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SIP Trunking and Unified Communications Summit Speakers Announced

January 18, 2011

For years, Ingate has run a very successful conference as part of ITEXPO the SIP Trunk-Unified Communications Summit and this year the evnt is bigger than ever according to the company. This highly popular educational series, free to all ITEXPO attendees and attendees will hear from Aastra, ShoreTel and Broadvox, as well as Bandwidth.com, Commetrex, EarthLink Business, FaxCore, Intertex Data AB, Qwest Business, SIP Forum, the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF) and VOIPSA.

Additionally, Unwired Revolution will present a case study on SIP: Unifying the Distributed Workforce.  Service provider Telia and Intertex Data AB will discuss their SIP trunk implementation as a case study. 

Rediscover the American Dream

January 18, 2011

In the last few years, it has become fashionable in America to bash the American Dream. This is like South America bashing soccer or the French bashing surrendering – it should be unheard of. Perhaps part of the problem is Wall Street bankers have become the poster children for the American dream. And this shouldn’t be the case – especially when you consider the tens of thousands of entrepreneurs who start businesses and are responsible for generating hundreds of billions of dollars in aggregate revenue – much of which comes from other countries.

What Microsoft Kinect Defection to Google Means

January 18, 2011

Could this be the first shot in the GBUI wars?

If you are deeply involved as part of the Microsoft Xbox Kinect team, you would think there is no better job on earth than to work on a product which is selling in the millions of units, is ahead of projections and is one of my favorite technologies of all time. In fact, I would imagine Microsoft would be horrified that anyone from this team would consider leaving – especially defecting to Google. Yet, Johnny Chung Lee, Wii Hacker and an integral part of the Kinect team just left Microsoft to become a “rapid evaluator” at Google.

gHome Improves Google Voice

January 18, 2011

Last week, TMCnet’s Charles West broke the news regarding TELTUB introducing gHome which links up with your Google Voice account as well as Facebook to allow $5/month calling after a free trial. Yesterday, TMCnet’s Tom Keating reviewed the gHome service with a SIP softphone from Ekiga and he was very happy with the fact that using iHome you can get all the Google Voice features and use any SIP device. And if you’ve seen how many SIP devices Tom has here at TMC HQ, you’d understand the reason for his happiness.

Tom’s review is extremely detailed and worth a read… In it for example, he explains how you can integrate the service with your iPhone.

Twitter is Best Home for MySpace

January 14, 2011

Sure Myspace is troubled, just let go of about half their staff and will likely be sold off. Obviously Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and AOL come to mind as acquirers. Google could potentially avoid antitrust concerns because Facebook is such a force in social networking but merging disparate back-end systems would be a nightmare for company who counts computing efficiency as one of its core strengths. Microsoft makes a lot of sense but with a financial stake in Facebook, this may not make the most sense for the company.

Will Apple Pull the Plug on Intel?

January 14, 2011

An interesting difference between Droid devices and those of the iOS variety is that Apple gadgets require users to plug the devices into a computer for OS updates while the Google Droid works over the air or OTA. So last night’s earnings release from Intel which touted a record quarter in-part is influenced by the fact that the more iPods, iPhones and iPads there are, the more computers you need to sync, backup and upgrade the OS.

And regardless of whether you choose a Mac or PC to connect to your gadget, you are in fact using an Intel processor.

But now that carriers have gone from unlimited data plans to tiered where they get paid to provide more bandwidth, what is to stop them from allowing Apple to provide operating system updates OTA?

An App Store is an App Store

January 13, 2011

I generally agree with Microsoft that the term “app” is generic – meaning it is a general word used commonly and not associated with any company or brand. Certainly the term “killer app” has been around for decades so the use of the term “app” is not new. The term “store” too is generic so it is tough to consider “app store” to be anything but generic.

It is worth pointing out I don’t recall the term “app store” to be exceedingly common before Apple started using it.

Is Apple the Biggest Facebook Threat?

January 13, 2011

Now I am not saying Apple is today ready to take on Facebook but boy are getting to a point where the pieces are lining up nicely for the maker of super-cool gadgets to combine the best of its offerings into a seamless social network.

Rather than talk about all the pieces, let’s instead begin the discussion realizing the massive marketshare Apple has and is gaining in consumer electronics. Add to this the increase in Mac shipments the company continues to boast. It is this network of devices which enabled the company to launch a product like FaceTime for video conferencing by immediately interconnecting millions of devices worldwide.

Are Pay-TV Companies Suicidal?

January 10, 2011

I don’t mean to sound an alarm bell but run for the doors – if you are a cable company or telco, just what the heck are you thinking?

Let me lay out the facts. Kodak is a shell of its former self as is Tower Records which went through bankruptcy. And in each case the move to digital distribution gave consumers alternatives which were either lower cost, more convenient or both.

Groupon May be Bad for Business Health

January 10, 2011

If you found a way to attract the least valuable customers - those who will yield the lowest margin and simultaneously ensure they won't come back to pay retail because they will soon see a great deal from your competitors, are you helping or hurting your business?

That's the up to $7.8 billion dollar question and according to Bob Phibbs who bills himself as the Retail Doctor, Groupon is actually hurting the small businesses it is supposed to be helping.

If Phibbs is correct, the online coupon market may be in a huge bubble. It is more likely that for companies with quality products and services, the exposure to new customers will help their businesses over time. But there are reasons for SMBs to proceed with caution.





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