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Mobile Banking Heating Up

April 21, 2008

According to IBM, 21 percent of consumers age 18-34 use their cell phone for mobile banking transactions, compared to about 10 percent of the general population.

Like so many new technologies, it is your kids -- or for some of us our kids' kids who jump at the latest technologies first.

A new iPhone, iPod, social networking, twittering, etc are all things the younger generation embrace while often times their parents scratch their heads at it all.

So why should banking be different? Well -- it seems it isn't and since kids seem to be more connected to their mobile phones than they are to anything else, it only makes sense to use these gadgets to send and receive payments and do all the things some of use use to have to visit a teller to do.

I still remember a time when ATMs were new and I had to go to someone called a teller if I wanted to deposit or withdraw money. Fast forward a few decades and now kids may not even need ATM machines in the very near future.

The challenge of course will be ensuring these mobile devices are secure. Certainly secure SMS services like those supplied by CellTrust can help









PayPal and Phishing

April 21, 2008

CNN Anchor Caught with Drugs

April 19, 2008

Apparently reporting the news is as depressing as watching it. This might explain why CNN News anchor Richard Quest was caught with a small bag of methamphetamine in his pocket.

In case you are curious about this particular drug, Wikipedia has this to say:
Methamphetamine is a potent central nervous system stimulant which affects neurochemical mechanisms responsible for regulating heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, appetite, attention, mood and responses associated with alertness or alarm conditions. The acute effects of the drug closely resemble the physiological and psychological effects of an epinephrine-provoked fight-or-flight response, including increased heart rate and blood pressure, vasoconstriction (constriction of the arterial walls), bronchodilation, and hyperglycemia (increased blood sugar). Users experience an increase in focus, increased mental alertness, and the elimination of fatigue, as well as a decrease in appetite.


Apparently Quest was loitering as he was walking in New York's Central Park in the early hours of the morning when the park was officially closed.



SMS Saves Lives

April 18, 2008

EsnaTech Grows the Google Ecosystem

April 17, 2008

One of the latest trends I have noticed is integrating disparate solutions into Google's suite of applications. Just this month in fact, two companies in the communications and CRM spaces have decided working with Google more closely makes a great deal of sense.

Perhaps the company making the largest splash in the Google Applications partnership space is SalesForce.com who just connected it's CRM systems more tightly with Google's applications allowing a completely hosted CRM/office solution.

But it isn't just the CRM companies getting into the act. UC companies too are looking to combine the best of communications with the search leader's hosted office suite of apps.

Case in point is EsnaTech who has integrated their Telephony Office-LinX suite of UC tools with Google to provide seamless interactivity between the hosted and the the communications worlds.

A benefit of working with a company like EsnaTech is that you get UC, even if your underlying PBX is from any of the following telecom equipment vendors: Mitel, Iwatsu, Nortel, AASTRA, Cisco, Avaya, Toshiba. Please check with the company to see what their latest list of supported phone systems is.

What sorts of features does a Google UC solution contain?









Podcast: Danny Windham, CEO Digium

April 17, 2008

How does a company go from being a leader in the open-source communications space while simultaneously looking to generate revenue? Even open-source purists realize that companies supporting this movement need a way to generate earnings.

Digium, the sponsor and maintainer of Asterisk is actually dealing with both ends of the spectrum as they look to boost their profits and grow. Danny Windham was brought in as CEO about a year ago in fact to ensure the company supports the developer community while simultaneously growing profits.

In a podcast interview, Windham shared many of this thoughts with me about how he runs the company and how Digium looks at the small business market, what sorts of alliances we may see going forward and where he believes open source is on the technology adoption curve.

An special area of interest to me is where Windham and company sees the intersection of open source and Web 2.0. In a mashed-up world the opportunities for developers grow exponentially and allow customers to enjoy breakthrough applications from programmers across the world looking to make communications more effective.





New TMCnet Record and New Writer

April 15, 2008

Thanks to our readers -- once again, TMCnet has hit a new record. In this case, we built a Global Online Community in conjunction with Interactive Intelligence and this community generated just under 600,000 page views in one month according to Webtrends, a company which measures web traffic.

As you might imagine, this is a staggering number of pages to be viewed in a month and after TMCnet, this number represents the most page views in a month out of all competitive sites worldwide. This is according to third party web measurement sites like Quantcast.

In other words a single community built on TMCnet outproduced any other single competitive site in total.

As I have promised before, as we grow we will ensure the quantity and quality of TMCnet articles and as such we recently added Rick Bye as a columnist. He wrote his first piece last week in fact.

Bye is a senior segment marketing manager with Zarlink and is responsible for leading the company’s residential gateway and consumer voice products development.







Dialogic Analyst/Media Day

April 15, 2008

iPhone Denial of Service Vulnerability

April 15, 2008



Radware today discovered the iPhone Safari browser is vulnerable to denial of service attack. The specific model being tested was the Apple iPhone1.1.4.

In order to experience this problem a user must browse to a website containing malicious Javascript code. Once there, the code can trip up the browser and iPhone -- making it crash.

According to Radware, the Apple iPhone Safari browser is vulnerable to DoS attacks due to a design flaw that may be triggered by a series of memory allocation operations on the dynamic memory pool, which in turn triggers a bug in the garbage collector. The security hole is currently unpatched, leaving iPhone owners vulnerable to potential attacks until Apple issues a security update.

Assuming virus writers decide to exploit such security holes we may run into a situation where handheld device makers will have to ensure their devices have enough memory to handle endless security patches.







Fonality Trixbox 2.0 Launches

April 15, 2008

According to Chris Lyman, the Founder and CEO of Fonality, the brand new Trixbox 2.0 is the "look mom, no hands, reseller version."

In fact, the company is doing its best to make sure resellers have to touch these phone systems less and less. Lyman tells me the beta of 2.0 has been out for a few weeks and this release signifies the company's renewed focus on the reseller market.

Lyman tells me candidly that resellers are their future and they are thrilled to have their margins double by selling software systems like those supplied by Fonality.

Some added features in this release are sophisticated, presence-enabled find-me, follow-me, with remote features such as call control and record.

In addition there is E1 and BRI autodetect. Think of this as the wizard-based approach to open-source communications.

So how do you upgrade? As Lyman explains, the data center gets the new version of the software and you get it the next time you log in.









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