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Collaborating with VMware

VMware is on fire. The company recently reported year-over-year growth at 49%, ending FY2010 at $2.9 billion. Included in that top line is 95% increase in operating income. Q111 revenue is 33% higher than Q110. In UC, VMware is everyone’s…

Logitech and Jabra

About 19 months ago, Logitech acquired LifeSize. That seemed strange at the time, as Logitech purveys fine mice and keyboards, not telepresence solutions. But perhaps I was too quick to judge. The company has been upping its UC story and…

World’s Collide: Phones and Home Automation

A Man’s home is his castle laboratory. My last post was about phones needing more apps – and here is a great one for the home. There are two things I believe every home should have – home automation and…

Time To Re-Invent the Phone

Many people seem ready to shove the desktop phone off the edge of the earth, but not very many actually do it. The problem is its a multiple choice question without the right answers: What to use for voice at…

The Post iPod Era

In my personal version of Toy Story, my iPod plays the role of Woody – a former favorite toy that just can’t compete with the latest technical toys. It is hard to pinpoint when an era begins or ends, but…

Dust Off that Analog Phone

I find it frustrating that Google Inc. keeps the service on such a tight leash. Despite this negligence, an ecosystem is forming around the service. Today’s GV topic is the OBI100 made by Obihai. Obihai puts a new twist on…

Focus on UC

If you are seeking a new voice-centric UC solution, check out this Focus Report Jon Arnold and I published on Focus: http://www.focus.com/research/unified-communications/focus-experts-guide-unified-communications/ This Experts’ Guide cuts through the technology conundrum and marketing hype, in order to offer a clearer understanding of…

InfoComm, Where the Video Vendors Talk

The 800 lbs gorilla in Telepresence is Cisco/Tandberg, and the rest of the industry are teaming up against the giant. Polycom, HP, Microsoft, and Juniper seem to be united in their anti-Cisco positioning. At a recent Polycom conference, Gurdeep Singh…

Dial M for Skype

The more I think about Microsoft acquiring Skype, the more I think it was a pretty smart move. The initial reports were all about synergies with various MS and Skype technologies, upon further reflection, I think the endgame will be…

Apple’s Spaceship Building

Today, everyone learned about Apple’s new planned headquarters, a giant spaceship style building designed to accommodate 12,000-13,000 employees in four stories. An impressive undertaking by any measure, and as Jobs says quite possibly the “best office building in the world.”…

Switchvox 5.0 Arrives

I’ve always been a sucker for Switchvox, I first discovered it around 2005, and in 2007 Digium acquired it. Switchvox uses open source Asterisk as its engine, but doesn’t modify the core code, so its enhancements are not open. Many…

Cell Phone Radiation – Blah Blah Blah

The big story this week is the same as the big story for the past few decades – that cell phones may not be good for us. Specifically, cell phone radiation may cause cancer. This was concluded this time by…

Polycom’s “Ground Breaking News”: BFD.

For weeks Polycom has been teasing me with “ground breaking” news to come on June 1. If you are going to tease, you better deliver. Announcements and press releases are expected – normal and routine. “Ground Breaking” was meant to…