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Wireless Carriers Give up on New Services

February 5, 2009

Google recently released an application called Latitude which allows you to give your friends access to your whereabouts on a Google map. When I tried to download it on my iPhone I received a message saying it is coming soon. I didn't try on my XV6800 because the GPS has been crippled by HTC at the request of Verizon Wireless.

The service does allow control over what information is shared so privacy experts should be somewhat less concerned.

Order Food on Your iPhone

February 5, 2009

8x8/Packet8 VAR/Reseller Party Tonight

February 3, 2009

Here at ITEXPO East 2009 in Miami I had a chance to speak with Bryan Martin the CEO of 8x8 the company behind the Packet8 VoIP service for consumers and SMBs. At ITEXPO last year in Los Angeles the company launched a SIP trunking service and relationship with Microsoft.

Before I go on, I should mention the company is having a party tonight for resellers/VARs at 5:00-7:00 PM at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Banyan Room on 2000 Convention Center Drivve.

This is directly across the street from Hall D at the Miami Beach Convention Center.



But back to Bryan... He tells me his company is hiring and he can't beleive the quality of applicants. He has a lawyer applying for a customer service job and he further explained some of the engineering talent coming out of the search engine companies is amazing.

He also thinks the many people laid off from various companies will start small businesses and as they do they will need phone service. He thinks this is bullish for our markets.









Time to Trade Show Like its 1999

February 2, 2009

Andy Abramson has a brilliant entry supporting events and why you need to go to them. Here are some salient points:

That's the difference. I'm a player. Not a spectator.

Loving Boingo

February 1, 2009

I am sitting here in LaGuardia Airport in New York, waiting for my flight to Miami for ITEXPO and loving Boingo. I thought it would be a hassle to download and use it but it was the easiest thing I could have ever done. I downloaded the app on my laptop first and started uploading photos - boy is it fast. Then the iPhone - there is an app for many mobile devices - I decided not to put it on the XV6800 for now.

RIM Milestones

January 31, 2009

Congratulations to RIM... A very special company responsible for helping transform the way the world works. I give the company tremendous credit for improving global productivity on a scale never seen before.

RIM's creation of the email on the go market shows how technology can change the world for the better. Concepts like the fax machine, voicemail, IVR, ACDs, IP PBXs, etc have made the world a more productive place and in the process increased the standard of living of the entire world.

The Canadian company recently sent me some milestones they have reached.



How Dell Helped Destroy the PDA Market

January 30, 2009

Eight years ago I was the chairman of a conference titled Planet PDA where I got to see the early innovation in the market which later became widely deployed in a slew of consumer electronics devices. Back then, Palm and Treo were separate companies and Microsoft was coming on strong with what became Windows Mobile.

My gadget of choice at the time was a Palm 7, a wonder of a PDA which allowed data access via an integrated wireless chipset. A number of websites designed Palm 7 versions and the device was very useful and far ahead of its time.

iPhone Update Unfriendly to The Unlocked

January 28, 2009

Some Important ITEXPO East 2009 News

January 28, 2009

Here are some links from a recent ITEXPO Show Daily sent to ITEXPO attendees. It doesn't live online yet so I can't post a link. (Show daily 1, 2) Instead I cut and pasted some of the more important parts with the important links and videos borrowed from the ITEXPO home page.

Keep reading to the end and be sure you are at the show to potentially win the Jeep (you must be present to win). In this economy I am not aware of too many places you can win a car -- just because you showed up.

ITEXPO East 2009 Miami Panel Info

January 28, 2009

Hi all, thought it made sense to pass along this press release TMC is about to put out so you know what is happening at ITEXPO this Monday-Wednesday in Miami. Hope to see you there soon.

Oh -- and I used the highlighter pretty liberally because i was in one of those moods. Hope you don't mind.

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HD-Voice, Unified Communications, and Service Provider Panel Discussions Top the Agenda for Next Week's ITEXPO Conference in Miami






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