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Industry Update

The iPhone and iPad have broken more records than the iPod did CDs. Microsoft buying Skype was a game changer, but the new game remains a mystery. Here is the current industry round-up. Read it quickly as things are changing…

Toy Story 4:Google Voice

Toy Story (1995) is a phenomenal movie on many levels. We can all relate to the core story – the bright shiny new toy makes us forget about our old favorites. But the bigger and sadder story was how Toy…

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…

The Sprint and Google Voice Debacle

In a surprising move last March, Sprint Mobile and Google Voice announced a partnership which resulted with mutual endorsement of each other’s services. The surprise came from the fact that the mobile carriers have not really embraced Google Voice. And…

Multi-Modal Communications 3

In this third and final post to this series, I will take a look at a few enterprise focused examples of multi-modal communications. Companies in this post: Avaya, Fonolo, Gold Systems, Google, Proton Media, Radish Systems, Radvision, Siemens-Enterprise, and Skype,…

Microsoft Should Buy Skype

Update: About 20 hours after this post, The WSJ reported a Microsoft Skype Deal was very likely. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier tonight that Microsoft–in what would be its most aggressive acquisition in the digital space–was zeroing in on…

Time Flies

Relatively speaking, time flies. I’ve worked in big Fortune 100 companies, my own company, and now just me – and I am amazed at how relative time can be. I am currently involved with a large school district that has…

Flip, Kin, Wave

Did the SmartPhone kill the Flip? Horseshit. Cisco killed the Flip. Evidently murdered just before its newest version was to ship. Pogue reported that the company was set to release a new feature to enable live streaming – but the…

Google’s Gag on Voice

Google’s enigmatic voice service known as Google Voice once again surfaces to headlines. It’s becoming a silly ritual, Google unveils something trivial like number portability and the blogs light up with praise rather than condemnation that it’s been missing for…

Google Misses The Big Picture

Today Google pestilently announced that its Chrome browser will no longer natively support H.264. It’s altruistic logic reasoned that: To that end, we are changing Chrome’s HTML5 support to make it consistent with the codecs already supported by the open…

My Chat with Craig

At NoJitter, I posted Craig’s Wild adVentures. The sixth of my interviews with VoIP (Very onusual and Interesting People). Craig was quite the coup because until recently, all conversations have been unquotable. He even once shared that he didn’t like…

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…

Quick Impressions on Google Instant

Today, my newsfeeds were clogged with chatter about Google Instant News. If you want to know more about the feature see any other site. Here is what the other sites didn’t mention: The concept of speed and time continue to…

Priority Inbox – SPAM in Reverse

The concept of Google’s newest email feature – Priority Inbox is fairly simple, but I have my doubts about its usefulness. If you are not familiar with the feature, take a look at this simple video. “;” alt=””>   It…

Video far from Clear

Lots of news in video recently. A few months back, Google announced WebM – a royalty free licensing program using the GIPs VP8 video codec it acquired (Skype uses VP7 for video between Skype clients). The move threatened the patent…

Google, Gmail, and Voice

I write a lot about Google Voice. I am am a user of the service, and I respect its potential disruption to the enterprise telecom space. I am a big fan in general of virtual number services and believe the…

Gmail is Calling: Skype better hurry on that IPO

Today, Google launched telephone calling capabilities in Gmail. It is a bit confusing though, is it Gmail, GChat or Google Voice driving this – the answer is yes. Here is what we know: 1) Requires the plugin for Google Video…

I thought I Was So Cloud

Last Monday, the hard disk on my primary computer failed. A Western Digital 250GB 2.5 SATA drive in a 6 month old Lenovo ThinkPad. Losing a hard disk is a terribly disruptive event. But I was (rightly) more annoyed about…

UC Update

I’ve written quite a few articles on Google Voice. The service itself is reasonably simple, but its potential impact to enterprise UC gets profound. The latest article on NoJitter gets into some of the recent real time acquisitions Google’s made,…

Video Interop: a Rorschach Diagram

I took the task of writing about video interoperability on NoJitter this week. The Inner Workings Of Interoperability This is one deep topic and I had no idea how much good and bad there was to write about it until…