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LTE and Voice = VoLTE

Every year, Ericsson puts out a nice overall Mobility Report in June.  I’m finally getting around to reading it now.  There is some...

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ViziApps: A Great Tool for the Citizen Developer Revolution

Recently I had to prototype an iOS app for a project I am working on and did a lot of research to...

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Execution, Flexibility, Safety, Ease of Use Key to Digital Success - Lessons from Gitex 2016

The etisalat and Nissan Smart Car collaboration, the robot policeman, and James Baresse's presentation on three needs for digital payment system success...

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Are You Managing Hours or Outcomes?

Another consultant is having a trying experience with a client. The client wants to see the consultant in the office more,...

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Whatever Happened to Dialogic Boards?

I stopped wearing Dialogic shirts in airports many many years ago, simply because I often got stopped by people who used our...

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ORBCOMM Looks to Become Complete IoT Solutions Service Provider

One of the topics discussed often among communications service providers is whether they want to be relegated to dumb pipes or they...

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Your Phone Just Ate Your Car Key

Are you ready for your new digital future? It’s a great question to ask as the role your mobile phone plays in...

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IoT Has a Serious Image Problem - Here's Why

August 12, 2015

App Designed by 14-Year-Old Girl Could Help Fuel Diversity in Tech

August 12, 2015

A huge talking point in the media is how to get more girls interested in technology as a career.

Just this month, in fact, President Obama made a push to get more diversity in tech, Intel touted its diversity numbers and Tesla promoted  its female engineers on Twitter with the hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer. 

We build cars #ILookLikeAnEngineer

— Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) August 12, 2015

The explosion in smartphone and app use, is a universal phenomenon - everyone has been exposed to the wonders of tech. Still, there are far more boys than girls entering the fields of science and technology.

This is why I hope 14 year-old Naomi Benenson's new social-wishing app wish2wish becomes a smash hit. 

Trump is Right, We're a Bunch of Suckers

August 12, 2015

Regardless of your political affiliation, you have to acknowledge how right Donald Trump has been regarding the US being suckers thanks to our leaders making bad deals. The matter is a lot more complicated than that of course but look at the reality - millions of jobs have fled the US for China, India and Mexico. Millions more low-skilled jobs have been taken by illegal aliens thanks to an open border.

The US government actually makes it cheaper to hire workers overseas by charging employers hiring domestically myriad taxes and fees. Then there is the regulatory framework in the US - the costs to comply in the US is much higher than elsewhere thanks to the NLRB and many other agencies spewing regulations by the thousand.

While Trump has focused on the incompetence of government, the US also gets the short end of the stick when it comes to prescriptions - our drug costs are higher than most every other country...

IoT Helping With California Drought

August 7, 2015

What Onvoy Acquisition of Broadvox Means

August 5, 2015

The US Government’s Federal Reserve has kept interest rates low for longer than any time in my lifetime. It is unprecedented really. As a result, companies are able to grow quickly through acquisition. In fact they are being forced to in many cases to stay competitive.

YipTV Offers Free Trials for International TV

July 28, 2015

The news of OTT video growth hasn’t abated – Netflix continues to impress with earnings, Verizon reportedly has a new millennial-aimed OTT mobile-service named Go90 and recent studies have shown Latinos are far more likely to stream using OTT services than the average consumer.

This segues nicely with a company I’ve written previously about - YipTV.. A company which can do to TV what Vonage did to telephone service. In a nutshell, for $15 per month you get access to Latin American and European content which could cost you over $100 if you were to get similar service from the cable company. It isn't quite apples to apples yet as cable companies may have a more extensive line-up of channels.

Expect Cloud UC Player BroadVoice to Acquire and More Inside Scoop

July 27, 2015

BroadVoice begins to construct new headquarters

BroadVoice has been having a great deal of success lately – they’re moving to a new HQ, ranking at 316 on the fastest growing U.S. company list by Deloite and adding new features to their hosted communications platform. To find out more I had a chance to interview company CEO Jim Murphy – I hope you find it useful.

I’ve been seeing the BroadVoice name more than ever – what’s changed to make this possible?

How The Marketing Behind U.S. Presidential Campaigns Works

July 27, 2015

While social media has become a big factor in political donations in the last decade or so, its worth pointing out a holistic approach to campaign donations includes the phone. Telephone marketing is a very effective way in fact of reaching customers - which is why it became a victim of its own success - with an eventual government Do Not Call List. This list doesn't apply to political campaigns and moreover, the phone can be even more effective for politicians as a result of less competition from companies giving you free vacations if you listen to a time share presentation.

Recently, Infocision Management Corp, one of the highest-quality marketing outsourcers/partners I am aware of started calling for campaign contributions for Doctor Ben Carson - a straight-talking surgeon turned presidential candidate thanks to a loyal Tea Party/conservative base that just adores him.

Steve Brubaker at Infocision just sent me a video link to Dr. Carson's recent visit to the company - here it is.

One last point - I have visited the company and its call center before and have overheard these sorts of phone calls for numerous candidates - some of which who drop out before even "officially" running. The phone is an effective gauge of voter interest in a politician. By making a certain number of phone calls and tallying the response, a candidate can extrapolate how much money they can generate if they keep calling.

Moreover, big data and a massive database are key components to ensuring you know who to target.

How Tech is Disrupting China and India

July 14, 2015

The number of tech companies doing well and being launched is greater than at any time in history. Today, Facebook crossed the $250 billion dollar valuation mark in only three years following its IPO – a record. Moreover, it’s actually disrupting Google through its absolutely massive reach and the fact its woven into all our lives. Most recently, it’s launched an advertising network, has seen meteoric increases in video views and now wants to get a piece of the music video business.

IoT News: Smart Transportation, Smart Cities and Holograms you Touch

July 2, 2015

Smart transportation is on fire - it will be an almost $200 billion dollar by 2021 - and it is starting from a very small number today. This is massive growth - wow! I don't know about you but I can't wait for the day when my car helps me find an open parking spot - and perhaps even sort spots by cost or proximity depending on weather.

From there - we go to smart cities - which of course makes sense because the cars need to speak with something besides themselves. Finally, Arduino has a new platform for IoT - wearable tech, robotics and a lot more.

Check out the video news details below for a surprise at the end.

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