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Phone.com and the Next Phase of VoIP

June 14, 2010

If you want to thank someone for lowering your phone bill, you have a few options - you can thank the founders of Skype and Vonage or go back to the nineties and thank the many people at VocalTec who invented and popularized VoIP before anyone else even thought of it. Much of the reason TMC decided to launch a magazine titled Internet Telephony back in 1997 was because we saw the transformational power of the IP telephony gateways and software which VocalTec produced.

VocalTec co-founder Alon Cohen is a personal hero for what he did by literally changing the way the world communicates. Moreover, I am often called by patent attorneys who are involved in patent cases regarding technology which Cohen invented many years earlier.

TMC Gets Written up in Norwalk Hour Newspaper

June 4, 2010

I am fortunate that I get to speak reporters about my company from time to time and whenever I do I always worry until the article comes out. Reporters are busy (speaking from experience) and they don't always get all the facts right. I always blame myself when this happens - after all if you communicate in a clear, concise manner with an organized, structured system of segueing between topics, it is much easier to follow.

Personally I have sat in briefings with charismatic tech leaders who spend 30 minutes talking and when I look at my notes, I wonder what the heck was said.

Plantronics Savi W430 Designed for Performance and Your Inner-Geek

May 26, 2010

 


When advising entrepreneurs how best to explain their products to customers to minimize the barrier to adoption, I often say focus on the solutions your product or service provides. At the end of the day, we all have problems and will pay to have them solved. In case you doubt me I invite you to visit Doggie Doo Not, a service dedicated to pooper scooper activities on your property.

Should CenturyLink be Focusing on Wireless, not Copper?

May 25, 2010

Is it possible to take a group of wireline carriers, roll them up and cost cut your way to greater and everlasting profits? I present to you two opposing viewpoints on the merger between CenturyLink (formerly CenturyTel) and Qwest. One is glowingly positive and one is quite negative. The positive story is from Barron's, a source which I trust a great deal - the other from TMCnet blogger Peter Radizeski who is also a source I know to be spot on.

TMC Celebrates 38-Year Anniversary

May 24, 2010

How do companies make it through gut-wrenching industry and technological change without going under?

I do my best to wish every TMC a team member a Happy TMC Anniversary and as such the start date of all of our full-time members are in my calendar so I can be the one to send them this greeting (If I forgot you in the past - please accept my apologies). Last week I noticed that it was the anniversary of Nadji Tehrani, the company Founder & Chairman, my father and the person who decided to start this company in 1972. Funny, I never noticed his start date on my calendar before - and it occurred to me that this was TMC's 38-year anniversary.

Apple: Which is Worse, Flash or Poor Voice Service?

May 23, 2010

 


People who think the iPhone is a great device but terrible phone are common - in fact just about everyone I know who has an iPhone tells me the call quality and dropped calls are a major problem. Now there is a way to get compensated via the US court system - specifically worstphoneever.com allows you to upload your log files of dropped calls - which become part of a class-action suit which eventually get you some cold hard cash for your efforts. Currently there are over 57,000 dropped calls in the company's system which they believe is worth $672.

Lightwave ONE Web Conference site now up

May 22, 2010

I have heard a number of positive comments regarding the addition of an optical event at ITEXPO this fall. Thanks for all your comments. As I mentioned recently, Lightwave ONE which stands for "Optical Networks for Enterprises" will be collocated with ITEXPO Oct 4-6 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.

As you likely know, we at TMC do our best to ensure we provide the most complete educational experience we can under one roof.

How Smart Products can Transform Health Care

May 22, 2010

Smart health systems have the potential to transform healtchare and weight-loss in a similar manner to the way electronic spreadsheets transformed corporate analysis and boosted the bottom line



One of the largest shifts in technology which has silently grown in importance in the world of electronics and technology is that of the product ecosystem - the group of smart products which interact with one another to provide a collective solution much more powerful, adaptable and flexible than any particular component of the ecosystem.

If you haven't kept up with the Smart Product Ecosystem or SPEC site on TMCnet, please do as this is the best place I know of to keep up with the market and its evolution. There are some fascinating stories I just received in this week's SPEC enewsletter (subscribe) and I will focus on the first one as you are free to check out the others at your leisure.

The first story from Professor Mary Cronin discusses MetaLogics, a company that developed a sensor to determine accurate caloric expenditure.

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.

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