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Andy Abramson
Interests: travel, wine, friends, blues, tech, music-jazz, dining, rock.
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FEBRUARY 20 - ISSUE #26 For a Presidents’s Day holiday Monday, there’s a lot of interesting news out there to read. I was debating putting the Uber Sexual Harassment story in the Comunicano at all, as the news coverage is so widespread, but given how fast they have responded and the actions taken, it deserves amplification…. Right or wrong, give Uber credit for responding to a crisis over a weekend as fast as they did. Now the key is to make the actions they take PUBLIC, not keep things too quiet, which is often the case in crisis management. As... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at VoIPWatch
It seems like just about every day someone is releasing a new conferencing app. Today it's Phrase, who have come out with a browser based free (for now) conferencing service. It works fairly easily and reminds me a lot of GetARoom from client Temasys, pioneers in the Embedded Real Time Communications space who produced the proof of concept over two years ago using WebRTC entirely. To use Phrase you simply do this... Go to Phrase's web site. Create a name for your call. Click start a conference Share the link Have up to 100 people on the voice or video... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at VoIPWatch
Last night I dined out using Feastly for the first time. It was the way to book seats at a “pop up” dinners across the USA. The dinner was the debut of former Herringbone LA chef Jason Witzl, who is in the process of opening up his own Cal-Ital place, Ellie’s, in DTLA. Not only was Feastly a cool app/service experience end to end, but the communal dining experience made it easy to make new friends, hang with old friends, eat very well and of course BYOB. Alexa-can you come with me? So many times i wanted to take Alexa... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at VoIPWatch
FEBRUARY 15 - ISSUE #23 HUMPDAY…….and there’s tons of NEW and that makes NEWSsurrounding new services releases that are making the rounds today from the likes of Facebook, Signal, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft. They all have decided to unleash new “stuff” that changes the way we consume, communicate, create and deliver information today, and after a wave of non-news of late, it’s nice to see NEW back in the NEWS.. Let’s start with Facebook, which is going to become a bit more “annoying” as they start with sound on within their video news content. Their claim is more people prefer... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at VoIPWatch
In a world full of conference and video conferencing apps largely dominated by Zoom, Go To Meeting, WebEx and UberConference, Amazon has entered the fray with Chime, an AWS powered service. While you can page through the features and pricing that ranges from free to $15.00 a month for the most part Amazon has copied all the features you would expect from the leaders, with the underlying promise that the reliability will be rock solid as it runs entirely on AWS. For now the service has many of the features of the competition, including room device access much like Zoom... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at VoIPWatch
FEBRUARY 6 - ISSUE #16 A massive :Thank You All" to the team at Revue for your kind words this past week. Before we jump into the news we have to smile! High praise indeed! The Super Bowl was one of the best games ever, and for the advertisers who took options on overtime commercials, a big win that way for them on price versus audience delivery. The ads and the halftime show with drones certainly were big hits in Houston and around the world. What’s more, it was the first ever to be seen in VR (virtual reality). Now... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at VoIPWatch
Ya gotta love it when one of the most modern newsletter platforms gives you a shoutout and compliments you for what you do. Made my day when I saw this today. If you want to subscribe just click the link here. Thanks Martijn and all @revue. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at VoIPWatch
My agency, Comunicano and I have been involved in a few successes in the conferencing field, starting with SightSpeed (now a part of Logitech), HiDefConferencing (now part of GoToMeeting but originally acquired by Citrix), WebDialogs (acquired by IBM and at the core of SameTime), plus we've kicked around WebRTC since it's earliest of days, working with leader Temasys, pioneer of ORTC, Hookflash, and others. That's why when it comes to being impressed by something new in video conferencing, or conferencing, I usually hit pause, as not much motivates me, as I've pretty much settled on Zoom and UberConference, while canning... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at VoIPWatch
FEBRUARY 3 - ISSUE #15 The big news, especially here in the Southland, is SNAP and their 3 billion dollar IPO. There’s lots of coverage on it, with some deep insight from the Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern and the Business Insider as well as the L.A. Times. The stories around the story is also interesting so there’s six for your reading pleasure. Beyond SNAP, we have news about Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, the Sharing Economy, Microsoft and a bit more. Lastly, next week is IT Expo Week in Fort Lauderdale. I’ll be there so find me in the media... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at VoIPWatch
One of the few events I look forward to every year is IT Expo, staged so well by the team at TMCnet. While the show is now only an annual show, which is a smart decision, what Rich Tehrani and Dave Rodriguez have done so well, is built the show up to be more than the VoIP show. That move a few years ago, done in consort with ex VON minds Carl Ford and Scott Kargman has elevated the show to include MSP, IOT, Wi-Fi and more over the past few years. By making this move, the show has a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at VoIPWatch
FEBRUARY 1 - ISSUE #13 Wednesdays are always interesting news days. Waking up and seeing how the EU is really ending roaming charges across Europe in June of this year, after all the years we worked with Truphone, has me wondering about the company’s fate. Of course the elimination of roaming doesn’t help US based roamers when they visit Europe, but given how Google Fi has a deal with UK based Three, it sure gives them a big kick forward. That is, at least until the UK exits the EU. After that Fi will need a deal on the continent,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at VoIPWatch
Having been in the collaboration game since the days of SightSpeed, the original laptop video conferencing service that was acquired by Logitech, it's really funny to see how what's old is new again. That's why even with new ownership, Polycom continues have its head in the hardware world while the rest of the industry is clearly in the cloud. Today, NoJitter ran a typical vendor supportive piece, with coverage on Polycom, surrounding their newer meeting room experience. Meeting rooms are nice, but the market is going more in the direction of "huddle rooms." Those are smaller two to three person... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at VoIPWatch
JANUARY 31 - ISSUE #12 Money is the top theme today and not only from VC types of stories. The impact of ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft is impacting the taxi medallion lenders...Crowdfunding for startup companies under the Jobs Act is beginning to show cracks and issues…WeWork may see money from the new Softbank Fund. In other news…Australia thinks it can benefit by the USA’s Immigration Gate. Who needs wires? Telstra is going rolling out 1 Gig 4G/LTE mobile speeds service in major cities in Oz. In the Amazon Watch, Amazon has a lot happening with Alexa. Want... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at VoIPWatch
JANUARY 27 - ISSUE #10 It’s only been a few months since cableco Charter gobbled up Time Warner Cable, but now it looks the buyer may become the bought which becomes a big win for Charter’s largest shareholder, Liberty Media and John Malone. That’s because Verizon is reportedly in talks to buy Charter, largely as a defensive move against both Comcast. That’s because Comcast is rolling out wireless phone service and also due to AT&T trying to buy up Time Warner for all their entertainment properties. In other news we have good news for rural New York State when it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at VoIPWatch
JANUARY 25 - ISSUE #8 Good morning. Today we have insight on what’s going on in the news world surrounding fake news and the rise of the citizen journalist as well as how the media is under attack. That’s just for starters. Down Under in the land of Oz, they’re finally getting in flight Wi-Fi. Well on one plane for now. News from Cisco about the new Spark Board, an acquisition, possible mergers, and some fund raising of note in Money Time, news from Google around I/O, some Apple Watching, ways to be better Socially online in Socially Speaking, plus... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at VoIPWatch
For many years while I was living in San Diego, Australian wines were great finds at Vintage Wine and Barrons wine shops. Demand and interest was there, and well chosen selections by John Lindsay and the Barron's buyers made finding wines from new producers to the USA market like Elderton and Lakes Folly great deals and great wines. Over time with more shopping I found deals on Aussie reds and whites up in Orange County and Los Angeles that gave great joy and lots of fun tastings. Then something happened. Aussie wine prices skyrocketed, wines lost their distinctive character, oak... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at WINESCENE
Cisco's Spark Team has been hard at work redefining their idea of collaboration. While first thought to be a Slack wannabe, Spark is far more than simply a messaging platform. Today's news around the SparkBoard bears that out. So what is SparkBoard? Think of it as the virtual whiteboard you always wanted. It’s a wireless presentation screen, a digital whiteboard, and an audio and video conferencing system all in one. The Cisco Spark Board helps teams collaborate in physical meeting rooms, but also securely connects to virtual meeting spaces to facilitate continuous workflow before, during, and after everyone has left... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at VoIPWatch
JANUARY 24 - ISSUE #7 Happy Tuesday. Waking up to the news that one of the tech media’s best has left the building. Quentin Hardy, a fixture on the media scene in Silicon Valley, most recently with the New York Times, is joining Google Cloud. This move continues the trend of media folks going corporate side. In other news we have stories worth reading about Amazon, Google, Formula 1, Verizon, IBM, SNAP and AT&T. Those stories are all in today’s Comunicano. A Big Change in the Tech Media New York Times editor Quentin Hardy is heading to Google WWW.RECODE.NET –... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2017 at VoIPWatch
Sprint is taking a 1/3rd equity interest in Jay-Z's Tidal music service. With AT&T buying Direct TV, and Verizon stepping up to buy Yahoo (maybe), the face of the three telecom giants is quickly shifting from delivering voice and text into being the pipe that roars with content. All this is coming as 5G is around the corner and the battle for who has what on which service begins to rage on. This move is designed in my mind to further push Sprint into the urban, Asian and Latin markets in the USA, especially with pre-paid, while Verizon goes for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at VoIPWatch
8x8 is a patent powerhouse when it comes to VoIP. Over the years I've been covering VoIP 8x8 has consistently filed for, and been awarded patent after patent at all layers of the VoIP stack. Today, the company announced that they have been awarded three more in the never ending battle to protect the turf they have established. United States Patent number 9,473,452 titled, “NAT Traversal in VoIP Communication System,” was awarded on October 18, 2016. United States Patent number 9,479,648 titled, “Intelligent Media Relay Selection,” was awarded on October 25, 2016. It is a continuation of U.S. patent number... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2017 at VoIPWatch
JANUARY 19 - ISSUE #4 Good morning from wet Los Angeles. We’ve had a good dousing of rain in the area, which in some cases is good, as we need the water. On the other hand, wet weather and Southern California are never really friends. Today we have news ranging from a look back at the Obama Tech Surge; how governments use app stores as the front line of censorship; a story I’m quoted in on what makes for a great extended stay hotel; and why threaded messages are going to be the new normal. Those stories, an infographic on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at VoIPWatch
JANUARY 18 - ISSUE #3 It’s Humpday. So let’s help you get over it. Google is really working to be a major player in mobile phone service. The signs are all there. First cheaper phones. And more viral marketing of Fi. Qualcomm is in trouble. Again. FaceBook and France are Friends. Amazon patents the hiway. Evernote updates their app. Marriott takes you to their movies while Seinfeld marries up with Netflix. Google's low-cost Android One program may expand to the U.S. WWW.GREENBOT.COM – Share Android One has brought a set of hardware and software standards to budget phones in developing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2017 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano for January 16th 2017 JANUARY 16 - ISSUE #1 Presenting the debut 2017 Edition of The Comunicano. We’re on a new platform, Revue, and the approach will be a bit different too. There will still be at least eight stories a day to keep you informed, and there may even be some commentary. With each issue we’ll also be making some tweaks and changes so tell me what you think and most of all share the Comunicano. Top Tech Noise Top Tech Noise is what’s hot you need to know about today. Being a semi-holiday, not much is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at VoIPWatch
You have to love it when the mobile operators entice you with "unlimited data" and then as demand creeps up on them, they start to roll back on what you get, and raise the price too. Over the past two days, both Verizon and AT&T have made announcements impacting the grandfathered "Unlimited Data Plan" holders. Makes you wonder if this is coincidence or collusion at times. I don't think it's either. It's likely just more reaction to what T-Mobile is doing. The reality is it's nice that the carriers are finally coming clean on "unlimited" not being that, with speed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at VoIPWatch
Back in the early part of the 2000's I was penning a wine column for the Del Mar Times on a weekly basis. The fun of writing the column was how I would get exposed to more wine reps, brokers, importers as well as winemakers. One night I was at a dinner put on by the Torrey Wines folks with an importer who specialized in New Zealand wines. Pretty much up to that point the exposure to NZ wines on the west coast was limited to Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Villa Maria, Ata Rangi Pinot Noir and a few others.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at WINESCENE