India’s Manufacturing Revolution Has Just Begun

India's Communications and IT minister Kapil Sibal has publicly acknowledged the importance of technology and the need for advanced but affordable consumer electronics in the country. Sibal has recently announced that the government will be offering low-cost tablets in an effort to put them into the hands of every student and consumer who needs a…

Supply Chain Implications From CES, MWC & SXSW

Typically, coming off the fourth-quarter holiday season, the year starts for the semiconductor and electronics industry with the barrage of new consumer electronics at the January Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, followed by Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. This year, the rising South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive began in earnest to take…

DropTag: A Logistics Dream Come True

Have you ever been the recipient of a package that looked perfectly fine on the outside, but the contents were seriously damaged? The first question is, “How is this possible?” The second question is, “Did they package up a broken product without realizing it?” And then comes the hapless declaration distancing oneself from any responsibility…

Connected People Meet the Connected Car

We're all walking around hyper-connected with all sorts of gizmos — namely, smartphones — with all sorts of bells, whistles, and life-tracking apps. Why shouldn't your car be part of that mobile-life experience? That's what carmakers and consortia, such as Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), are wondering, and what's making their collective presence more noteworthy these…

Nokia Forges On With Low-Cost Asha 310

Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has recently announced the newest low-end member in the Nokia Asha family: Nokia Asha 310. In yet a new effort from the Finnish manufacturer, the Nokia Asha Touch smartphone will be available to purchase starting in quarter one of 2013 in Asia, India, the Middle East, Africa, and Brazil for $102.…

Making Cities Smarter

It makes sense that as our lives become hyper-connected, so will the cities we live in. If you believe the hype, mobile technology could well be the tool that facilitates many of the smart, urban connections aimed at improving general city services, transportation, energy use, environmental/green activities, and even something as simple as signage. There's…

MWC: Mobile Technology Madness

BARCELONA, Spain — An estimated 70,000 people — mobile executives, analysts, app developers, tech geeks, and industry watchers — have descended again on Mobile World Congress here to Barcelona for a few days to talk shop and wheel-and-deal. They're also trying to figure out — in this very noisy environment — what it all means.…

ZigBee Transforms the Supply Chain

The supply chain has always been an aspect of living on planet Earth. The food chain, from prey to predator, is a supply chain of sorts. If and when we colonize distant worlds, we will bring the supply chain dynamic with us. The large grocery chains are putting the corner stores out to pasture. The…