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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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ITEXPO will help Explain the Coming Cloud Upgrade

The cloud is changing how technology is bought, sold and used. The very economics of business have shifted as a result. When...

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WebRTC Expo San Jose 2014 Interviews

Are you interested in WebRTC but yet you missed the largest event in the space, WebRTC Expo a few months back in...

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The M&A Picks Up Steam

Well, that Hosted VoIP consolidation is slowly happening. Reinvigorated VoIP blogger, Garrett Smith, hints that Jive bought other HPBX companies (unnamed)...

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The Data Interconnections Waze and others need

Let me start by saying that there are exceptions to what I am about to discuss below but generally speaking, inter-app connectivity...

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GM Greens Up CES, Unveils New Caddy

January 9, 2008

In a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show, General Motors chief executive Rick Wagoner promised that by 2012 half the car maker's U.S. production line will be devoted to vehicles powered by "Flexfuel," an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional petroleum-based gasoline.   Wagoner put the emphasis on his presentation by unveiling a prototype Cadillac Provoq sedan.   “The Cadillac Provoq is the latest example of GM’s E-Flex propulsion system combining our new fifth-generation fuel cell with a lithium-ion battery to produce an electrically driven vehicle that uses no petroleum, and has no emission other than water,” he told the CES audience.   Wagner described some of the Provoq’s other intriguing features:
  • A solar panel integrated into the roof to help power onboard accessories, such as interior lights and a high-performance audio system.
  • An active front grille with louvers that close at highway speed to enhance aerodynamics and open at low speed to provide maximum cooling to the fuel cell stack.
  • Both brake-by-wire and shift-by-wire technology which minimize the concept’s need for mechanical systems reduce the vehicle’s overall weight and provide for greater interior storage space. 

Green Earth Gets Funding

January 9, 2008

InterCall Partners with Climate Action to Promote Green Technology

January 4, 2008

Global conferencing leader InterCall, a subsidiary of West Corporation, is doing all it can to get organizations of all types and sizes -- from SMBs to enterprises to government agencies to not-for-profits -- to jump on the “green” bandwagon. And why not, since the company’s high quality business conferencing services enable workers to communicate and collaborate “in person,” without having to travel in emissions-spewing vehicles?

In keeping with this mission, the company announced today that it is now a Platinum sponsor of Climate Action, a joint development of Sustainable Development International and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) which promotes environmentally-responsible business practices. Together, InterCall and Climate Action are working on a joint campaign to raise awareness about environmentally friendly best practices. The campaign will include a new book, Web site and marketing program designed to educate businesses, governments and non-profits on what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint and hence reduce their impact on climate change.

"InterCall is proud to support an organization that will be a powerful agent for change in the Green movement," said Carolyn Campbell, Senior Director of Marketing for InterCall, in a press release.



Electric Car Offers Savings to Londoners

January 3, 2008

IXYS Joins Climate Savers Computing Initiative

January 3, 2008

Only 1 in 5 Recycle e-Waste Properly

December 28, 2007

Silicon Valley VCs Seeing Green for Green's Sake

December 26, 2007

Toronto Star: Will New Social Climate Lead to Green?

December 26, 2007

The Toronto Star has an item today about green living and a message to the citizenry of Ontario that going green doesn’t have to be all about sacrifice.   Amid messages of new technologies and altering lifestyles, Canadians looking to make a change in 2008 should take heart that it doesn't all have to be sacrifice.   Experts say an environmentally friendly lifestyle can mean not only lower household bills but also improved mental and physical health when forgoing the automobile.   Of course, whether or not recent polls showing that consumers would be willing to pay more or take that extra step for a greener planet will translate into real world changes remains to be seen.   Clifford Maynes, executive director of Green Communities Canada, told the Star: “You have polls where people say, ‘Yes, we’re willing to pay more to be green.’ I think this is a premise that has yet to be fully tested.”   To check out the article Is new social climate needed for green living? click here.  

Forrester: In Search of Green Tech Consumers

December 19, 2007

As the environmental movement has gained momentum, one of the key questions facing companies that felt pressure to “green up” was “would consumers pay more for green tech and related products?”   Well, according to a recent Forrester Research poll, fully twelve percent of U.S. adults, or what amounts to nearly 25 million people — are willing to pay extra for consumer electronics that use less energy or come from a company that is environmentally friendly.   Forrester has termed these consumers “bright greens” and believes they are at the forefront of an emerging class of consumers that will be an attractive target for marketers at technology companies.   The report, based on a survey of 5,000 U.S.

Investors Still Keen on Green

December 19, 2007

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