Is this the kitchen of the future?

Most companies are connecting the kitchen in isolation via individual tools, but a better approach is to view cooking like an business process that needs data from the supply chain to the finished product.

The Mobilize Manifesto, five years into the mobile revolution

It is our core philosophy that everything with a digital heart beat will be connected and that in turn will redefine our relationship with the world around us. The big question – one we will explore at Mobilize 2013 – what happens when everything is indeed connected.

Commutist podcast: T-Metro, Broadband Caps and Steve Jobs

On this week’s podcast: Kevin Fitchard says T-Metro is kinda crazy, Stacey Higginbotham breaks down the problems with broadband caps, and Om Malik discusses Steve Jobs’ lingering shadow over Apple, one year after his passing.

The Commutist podcast: Mobilize! EKGs, Connected cars and Siri

This week’s episode is live from our Mobilize Conference where we talk big mobile ideas ranging from talking to data to connected health to the dangers of an overly connected automobile. Kevin Fitchard, Stacey Higginbotham and Kevin Tofel join in the fun.

Today in Mobile

Verizon Wireless dropped its plan to implement a $2 “convenience fee” just a day after it was announced, sparking substantial customer outrage. VZW’s timing was especially unfortunate given its recent woes with its expanding LTE network, as my colleague Kevin Fitchard documents here. But I think the most important thing here was the sheer nature of the charge, which would have been levied on users paying online or on their phones — you know, the kind of activity that actually saves the carrier money compared to traditional paper billing. That strategy isn’t unprecedented, of course, but it’s the kind of thing is rightfully seen by users as an underhanded way to raise rates.

AT&T sans T-Mobile USA: Making lemons from lemonade

In the wake of its failed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, analysts are speculating where AT&T can find enough spectrum to keep pace with Verizon Wireless. But instead AT&T should be scrambling to ensure that it makes the most of the spectrum it does have.

The time is finally right for MVNOs in the U.S.

The U.S. MVNO market is now largely a niche where a handful of companies provide phones and services on the cheap. But several notable new players are joining the space next year and will provide a different, more-specialized kind of service; network operators could benefit in a big way.

Today in Mobile

Verizon Wireless announced today that it plans to shell out $3.6 billion for 122 advanced wireless services (AWS) licenses from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. As my colleague Kevin Fitchard notes, the deal includes an “agent” agreement enabling cable operators to operate as MVNOs on Verizon’s network, while Verizon could end up selling residential services like TV and broadband out of its stores. But the big question about the agreement is whether it would get the nod from federal regulators and policy makers. The FCC and Justice Department aren’t thrilled about consolidation in the mobile telecom industry, as demonstrated by their (justified) opposition to the AT&T/T-Mobile USA tie-up. And while Verizon’s plan is of a lesser scale, the Beltway may make it difficult for the nation’s biggest carrier to add a big helping of spectrum.