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History of Global Social Media Holiday: April 16=Foursquare Day

By billpetro / April 16, 2016 /

FOURSQUARE DAY In the history of holidays, we see new holidays each year. Some are beautiful, some are nerdy. I leave it as an exercise for the reader to decide which one this is. One of the recent events for the cognoscenti, for those “in the know,” for the hipper-than-thou, is Foursquare Day. For the…

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Apple Watch: First Impressions and Pictures

By billpetro / April 12, 2015 /

APPLE WATCH: FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND PICTURES With Apple Watch going on sale Friday, I wrote a  post over on my Tech Trends blog describes the ordering experience and my visit to the Apple Store later that morning to try one on. I’ve written about Apple Watch previously here, but this is first touch. Read about…

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Apple’s New Ecosystem: the Implications of Apple Pay

By billpetro / October 21, 2014 /

APPLE’S NEW ECOSYSTEM: THE IMPLICATIONS OF APPLE PAY Today, October 20, Apple launched Apple Pay with the release of their iPhone iOS 8.1 version of the device operating system. This new payment system is scheduled to go live with 220,000 merchants today for users with iPhone 6 or 6 Plus. I wrote about these devices…

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Apple Watch: a New Category for Apple

By billpetro / October 14, 2014 /

APPLE WATCH: A NEW CATEGORY FOR APPLE On initial impression, some might say this seems like less of a watch and more an iPhone nano. While the iPhone 6 is an evolutionary change and larger than before, as I discussed in my last article here, the Apple Watch for Apple is a new product category with new ecosystems…

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Apple’s New iPhone 6: Why You Care

By billpetro / October 13, 2014 /

APPLE IPHONE 6: WHY YOU CARE This article is not about a holiday, but it is historical. In the run up to Apple’s press conference on Thursday, October 16th I’ve written 3 articles on the recent launch of the iPhone 6, the Apple Watch, and two new Ecosystems: Apple Pay and HealthKit. The first of…

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History of Facebook: The Social Network at 10

By billpetro / February 4, 2014 /

HISTORY OF FACEBOOK February 4 is the 10th birthday of the social networking site Facebook. What started back at Harvard — and initially only open to college students or those with email addresses that ended in .edu until September 2006 — Facebook is now the largest social network with over 1 billion people using it…

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VMworld 2013 San Francisco: daily blog posts

By billpetro / August 29, 2013 /

VMWORLD 2013 SAN FRANCISCO I’ve been blogging from the 10th annual VMworld in San Francisco. I’ve been attending since 2008 and it’s one of the most exciting tech conferences. Check out my posts on my other blog Tech Trends. You can find them all here: Bill Petro, your friendly neighborhood technologist

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History of User Interfaces: iPad at 3 Years

By billpetro / April 5, 2013 /

IPAD, 5TH GENERATION USER INTERFACE This week is the 3rd anniversary of Apple launching the original iPad. It’s currently on it’s 5th generation with the 128GB version, not counting the 1st generation iPad mini. Back then many pundits claimed it would never catch on. Instead, Apple has sold 140 million iPads, totalling $75 billion in…

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History of World IPv6 Launch Day: June 6, 2012

By billpetro / June 4, 2012 /

HISTORY OF WORLD IPV6 LAUNCH DAY What happens on June 6, 2012? The Internet Society is sponsoring World IPv6 Launch Day. On June 6, 2012 over fifty access networks and more than 2,500 websites — including Cisco, Google, YouTube, Facebook, and Yahoo — will turn on support for the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet’s main…

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