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Avaya Flare and Tablets at ITEXPO Next Week

September 29, 2010

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The Avaya Flare interface is designed to be your enterprise social network and I recently witnessed it in person and running on an Avaya tablet which had a video camera, stereo speakers and more.

Avaya, Cisco and RIM want to be the enterprise tablet provider of choice and in Avaya's case their strategy revolves heavily around collaboration and video - they really see their solution as more of a competitor to the entry-level telepresence and other video endpoint companies.

I could go on but I am sure you've seen my live blog from the launch event by now and you are likely just as excited as I am to hear Avaya's Phil Edholm speak at ITEPO in LA about these exciting new developments. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Oct 5th at 12:45 PST. Here are the details.







Sonos iPad Remote Control

September 29, 2010

I have been waiting for a over a month for the Sonos iPad application become approved because the wireless home stereo company has told me it was on its way and had new features. The software was approved last night and I spent a few minutes with it this morning.

In short the large screen size of the tablet allows the simple single zone interface to be been replaced with a multiple zone interface allowing you to see the status of  music players around the house.

Sonos Remote Control for iPad in action - video



Other interesting things you can do with this new app is drag and drop songs and albums into queues corresponding to various zones and create playlists with friends.

Sonos Controller 200 - standalone hardware remote - for comparison purposes


In addition you can now listen to AAC radio stations which means 100,000 additional choices to entertain you. in the past I have lauded the company for its ability to rapidly connect you with the programming of your choice so Sonos has made something great even better.

Sonos Remote Control for iPad in action - photo


One warning - when you download and run the iPad software it asks you to upgrade your Sonos system with new firmware and it takes a few minutes per device you have. And since the iPad has no multitasking ability at the moment, you can't do anything else with your Apple tablet while this upgrade takes place.

Sonos iPad remote and black S5 all-in-one music player


In short - this new and free software makes a great product better and moreover it makes using the physical remote control pictured above or iPhone software seem inferior by comparison.






















Latest on StartupCamp at ITEXPO West 2010

September 29, 2010

StartupCamp, Communications Edition which was one of the most exciting events at ITEXPO earlier this year in Miami has some exciting news. It has just named its final presenter - Cloud Telecomputers.

Here is an excerpt from the news release:

The organizers also announced a charity connection to StartupCamp that is sure to add intrigue to an already high-energy evening. Audience members will each receive up to $100,000 in play money, and with it instantly become "angel investors" for a night. Once all the companies have presented, attendees will be asked to "place their bets" by creating a portfolio of at least two of the startups.




Latest ITEXPO West 2010 Show Daily

September 28, 2010



The latest show daily for ITEXPO in LA is out and here are some headlines you may find of interest:

ALOE Systems to Exhibit Carrier Grade Softswitch Solutions at ITEXPO'Meet the HD Handset Vendors' Loaded with Chances to Win an IP phoneHD Voice - U.S. vs.



MPLS University at ITEXPO West 2010

September 28, 2010

I wanted to be sure my readers are aware of the following event at ITEXPO which has been quite popular at past events. We are looking forward to hosting you at the show next week - and I hope you all have a safe trip to the show.

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MPLS University is a forum for IT and business professionals to bring their questions about network reliability, always-on connectivity, regulatory requirements, security, and cost control. Join us for two FREE MPLS University sessions at the Internet Telephony Conference and Expo (ITEXPO) and learn how to put your network to better use in your business.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Room 153 A/B, Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA









TerreStar Networks AT&T Satellite Phone is Here

September 28, 2010

Last year I conducted an interview with TerreStar Networks CTO CTO Dennis Matteson and he showed off his company's exciting new smartphone which works on 3G and Satellite networks allowing customers to utilize the best network for the call depending on circumstances. The video interview below shows you how this impossibly small device looks a lot like a Blackberry or any other smartphone which has a keyboard. This gadget really sets a new standard for sat phones and unlike most satellite phones, you won't feel like you are from the Jurassic when you take it out in public.



As satellites are farther than cell towers, you can expect this world phone to go through battery fairly quickly when communicating with them. In addition there is bluetooth, WiFi and lots of other goodies as part of the package.

Cindy Waxer covers the details on this phone's delay and release on TMCnet.







Must-Attend Networking Event at ITEXPO

September 27, 2010

Please be sure to come to the Bonaventure Brewing Company Patio at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel this Monday, Oct 4th, 5:30-8:30 PM for some of the best networking at the show. I have attended many events at this location at past ITEXPOs and the setting is by far one of the best for this sort of reception.

In addition to meeting with the TMC team, you get to meet with the sponsor of the reception, Interactive Intelligence and a number of speakers from the show.

Some of the best knowledge you gain from an event comes from the receptions and if what I've written isn't enticing enough, consider you'll get to meet major league pitcher Jim Abbott as he is the guest speaker of the evening.

Learning, networking and if you play your cards right you may get an autograph - what could be better?

Here are the hotel details:

Westin Bonaventure
Bonaventure Brewing Company (info | map)
404 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90071
Phone: (213) 624-1000















RIM Enters Tablet Space with Playbook

September 27, 2010

At seven inches in size the new PlayBook tablet from RIM is a hybrid smartphone/tablet - smaller than the iPad but bigger than your favorite smartphone. With front and rear cameras and multitasking support the device leapfrogs the iPad in many ways. And let's not forget RIM's legendary enterprise support.

But RIM devices have never been as cool as Apple's but I would argue the back button on the device makes up for any of the challenges it has on the coolness front. Apple users understand how maddening it is to click on a link in an email, get a web browser then have to hit the home and email icons to get back to their original email.

Smart SMS the Future of Advertising?

September 27, 2010

It is no secret that technology is moving the world from being relaxed to real-time  and companies more than ever need to be able to turn on a  dime to be competitive. But while industries have increased their speed, offline advertising has stayed fairly stodgy.

For example, online advertisers - many news sites in fact, launched targeted ad campaigns the moment they learned about the BP oil spill but television and radio advertisers have to wait a good deal of time for new ads to be created and distributed.

I was reading an interesting article on TMCnet from Bob Emmerson about how SMS can not only help entrepreneurs in third-world countries but it can also be used to update video ads (via MMS) in taxis and other places such as elevators, restaurants and grocery check-out lines.

As mobile advertising becomes a larger area and the addressable market becomes not only the devices mentioned above but every cell phone in existence, the opportunity for technology to help advertisers increase sales rates becomes very real. For example, let's say hundreds of thousands of people descend upon a sports arena - at the moment the MVP of the game is announced, advertisers can beam out targeted ads congratulating the player and offering a  related discount.

Then there are ads which can be rolled out tied to news of the day.

In short, the targeted and intelligent use of technology can help increase advertising ROI while helping boost carrier revenue.











After my Boston Trip, Boy do we Need 4G

September 27, 2010

After taking a train up to Boston's Back Bay Station and back from Connecticut I was able to witness first hand how bad 3G has gotten. I have taken the train for many years and have watched every wireless technology come out, work great and then become saturated with users and slow to a crawl. 1xRTT for example - when it came out it seemed so fast but over time it slowed as more laptops invaded the train.

Yes, there used to be a time when you got rapid access to the net for hours at a time.

But today, Verizon's network has many choke points. I was on an Acela train by the way which is fantastic way to travel and now includes free WiFI.



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