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Andy Abramson
Interests: travel, wine, friends, blues, tech, music-jazz, dining, rock.
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Long time peer and friend in the collaboration sector, David Coleman, best known for his Collaborative Strategies consultancy, has launched a new website, CollaboratingBetter.com. 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 5 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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 Feb 20, 2017 at VoIPWatch
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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 Feb 17, 2017 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 Feb 17, 2017 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 Feb 15, 2017 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
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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
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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