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   Corbin's January/February 2012 TechTalk Newsletter
    Volume XIV, Issue 1
Welcome to Corbin's TechTalk Newsletter, in its thirteenth year of providing the latest in technology for more than 9,000 events, tradeshows and hospitality professionals in 70+ countries. The lead article for this issue focuses on the "Free Wi-Fi for Event Attendees" debate.
View this email as a web page at: http://www.corbinball.com/techtalk/index.cfm?fuseaction=cor_av&artid=8800  In this issue:
  • NEW ARTICLE: Wi-Fi: The Lifeblood of Events - Should It Be Free to Attendees? 
  • NEWS

NEW ARTICLE: Wi-Fi: The Lifeblood of Events - Should It Be Free to Attendees? As the use of mobile event apps continues to explode, there is an increasing demand by attendees to have easy-access, barrier-free and, hopefully, cost-free Wi-Fi in the meeting space and in sleeping rooms. This article covers the needs and challenges in providing it.  

NEWS New book coming out: Tweeting Meeting -- Social Media for Events http://www.meetingsupport.org/TTM This book on social media for events is a collaborative venture organized by Maarten Vanneste with multiple authors including: Corbin Ball, Shuli Golovinski, Je? Hurt, Ruud Janssen, Susan Brower, Frank Martin Hein, Jessica Levin, Jan Vermeiren, Je?  Rasco, and Dennis von Ferenczy. I am interviewed about my chapter in this book to be released this January; 
TechTalk exceeds 9,000 subscribers In September 1998, the first issue of TechTalk was emailed to 40 people. This issue for the first time has exceeded 9,000 subscribers and is the largest and by far the longest-running e-newsletter focusing on meetings and tradeshow technology. Please forward this to anyone you may be interested in receiving a copy. Corbin's Meetings Technology Link File Updated (1,500+ categorized links)  http://www.corbinball.com/bookmarks/  "Corbin's Favorites", the web's most comprehensive list of categorized web links on events and tradeshow technology has just been reorganized and updated.  Active Networks acquires StarCite http://www.activenetwork.com/event-management/starcite.htm  This is a very significant step in the consolidation of major meetings technology companies. Active Networks acquired RegOnline and WingateWeb in 2008. StarCite previously acquired pioneering events tech companies: b-there, RegWeb and Onvantage (a merger of SeeUThere and PlanSoft in 2004). bXB announces development of a global online event platform http://www.bxbonline.com/press/docs/bXb%20Online_Network_FAQ_List_FINAL1.7.12REV.pdf Through this open network, bXb online will offer aggregated live and on-demand content for the business-to-business marketplace from one online destination. The majority of the content and community within the Network will originate from face-to-face events. This initiative is being supported by PCMA, IAEE and ASAE. 

18 LINKS FOR MEETINGS, BUSINESS AND FUN              6 Meeting Industry-Related Sites:
Check In Easy -- Guest list check-in app
The Rise of Mobile Event 2.0 http://www.quickmobile.com/sites/default/files/QuickMobile_White_Paper.pdf Excellent white paper by Quick Mobile on future mobile trends for meetings. Perfect TablePlan http://www.perfecttableplan.com/  Inexpensive (US$29.95) table seating plan tool Whales on Waves http://www.whalesonwaves.com/  iPad-based interactive quiz and audience engagement tool. Facebook ticketing using Amiando http://info.amiando.com/facebook_app Amiando is an innovator in the online registration space. This application allows event managers to sell tickets/registrations directly from a Facebook Page. CVBMobile http://www.cvbmobile.com/ Mobile solutions for convention and visitors bureaus
6 Business/Utility Sites:
Nokia human form flexible phone concept
Future tablet technology from Samsung
http://www.flixxy.com/amazing-screen-technology.htm 20 most anticipated tech products for 2012 http://www.networkworld.com/slideshows/2011/120911-tech-products.html#slide1 The future of shopping http://www.flixxy.com/future-shopping.htm  Steal this presentation http://www.slideshare.net/jessedee/steal-this-presentation-5038209 One of SlideShare's most popular presentations. Great ideas on how to develop you presentation visuals. Social media for business
  Another excellent presentation from SlideShare. 

6 Sites Just for Fun: People are Awesome 3

Video compilation of people doing amazing things What a Wonderful World
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TC_VmgZ84dE Wildlife footage from David Attenborough's collection with Lewis Armstrong's lyrics 70 creative ads that make you look twice http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/70-creative-advertisements-that-makes-you-look-twice/ Northern lights explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT3J6a9p_o8    Golden retriever loves guitar music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBluUZ4NnZg Earth as you have never seen it before (in 1080p)

"Belief fuels passion, and?passion rarely fails" ? M. Anderson
"In the middle of every difficulty comes opportunity" ? Albert Einstein
"Kites rise highest against the wind not with it" ? Winston Churchill
"The person on top of the mountain didn't fall there" ? Anonymous
"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible" -- Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)
"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year" -- Editor in Charge of Business Books, Prentice Hall, 1957
"Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop?because women like to get out of the house, like to handle merchandise, like to be able to change their minds" ? Time Magazine,1966

RECENT ARTICLES AND BLOGS WITH "QUOTES FROM CORBIN" Technology - Mastering the Options http://www.theleadingevents.com/?p=5122 Article form the Centre fro Events Management Training Switzerland. 14 Questions for Software Vendors http://meetingsnet.com/technology/14-questions-for-software-vendors/ MeetingsNet article by Alison Hall. PCOs and venues agree need to define free Wi-Fi for delegates at basic level

SUGGESTION BOX Please send along any questions, ideas or suggestion on how to make this newsletter more useful for you:  contactcorbin@corbinball.com CORBIN'S SPEAKING CALENDAR My January/February travel schedule will bring me to San Diego, Ottawa, Chicago, Tulsa, Olympia, Atlanta and likely a few other places as well. Click the link above for specific details and links. I would love to make your city one of my destinations as well, so please contact me and let's set a date.
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