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Skype Gives Away HD VoIP Codec

There is no question in my mind that HD voice is the future of communications. The PSTN and associated codecs, microphones and speakers are all designed to transmit telephony based on technology a half-century old. Few other industries have such...

TMCnet Adds 40th Blogger, Keeps Growing

TMC has been aggressively adding new bloggers to its arsenal of content which attracts 2-3 million communications and tech decision makers worldwide each month. We are now at blogger number 40 and counting. We are still aggressively recruiting many more...

Summary of ITEXPO East 2009 Coverage

Thanks to all the editors and bloggers who covered ITEXPO East 2009 in Miami and/or posted photos. Also, thank you all for the nice comments about the show. Most can be found here and some are in this blog entry...

Thousands More ATAs Get Landfilled

 Verizon is about to shut down its VoiceWing service and in the process leave thousands of orphaned and locked ATAs, Most of these devices are probably old by consumer electronics standards but as Tom Keating points out it is too...

Keating Against Obama on Broadband

Tom Keating is furious at the Obama broadband plan which will put $40 billion of US resources in the direction of the companies who provide broadband to consumers. I say great idea and bring it on. Tom really disagrees. Check...

Sendio AntiSpam Box: Good, Bad - Ugly

Sendio has done something amazing for TMC - they provided us with a review unit of an anti-spam box which slowly migrated throughout TMC and now many of us use it to send challenge-response messages to people who send us...

11 More reasons to Attend Digium Asterisk World

Bill Miller recently blogged 5 reasons to attend Digium Asterisk World in Miami in just under three weeks - Feb 2-4 to be specific. Tom Keating - the consummate competitor had to add one more reason but Bill and Tom...

Prediction: No More Hard Drives - Summer 2010

I question whether mainstream computers and laptops/netbooks will use hard disks by the summer of 2010. Sandisk has made dramatic improvements to solid-state drives they sell and their new G3 SSDs are more than five time faster than 7,200 RPM...

Improving TMCnet Blogs

Tom Keating and our tech/design team have been spending a good deal of time improving TMCnet's main site and blogs so they can become more social network savvy as well as more graphically appealing. Tom has done so much...

Yahoo E-Mail Problems

If you are having problems getting legitimate emails to get through Yahoo email servers, Tom Keating's post is a must read -- along with the comments. Like so many other things in life, unscrupulous people -- in this case spammers,...

PCMAG To Stop Printing

Too bad... This pub was an early inspiration to me. It will live online though. My other inspiration was InfoWorld and sadly it is gone as well.This is what Tom Keating had to say....

Touchless Gives Glimpse of GBUI

We have seen the futuristic user interfaces of movies like Minority Report and The Matrix Revolutions where people wave their hands in 3 dimensions and the computer understands what the user wants and shifts and sorts data with precision....

TMC Partners with Ex-VON Execs, Launches 4G Event

Today the TMC team announced a new venture in partnership with Carl Ford, Scott Kargman, Joann Varello and others from the former VON team who currently work for Crossfire Media. The partnership includes web sites and events and will focus...

Aastra 57i and 57i CT Reviewed

Aastra is a great engineering company and they have a really interesting phone -- the 57i CT which has a DECT base-station built-in, allowing a second cordless phone to follow you around a 300,000 square foot (27,870 square meter) area,...

Fring on iPhone Mini Review

I downloaded Fring for the iPhone this past weekend and have been testing it over the last few days. My take is when it works, it works very well. When it doesn't -- well, it just plain doesn't.As you may...

Best Buy, iPhone 3G First Impressions

I had a very interesting day so far. A crying child had me up at 3:30 AM and I didn't get back to sleep. I figured I would take the opportunity to get ahead on my work. So iPhone, a...

iPhone: Still Not For Business?

Sure the iPhone is getting better and even though it has no keyboard, it is becoming a better business device as time marches on. The question worth asking however is why the iPhone still needs to be handicapped when compared...

iPhone: Living Through Other's Misery

Fellow blogger Tom Cross has a story about how the new software upgrade on his iPhone caused him to lose  mountains of personal data and voicemails . Tom Keating has more. Gee, perhaps its a good thing I couldn't buy...

CallVantage Service to End?

I wouldn't be surprised to see AT&T CallVantage service come to an end. Tom Keating has more on what is speculation at the moment. UVerse is obviously a competitive product to CallVantage but you need AT&T DSL to get it....

Flash to SIP Video and Back

I just read about a company which allows Flash to SIP and SIP to Flash video calls. This could be useful for situations where SIP is not an option for whatever reason. According to ISC the company behind Flashphone.ru, video...

Blackberry Voice Search

TellMe just launched a new application which allows people to use their Blackberry for voice search. utilizing the TellMe speech recognition engine and Microsoft Live Search, you can have search results automatically localized if you happen to have a GPS-enabled...

Plantronics HW251N-USB Wideband Headset

Correction... Despite my best efforts to be perfect this device is called the HW251N-USB not the HW351N-USB. Sorry if this caused you any problems. If you are like me you look for ways to ensure your entire team is as...

OnRelay's Mobile PBX Solution

Years ago I realized that mobile phones would get cheaper and cheaper and eventually cause a threat to the PBX vendors of the world. Of course… trends are generally easy to spot but timing technology adoption is generally very difficult....

Disney, Netflix, Blackberry and Disney Outages

You would think the happiest place on earth would have the happiest engineers and subsequently would be immune from power outages that take out the rides and other fun attractions. After all, electricity is one of the happiest inventions around....

Sony's VoIP Headsets

Sony may be a decade or so late to the game but certainly it is better to be late than not in the game at all. So welcome Sony to the world of VoIP headsets. The top of the range...
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