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Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Opening up the skies with LTE Air-to-Ground

By: Thierry Sens, Marketing Director Transportation Segment, Alcatel-Lucent

(Note:  Originally posted on Alcatel-Lucent corporate blog)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fasten seat belt sign has now been turned on. Please ensure your mobile devices are switched off for the full duration of the flight” It is the announcement that many passengers dread as they hurry to finish up one more e-mail, or send one final text or tweet, before the start of a flight and a few hours of absence from the connected world.

But from the end of 2016 this is set to change in Europe. Inmarsat announced on November 20 that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to develop Long-Term Evolution (LTE) air-to-ground technology, which will be delivered in partnership with service providers and airlines in 30 European countries. Alcatel-Lucent will supply the ground LTE radio infrastructure, which consists of antennas situated 100 km apart. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 75 mbps to planes using 2x15 MHz FDD licenses which Inmarsat owns in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band. This makes it not only the world’s fastest airborne broadband service, but a pioneer of future in-flight services for passengers and airline operations.

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Marc Cuban Vs. RIAA

March 28, 2005

A very unlikely champion of p2p networks may be the most important friend the young industry has. In a  recent blog entry, Cuban outlines some of the businesses he owns and why he feels the recording industry could seriously cripple innovation if they win the MGM Vs. Grokster case. Here is an excerpt from Cuban’s blog:

We are a digital company that is platform agnostic. Bits are bits.

Hosting Grows Slowly

March 28, 2005

Personalized Menus?

March 28, 2005

It is important to choose words carefully. This is especially true when you are Microsoft and hundreds of millions of people use your software everyday. I have had a minor dilemma for months. I keep getting shortened menus when I click on Start and the Programs.

Google Advertising at a Crossroads?

March 28, 2005

Is Google really in trouble? According to an article in the International Herald Tribune, Google is losing some high profile trademark cases around the world based on its system, of selling advertising based on keyword. Google has been sued unsuccessfully in the US before and by some huge names. Playboy, AXA and American Blind & Wallpaper Factory have all tried to stop Google from selling ads based on their keywords.

In the US the Google argument goes something like this.

Quintum Enables Vonexus

March 28, 2005

Vonexus (Vonexus News) is working with Quintum (Quintum News) to enable the Vonexus IP PBX known as the Enterprise Interaction Center to work with the Quintum SIP Tenor MultiPath switches. The switch in this case acts a gateway between the world of IP and the PSTN.

There are two important items worth discussing relating to the Vonexus and Quintum release. Vonexus is pushing ahead rapidly with announcements and they seem to be building momentum. The second item is Quintum’s unbelievable ability to partner with a wide range of companies.

CommPartners

March 27, 2005

Lots of companies are getting into VoIP by piggybacking on networks from Volo or Level 3. Few companies are actually building out nationwide networks but I ran into some people that are. CommPartners (CommPartners News) has filed for CLEC certification in 50 states and hopes to be done by summer. They will sell their network and applications as a wholesaler.

They are able to handle calls from IP to IP, IP to TDM or just TDM to TDM.

Emergent Network Solutions

March 27, 2005

A complaint I get often from VoIP providers is that the complexity of deploying VoIP is more than meets the eye. Getting disparate equipment to work together seamlessly is a challenge. Sure there are bakeoffs and other ways to get companies to work together but when you get into network deployment mode it gets complex and expensive to get all sorts of equipment to work together in one seamless package.

Before I can tell you what the company does in detail I need to define the 3 acronyms necessary to help understand what they do.

E-REV: ENTICE Residential/Enterprise VoIP
ELICIT: Emergent Local Integrated Carrier Internet Telephony
ENTICE: Emergent Network Telecommunication Infrastructure Control Environment

A quick note, the products have to be simpler than the acronyms.

OK, where was I? Oh Yes, the company execs I met with seem like good people and aside from the acronym soup above, I think they are on to something here.









Brooktrout and IBM

March 27, 2005

If there is one thing that's important in VoIP deployment these days it's scalability. Now that VoIP is being deployed, I keep hearing huge customer number projections. Cable companies and Vonage are all in the hundreds of thousands of VoIP users already and AOL has the potential to be in the millions. These are staggering numbers and require a new breed of product to deal with massive roll out numbers that are potential in the world of VoIP.

I recently met with Brooktrout and IBM to discuss how Brooktrout's SnowShore division is working wit IBM to make shore they can sell a solution to allow service providers to scale quickly, inexpensively and reliably.

SnowShore's IP Media Server is in release 1.3 and comes prepackaged on IBM's BladeCenter.



For the Love of Patents

March 27, 2005

Either you love patents or you hate them. InformationWeek had a comprehensive story on patents in the March 21, 2005 edition. Hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake or have already been paid at companies like Ebay, Microsoft, RIM and Symbol. Microsoft, one of the companies who files a tremendous number of new patents a year is asking for reform.

"It's too easy for a litigant to manipulate the U.S.

ZigBee Creates Buzz

March 26, 2005

Zigbee (Zigbee news) is a technology you should keep an eye on as it fills a nice niche of low cost and low powered networking. ZigBee gets its name from the zig-zag pattern of a bumble bee that it emulates when transmitting data over its mesh network. Thankfully they didn't decide to call it IEEE 802.15.4, the existing radio standard it relies upon.

ZigBee has some advantages over bluetooth and WiFi as it is less complex and uses less power. It is perfectly suited for applications such as monitoring and control of things like temperature sensors in buildings.

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