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Open Handset Alliance Partners and More

November 7, 2007

Some of the more interesting news as of late has to do with the Open Handset Alliance as it seems everyone wants to be a part of it. That is, everyone except the largest carriers.   For example, Wind River and Nuance have joined the alliance while HTC is working on a Google Phone prototype if not a production version.   It seems mobile phone makers are never happy with mobile carriers as the latter exerts too much influence on the former. This is what I hear over and over again when speaking with the device makers.   Certainly this infighting between suppliers and service providers is likely to intensify as a result of Google entering the space. But then again, AT&T really gave an unprecedented amount of latitude to Apple when launching the iPhone and even Nokia and Vodafone are working more closely than ever.   In unrelated news you may want to see this video of people discussing a cow falling from the sky and hitting a car.

Productivity Increase

November 7, 2007

I just came back from root canal part 2. Without getting into too much detail I have this one tooth that has been refilled 3-4 times and then a crown was put on and then a root canal done. Each time the pain was supposed to go away and it just didn’t.   Today wasn’t the second part of my root canal oral surgery and I will need a permanent crown in a month but for today I am done.   What blew me away about the day’s surgery however is the Doctor’s office. He had Sirius radios and noise cancelling headphones in each office so I was able to listen to financial news while the surgery was taking place.

IP Communications News November 6, 2007

November 6, 2007

What are some of the interesting things happening in the wide world of communications today? For one, Excel telecommunications and Allworx have partnered to provide SMBs with SIP trunking and a PBX solution respectively (check out the SIP Trunking channel for more news on this segment).   The SMB space seems to be brimming with choice as Cisco too has decided to focus more energy on this are with a series of new additions and upgrades to the company’s product line.   In a more patriotic move, ReCellular has launched a program allowing people to donate their old cell phones so the proceeds can be used to provide calling cards for US troops around the world.   Moving to the software world, Aspect Software has moved up on the Software 500 list at 76 overall – a nice 6 place increase from the prior year.   Moving right along into the service provider market, Pactolus Communications has recently announced a quarter million session benchmark translating into upwards of 8-10 million subscribers served on an ongoing basis.   From their lets discuss the consumer market where Packet8 has done something new by updating the firmware on its Tango Video Terminal Adapter in order to allow it to also be a digital picture frame when not engaged in an IP communications call.   Priced at $99 after mail-in rebate this is one of the greatest IP communications values around. Having recently spent around $700 myself for two digital picture frames n the past few months I can tell you this price is good.   As always, the TMC team is diligently writing more articles for your perusal so check back often for more exciting developments.

Quantcast

November 6, 2007

You are likely familiar with Alexa, a division of Amazon that measures website traffic. I have written about the site a number of times before. A while back I discovered a site called Quantcast which is becoming a well respected third-party way to measure web traffic in an accurate manner. Currently Quantcast allows you to see how many unique visitors any site has.

Apple Tablet PC

November 6, 2007

Think of it as an iPhone but with more of it to love.   Sure you love your iPhone, iPod and other Apple devices but something is missing. You want a single device which gives you the power of the MacBook with the portability of an iPhone but you just don’t know where to turn. Perhaps you could buy an iPhone and iPod and put one in each hand. Or you could use a laptop while you use your iPhone.   If only – if only, Apple was working on a Tablet PC – something with the power of an iPhone – the great and intuitive interface, coupled with a powerful dual-core processor and a huge screen, allowing web browsing of the most sophisticated pages with ease.   Wouldn’t it just be nifty?

More Google Phone Speculation

November 6, 2007

Communications News -- What a day!

November 5, 2007

The day’s communications news doesn’t stop it seems and it is worth sharing some nuggets since my last report on the Open Handset Alliance where we discussed Google’s mobile strategy. But as we focus on mobility it is worth pointing out most companies don’t focus enough on mobile security.   In fact according to a CompTIA survey of 1,070 organizations, 60 percent said handheld device security issues relating to data access and transfer have increased over the past 12 months. Also, 55 percent of the respondents said that security issues with WiFi networks are on the rise.   The study also surprisingly uncovered that of the almost 80 percent of the organizations allowing their mobile employees to access data remotely, only 32 percent of them have implemented security awareness training for employees, with only 10 percent having plans to offer such training in the next year.   But when you consider mobility, consider IMS and whether in fact we need IP multimedia subsystem technology at all to provide QOS to mobile networks and devices. Fred Goldstein from Ionary Consulting thinks not.   In even more mobile news, it seems our phones are all going to be video-enabled soon.

Open Handset Alliance and More

November 5, 2007

Another week and other massive avalanche of news in the communications space. The first item worth sharing is regarding Google shaking up the foundation of the mobile phone market. The funny thing is, editors and bloggers have been looking to find the Google phone for months and instead of it being somewhere, it will be everywhere.   If you missed it the company has launched an Open Handset Alliance which aims to open things up in the cellular communications space. Specifically the alliance is a total of over 30 companies working together to produce low-cost phones whose development is supported by advertising.

Google’s Free Mobile Phone Software

November 5, 2007

Can Google pull it Off -- is the question worth asking when realizing the search leader is looking to open up the mobile phone industry. The cellular market is legendary in its ability to lock in customers. In the US the phones are subsidized and locked. In Europe the phones are unlocked but when you go from country to country your rates skyrocket.   In the US the situation is even more interesting as carriers typically cripple devices making them less useful.

Google Phone OS

November 5, 2007

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