losing computer division and spin off its profitable printer business.
Among the dozens of new cameras introduced over the past several months are two I've been testing that stand out in their respective categories, each providing tremendous versatility. The first is designed for semi-professionals or serious amateurs. The second is a compact 12:1 zoom camera that's loaded with features.
How do you stay organized? Do you rely on a paper-based planning system like a Filofax? Or do you use your PDA, smartphone or computer to keep track of all your tasks, appointments, contacts and notes?
Net neutrality is something you'll be hearing a lot about, and there's good reason why you should pay close attention.
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Phil Baker is an expert in new product development and market development for large and small companies. He has held senior product development and marketing positions with Apple, Polaroid, Seiko, Proxima, ...About the author