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Happy Halloween

It is Halloween. The inexplicable holiday where we let our kids become monsters, run around in cold weather, and get a ton of sugar. Halloween and telecom have a long history together. There are plenty of scary spooky stories involving…

Telecomputer Android IP Phone

At the recent LA ITExpo conference, a StartupCamp event roasted five young companies and audience participants were given the opportunity to  “invest” in the firms of their choice. The darling of the event, peoples choice winning investment, and by far…

An Industry in Transformation

Unified Communications is a clever name for telecom in transformation. Everything is changing and everyone is confused (though not everyone will admit it). In the days of yore, telecom was pretty stable. It is far more than just the technology…

Technology for Good (Instead of Evil)

Technology, what is it good for? Telecommunications and unified communications are fascinating topics. But in the end, does it matter? It is very easy to caught-up in the day to day, the speeds and feeds. But it is also important…

ShoreTel Blows $11.4 Million

Today’s news includes ShoreTel’s acquisition of Agito Networks. For those of you that have never heard of Agito, join the club. The company was a pioneer in the concept of making mobile phones PBX extensions – what every major telephony…

Discussion with Laurent

Continuing with my discussions with compelling and interesting UC executives, NoJitter posted my conversation with Laurent Philonenko, the VP of Unified Communications at Cisco (and interim CTO and intranet blogger). This interview was logistically a bit more complex than the…

Ozzie Leaves Microsoft

Not quite as big as when Bill Gates left, but Ozzie leaving Microsoft is another big one. Ray Ozzie played a large role in developing Microsoft’s cloud strategy and is retiring. I knew this whole cloud thing was all hype….

Astricon Predictions and Hopes

Astricon 2010 starts October 26. For those of you in the know that’s just a courteous reminder. For those of you that are not familiar with Astricon its time to find out. I attend about 7-10 conferences a year and…

What is With All the Scanning?

Anyone who follows my tweets knows I read a lot of online news. Several unrelated tidbits suggests barcodes are an important and increasing part of our lives. Yes, barcodes – I’m serious. The barcode was born in the 40s, but…

Voice News This Weekend

Two stories worth note this weekend. Skype and Phono Skype is popping up on the enterprise UC radar on a surprisingly regular basis. Techcrunch interviewed VP of Enteprise David Gurle, who offered a few interesting tidbits about their plans for…

UC Pioneers

Television just isn’t what it used to be. TV used to command our attention and unite our society. Most of my generation grew up with a handful of decent channels. Everyone watched certain hits – Happy Days, Six Million Dollar…

Snom Wants More

Snom is one of the new companies. Founded in 1996 in Germany it quickly established itself as a quality manufacturer of SIP phones. The market for SIP endpoints continues to grow; as does Snom’s portfolio. This year, Snom has made…

Google’s AutoM8s

I try to keep this blog telecom focused, but sometimes other tech news insists on inclusion. In the hi-tech book Daemon, by Daniel Suarez, villains use a variety of connected technologies to create havoc and control wealth. One of those…

Microsoft Has a New Phone

Today’s, and probably this week’s, RSS clogger is news around the new Microsoft mobile phone. I think it is great that Microsoft has a new phone – it needed one. But I find the news coverage about it oh so…

Meaningless Hype of the Week: Skype and Avaya

This week’s RSS clogger was news about Avaya and Skype announcing a new strategic partnership. The partnership got very broad media coverage – even the New York Times. Most of the coverage suggests it is big news, but it isn’t….