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Plantronics Redefines Unified Communications Endpoints

March 10, 2009

Company looks to differentiate itself from other headset vendors through software and innovation

Historically the headset was not an area of the communications space where people expected tremendous amounts of new technology. Certainly wireless standards like DECT and Bluetooth have brought headsets into the tech space but for Plantronics these were a stepping stone for tighter integration into the world of unified communications.

After 40 years of making industry-leading headsets, the company has now upped the ante by announcing a suite of new products which are designed to add intelligence, flexibility and ease-of-use to communications endpoints.

BlackBerry App World - It's Alive

March 4, 2009

Skype Gives Away HD VoIP Codec

March 4, 2009

There is no question in my mind that HD voice is the future of communications. The PSTN and associated codecs, microphones and speakers are all designed to transmit telephony based on technology a half-century old. Few other industries have such legacy standards. Today's smartphones have the power of a supercomputer from the nineties in them yet they transmit voice of inferior quality based on state of the art voice compression technology our grandparents invented.

SimpleSignal Adds Voice to the Cloud

March 1, 2009

"If it doesn't support FMC it isn't truly unified communications," says David Gilbert whose business card reads "The Big Cheese" at Broadsoft-powered hosted communications company SimpleSignal. Gilbert skipped handing me the lengthy press kits which are customary in our profession and instead gave me a single napkin (back of the napkin -- get it?) which elucidates the unique attributes of the company's solution.

David Gilbert, The Big Cheese at SimpleSignal


What pain does SimpleSignal take away for customers? According to Gilbert, "The management of a PBX - the value of a hosted PBX - the ability to unify communications.

TMCnet Blogs Add New Social Networking Features

February 27, 2009

Great news for readers of TMCnet blogs. As you know we now have 40 bloggers and continue to innovate with technology and integration additions to our blogs which allow you to use your social networking login to comment on our blog entries. But that was so yesterday.

Microsoft Needs a Single OS

February 27, 2009

Steve Ballmer takes the threat from Android seriously and he hopes Windows 7 will counter this newer OS on netbooks. Here is the problem for Microsoft... It will be competing with Android with multiple operating systems, Windows Mobile and Windows 7. While these operating systems to date have been similar, they aren't as similar as a single OS.

Nokia to Sell Laptops

February 26, 2009

Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo said that the company was considering entering the laptop market and this makes a great deal of sense when you realize the beating the company is taking from RIM and Apple. Nokia makes fantastic devices. The N800 is years old and still one of the most memorable consumer electronic devices that it seems almost no one knows about.

Getting into laptops is a smart move and the reason is not immediately obvious.

TMCnet Adds 40th Blogger, Keeps Growing

February 24, 2009

TMC has been aggressively adding new bloggers to its arsenal of content which attracts 2-3 million communications and tech decision makers worldwide each month. We are now at blogger number 40 and counting. We are still aggressively recruiting many more and if you can write and have something of value to contribute and want the most exposure you can get, drop Greg Galitzine (ggalitzine at a line ASAP to learn more.

TMC is one of the few media companies - in fact companies of any kind, growing in this market.

Freedom to Connect

February 24, 2009

I recently had a chance to sit down with David Isenberg and discuss his Freedom to Connect (F2C) conference which takes place March 30 & 31, 2009 in Washington DC. He reminded me the price for the conference goes up $100 on February 28 so you need to act quickly.

Update: David kindly offered readers of this blog $100 off if they register at this URL. So until 2/28 it'll only cost you $395, then after that, when the list price goes up to $595, your discount will still be $100.

There are a number of new speakers announced who join already-announced speakers such as the CIO of San Francisco, the CTO of Seattle, the Chief Technologist of the FCC, and the visionaries of Lafayette LA and Burlington VT municipal networks.

Time to Organize Our iPhone Apps?

February 23, 2009

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