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IBM, Mitel, Wearable Tech round out Latest ITEXPO News

Its been an amazing ITEXPO so far - wow. In case you missed some of the happenings from day 1, here are...

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3 Reasons UC Deployments Fail

Just getting ink on a Unified Communications deal is just the beginning. So many deployments go wrong or worse the company...

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Small Cells are Key to Attracting and Keeping SMB and Large Enterprise Customers

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

To say that operators of macro-cellular physical networks are facing all type of challenges these days would be an understatement.  These range from spectrum scarcity issues, competitive pricing pressures, the need to build out LTE networks ASAP as platforms for new services and to meet the insatiable appetite of users for things like streamed and real-time video, getting ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) etc.  They also are busy figuring out how to keep users, particularly enterprise users on their smart devices always and all ways on their networks in an increasingly fickle world where alternatives abound, including for value-added traffic lost to Over-the-Top (OTT) providers.  

It is to keep enterprise customers on the mobile service provider networks for enhanced services that good in-building wireless solutions are seen as both a powerful business tool and a competitive advantage.  This is particularly true when it comes to retaining small-to-medium business customers (SMBs).

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Changing the SIM game

The iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular models comes with a SIM  that “gives you the flexibility to choose from...

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WebRTC and the Enterprise

I was reading an article titled, “How WebRTC can serve the Enterprise” but when I originally saw the headline I thought...

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Jeff Pulver, Andy Abramson, Craig Walker, Alon Cohen, Mike Tribolet, Andy Voss and Danny Windham at ITEXPO Next Week

Panel to celebrate 20 years of IP communications/VoIP and discuss its future. Next week at the 29th ITEXPO, I get the pleasure...

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Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes on Importance of Bringing Ultra-Broadband to Africa

By: Peter Bernstein, TMCnet Senior Editor

It may be almost cliché to say we live in a global economy, but many times when globalization is discussed the focus is on developed and emerging markets and not that often, if at all, on under-developed regions.  In fact, in the past few years until the recent drop in oil prices, much of the financial community’s and economic development interests has been focused on the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).  This leaves out not just most of South America, but the promising rest of Africa which contains a wealth of rare minerals and other natural resources waiting to be literally and figuratively mined.

However, for most of the African continent countries to move from under-developed status, along with toward political stability and having a educated citizenry, infrastructure needs to be in place which it currently is not. This means not just giving the populace access to clean water and energy, but in a digital world ubiquitous and affordable access to businesses and individuals to high-speed broadband communications is now not just a foundation but a pre-condition that is essential for moving ahead.  

In this regard it is enlightening, refreshing and significant that Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combes recently wrote a corporate blog stressing the company’s interest in working with governments and commercial interests to help accelerate economic development across the continent.  This about not just about the Oscar winning movie of several years ago “Out of Africa”, but is also about around, into and across Africa. 

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Rotten Apple: iTunes 11 Latest Cutbacks

December 6, 2012


Sure, Apple seems like it is always getting better and more streamlined, but what about the other side of the story? We're here to inform you what is really going on behind all the glamour of Apple and some noteworthy features that were left out of iTunes 11 from it's predecessors. 


Number 7: The Genius Recommendation Sidebar

iTunes 11's lack of this feature may go unnoticed to most music listeners, but for avid users of Genius this will be an inconvenience.


Windows 8 Tablets Will Beat Apple & Android

December 5, 2012


After using and testing the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700t (XE700T1C) for a few weeks I've come to the conclusion that Windows 8 tablets will without a doubt beat Apple iPad tablets and Android tablets. The reason is simple actually and can be summed up in just two words - "No compromise". With Apple tablets and even Android tablets there is always some compromise. With Apple, the biggest compromise is the lack of Flash and if I hear one more person tell me Flash is dead and HTML5 is the way to go I'm going to smack them! 

Ogaco iKazoo, the Strangely Fascinating Gadget, Motion Controller & Flute

November 30, 2012


Ogaco reached out to me to tell me about their new product called iKazoo. iKazoo looks like a Kazoo but with a curved bump in the middle. It has several sensors and can be used as a motion controller for video games, but it is also a music instrument and a digital pen for drawing on tablets.



Two (presumably) Indian Persian sisters have a YouTube video promoting the new iKazoo.




2012 WebRTC Demo Winners Announced

November 29, 2012

Google WebRTC Workshop at WebRTC Conference Exceeds Expectations

November 28, 2012

TMC was at the forefront of covering VoIP and educating the industry though Internet Telephony Magazine (launched in 1997) and TMCnet.com. So I am excited to announced that my company TMC, along with Systemwide Media and PKE Consulting has announced that attendance at the opening workshop of its first-ever WebRTC Conference & EXPO more than doubled projections, with more than 300 registered attendees representing enterprises, and companies driving a revolution in Web communications. WebRTC is going to be a huge game changer in the VoIP space, so I'm excited that TMC is involved in educating and covering WebRTC, the next evolution of VoIP. The conference is being held this week at the South San Francisco Conference Center.

Check out a couple photos from the WebRTC Conference & Expo:
 

 

Yesterday's workshop in San Francisco was led by Google Software Engineer Justin Uberti.






HTC Droid DNA vs. Nokia Lumia 920

November 26, 2012


My personal favorite new phone is the Nokia Lumia 920, but the HTC DNA is an impressive beast sporting the same Snapdragon S4 processor that has monster performance and some impressive power, 4G/LTE, and thermal characteristics embedded on this chipset. David Anderson, a fellow technology enthusiast, asked to post a guest blog on the new HTC DNA. His thoughts on the HTC DNA follows:

For consumers looking for the next big thing in Android smartphones, the Droid DNA from HTC has a lot to offer, and a really big screen. It is one of the devices that are being talked about more in recent, because of its great design.

The HTC Droid DNA has the new Android Jelly Bean 4.1, and a lot of extras.





Brightcove to Keynote DevCon5 HTML5 & Mobile App Developers Conference

November 20, 2012

Today, TMC and Crossfire Media today announced that Ashley Streb, vice president of Brightcove, will be the keynote speaker on Thursday, November 29, 2012 12:00 p.m. at DevCon5 HTML5 & Mobile App Developers Conference, at the South San Francisco Conference Center in San Francisco, California. The conference is happening next week from November 27 - November 29.
Ashley Streb VP of Brightcove will discuss how Brightcove's App Cloud platform is designed for the next wave of app development for the mobile world in a session, titled: The Rise of the Hybrid Apps.

Streb will walk through some real-world examples of hybrid apps and look at the current landscape of both UIframeworks; Sencha Touch, jQuery Mobile, jQTouch, jo, zepto, and native containers PhoneGap, Appcelerator and Brightcove App Cloud.


Will Arnett Featured in Nokia Lumia 920 'Work for Will' Contest

November 15, 2012


In a TV commercial, Will Arnett says the Nokia Lumia 920 is the ultimate digital assistant, but as an "international / regional superstar" (his words in video #2) he needs handlers to handle it for him. He likes Todd, his current handler, but Todd is quitting so Will is looking for a new Todd. Will is holding a contest on workforwill.com where you can view two additional funny videos in addition to the funny TV commercial, which you can view here:

To enter the contest, you customize your Windows Phone 8 live tiles as well as pick a skin color for the Nokia 920, as seen by this browser screenshot:

Then you are asked to connect to Facebook to pull some information about you, which is then used in a personalized video from Will Arnett.




Fraunhofer Full-HD Voice - HD Voice on Steroids?

November 13, 2012

I was very familiar with Fraunhofer, since they are renowned for their MP3 encoder and in fact helped pioneer MP3 technology. A German company, Fraunhofer continues to do research to come up with the best sounding audio at the lowest bitrates and smallest file size. As we know, Voice over IP (VoIP) also requires high sound quality at the lowest bitrates and smallest file size. In addition, VoIP has low latency requirements, so suppose a codec exists that compresses audio 30% better than any other codec but adds 100ms latency - it would be useless due to unacceptable delay.

So I was fascinated to learn from Fraunhofer about their AAC-ELD codec library, which they call Full-HD Voice, which is one better than HD voice (G.722) we hear so much about.

Voxbone Global DID Numbers Come to Aculab Cloud Platform

November 13, 2012



Aculab Cloud enables automated telephony applications by handling all the telephony resources in a cloud-based platform. Using simple, high-level language APIs, Aculab Cloud makes it easy for developers to create telephony applications that control inbound and outbound telephone calls. Today, Voxbone announced it is providing international direct inward dial (DID) numbers to Aculab for their Aculab Cloud service.

Aculab Cloud enables functions including transferring calls, playing messages, mixing calls together in a conference, playing text-to-speech prompts/messages, analyzing call progress, detecting answering machines, queuing calls, and making thousands of simultaneous outbound calls. DIDs are another example of the ongoing industry migration to VoIP and cloud services.



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