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Safer Email While Traveling

If somebody grabs control of your email account they will not only have some of your secrets. They will probably be able to grab access to all of your other accounts. They just do a password reset, the link goes…

Verizon’s Unlimited Service

Verizon is aggressively pushing its new unlimited data service. I am a verizon customer and they call me about once a month offering to move me up to their unlimited service. I haven’t bitten. Verizon’s unlimited service would mean a…

Avaya Bouncing Back . . . Maybe

It is hard to say when Avaya’s Chapter 11 process started. Was it last January when the company voluntarily started the process? Perhaps last year when it was unable to find a buyer? Was it about eight years ago when…

The Evolution of Mobile-First

The Evolution of Mobile-First It is now time to see the mobile device as a superior endpoint, rather than just an alternative one. It is now time to see the mobile device as a superior endpoint, rather than just an…

Sex with IoT

I don’t know when the Singularity will occur, but I do know that human sexual relations with robots are coming – and it’s going to be great! That should be no surprise considering the converging trajectories of multiple technologies ….

Staples Easy Button gets IoT makeover

“That was easy” is the iconic tagline of Staples. The international retailer has used that line since 2003. In 2005, the slogan took a material shape and appeared in ads as a red “easy” button. Now, Staples is giving its next-generation…

Cisco Sparks a Slew of News

This week, Cisco Spark™ announced several breakthroughs around security, compliance and analytics. This week’s Industry Buzz podcast drills down into the significance of these announcements for Cisco customers and the industry. Dave Michels moderates the conversation, with Roberta J. Fox, Phil…

Cisco Spark Security

Today, Cisco made its first major announcements on Spark since its January launch of the Spark Board. The company says there are more major announcements still planned for this year. Cisco’s announcements fall into two broad categories: Security End-to-end message…

Red Tagged on Inspection

We installed a security camera system at an office location. You know, those high-resolution IP cameras that connect to a rack mounted recording appliance? The type of thing you can by online from just about anywhere.’ The electrical inspector red-tagged…

Encrypted Email Please

Its time for real, serious email encryption. Most people don’t know that just about everything that they email is sent as clear text. This is readily read by hackers at public hotspots, and by the NSA and by anybody in…

James Damore and Google

I think the whole thing about James Damore and Google is misunderstood. Damore hit a nerve that touches the right, left, male, and female portions of our society in different ways., and everyone is screaming. But that’s not the point….

Avaya Clears Another Hurdle

In this Industry Buzz podcast,  the UCStrategies Experts discuss Avaya’s recent announcement as it moves forward to emerge from Chapter 11. Blair Pleasant moderates the conversation, and includes Experts Phil Edholm, Jim Burton, JR Simmons, Dr. Joseph Williams, Dave Michels, Marty Parker, Steve Leaden and…

Where Did PGP Go?

PGP (“Pretty Good Privacy”) was created by Phil Zimmermann over 25 years ago as a means for encrypting data and communications. It’s a really, really good encryption system, even by today’s standards. In fact, PGP was so good that its…

New Genband 2Pager

I recently attended what will likely be the last ever Genband Perspectives.* It’s been a good series of events. This was the first time they upgraded to a west coast venue. Genband is a complex company with a diverse portfolio…

How the hospitality industry will profit from the IoT

Connecting the world changes everything. That’s what businesses and consumers are learning as they embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) for everything from household garage door openers to smart-city applications that solve traffic congestion and reduce crime. But IoT is…

How the hospitality industry will profit from the IoT

Connecting the world changes everything. That’s what businesses and consumers are learning as they embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) for everything from household garage door openers to smart-city applications that solve traffic congestion and reduce crime. But IoT is…

Avaya FAQ

Earlier this year Avaya filed for chapter 11 protection to reorganize its debt structure. In April, Avaya submitted it reorganization plan. Revisions on 8/8, shown in red. Today Avaya made several important announcements. Most surprising, Avaya reached a voluntary and…

Are VPNs NSA Proof?

I was at a security round table and one of the people I was speaking with asserted that the US Government was connected with nearly all of the public VPN services that consumers choose. This idea floored me. It would…

UCStrategies on the Mitel-ShoreTel News

In this Industry Buzz podcast, UCStrategies’ Dave Michels leads the discussion among the UCStrategies Experts about the news that Mitel has acquired ShoreTel. Participants this week include Michael Finneran, Roberta J. Fox, Dave Stein, Phil Edholm, Jim Burton, Melissa Swartz, Jon Arnold and JR Simmons.

A Business Edition from Accent

Accent Communication Services recently expanded its VoiceONE business telephony offering with a more affordable option for small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) in North America, the VoiceONE Business Edition. The new offering is an Asterisk-based solution that supports essential telephony features in…