Total CES PR pitches received this week: 39 (not counting e-mails from the Consumer Electronics Association itself).
12/2/2013: Cut the cord to save money on cable, WTOP
The news station’s Brennan Haselton interviewed me about my experience dumping satellite TV and replacing it with over-the-air and Internet-delivered programming for a series that ran earlier this week.
12/5/2013: Spotify Tries A Little Transparency, Disruptive Competition Project
I thought Spotify’s uncloaking of its average royalty rates (and the related launch of a couple of new initiatives that can help musicians make more money through the service) were worth a compliment or two, and so did my friends at the Future of Music Coalition.
12/6/2013: Another Wireless Carrier Starts to Hang Up On Subsidized Phone Prices, Disruptive Competition Project
My optimistic streak continued in this post noting AT&T’s welcome decision to follow T-Mobile’s lead in decoupling hardware pricing from service charges, even if it hasn’t gone as far as the carrier it once expected to buy.
12/6/2013: #TabletChat Top Tablet Purchase Considerations Twitter Chat, IDG Mobility
This chat (led by my friend Ron Miller) drew a vastly larger audience than all of the other IDG Twitter chats I’ve helped host. I could have picked a better time to try to finish lunch, that’s for sure.
12/8/2013: Missing that tune? Tips for saving stranded music, USA Today
Yes, you’ve read this column before: I covered how to get music off an iPod for the Post in 2004, 2007 and in 2010. But a Post pal asked me the same question two weeks ago–and I had an every-three-years precedent to keep. Look for version 5.0 of this piece sometime in 2016.
On Sulia, I complimented HealthCare.gov for finally working as advertised, prototyped Friday’s post about AT&T, revisited some of 2010’s Apple rumors based on patent filings, noted how many Verizon and AT&T subscribers were willing to enter their usernames and passwords at the Sprint reseller Ting’s site, and criticized car2go for a poorly-conveyed announcement about a small increase to its prices.
Rob, I will be at CES this year. Would be great to catch up. Will be at show stoppers and pep com as well as meetings and walking the floor.
Any interesting wearable or wireless health press releases or announcements? Still working on my press credentials. Since I took a hiatus for a couple of years due to health issues, I now have to prove who I am.
Would you vouch for me? I can’t believe I have to do this.
Wearable computing looks like it will be a big focus this year–though whether that’s going to result in many new devices being strapped to people’s wrists or heads remains unclear. Happy to vouch for you if necessary!
Thanks rob. I will send your name to CES folks and have you vouch for me. Googling my name is not enough.
Anyway I agree re wearables. As with everything before it will be big guys who win but it will be big guys in their own spaces like Nike, probably a big watch manufacturer etc. eventually it will be a big eyewear company, a big jewelry designer etc. the principles of the wireless industry don’t change..it is only the players that do. Quite phenomenal.
Rob, will you email me your email address with a brief sentence of how you know me. I can forward to CES folks. I would really appreciate it. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org