Launching The Samsung Galaxy S4

19 Mar
March 19, 2013

There are many aspects of the battle between Samsung and Apple.  In 2012, we had the launch of the Galaxy S3 and the spectacle of the court case.  (Remember as people took sides on the “rounded corner patent” of the iPhone.  Which, by the way, was not one of the actual issues in the case.)

However, it looks like the real difference in the upcoming battle will be in trendy software and hardware.  If you have any doubt, take a look at the new S-Health app.  Samsung describes it this way:

Stay active and fit with the Samsung GALAXY S4. It will track your workouts, daily intake, and weight levels. Get the current status of your surroundings for your activities with the Samsung GALAXY S4’s Comfort Level. It shows your comfort level based on temperature and humidity. Monitor your progress with both Health Board and various charts. Together with the Samsung GALAXY S4, being motivated for better health has never been so easy.

Monitor your comfort level?  Track your health data?  (I wonder who gets to keep this data.)

And, there are more cool trends.  Group play for games.  S Voice Drive for speech activated activities, eye tracking capabilities to pause videos and hand gestures to wave for next message.  I could go on.  But, this is not meant to be a marketing blog for Samsung.

Instead, it is worth noting the Go-To-Market Strategy.  Samsung is loading dozens of cool applications in an attempt to attract the innovators and early adopters.  If you cared about fitness, might you then choose a Samsung.

Apple, on the other hand, keeps its focus on simplicity and a “Don’t Make Me Think” user interface.  Apple often makes the complicated look easy.  At the same time, they skip many trends.  The latest iPhone did not include NFC (Near Field Communications) capabilities, which was part of the Samsung Galaxy S3.  Apple relies on the App Store for trends.

Which approach appeals to you?  And, which do you think will win?  (Your answer does not need to be the same for both.)



Venture Cafe on the Radio

18 Mar
March 18, 2013

A hundred entrepreneurs seem to hang out at the Venture Cafe at the Cambridge Innovation Center each Thursday afternoon.  Yes, it has free beer and wine.  Yes, it is open to the public.  But, most importantly, it is filled with hard working and generally tech savvy entrepreneurs who feed off of the energy in the room.

I don’t have an office at the CIC, but often end up there.  Somehow, among all of these folks, the WGBH Morning Edition reporter decided to use me on-the-air to talk about it.  I was quoted as saying:

If you want to stay current and know what the future is going to bring, someone here is working on it.

Give a listen at

Death By Email Lives As Really Cool New Stuff

01 Jan
January 1, 2013

Welcome Death By Email readers to Really Cool New Stuff.

As you know, Death By Email has been dormant for a while.  This is because once InBoxer was sold, I was no loner in a position to add comments on the email security market.  Since that time, I have spent my effort on Go To Market strategies and technology marketing for young companies.  That is now my new focus.

So, I have transferred my domain to talk about new technology introductions.  If this is a topic that interests you and you like my writing style, I invite you to stay on with my new blog.  Otherwise, I will be sad to lose you.

Best regards,


Emails Released in Phoebe Prince Bullying Case

10 Jun
June 10, 2010

Just hours before South Hadley, MA high school student Phoebe Smith committed suicide due to bullying, she was the victim of a a vicious verbal barrage at the school library that included derogatory comments and slurs in front of many witnesses. This situation was documented and put before a court by the Northwestern District Attorney in April.

However, within the 53 pages of emails released to the Boston Herald as a result of a Freedom of Information request, are sad tales of a school district overwhelmed and not knowing what to do.

Why didn’t a school staff member do anything about the bullying in the library?  One released email reports:

“While the staff member was in the library proper, the staff member did not observe the bullying,” high school principal Dan Smith wrote on March 31 in response to an inquiry from an Irish reporter. “There is a very big difference between those points.”

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Email Is Not Dead, Yet

09 Jun
June 9, 2010

A new study released today by ExactTarget found 58 percent of U.S. online consumers begin their day interacting with companies on email.  The report, entitled “Digital Morning,” compared that with the 20 percent who start their day on search engines and 11 percent on Facebook.

It was not too long ago, that many articles exclaimed that social media would eclipse email as a primary form of communication.  But, the latest study shows that the day is far off. Of course, ExactTarget is an email marketing company.  They may not be the most unbiased source.

When Public Officials Use Their Personal Email Address

09 Jun
June 9, 2010

Public officials need to be careful when using their personal email addresses for anything that looks like official business.  Not only can it violate state Freedom of Information Act laws, but their mail can lead to problems.

Our tale begins when Escondido, California resident Tom Albergo wrote to high school district trustee Jon Petersen and the other trustees about the district’s plans to build
a magnet high school  near his home. Albergo expressed concern about a planned soccer field at the school, saying that other schools with fields have created problems for neighborhoods, such as criminal activity and public urination, the North County Times reports.

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Email Suggests Race Connected To Intelligence

08 Jun
June 8, 2010

Nobody has ever claimed that the decision to send an email is linked to intelligence. But, perhaps, deciding when not to send an email should be. Unfortunately, people still tend to make statements in email that can cause a furor.

School board member Michael Kundu in Marysville, Washington sent out an email on June 3rd with the subject line, “race and achievement (please circulate),” according to the Marysville Globe. It clearly suggested that academic potential could be rooted in genetics. (The email referenced the work of professor John Philippe Rushton of the University of Western Ontario in Canada.)

“I think what is safe to draw from this is that there is a definitive factor played by racial genetics in intellectual achievement, but we, as
a society, are striving to offset that foundation by increasing educational and social opportunities to ‘offset’ the racial achievement
gap,” he wrote.


As might be expected, the email generated heated debate at last night’s School Board meeting, the newspaper reported. The meeting lasted 4.5 hours and generated debates involving the state Commission on Hispanic Affairs and the NAACP.

“I was offended,” Board President Sherri Crenshaw was quoted by the newspaper as saying after she read the e-mail aloud. “I think it’s racist. I saw it as my responsibility to speak up and let you know that people who are making decisions about your children could be this ignorant.”

No other action was taken last night.

Steve Jobs Sites Email Proof To Get Girls

07 Jun
June 7, 2010

At today’s Apple Computer annual developer conference, Steve Jobs stood in front of the throngs on enchanted attendees and told them that the iPad was “magical.”  It was so magical that it could even attract girls.  His proof?  An email he received:   

“I was sitting in a café with my iPad, and it got a girl interested in
me. Now that’s what I call a magical device!”

The $1-Million Email Suit

01 Dec
December 1, 2009

John Connolly, the former coach of the Australian rugby team, the Qantas Wallabies, is suing the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and its chief executive John O’Neill for $1-million (Australian dollars) over an allegedly defamatory email sent after Australia’s 2007 World Cup defeat.  He claims that he has not had a coaching job since the email, including a position with his former team, the Queensland Reds.

Connolly says ARU chief executive John O’Neill urged top officials to shun him after Australia’s loss.  O’Neill accused Connolly of spreading “evil and malicious propaganda”, AAP news agency said, citing documents lodged at Brisbane’s Supreme Court. He told the officials to “reconsider” their contacts with Connolly, calling him “a person who adds no credit to the game”, and asserting ”his involvement in rugby is at an end from an ARU perspective”, it said. (

Tip of the Hat to Stefan Mehlhorn

Is the Conference in Nigeria?

30 Nov
November 30, 2009

You have been invited to an important business conference.  Major industry players are speaking.  The event is coming at a well-known venue, the AXA Equitable Auditorium, a 400 seat auditorium in New York City.  And, to top it all off, your air and hotel expenses are to be paid in full.

You are honored.  You are excited.  And, you are a victim of the latest scam.

Forget wiring money to Nigeria.  This spam is so highly tailored to you, that it has a good chance of being successful.

Bob Grant, staff writer for The Scientist, writes about the details of the scam he received:

In the message, (Alyssa) Logan invited me to the "Seventh Annual International
Global combine Conference on Global Economy and Human Welfare" that
AWIO was hosting. The conference would take place over the course of
ten days at two separate sites, the first in New York City and the
second in Dakar, Senegal in Africa.

All I had to do was get in contact with the conference
secretariat, one Grace Nathan, and I could be on my way to the
meetings. And — get this — I would even get my airfare and
accommodation paid for!


(I) discovered that they have posted an agenda
for the meeting. Several prominent doctors and researchers who work in
the public health field are listed as speakers on the agenda, so I
decided to contact them and ask about their involvement in the

"I've never heard from them," said Kevin Schulman,
director of the Center for Clinical and Genetic Economics at Duke
University, who was scheduled to give the opening speech on February 1
in Senegal.

The level of sophistication for the invites are quite high.

The roll call of speakers seems to have been copied directly from the
agenda of an actual meeting that occurred earlier this year. Schulman,
Berenson, and Steele all spoke in February at the 2009 National Health Policy Conference
(NHPC), hosted by health services research center Academy Health and
held in Washington, DC. Many of the other NHPC participants are listed
in the fraudulent agenda for the AWIO meeting. (Even Senator Ted
Kennedy, who died in August, is listed as a speaker at the upcoming

Grant tells the story of contacting the offices for the conference and receiving detailed information.  While he never got to far, we can only assume that this would follow the path of the Nigerian scam.  Perhaps they would ask for some personal data for the agenda, a credit card for a room deposit, etc.

The details are becoming very sophisticated.  They clearly took the time to target their victims and research the field.  Watch your mailbox and be very careful.

(Tip of the Hat to Kira Matus)