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17 Notably Bad Products from Great Tech Companies

Timing is everything in the tech industry. If your product is behind the times, no one wants it. If it is ahead of the times, no one understands it.

I thought about this fact while reading an article on Datamation.com entitled, “17 Notably Bad Products from Great Tech Companies.” Interestingly enough, while they failed as products, not all of them were “bad”. In my opinion, #10, #13, and #16 were just ahead of their time.

Out of curiosity, did anyone have any experience with any of these products? I would love to hear about it.

10 game changing tech ideas that failed

Thinking back on recent “game-changing” tech ideas, I notice a trend. Most of the game changers weren’t new inventions, but rather improvement on existing concepts. Take the iPod for example: Apple didn’t invent the mp3 player, but they did make the mp3 player better.

I thought about that while reading an interesting article on Techradar.com entitled, “10 game-changing tech ideas that didn’t change the game.” Sure, maybe these ideas failed initially, but could any of them succeed with a few improvements? The tablet PC stands out to me as a possibility.

What do you think?

Google Voice for iPhone to re-emerge as web app

When I first heard about Appleâ??s blockage of the Google Voice App, I thought, â??Why donâ??t they just make a web app?â?? As it turns out, according to this article on mashable.com, thatâ??s exactly what theyâ??re doing.

Itâ??s a genius move on Googleâ??s part. Apple canâ??t very well block a web application without raising some serious eyebrows over at the FCC. Also, a web app is far more flexible than an iPhone app. Itâ??s accessible from any web browser, opening their app up to other phones in the process.

Did you know that you can do the same thing with your business applications? You can turn them into web apps with m-Power and access them on your iPhone, Blackberry, or other smartphone, all while avoiding rigorous application approval procedures. Fill out this short form if you want to know more, or if you want to see a free proof of concept web application.

20 best blackberry, iPhone apps for summer travel

Smart-phones are revolutionizing the way we travel. Are you lost? Just pull up a map on your phone. Bored on the plane? Chances are thereâ??s something on your phone to keep you occupied. Need to find a restaurant in a new city? Again, check your phone.

If you plan on traveling during the remainder of this summer, there are a few applications that might really come in handy. Hereâ??s a nice list on CIO.com of 20 Blackberry and iPhone apps for summer travel.

Be warned: The more we depend on our phones, the more costly losing one can become, especially in business. Check out this week’s blog post entitled, “The next big security problem”, for a way around those risks.

9 hot IT jobs

Iâ??ve said it before and Iâ??ll say it again: If you are in the IT industry, you must make an effort to keep your skills up to date – or risk unemployment. I know itâ??s not easy, but a current skill set will drastically improve your chances of employment when times get tough. Even in the worst economic conditions, there are always certain skill sets that are still in demand.

Want to know what they are right now? Check out this list on CIOinsight.com that lists 9 IT jobs that are currently in high demand.

The one IT job this list is missing is m-Power developer – the job that lets you take advantage of and keep current on changing technologies as they are happening.

10 dirty little secrets you should know about working in IT

I heard an unintentionally hilarious commercial on the radio the other day. I wonâ??t try to quote it word for word, but it went something like this: Tired of poor job security and low pay? Take our 6 month training class and you will become a Microsoft certified IT professional. You will be an indispensible employee with great job security and a high salary.

I had to laugh. In 6 months I could have great job security and a high salary? Sign me up! That certainly sounds great, but Iâ??m afraid itâ??s far from accurate. In fact, this Techrepublic.com article entitled, â??10 dirty little secrets you should know about working in ITâ?? probably describes the industry a little better.

What do you think? Who described the IT industry better: The commercial or the article?

Celebrating 20 years of the world wide web

About 8 months ago, our communication companyâ??s central box went down and much of the area (us included) lost internet service for a couple days. It was difficult to work and made me realize just how much we (and businesses as a whole) rely on the internet.

I was reminded of that story as I was reading an article on techradar.com entitled, â??Celebrating 20 years of the world wide web.â?? The article takes a look back from the beginning of the world wide web until now, and covers the steps taken to get where we are today.

Itâ??s funny to think how just 20 years ago the internet had no place in the business, and now you probably couldnâ??t even function without it. It kind of makes me wonder what weâ??ll be remembering fondly 20 years from now.

Don’t be a turtle

I’ve noticed many companies acting like turtles recently. What do I mean by that? When a turtle is scared, they retract into their shells. They shut themselves off to the outside world in hopes that the threat will go away.

It seems as though many companies are doing the same thing. They are hiding and waiting for the economy to get better. While that may be a good strategy for a turtle, itâ??s not for a business.

This is no time to hide and wait. This is the time to move ahead while everyone else is waiting. Look outside your comfort zone for new ways to help your business. Identify your key weaknesses and try to turn them into advantages. Sure, it might cost a little up front, but youâ??ll be far better off in the long run.

Take this company for example. Instead of hiding and waiting, they used new technology to turn a big weakness into an area of strength. Not only are they a stronger company because of it, but they opened up a new revenue stream as well.

13 coming mobile technologies that will change your life

Do you remember back in the dark ages when cell phones were used only for phone calls? We couldn’t check our email or even send text messages. How did we ever survive?

Itâ??s funny to think how far cell phone technology has progressed over the last 10 years. Cell phones have gone from being a luxury to a necessity, in both personal and business life. Can you imagine what you would do if you couldnâ??t check your email or view vital business data from your smartphone these days?

While itâ??s interesting to look back, I like to look forward to where mobile technology is going and how it might affect the business world. Hereâ??s an article in Computerworld that examines this very topic and details 13 future mobile technologies that will be important.

The worst US cities to work in IT

A few weeks back, I posted a link to an article listing the best places to work if youâ??re in the IT industry. I recently ran across an article on CIO.com that lists the exact opposite: â??The worst U.S. cities to work in IT.â??

I donâ??t think itâ??s as bad as they (or their depressing picture selection) make it out to be, but Iâ??m curious to hear your thoughts. Do you work in one of these cities, and if so, what do you think of it?