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Amazon Fire Phone Should be a Laptop

I’ve written a lot of headlines in my life but this one is among the oddest. Why on earth does a phone...

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Apple Pay Vs. Google Wallet

Replacing credit cards can likely only be done if the new system is dead-easy to use and it moreover has to be...

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Signaling Offers Great Differentiation for Mobile Value-Added Service Offerings

We’ve all heard that some Value Added Services (VAS) revenue such as Short Message Service (SMS) are starting to decline in...

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Birdstep Improves Wireless User Experience, Reduces Churn

A smartphone user can get tripped up easily when in motion as today’s smartphones look for WiFi networks to connect to and...

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Sonos BOOST, For Music in Tough to Reach Places

I’ve been using Sonos as an in-home streaming solution for many years and since it relies on WiFi it provides infinite levels...

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IOT tests do NOT tell the whole story

Service providers typically have infrastructure from multiple vendors installed in their networks.  Mostly this is by design since they don’t want...

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Notes from Connections 2014 Part Deux

More notes from BSFT Connections 2014 in the desert by friends of my at the show. These notes are from ANPI's...

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Tom's Hardware Guide

October 11, 2004

Verisign and VoIP using SS7 and SIP

October 11, 2004

Everybody knows VeriSign as the guys who issue SSL certificates, right? Well, I guess Verisign is diversifying.

Check out this bit of news with my analysis at the bottom. VeriSign, a provider of intelligent infrastructure services for the Internet and telecommunications networks, announced today that it is offering Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service providers a cost-effective way to exchange voice traffic with traditional telecommunications carriers.

Atheros single chip design

October 11, 2004

Some interesting news from Atheros. Definitely keep your eye on Atheros. They are very strong in the WiMAX market which will no doubt take off in 2005.

This single-chip design sports an integrated 802.11a/b/g design -- Media Access Controller (MAC), baseband processor, and a high-performance radio with both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz capabilities.

Charter Communications Tech Support using VoIP

October 11, 2004

I've been experiencing 5%-20% packet loss over the past several days on my home Charter High-Speed cable connection.

It's affected my home Vonage VoIP phone line.

I called yesterday from Vonage to Charter, but the packet loss was so bad, that the technician couldn't hear me and at times I couldn't hear him. I would have called from my cellphone, but unfortunately I don't get service in my house.

Orb Networks Streaming Live TV

October 11, 2004

As a home-theater and gadget lover, I've always got my eye out for the latest new gadget that involves home theater equipment. I came across this news release from Orb Networks, which claims this product can "provides spontaneous access to a person’s music, live television, videos, photos and other digital content from any device that can connect to the Internet, such as a cell phone, PDA, or notebook, allowing users to create their own "personal media portal."

Essentially, this product can "stream" any of the content from your home PC to wherever you are - if your PC has a TV tuner card, such as a Microsoft Media PC, then it can stream that as well. It's actually a service-based subscription model, so it kind of reminds me of GoToMyPC, a subscription-based remote-desktop PC application which transmits Windows and mouse movements for remote access. In the case of Orb Networks' product, instead of "streaming" just the Windows GUI and mouse movements, it can stream actual video and even perform codec compression on-the-fly which will allow you to access your PC's internal TV tuner and watch TV from work on your work PC.

Vonage, AT&T, and Covad go at it

October 11, 2004

WiMAX Takes VoIP by Storm

October 11, 2004

I predict WiMAX using VoIP will be your next home phone and your next cell phone. First, let me lay the groundwork, since you may not be familiar with WiMAX. WiMax is a wireless radio technology that promises to deliver two-way Internet access at speeds of up to 75 megabits per second at long range. Think of it as WiFi on steroids.

Interdigital lowers wireless interference

October 9, 2004

As WiFi, 3G and other wireless devices become more prevalent, with more and more users added to the wireless highway - so does the congestion and interference from other wireless devices. Interdigital offers a "smart antenna" for various wireless standards that supposedly reduces interference, increases range, and reduces battery life drain of wireless devices.

Here's the release:
INTERDIGITAL UNVEILS ADAPTIVE INTERFERENCE MANAGEMENT PRODUCTS FOR WLAN AND CELLULAR DEVICES AT ANTENNA SYSTEMS 2004

High performance products offer equipment manufacturers and semiconductor suppliers an extremely cost-effective solution for offering of differentiated wireless devices
Denver, Colorado, October 7, 2004. .



Supercomm is no more

October 9, 2004

When I first read an email saying Supercomm is no more, I was like first Comdex died and now this?

Supercomm is "retired" according to an email I received announcing the news. Actually, just the name is retired - the new name is going to be caled "Globalcomm". The partnership between Telecommunications Industry Association and the U.S.

VoIP and Internet Telephony Expo are on FIRE!

October 7, 2004

VoIP and Internet Telephony Expo is on Fire!

I was standing at the ETG Technologies booth (who have a really cool gadget by the way) and the smell of smoke was permeating the air. All of a sudden a small electrical fire popped up on the floor (right where two electrial extension cords were connected). As cool as fire looks, and as much as I loved to play with fire as a kid, fire is not a good thing. However, on the bright side, I guess this show was so packed with so many VoIP exhibits sucking electrical juice that the hotel's electrical wiring couldn't hande it.
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