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Mazda Rotary Engine to Cease Electric-Range Anxiety

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Invoxia NVX 200 Phone Connects to Apple Watch 3

Forget Dick Tracey, Invoxia takes your watch phone one-step further by allowing you to use a desk phone as the interface to...

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Network Slicing - An A La Carte Network Service in 5G?

I’ve been meaning to write about network slicing for a while.  When 5G was first being written about, network slicing was one...

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Thanks to Actility, Comcast may Build Largest U.S. LoRa Network

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Infosys Applies IoT Analytics To Transform Business

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Pod Group USA: It's a Great Time to be an IoT MVNO

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Baby Oil and Radioactivity

July 28, 2005

What you would think would be props on the Howard Stern show: a thousand pounds of baby oil and a stainless steel tank are in fact "props" used instead by scientists to measure the Earth’s radioactivity for the first time. Excerpts from the New York Times article:

The telescope they used was designed to detect subatomic particles from nuclear reactors. The researchers simply pointed it downward, in effect, toward the center of Earth. Physicists and geologists said the measurement, which agrees roughly with geologists' calculations, was the start of a new era of being able to see inside Earth.

Podcast Vs Blogcast

July 28, 2005

Is it true that Microsoft workers don’t like the term podcast and are using blogcast instead? Seems like a tough battle to win as the ubiquity of the iPOD make the term podcast a no brainer. Apparently while Apple revels in the term and is incorporating Podcasting into their iTunes software the Redmond software titan is trying to come up with ways to combat Apple’s hold on the music/consumer electronics business.

An interesting New York Times article discusses how Apple is using Podcasting as a way to sell more iPods. In addition the article points out that it is turning the music business on its ear by giving away the razor blades (podcasts are to remain free according to Apple) and charging for the razors. The article makes a good read.

In my opinion Apple has inadvertently found a way to entrench their lead in the music business.



Space Shuttle Program Grounded

July 27, 2005

How depressing a thought is this? One of the most inspirational space programs NASA has ever put forth is now grounded. After analyzing the effects of debris falling from Discovery during blastoff the agency decided to put a hold on future launches. It is not clear whether any debris actually hit Discovery or the extent of any impact.

From a CNN article:

NASA was analyzing data from video and from the robotic arm, the launch and elsewhere to decide what steps -- if any -- to take next.

"We should start seeing the jury coming in on those decisions by the end of the crew's day tomorrow," Hill said.





VocalTec Lays Off 70

July 27, 2005

It is a sad day for me as VocalTec, the company that really popularized VoIP and was the inspiration for TMC launching Internet Telephony Magazine have cut 70% of their staff leaving 30 out of a 100 people in the company. There is 2 million dollars in cash left at the company and they recently changed their focus to selling softswitches.

There is some great engineering talent at the company but it is going to be very tough to come out of this hole without some assistance either financial or otherwise.

They would be a great acquisition target just for their technology.

My hats off to the bright people at VocalTec that helped launch VoIP into the mainstream and I reiterate that this is a sad day for the VoIP market.





Note To Self: Don’t Upset Tom Keating

July 27, 2005

OK OK, although I wasn’t involved in not sending Tom to TMC’s VoIP Developer event perhaps I deleted him from the list and didn’t realize it. Either way, sorry Tom… I didn’t know you would willingly go to a venue where there wasn’t a blackjack table

Seriously though, Tom’s post on VoIP Developer is right on. Although Tom decided to compare us to other events in the market including Internet Telephony and VON… I see the market differently. There is room for all our events and they all serve different purposes.

VoIP Developer was designed to be a much purer show where partnering and development choices can be made without thousands of non-technical people running around (without pocket-protectors no less!).

This event is purely about finding tools and toolkits you need to develop killer VoIP applications.





Senator Ensign Telecom Bill

July 27, 2005

Here are some links to the new telecom bill:

Senator Ensign Telecom Bill

Senator Ensign Telecom Bill Talking Points


I haven’t had a chance to digest it fully but so far the important points of this bill are that it protects VoIP calls. It claims to help the market by taking away arbitrary and historical regulations that arbitrarily hamstring one competitive technology over another.

It says its goal is to encourage all companies to invest and compete vigorously to deliver innovative, quality services to consumers.

It claims it may bring $634 billion in GDP growth and 212,000 jobs in five years.

I like the idea of having more competition and less regulation. My concern is that we have cable lines and phone lines built over the decades from a monopoly position in the market. These lines have always been regulated to some degree and since 1996 have been shared with others at low rates.

Now these companies don’t have to share their lines if they don’t want.












PGP VoIP

July 27, 2005

Tom Keating’s PGP VoIP blog entry caught my eye today. Apparently Phil Zimmerman has come up with a VoIP PGP-equivalent for encrypting voice over IP calls. Many in the industry are concerned about encrypted p2p VoIP solutions as they can be used to send viruses and other malicious code throughout a company. It is unclear to me whether this software can be used to send content other than VoIP.

Regardless, there is another problem with encrypted voice communications and that is government regulations.

Yahoo! On A Plane

July 27, 2005

The battle to be the search leader knows no limits as is evidenced by the new deal struck between Yahoo! And Connexion by Boeing allowing the search giant to provide search results from a small box on the Connexion user interface.

Here are release excerpts from the release:

"We are pleased to be partnering with a market leader like Yahoo! in order to provide our customers with the highest quality in-flight Internet experience available today," explained David Friedman, vice president of marketing and direct sales, Connexion by Boeing.



Deborah Tate on the FCC

July 27, 2005

Michael Meese on the FCC

July 27, 2005

White House aide Michael Meece has emerged as a top contender for one of two Republican seats on the Federal Communications Commission, according to the Washington Post and Reuters.

Meece is the deputy director of the White House public liaison office and previously worked as deputy chief of staff to Don Evans when he was U.S. Commerce Secretary during President Bush's first term.

Among other names circulating as potential occupants of the other seat are Deborah Tate, a director on the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, and Suzanne Terrell, who unsuccessfully tried to unseat Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu in 2002, the sources said.

The FCC has been tied with two Republicans and two Democrats since March, when Michael Powell stepped down as chairman. Controversial issues currently require new Chairman Kevin Martin to convince a Democrat to support them.

This is such an important time for the FCC as there are so many controversial issues on the table from the future of VoIP... Will it have to contribute to the USF?







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