Interview with Amazon Echo Developer Shanthan Kesharaju

When Shanthan posted in the Facebook Amazon Echo group that he’d written a game for the Echo because of his son’s love for the device, I was interested to learn more. The result is this interview. Enjoy! How did you become an Echo developer? Is there a Web site where you had to sign up […]

Posted by on 28 January 2016 | 11:34 am

Hoverboards, The Great Fail of the Consumer Protection Agency?

Sometimes when a consumer product becomes popular there are unexpected consequences to its success, use cases that customers find that weren’t part of the planning or testing phase of the manufacturer. Rarely, though, does an entire category of products end up a spectacular fail, but that’s just what’s happened in the last 45 days with hoverboards, […]

Posted by on 1 January 2016 | 4:18 pm

Shaun Murphy Talks About Online Shopping Security

Shaun Murphy is an expert on communication security and has focused on online credit card fraud and transaction safety for the holidays. He was kind enough to answer a few questions about how to shop online – and stay safe – during the upcoming shopping frenzy, and his answers are most interesting… Q: Most people […]

Posted by on 24 November 2015 | 2:44 pm

The State of Application Security & Piracy

When Arxan Technologies shared its research findings on the state of application security and how piracy is adversely affecting vendor sales and success, my interest was piqued and I asked if I could interview someone on the team about the findings. Here’s my interview with Chief Marketing Officer Patrick Kehoe about piracy, mobile platforms, and related. Read […]

Posted by on 13 October 2015 | 1:20 pm

13 Million iPhone 6s Sales in a Weekend

Apple announced that it sold a staggering 13 million iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on launch weekend, a three day period from Friday morning until Sunday night, September 25, 26 and 27. I know, I popped by the Boulder Apple Store on the morning of the 25th and saw the faithful lined up, waiting […]

Posted by on 28 September 2015 | 8:52 am

A Virus that Spies on your Poker Hand

I’m fascinated by the ingenuity behind the latest virus to show up on the Internet, malware that targets people who play online poker through Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker. It lurks in the background and when those users are actually playing it spies on their hand and reports what they’re holding to a central server, […]

Posted by on 18 September 2015 | 5:05 pm

3D Printing’s Unintended Consequences: Keys

Movies make it look easy, you just press a pilfered key into clay, both sides, then without any further fuss, you can make as many perfect duplicate keys as you’d like. Slip the original back before they notice and you’re in, free and clear. Problem is, it’s not actually quite that easy to make a […]

Posted by on 11 September 2015 | 6:01 pm

Hasbro Games Launches Crowdfunding Competition

Traditional game companies don’t have a corner on the game market like they used to years ago. Mattel, Hasbro, you know the big players with their Monopoly, Clue, Trouble, Candyland, etc. But board games is a much bigger business now and crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter have completely changed the way that games come to market. […]

Posted by on 28 August 2015 | 6:27 pm

Kickstarter Biz Loses Lawsuit, Has to Pay $$

When Altius Management managed to land full funding for its Asylum Playing Cards kickstarter campaign, raising $25,146 of its $15,000 goal to create some scary playing cards at $9/deck back in 2012, it had no idea how difficult the journey to fulfillment would be. In fact, by spring of 2013 (after promising delivery to backers […]

Posted by on 18 August 2015 | 1:41 pm

Interview with Mitch Vandell, Author of “Bargepole Management”

When business author Mitch Vandell contacted me, I was intrigued by the title of his new management book “Bargepole Management“. I know what a barge is, I know what a bargepole is by extension, but what does it all have to do with management and career strategies? To find out more, we had a conversation […]

Posted by on 24 July 2015 | 5:34 pm