Reflections on a Visit to Arlington Cemetery

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Blog

I've always felt Arlington Cemetery – located just across the river from our Nation’s capital – was a sacred place. I am always moved by the perennial stories that come with each major storm, detailing the unwavering commitment of the soldiers who guard the Tomb of the Unkown Solider. These mostly 20-somethings show commitment beyond personal understanding or experience. As the son of a lifetime Army Officer I have always internalized their abiding respect for duty and honor. Long the final resting spot for the axiomatic American Solider since May 13, 1864, when William...

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Data Havens

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Blog, tech, trends

A Tax haven is a essentially a jurisdiction (often a country) that has taxes, tax rates, or other legal structuring that provides a lower total tax burden than other jurisdictions. The ability to lower or remove a give tax burden provides an incentive for  companies or individuals to establish a presence in these jurisdiction in order to reduce or remove the imposed tax burden of the jurisdiction for which they might currently be domiciled within. This creates tax competition across jurisdictions as these jurisdictions seek to attract businesses and and individuals. As Wikipedia puts...

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Only in a Digital World: Messages in the Sky

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Blog, trends

We are pushing into a fully digital world. This was first driven by digital device adoption over the last decade and that digital device adoption is subsequently being followed by the broad digitization of our physical surroundings.  The digitization of everyday objects is driving the digitization of all information. This information isn't just the historically analog information found in places like books and magazines for which we are busy digitizing today, but is more fully encompassing of all information. The shift to digital is improving - and in many cases making possible for the...

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Differentiating Between Technologically Possible and Commercially Viable

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Blog, tech

Unless you were somehow seemingly off the grid earlier this month, you know the 2014 International CES was held in Las Vegas where some 20,000 new products were launched. The 2014 edition marks the 47th annual CES and at a little over two million net square feet, the 2014 show was also the largest CES in history. After taking a few days off to regain a breath and recover from the inevitable CES Bug, we begin to take stock of these 20,000 product announcements. When examining these 20,000+ new products it is important to examine each of them within their own context. You should examine each...

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Thoughts on the Whitebox Wearable Market

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Blog, tech, trends

Deflationary price pressures have definitely been evident in the sensor market where motion sensing for example has dropped from over $7 an axis of motion capture in 2005 to around $0.50 an axis of motion capture today. With wearables - and especially with fitness trackers - sensors are a key element of the hardware solution. A move into wearables is a natural move. Input prices are down, demand is up, competition will compress prices and correspondingly margins which all combine to create an attractive business environment for whitebox manufacturers. Perhaps more importantly many of the OEMs...

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Transformative Computing

Posted by on Jan 21, 2014 in Blog, tech, trends

Increased rates of digitization are leading to tech design changes that enable dynamic customization of the user experience. Take for example SwiftKey, an Android app that replaces the default Android keyboard on your device. Swiftkey learns not only what you say and how you say it (including across multiple communication channels like SMS, email, or Twitter), but also the physical way in which you say it. Always hitting the wrong key? SwiftKey will reshape the keys to improve the accuracy of your typing. As Ben Medlock, SwiftKey's cofounder and CTO put it, "A new range of tools are...

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