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TelX and Cisco Ethernet Exchange and Bandwidth Predictions

June 4, 2010

New TMC video personality discusses the latest communications and technology news

Please join me in welcoming Juliana Kenny to the TMC news room and to the TMC team where she will be writing, editing and producing videos. Here is her first video which discusses the newly launched TelX Ethernet Exchange - which will allow carriers and enterprises to interconnect their Ethernet networks. This Cisco-powered service should be quite successful based on my early discussions with TelX customers as well as TelX executives.

DashPad Brings Widgets to iPad via Safari

June 4, 2010

For most developers, Apple's App Store is a dream as it allows you to publish an application, allow Cupertino to deal with distribution and then receive regular paychecks as products are purchased and downloaded. That is of course unless your application or class of apps find itself/themselves in Apple's crosshairs. Most recently Apple decided that widget-based apps and those which create their own desktops will be banned from the company's store - even if they have been approved in the past.

Coincidentally a company called PXL Creations recently released a Safari-based desktop called DashPad for the iPad which supports its own custom widgets for a clock, calendar, Yellow Pages, calculator, unit converter and notepad.

Plantronics Savi W430 Designed for Performance and Your Inner-Geek

May 26, 2010

 


When advising entrepreneurs how best to explain their products to customers to minimize the barrier to adoption, I often say focus on the solutions your product or service provides. At the end of the day, we all have problems and will pay to have them solved. In case you doubt me I invite you to visit Doggie Doo Not, a service dedicated to pooper scooper activities on your property.

Open Source, Cloud Computing and Ecosystems Changing VC Investments

May 24, 2010

The world of investing is changing as startup costs are plummeting for companies who are able to use open-source software and cloud computing tools while in many cases piggybacking on existing product ecosystems as they grow. As Bloomberg reports in an article I found through GigaOm, tech startups need much less money because they aren't using the expensive computers their "ancestors" used.

Hosted storage, hosted software, open-source and the lower price of office rental space means there can be many more startups per dollar. The downside for VC funds is you can't put a billion dollars to work $500,000 at a time.

TMC Celebrates 38-Year Anniversary

May 24, 2010

How do companies make it through gut-wrenching industry and technological change without going under?

I do my best to wish every TMC a team member a Happy TMC Anniversary and as such the start date of all of our full-time members are in my calendar so I can be the one to send them this greeting (If I forgot you in the past - please accept my apologies). Last week I noticed that it was the anniversary of Nadji Tehrani, the company Founder & Chairman, my father and the person who decided to start this company in 1972. Funny, I never noticed his start date on my calendar before - and it occurred to me that this was TMC's 38-year anniversary.

Lightwave ONE Web Conference site now up

May 22, 2010

I have heard a number of positive comments regarding the addition of an optical event at ITEXPO this fall. Thanks for all your comments. As I mentioned recently, Lightwave ONE which stands for "Optical Networks for Enterprises" will be collocated with ITEXPO Oct 4-6 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.

As you likely know, we at TMC do our best to ensure we provide the most complete educational experience we can under one roof.

How Smart Products can Transform Health Care

May 22, 2010

Smart health systems have the potential to transform healtchare and weight-loss in a similar manner to the way electronic spreadsheets transformed corporate analysis and boosted the bottom line



One of the largest shifts in technology which has silently grown in importance in the world of electronics and technology is that of the product ecosystem - the group of smart products which interact with one another to provide a collective solution much more powerful, adaptable and flexible than any particular component of the ecosystem.

If you haven't kept up with the Smart Product Ecosystem or SPEC site on TMCnet, please do as this is the best place I know of to keep up with the market and its evolution. There are some fascinating stories I just received in this week's SPEC enewsletter (subscribe) and I will focus on the first one as you are free to check out the others at your leisure.

The first story from Professor Mary Cronin discusses MetaLogics, a company that developed a sensor to determine accurate caloric expenditure.

Google and Microsoft Telecom Failures: Lessons Learned

May 18, 2010

Let's start this piece by saying it is meant to be constructive and that people who live in glass houses should never throw stones. Unlike many writers, I am also the CEO of a media company which means I get involved in lots of product launches myself - sometimes they are from my company TMC and sometimes they are with partners or even vendors in the industry who use our services to help them launch. Over the years, I have failed in some of my launches - and I feel what doesn't kill you makes you stronger and in an effort to utilize my collective experience to help others, I figured I would write about some of the areas where Google and Microsoft have tried to change telecom and failed.

We will start with Microsoft who unveiled their Response Point phone system to me a number of years back and wowed me with all the features embedded in a system which cost only a few thousand dollars.

Google Buys GIPS - Here's Why

May 18, 2010

When it comes to enabling technology, Google's new mantra is its better to be needed than liked

I first met the company called Global IP Sound around 2002 at TMC's ITEXPO and Pulvermedia's VON expos. What differentiated the company tome at first was the company's ability to power wireless VoIP calls over PDAs - specifically Compaq iPAQs via a low-bandwidth codec. As you can imagine, at the time, the codec needed to not only be low-bandwidth due to the slow wireless connections but also had to be super-optimized because processors in PDAs at the time were not powerful.

Steve Jobs is My Hero but He Scares Me

May 16, 2010

I should start out this post by saying I believe that the momentum Apple has gained in the mobile and now tablet space is probably close to unstoppable in the near-term. Short of Steve jobs resigning and someone messing it all up, it is very difficult to see how anyone can catch them. The stores, the user interfaces, the apps, the iTunes store... I look at each of these accomplishments and see Cupertino digging a deeper and wider moat around its businesses.

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