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DSL, Fiber, IPTV Subs Growing

July 16, 2008

DSL currently dominates the global broadband access landscape with approximately 65% of the world's 370 million broadband subscribers. Fiber subscriptions are however growing rapidly, rising by 33% year over year to lay claim to approximately 10 million subscribers.   The numbers come from a report prepared for the Broadband Forum by industry analysts Point Topic.   The report also found a doubling of IPTV subscribers year on year with nearly 15.5 million people now subscribed to an IPTV service.   Europe lays claim to the most IPTV subscribers with over 8.4 million subscribers, making it the strongest market in terms of growth and total subscriber numbers.   Regionally speaking, Asia Pacific is next with 2.6 million subscribers, followed by North America at 2.2 million and South and East Asia at 2 million.


Asterisk & AudioCodes Webinar

July 16, 2008

Asterisk continues its march into the telecom mainstream, as it grows into an ever more diverse range of enterprise and service provider applications. Of course developers and network operators alike still have some concerns regarding the scalability of and reliability of solutions based on open source software.   One way to overcome those objections is to partner with a player that has experience serving large enterprises and service providers, and one with a reputation for building high-quality, reliable gear.
Enter the team of Digium -- the Asterisk company -- and AudioCodes.   The two companies will be hosting a webinar tomorrow, Thursday, July 17, 2008, at 2:00pm ET (11:00am PT) entitled Asterisk: Reliable and scalable solutions with AudioCodes   Attendees will learn how the combination of Asterisk and AudioCodes Media Gateways can work together to deliver highly reliable and scalable solutions.   After the presentation, the Webinar will be open for a live Q&A. Be sure to have your questions ready!   Register Now!   Presenters will include Alan Percy, Director of Business Development, AudioCodes and Steve Sokol, Software Product Manager, Digium - The Asterisk Company   The event will be moderated by TMC's Erik Linask.

America for Sale?

July 15, 2008

If You See a Robot in the Mall...

July 11, 2008

If Peapod doesn't provide quite the level of service you expected... if you would prefer to actually have a look at the specific fruits and vegetables or cuts of meat, etc... before purchasing them, then Japanese robotics developer tmsuk might have the solution for you.

  According to Pink Tentacle, tmsuk has developed a remote controlled shopping robot that allows the infirm or just plain lazy to shop from home via various cellphone links.   The current state of the technology was demonstrated at the Izutsuya department store in the city of Kitakyushu, Japan.   According to Pink Tentacle:   In the demonstration, an unwell grandmother unable to go shopping with her granddaughter sent the robot in her place. Using an NTT DoCoMo video-capable cellphone, the grandmother was able to control the robot and enjoy the shopping experience through the robot's camera eyes.

Mobile Giving and the MLB: A Grand Slam!

July 11, 2008

Here's a great concept... Use technology to help raise money for sick kids.   This Sunday, the Washington Nationals and will debut the use of "mobile giving" to benefit the creation of a Diabetes Care Complex for Children's National Medical Center.

    Here's how it works: Fans can text the word "NATS" to 90999 to give $5 to support the work of Children's National Medical Center to fight pediatric diabetes, a growing concern in the Washington area and nationwide.   While the July 13 game against the Houston Astros is the public launch of this initiative, people can donate between July 10th and July 31st., the Nationals, and Children's National Medical Center are partnering with the Mobile Giving Foundation, which enables nonprofits to accept donations from almost any phone and major cellular providers.

For further information about the Mobile Giving Foundation, visit their Web site.   For further information about the Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, visit their Web site.

Martin to Comcast: You're Punished!

July 11, 2008

Looks like Kevin Martin is ready to drop the hammer on Comcast.
        FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Thursday that he will recommend that Comcast -- the nation's largest cable company -- be penalized for violating the FCC's principles that are designed to guarantee access to the Internet. This would be the first such penalty levied in defense of the agency's open access rules.   It's expected that the two democratic appointees to the Commission will side with Martin.  

  The Washington Post is reporting the following corrective measures will be recommended:
  • Comcast will have to stop its practice of blocking
  • Comcast will need to provide details to the Commission on the extent and manner in which the practice was been used; and
  • Comcast will have to disclose to consumers details on future plans for managing its network going forward.

Truphone Hits iPhone App Store

July 11, 2008

If you spend any time traveling internationally for business, you understand the challenge of maintaining a high level of connectivity while keeping costs down.   Let's face it, international calling plans are expensive, and frankly the various roaming agreements can be confusing, leaving users trying to remember how much it costs to call from Prague to Paris as opposed to say Peoria or Portofino.   Truphone today announced that their native VoIP client for the iPhone -- developed with Apple's own SDK -- is available at the online iPhone App Store. The application is currently available for download at no charge.  

  The company has been at the forefront of making mobile VoIP inexpensive and easy to use for some time now. The solution routes calls over WiFi, so if you're near a hotspot and need to make a call you can simply call up the Truphone application on your iPhone and place the call.   Existing Truphone users will recognize the same simple process for initiating a call: one touch to open the keypad/dialer, the actual dialing of the digits (or simply select a contact from the iPhone's own address book), and one touch to launch the call. That's it.

Yahoo! Meet the New BOSS...

July 10, 2008

What's Next, Mr. Robot? Fooseball?

July 10, 2008

Is nothing sacred? Are we really on the cusp of being pushed off our perch at the top of the food chain by robotic devices that we ourselves have created?

    First Deep Blue beat Gary Kasparov.   Then last weekend, during the Man-Machine Poker Competition in Las Vegas, a computer dubbed Polaris 2.0 that was designed by the University of Alberta defeated a team of expert poker players. Polaris 2.0 went head-to-head in four rounds of 500 hands against two human opponents, winning two rounds, losing one, and drawing one.   A report on EE Times said Polaris learned from experience.   Now, check this out from another EE Times article:   An upgraded robot designed by General Electric Fanuc (GEF) and programmed by Nuvation Research Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) can beat most human air hockey players, its developers claim.   The robot is powered by a special pc-board that can instantly switch between Freescale Semiconductor's 8-bit Flexis and its 32-bit ColdFire microcontrollers running identical C language programs.

iPhone App Store Goes Live; Get Salesforce To Go

July 10, 2008

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