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Microsoft/Toshiba Zune

August 29, 2006

Years ago I used to read and perhaps even wrote about the fact that Microsoft would not be successful in the mobile phone business because they can't make an OS that doesn't need frequent rebooting. Years ago this was a joke in the publishing industry. Fast forward to today -- I use a Microsoft-based phone and it is great. I can open PowerPoints and Acrobat documents with ease.

ITEXPO – Early Bird

August 28, 2006

Time is running out to take advantage of early-bird pricing for Internet Telephony Conference & Expo. A reminder to my blog readers that the time is now to save up to $1,000 on a registration. That, my friends is a whole bunch of iPods, SIP phones, infinity Asterisk servers (assuming you have the hardware ), and since we are heading into back-to-school season – that’ll buy you about two entry-level student-ready laptops.

I am really jazzed about this event because we have some of the best speakers we have ever had at our ITEXPO conferences and the breadth and depth of knowledge you will receive over the course of a few days is almost beyond explanation.

It should be noted that TMC has also partnered with other groups to make our already top-ranked conference program even better.

Remember finally that TMC remains the only conference company in IP communications to guarantee your conference registration.

By the way -- we have yet to have a single person take us up on this guarantee (even after thousands of conferees) and we are proud of this fact.

For your hard-earned conference dollars you should just say NO to Industry Per/Sales-spectives.

Here are some of the companies presenting in San Diego

8x8 Acme Packet Aculab Alcatel AT&T Audiocodes Avaya Baypackets
Broadsoft Cisco Systems Citel Covad Dash911 DecisionOne   Deloitte
Digium DiTech Networks Eicon Networks Envox Equinix Forum Communications Global IP Sound Global Touch IDC  In-Stat IntelliCom Analytics Inter-tel Iotum Iperia Iwatsu Jon Arnold & Associates Juniper Kayote Lucent Technologies Microsoft Mitel Motorola NEC Net2Phone Neustar NexTone NMS Nortel Paetec   Pingtel
Quintum RNKVoIP Samsung Sangoma Sentito Siemens Sonus Spectralink Stealth Communications Sun MicroSysytems SunRocket Switch & Data Talkswitch Telchemy The Eastern Management Group Tier1 Research Toshiba U4EA Unimax Verizon Vertical VoIP Inc. VoIP Shield Vox XO Communications Zultys

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Take a look at this list of conference tracks/workshops on the program:

Service Provider Solutions
Voice Peering Workshop
IMS Expo (Colocated event)
IPTV Evolution Workshop presented by FierceMarkets
Mobility Summit
WiFi Telephony Summit
Regulation
Conferencing and Collaboration
Large Enterprise Deployment Workshop
VoIP for SMB
Enterprise/Government Solutions
TMC University IP PBX Certification Courses
Call Center 2.0 (Colocated conference)
IP Communications Development
SIP Workshop
Open Source Summit
Asterisk Training
VoIP Security for Consumer/User

I hope to see you at the event October 10-13, 2006 at the San Diego Convention Center.









































SanDisk Sansa e280

August 21, 2006

For $250 you can purchase a flash-based MP3 player that comes with a native 8 GB and can be upgraded to 10 GB with a micro SD card. My friends that is 2,500 songs and you won’t ever hear it skip if you are jogging or the player gets bumped. The product is the SanDisk Sansa e280.

In addition there are no moving parts and the device should last longer than hard drive based models. I haven’t had a chance to test this device out but the specs are amazing and every year, I am more and more amazed at how flash memory is taking tiny bits of share from the hard disk makers.

Another notable area where this shift is beginning is notebook computers where flash based notebooks are beginning to slowly be rolled out to compete with hard drive based laptops.



Death By Chocolate

July 31, 2006

It is far better to have a music player that also acts as a phone. It is that simple. But most people wither disagree or they don’t want a clunky music playing phone – they prefer a sleep iPod Mini. Well now that Verizon Wireless has decided to carry the LG Chocolate phone – a sleekly designed model resembling a music player more than a phone, the world may be about to change. Couple this with more consumer friendly pricing and you have a recipe for some serious iPod killing chocolate.

I have heard great things about these Chocolate phones by the way.

Buy Music With no DRM

July 21, 2006

DRM or digital rights management can save you a dollar every time you download a song. At least this seems to be the case as Yahoo! and Sony are offering music downloads that are DRM free but are charging $1.99 per song instead of the standard iTunes price of $.99. I think DRM is a great concept but inhibits use of content to some extent. The reason is that every user is different and some want to listen to music in multiple places on multiple devices and DRM is not as flexible as it could be.

So DRM keeps people from truly maximizing their use of the music and other content they pay for.

Here is the article that clued me into this news.



Sony vs. Apple

July 13, 2006

Apple's Creative Lawsuit

June 8, 2006

Apple is using its brains on this one. They are counter suing Creative Labs for the lawsuit creative brought against them. In fact they are countersuing twice. Apple has virtually unlimited money and they have to do whatever it takes to protect the cash cow.

In the 8-page complaint, the iPod maker said "Creative has caused Apple substantial damage and irreparable injury by its infringement" and that it "will continue to suffer damage and irreparable injury" unless a court steps in.

The company is seeking cash damages "adequate to compensate for Creative's infringement" and a court order banning further patent infringements.

Apple's first counter-suit was filed last month in a district court in Wisconsin and charged Creative with infringing on four of its patents.





Bluetooth Review

June 2, 2006

Beyond VoIP

May 24, 2006


World famous writer and thought leader Marc Robins has joined the family of TMC bloggers with a blog titled Beyond VoIP. Marc has written for TMC publications including Communications Solutions and Internet Telephony for years and had an illustrious career working for Harry Newton (remember him) and was an analyst and the VP of marketing at a company that was in the DSP resource board space.

Now Marc, I thought VoIP was it… The end all, be all. What could possibly beyond VoIP? I guess I better check out the blog to find out!


Apple Store New York

May 19, 2006

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