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Plantronics Calisto Pro Review Update

December 7, 2008

I wrote a pretty positive review of the Plantronics Calisto Pro series phone and headset a while back. I don't use the phone that often and recently I needed a headset but didn't have any in the house except the one that comes with the Calisto.

I remembered that this device connects to Skype via a USB cable. I connected the cable, downloaded the software and was talking in a few minutes with incredible clarity and mobility.

The one room for improvement is the need for a color screen which with today's technology wouldn't really kill battery life or the budget.

Vidtel Brings Consumer Video over IP Communications to the Masses

December 2, 2008

In meetings with companies in the communications industry such as Polycom and many others, they tell me sales of video products have done very well these past years. Distributors and resellers tell me this category of product outsells just about everything else. This was especially true as fuel prices were increasing and travel budgets were being cut.

Although travel costs are receding, travel budgets will likely not be reinstated in a major way for some time.

Thoughts on Blackberry Storm and Verizon HTC Touch Pro/XV6850

December 2, 2008

After my Black Friday trip to the mall in Connecticut, I made another trip to the Westchester Mall in White Plains, NY. I was surprised to see the light customer turnout but this could have been because of the freezing rain and snow. Speaking of storms, I dropped by the Verizon Wireless store to take a look at another Storm from Blackberry.

As you recall, my last Storm experience was all wet. I am happy to say this Storm performed better than the last one I used in Connecticut.

TMCnet Gets a Redesign

December 2, 2008



While many of you were busy in the malls this past weekend or trying to find the best price on that new digital camera yesterday on Cyber Monday, the dedicated team of designers and programmers here at TMC worked day and night and night and day to bring you a new look and feel.

Over the past years, many of you have told me that you love to come to TMCnet on a daily basis and the hundreds of stories and blog entries we write on a daily basis contain everything you need to navigate the telecom and tech worlds. At the same time, many of you have told us the interface TMCnet has looks busy. Others have told me it is not clear that 50-100 writers contribute to TMCnet on a  daily/weekly basis.

Our new redesign is meant to adress all of these great requests and we hope you enjoy the new TMCnet.

One last point... Thanks to the 2-3 million communications and technology decision makers who visit TMCnet monthly and thanks to the TMC team for doing such a great job on this redesign.







Almost 10K App Store Programs And Counting

December 1, 2008

Absorbing Cyber Monday Deals

December 1, 2008

I have been swamped all morning just perusing all the Cyber Moday emails I have received from companies like Think Geek, Buy.com, Hello Direct, TigerDirect and more. It is truly amazing how low prices on electronics can go and one of the more interesting things I saw today is part of the new Geek Kids addition to the Think Geek website.

Items on this site range in suitability from newborn to 13 years of age and I am specifically interested in the Microcontroller Experimentation Kit which allows you to write programs and upload them to this device which has onboard sensors for light and temperature among other things. It also has a microphone, buzzer, diodes, resistors and more.

The product comes with a manual which has over 100 experiments and should be fascinating to play with. I wish I had one of these now when I was a kid.



Joost Beats Skype To iPhone

November 29, 2008

Linux On The iPhone

November 29, 2008



Now that Linux is sort of up and running on the iPhone, what's next? Will we see Asterisk, MySQL and other open-source programs running in your pocket soon?

This is very interesting but remember that Apple devices are ultra-successful because of the user interface. It is unclear why we would want an iPhone or iPod touch which runs Linux -- other than for a variety of niche applications where useful software has already been written.

I know what you are thinking...





Spirent Doing Better Than Expected?

November 25, 2008

Next Generation Communications Resource Launched

November 25, 2008

If there is one certainly it is that technology seems to evolve at a faster clip today than at any other time in our lifetimes. Moore's Law is part of this evolution but just as important is convergence. And by convergence I don't just mean voice and data. At this point it has become more than apparent that the every market is converging with one another.
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