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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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WebRTC Expo San Jose 2014 Interviews

Are you interested in WebRTC but yet you missed the largest event in the space, WebRTC Expo a few months back in...

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The M&A Picks Up Steam

Well, that Hosted VoIP consolidation is slowly happening. Reinvigorated VoIP blogger, Garrett Smith, hints that Jive bought other HPBX companies (unnamed)...

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The Data Interconnections Waze and others need

Let me start by saying that there are exceptions to what I am about to discuss below but generally speaking, inter-app connectivity...

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Apple Changes Industry

March 20, 2005

Among the countless industry's Apple has changed over the years from desktop publishing to graphic arts/design, music and video... There could be a new one on the horizon. The company is responsible for a beautification of rack mountable computers in telecom and elsewhere. In the next few years, expect to see more rack mountable servers available in iPOD white.

Bezel design of all things is becoming a differentiator in communications and elsewhere.



Nuera's orca: A Pioneer



IMO this whole bezel design thing started in August of 1999 when I wrote about Nuera's Orca VoIP gateway.





Cisco Linksys Rumor

March 20, 2005

Belkin CallEverywhere

March 20, 2005

Having written about telecom for years, I must say I was excited about the opportunity to step into the voice-activated phone booth of the future. This is Belkin's (Belkin news, Belkin VoIP news, alert) idea of what it will look like and it is a high-tech wonder. Sure, they probably know that phone booths will never again have a place in our future due to the advent of the cell phone but hey, at a trade show, you need to do what you can to get attention.

The idea worked. At our ITEXPO show in Miami, the Miami Herald (free registration required) decided to take a picture of one of their phone booths and use it as a story that ran on one of the covers of their newspaper.



The phone booth was really amazing as it uses voice recognition and touch screen technology to allow you to connect with your party over VoIP.

GN 8120 USB

March 20, 2005

Sometimes the simplest of products are the most important. GN Netcom has invented lots of new products and technologies but perhaps their simplest one will become the most popular.

I recently witnessed their GN 8120 USB headset adapter, a simple 3-button devices allowing you to take advantage of some VoIP features without the need to interact with the computer. Buttons can perform different functions such as picking up the phone or hanging up. A two-button combo can stand for 911, and you can program the buttons as you see fit.

Skype Bluetooth Headset

March 20, 2005

I've been promoting bluetooth for years and it seems like the technology is finally catching on like mad in the states. That is why I got excited when I read this post on TMCnet that talks about a Skype bluetooth headset.

Dear All,

We have completed a two month trial for the SkypeHeadset, a plugin application for Skype that allow users of Bluetooth headsets to control accepting, terminating and muting calls in Skype from their headsets. It also comes with quick-dial and auto-dial features. This is the link to the previous announcement http://forum.skype.com/viewtopic.php?t=14703

This application was released to a group of Skype users to evaluate, test and report any usability issues.





AJaX: Two steps forward... Two steps back?

March 20, 2005

(From www.java.net)

Day one of TSSJS has been a mix of wow! and doh!


Like Ed, I've been intrigued by the promise of AJaX, but when I consider it in a wider context I'm a bit concerned.

The basic message of AJaX is that modern browsers, through a combination of JavaScript and XmlHttpRequest, provide an advanced client that allows you to write rich client interfaces without the need to deploy a plugin.

So far so good, but when you look at the mechanisms that are currently available to take advantage of AJaX, a boatload of JavaScript embedded in an HTML file, you will probably experience a sickening feeling of deja vu all over again.

AJaX totally blows the idea of seperating presentation markup and code snippets.



Dangling Broadband From the Phone Stick

March 19, 2005

I spent some time in Starbucks today and didn't have my laptop. Half of me felt about as guilty as a human being can feel because I have a T-Mobile hotspot subscription and I could actually feel the WiFi passing through me. I had lots of ideas to blog but I had no outlet.

So I did what other people seem to do when they have no broadband access, I picked up a New York Times and started reading. I came across a story that confirms something I have been writing about for a while.

VoIP Saves Lives

March 19, 2005

Kevin Martin Article

March 18, 2005

Is Ajax Our Future?

March 18, 2005

A lot of buzz is being generated by Adaptive Path, the company that invented the acronym Ajax to describe what could become the key technology that allows web-based software to overtake traditional desktop software in the long run. The implications for companies like Microsoft could be huge if the tremendous interest in this technology continues.

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