Tech & The District » Verizon Tech the way we see it: insights and musings on technology PR, policy and the District, from H&K’s D.C. Tech Team. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:06:44 +0000 en hourly 1 LIVE from the Consumer Electronics Show- Las Vegas Fri, 07 Jan 2011 16:45:40 +0000 Lauren Wilson Day 1 on the show floor was quite the scene!  I’ve never seen so many crazy and creative ways to attract show goers to electronics.  All your major companies were showcasing cool gadgets and eye grabbing products: Samsung, Sony, Qualcomm (H&K client), Blackberry, Verizon, Cricket, Motorola, Dell, Sprint, countless others, and even the graphic clothing shop, Ed Hardy- what a surprise!

It seemed that each booth was competing for your attention and the technology wasn’t the only main attraction.  One booth had dancers, another offered free lattes,  rock music was background for several executive keynotes at various booths, and one particular booth had famous actors! With all this action, it made it impossible to see the entire show floor in just one day.

Star Wars characters were at the Blue Ray booth, Samsung had elaborate stage performers, and Adrian Grenier from Entourage promoted gadgets at the Blackberry booth.

The two biggest trends on the show floor were tablets and 4G capable devices. Verizon executives unveiled 10 4G LTE devices: four smartphones, two tablets, two mobile hot spots, and two notebooks, in which some will be available as early as March.  Show goers were listening closely to see if Verizon would confirm the rumors on carrying the iPhone; which they did not.

The big tablet announcer this year was Motorola. Motorola divided into two companies this week: Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. Motorola Mobility released the world’s first Android tablet rivaling the iPad, called the Motorola XOOM Tablet. The company said that the product is redeifing what a tablet experience can be. It is also the first tablet  to feature the latest Google Mobile innovations, including Google Maps 5.0 with 3D interaction, access to over 3 million Google eBooks and Google Talk with video and voice chat.

According to Hayley Tsukayama from the Washington Post, Day 2 at CES is shaping up to be “industry insider day” as the gadget buzz dies down.

The rumor is that Ford’s CEO Alan Mulally might is expected to unveil an electric Ford Focus.  I’ll have to get to the show floor and see!

Leave your comments on what you hope to see unveiled at the show!

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To “Cell” with Blackouts! Fri, 16 Oct 2009 15:15:53 +0000 Andrew Cuneo

I’m sure, like me, many of you have experienced the “Metro Cell Struggle.”  Unless your carrier is Verizon, many of you have experienced the frustration of total blackouts when riding through Metro’s underground tunnels.  However the Washington Post reported this morning that as of midnight tonight, 20 Metro stations, nearly half of the underground locations, will be fully equipped with cell phone service meaning riders who use Sprint-Nextel, T-Mobile or AT&T devices will be able to communicate at various stops, most notably Metro Center and other busy locations.

This initial rollout means you’ll be able to get reception on the platforms at these stations but will lose it once you step on the train and proceed down the track to the next station.  The hope is that by next fall, the remaining 27 stations will provide this service and that all stations will be “on-line” by 2012, both on platforms and in tunnels.

This is a great deal for Metro riders who, like me, have experienced underground delays and no way of communicating with people street level. On more than one occasion, I’ve been underground during a delay on the Orange line and have tried to send an email only to recognize the new found frustration of no service.

This is also a great deal for Metro. According to the Post report, the contract with the three carriers will generate at least $25 million of revenue over the next 15 years and $52 million over the next 25.  Maybe this will be enough to spare us a fare hike in the near future.

For a complete map of new locations, please click here. What other areas of cell phone outage should be improved?





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Fine Tuning the Tech Market Wed, 19 Nov 2008 18:36:00 +0000 Sharla Lane Today,
the Big Three of the auto industry faced Washington, but changes are
reaching far beyond the lines of one business area. Just as the auto
and banking industries have felt the economic crunch, tech companies
from blue chip to Web 2.0 have been appearing in headlines with talk of
mergers, closures and even new business ventures in hopes of riding out
the slump.

Here are a few changes in the tech landscape since Election Day:

what does it all mean? In a thriving economy, companies that may have
had inferior services or products were able to exist and live off the
surplus in capital. Now that funds are limited, consumers are cutting
back spending. Perhaps we can look to lessons learned from the ever
decreasing value of the Big Three in the auto industry and apply them
to the tech space.

we will only get the best of the best mobile service, laptops, and
innovation, including a phase out of poorly crafted Web sites in an
overpopulated Internet space. One result could be leniency in regulation, permitting larger companies to push out competition and raise prices.

Either way, as we approach the holiday season, NPR warned me last week
to not be surprised when I hear an influx of commercials announcing
layaway options rather than in-store credit card offers… so put away
your plastic and start saving those pennies the good ol’ fashioned way!

(Note: H&K works in some parts of the world with Verizon Business, Yahoo!, Microsoft and MGM.)

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