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It's a given that everyone would like a faster network, no matter what they go online for. That spinning blue wheel of death is the bane of everyone, so it makes sense for providers to do their best to provide high-speed access. One Texas company has done just that, with the help of some leaders in the field.
5/3/2016 10:09:16 AM
Amazon's Alexa smart home device is rapidly becoming the big player in the smart home controls marketplace.
5/3/2016 9:37:26 AM
iPass, a provider of mobility management and Wi-Fi connectivity services, announced that it has launched the world's smartest mobile connection technology.
5/3/2016 9:19:54 AM
. With technology advances in cloud, mobile and social, the paradigm shifts in information management have and are moving fast - to the web.
5/3/2016 9:08:56 AM
The level of saturation in the smartphone market is starting to have an impact on shipments, and a new report from Juniper Research shows us just where the numbers are going.
5/3/2016 6:00:00 AM
Explaining what we like, and what we will in fact choose are two very different things, notes the executive director of a research and design collaborative that does human-centered design.
5/3/2016 6:00:00 AM
While the Large Hadron Collider spent a good while as the topic of disaster-speculation worldwide, it recently experienced a disaster of its own.
5/3/2016 6:00:00 AM
TMC, a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person and online, has announced the recipients of the 2016 WebRTC Product of the Year Award, presented by INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine and WebRTC World.
5/2/2016 3:16:00 PM
Two trends in particular are driving the new evolution of cyber security for businesses.
5/2/2016 3:06:59 PM
Subscription-based business models are surging in popularity. It seems like nearly every day there is a new subscription service available for consumers to opt-in to. The subscription billing market is surprisingly mature and touches several different industries. A few well-known examples are The Dollar Shave Club, BirchBox, RocksBox and Blue Apron. The appeal of subscription services to consumers is simple: there is an inherent flexibility as well as an additional emphasis on loyalty that goes above and beyond traditional one-time purchases.
5/2/2016 2:52:56 PM
The NFV Lab offers users complete access to a learning lab that features an OpenStack environment, along with Clearwater open source virtual IP multimedia subsystem (vIMS) virtualized network function (VNF) and Cloudify orchestration built around Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) systems. With such systems in place, approved users can start learning in a matter of minutes and actually develop a complete VNF operation from the ground up, and at no charge to the user.
5/2/2016 2:38:59 PM
This week is the ACUTA Aspire to Connect Conference in San Diego, Calif., bringing together thousands of Ed Tech leaders from across the U.S. One of the likely themes of the conference will be the shift from using the cloud to drive down costs and streamline infrastructures to using cloud applications to transform campuses.
5/2/2016 2:07:40 PM
Drum, a developer of applications for telecommunications companies, has selected Epsilon's co-location service to help expand the reach of its Drum Web meeting service.
5/2/2016 1:46:03 PM
Businesses working on customer experience should also ask questions that count to their customers, said Blank, adding this is a sign to customers that those organizations care about them. And studies, like one by a person named Morelli that was done in 2012, have found that when people experience empathy the same pleasure centers are activated as when they eat something sweet or get a physical reward like money.
5/2/2016 1:42:41 PM
Increasingly, more companies are taking up the gauntlet and bringing in both software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).
5/2/2016 1:21:53 PM
TMC, a global, integrated media company helping clients build communities in print, in person and online, today announced the winners of their 17th Annual CRM Excellence Award, presented by its premier publication, CUSTOMER magazine.
5/2/2016 10:41:29 AM
Chief Consumer Security Evangelist brings innovative point-of-view to leading Internet of Things conference in July.
5/2/2016 10:40:38 AM
Two words that describe the Crayola brand are imaginative and artful. Since the company's beginnings in the early 1900s straight through to today, these descriptors have remained relevant despite the fact that the company's products have continually changed. From simple wax crayons to the newfangled Digital Light Designer, Crayola's true north, according to Vicky Lozano, VP of Corporate Strategy, is to help parents and teachers raise creative and inspired kids.
5/2/2016 10:20:07 AM
Gary Holland, ION Verticals Marketing, Nokia, explains the importance of cloud data center interconnect.
5/2/2016 8:41:24 AM
HPE security expert,Smrithi Konanur, outlines the best approach for assuring mobile application security.
5/2/2016 7:36:11 AM
Happiest Minds Technologies says it is imperative to develop layered security approach with a 360 degree visibility into all corners of the network.
5/2/2016 7:30:00 AM
Bomgar highlights why hackers view the help desk as a prime attack target via social engineering or other means.
5/2/2016 7:30:00 AM
Cable TV company Charter Communications and the state of Missouri in the past couple of years have been party to a lawsuit involving discussion of both do-not-call laws and alleged TCPA violations.
5/2/2016 6:00:00 AM
Entrepreneurs often develop specific systems to help address problems, or go looking for already-developed systems to do the same thing.
5/2/2016 6:00:00 AM
A wide array of reports on cloud and cyber security in general were released this week as report season kicks into high gear.
4/30/2016 7:30:00 AM
There were some pretty significant announcements in the network functions virtualization (NFV), OpenStack, and software-defined networking (SDN) realms this week.
4/30/2016 7:30:00 AM
The eclectic nature of the Telecom Signaling Community was in evidence this week with items on service provider performance or lack thereof, an interesting item on what lies ahead and even some industry recognition.
4/30/2016 7:25:00 AM
The Next Generation Communications Community this past week had a little bit of something familiar and something new. The familiar was a continuation of two multi-part series I have been posting regarding national public policy impacts on broadband adoption and on community broadband. The new was about not just the development by host Nokia of its augmented reality (AR) OZO camera, but also the announcement of Disney as a customer. And, there was more.
4/30/2016 7:25:00 AM
This week in the Cyber Security Trend Community offered not only useful food for thought on various types of malicious activities but also some practical things to do and/or be aware of regarding clear and present dangers for the multitude of exploits out there. As such it highlights once again the need to not be just vigilant but also the imperative of keeping your sill sets and certifications as up-to-date as possible. Unfortunately, the bad guys are extremely adroit as creating new and virulent variations on themes.
4/30/2016 7:20:00 AM
Hello, my IoT friends. This is the IoT Evolution World Week in Review. I'm in New Orleans at Collision, a great tech and innovation conference, and boy have I been meeting some great folks. There's more to come, for sure. We'll get to the news in just a bit, but first a quick reminder about the IoT Evolution Expo in Las Vegas, July 11 to 14. If you want to get in on it as a sponsor or exhibitor, now's the time, so hook up with Matt Gleeson, our Biz Dev maestro.
4/30/2016 7:15:00 AM
Web-scale networking had another great week over the past seven days, and we have just some of the stories worth a second look.
4/30/2016 7:05:00 AM
IT and the Cloud were once again in the news this past week, and we have the highlights in your Week in Review.
4/30/2016 7:00:00 AM
It's been another major week of new developments in conferencing, a technology that helps businesses both inside and out make better connections and reduce costs.
4/30/2016 6:00:00 AM
This week in Call Recording headlines we heard about the troubles facing call centers in Canada and why technology like call recording is a vital tool in the competitive marketplace today.
4/30/2016 6:00:00 AM
Although it wasn't the busiest week for the unified communications space, there were still some stories of note. Let's take a look at the highlights.
4/30/2016 6:00:00 AM
Network transformation is taking place at a fever pitch. As the data center seeks to quench its need for speed, performance and scalability, the cloud, virtualization and a software-based future come to the fore.
4/30/2016 6:00:00 AM
Radware in a demonstration with 6WIND's Virtual Accelerator showed that the 20Gbps performance of its Alteon NG Virtual Appliance with OpenStack in an NFV environment is five times that of the nearest competitors. That kind of performance is important, the company explained, because while OpenStack is good for network optimization, virtual application speeds slow dramatically.
4/29/2016 5:48:28 PM
VirtualPBX recently announced revisions to its Softphone app that will likely receive a warm reception from its current user base. Support for more devices, network quality displays, and improved security are among the new features that have been added to the software.
4/29/2016 5:43:40 PM
Here's something known to be the bane of many a new car owner: The minute a car leaves the dealer's lot, it loses value-up to 9 percent of the purchase price, according to Richard Lavey, CMO at The Hanover Insurance Group. What's more, it loses 19 percent of its value in just the first year, says Lavey. So, what happens when you need to replace the vehicle due to damage or theft soon after your shiny new wheels hit the road? Does your auto insurance policy protect you against this instantaneous depreciation?
4/29/2016 5:32:05 PM
According to a recent study from Forbes Insights, brands and agencies are forcing themselves to step outside of their comfort zones in order to remain competitive. It's true; the study revealed that 60 percent of brand and agency executives feel that their responsibilities and roles have significantly changed over the past few years. As such, they've had no choice but to face head on the challenges of the rapidly evolving marketing landscape.
4/29/2016 4:56:20 PM
Usually when the government starts poking around your business, everyone gets nervous. There's a reason for that long-standing joke where everyone laughs when someone identifies themselves as: I'm here from the government, and I'm here to help you.
4/29/2016 2:35:12 PM
The Amazon Echo, not the Apple Watch, became the last iPod-like product largely because of a far more accessible price point, a more compelling name, and a far stronger interoperability argument. In fact, I could argue the Echo, which likely had a bunch of ex-Apple folks working on it, is closer to something Steve Jobs would have supported than the Apple Watch. But what is coming after the Echo and all its siblings? It could be the rumored next generation Apple Watch or something very different.
4/29/2016 1:59:33 PM
In the dizzyingly fickle and fast-paced world of social media, it's becoming increasingly difficult for organizations to separate value and expertise from the fakers and the cheaters. Companies need a clear game plan to navigate this complicated and crowded world while retaining brand integrity and credibility.
4/29/2016 12:28:33 PM
The landscape for data centers has changed over the past decade, with facilities spreading to somewhat remote areas like Iceland and Sweden thanks to their naturally cool temperatures and native geothermal power.
4/29/2016 12:19:38 PM
It's easy to forget, with the popularity of cloud VoIP, instant messaging, collaboration tools and other advanced communications technologies, that fax is still around. In fact, it's very likely that most of the people reading this assumed fax was long dead, unless they happen to still use it in the office. And to an extent, that's true. Besides legal offices, which continue to rely on fax for still being the most secure way to send a document, when's the last time you used a fax machine?
4/29/2016 12:13:25 PM
Interactive Intelligence has been searching for a proper session border controller (SBC) to bring virtualized network functions to its communications-as-a-service platform that allows contact centers to manage all their voice and data needs in the cloud. It recently ended that search by selecting an AudioCodes product.
4/29/2016 12:03:01 PM
INTERNET TELEPHONY's SDN Excellence Awards have been bestowed upon companies that demonstrate the innovation, vision, and execution to deliver software-based networking tools to support different and unique communities of interest.
4/29/2016 11:34:53 AM
Coriolis - Cloud Migration as a Service! is a new offering from Cloudbase Solutions that allows for the automated migration of Linux and Windows workloads between clouds.
4/29/2016 11:33:19 AM
IT and software governance are an important but often overlooked component of most IT departments. In the mad race to keep abreast of changing technologies, increased network demands and a flurry of revolving applications and services, software governance is typically not ranked high on the priority list for overworked IT departments.
4/29/2016 11:25:59 AM
Putting the pieces together is an integral portion of business communications. IP-based communications are by nature complex and require components to work in concert to deliver exceptional experiences. And with the surge of businesses jumping on the VoIP bandwagon, the market is rich with interoperability.
4/29/2016 11:06:16 AM
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