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Andy Abramson
Interests: travel, wine, friends, blues, tech, music-jazz, dining, rock.
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The concept of "public' voice is really a public behavior issue. I used to fly on planes with Airfone and no one got upset as I usually turned my head towards the window and talked in a quiet tone for a moment or two to simply get something done... Also, on Business class flights I tend to have a compartment type of seat. I can't see or hear my neighbor if I wear headphones and they same holds true for them. but then again I sleep on planes, tune out the din and avoid United too...
This is one of the most controversial tech subjects I know of. VoIP on airplanes. A recent survey in the APAC region shows that 42 percent of the travelers there would like to see VoIP calling allowed in-flight. That's 2 out of every five traveler who want to be able to make a call from the air. As someone old enough to remember when Airfone was found in the seatbacks of domestic airplanes here in the USA I really don't see what the hubbub is all about. As long as people use what is known as "public voice" and keep... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at VoIPWatch
Michel Smith started his career as a journalist in Paris and began to write about wine. His well storied career has led to his being one of the leading proponents of wines from both the Languedoc and Roussillion regions, and unquestionably is one of the most well informed and witty wine and food writer/critics around. Much like Jonathan Livingston-Learmouth, Smith's encyclopedic knowledge and true journalist style always put the story ahead of himself. That's why yesterday's lunch, where Michel brought along two magnums of his Roussillion Carignan reds from 2012 and 2014 were such a treat. Michel and his colleagues... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at WINESCENE
Long time friend of more than 20 years Sylvain Fadat of Domaine du Aupilhac rewarded himself and his friends after a long day of work at the annual Montpeyroux Toutes Caves Ouvertes, which loosely translated means "All cellars open." For a Sunday in April, let alone Easter Sunday, the wine producing town in the hills of the Languedoc was jam packed with people, all of whom came to taste the wines of the 21 Montpeyroux producers. Alain Chabanon was there, pouring three wines. So too were Domaine L'Aigueliere, Villa Dondona, Mas des Quernas and many more. There were strolling musical... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at WINESCENE
It has been a long time since I did a deep dive into any one wine region. Back in the day I would spend a week or more going from village to village tasting many different producers. Other times it would be at massive wine events like Vinisud and Decouvertes du Rhone where I had the same opportunity to compare and contrast the producers and the vintages, much like the way a buyer or a sommelier does. That's what the past week in the Rhone Valley has been. And here are my observations.. 2016 Rose and Whites are home runs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at WINESCENE
This week I've stayed in three Accor brand hotels, a Mercure and two Ibis Styles. Granted they are not my usual type of accommodations, but when it comes to traveling along the wine route for Decouvertes du Rhone, they are conveniently located and value priced. What they don't have though is functioning Wi-Fi and never really have. For years I was challenged by their blocking of the ports to allow use of anything but WebMail to the point of creating a Google Apps domain back in 2007. Then it became harder to also use Microsoft Exchange which led to a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at VoIPWatch
After many months of planning, the event of all events for the Grenache Association is tonight in Avignon. All the Grenachistas will be out in force so if you're in the neighborhood come join up for the fun. Maison Nani at 29 rue Théodore Aubanel, 84000 Avignon, France Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at WINESCENE
On my first day of deep diving educational training, after a delightful lunch in Beaumes de Venise I ventured up to the hillside town of Suzette to try wines from three producers. Of the three, Charles Redortier, Domaine Saint Amant and La Ferme Saint-Martin, the latter two were standouts, while Redortier showed me some wines that are perfectly rustic and old school in style. Domaine Saint Amant The two 2015 whites from Domaine Saint Amant are strikingly different. And while different, the La Borry, a 95 percent Viognier, with the rest Roussanne is a perennial wine to have for 3-5... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at WINESCENE
It's not often I taste wines and feel stopped dead in my tracks. I remember when I met Sylvain Fadat and had that feeling. The same with David Corey and the first taste of pal Cris Cherry's wines back in 2003. It's the feeling that that there's more here than you can see or taste. It's a look in the eye, a certain way they carry themselves, the way they talk. I've seen that in sports with Wayne Gretzky, Ted Williams, Carm Collins, Larry Lloyd, and Bobby Clarke. It's swagger and charisma all rolled into one. Jerome Bressy of Domaine... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at WINESCENE
Over the past few years I've had the good fortune to get to know Walter McKinley and his son in law Hugo, the minds behind the wonderful Rhone wine property, Domaine du Mourchon. As a result I'm a regular buyer of their wines that find their way to the USA. Last summer it was a delight to drink their rose, named Loubie, which was one of my three favorite non Tavel, non Provence Rose wines that I enjoyed with friends at my annual Rose day party. Mourchon falls into the class of a semi secret "insiders" wine in the USA,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at WINESCENE
Last night dinner I went through three Rasteau different wines, two from Domaine la Soumade and one from Les Halos de Jupiter, Philippe Cambie's own label. The 2009 Les Halos de Jupiter was a fantastic red wine which likely could be enjoyed for many years to come. But why wait when friends who enjoy wine are around. When I compare this to the 09 Les Halos Gigondas or Vacqueyras it's a stunning departure. The latter two are big, stoney and minerally in both style and taste, giving off more of the terroir or as Rhone critic Jonathan Livingston-Learmouth refers to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at WINESCENE
Wrestlemania is less than a week away in Orlando, and you would think that in the battle for enterprise communications market share that at Enterprise Connect there would be more rumbling. But the news isn't from the challengers as much as it is from the established heavyweights.....HMMM. YAWN...That's why what was done at TadHack Mini was so important. It's about what's NXT..(a pun of sorts)..So with that, ring the bell and let's dig in... Cisco can't get away from hardware. It's in their aging DNA. So no matter how many new software companies they acquire, they still fall back to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at VoIPWatch
You have to love the conference industry. When one media company puts on a conference, the coverage from competitive companies is almost non-existent, despite the size of the advance press list. So be it. There is news coming out of Enterprise Connect and here's a summary of what I think is far. TadHack Mini-this is the future of Enterprise Connect. The companies that had the foresight to sponsor and engage with the developers who are creating new technology to serve their fellow man. Some very cool ideas so give a read to Michelle Burbicks summary. As for the rest--Genband... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at VoIPWatch
I'm a large buyer of wines from France, Spain, Italy and Portugal, and if you haven't noticed, the dollar has been gaining strength over the past year against the Euro, with anywhere from a four to eight percent variance meaning one dollar will get you anywhere from 92 to 96 percent of a Euro. What's more we've been blessed with really great vintages the past few years as 2011 to 2016 so there's plenty of great wine in the pipelines and in the cellars of producers. But as I look at wine prices for newly arriving 2016 wines from the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at WINESCENE
Behind the big facade of their website, apps and very attractive stores what Apple does, and does better than all the other tech companies is two things. And only two things. They build hardware that everyone, including their competition, drools over. And they retail what they make. Sure you can talk about their developer programs. You can talk about how they have a platform to sell apps, music, movies and television content, or how they provide a route for universities to share lectures, and others to deliver podcasts, but at the end of the day all that "content" does is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at VoIPWatch
The Rhone Rangers invaded L.A. today. 40 producers, mostly the Paso crew, with some from Santa Barbara and even as far away as Washington State and New York made the trek to showcase their wines. Two wines really stood out in my mind to be the wines of the day, and they're not from the usual grapes, but they are from some of the Santa Barbara County's better winemakers. White Wine of the Day 2012 Qupe Bien Nacido Vineyard Roussanne Having just done a 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 vertical of the Qupe Bien Nacido Vineyard Roussanne last night... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at WINESCENE
Long time peer and friend in the collaboration sector, David Coleman, best known for his Collaborative Strategies consultancy, has launched a new website, David is filling a few gaps in the collaboration sector with both news and insight, but it'z his testing platform that has me excited. With it he will help buyers understand which service is better and why, as well as assist companies in validating their claims. Two big hits are the real time Collaboration Tools database is a dynamite resource and not found elsewhere all in one place. Think of it as Product Hunt for Collaboration... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at VoIPWatch
If you have news, I'd love to hear it. Please make sure you have VoIPWatch on your news release list.... VoIPWatch does not accept contributed articles so please don't offer them....As far as pitches, VoIPWatch honors embargoes and will take select briefings... Thanks, Andy Abramson Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at VoIPWatch
MARCH 17 - ISSUE #45 Happy St. Patricks Day…are you green yet? So to not delay things, like green beer, a shot of Irish whiskey and more, let’s get on with the news, in today’s COMUNICANO. Here's why Irish entrepreneurs' eyes are smiling on St. Patrick's Day VENTUREBEAT.COM – Share There are a lot of mature and emerging tech hubs around Europe now. But there remains an unusually tight link between Ireland’s tech economy and Silicon Valley. Google Watch G Suite Update Alerts: Improving video file attachments in Gmail with video streaming GSUITEUPDATES.GOOGLEBLOG.COM – Share Google reduces JPEG file size... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at VoIPWatch
I continue to enjoy wines from Washington State that I pick up along the way. New winemakers like Chris Sparkman with Sparkaman Cellars, Mark Ryan and his extremely bodacious red wines are stunning examples of reds, but the real gems I've found are from the likes of Savage Wines and Derby so far. Well add Two Vintners to that list. Last night I popped open their 2015 Grenache Blanc and became a fan. Made from grapes grown in the Boushey and Olsen vineyards, the Two Vintners Grenache Blanc has all the makings of a very different flavor profile, while retaining... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at WINESCENE
MARCH 8 - ISSUE #38 Wednesday…HumpDay….middle of the week. Video is the news today. Actually immersive VR based video is in the news….The British Are Coming..well going over the top ( OTT)… Google makes a buy, Shazamthinks sale. 8X8 messages about a buy…Those stories, and LOTS, LOTS more….in today’s COMUNICANO! Video Watch CNN launches a virtual reality news unit WWW.ENGADGET.COM – Share The Cable News Network is going virtual. CNN has announced the launch of a new immersive journalism unit called CNNVR that will produce videos and live streams… BBC and ITV’s BritBox Launches With ‘Prime Suspect,’ ‘AbFab’ VARIETY.COM –... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at VoIPWatch
MARCH 2 - ISSUE #34 Yahoo is on its way to being part of Verizon, but the soap opera in Sunnyvale seems to find a way to continue. And, the media, which now enjoys exposing errors made in Silicon Valley because the CEO’s and founders who want to be positioned as “rock stars” are going to be paying the price. People, not products and services, have become the news stories of late. It’s time for a media reset as it’s the product or service that the market eventually uses to decide a company’s fate. On the subject of services, Facebook,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at VoIPWatch
I've had a Google Fi Pixel for a few months now, but one of my key use cases of any mobile phone is reachability. With DialPad my phone can ring either in the app or to the phone, depending how I have it set up, but I tend to prefer the app, as I'm usually in WiFi or LTE environments. With GoogleVoice, you can't set a Google Fi number up as a destination. But there is a way around it. Go into the Hangouts app and turn it on to receive calls. Set up Hangouts to ring accept incoming calls... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at VoIPWatch
FEBRUARY 23 - ISSUE #29 Getting Quoted…and getting quoted regularly are two different things. So far this year I’ve been quoted three times. Last year over 40. Like the number of exits Comunicano has been involved in, now 42, this isn’t luck, chance or accidental. It’s all about having insight, perspective and opinion on subjects, and having the ability to articulate the answer so it’s reporter educational and friendly. So the first story about the fastest way through some airports, CLEAR, has my quote, but the background provided to the reporter is there too…that’s how you GET QUOTED…There’s also news... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at VoIPWatch
FEBRUARY 22 - ISSUE #28 UPS, like Amazon, is fascinated with what flying drones can do for their business. For normally silent UPS, their efforts with drones seem to be “taking off” in Florida the way Uber is testing driverless cars in Arizona. We lift off today with three items about UPS and their lofty ideas surrounding drones….those stories and a lot, lot more are all in today’s COMUNICANO. UPS tests drone deliveries, eyes future price changes WWW.REUTERS.COM – Share UPS Tests Residential Delivery Via Drone Launched From atop Package Car PRESSROOM.UPS.COM – Share UPS works with truck-launched drone-maker Workhorse... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at VoIPWatch