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Andy Abramson
Interests: travel, wine, friends, blues, tech, music-jazz, dining, rock.
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The Comunicano Daily Changes. Lots and lots of changes in mobile. T-Mobile rolls a stash of data. Doctors make video house calls. Sprint drops their sponsorship of Nascar. Those stories and more are all just below...So now onto the news.. T-Mobile Allows Subscribers to Hold on to Unused Mobile Data T-Mobile USA, the fourth largest wireless carrier in the United States, said on Tuesday that it would allow customers to roll their unused mobile Internet data into the next month's billing. Or, as John Legere, the company's chief executive, put it in a video broadcast: "What you don't use, you... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at VoIP Watch
The Comunicano Daily Apple Pay is rolling along. And like iTunes and the iPhone, more and more people and more retailers are using it. What's funny is Google had Wallet long before Apple Pay, yet the attention being given to Wallet vs. Apple Pay is small while Apple gets the attention. Dozens More Companies Sign Up for Apple Pay The list of companies working with Apple Pay continues to grow. On Tuesday, Apple announced that in recent weeks the company had signed up dozens more banks, retail stores and start-ups to adopt Apple Pay, the company's new e-commerce product, which... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at VoIP Watch
The Comunicano Daily The news out of Sydney touched me immediately on Sunday, as it was just about a year ago that I was near the coffee and chocolate shop that is currently under siege. That and the fact that I have friends in Sydney on both personal and professional levels. Thankfully, all are safe, and thanks to iMessage and email I knew within seconds of asking. While not on the same level as 9/11 in New York City, when I think how far we've come in the ability to contact and confirm that people are safe one can quickly... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at VoIP Watch
This past week the long awaited Brydge Keyboard and Speaker for the iPad arrived. And I love it. Sure it's adding weight to my iPad Air 2, but it's also giving me a real keyboard experience, and the audio that can't be beat. The Brydge has the fit and finish that compliments my iPad and basically gives me a Mac Book like experience. The keyboard is solid and responsive and has keys that are mapped to the most used iPad functions including brightness and audio controls, as well as the @ key, up, down, left and right cursors, Spotlight and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at VoIP Watch
Saturday evening Ray McKewon and I got together for our usual wine and food sharing night at Pamplemousse Grille where the conversation flowed, friends stopped by the bar to say hello and the food continues to be about the best around. We both kept our Paleo friendly menu, with Caesar salad and bone-in rib eye. I pulled wines from the bottomless cellar, two from the Maury region of France and one from the area known as the Cabardes. The two from Maury were from Mas Amiel, a producer best known for the fortified late harvest wines. First up was the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at WINESCENE
The Comunicano Daily Hello from a very wet and rainy, windy, blustery San Diego. Normally called Sun Diego, we're having one of wettest mornings on record with the wet stuff coming in off the coast and making driving rather trecherous. It was so trecherous, today's Breakfast With The Fire Chief, an event being organized by the great folks at San Diego Fire Rescue actually called it off. And I thought only baseball games were called off because of rain? That's given me some time to whip up today's news and share some really interesting tidbits of news...First up is two... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at VoIP Watch
Last night I played the role Wine Knight and ambassador to ex San Diego WinePal who relocated to the Emerald City area but was searching for wine and food like in the old days of her time in San Diego. One never to leave a damsel in distress, I put out the word I was looking for a BYOB friendly spot in Seattle and pal Lyle Railsback, Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant Super Sales Guy replied. Lyle knows my collection a bit, having now imbibed twice in Portland the last few years, including a memorable night with Domain Aupilhac's Sylvain Fadat... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at WINESCENE
Back in the day of VON and VoIP the most interesting part of the conference was always the Carl Ford led Interop. Part of the fun was getting your company in, then bringing all the gear and watching Carl masterfully orchestrate the interrelationships between vendors. Now, it can and is being done IN THE CLOUD and virtually. This month a bunch of folks have banded together to organize what is described as the world's First Vendor Independent WebRTC Coding Fest, simply known as WebRTC Fest. The panel of judges reads like a who's who in WebRTC land that observes the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at VoIP Watch
For the past month or so I've been aware of what became news today. I've been named "Business Traveler of the Year" by Business Travel USA Magazine. The honor, which I share with traveling Navy Wife, Heather Wilson, is just that. An honor. It's a "Red Badge of Courage" or in my case it really feels like winning the NHL's "Hart Trophy." So while I've been bestowed other awards like the Chevalier du Commanderie (Faugeres Conferie) which makes me a Knight (of wine) or being named USA Ambassador for the Grenache Association, this one carries the wounds of battle that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at VoIP Watch
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