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Ixia, Testing From Wireless Edge to Core

May 5, 2010

Atul Bhatnagar President and CEO of Ixia Explains his company's strategy to me at Interop 2010 Las Vegas


For investors, it seems the maximum returns are to be made you invest at a time of great pessimism and/or when things look the bleakest. Such was the case with the recent financial meltdown. In business, the same principals generally hold true.

Amazon's Kindle Embraces Facebook and Twitter

May 3, 2010

The e-reader which really popularized the category is under attack from the iPad and is fighting back - will these social media updates make a difference or is it too little too late?

When it comes to the tablet/e-book reader market, innovation is the biggest differentiator and while Amazon's Kindle is doing much better in the market than I first predicted, Apple is doing an even better job in this space courtesy of the iPad which is now up to 1,000,000 units and counting. Oh and did I mention 12 million iPad app downloads to date? To combat the threat from Apple, Amazon needs to innovate like crazy and they have done so in this new release 2.5 which has lots of innovative features such as integrating social media into book reading so you can now share book passages with your followers on Twitter or Facebook.

Our WiFi Future

May 2, 2010

For years, the tech industry tried to kill Ethernet with newer and more innovative technologies but Ethernet kept evolving to meet and exceed the challenge. In fact now the replacement of T1s and T3s with Ethernet is common. Although not exactly analogous, I always think of WiFi as similar to Ethernet in that it continues to evolve to take on technologies such as WiMAX, LTE and other next generation networks.

Certainly anyone who has used a municipal WIFi solution which works well knows you can somewhat replace cellular providers in this manner.

Voice Peering Conference at ITEXPO in LA this October

April 26, 2010

Everyone probably knows I have been a huge proponent of the voice/VoIP peering space for the last five years. A few of the first people get me enthused about the space were Shrihari Pandit of Stealth Communications and Hunter Newby who is now at Allied Fiber. Over the years, we at TMC have held numerous educational sessions on peering at ITEXPO and recently we have had calls to increase the coverage of peering at the show.

The reason?

Android Runs on Older iPhones

April 23, 2010

You have to hand it to hackers... As thanks to their hard work you can now run Android and the Android OS on your 2G iPhone. Expect the 3G version to be out soon, followed by the 3GS which apparently is a harder port. Basically the OpeniBoot loader comes up when you reboot the phone and If you hold the home button during the process, you get Android to run.

The pros are being the only person on the block with Android running on your iPhone as well as being able to run Flash on your Apple device.

TMCnet Videos now More iPhone/iPod/iPad Friendly

April 21, 2010

 


We have spent a considerable amount of time rearchitecting the TMC video site to be more friendly with Apple products which don't support Flash. Our solution has a few parts and for those of you who like video, here are some options. On an iPhone/iPod you can just go to i.tmcnet.com where you will be presented with a video option showing some of our more recently recorded videos as well as recent stories. We have an iPad 3G on order and will test this site out on the device when Apple releases it.

Volcanoes, Google Censorship, Facebook and More

April 19, 2010

While the world has been awash in news regarding volcanoes and the beginning of endless probes of Goldman Sachs I decided to spend some time putting together other news you should be aware of. After all, if you are watching virtually any news channel on television or browsing news sites on the web, these are the top stories. I don't mean to add lava to the fire but before we get started I should point your attention to Jamie Siminoff's blog where this incredible picture of lightning meets the erupting Iceland volcano Eyjafjallajökull. By the way - did you know some of this ash is heading the US?

iPads Banned in Israel

April 15, 2010



iPad buyers beware - that shiny new gadget that made the flight so enjoyable will really upset you when you land in Israel and it is taken away. You will get it back when you leave but you will have to pay a storage fee. It is unclear whether they will charge it for you until you return though. Apparently the frequencies the new device uses are incompatible with national standards.

Popbox: The Flash vs. Apple War Gets Interesting

April 15, 2010

Expect TVoIP to be a big part of the reason Adobe's Flash becomes more important - all while Apple and others continue to try to bury the technology before it is even dead. Wired explains that the new $129 popbox set-top box announced Thursday by Syabas Technology provides a platform for HDTV apps. According the article the platform ships with Channels.com (an aggregator of web-based television shows), FunSpot Games, Netflix, Photobucket (photo sharing), Revision3 (original video programming), Shoutcast internet radio and Twitter.

Just as ATAs from companies like Vonage dramatically changed the landscape of communications, television is next and the battle is heating up.

Odin Telesystems Update

April 14, 2010

It has been a while since I met with executives from Odin Telesystems but it all came back to me when I sat down a week ago with company

President & CEO Hanz Johansson to discuss his company's DSP resource solutions which can act as gateways, transcoding devices and PBX building-blocks when coupled with the right software like Asterisk.

I first met the company at a trade show in New York in the mid-nineties and followed up later that year by going to the company's Texas HQ to learn about how they play in the space. At the time, Odin was a relatively new entrant into the US and they were going up against high-flying Dialogic, NMS and Brooktrout - three companies who have been subsequently merged with a bunch more companies added in such as Snowshore, Excel etc.

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