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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.

Optical Demand Increases According to ADVA Optical Networking

April 14, 2010

Optical component shortages are not something we have heard about much since the CLEC bubble of the late nineties yet Jim Theodoras - Director of Technical Marketing at ADVA Optical Networking explained he had recently come from an optical trade show where this was being discussed.

In a discussion, Theodoras pointed out that his company has been a slow and steady grower for a number of years with a strong cash position (recent earnings). In addition, a key to their success has been a diverse product line from NIDs to DWDM equipment. While ADVA doesn't focus on winning with the smallest margins or lowest price, they do look to be trusted partners with their customers and look to be in the problem solving business as opposed to pushing out cookie-cutter solutions.

Tango Networks Deploys Carrier FMC

April 12, 2010

If you want to know how carriers choose equipment providers to partner with look no further than the mating habits of the Sumatran Rhinoceros. Before you ask me if I am willing to share some of my medication with you, please hear me out. You see the male rhino has to fight off other rhinos and then chase the female for potentially long distances until mating is allowed.

And this is exactly the sort of thing that happens when carriers decide to partner with an equipment provider.

CradlePoint Turns Phones and 3G modems into Access Points

March 31, 2010

 


Two years back I hacked into my Verizon XV6800 - an HTC device so I could install WMWifiRouter software which turned the phone into a hotspot. I still remember getting it to work and marveling at how people in the TMC conference room could connect to my pseudo AP and work as usual. Sure, the phone got hot enough to melt concrete and the battery was depleted faster than the US treasury but still, it was an amazing achievement.

Twitter Plunger Presents Tweets Based on Web Page

March 29, 2010

You know TMC as a global media company reaching millions reporting on technology and communications. What you may not know is that in our spare time - and yes, every now and then we get some of it, we like to write applications to make your life easier. Case in point is Twitter Plunger, a new Google Chrome Extension allowing you to instantly search Twitter for all news related to whatever web page you happen to be on.

When you click on the plunger icon you are immediately presented with (plunged) results based upon the first word of the title tag of the page you are on.

Qualcomm iMoD: Breakthrough Biomemetic Screen Technology

March 29, 2010

One of the more interesting items worth sharing from this past week's CTIA show last week in Las Vegas is an interview with Cheryl Goodman of Qualcomm who showed me a prototype of a revolutionary biomemetic screen technology called Mirasol which emulates nature. Specifically the display borrows from butterflies, mimicking the way the insect's wings reflect light.




Using a technology called Interferometric Modulation or iMoD, the system uses two plates (the top one is a reflective membrane) which are separated by a small distance. A small voltage applied to the bottom plate brings the two closer together via electrostatic attraction (think balloon rubbed on your hair).



Communications Veteran Mike Ross Joins 4PSA

March 19, 2010

I just got word that communications industry veteran Mike Ross will become the new COO and Director of the Americas of 4PSA. The good news is this company has nothing to do with prostate health . Instead, they recently integrated their VoipNow Professional with Open-Xchange version 6.16 in order to integrate SIP, VoIP and social networking. If you think about it, unified communications is only unified when it integrates with social networks.

Facebook Passes Google in US Traffic

March 15, 2010

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