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Andy Abramson
Interests: travel, wine, friends, blues, tech, music-jazz, dining, rock.
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JANUARY 19 - ISSUE #4 Good morning from wet Los Angeles. We’ve had a good dousing of rain in the area, which in some cases is good, as we need the water. On the other hand, wet weather and Southern California are never really friends. Today we have news ranging from a look back at the Obama Tech Surge; how governments use app stores as the front line of censorship; a story I’m quoted in on what makes for a great extended stay hotel; and why threaded messages are going to be the new normal. Those stories, an infographic on... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at VoIPWatch
JANUARY 18 - ISSUE #3 It’s Humpday. So let’s help you get over it. Google is really working to be a major player in mobile phone service. The signs are all there. First cheaper phones. And more viral marketing of Fi. Qualcomm is in trouble. Again. FaceBook and France are Friends. Amazon patents the hiway. Evernote updates their app. Marriott takes you to their movies while Seinfeld marries up with Netflix. Google's low-cost Android One program may expand to the U.S. WWW.GREENBOT.COM – Share Android One has brought a set of hardware and software standards to budget phones in developing... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano for January 16th 2017 JANUARY 16 - ISSUE #1 Presenting the debut 2017 Edition of The Comunicano. We’re on a new platform, Revue, and the approach will be a bit different too. There will still be at least eight stories a day to keep you informed, and there may even be some commentary. With each issue we’ll also be making some tweaks and changes so tell me what you think and most of all share the Comunicano. Top Tech Noise Top Tech Noise is what’s hot you need to know about today. Being a semi-holiday, not much is... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at VoIPWatch
You have to love it when the mobile operators entice you with "unlimited data" and then as demand creeps up on them, they start to roll back on what you get, and raise the price too. Over the past two days, both Verizon and AT&T have made announcements impacting the grandfathered "Unlimited Data Plan" holders. Makes you wonder if this is coincidence or collusion at times. I don't think it's either. It's likely just more reaction to what T-Mobile is doing. The reality is it's nice that the carriers are finally coming clean on "unlimited" not being that, with speed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at VoIPWatch
Back in the early part of the 2000's I was penning a wine column for the Del Mar Times on a weekly basis. The fun of writing the column was how I would get exposed to more wine reps, brokers, importers as well as winemakers. One night I was at a dinner put on by the Torrey Wines folks with an importer who specialized in New Zealand wines. Pretty much up to that point the exposure to NZ wines on the west coast was limited to Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Villa Maria, Ata Rangi Pinot Noir and a few others.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at WINESCENE
One of the most interesting things about the three Tavel Rose wines that Domaine de la Mordoree produces is how different each one is, and how from year to year, any one of them can be the winner. In my view back in 2013 the Les Vestides was the hands down winner, while in 2014 it was the La Dame Rousse. This year I think it's the La Reine des Bois. Of course the Vin de France entry, the La Remise de la Mordorée also puts up a strong fight, but that's not at all Tavel or even close. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at WINESCENE
As the New Year is now here there's an upbeat feeling in the business community bolstered by a feeling that 2017 will be a banner year for non-technology companies expanding their buying of technology startups. With 43 of those types of companies now under my belt, ranging from taking a company wire to wire, to being there at the start, middle and end of the process, there's some key trends I'm seeing, both in VoIP as well as also in the collaboration space. For starters, Intellectual Property will be a key driver for which companies get acquired. That means patents... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at VoIPWatch
As 2016 wound down, and as 2017 emerged it was a chance to visit with friends, enjoy a spirited night of friendship and then on New Year's Day travel to a friend's house to celebrate their marriage. On NYE I had the good fortune to pull six wines from my "Deep Cellar" and enjoy them with my dear friends at Akasha in Culver City, CA. The 2015 Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rose was a great starter wine. As reviewed below, this was one of my favorite Rose wines of the year along with the Chateau Vignulare from outside of Aix and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2017 at WINESCENE
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Of all the Rose wine I tasted in 2016 both while here in the USA and on my trip this past July and August through the Rhone, Marseille and the Languedoc I kept coming back to three Rose wines that stood out, and while the Tavels go from strength to strength it was wines from Corsica, the Coteaux d'Aix en Provence and Bandol that got my heart racing and drove my lust levels for the idea of #RoseAllDay. For New Year's Eve, I decided to pop the last of the half dozen bottles I went through this year of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at WINESCENE
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As the year "wines" down I keep checking in on the 2015 Rose's each night with dinner. Last night I popped the 2015 Domaine de la Mordoree Tavel Rose Reine des Bois which like the other Rose wines I've opened this week continues to be another standout. Mordoree has vineyard holdings in Tavel, Lirac, Chateauneuf du Pape and elsewhere in the Rhone, and their reds are some of the most interesting to behold. But to me their Rose wines are the charmers, starting with their non AOC Vin De France Le Remise. That wine delivers a fruit bombing roller coaster... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at WINESCENE
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As the year winds down to a needed ending, I've continued the tradition of #RoseAllDay or in my case, #RoseEveryDay as the 2015 vintage continues to be the approach as I just don't remember in recent years the level of consistency, character and friendliness that the Rose's have shown so far. What's more now after roughly 9-10 months or so in bottle the development of the wines I've enjoyed over that time seems to go from strength to strength. Take the 2015 Château de Trinquevedel Rose, imported by Kermit Lynch for as long as I've been drinking this delightfully bright... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2016 at WINESCENE
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The 2015 Alain Jaume Tavel Le Cretace Rose has now been in my cellar for about eight months since I purchased a mixed case of 2015 Tavel Rose's from an east coast merchant that has an early arrival pipeline with the importer, Kysela Pere et Fils. For me, the 2015 vintage of Rose wines the world over are pretty much an abundances of riches, and while some may want to age the wines a year or more, or some retailers may want to sell the 13's and 14's they have on their shelves, the 15's are the real winners in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at WINESCENE
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When one thinks of Spanish wines, normally only a handful of regions come to mind. Rioja, Ribera del Duero and likely the Priorat. But true wine hunters and seekers have been also known to look out for wines from Montsant, Calatayud, Bierzo and Campo de Borja. The latter of the "hunting ground" regions is best known well for its well aged and deep rooted Grenache vines, and was made popular in the early 2000s with the discovery of Tres Picos, a wine made by Borsao winery and one of the best known Jorge Ordonez Selections. Ordonez pioneered the "off region"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at WINESCENE
I am going to start to write more and more wine reviews, preferably of both current wines and "Deep Cellar" bottles from my own collection. If you have wines to review or are holding tastings here in Los Angeles, please get in touch with me. Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at WINESCENE
Christmas Dinner was a pot of chili, roasted lamb, wilted garlicky greens and arugula and tomato salad. Wines were two from the 2012 vintage, one from California's Central Coast, and another from the Ribera de Duero 2012 Workman Ayer de Facto Central Coast Red A gentle, soft, easy to drink red made from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. This is a great bistro wine. Lots of fruit, not much in the way of tannins (at this point). It's very easy to drink this wine, as it's all red and black berry, cherry and some purple plums. 2012 Rios de Tinta Ribera... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at WINESCENE
Neil Shact has an interesting post about a Mitel purchase of struggling and near bankrupt Avaya. My view is there's a nice missing piece to that puzzle. It's called Counterpath. The reason is the rich patent portfolio they have that fills in gaps between both companies, especially in the area of Fixed Mobile Convergence, applications provisioning and Wi-Fi calling. Lastly, Counterpath still has the best softphone technology around. Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2016 at VoIPWatch
I continue to feel that 2015 and Rose wines will go down as one of the best vintage years around the world. Every 2015 Rose I've had from France and the USA which I've had the good fortune to open this year or taste on my travels continues to show me how good of a year the vintage is turning out to be. Start with two Rose wines I had this weekend: 2015 Big Table Farm (Oregon) Laughing Pig Rose This is a wine made from all Pinot Noir. But, when you taste it, you think you're having a Rose... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at WINESCENE
My friendship with the staff and owners at Akasha and at AR Cucina has blossomed over the year since Thanksgiving night 2015. It truly is now "Moose of L.A." for me. I guess being nice, sharing and caring pays off. What this has allowed me to do is something that only those with a "Deep Cellar" can do. That's try wines in a educational or thematic manner with the crew there and simply enjoy great, very healthy, well prepared food with friends all the time. A few nights ago it was the wines of Charles Jouget. Two 2006 Chinons, Clos... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2016 at WINESCENE
In the early days of VoIP we all were affected by things like packet loss, buffering and jitter. Most of that has gone away with the arrival of faster last mile access, faster and more powerful processors on our PCs, in our desktop and mobile devices and most of all better compression with codecs that make VoIP possible. Yet, the decline in call quality, once you go off the traditional mobile or PSTN calling approach seems to be increasing not decreasing. If you ever wondered why more people call each other on the new apps, this is one more reason... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2016 at VoIPWatch
On the heels of Truphone closing its VoIP app, and going whole hog into the global corporate roaming business, Rogers Canada has expanded Roam Like Home to work on more plans. This service is very similar to Travel Pass from Verizon here in the USA and other services that have long been available in Europe. For example, Three in the UK has had Feel At Home up and running for a few years. While the bulk of the biz that Rogers will likely see is from people crossing into the USA there's an obvious shift to recoup some of the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Truphone, pioneers in the mobile VoIP space have officially closed their VoIP app business as of today. An email from the company explained that there's no more service, support or refunds related to the service that created such a stir within the VoIP and mobile industry. For those who never used a Truphone mobile app, the service debuted on the Nokia N-Series at a VON Conference in Stockholm. It allowed users to make calls over Wi-Fi and to actually have a second number on the mobile device. The service, which was invented by James Tagg, came out of the goal... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at VoIPWatch
Brad- You bring up some good points and I agree with you about "public voice" vs. "private voice" and hear it too often. The best suggestion though is the one sided call and reply with text. I've actually done that, but it's a generational appreciated approach. Noise cancelling headphones and cones of silence may be the real answer, with each person "noised" out so no one hears them.
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The 2008 Patricia Green Croft Vineyard Pinot Noir was another one of these ageless Pacific Northwest reds that I love to find in my cellar. The wine had a Grenache like spicy nose, likely due to the bigness of the wine. This was a big Pinot Noir, rich, ripe and meaty. The flavor was in the profile of a big bones Burgundy that was likely half its age. Given the structure of the wine and the youthful nature of it, steak was the perfect compliment to it. Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at WINESCENE
Popped open the 2001 K Vintners Cougar Hills Syrah the other night with friends. Talk about an older wine that thinks it's young. This is clearly one of those that just wants to stay a baby for a long time. At age 15 you would think this wine would be well past middle age and in the more in the graceful elder status. Not so. The Cougar Hills Syrah was big, bright and full of fruit. It showed so much life that even in the decanter for an hour or more it was still a massive wine, showing lots of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at WINESCENE
I don't know what the big debate is about when it comes to making calls from airplanes. USA Today and other media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal all covered what is a religious like debate between the FAA, the FTC and various factions in air travel over the viability, technical capability and passenger disturbance factors surrounding calls while flying. For starters, it's obvious most of the reporters never flew when we had GTE Airfone in existence. There handsets were scattered two for every three seats or so, and you swiped a credit card or used an account code to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2016 at VoIPWatch