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Andy Abramson
Interests: travel, wine, friends, blues, tech, music-jazz, dining, rock.
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The Comunicano Daily Lots of interesting news on the front of innovation or maybe best described as "its time has come" today and reflects upon how much we at Comunicano have been in the thick of this over the past ten years. Wi-Fi calling and in flight texting from T-Mobile.. Comunicano represented pioneer Bridgeport Networks, founded by Tom Carter, now at F5 where he's leading their wireless efforts worldwide, over ten years ago, and they were the pioneers in Fixed Mobile Convergence. Google Hangouts adding full blown GoogleVoice integration. Comunicano represented GrandCentral during their rise to acquisition by Google in... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at VoIP Watch
The Comunicano Daily You would have to not be switched on to any form of media to not be deluged by the news from Apple yesterday. The new iPhone 6 and 6+ were the appetizer. The big news was Apple Pay and the dessert was the Apple Watch. And was the news around payments really interesting? Yes it was as it totally will compliment the existing retail and banking worlds both online and in the physical realms, but also it gives the whole NFC world a major boost....NOW ON WITH THE NEWS.. Here's Apple Pay In Action Apple has revealed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at VoIP Watch
Apple announced the Watch yesterday and the didn't call it the iWatch. For starters there are too many trademark issues surrounding the iWatch name to go there, but to me there are other reasons. 1. Apple wants to be in the Watch business 2. Apple wants to sell the Watch via normal watch channels, further expanding distribution 3.By calling it the Apple Watch Apple get the name Apple into all conversations and press coverage surrounding the watch product line. 4. Apple got to include the  into every discussion as well now. Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at VoIP Watch
The Comunicano Daily Pal Ken Rutkowski, host of Business Rockstars, has been pushing Los Angeles as the rising tech hub for years, being so connected to the community at the grass roots level. He's right and finally the world is seeing it.....L.A. is not a tech hub in the normal sense. It's less about chips and operating systems and more about delivery of ideas to consumers and businesses, with the panache of Hollywood and commerce all rolled together. Now, onto the news.. LA's Tech Startup Scene Is Coming of Age After several decades of wondering when the Los Angeles tech... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at VoIP Watch
The other night with friends at the house I grabbed some gluten free pizza and a few other tasty treats from Urban Pi, a really good modern era pizzeria. My first wine was a really good 1999 Gigondas but honestly, I forgot the name of the producer but it was so good, I went hunting in the cellar for other 1999's. Up popped the Beaucastel, and given my approach to anything pre 2000 -- if I find it, I open it, it met the criteria. The Beaucastel was classic 1999. Ready, forward, rich with just a hint of barnyard. Once... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at WINESCENE
The Comunicano Daily A late summer cold hit me out of nowhere, and I likely got it at the gym is my best guess. I'm in the gym 3 to 4 days a week now and feeling good. Having Wi-Fi at the club makes it less stressful and I can sit by the pool or in the lounge and still get my calls in, use my iPad to get work done. IP based services really do change the world, and that's why today the theme is going to follow that meme...So On With The News. First up is what's been... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at VoIP Watch
The Comunicano Daily Today's humpday so it's time to look at what's happening around the technology news world. We'll start off with a Huffington Post item about Customer Disservice something most of us have felt from some PC brand, utility, airline, hotel or car manufacturer over time. Next we're seeing the IRS looking at those who feed their staff and how that can be considered income vs. an expense..The Celebrity Photo Hack is making the news cycle, this time with the tools that can make it possible..Microsoft is everyone's target it seems these days, not just Apple or Google...all this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at VoIP Watch
View in web browser The Comunicano Daily Welcome back to reality. Labor Day weekend signifies the end of summer and the day after Labor Day is always a tough news day. Most of the news is a retake or remake of last week's news or items that "broke" over the weekend. But there are some gems hidden out there. Most noteworthy are the continued dance card being played by T-Mobile where interested buyers come along and kick the tires, look under the hood and make an offer. Don't be surprised to see USA private equity come in along with, or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at VoIP Watch
The Comunicano Daily I've been remiss in publishing so over the past few days I've started to write again. Onmy blog, in the new LinkedIn Pulse (have you noticed how much LinkedIn has gotten into content?) and now again, here in the Comunicano Daily. This month will go down as one of the most memorable in Apple history, and already the hype machine is in full gear. Venture Beat is calling it current CEO Tim Cook's Waterloo in so many words, casting doubt about him and saying the iWatch is a make or break play for him as the successor... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at VoIP Watch
We live in a era where "right now" and "immediately" are pretty much common place. In Las Veags and New York you can have breakfast or dinner at any time, day or night. Services like UPS, FedEx and even Amazon are delivering the goods you want overnight and even same day in some markets in the USA. Companies like UBER and Lyft make it easy to get reliable transportation in an ever growing number of major metropolitan areas around the world. And, thanks to the Internet, services that used to take days or weeks are now available to us in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at VoIP Watch
Before I discovered Domaine d'Aupilhac and forged a life changing friendship with Sylvain Fadat I was first aware of the winery village of Montpeyroux due to the wines of Domaine L'Aigueliere and the winery sits just at the entry to the town. It was the epic 1991s and 1992 Syrah based wines under the names of La Cote Doree and La Cote Rousse that were legendary and some of the first wines from the Coteaux du Languedoc to find their way to California. It was those wines and the wines from Mas de Daumas Gassac that opened my mind to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at WINESCENE
My longtime winepal, Ray McKewon and I have very diverging tastes when it comes to wine. Ray, who produced the RockNapa concerts at Charles Krug Winery in the summer of 2013, and who will stage the music and assemble the musical acts for the upcoming wedding of Pamplemousse Grille's chef and impresario Jeffrey Strauss here in San Diego later this year via his Xceptional Music Company brand loves Napa Valley wines. While my tastes normally run more Rhone-esque, last night at our version of Cheers, which we simply call, "The Moose" I decided to dig into the cellar and bring... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at WINESCENE
Do you have a company or technology that's changing the game in Real Time Communications and with WebRTC? If you do...Tell me more. A few years back, before he zapped it and wound it down, Ken Camp authored a blog all about Real Time Communications. He was obviously ahead of his time with the name because today, more and more of what we are hearing about is RTC, and specifically WebRTC. While companies like Blue Jeans Networks, Twilio and TokBox seem to be in the news a lot because they're inside the San Francisco and Silicon Valley echo chamber for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at VoIP Watch
GigaOm and Engadget are both reporting that Microsoft's MSN Messenger will finally be a thing of the past. While Skype has largely taken its place, it was still running in China. Looking back over history my first Messenger was AOL's AIM and then quickly I was using ICQ. Yahoo Messenger came along about the same time as Windows Messenger which actually was able to access the SIP stack buried inside Windows 98. It was back then that I made my first VoIP call via Webley's never released VoIP platform. Skype pretty much wiped out all the IM clients but today... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at VoIP Watch
While pal Doug Mohney is on hiatus from HD Voice News, I figured I'd fill the gap on the news that broke over the past day of so surrounding Verizon and HD Voice and Video (official announcement) that another pal, Kevin Tofel wrote about at Gigaom. To me, the move by VZW is a catchup play. T-Mobile acquired MetroPCS which was the first to offer HD voice but reading the number of "requirements" for what Verizon Wireless is offering leave me wondering if we're really anywhere yet: HD Voice and Video Calling work only when both people are in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at VoIP Watch
This week my Gramofon arrived. In case you don't know what a Gramofon is, it's the streaming connector and router from the team behind FON that lets you connect a speaker system and send your online audio to them much like AirPlay or Chromecast. But what FON is really doing is creating the connective tissue of the Internet one access point at a time that allows any FONERO (that's a user and ower of a FON device) to connect to another FONERO's FON or Gramofon for free. As an early backer of FON's Gramofon Kickstarter campaign, I was able to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at VoIP Watch
It's always fun to be interviewed by TMC Publisher Rich Tehrani. Thanks. Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2014 at VoIP Watch
A few news items passed my eyes this morning, and it got me thinking about a conversation that Truphone Founder and CTO James Tagg and I had last week during IT Expo in Las Vegas. James, who invented mobile VoIP and the touch screen technology we all use at airports and other kiosks, remarked that while we are seeing faster speeds, we're not seeing services coming along that can really take advantage of them, except to download a movie or upload massive databases. His comment reminded me of the Wendy's TV commercial of a distant time, "Where's the Beef?" But... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at VoIP Watch
3 the original 3G carrier with operations in Hong Kong, the UK and elsewhere has once again made a move with Skype, following their efforts in the past to make Skype an integral part of their service offering. In Hong Kong, for $69 HK Dollars a month, or $8.90 USD, under a new collaborative agreement with Skype the mobile operator will offer its customers Skype’s Unlimited World calling plan the ability make calls to mobile and landline phones to both Skype and non-Skype users on mobiles in eight destinations, plus landlines in 63 countries and regions, for a monthly fee... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at VoIP Watch
Today I read in re:Code about a new AT&T Foundry experiment, called Cascade. In reading through description I couldn't help but think about it being the second coming of Grand Central, the company started by Crag Walker and Vincent Paquet who now are the team behind UberConference. Cascade is at the core just really find me, follow me, albeit a very advanced version. But to me, and those who look at it from a historical perspective, it's not really a new idea. Going back, even before there was GrandCentral (which was a client all the way up through and for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at VoIP Watch
Today users of Invoxia were notified that SkypeKit is no more. While a few months ago rumors were that SkypeKit enabled devices would keep working, I was telling others that I wouldn't count on anything that was hardware related that worked with Skype to expect it to keep working. Invoxia's revelation pretty much shows the continual pattern of Skype cutting off its partners that started with Asterisk a few years ago, and now is impacting others. BlueJeans Networks who recently announced a major interop with Google Hangouts likely are now going to also be affected to at some point if... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at VoIP Watch
Every day I see Yet Another WebRTC based service come to life. Today its "ROOM" which has a very simple beta list signup going on where if you tweet their existence you get immediate access to the beta. Services like Slack, Hall, HipChat, Vobi and many others are offering what I'm calling Skype Takeaway Service (STS) often for free, often even richer in experience and more modern for the times. Skype has in my view become the AOL AIM (AOL's Instant Messenger) of this decade. An awesome service that stalled in development because of the so-called bigger picture of where... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at VoIP Watch
There's another reason for Uber in France and the French government needs to pay attention. It's customer service with taxi drivers. Just like in San Francisco where Uber was born there's a pattern of behavior that exists with taxi drivers that causes great frustration with the regular traveler. It's called being declined a ride because your destination isn't far. Today, after dropping off my rental car at the Montpellier train station I did what I have done for years, walked to the taxi rank, hailed a cab and asked to be taken to the same hotel as in the past.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at VoIP Watch
I have to admit that hotel dining can be either hit or miss. Happily the experience at both Les Fenetres and Alcyone in the beautiful Hotel Intercontinental Marseille exceeded on every count. For starters a Monday lunch on the patio at Les Fenetres with the sun overhead, the Vieux Port before us and amazing cooking coming from the kitchen only adds to the fun. Lunch was a combination of fresh fish and shellfish dishes, some well made cocktails and non obtrusive service, but it was at a special dinner that was held on July 1st 2014 where Michelin star chef... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at WINESCENE
Last week I used Uber X and Uber all over the Bay Area. Using Uber X my costs for a nice car, usually a Toyota Prius or something a bit larger was under $15.00 and often closer to $12.00 for rides to lunch, dinner or to get from a meeting on Treasure Island to my hotel. Other rides with Uber black cars were in the $15-25 dollar range while only my hotel supplied town car to the airport was $65.00. I didn't wait. I didn't have any talkative drivers, the cars were spotless, the drivers pleasant and helpful with bags... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at VoIP Watch