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May 20, 2010

iPad Neck Update

May 19, 2010

Remember when I wrote about my painful iPad neck? Well one of the commenters, P.J. Tanzillo mentioned that his neck began to hurt and kept him from turning left - causing his friends to call him Zoolander. This reference is to a movie character played by Ben Stiller and I think the movie is pretty funny.

Google and Microsoft Telecom Failures: Lessons Learned

May 18, 2010

Let's start this piece by saying it is meant to be constructive and that people who live in glass houses should never throw stones. Unlike many writers, I am also the CEO of a media company which means I get involved in lots of product launches myself - sometimes they are from my company TMC and sometimes they are with partners or even vendors in the industry who use our services to help them launch. Over the years, I have failed in some of my launches - and I feel what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and in an effort to utilize my collective experience to help others, I figured I would write about some of the areas where Google and Microsoft have tried to change telecom and failed.

We will start with Microsoft who unveiled their Response Point phone system to me a number of years back and wowed me with all the features embedded in a system which cost only a few thousand dollars.

Google Buys GIPS - Here's Why

May 18, 2010

When it comes to enabling technology, Google's new mantra is its better to be needed than liked

I first met the company called Global IP Sound around 2002 at TMC's ITEXPO and Pulvermedia's VON expos. What differentiated the company tome at first was the company's ability to power wireless VoIP calls over PDAs - specifically Compaq iPAQs via a low-bandwidth codec. As you can imagine, at the time, the codec needed to not only be low-bandwidth due to the slow wireless connections but also had to be super-optimized because processors in PDAs at the time were not powerful.

Ooma, Making Home Phones Better

May 17, 2010

It is tough to impress me when it comes to home telephone systems... I have seen it all or at least I feel I have. Covering the telecom space as long as I have, I figured there are few innovations I haven't seen. That was until I took a train into Manhattan to see the execs at Ooma to learn how they are evolving their Telo home phone system to do more and more.

OnStar Saves Woman's Life

May 17, 2010

I am a huge fan of any paradigm-changing technology and OnStar - the GM invented service which integrates a car's computer and a remote call center is certainly one of these achievements. The service does lots of different things like provide turn-by-turn navigation but perhaps the crowning achievement of the service is the ability to connect to the call center when the vehicle's sensors indicate there has been a collision.

A few days ago, a couple was forced into their car at gunpoint near Chicago and a thief forced them to drive to a Currency Exchange to cash a check. On the way to the Exchange the woman was able to hit the OnStar emergency button on the remote control which alerted the police.

LIGHTWAVE One Optical Event New to ITEXPO in LA This Fall

May 17, 2010

It is no secret that I have been hearing great things about the future of the optical market. Check out this post for optimistic interviews regarding the space with Hunter Newby of Allied Fiber and Jim Theodoras of Adva Optical Networking. Between the need for faster enterprise and consumer broadband connections and the need for more backhaul capacity to satisfy the needs of an ever-growing number of 3G and eventually 4G devices, the need for speed is real and consumers and businesses are paying for it.

The new iPad 3G I just picked up with its corresponding $30/month connection should be a reminder to the skeptics of the insatiable desire for bandwidth on-the-go.

Dialogic and Veraz Merge

May 12, 2010

Dialogic and Veraz Networks just announced their intent to merge and the news has many implications for the numerous markets the companies play in. Nick Jensen, CEO of Dialogic had this to say about the merger, "By combining Dialogic's proven expertise in application enablement for voice and video with Veraz's leadership in voice, data, session control, security, and transport, we will be creating a company with innovative products that will enable our customers to unleash the profit of video, voice and data for 3G/4G networks."

Dialogic has been a voracious company having rolled up much of the communications development market over the years. By integrating once fierce competitors NMS and Brooktrout/Cantata the company has taken on more and more share of market.

D-Link, Much More Than the $99 Router Guys

May 9, 2010

Let's face it, it's an exciting time to be in the consumer electronics and technology business as consumers and businesses are buying better and faster devices while simultaneously upgrading their bandwidth connections including routing and switching technology. One of the major vendors in these spaces is D-Link and recently I sat down with the company's US management team to hear how they plan to grow and evolve into the future.

In a discussion with Nick Tidd - President, Dan Kelley, Senior Director of Marketing and Les Goldberg, Media Relations Manager I got to learn a tremendous amount about how the company is looking to move upmarket without losing its core heritage as a provider of SMB and consumer technology solutions.

Tidd explained, "We are more than your $99 router guys and we have been working to build-out our product portfolio and partner program over last few months." Perhaps the most important part of a strategy of moving upmarket is a chassis-based product and not surprisingly the company recently announced the xStack Chassis Series DGS-7200E.

Tripwires Helps Reduce IT Compliance and Security Challenges

May 7, 2010

Did you know there were more data security breaches involving credit cards in 2009 than the past four years combined? Moreover the effort companies are putting into solving this problem is generating massive amounts of data which isn't able to be effectively analyzed? To get an idea of how organizations can cope with the challenges of dealing with the security of confidential information and compliance I sat down with Gene Kim, CTO and Co-Founder and Matt Hixson Director of Product Operations at Tripwire a company which focuses on helping companies solve these problems.

As budgets are being cut Kim explained that companies need situational awareness regarding what can put them at risk.

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