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Andy Abramson
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The Comunicano Communique The news today is more about the changing landscape of the news. With the NY Times going Flash free and all HTML5, the Wall Street Journal using LINE as a social platform and seeing growth, Wired about to market and sell an ad free, subscription service and Snapchat being the media force it is, there's some changes clearly afoot in media delivery.....that and more...so enjoy your day and enjoy the news.. StubHub takes on Ticketmaster with new platform for both primary and secondary tickets StubHub has announced big plans to infiltrate the primary ticketing market as the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique The Super Bowl News Hangover continues, as most of the news is still tied to the Big Game. News releases, news accounts, what made the game happen, news behind the news is all pouring out. And there's some good one from after and before the game worth reading. But there's more out there, including some stories from late last week you may have missed. Also, catch me today February, 8th at 1:45 PM PST for my live discussion on @BizRockstars - with Ken Rutkowski across the nation and watch my interview live on under the watch live... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique The changing landscape of mobile and impact of T-Mobile in the USA is clearly being felt at AT&T with changes at the top of the mobile business. With TMO being very much about delivering streamed music and video, AT&T goes out and spends money on DirectTV, forgetting its lessons from Cruisecast and cable tv deals (right ideas, wrong team, time). Where AT&T is about owning, T-Mobile simply says "we're a pipe, fill it" and as stats are showing, they're gaining not only customers but improving their network, getting close to the USAs best network for data, Verizon.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Last year when asked what I do, I started to describe Comunicano as being in the value creation business for our clients. Some peers initially questioned the terminology, but I continue to contend with forty former clients who have successfully exited, that what we do as an agency is exactly that, create value for the founders and investors. That's why the first article is all about what we have been saying, and it's always nice to have third party validation by one's peer, directly or indirectly. The numbers also don't lie. Of the 40 clients, the publicly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Happy Sunday.....Facebook is going to disrupt sports and entertainment as we know it. Forget TMZ. Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood. ESPNs SportsCenter. Facebook with live, streaming video is now a live new outlet for real time news, sports and entertainment. How are they a news outlet? First, with their move to Stadium, they have set themselves up as a news outlet in sports. By becoming a news outlet that affords them protection in the USA by the First Amendment. Next with photos and now live video, and their ability to aggregate and share content, they are going to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Check out today's stories.......lots of good reading that's thought provoking. And not ONE about the Trump-Fox feud. You can read that everywhere else. Lots of really well written pieces on a variety of subjects that are relevant to many of you in different ways. Start Up? Got a few. Growing a business.. Yup there's some. Tools? Sure got 'em. What's coming up from the big players? They're there...and much, much more...so have a read, over coffee--yes, that's included. Have a view on the news today? Please let me know what you think....Andy Abramson F.C.C. Proposes Changes in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Back in the day, when I was married, my wife, used to joke that if the hotel didn't have broadband or Wi-Fi, "Andy didn't stay there." It was why we installed cable broadband in her mother's house, and why over time her broadband went from cable to 100 meg fiber (which she still has). To me, as Ken Rutkowski and I used to say on the "World Technology Roundup," "stay connected" was and remains a way of life. Yesterday started out as it always does. Waking up, finding the laptop, a quick check of email, a peek at Facebook for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Hello from Fort Lauderdale where I'm attending a very successful IT Expo and IOT Evolution. Both events are packed with attendees, speakers and exhibitors, and both are buzzing with the news of the new event scheduled for July 18-21st in Las Vegas, All About The API. Today I moderate a Keynote Panel about API's at 10 AM, and then head back to the "warmer" left coast.....Check out today's stories....... Have a view on the news today? Please let me know what you think....Andy Abramson New Chase eATMs Will Use Smartphone App Instead Of Debit Or Credit Card... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique It's still a bit cold in Miami, and I'm off shortly to head to Fort Lauderdale for IT Expo and to catch up with the VoIP/WebRTC and Video crowd. On Wednesday I'm moderating a panel at 10, and then racing to catch my noon flight back to the west coast....Today though the news story thread is more about DISRUPTION. It's hitting all industries so take the time to read these gems....Oh, and don't forget to catch me onBusiness Rockstars later today at 145 PM PST/445 PM EST. I've found a few gems of apps and web sites... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Hello from COLD and CHILLY Miami. You read right. Cold and Chilly. It's only 46 degrees, and I'm staying INSIDE. The Marathon is running outdoors, but before the race began you could feel the chill in the air. Today's top story has to be the winter storm that is wrecking havoc all along the east coast, messing up transportation this weekend and potentially impacting travelers to this week's IT Expo in Fort Lauderdale....You've heard of rain outs in baseball and games getting called because of rain. Well here's one in hockey. The Islanders and Flyers game in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at VoIPWatch
JetBlue just became my favorite airline.....I'm flying my way to Fort Lauderdale and next week's IT Expo when I decided to try something that back in 2008, along with now Wall Street Journal Tech Reporter, Joanna Stern, caused quite a stir with AirCell and the GoGo team. Back then Joanna and I proved that calls to someone on a GoGo equipped plane was possible. Back then, USA Today first called me a "hacker" but I convinced them to change the headline. Today, well, just call me resourceful. So today, you see, I decided to try and repeat history....or actually, make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique There's nothing like waking up to see your name in the news. In this case I was asked about the recent move by FaceBook to enter sports. See the first story for more. On that theme, traditional television, especially cable is seeing the pain, blues and agony due to the expansion of OTT content. To say 2016 will be a "game changing" year is an understatement. The big thing is Sports isn't Hollywood, and its sure not tech. Being in the mix though makes me feel that the winds of changes are here...... Reminder--If you're at IT... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Today I found a bunch of "interesting" watches and reads for you. The first item is from a company I'm advising, Telzio. They're a small, Los Angeles startup with big ideas. They're taking advantage of the Amazon Echo's API to show innovation. Speaking of the API, if you're at IT Expo next week in Fort Lauderdale, I'll be moderating a Keynote Panel on Wednesday. It's all part of the run up to this Summer's "All About The API" event in Las Vegas. Take a watch, then a read... Have a view on the news today? Please let... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Slow news day yesterday. Slow news today. Even the Uber driver yesterday was saying it was slow. Call it a holiday, but lots is happening in Miami where NAPTE is going on. That's the dealmaking show for the television industry. For my friends at YIPTV it was also a milestone moment. 100 Channels in less than nine months is nice growth. What's more impressive is with the number of subscribers they have YIPTV is as large as some cable operators in the top 20 in the USA. That's GROWTH...now onto the NEWS. Have a view on the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Today is Martin Luther King Day in the USA, so it's a Federal Holiday. Banks, schools and government workers all get a three day weekend so that makes it a bit of a slower than normal Monday news day. Still, I've found a few items of interest and some breezy reading for you....so have at it...and enjoy your semi-day off if you are "working." Have a view on the news today? Please let me know what you think....Andy Abramson Uber will fly you to Sundance in its new choppers Airbus CEO Tom Enders confirmed that the aircraft... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Sunday is the day I look more for the non-news articles and stories that make you think. Learn. Discover. Sure I toss in the occasional "fact" based news story but Sunday's are lazy days. Lean back. Relax. So today you're going to find what I call "The Sunday Paper." Back when I was a kid on Sundays, I would race downstairs for the Philadelphia Inquirer, pull the sports section for Dad, kill off the classified sections (want ads, car ads, for sale ads) rummage through the inserted circulars then give those to mom, and take the rest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Today is one of these days when a lot is in the news. Choosing for you, I made some hard decisions on what makes for the stories that are not as popular yet. Have a view on the news today? Please let me know what you think....Andy Abramson Google Playing Swift Catch Up in Life Sciences Cloud In 2003, the first human genome required $3 billion and fifteen years to fully sequence. Since then, the cost has dropped to around $1,000 and a sequence takes one day. Aside from the sequencers and tooling required, the early efforts... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique OOOH is today a news junkies kind of day. Lots of facts, thoughts, insight on many parts of the Internet online, connected and engaged economy. We'll start off with two events you need to know about. First is Google I/O and the second is Mobile Sunday at Mobile World Congress. Both are always high volume, major networking and lots of learning events, even if the learning is simply who you need to deal with this year. Moving on, you have some news stories and features that go deeper into what's going on...so READ ON. Have a view... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique While the news of David Bowie's passing broke Sunday night, I couldn't help but be amazed at how many friends, colleagues and members of the media all had a story. Bowie was an amazing talent, and one who over his 25 albums and his many live performances he defined every style of music he made, played or started. RIP. Now, onto the news Have a view on the news today? Please let me know what you think....Andy Abramson David Bowie Dead: Legendary Artist Was 69 David Bowie has died after a battle with cancer, his rep confirmed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Sunday Papers was a song by Joe Jackson back in the 70s. So let's start off with thatand then get into the news. Today we have, Features and Opinions on a few topics of current note; of course some CES Wrap Ups for those who skipped the mass crowd; some news, some personality profiles and a new app to "Stay Connected" Have a view on the news today? Please let me know what you think....Andy Abramson Is the Hoverboard Cool? I RECENTLY visited a big-box electronics store, and decided to test-ride a hoverboard. An avid skateboarder for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique So the CES overhang continues to dominate the press but there are other good stories to read out there. The Atlantic's take on email and messaging is a must read for anyone who is dealing with email overload (who isn't), and the first article on VR Porn is clearly an indicator of what will be possible with Virtual Reality as we all know, as goes porn as goes the direction of products and the internet. The story on Cuba and the Internet show that we're far from done on creating networks, while the two article on T-Mobile's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique The news is mostly dominated with "news" out of CES regarding new products, new technologies and even some T-Mobile related controversy. Have a view on the news today? Please let me know what you think....Andy Abramson EFF Claims That T-Mobile's Binge On Is Actually 'Just Throttling' Late last year, T-Mobile launched a seemingly miraculous offer called Binge On that allows you to stream unlimited quantities of video using cellular data, for free. Now, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has scrutinized the service and claims that its video optimization is in fact "just throttling." [continue...] You May Soon Be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Marc, Thanks, but all it takes is a phone call, and asking TWC to do the unblocking, as well as getting access to the cable modem. Once that is done, you have full control of the modem.
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2016 on Speeds, Modems and Wi-Fi at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Welcome back to the work world. For those of you who have been on what feels like an extended vacation, the year is starting out with CES happening in Las Vegas. You don't need me to tell you what's happening there, and thankfully, I'm not there but there will be enough news coverage online that you'll feel like you are there. Today I awoke to find client MeetingMogul was featured in ProductHunt. If you're a PriductHunter, give them an upvote. And check out the app if you make or take part in conference calls. Have a view... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at VoIPWatch
As I sit sipping an Espresso at Intelligencia, one of Venice, CA's more hipper coffee roasters and cafes, I am seeing first hand just how much damage Apple has done to the world of Windows. Not a single person out of the 30 tech enabled patrons here are on anything but Apple. I see Mac's of all sizes, and the only person not on a Mac is using an iPad. oh, and looking at phones, they are all iPhones. Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2016 at VoIPWatch