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Birdstep Improves Wireless User Experience, Reduces Churn

A smartphone user can get tripped up easily when in motion as today’s smartphones look for WiFi networks to connect to and...

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Sonos BOOST, For Music in Tough to Reach Places

I’ve been using Sonos as an in-home streaming solution for many years and since it relies on WiFi it provides infinite levels...

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IOT tests do NOT tell the whole story

Service providers typically have infrastructure from multiple vendors installed in their networks.  Mostly this is by design since they don’t want...

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Notes from Connections 2014 Part Deux

More notes from BSFT Connections 2014 in the desert by friends of my at the show. These notes are from ANPI's...

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Notes from Connections 2014

Broadsoft Connections kicked off with the usual festivities yesterday including a pool party and a summer fashion show. This morning it...

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Tidbits of Telecom and Other News

Makes you think, right? It also makes me think that regulations hold back some innovation. AirBnB, Uber and Tesla Motors challenge...

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Microsoft CEO Raise Controversy: What's Not Being Discussed

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella when asked how women should ask for a raise said they shouldn’t… Specifically he said: It’s not really...

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Deloitte Top Telecom Trends

January 18, 2005

A good overview of what is happening in telecom, this telecom trends report is quick read and focuses on VoIP, WiMAX, and RFID.

Excerpts:

Deloitte's Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) industry group today announced its predictions for the global telecommunications industry in 2005, forecasting a year of significant milestones, as well as difficult questions. "Fixed operators will continue to reap the benefits of superior voice quality and reliability in 2005, generating billions of profitable voice minutes over the course of the year. However, they will face increasing challenges from low-cost operators, mobile operators and Voice over IP (VoIP).

Blogging: True News Delivery

January 17, 2005

Somewhere between websites and weblogs we lost our political correctness. If you have ever listened to George Carlin, you know he has made fun of how we take words that are accurate and water them down over time until they are almost meaningless. This is the rise of political correctness.

Here is the George Carlin skit as a reference:

I don’t like words that hide the truth.

Please Book Your Hotel Room For ITEXPO Now

January 17, 2005

VoIP Confusion

January 17, 2005

I came across this release today and you can see an excerpt below. I can't figure this deal out. Logical Exchange is the name of the company and their phone plans are similar in cost to Packet8 or Vonage. They don't have an ATA so it is PC to phone service that is similar to Skype but they compare themselves more to Vonage and AT&T.

RSS Feed Promotion Tool

January 17, 2005

I don't focus on RSS tools but since this is a blog, it seems most of you will be interested in anything xml and RSS. Hope you find this release useful.

k.soft releases RSS Submit - RSS feed promotion tool

Philadelphia, PA, USA -- 17 January 2005 -- k.soft announces the release of version 1.0 of RSS Submit, a utility to automatically submit RSS feeds to the RSS search engines and directories, for Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000/XP.

As more web masters begin to incorporate blog and RSS feed technology to distribute their content, they may soon realize not enough readers know about their feeds.

China To Win WiMAX Race?

January 17, 2005

New Kontron ATCA and AMC boards

January 17, 2005

Kontron announces new ATCA and AMC boards:

Kontron AT8001

AT8001 – flexibility of dual AMC support
The Kontron AT8001 ATCA processor board significantly increases the design options for wireless, telecom applications with its support for two AMC module slots. Powered by a low voltage, high performance Intelâ Xeonâ processor up to 2.8 GHz, the AT8001 provides high interconnect performance, ideally suited to support any number of high throughput I/O communications modules.


The AT8001 feature-set includes dual Gigabit Ethernet and dual Fiber Channel on fabric interface, dual Gigabit Ethernet base interface, 8 GB of DDR-II 400 SDRAM, plus MontaVista Linux Carrier Grade Edition (CGE) and IPMI v1.5 support.

AM4001 – superior processing and flexible interconnect topologies
The Kontron AM4001 AMC module features the low power, high performance of an Intel Pentium M processor up to 2 GHz and the Intel E7320 chipset.

From IVR Hell to Heaven

January 17, 2005

Hosted VoIP With Your Fish & Chips

January 17, 2005

Verizon Sued Over Crippled V710 Bluetooth

January 17, 2005

I finally switched over from GSM to Verizon a few months back because of the Motorola V710 bluetooth enabled phone Verizon touted in its ads. Verizon has the best network bar none and they often take advantage of their network superiority by locking customers into longer-term contracts and now intentionally disabling features on their phone. I wrote about Verizon disabling bluetooth features on the V710 in October of 2004.

Motorola V710 with Crippled Bluetoth


Generally I have been unhappy with the bluetooth capabilities of the phone as not only can I not sync with a PC to download address books or photos, etc, I also have problems connecting the phone with a few of my bluetooth headsets. I have searched the web and haven't seen anyone duplicate these problems.
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