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Andy Abramson
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The Comunicano Daily Lots of news from different parts of the connected world this morning. For starters, IBM wants to take on the problem with email, via a new service called Verse. Hopefully, the song doesn't remain the same. Verse comes at a time when Google is also rolling out INBOX and services like Slack are taking a major foothold in the pseudo time communications sector. IBM Launching Web-Based Email Service International Business Machines Corp. is launching a new offensive against Google Inc. and others in the email market, offering a Web-based service that marks a rare direct appeal by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at VoIP Watch
This statement in the ComputerWorld article about Sprint and AT&T Mobile offering next generation conferencing services from UberConference and Cisco is really all about. Net neutrality and parity. Because of this over-the-top services debacle, the net neutrality debate takes on greater meaning. If carriers can offer their own content and services on their own networks, they don't have to worry as much about whether they are throttling somebody's else's third party service, and they don't have to levy a higher charge on that third party to give its service greater priority on a busy network. What this also means is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at VoIP Watch
The news surrounding Sprint adding UberConference so far has been as loud as a pin drop, but it is something to realize is clearly a tell for where pal Craig Walker is taking the company that is now known as Switch Communications. He's gunning for the enterprise, and with $18 million dollars of A16Z and Google Ventures cash, plus his own money, he and the team there have the pieces, parts and smarts to do it. This reseller deal though will now hinge on the concept of selling through, as Walker and Co. have accomplished the "selling in" but are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at VoIP Watch
The Comunicano Daily Today starts WebRTC World in San Jose, CA. Already Cisco has made news at their own event a few hundred miles south in Los Angeles with a new service called Project Squared (see a few stories down)....Nokia is back and at the Slush Conference in Helsinki with an Android based tablet to rival the iPad....Technology has moved so fast that some are claiming the smartphone is now passe and connected devices are the new "IT" thing....Better image recognition is alive and well, so watch for new cameras to hit the market that show even more.....NYC Lync's Up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at VoIP Watch
The Comunicano Daily You can always tell when the news cycle is starting to slow down. It's when dirt, rumors and soft news starts to take hold. That's what this morning feels like as I scanned looking for stories. The holiday period is here and the next few weeks will be more about Cyber Monday, Black Friday and all the offers, deals become very visible. The first story is really revealing about Facebook, and how they basically build their own technology after looking at everything else when they can. It helps them maintain a market lead, and they don't provide... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at VoIP Watch
The Comunicano Daily It's always nice to wake up to see Comunicano clients in the news. Today, GigaOm's David Meyer captured the news about Temasys launching the All AWS (Amazon Web Services) based Skylink for WebRTC developers. In essence, if someone is building services on Amazon's Web Services platform they can now quickly and easily use Temasys' technologies quickly and easily. Temasys wants AWS users to embed WebRTC comms using its platform The WebRTC company Temasys has released a platform called Skylink to help other firms build real-time communications into their apps and services. Because it is entirely built on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at VoIP Watch
The Comunicano Daily After a hiatus, The Comunicano Daily is back. Today, we'll lead off with what is a stellar review by ZDNET's Matt Miller about client Sonim's new XP7 AndroidSmartphone. Back in 2005 when Comunicano launched the Nokia Blogger Relations Program Matt was one of the first "pro" bloggers we contacted because he lives smartphones and has now for well over ten years. When you read Matt's review you'll quickly realize the difference between the typical "look what's new" like some web sites and publications tend to produce and a review from someone who has actually put a product... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at VoIP Watch
Extra-Exta read all about it, Skype For Business is coming back...well it is soft of. Basically, Microsoft has recognized that the Skype name has more credibility than Lync does so they're renaming Lync, Skype for Business. That's the crux of the story, that's untold in my view. Given that, this is as much a marketing decision as it is a business and engineering one. At the end of the day this looks like a defensive move to counter Google Apps and give Office and Office365 users from jumping ship. To me this may be the right move, but it may... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at VoIP Watch
Up until three years ago, I used to blog about the idea of Working Anywhere. About the same time I stopped, I started to travel even more than I did before, more than doubling may annual days on the road. As a global nomad I learned a lot about how to work on the road, in all kinds of conditions. Today, I dusted off WorkingAnywhere and wrote my first post in ages. Check it out. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at VoIP Watch
Back in April I posed the question "Is the Chromebook Your Next Deskphone" and now that Firespotter, the team behind UberConference has put Switch in the market, the value of my Chromebook as a regular part of my daily workflow just went up. Two simple Chrome extensions plugged in is all it takes, and given the audio quality found in the Dell Chromebook, the question I posed is now answered. The quality of the calls on Switch is high, the interface clean and easy and the ability to move a call from laptop to mobile easy. Ironically, Gizmo was the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at VoIP Watch
Love him. Hate him, but give T-Mobile USA's CEO John Legere credit as he is astutely aware of social media and the power it has. And, he doesn't duck and hide like his peers at the competition. He rises to the challenge, takes the reins and engages. More importantly, when a problem rises, he's on it. Instead of the usual CEO ducking and hiding style and pushing things off to the PR team, Legere and team took action, got to the bottom of the problem(s) and now have a fix. Legere to his credit has been engaging with me this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at VoIP Watch
Today the news broke about AT&T locking the new Apple Universal SIM once a customer activates it. Over Twitter T-Mobile's charismatic and always pugnacious CEO John Legere tweeted: @WaltBTIG iPads bought in Apple Store with apple sim, if activated on @ATT it locks, if @TMobile it doesn' stays flexible. #keepflex Upfront I've been a fan of what Legere and his team have done with growing the business, outfoxing AT&T on a merger deal, acquiring spectrum, buying up MetroPCS, refarming their spectrum to be more universal and roaming friendly, offering all kinds of "FREE" connectivity, staging promotions, pulling pranks and basically... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at VoIP Watch
I just started digging into the facts around the new Skype QIK video app and candidly, given the kind of expertise Skype and the QIK team have with video streaming, I would have expected MORE. Let's start with a side by side comparison of some of the more popular messaging apps that offer video messaging/chat: For starters, it doesn't stream. It's a download using a very old school approach of store and forward. Services like Glide leverage the cloud and have an almost INSTANT ON feel. Second Skype's 42 seconds isn't that long message but it is longer than SnapChat's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at VoIP Watch
I'm on the move. Well, in reality, I move around, alot. I have been a global nomad for more years than I can count, and I've also been a road warrior as well as a telecommuter since I was 14 when I started working in pro sports PR, dealing with the press and media at training camps, on the road at games, inside the press box, press room and from just about anywhere. Team buses. Hotels (my first office was in the late, lamented City Line Avenue Marriott in Philadelphia), so the idea of working in places where phones weren't... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at VoIP Watch
This comes out of the "stupid is as stupid does" department as clealy, someone inside Marriott's legal department, which is likely based right inside the Capital Beltway, doesn't know the basics of the Communications Act of 1934 nor the simple fact that jamming or causing interference that prevents reception of signals being sent over licensed spectrum is against the law. But the excuse they are using about protecting against rogue hotspots is a reach and purely spin in this longtime practiitioner of crisis communications management's mind and eyes, as well as a long time user of Hotel Broadband and WiFi.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at VoIP Watch
Take a little bit of GoogleVoice, throw in some, hook in some UberConference as the spice and you get--->SWITCH. perhaps the UBERphone for businesses of all sizes and the service that in my mind will wreck havoc with the likes of 8x8 and RingCentral to name a few. Right now it's in private beta and they are taking requests. To me, their "we're here" blog post explains a lot, and TechCrunch's Ryan Lawler has more details. So with Switch Craig Walker, Vincent, T.R. and the gang have taken a swing at three of the giants in one time at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at VoIP Watch
I continue to feel Skype's days are numbered. All one has to do is look at history. AIM (AOL's Instant Messenger) and ICQ were once the kings of Instant Messaging (IM). And while they are still around, the best way of describing them, along with Yahoo! Messenger, is to say they are on life support. Beyond SMS and the cheap calling that's already available over mobile which has basically gutted the need for those apps, there's now newer and more robust apps like WhatsApp and Viber that have taken the mobile ownership away from Skype, as has Twitter and Facebook's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at VoIP Watch
You have to hand it to T-Mobile and Apple. The Apple iOS 8 update includes updates that enable both VoLTE and HD Voice for users of the iPhone 5C, 5S and starting tomorrow, the 6 and 6 Plus smartphones. And, as a result I had my first HD Voice call that was over Mobile, and in my case it was over WiFi with T-Mobile's new WiFi calling for iPhone that iOS 8 enables. The sound quality was AMAZING. Clear, crisp and like I was in the same room with the other party who was on a Windows Phone. What's equally... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2014 at VoIP Watch
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 Sep 11, 2014 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