eComm 2011 doesn’t disappoint

July 6, 2011
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Each year around 300 people gather together for three days in San Francisco at an invitation only event to plot the future of communications. The event is Lee Dryburgh’s eComm, the Emerging Communications Conference. You can think of it as TED, for the communications industry. Topics have ranged from Voice over IP, to the Internet […]

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Open Standards

June 27, 2011

I’m at eComm, the Emerging Communications Conference, for the next couple of days. Over dinner last night a heated debate erupted over open standards in telephony, the genesis of which was my Voice 3.0 piece posted on Friday. I didn’t explicitly state that open standards are important to the Voice 3.0 vision. Dan York took […]

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Voice 3.0: The Emergence of the Voice Web

June 24, 2011
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In October 2005, I published The Voice 2.0 Manifesto. The Manifesto’s theme was the marriage of voice to the web, and all of the accompanying technological and business shifts that might occur as a result. Five-and-a half-years later, some – indeed I would argue many – of the predictions made then have come true, or […]

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Lytro: the technology that brings bad photos into focus.

June 22, 2011
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People who know me know that I’m a photo geek.  I love great photos, and I like to flatter myself that occasionally I might even take one or two. Every photographer has encountered the problem that Lytro (unveiled yesterday) solves – an incorrectly focused image.   Lytro’s innovation is to place an array of “micro-lenses” in […]

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Seesmic’s decision reflects on their business, not Blackberry

June 21, 2011
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Yesterday the Seesmic team blindsided RIM with news that they would no longer develop Seesmic for Blackberry.  They were very public about it, and the only explanation offered was they would “discontinue support for Blackberry in order to focus development efforts on our most popular mobile platforms: Android, iOS, and Windows 7.”  The press seized […]

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Bre.ad: half baked, and maybe already toast.

June 19, 2011
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Bre.ad, the new link shortener promoted used by Lady Gaga, is a bad idea.  If you haven’t seen it yet, the quick recap of bre.ad is as follows: Shorten links by simply navigating to http://bre.ad/{your URL}.  It’s a little easier and simpler than visiting the bit.ly or ow.ly site. When visitors click on your bre.ad link, […]

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Living with Playbook, two months later

June 15, 2011
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When RIM launched the BlackBerry Playbook in mid-April, I grabbed one and started using it.  You might have noticed that I didn’t write about it the time.  The same as other writers, my initial take on the Playbook was that it had a lot of promise but wasn’t ready for prime-time.  Some websites didn’t work, […]

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Bria iPad Edition 1.0 a winner!

June 8, 2011
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I hadn’t really looked at CounterPath’s softphone offerings in some time, so when the Bria team asked me to take a peek at their latest offering, Bria iPad Edition 1.0, I jumped at the chance.  And boy, was I glad I did! Bria iPad Edition releases today.  It’s free $14.99, and it brings standards based […]

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Prediction: Windows 8 will RTM June 2012

June 2, 2011
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It was just before midnight last night that I caught up on the news that Microsoft had demonstrated the new Windows 8 UI at the D9 conference (liveblog and video here). The demo’s were slick, and Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky did a great job under pressure, handling Walt Mossberg’s pointed questions with aplomb.  I sent him […]

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RIM: Re-imagining “Phone” again

May 30, 2011
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The knives are out for RIM’s top management, but the financial press is missing the boat as they focus on short-term results. In 2002, the company remade the fledgling smartphone industry by releasing the first devices – Blackberry 5800 series – with integrated enterprise class email.  The arms race was on, as Microsoft and Palm […]

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