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Uber News Involves Sexual Harassment While Waze Competes

February 22, 2017




The news of the week wasn't great for Uber as a result of sexual harassment claims by workers via a blog post from Susan Fowler. USA Today reported that hours after the blog was posted, Uber opened an investigation led by Liane Hornsey, the company’s new chief of human resources and former Attorney General Eric Holder.

There is never a good time to have news like this take over the collective consciousness but when a Google-funded company, Waze decides to make noise about its ride-sharing competition... You know the stars aren't aligned for you.

We first broke the news about the ride-sharing plans Uber had up its sleeve last August but just today, the company says it will expand this service to new cities.
Waze's prices also differentiate it from Uber and Lyft. According to the Journal, a ride from downtown Oakland, Calif. to downtown San Francisco costs a mere $4.50, where the same trip using either UberPool or Lyft Line is $10.57 and $12.40, respectively.






Mexican Call Centers Will Steal Jobs Thanks to Deported Workers

February 22, 2017

We'd like to start this post by mentioning we aren't taking any politician position - only pointing out that Mexico will use new workers who are deported from the U.S. to steal jobs from American workers. In other words, the jobs will go with the talent in many cases and unless we add a tariff to phone calls, they will be able to easily interact with U.S. consumers and business just fine.

It's just one facet of a complex problem worth considering.

Forward This Post to Employees To Protect From Hackers

February 22, 2017



Although there is no guarantee you can be 100% protected against hacking, there are some basics you can share with workers to reduce the chance you will be hit by a cyberbreach such as malware or cryptolocker ransomware. Without further ado - here are the 5 Habits That Could Cause a Data Breach at Your Company

1. Clicking on random advertisements: Cybercriminals have been using fake advertisements to disguise malicious software for decades.



The Drone Wars Have Arrived

February 22, 2017

An army of good drones will protect our high-value targets at all times. 

In February 2014 we warned of the impending urban drone wars:
The police department after dealing with this incident is forced to develop a policy which entails the deployment of drones which can’t fire weapons but are capable of interfering with other drones by knocking into them. After all, few municipalities will be like this one in Texas which is OK arming its drones. I predict most police departments will be concerned about lawsuits resulting from drones killing someone inadvertently.

Criminals will soon realize a single flying gadget won’t help them so much and will be drawn into a drone arms race requiring each side to ramp up their drone numbers in order to win any encounter.





Avaya Bankruptcy Really Doesn't Bother Buyers

February 21, 2017

At this month's ITEXPO we hosted a panel on Cloud UC with RingCentral, 8x8 and Broadsoft and one of the first questions I asked was what is the end-result of the Avaya bankruptcy on the mind of people making purchasing decisions. While the panelists and I were quick to point out that cloud and debt helped do Avaya in, the audience wasn't particularity concerned.



Out of about 500+ people in the room at the time one a few hands said the bankruptcy would affect their decision.

One would have expected it to be much higher - we would have guessed north of 15% but instead the number seemed to be similar to what the company's typical annual churn rate is.



Perhaps people have seen enough in their careers to know that Avaya products will still be maintained and serviced and likely invested in, regardless of what the bankruptcy courts decide.

That's what happened with the Nortel assets after all.

The funny thing is even though much is moving to the cloud, phones were everywhere at show... Peter Radizeski pointed out just how many phone vendors were exhibiting at the show. In addition, Sangoma drew much attention with their new phones.













PRVibes: IoT Evolution, The Enterprise IoT Event

February 20, 2017



We were just reading the wrap-up from Calysto Communications. PRVibes of IoT Evolution Expo Florida 2017, a few weeks back on Fort Lauderdale. We are humbled by the nice comments - thanks to all of you for making the show a success... Sponsors, speakers, attendees, the TMC team and Crossfire Media.

Here are a few of the nicest comments worth sharing (emphasis added by us):
The real value of IoT, in our opinion and that of many of the analysts that we speak with on a regular basis, will be found in the enterprise.




FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Wants Your Startphone FM Radio to Work

February 18, 2017

Bill Gates Thinks Robots that Steal Jobs Should be Taxed

February 18, 2017


In a recent interview with Quartz, Bill Gates said that a robot tax could finance jobs taking care of elderly people or working with kids in schools, for which needs are unmet and to which humans are particularly well suited. He argues that governments must oversee such programs rather than relying on businesses, in order to redirect the jobs to help people with lower incomes.

“You ought to be willing to raise the tax level and even slow down the speed” of automation, Gates argues.

This is an absolutely shocking sentiment from someone who founded Microsoft, one of the major forces driving automation forward in the world.

Should we have taxed computer operating systems and productivity suites because they made companies more efficient - allowing companies to hire less people? Moreover could it be argued that each copy of Microsoft Office put at least one accountant and secretary out of work and should be retroactively taxed $100,000 as a result?

Exactly which countries will be taxing robots? Wouldn't it be economic suicide to slow your country's move to robotic manufacturing if other countries have no restrictions?

Wouldn't it be better to have robotic factories in a country, as opposed to no factories?

Obviously Bill Gates has been extremely successful in his career and is the envy of many (including us) but this idea he espouses seems shocking from a person who played a huge part for the technology revolution we've been living in for many decades.












How Microsoft Just Scared the IT Community to Death

February 14, 2017



Brad Smith
, the President and Chief Legal Officer at Microsoft spoke recently at a conference and wrote about the need for a Digital Geneva Convention which would do a number of things. For example, it would eliminate targeting of tech companies, assist the private sector in dealing with attacks and restrain cyber-weapon development. “Conflicts between nations are no longer confined to the ground, sea and air, as cyberspace has become a potential new and global battleground,” he said.

The company went on to say it spends a tremendous amount on cybersecurity but it isn't enough... We need to do more, a lot more.

Why should this scare us to death?




Thank You IoT Evolution Community!

February 14, 2017

Thank you so much IoT Evolution participants - we appreciate you making the show a resounding success. In addition, thanks to all of you with positive Twitter comments - we really appreciate it. See below - emphasis added by us.

Our next two events are July 17-20th in Las Vegas and January 22-25, 2018, Orlando, FL.

Sample photo - we have more 



“Day 1 of #IoTEvolution in Florida and saw some huge names such as @Cisco @SAP and @Jooycar come together to talk all things IoT” - @MyMetiora







Surprising 2017 Tech Searches

February 13, 2017

We spent some time compiling what the community of tech buyers is searching for on TMCnet this year and were a bit surprised. The top result was Orange - the U.K based carrier followed by the largest tech company in China - Huawei and then the FCC and Verizon. Why Orange, we wondered? Nortel was a bit of a surprise to us as well because they no longer exist.

Trump, Obama and Other Topics I heard at ITEXPO

February 10, 2017



ITEXPO

is filled with leading-edge tech visionaries and people who travel a great deal so I figured it's worth passing along a few things I learned in Fort Lauderdale this past week.

  1. A few people were denied entry to the country to come to the show and I queried my team if it was related to our new President, Trump. The answer was shocking, the people were from the middle east and the Obama administration was in charge when they were denied entry. No one was denied under Trump, as far as I know. Of course, he hasn't been president for a long time so this could change but...
  2. A few people I spoke with this week, who frequently come to the U.S.


Greenfield Tech Has big news @ITEXPO

February 7, 2017



Greenfield Tech had a skew of news at ITEXPO 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Eric Klein and Nir Simionovich explained how the company has evolved their Cloudonix platform to be a Swiss Army Knife for telecom, consisting of media services, subscriber services and a SIP registrar layer.

One of the more interesting features is a backend cloud service and secure mobile SDK providing an end-to-end encrypted solution allowing companies to have secure conversations with customers. The idea is the communications within an app to a call center can be far more secure than the system we use today which has a number of issues.

For example, when a caller calls for help, their is no way to know for sure the caller is really who you might think as it is fairly easy to get access to personally identifiable information like social security numbers and maiden names, etc. Likewise, when a bank calls a customer, there is no way to know for sure it is the bank calling.





ITEXPO Returns to Fort Lauderdale Tomorrow!

February 7, 2017



Sorry for the brief marketing message.



See me at the show in the following places:





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One of the largest telecom/communications technology shows in the world at Broward Convention Center



As my loyal blog readers probably know by now... ITEXPO, the 3-day trade show and conference focused on communications technology, returns to South Florida this week.

As always, you can attend laser-targeted courses - most free with your Expo Plus pass - that prepare you to ask the right questions of the 150+ vendors on the show floor. Plus, your free pass gives you access to 100 more vendors on the IoT Evolution Expo floor, collocated with ITEXPO.

Here is a comprehensive list/links of workshops, seminars and presentations. These are in addition to the main ITEXPO Conference Program (which does require a conference fee).

Select any link as your starting point into the expo site.










Telit IoT Innovation Event Attendance Portends Strong IoT Growth Ahead

February 7, 2017

Tablets Cheaper Than Starbucks?

February 5, 2017

The price of electronics and telecommunications services have plummeted for decades in contrast to the cost of things like global wages or real estate in many parts of the world. We've gotten tot he point where Wal-Mart advertises tablets for an insanely low $35. Specifically, the RCA Voyager 7" 16GB Tablet Android 6.0 (Marshmallow). Contrast this to the cost of a very expensive coffee.

Photos courtesy of USA Today.



A few years back, Florida resident William Lewis ordered his 101-espresso-shot latte at his local Starbucks that cost $83.75 and came with 17 pumps of vanilla syrup, mocha and green tea matcha powder served with steamed milk.





ITEXPO and IoT Evolution Show Brochures now Available

February 2, 2017

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