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Andy Abramson
Interests: travel, wine, friends, blues, tech, music-jazz, dining, rock.
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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
The Comunicano Communique Today is the APPLE SHOW..Live and Uncut. Apple, which loves to stream their new product shows, basically uses their own iTunes infrastructure to sell first to their already owning customers. But that also means a lot of the news today and tomorrow is Apple related news....But there's more. Today you can read Micrsoft's own reaction to their massive mistep with "Schoolgirl Skirts" at the Game Developers Conference, what is really new at Facebook and more all in today's COMUNICANO COMMUNIQUE..READ AWAY By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in Las Vegas. "All About... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique The news in the tech world continues to be a bit SLOW. Perhaps its all the Trumpeting about our next president that's causing the news to slow in the business side of things, or perhaps it's all just the post CES, Post MWC, Post SxSW or Post whatever hangover, but most of the news this past week felt to me as being more manufactured than real...so that's why there hasn't been a newsletter all week...So as for today, take a read and see what's new and in the news all in today's COMUNICANO COMMUNIQUE..READ AWAY By the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at VoIPWatch
I have to admit, the voice space has been, well, rather boring the last few years. And, with it, VoIPWatch has become less and less a VoIP focused blog and more and more a news blog featuring stories that I find interesting, and which I've started to share here and within the Comunicano Communique (which you can subscribe to HERE). Thankfully, over the past few weeks, a few Voice related services and apps have renewed my enthusiasm for voice as it is clearly alive (as it has always been) and inventiveness is far from dead. Let's look at a few... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique A dozen stories today, and some themes. Also a shout out to my friends at L.A.'s own Hyperloop Transportation Technologies and their story in the WSJ. Ironically, it comes at a time where L.A. (see below) is rapidly becoming one of the most expensive places to visit--which is why I'm glad I live here. The reason..Messaging, encryption and bots. They are also hot topics, as is VR (Virtual Reality)...and the declining attention span, how to counteract that and more....today, all in the COMUNICANO COMMUNIQUE..READ ON By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique "If you want to walk the walk, you have to talk the talk." Getting quoted is about just that. Today, once again, I was quoted by a leading media outlet. Network World. This time by their News Editor, Bob Brown on the subject of Wi-Fi hotspot blocking. Having been the victim of this in the past, it was rewarding to see how well Brown captured the story as told by facts, everyday people and experts. It's a nice read, and perhaps one of the most accurately written stories on the subject. Beyond that story, lots of hard... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at VoIPWatch
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Today on Business Rockstars I talked about three apps. NO MORE VOICEMAIL http://nomorevoicemail.co/ PAPER http://www.fiftythree.com/ WAKIE http://wakie.com/ Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Today I'm over at Business Rockstars, on the air, talking about apps you need to know about. You can catch me live at 2:45 PM Before then, lots of interesting news articles, features and tips today. I really like the Medium article on the Internet being mobile and the shifting patterns of acquisitions going on. Read that and more... By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in Las Vegas. "All About The API"...... Amazon debuts its first live show that lets you shop while you watch Amazon's foray into fashion continues today with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at VoIPWatch
The Comunicano Communique Over the weekend my Switch app Switched to Dialpad. Long time voice over IP mavens will recall the company that was one of of the pioneers in VOIP competing with DeltaThree, MediaRing and Net2Phone for Voice traffic as an alternative to the PSTN. This weekend, pal Craig Walker and the team at Switch changed their name to Dialpad after purchasing the name from Yahoo, the company which bought Dialpad back in 2005. My blog post is the first story today. Read that and more... By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in Las... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at VoIPWatch