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Why iPhone X Sales Will be Epic

The iPhone X is priced at $1,000 which is the first time a mainstream phone has an entry-level price with four-digits in...

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SIP Trunking Options for Mixed Networks

Back in June, I wrote a blog about using Gateways for SIP trunking if there are PSTN lines inside the enterprise.  And this makes...

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Shocker! People Who Buy an $800 Phone can Afford $1,000

We have been reaching tech blogs and articles from some of the most respected writers in all of tech-dom and apparently they...

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C by GE Sol: Would You Buy a $200 GE Lamp?

Some time back we were fortunate enough to attend a breakfast meeting with Jack Welch in Stamford Connecticut. At the time, the...

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Apple iPhone X Face ID May not be Secure Enough for Many Users

While Face ID is theoretically 20 times more secure than Touch ID at 1:1,000,000 chance of a false match as opposed to...

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Apple's Face ID may not be Secure

After answering critics for years that the size of the iPhone was large enough in comparison to the ever-larger Android devices, the...

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New Home: ChannelPlaybook.com

We have a new home for the blog: check out ChannelPlaybook.com Follow me on twitter for the latest news and updates: https://twitter.com/radinfo...

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VoIP Developer Needs Even More Space

August 2, 2005

VoIP Developer Is Packed

August 2, 2005

Vonage 911

August 2, 2005

Here is the latest E911 news courtesy of Vonage and TCS. What is important about this release is that these two companies are working together to educate the PSAPs who in many cases have old equipment and can benefit from an introduction to IP.

I've written before that if the PSAPs become IP enabled there are a wealth of new life-saving services these offices can take advantage of like the ability to have data sent to the office in case of a 911 call. For example it would be feasible to have medical data instantly uploaded over an IP call when 911 is dialed.

In the case of an alarm, a schematic of a house can be sent with the zone that triggered the alarm. This schematic can be downloaded by the police cruiser on the way to the home.

IP is a true enabler for next-gen emergency services.

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VONAGE® AND TCS LAUNCH VOIP E9-1-1 PUBLIC SAFETY OUTREACH CAMPAIGN
 
TCS' Deployment Experience Provides
Vital Connection to Public Safety Communities
 
ANNAPOLIS, MD and EDISON, NJ - August 2, 2005 - Vonage, the leading provider of broadband phone service, has joined forces with TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) (NASDAQ:TSYS), a leading provider of precise location and wireless data technology, to provide the vital introduction to thousands of Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) throughout the United States.














Secure VoIP

August 2, 2005

Not all security issues originate from outside the network. A growing number of threats are coming from inside networks. In fact some security analysts have found that there are more successful attacks coming from within than outside your network. Cyber criminals working inside a company can steal the identities of coworkers on a large scale.

Skibare Rants

August 2, 2005

Skibare rants like crazy  (Sunday July 31st Raving on VoIP---Random Thoughts ) page and Andy Abramson seems to agree this is a great post. There is a great deal of truth in the statements made within this post such as:

First, VOIP has not made anyone a dime if they invested in VOIP..........the gateway suppliers, the Network providers, the Optical Cienna's or the Bankrupt Suria Ghouls Network providers trying to KILL EACH other day to day with pricing wars for Bits and Bytes of Data Transport! Sonus, Cienna, Tellabs, ADCT, Carrier Access, Level3, Broadwing, Global Crossing, ATT, the list goes on and on and on and on..........



The definite exceptions here are systems integrators who are selling to enterprises, SMBs and service providers in massive numbers. Think EDS on down.

Google RSS Patent

August 1, 2005

According to a ZDNET story, Google is trying to patent RSS ads. Here is the patent application.

The company's patent request specifically covers the delivery of ads using "an automated ad server." The service "is used to provide keyword- or content-based targeted ads," the application states. "The ads are incorporated directly into a syndicated feed, e.g., with individual ads becoming items within a particular channel of the feed."

The application also covers automated billing, and an "automated targeting and insertion process allows ads to be kept current and timely while the original feed may be considerably older."

This is pretty scary thought as RSS seems to be catching on like wildfire. Will we all have to pay a Google tax to send ads down the RSS pipe?





Valuing Longevity

August 1, 2005

I received a resume recently from a friend of a friend and the person had moved positions a great deal. They worded at four dotcoms in as many years. They weren’t at a single location for more that a year in fact.

This got me thinking of a conversation I had with someone who worked out in silicon valley during the 1999 timeframe who told me that they wouldn’t consider someone who stayed at a job for more than a year at a time. They were too stale he told me.

I was pretty amazed by the comment as I know many companies value longevity and loyalty over “career mobility.”

I wonder if the hiring style of the dotcom boom times has reverted back to appreciating loyalty and longevity.





Off To TMC's VoIP Developer Conference

August 1, 2005

I am really looking forward to TMC's VoIP Developer conference this week. The products on display at the show are going to be integrated into VoIP products in the next year or longer and that is what excites me the most. I like to see what products will change the VoIP market, well in advance. From HMP technology to wireless and SIP, I am sure there will be lots of really great things to cover at the show.

Oh and open-source is going to be huge at the show with both Digium and Pingtel in full force.

Microsoft Virtual Earth

August 1, 2005

If there is one area of technology where Microsoft and Google can be compared objectively it is in mapping. It is unglamorous, doesn't generate much revenue for either company and both companies have relatively new entries into this space. So it is more or less a level playing field. When I discovered the recently released Virtual Earth site from Microsoft I was compelled to compare it to Google Maps immediately.

Atkins Bankrupt

July 31, 2005

What difference a year can make! Can you believe that Atkins Nutritionals is declaring bankruptcy? That is like Harry Potter author JK Rowling declaring bankruptcy. Certainly Atkins and Harry Potter are two of the most popular things to talk about at cocktail parties.

The company owes $300 million in outstanding principal and interest and will focus on nutrition bars and shakes to help get them back on track.

I recently noticed that Subway took down the Atkins logo from its chocolate chip cookies and wraps so I bet the reduced licensing revenue in general took a huge hit.

The Atkins diet went from the most popular diet ever to one of the most out of favor.





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