James F. Booth

For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Is Intel The Next Apple?

They had me at the Iron Man reference. Intel INTC -0.47% stole the show at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show [Sizemore Capital is long INTC], introducing a “smart bowl” that will wirelessly charge your phone and other gadgets, a “smart onesie” that lets parents monitor their baby’s vital signs, and—my personal favorite—Jarvis, a smart, always-on Bluetooth earpiece that essentially does what the iPhone’s Siri does but without having the inconvenience of taking your phone out of your pocket. Jarvis is also far more proactive than Siri; rather than simply answer questions, Jarvis will offer unsolicited suggestions, will rearrange your calendar for you and will even nag you to call your wife. Jarvis is, of course, named after the digital assistant created by Tony Stark in the Iron Man comic book and movie franchise.  Alas, there was no prototype of a flying robotic suit at the CES.