This is why tech companies need to stop having an event every time they make something new


This is from the registration form for a Motorola/Verizon event next Wednesday afternoon in NYC - if you can’t see it, it says “*If you’re attending an event at 548 West 22nd Street in the morning, would you like transportation from that location to Gotham Hall?”
See, there’s also a Nokia/Microsoft event in the city that morning. Motorola doesn’t want to use the phrase “a Nokia event” so they browsed their thesaurus to change it to “an event.” There’s also an Amazon event the next day. You might say they’re all trying to show off new products before the big Apple event the following week. It’s tech event overload.

Which makes me wonder, do companies really need to have an event/presser every time they launch a new phone or tablet? They’re basically throwing themselves a party for doing their job and then inviting the press along to confirm (and live blog!) that yes, they are still doing their job and yes, they will continue to make money by creating and selling new products that are “the most innovative and fastest/most powerful _______ yet.” 

Having an event for every new product is the equivalent of giving all the four and five-year olds in Snoopy soccer a trophy just for being there.

Here’s Dave at Mobile World Congress this past February, saying Samsung’s strategy was “throwing spaghetti at the wall.” Which is pretty true. And you know what? I don’t need to come over for dinner every time you make spaghetti. -Matt

What other tech company announces 12 months ahead of execution that their entire inventory of products and technology is headed for the trash can? What did they expect customers to do during the interregnum, buy the old phones as collectors items? Did CEO Stephen Elop take Marketing 101, or was he drunk that semester?
CNNMoney reader Wombat is unimpressed by Nokia’s sales strategy. So are investors: Shares dropped like a rock Tuesday

Fun with anagrams, Nokia edition!

I am a word nerd. I love anagrams. Give me the Jumble in a newspaper … for those who still know what a newspaper is … and I’m in heaven. Love the Cryptogram too. I totally could have been a spy in WWII deciphering codes. But I digress.

Anagrams! Sometimes, you see a name that just looks too good to be true. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop qualifies.

Nokia’s stock popped today on reports that Elop may be looking to partner with either his former employer Microsoft or Google following stories about a leaked company memo from Elop in which he compared Nokia to a burning oil platform. So I did what any dork would do. I went to Andy’s Anagram Solver and popped in Stephen Elop.

I tweeted the first one that seemed most appropriate given the Nokia news: STEP ONE HELP Help. But here are some other amusing phrases to be derived from scrambling the letters of Nokia’s newish leader.





As you can see, most of these silly and have nothing to do with Nokia and its struggles against the Apples, Motorola Mobilitys and Research in Motions of the world. But then I found one that does make sense. It describes the product that Nokia makes and an instrument that many Nokia owners might want to use on said product to take out their frustrations with it.


— Paul