With so many customers carrying smartphones, there are several ways a business can plug into the most personal of devices to enhance service.
From bits-and-bytes to brick-and-mortar, entrepreneur Howard Lo looks at how tech impacts a small business.
Howard spent 14 years in the tech industry working as a programmer, evangelist, and community manager for Microsoft. In 2009, he had lived his "dream" of middle-management long enough and opened a Japanese restaurant called Standing Sushi Bar. Trading in stock grants and software licenses for raw fish and cash, he enjoys mixing his passion for technology into the daily hustle of small business.
Hardware specs = irrelevant. OS features = meh. Useful apps available = everything. Microsoft needs to liberate its cash hoard and get the same critical apps available to iOS and Android users as soon as possible.
Hardware specs are dead. Comparing these between different phones is pointless, when we should be looking at what matters more.
Recent news has portrayed Facebook as a company flailing about with its stock prices in seeming free fall, but I'm still bullish on Facebook. After all, what else are you going to use?
Through a series of commercials, Apple has shredded its most valuable asset while Facebook decides to give up on creating a trustworthy reputation in pursuit of a quick buck.
Mobile OS version numbers illustrate the difference between Apple's understanding of consumer desires versus Microsoft's techie mentality in announcing Windows Phone 7.8.
Four waves of the daily-deal madness and how the current crop of restaurants lie, cheat, and steal from their customers.
Never get between a business and its money. The announcements about Apple's Passbook and Microsoft's Wallet make me worried new obstacles to getting paid by customers are building up.
Imagine a group of squabbling children, clamoring for the teacher to pay attention to them. The teacher gives them a project: "Draw me a picture of a desert.
In these heady days of tech, an entrepreneur is portrayed as a late 20-something, hoodie-wearing, SXSW-attending idea man on a path towards changing the world through an iOS app.I didn't invent a social network, I have yet to create a cloud application, and I have no idea how to make colorful filters that transform ugly pictures into art.