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ZyXel

June 5, 2007

The engineers at ZyXel have been busy pumping out new products which I recently had a chance to see. One of the company’s latest creations is the ZyWALL 2WG which is 3G and WiFi mobile broadband security appliance for remote offices.   The sleek box acts as a 4-port switch which also allows WiFi access and can failover to a 3G (or even 2.5 G) wireless network if the Internet goes down. You can insert an EVDO or HSPDA card yourself once you have chosen a wireless provider.   The device also has SSL VPN capabilities and a firewall. In addition to DoS protection the box also prioritizes voice packets automatically.

WildPackets

June 5, 2007

WildPackets comes out swinging with a suite on new testing initiatives as part of it’s new OmniAnalysis 5 release.   The testing market seems to be doing very well and it is amazing to see how many new products are being launched in this space and how well companies in this market seem to be doing.   I certainly don’t want to say the market is an easy one to play in but in reality as networks get more complex and real-time applications like voice and video jump on packetized networks, testing becomes essential. Add to this the proliferation of new wired and wireless broadband standards and you have a recipe for rich testing companies.   Now I am not accusing any of the testing companies of being fat and happy because clearly they are innovating. What I am saying is the opportunity seems to be bright in this space.   One company who has launched a major set of new products is WildPackets. I recently caught up with the company’s management team and the briefing was so packed with information I may have set a typing record trying to record it all.

iPhone Release Date

June 4, 2007

Amp’d Mobile

June 3, 2007

The Merger Satellite Radio Needs

June 3, 2007

Talks of XM and Sirius merging seem to be an on and off affair with many groups against and some even for the proposed merger of satellite radio companies. For my part, I think it is bad for consumers to merge the only two satellite radio companies but there are others who say the price of content would come down if only a single entity emerged. The theory is lower prices for content translate into lower prices for subscribers.   While this may be true, why would any publicly traded company lower prices on anything on a volunteer basis? Generally it is a competitor causing you to lower prices.   Wal-Mart is an exception to this rule it seems as even after it has obliterated local competition it seems to keep prices extremely low.   As I live in southern New England – Connecticut to be specific, I think there is a better merger for satellite radio companies to consider.

Tom Wheeler

June 1, 2007

Palm Foleo

May 31, 2007

I love gadgets and I love what Palm has done for the handheld market. I love the concept of Palm rolling out a new laptop-sized device. But that is where it ends. The new Palm Foleo has a fraction of the functionality of a Windows computer but is priced just under an equivalent laptop.   It syncs nicely with your mobile device but then again so does your laptop.   I haven’t had a chance to use this new product but in my mind I can think of virtually no one who needs it.

SimulScribe

May 30, 2007

The voicemail transcription market otherwise known as voicemail to text is showing no signs of slowing down. I have written about this space a few times (Voicemail Transcription, Vonage Voicemail Transcription, SpinVox) in the past and I think it has tremendous potential for growth.   One of the companies in this space which I have been aware of for months but haven’t had a chance to cover is SimulScribe. I recently interviewed the company’s CEO James Siminoff who is 30 years old and has already launched a successful prepaid calling card business prior to launching SimulScribe.   As it turns out – a while back, he was having a casual conversation with his calling card business partner and the partner’s son and the topic of voicemail came up. The thought was, wouldn’t it be great if you read your voicemail instead of listening to it.   Shortly thereafter the company developed a system to handle this task and used it internally.

Saitek Obsidian Mouse

May 30, 2007

I recently reviewed a Saitek Obsidian mouse. The unit is wireless and works on the 2.4 GHZ frequency. The range of the mouse is 10 meters but I only tested it at 2 and it worked fine. The mouse comes with two battery backs that are about the size of 4 silver dollars.

Broadcom Defeats Qualcomm

May 29, 2007

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