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Do You Suffer from Nomophobia ?

File this under Things People Research When They Have Too Much Time. The following research was sent to me by securenvoy.com, I thought I would share it. First identified in 2008, it would appear nomophobia – the fear of being out of mobile…

Siri Makes a Great Demo, but…

When Apple first came out with Siri, they cautiously branded it a “Beta” product, and for good reason. But now Siri has been out for four months and it should have become pretty great. I have yet to run into…

Clouds Forming Over Orlando #EC12

Enterprise Connect (#EC12) is coming-up at the end of March in Orlando. Lots of Pre-EC activities are already filling my days. This year’s event looks to be shaping up nicely. Corporate wallets are opening again, R&D is up, and the…

Dell’s Rock and Hard Spot

The Apple iPad is booming, but does that mean the PC is dying? The enterprise seems to to view the iPad not as an OR, but an AND. But the consumer PC is not so resilient. This week Dell reported Fourth…

What is a Branch Office?

One of my favorite things about the telecom industry is the clear terminology we use. Muggles can hardly determine the topic when overhearing our conversations at crowded restaurants. For example, VAR, drop, POTs, DTMF, call forking, SIP, and many more…

Parlez-vous L33t?

You are most likely familiar with numbers being used to implicate letters, phrases or even symbols. In SMS (txting) shortcuts, for instance, 2 can also be used for “to”, 4 can mean “for” and the 8 spells “eat” in gr8, meaning great….

Can You Hear Me Now?

For two years I struggled with AT&T on my iPhone. So bad was the service that my voice mail message stated: “Thanks for calling. If this is the first time you reached this message, please hang up and call me…

Cisco Calls the Skype Kettle Black

I didn’t see this one coming – but it makes perfect sense. Cisco communicates to the EU that Microsoft and Skype together may not be such a good thing for the industry, and thus appealed the approval of the merger…

Nest and HoneyWell

Nest hit a nerve. Thermostats are not the most popular topic for high-tech and Internet blogs – but Nest hit a nerve. Nest offers a thermostat for the home. Probably because it’s a San Francisco start-up, possibly because it has…

Family Plans are Best – For Shareholders

Remember when carriers charged for what you used? Both Verizon and AT&T are expected to announce shared data plans shortly. Heralded as a boon for consumers, careful thought reveals it is more of a boondoggle. Shared use plans allow you…

Cisco’s Quadragenarian

[Appeared Originally on NoJitter.com on Jan 29, 2011] Murali Sitaram was named the VP/GM of Cisco’s Collaboration Software Group responsible for Cisco WebEx, Cisco Jabber, and Cisco Quad last April. He is working to take a company that’s been associated…

ITExpo Miami Best of Show

Last week was ITExpo in Miami – generally a good conference. There was lots of news this year. I think the biggest story was Digium’s new phones (see here and here). I don’t think most people realize how impact-full these (well…

Google Voice Offline

Evidently at least one of the engineers at Google Voice woke up and came up with a new feature…Offline Texting. It was announced with the following blog post: Sometimes the times that we’re offline can be our most productive times….

Is the Stylus Retro?

The Samsung Note is a smartphone tablet thing. It is either the largest smartphone or smallest tablet depending on your point of view. I saw it at CES, and it was advertised on national television during the Superbowl. The ad…

TalkingPointz Uber TeleNewsfeed

One place to view all the news. On this blog, Twitter, and Facebook, TalkingPointz is regularly posting news feeds from across the VoIP, UC, telecom industry. This is a work in progress and please let me know if you have…

Digium Has Big Bells

Digium announces new phones. See my full post here. A few additional thoughts on Polycom, Aastra, and Snom – all three of which have been at every Astricon I’ve attended.