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iPhone Thrashes Droid at Gaming?

January 11, 2010

One of games my family loves to play on the iPhone is Trace and like many games, you need a very sensitive and steady touch to play it well. As gaming becomes a more important function on mobile devices it is crucial manufacturers competing in the consumer smartphone market take this into account.

This is why it came as a surprise to me that the Motorola Droid has a much less accurate screen than the iPhone according to MOTO labs (no relation to Motorola). As you can see from this post, lines on an iPhone are generally straight while on the Droid they zigzag.

ITEXPO West 2010: Google, Avaya, Nortel, SIP, VARs, M2M, Smart Grid, 4G and Startups

January 8, 2010

Here is an important message I wanted to share with my readers -- it was sent as an email and lives online if you need the link. C U Soon!!!


From Rich Tehrani, TMC's CEO and Conference Chairman

21st INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO East 2010

TMC Moves to New Headquarters Next Month

January 8, 2010

I just got back from taking a tour of final construction at the new TMC headquarters we will be moving to in February. It has been an exhilarating experience to have been in the communications and tech markets these past decades. I can't imagine any industry seeing as much change as we have - at the nexus of communications, tech and media transformation.

Our company is 38 years-old this year and the change in our products and services and competitive set over the last four decades has been beyond incredible.

More on Avaya - Nortel Enterprise Event at ITEXPO

January 7, 2010

24 hours ago I excitedly shared the important news that Avaya will be at ITEXPO to discuss the acquisition of Nortel's enterprise assets. In one of the biggest communications deals in the market - two companies who were fierce competitors will be announcing their roadmap regarding how their merged product lines and staffs will look going forward.

Avaya will be at a special keynote lunch with analysts and yours truly who will speak with the company in a Q&A roundtable format in order to help the audience determine what the news means to them and how it will impact their business.

If you are a reseller, enterprise customer, SMB, partner and/or developer you cannot miss the event.

Nexus One: A $350 Penalty so you can Access AT&T?

January 7, 2010

Two years ago I discussed how Sharper Image could change the way cellphones are sold in the US - they offered an array of unlocked phones and the retailer seemed like the right kind of outlet to make the change to open wireless communications in the US happen. I wondered if this would start a trend saying:

There may be an opportunity for the company as currently if you want to buy an unlocked phone you have to search the Internet. Sharper Image could become the "unlocked phone store" if they play their cards right.

Asterisk Has Huge Presence at ITEXPO East 2010

January 7, 2010

A major area of communications growth is taking place in the open-source market and a tough economy only throws more fuel on an already raging open-source communications fire.

Asterisk is the major player in the space and the company behind Asterisk - Digium will be at ITEXPO with a collocated Digium Asterisk World January 20-22nd, 2010.

In order to help you plan for the event I wanted to share some important details. Hope to see you at the show.

Internet Radio Threat to Satellite Continues

January 7, 2010

Back in November of 2007 I wrote about the threat of Pandora and

other Internet radio companies to satellite radio. Back then, AT&T was smart to link up with the streaming radio company to offer a service for $8.99/month.

Now Pandora is at it again and will be integrated into a $1,200 automotive navigation system from Pioneer.

Still, I have to wonder exactly what this device does to make it worth $1,200.

Avaya's Nortel Roadmap Featured at ITEXPO East 2010 in Miami

January 6, 2010

One of the most important enterprise communications acquisitions in recent memory will be highlighted at a keynote luncheon roundtable at ITEXPO, Thursday, January 21st at 12:00 pm EST.

I am very excited to announce a brand new session at the World's Communications Conference:

Avaya Purchases Nortel Enterprise Assets:

Product Roadmap Implications for Users

Apples iTablet Confirmed - Why it May Ruin Tech

January 4, 2010

Some of the most exciting news for all of technology has to be the official introduction of a new product category at Apple - the tablet. After all, the iPod and iPhone were responsible for billions of dollars in new spending from global consumers. Remember, MP3 players and mobile phones were both mature markets when Apple entered - but look at them now -- everyone seems to crave products from Apple and they want to spend more money for them because frankly they are worth it.

But there is danger in this new product launch which scares me more than almost anything else in the land of tech.

Mitel's IPO and the Future of Communications this Decade

January 4, 2010

2009 was a momentous year for Nortel - finally imploding under a combination of extreme debt, acquisition challenges, Asian competition and the remnants of a financial scandal from years past. Recently I analyzed the acquisition of Nortel's enterprise unit by Avaya and further reported how we can expect to hear the details of the merger and roadmap on January 19th, 2010, one day before ITEXPO kicks off in Miami.

While I am sure there will be vibrant discussion at the conference regarding Avaya's roadmap, it should be noted that Mitel too will be a major topic of discussion at the event as it plans an IPO this year. You may recall the IPO plans of the company were shelved in 2006 - many thought this was as a result of a poor showing in the public markets by Vonage - but company execs explained the reason for the pull back had more to do with the fact they were able to bid for and acquire Inter-Tel and didn't need the public markets to consummate the transaction.

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