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Upgrading Print With Light From Powered Media Technologies

October 27, 2008

I just came across some very interesting technology for marketers using print as a marketing vehicle. Powered Media Technologies or PMT just sent me a sample of their very cool technology which allows traditional printed paper document to light up. Basically it brings the digital world to the "old" paper world of magazines, newspapers, gift cards, magazine covers, etc.

The company is looking to use its LightEffects technology to change visual marketing the way electronic audio has changed the world of greeting cards.

Esquire Magazine Cover with E-Ink



This technology is similar to the recent Esquire Magazine cover which used E-Ink technology. Except PMT uses a a brighter technology which can be activated by a page turn, change of light, motion detection and/or pushing a button.







Cox Goes Wireless

October 27, 2008

Look out world, the triple-play is becoming the quadruple-play. In all likelihood we are already at the quadruple play in many cases and heading to quintuple. OK -- we will call it X-play.

Cutting to  the chase, Cox is now reselling Sprint service -- this is not a surprise to many of you I am sure but it will be very interesting to see how customers warm up to using a cable service provider for their wireless communications needs.

Based on my experience, customers are most satisfied with Verizon service but they like AT&T because it offers perhaps the best GSM network in the US -- allowing easy roaming out of the country.

Sprint has a network which while not terrible is not great either. In addition, they have been plagued with customer service issues.





.tel Gaining Momentum

October 27, 2008

Over 100 registrars will sell the .tel domain name according to Telnic Limited. While it is too soon to know how successful .tel will be as a top level domain name, I am optimistic that it will make communicating easier.

Telnic unveiled the technology that powers .tel service at DEMOfall in San Diego in September. Since then, the domain name has been dubbed as "game-changing", "the white pages killer" and "the Google of online address books". A number of brand owners have already started the documentation process to apply for their trademarks with the registrars.

Back From Dialogic One

October 22, 2008

Strategy Change: Make Money

October 21, 2008

In my conversations with a number of CEOs of small tech and communications companies, one thing has become clear. The market for exiting businesses has become tougher. This is common sense and the added challenge is with today's stock market valuations, there are thousands of bargains out there. This just means the odds of a start-up or existing concern getting picked up at significant valuations has been considerably decreased.

There are a number of company heads who have recently come to the conclusion that while hoping for an acquisition by Google, Cisco and others they need to simultaneously work on getting customers.

Dialogic: Video is the New Voice

October 21, 2008

One of the more exciting conferences I have attended lately has to be the Dialogic One Event at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA. Rob Martinez, VP Sales Americas kicked off the event, speaking to global partners from over 125 companies who were in attendance at the kickoff session last night (see pictures throughout). Martinez thanked the enthusiastic crowd and sponsors and explained what we would see over the next few days. After a short intro, Martinez handed the microphone and stage over to Nick Jensen, the President and CEO of Dialogic.

Jensen was right at home on the stage and as always, was full of passion and enthusiasm.



Dialogic One -- Day Two

October 21, 2008

Aastra 57i and 57i CT Reviewed

October 17, 2008

Aastra is a great engineering company and they have a really interesting phone -- the 57i CT which has a DECT base-station built-in, allowing a second cordless phone to follow you around a 300,000 square foot (27,870 square meter) area, so you don't miss important phone calls. Lately I have been hearing more and more PBX companies touting Aastra phones and many in the open-source space seem to especially like them.

Tom Keating spent a long while reviewing this phone and the 57i which has no built-in DECT capability. He seems to like them both and gives them two thumbs up.



I should mention I also have had a chance to beat up (the technical term I use when I test a phone repeatedly -- in reality I think I am one of the best reviewers around because I seem to naturally find flaws in products without even trying -- Tom also seems to have this ability/talent/gift -- curse? ) a 57i CT for a number of months and it works very well.





Dialogic One 2008 San Diego

October 17, 2008

I will soon be heading out to the Dialogic One event in San Diego and hope to see my friends and colleagues there. Dialogic has been and continues to be a major communications infrastructure player. As the markets have evolved, the company has shifted its business model to respond to areas which require more DSP processing and along the way picked up a number of former competitors.

Now the company has a complex array of solutions which can be used to solve a variety of communications challenges.

I always like to hear what Nick Jensen has to say about the market and his perspective is always unique and generally optimistic. I am curious to hear how current economic variables are meshing with his outlook.

Aside from Dialogic, you can come to the show and meet with the company's partners.





Adtran Earnings Rise, Declares Dividend

October 14, 2008

Adtran just released earnings for the third quarter and the good news is they were 4% greater than a  year ago. For the year, Adtran is ahead by by 11%. The company has also declared a quarterly dividend of nine cents per common share.

What does this news mean to the communications sector? Well, it is obviously positive and bodes well for how the communications and tech spaces can do as things slow down.

As you recall, the last 60 days or so have seen major global economic problems and to be able to beat last year's earnings in such a tumultuous environment is a great accomplishment.

This positive communications news follows up on the recent news that AudioCodes has reaffirmed their yearly guidance.

It is difficult to predict what the next few quarters will look like but it seems a number of the companies in the communications and tech space are pretty well-prepared for a potential slow-down in the general economy.

With the ability to boost productivity and lower costs, communications and technology can really help companies get through a slower economy without the need to cut heads.









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