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AT&T Wireless Service Improves

August 19, 2009

As many of you know I carried two devices, a Verizon-based HTC XV6800 and an iPhone. I felt I needed both as the HTC phone was great for making calls and had a keyboard which was handy for long e-mails and blog entries. Cut-and-paste was also something the XV6800 and virtually all devices besides the iPhone had and on more than one occasion this feature was critical in getting a business deal done quickly.

But now that the iPhone has a landscape keyboard and can handle cut-and-paste, I let my two-year Verizon contract lapse and use my iPhone as a phone.

ITEXPO West 2009 Interviews Part 2

August 18, 2009

As a follow-up to the ITEXPO interviews I posted links to last week, here are the latest responses from the industry. Of particular interest are answers from Doug Mohney who explains how he got into the business by being employee number 11 or 12 at DIGEX. I also found the responses from Eli Katz of XConnect enlightening... If you are interested in peering or IP communications you want to give them a read.

Terry Matthews to Keynote ITEXPO West 2009

August 14, 2009

Over 70 companies founded by one person in one industry - communications/technology (to be fair he owns hotels and golf courses as well). Over the years, tens of thousands of people were hired because of the vision of Sir Terry Matthews. He is not only a legend in communications and technology he is a legend in business.

Matthews has made his money but has not stopped investing in new companies. In fact he is running at full speed (perhaps flying is a more appropriate term - his corporate jet is among the fastest built) hiring college graduates to look for new opportunities and start companies to fill the voids they uncover.

Paula Bernier Joins TMC

August 14, 2009

It is with great pleasure I welcome Paula Bernier to the TMC family as our new Executive Editor in charge of NGN, Unified Communications and Internet Telephony Magazines. On my trip to Texas this week, the industry seemed very excited to have Paula on our team. Hiring Paula continues our commitment of investing in our readers, sponsors and advertisers and I hope you enjoy her writing and editing style.

Paula's background in the market aligns perfectly with her new role as she has worked with a number of magazines in our space.

The Browser is the Computer

August 10, 2009

Years ago Sun CEO Scott McNealy said the Network is the Computer - Google hopes he's right

Apple can do no wrong - they never could. The company has always had zealous fans who considered Apple products to be like their own superficial entry into some sort of consumer electronics cult. I lived this firsthand when I was in MIS and I decided to deploy PC-based desktop publishing in the eighties.

Are Tablets the Next Big Opportunity?

August 4, 2009

Will IP communications get a massive shot in the arm via a wave of new tablet computers?

If you are an IP communications company you have to be salivating at the opportunity afforded by Moore's Law. Moreover when a new category called netbook was launched, the market for IP voice and video solutions just grew along the growth curve that netbooks carved out.

Thanks to netbooks and smartphones consumers have become accustomed to cheap but powerful computing platforms which allow more effective communications.

When the iPhone 3G S was rolled out many were not happy there was no front-facing camera included.

Eric Schmidt Steps Down from Apple Board

August 3, 2009

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has stepped down from Apple's board. Many are surprised Schmidt didn't step down earlier but certainly when Apple did the about face on Google Voice which sparked questions from the FCC, the stage was set. According to CNBC - Schmidt's about face was likely a result of a nudge - perhaps from Apple - taking into account the current political climate. Comments from the cable television station say Schmidt mentioned as recently as this past Saturday that he doesn't need to step down.

Ooma Telo Coming Soon

July 31, 2009

When I last caught up with Ooma in New York I had a chance to learn about their slick new Telo device which looks like a blend of art and communications. I have always been a fan of Bang & Ulufsen products - they are some of the best designers of stereo products on the planet. I was not surprised at all to see some B&O products at Ooma headquarters when I visited last week. They can be quite inspiring.

Apple's Monday Morning App Store Removals Stink

July 31, 2009

Destroying developer and customer relationships seems to be another area where Apple wants to lead the pack

Is it just me or is Apple's Monday morning App Store removals really getting out of hand? First Riverturn's VoiceCentral was approved then it was yanked. Amazingly the Cupertino computer and phone company decided months after the application was approved that it was unapproved and then when users realized the app will no longer be upgraded they requested a refund which they received.

Will Telcos Buy JoltID and Shut Down Skype?

July 31, 2009

Skype Cofounder Niklas Zennstrom Most Important Man in Telecom - Again

Niklas Zennstrom is one of the most important people of the century in the communications space. Skype, the company he cofounded is responsible for enabling hundreds of millions of people to communicate for free. Moreover Skype allows a person to communicate over HD quality with full video for free.

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