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The Merger Satellite Radio Needs

June 3, 2007

Talks of XM and Sirius merging seem to be an on and off affair with many groups against and some even for the proposed merger of satellite radio companies. For my part, I think it is bad for consumers to merge the only two satellite radio companies but there are others who say the price of content would come down if only a single entity emerged. The theory is lower prices for content translate into lower prices for subscribers.   While this may be true, why would any publicly traded company lower prices on anything on a volunteer basis? Generally it is a competitor causing you to lower prices.   Wal-Mart is an exception to this rule it seems as even after it has obliterated local competition it seems to keep prices extremely low.   As I live in southern New England – Connecticut to be specific, I think there is a better merger for satellite radio companies to consider.

Tom Wheeler

June 1, 2007

Palm Foleo

May 31, 2007

I love gadgets and I love what Palm has done for the handheld market. I love the concept of Palm rolling out a new laptop-sized device. But that is where it ends. The new Palm Foleo has a fraction of the functionality of a Windows computer but is priced just under an equivalent laptop.   It syncs nicely with your mobile device but then again so does your laptop.   I haven’t had a chance to use this new product but in my mind I can think of virtually no one who needs it.

Saitek Obsidian Mouse

May 30, 2007

I recently reviewed a Saitek Obsidian mouse. The unit is wireless and works on the 2.4 GHZ frequency. The range of the mouse is 10 meters but I only tested it at 2 and it worked fine. The mouse comes with two battery backs that are about the size of 4 silver dollars.

Dragons at Your Door

May 30, 2007

How Chinese Cost Innovation is Disrupting Global Competition I just received Dragons at Your Door from the Harvard Business School Press and I was going to put it on the bookshelf but for some reason I started to skim it. The timing was perfect as a well-respected PR director made a comment yesterday about an acquirer for Avaya. They said Huawei might be the best company to pick them up.   I wasn’t so sure when he mentioned this idea but the more I think about it the more it makes sense.   I skimmed the book for a few minutes and it is rife with a examples of our dealings with China and other countries and it discusses the similarities between competition from China and Japan.   I haven’t spent enough time on it to say it is good or bad but the book has whetted my appetite to a point where I will put it on my list of books to read. When free time allows of course.

GIPS News

May 15, 2007

Global IP Solutions, the company formerly known as Global IP Sound is well known as the company providing VoiceEngine technology. Their products enable communications for millions of users each day as their technology is found in Skype, WebEx and others.   Today at the Communications Developer Conference the company announced a new version of one of their their VoIP embedded media processing solutions. The new product is called VoiceEngine Multimedia Lite and according to Matt Benkoil, the GIPs development community director, it combines the power and performance of GIPS VoiceEngine with high quality video conferencing support.   I am actually working pretty early for California and this news comes to me in the form of a press release so I am not able to ask the company any questions. If I could I would ask what makes the software “lite.” I would imagine the software perhaps has less functionality and takes less processing power than the regular version of the product.   If/when I find out more I will update this post.

Aculab Supports PCI Express

May 15, 2007

Some developer news of note is Aculab’s move to have the Prosody X DSP resource board support the PCI Express bus. This is not unexpected of course as this new bus is becoming more popular. Announced here in Santa Clara at TMC’s Communications Developer Conference there is also a promotional package being introduced which the company tells me consists of the following:   Product – Two Prosody X PCIe media processing cards, each supporting 300 voice channels and 2 E1/T1 trunks, with CSS/CAS/SS7 protocols.
Training – One delegate placement on a one day training course ‘Implementing VoIP applications with Prosody X’.  Courses will be onsite in Aculab’s offices in Milton Keynes, UK and Needham, USA.
Technical consultancy – Benefit from an Aculab consultant spending a day onsite in your office – sharing expertise on structuring solution architectures based on Prosody X and helping with the actual application development and testing.
Technical support – Free and unlimited access to Aculab’s technical support.

Functionality – Access to Aculab’s complete portfolio of media processing and signaling software, including SIP, H.323 and SS7, with an unrestricted number of channels.
Software updates – Free future software updates, including the planned roadmap functionality for IP and 3G mobile video support, wideband voice codecs, etc.   So the news here is a bit about the new bus support but perhaps most importantly the development package meant to sweeten the pot.





Communications Developer Show Daily

May 11, 2007

Here is the first show daily from the Communications Developer Conference taking place next week. Many have told me they are thrilled TMC is sponsoring such an event as there needs to be a single place the communications industry can come to get development information and network with fellow developers.   The show daily has many of the links you will need to understand what is important and when it is taking place.   In addition there is an explanation of the various workshops taking place from the following companies:     I am looking forward to the industry coming together next week and working on developing for the next big communications opportunities.

Apple Heart Attack

May 11, 2007

The fierce competition to replace the iPod with a better product has failed so far. Many companies from Microsoft to SanDisk have tried to take on the slim white music player and with all the competition, iPods keep on selling at record-setting numbers. Who would have thought the one electronic gadget able to slow the pace of iPod sales would in fact be the “pacemaker.”   A new study shows caution should be used when iPods are used around people with pacemakers.   More specifically, the study, led by Jay Thaker, a US high school student, whose father is an electrophysiologist and mother is a rheumatologist, concluded that iPod interaction with pacemakers can lead to a misdiagnosis in heart function.   In reality it is unlikely this news will slow down iPod sales by much but it seems even the elderly are huge fans of music on the go. Perhaps Apple’s big product launch after the iPhone will be an iPod with a pacemaker built in.

Office Headsets

May 9, 2007

I have written a few times in the past about TMC’s channel program and the fact we have built over 100 business to businesses (b2b) communities in the communications and technology space.   The communities are news-based and are designed in conjunction with the sponsors of each site.   We have found over time these communities get bookmarked and do better and better.   Our most recent addition to the channel familynumber 110 in fact -- is Office Headsets which is sponsored by GN Netcom.   Even though the channel is new there is some news and articles of interest already:  
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