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iTunes Opens to Adult Content

January 19, 2011

Playboy to be the first confirmed adult content offering on Apple’s industry-leading tablet





I’ve been extremely critical of the iTunes App Store because I don’t believe we should allow companies to censor applications and other content. Now it seems, the rules for the Apple App Store may be loosening as Hugh Hefner tweeted that uncensored issues of Playboy will be available on the iPad in March, 2011. This is likely going to be one of the offerings relating to the new subscription model available in the store and to be leveraged by News Corp with their launch of The Daily.

Obviously I believe the less censorship, the better and this is great news for Apple customers as it gives them the freedom to do what they want with their devices. It does seem ironic though – since Steve Jobs himself said in May of last year that these restrictions were put in place to give customers freedom from porn. But for Playboy lovers, it seems this loss of freedom will likely be met with big smiles.

Update: Apparently, Hefner was referring to a Safari-based service which will be uncensored.







Google, AT&T, Towerstream, Sonus and Xirrus to Sponsor Regulatory 2.0 Event

January 18, 2011

Hey coffee addicts – I’ve got a way to get you to kick the habit – try to communicate with an audience of millions the benefits and reasons to attend 14+ simultaneous conferences taking place in two weeks in Miami.  Yep, that’s been my goal lately and thanks for your patience as I do my best to keep you posted on all the exciting things happening at ITEXPO and related events while also keeping you informed on all the non-expo related news and information worth covering.

The latest bit of expo news of interest is sponsors to the Regulatory 2.0 Workshop. Google is the official video streaming sponsor and AT&T, Towerstream, Xirrus and Sonus Networks are some of the other sponsors.

Communications Expert Ricca Discusses the Future & ITEXPO Appearance

January 18, 2011

One of the great advantages of attending a live conference is the ability to network with some of the brightest minds in the industry such as analysts and other industry thought leaders who help give us a sense of where markets are heading. The tech space is not slowing down from an innovation perspective – and it certainly isn’t going to see less product introductions in the future. How do you determine how the latest products and solutions can help your business? Is the cloud right for you or is an on-premise system a smarter move based on your security and compliance needs?

Broadvox Reaches For the Cloud With Cypress Buy

January 17, 2011

20 things you need to know but didn’t have had time to ask

SIP Trunking leader Broadvox just completed their acquisition of Cypress Communications resulting in a nationwide VoIP and MPLS-enabled network blending the benefits of traditional telecommunications with the latest in IP trunking.

 

In a conversation with David Byrd, the company’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing I had a chance to ask a number of questions which shine light on this deal.

The Ultimate Social CRM Prank

January 14, 2011

While typical negative social CRM experiences are sent via Twitter and Facebook, occasionally companies get their reputation tarnished via Youtube. This is the case in one of the most elaborate pranks ever where a container was dropped in front of Mobistar’s headquarters in Belgium blocking all traffic. Security at this building with 2,000 employees called the phone number listed on the container only to be connected to the comedians inside the container who repeatedly put security on hold, played music and basically drove them crazy.

This may be one of the most sophisticated acts ever seen of people acting out against a company in response to poor customer service.

ITEXPO East 2011 News Begins

January 13, 2011

The ITEXPO tsunami of news is beginning and one recent announcement which caught my eye was that snom will be showcasing  its all new snom ONE collection of IP PBXs. The product line includes three versions - from free with ten extensions to a blue version which supports up to 150 extensions with support for five different businesses. There will be lots more news coming and for an idea of all the excitement and information which be generated from the event, check out the videos from the last ITEXPO in Los Angeles last fall.

Remember, the show is Feb 2-4, 2011 at the Miami Beach Convention center - be sure to register now.

Dialogic's Jim Machi discusses his company with me and also touches on the history of the Los Angeles Convention Center where we met over a decade earlier at Computer Telephony Expo or CT EXPO - anyone else remember the flying pigs?


ShoreTel's Bernard Gutnick discusses his company's latest offerings








Cablevision Merges Facebook Photos with TV

January 12, 2011

Pay-TV companies have a tough road ahead of them as content providers are pressing for more compensation and advertising is under pressure in-part because of the economy and the use of DVRs. So raising prices is one of the options available to these companies and many are doing so. Cablevision for its part is raising prices but not as much as many of the other companies in the space. And as expected, record numbers of people are disconnecting their paid television service because they simply can’t afford it.

Are Pay-TV Companies Suicidal?

January 10, 2011

I don’t mean to sound an alarm bell but run for the doors – if you are a cable company or telco, just what the heck are you thinking?

Let me lay out the facts. Kodak is a shell of its former self as is Tower Records which went through bankruptcy. And in each case the move to digital distribution gave consumers alternatives which were either lower cost, more convenient or both.

Did Skype Just Kill Cisco's UMI Telepresence?

January 5, 2011

Let’s start with the positives. I like the Cisco Umi television ad campaign and the fact the company has kiosks in Malls across the country demonstrating the service is a great idea. However, a paid service which basically brings enhanced Skype functionality is a really tough sell to me and when there are so many other things to buy with your consumer electronics dollar such as the Microsoft Xbox Kinect and tablets galore, will the typical family opt for personal telepresence so they can see grandma a bit better than they can with Skype?

In October I detailed ten reasons why Cisco’s Umi will fail and now we have reason number 11.

SIP and HTML5 Convergence: Are You Ready?

January 5, 2011

Carl Ford is the loveable guy in the IP communications space I used to compete with but we are now family. It is really a great partnership and his company, Crossfire Media has partnered with TMC on a number of events including SIP Tutorial which has been held three times and has educated companies of all sizes, major telcos and technical staffs working at prestigious Ivy League schools.

The next event will be collocated with ITEXPO East 2011 in Miami this February 2-4 and I asked Carl for a few reasons to attend and macro trends which will be discussed.

He mentioned recent SIP meetings in China which show the need to keep current on SIP standards and HTML5 in particular which will integrate with SIP in the future.

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