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11 Reasonably-Priced Tech Stocking Stuffers & Hanukah Gifts

December 3, 2012

If you’re looking for some reasonably priced stocking stuffers and Hanukah gifts for the kids or adults who have never grown up, you might want to consider some of the following. I just bought at least one of each.

Boogie Board $34

This is a reasonably priced gift for an electronic whiteboard which doesn’t need batteries.

WebRTC Expo 2012 Winding Down

November 29, 2012

Sorry for the delayed post - accidentally posted as "draft."

Thanks to all of you who came to WebRTC Expo 2012 in South San Francisco – the show was amazingly successful thanks to many of you who took time from your “day jobs” to learn about what many are calling a once-in-a-lifetime transformational communications opportunity. I happened to take a shot and video of a SIP to WebRTC session just now which you can see below. Here are more event photos as well.

 

WebRTC is much more than a PSTN replacement as Ericsson mentioned on stage but it is still interesting to see the evolution from PSTN and digital PBXs to IP-PBXs to IP-PBXs using SIP to now WebRTC and whatever additional software or equipment this transformation may entail.

There seems to be good interest in this topic as it's the last breakout session of the third day of the conference and the room is quite full.


Acme Packet Getting Ready for WebRTC's Second Wave

November 28, 2012

At the inaugural WebRTC Conference & Expo in San Francisco, much of the crowd was focused on demos of WebRTC working in a production environment. In one example at a luncheon keynote Mozilla showed how WebRTC communications could take place between two browsers on the same laptop. This one of the first demonstrations of the technology much of the audience had ever seen.

The event has brought together a wide swath of technology companies like Google, Plantronics, Oracle, Sangoma and Ericsson who are all very optimistic about the potential for WebRTC to be as some describe it, “A once in a lifetime opportunity in telecom.”

WebRTC Conference & Expo Kicks Off

November 28, 2012

I am at the WebRTC Conference & Expo here at the South San Francisco Conference Center and the mood at the show is positive. What I have heard over and over from telecom equipment vendors, call center vendors and software vendors is that WebRTC is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the telecom space.

At a cocktail party sponsored by Google and Plantronics many people told me that the handset players are in trouble while the headset vendors have a great opportunity. This of course explains why Plantronics has taken such an active role at this conference and in this space.

I will update you with more as the event progresses - here are some photos of the show for your viewing pleasure - The person at the podium is Phil Edholm who has partnered with TMC and Crossfire Media to host this conference.


 






Avaya and Mitel Cross at Canadian Border

November 16, 2012


New Jersey-based Avaya, spun out of Lucent and previously AT&T has a decades-long history of providing business communications solutions. With its purchase of Nortel’s business communications assets a few years back it picked up even more knowledge, know-how and relationships. Mitel, the Kanata, Ontario-based global business communications company cofounded in 1973 by Sir Terry Matthews is known for delivering superior technology. More recently Mitel has become publicly traded and acts sort of as a partner to the dozens of Sir Terry Matthews’s companies under the Wesley Clover Brand.

Satechi uCharger Charges Your iPad via Computer

November 16, 2012

Satechi Has Produced Some Innovative Accessories in the past and one of great interest to me is the uCharger Hi-Speed ESB Charging Adapter which uses software to tell your computer to up the amperage of the USB port in order to facilitate more rapid charging. This small USB dongle plugs into your computer and allows you to press a button to toggle between modes. Blue is for all of USB charging except the Galaxy Tab and Red is for all kinds of USB charging except the iPad.

USB 2.0 specifies a unit load of 100 mA with a maximum of 5 unit loads per device or 500 mA.

Google and Dish Were in Talks to Launch Wireless Biz

November 15, 2012

Some time back I commented on rumors of a Sprint takeover by Google and at the time many thought the idea was crazy. Fast forward a few years, tens of thousands of Android devices and a Motorola Mobility acquisition later and now Google is reportedly in talks to launch a wireless service with a number of companies including Dish Networks. As you may recall, Steve Jobs too wanted to launch a wireless network and if Google is seriously exploring this option this means Apple has to be doing the same.

The next frontier of advertising revenue for Google is mobile and if carriers and Apple decide to lock the company out of this lucrative market (even partially), then they have no choice but to own the wireless pipes.

Mobile Profits are Skyrocketing as 67,000 Are Laid Off

November 15, 2012

Mobile is not your father’s tech space.

 

Over the past two years, profits from the top eight mobile vendors has risen from $5.3 billion to $14.4 billion for a whopping increase of $9.1 billion and all this while over 67,000 people have been laid off in the technology. How is this possible you ask? I posited a similar query two months ago regarding Corning’s shares losing value – even while they supply Gorilla Glass to much of the booming mobile market.

Looking Under the Surface and Filing Suit Against Microsoft

November 15, 2012


You may recall in my piece about Microsoft Surface being mission impossible, I said the following:

As many predicted, it will be $499 for a 32 GB version which is the same price as the 16 GB iPad. Before you get very excited about all the spare memory you will have, it is worth considering the Microsoft Windows RT could require a great deal more space than Apple’s iOS.

Microsoft has been famous since its early days for writing what some call “bloated code.” Many (including me) credit the rapid pace of upgrades in hardware as a direct result of the non-optimized code Redmond continues to pump out. Case in point, many old desktop PCs which were obsolete as Windows machines many years back are chugging along just fine as Linux servers in TMC’s labs and production environment!

Microsoft Surface Needs a Patch Already. Is it Doomed?

November 9, 2012


Microsoft, are you serious? You want to take on Apple with a tablet that needs a patch already? Microsoft Surface RT has only been available for a few weeks. I asked if this tablet endeavor was Mission Impossible on October 16th:

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