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Andy Abramson
Interests: travel, wine, friends, blues, tech, music-jazz, dining, rock.
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Yesterday I had my annual Rose Day party. It's something I started years ago where on Memorial Day weekend my friends and I would welcome Summer's impending arrival with cool, crisp, dry Rose wines from the South of France. As part of the many bottles opened I decided to organize a "Master Class" on Tavel for my friends. Actually the whole night could have been a master class in itself, as the number of Rose wines opened, offered and tasted was significant, and perhaps a rival to one dinner years back surrounding Chateauneuf du Pape. 2015 Domaine de la Mordoree... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at WINESCENE
Google already has Google +, but it's rolling out Spaces. They have GoogleVoice, Chat and Hangouts, but are rolling out Allo and Duo. While it's confusing to the general market, it's really a way to say that they are coming out with something totally new and not just upgrading what they had. The reason "NEW" is part of "NEWS" so if it was simply said at Google I/O that Google is going to upgrade their existing offerings it would be a yawn instead of a boom. And, judging by all the media attention SPACES, ALLO and DUO are getting, along... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique It's Google I/O Week in Silicon Valley so the fun game to watch is how Facebook and its related entities are playing "games" with Google in the news with announcements. Watching the news flow last week and this week the gamesmanship is at an all time high, while Microsoft, Twitter and Apple all stay off to the side. In other news, the hot topics remain chat, messaging and bots, that and Yahoo getting ready to be carved up and sold off...but who will be the buyer and what are their plans? Personally, I'm more intrigued and impressed... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at VoIPWatch
A few weeks ago, on Facebook, I wrote about an exciting new winery in Santa Ynez Valley, Habit, and three of their amazing exciting wines. It started with Rose, continued with Chenin Blanc and ended with their sublime Loire like Cabernet Franc. Honestly, it was hard to decide between the Chenin and the Cab Franc which I enjoyed more, as they were so different than the usual Santa Barbara Rhone or Burgundian style wines I've gotten used to. I mean, the Loire style on the Central Coast? That hasn't been really seen in years. Brian Babcock played a bit with... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at WINESCENE
The Comunicano Communique This past week and weekend I was back and forth over the weekend to San Diego and kicking around L.A. as part of my "see what's what where" experiment. What i was amazed at was traffic and how bad it was being reported using various tech tools. Beyond Waze and Google Maps, my GPS equipped Audi has traffic reporting built in. Literally what was supposed to be a less than two hour drive south at 10 AM turned into an almost three hour jaunt as "hazardous driving conditions" were reported from the moment I hit Irvine, CA.... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at VoIPWatch
As a lover of the Languedoc, Rhone and Provence regions of France, I often overlook how much I also enjoy Alsace, the Loire and Burgundy. And, when it comes to Burgundy, I mean the not so traditional parts of it, Beaujolais, Macon Village and Saint Veran where wine lovers can find amazingly interesting wines that won't break the bank. The 2014 Maison B. Perraud St. Veran is one of those wines. Imagine a Chardonnay that sees no oak at all, full of fresh fruit from start to finish. The layers of apples, pears and peaches, all minus the usual butterscotch... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at WINESCENE
Voxox has gotten out of the "free" business. To me this is a logical move. It allows them to focus 100 percent on their customers. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Nexmo, has been bought by Vonage for 2.5x revenue to get their 350 enterprise customers today, with one of the largest being UBER. If I was UBER's CTO I'd be concerned. The reason, integration of staff and technology. When you look at it, Vonage bought revenue, a team and relationships. All those need to be integrated into the telco that is already having to do the same with the likes of SimpleSignal and Telesphere. So while this is a CaaS play, Vonage is not currently geared to be in the B2B customer service business, or deal with all the clients... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique This past week and weekend I was up in Seattle as part of my "see what's what where." While it's obvious that Seattle is growing and attracting more technology companies, and with each trip to the region I find that the city is vibrant with a younger and more sophisticated crowd. What I also observed: A massive increase in homelessness on the street. It reminded me of SF in 2000 when I lived there for six months full time. This is going to impact the crime rate. Uber drivers are almost all immigrants. While in SF, SD... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Hotels install additional power outlets, once, and then as time goes on and many guests shove in oversized plugs or the outlets just get worn out your newer, slightly weightier iPhone/iPad charger no longer stay in the outlet? Some Uber drivers cancel a ride more often after dropping off another passenger, after accepting your ride, when surge pricing goes into effect? There's always someone in the TSA pre-check line ahead of you when you're in a rush and they don't belong there slowing down the whole system? Your credit card company flags legitimate charges as suspected fraud but let's the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2016 at VoIPWatch
As reported six days ago as rumor now seems to be playing out. InterRhone, the most important wine organization in the RhoneValley will sign and shortly a partnership agreement with Paso Robles based Hospice du Rhone according to sources close to the deal. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at WINESCENE
The Comunicano Communique This week is best viewed as Facebook's Week. With their F8 conference they are setting things up for their next few years of growth. This basically means now that they have attracted enough of us to be regular "users" and we're "hooked" it's really time to make money. The two big themes coming out of the event are API's to work with Facebook and Live Video. Thus Facebook is really going after the ability to be present in your life all the time. The series of stories below are a nice primer, so I encourage you to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Today on Business Rockstars with Ken Rutkowski, we talked about the cool apps, sites and tools to make you a better entrepreneur. The three you can watch from today were: FastLane - gets you an Uber from your Mac. Teleport - Uber for Groups. You book. They ride. You pay. WeLive - WeWork For Living spaces. In NYC and D.C. now... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Today is a sad day in Philadelphia and all across the world of sports and philanthropy with the passing of an icon, Ed Snider. As someone who grew up in so many ways thanks to Mr. Snider, today is one sad day for just as it is for everyone who ever was a part of the very extended Snider/Flyers' family, but most of all for Ed's children whom I knew, grew up around and worked with. Those who know me, know I grew up in sports from the age of 14, and so much that has followed... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Friday was one of those days where you just had to be there. It started out normal. The work day ended and I headed over to Culver City's really cool wine shop/tasting room/wine bar, "Bar and Garden" for their Five for Five on Friday. For a fiver you get to taste five wines. For ten, you get ten, and if you're really nice, a few more. Basically, the owners bring in local wine reps who pour their latest samples. The attendees comment, the owners then compare their notes with what the crowd liked and bring in new wines or have... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at WINESCENE
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It's been a few years since Paso Robles had a Hospice du Rhone, the wine event that helped really define the region as a Rhone grape mecca in the USA. But "Hopsice" is more than just an event. It really is the result of pioneering efforts by the Haas family, and their long relationship with the Perrin's of Beaucastel fame, bringing the region the Tablas Creek Nursery and then subsequently with the opening an eponymously named winery, Paso landed on the wine map. That was quickly followed by work from many local producers, growers, merchants and restaurant operators who saw... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at WINESCENE
The Comunicano Communique Good Morning. It's Friday and it's been a busy week. Our big client news was YipTV joining T-Mobile's BingeOn. For the New Jersey based company this is a major milestone and likely a harbinger of things to come......The news cycle this week has also been fast and furious as next week tax day looms on April 15th, so it "usually" slows down. We'll see. What company is hot? Facebook. Why? Start with pal Stephan Rust's blog post from last Thursday and then read the following few stories about the social network giant and I think you'll agree... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Today, along with Ken Rutkowski, the host of Business Rockstars, we spoke about: Amazon Echo and all its siblings and what you can do with it. Pipedrive, a very slick and easy to use CRM service. Cloutex, a super easy to use plugin for Chrome that makes adding LinkedIn info to Pipedrive Senders, a new in your email service that tells you all you need to know about the person sending you email Here's the link. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Good Morning. It's Thursday and as I wrote earlier in the week, the NEWS is happening. Today there is more than double the usual number of news stories you'll receive, with 18, and also far less feature content.....so grab the coffee and get ready to read. In technology we'll go well beyond the FBI iPhone Hack and all the news surrounding that, much of which is more speculation than fact. The tech news is from the usual and some unusual suspects. Microsoft with their Build 2016 Conference is dominating the tech press with stories surrounding their Hololens,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Good Morning. It's Tuesday and it's the kind of NEWS day I love. That's when there is actually NEWS to read. What's happening? Lots of new features in apps and from services. It's the storm before the Tax Time lull so expect lots of "we have something new" to be coming out the next week or so. Take a look. See which companies are actually doing something NEW....All that and more in today's Comunicano Communique. By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in Las Vegas. "All About The API"...... Digital Asset Holdings signs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Yesterday, on Business Rockstars with Ken Rutkowski, as one of their group of "Insiders," I highlighted three apps to help entrepreneurs operate their business better: The first was GetAccept. This is a cloud based solution that helps with proposal management and closing. Next up was SIFT, a way to sort through all the comments and suggestions made to companies via customer support and comment pages using Natural Language Processing. Last was Cabalot, an iOS app that compares the current rates where you are between the different flavors of Lyft and Uber so you save money. Catch me weekly on Business... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Today as I was assembling the Comunicano Communique, I came across a story about an Uber Driver chronicling his passengers in his car during a one night photo safari over on Vice.com. It got me thinking about the passengers' right to privacy, what permissions are granted and who has the right to capture your image and then promote, publicize or use it. To take it one step farther, who gave drivers, car services and transportation companies the right to videotape or record you without your express written permission. More and more we're seeing cameras pop up. In taxi's you have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Good Morning. It's a Monday and the stories today are going to help you do better business. Take the changes going on in Social Media. Instagram. Snapchat. Facebook. News about each of them leads things off. Then there's growth. Netflix and Spotify both are changing the ways we consume entertainment. All that and more in today's Comunicano Communique. By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in Las Vegas. "All About The API"...... Snapchat users now spend 25 to 30 minutes every day on the app, and it's trying to attract the TV money... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Happy Easter..Somehow The lead didn't save. So sorry. In today's COMUNICANO COMMUNIQUE we have lots of lists, easy to read news. Stories about Apple, Microsoft, HubSpot and more.....READ AWAY By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in Las Vegas. "All About The API"...... Microsoft demos 'Holoportation' with real-time holograms straight out of Star Wars Microsoft has shown off a lot of concept projects in the last year related to HoloLens, its $3,000 augmented reality headset, but this one just might be the crown jewel of them all. Dubbed " Holoportation," Microsoft Research's latest... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Yesterday on Business Rockstars, Ken Rutkowski and I talked about apps to keep your messaging and communications secure. We discussed and featured: Wire Telegram Confide Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2016 at VoIPWatch