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Restoration Hardware's E-commerce Fighting Formula

A Tasteful Blend of Starbucks and Apple Retail Experiences designed to make customers fall in loveApple has the most valuable retail real...

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Thoughts on ThinkGeek Customer Service

I’m on the phone with ThinkGeek because I purchased something which they shipped incorrectly. I tried email and didn’t get a...

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The Interworking Function (IWF) part of the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) now takes center stage

Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are the general term used to describe products that enable load balancing and scaling of Diameter signaling...

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New T-Mobile Pay as You Go LTE Pricing Changes Everything

Until recently, if you wanted a real data plan on a major carrier while using your cell phone, you were forced...

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How Sony May be Fighting to Unleak its Information

The recent attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment is about as scary as it gets as emails which insulted the company’s hired talent...

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4 Tips for the Busy Executive

I have a couple of prospective clients that keep delaying projects. One really wants to do the project but the people...

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Opening up the skies with LTE Air-to-Ground

By: Thierry Sens, Marketing Director Transportation Segment, Alcatel-Lucent

(Note:  Originally posted on Alcatel-Lucent corporate blog)

“Ladies and gentlemen, the fasten seat belt sign has now been turned on. Please ensure your mobile devices are switched off for the full duration of the flight” It is the announcement that many passengers dread as they hurry to finish up one more e-mail, or send one final text or tweet, before the start of a flight and a few hours of absence from the connected world.

But from the end of 2016 this is set to change in Europe. Inmarsat announced on November 20 that it has signed a contract with Alcatel-Lucent to develop Long-Term Evolution (LTE) air-to-ground technology, which will be delivered in partnership with service providers and airlines in 30 European countries. Alcatel-Lucent will supply the ground LTE radio infrastructure, which consists of antennas situated 100 km apart. The system is capable of providing download speeds of up to 75 mbps to planes using 2x15 MHz FDD licenses which Inmarsat owns in the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) S-band. This makes it not only the world’s fastest airborne broadband service, but a pioneer of future in-flight services for passengers and airline operations.

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Gigabit Ethernet Video Routers

November 29, 2004

In keeping with my Media Center Extender review (in conjunction with Microsoft's Media Center Edition 2005) that I blogged today, I just got this press release today, which discusses the growth that Gigabit Ethernet video routers will bring. (Some people prefer to call them "Media Gateways") It's interesting that in this digital age how important organizing and gaining easy access to your digital media has become. This research report/press release below is indicitive of that. The report mentions the convergence of voice (VoIP), video (including HDTV), and other media.

Azimuth Systems VoWLAN Testing Tool

November 29, 2004

We all know VoIP and wireless networks are hot, so Azimuth's Voice Over WLAN testing platform which is a testing tool for VoIP over wireless will no doubt be the first of many VoWLAN testing tools to hit the market.

Check out an excerpt of the release…
Full Suite of Benchmark Tests Validates Both VoWLAN Handsets and Wi-Fi Infrastructure for Application Robustness


Azimuth Systems, innovators in scalable, automated wireless network test systems, today announced a new benchmark test suite specifically designed for testing VoIP in the Wi-Fi environment. Azimuth's W-Series wireless LAN test platform is the leading system test solution for 802.11 network vendors, providing a reliable, scalable and automated test environment for performance, functionality, interoperability, conformance and certification testing.

Azimuth's new test suite focuses on two key VoWLAN system components. The first component, the VoWi-Fi Benchmark Test for Wireless VoIP Handset, validates the 802.11 behavior of the client handset during motion – ranging and roaming – and analyzes this behavior relative to the voice quality as measured by both MOS and R-Factor.

Linksys Media Center Extender (MCX) Review

November 29, 2004

Sony VAIO RA920G on top of right speaker

Ratings Score Installation Documentation Features Usability Performance Overall Last week I received a Sony VAIO RA920G Desktop PC running Microsoft Media Center 2005 (MCE) as well as the new Linksys Media Center Extender (MCX). The Sony VAIO RA920G has some cool features including an advanced liquid cooling system and enhanced acoustic technologies that make it virtually silent. This is perfect for my family room home theater setup -- after all you don't want the sound of the PC's fan spoiling the DVD movie watching experience!


Of course, I also have a Linksys Media Center Extender (MCX) which "wirelessly" extends the PC to allow me to have the PC and the TV located in different rooms in my home, thus negating the concern about noise from the PC.


Dial Up VoIP claim

November 27, 2004

Here's a claim for "free VoIP calls over dial-up". I don't have time to analyze this too much this evening since it is late (just got back from seeing Alexander the movie - my pick for one of the worst movies of the year and definitely the most hyped and disappointing film of the year), but this release was worth sharing...

btw - they misspelled VoIP as VoiP in the release, but I'm leaving it as is. Also, this is probably more "dial-up VoIP" hype than anything else, but I'll have to investigate further...

Kazaa offers Skype VoIP Calls

November 24, 2004

Deltathree Six New VoIP Plans

November 23, 2004

Deltathree today announced the launch of six new Broadband Phone consumer and business calling plans for its retail division, iConnectHere. Each calling plan includes local, long distance and international calling with advanced features such as voicemail, caller ID, 3-way calling, call forwarding and real-time call records. The service also provides end-users with a choice of phone numbers from the United States, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel or the United Kingdom. The new iConnectHere Broadband Phone calling plans are available today and include a free adaptor.

The iConnectHere calling plans include unlimited in-network calls, advanced calling features, selection of telephone number in the United States or Europe, unlimited inbound calls, and a set of minutes to make calls.

Verizon Lobbies to Kill WiFi Hotspots

November 23, 2004

Important news story from MacWorld.

A proposed Pennsylvania law (supported by Verizon) is now on its way to the governor's desk that could pose a hurdle for the city of Philadelphia's ambitious plan to provide broadband service throughout the city via Wi-Fi.

One provision of House Bill 30 (HB30), a wide-ranging telecommunications regulation bill that earned final approval by the state House and Senate on Friday, would prohibit a government or any entity it creates from offering broadband for a fee.

Philadelphia's city government is studying plans to deploy Wi-Fi wireless LAN access points throughout the city, each offering IEEE 802.11b access and linked to others via a wireless mesh network, said Dinanah Neff, the city's chief information officer.

RADCOM and Comarco Partnership

November 23, 2004

Radcom gave me advance notice on this release announced today regarding their next-gen cellular testing solution through a partnership with Comarco, Inc. They have partnered to collaborate on the development of a next-generation testing solution that integrates both companies'
core technologies for service monitoring of 2.5G and 3G networks, including GPRS, UMTS and CDMA2000. (by the way, I've used several of Radcom's testing products and I liked all of them.)

With networks converging and "touching" each other in ever more complex ways, the ability to diagnose, test, simulate, and troubleshoot problems becomes increasingly important. With VoIP now being added to just about every type of network you can think of, latency testing and voice quality measurements are critical.

Spirit VoIP Conferencing

November 23, 2004

Just a quick VoIP conferencing product announcement to share.

New SPIRIT software provides more talk at better clarity and lower cost
November 23, – SPIRIT (www.spiritdsp.com/voip), the leading supplier of embedded software products for telecom and VoIP, announces Multi-PASS - a new software product targeted for PC-based VoIP communication.

SPIRIT Multi-PASS is an advanced conferencing solution providing both server-based and serverless peer-to-peer and multipoint conferencing. SPIRIT Multi-PASS enables any number of conferences and unlimited number of participants per conference without degradation of speech quality and user experience.

Popular Telephony GNUP Registry Now Live

November 22, 2004

The GNUP registry is now live, so you can go register for a number. Since I was one of the first to register, I figured i'd get a really cool number or one east to remember, like "(8844) 1000000002", alas it was not to be... I got (8844) 4294967281. Ah well...

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