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Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in July 2006
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Free Calling for Mobile Phones
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
A Swedish startup lets mobile users place and receive free international phone calls, albeit with a few headaches.
SOTAs: The Telephony Code
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
Service orientation simplifies the building of telephony-enabled applications, but pitfalls still abound. Here's what vendors are up to and what you should look out for.
Thin Phones Aren't Enough; Motorola Pursues Mobile App Market
News  |  7/31/2006  | 
A slew of new announcements demonstrates Motorola's efforts to position itself as the go-to vendor for businesses deploying wireless applications and services.
Web Brings War Home
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Though it's not easy to upload large files to the Internet from Iraq, many soldiers are posting still and video images once they return home. The practice is gaining the
Skype Releases New Toolbars For Office, Outlook Express, Thunderbird
News  |  7/28/2006  | 
Skype has released three new toolbars for Web, email, and desktop applications, which allow people to make VoIP calls from directly within from popular applications including Microsoft Outlook Express and
VoIP Call Quality Takes A Nosedive: Survey
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
VoIP call quality has taken a nosedive over the last 18 months, with nearly 20 percent of VoIP callers experiencing unacceptable voice quality, according to a survey done by Brix
CA's AllFusion ERwin Data Modeler r7
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
This data modeling tool offers a complete toolset that supports nearly the entire database development lifecycle.
AIM Professional--Too Little Too Late?
News  |  7/27/2006  | 
The release of AIM Professional--despite encryption, antivirus support and access to extra content--may be a year late and a barrel of enterprise features short.
Home Office Owners Lead Consumer VoIP Charge
News  |  7/26/2006  | 
Study says income-generating or corporate-provided home offices are more likely to sign up for VoIP.
New Skype For Mac Moves To Beta
News  |  7/26/2006  | 
Skype for Mac OS X 1.5 has been redesigned to better integrate with the Mac's built-in address book as well as Microsoft Entourage.
VoIP Makes Big Gains In Consumer Market
News  |  7/26/2006  | 
Study finds that the VoIP consumer market increased by 700,000 households, from 2.2 million in the first quarter of 2006 to 2.9 million in the second.
Vyatta Launches Open Source Router
Commentary  |  7/26/2006  | 
Vyatta officially launched its open source routing platform this week. The routing software, called Open Flexible Router (OFR), is available for a free download....
Zultys Technologies' MX30 3.0
News  |  7/26/2006  | 
MX30 3.0 adds advanced features such as scripted auto-attendant and automated call features like call recording to its IP PBX for small and midsize businesses.
Extreme Networks Targets Convergence With New Switches
News  |  7/25/2006  | 
Extreme Networks on Tuesday expanded its portfolio with new fixed-edge switches and new Gigabit Ethernet, Power over Ethernet (PoE) and security features for its modular edge/aggregation switch line.
Symantec, Yahoo Partner On Security
News  |  7/25/2006  | 
The two companies will market a $49.99 co-branded suite throughout the Yahoo network.
Beyond Print 08 - Beyond PR
Commentary  |  7/25/2006  | 
Beyond Print 08 Podcast - Beyond PR (download here) - This week's show is an interview with media analyst Sam Whitmore. We talk about the media, full disclosure, bloggers, getting slammed in the blogosphere and how to deal with bad...
How To Manage Skype in the Enterprise
News  |  7/25/2006  | 
Skype is many network manager's nightmare. But it needn't be. A well-known expert shows you easy ways to detect, manage, and bend the application to your will
Microsoft Releases 'Feature Complete' Exchange Server 2007 Beta 2
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Microsoft released its second beta of Exchange Server 2007 on Monday, a version that the development team said sports all of the features that will be in the finished product.
AMD Takes Graphics Chipset Plunge With ATI Acquisition
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
The buy should also expand AMD's manufacturing capability, as well as integrate microprocessors and graphics engines in a single chip. The acquisition is set to be wrapped up by year's
Nortel Teams With Microsoft For VoIP, Services
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Nortel Networks is rallying its channel to push beyond the boundaries of its traditional service provider focus into both the SMB segment and larger enterprises.
New Disk-Lubricating Process Could Bring 1-Terabyte Laptops
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Though still several years away, a disc drive manufacturer has patented a process that may bring about computer hard drives and handheld devices that can store as much as a
In Rising Rivalry With Cisco, Microsoft Improves Its Position With Nortel Deal
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
Microsoft and Nortel will co-develop unified communications products as part of a broad deal.
Systems Management Vendors Add Features To IT Toolbox
News  |  7/24/2006  | 
BMC, IBM enhance systems management suites with more automation.
Home VoIP Growing; Vonage Leading Pack
News  |  7/21/2006  | 
Home VoIP subscribers continue to adopt Internet phoning at a rapid rate.
Voice Phishers Work Harder To Get Your Number
News  |  7/21/2006  | 
Scammers have begun using the telephone to harvest data for use in identity theft and credit card fraud, and VoIP is making it easier for them to cover their tracks.
Straitshot's Aim: More Bandwidth For Less
News  |  7/21/2006  | 
Maximum bandwidth at minimum cost. That's what Straitshot Communications' Intelligent Private Network (IPN) service is all about, and the company is looking to add solution providers who want to apply
Analysis: SIPphone's Free VoIP Calling Plan
News  |  7/20/2006  | 
Read the fine the print on this Skype-competitor's offer for free international and domestic calling.
Free Tool Scans Sites For Threats
News  |  7/20/2006  | 
The tool, dubbed "LinkScanner" by Exploit Prevention Labs will compete with better-known site raters such as McAfee's SiteAdvisor.
Skype Announces Four VoIP Over Wi-Fi Phones
News  |  7/20/2006  | 
Skype today announced four Wi-Fi phones that will let Skype users make free Skype calls using any Wi-Fi network. The phones will be pre-loaded with Skype software, and will let
Nortel Wins Verizon Wireless Deal
News  |  7/19/2006  | 
Nortel has won a deal to upgrade Verizon Wireless's high-speed network beginning in the third quarter.
Blogging Is All About Me
News  |  7/19/2006  | 
A new study turns up some interesting findings about bloggers and blogging. For instance, only about 1 out of 10 bloggers focus on politics and government.
AOL Launches AIM Pro Service
News  |  7/19/2006  | 
AIM Pro offers a streamlined buddy list, integration with the Microsoft Outlook email client, and more features.
Microsoft Beta Tests Outlook Express Replacement
News  |  7/19/2006  | 
Microsoft provides the first wide-scale look at the ad-supported e-mail client that eventually will replace Outlook Express.
The State Of Spam
News  |  7/19/2006  | 
Filters have gotten so effective at keeping junk e-mail away from users that there's little public outcry against spam today. But behind the scenes, the problem is worse than ever
Security Honeymoon Over For VoIP
News  |  7/19/2006  | 
Last month's FBI arrest of a man in Miami for allegedly hacking into the networks of Internet service providers has ushered in a new era for voice over IP technology
Cablevision Touts Consumer VoIP Wins, Eyes Business Users
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
Cablevision says its Optimum Voice service, a widely-deployed VoIP service, is growing faster than expected.
Freeswitch: The New Open-Source Telco Switch
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
Can this open-source project undermine the market for high performance telephony switches?
Microsoft, Nortel Partner To Deliver Communications
News  |  7/18/2006  | 
The pair will deliver email, instant messaging, VoIP, and conferencing in one unified communications platform.
Beyond Print 07 - Podcast Formats
Commentary  |  7/18/2006  | 
Beyond Print 07 Podcast - Podcast Formats (download here) - What kind of podcast do you like to listen to? Do you like to hear a host rant for 20 minutes? Do you like debates? In this week's episode, I...
Novell Ships SUSE Linux Enterprise 10
News  |  7/17/2006  | 
Novell on Monday released its much-anticipated SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform.
High-Priced Search Terms Vulnerable To Click Fraud
News  |  7/17/2006  | 
Click fraud is often used by competitors to drive up the online advertising costs of rivals. It's also used by some Web site operators to increase revenues.
Yahoo, Microsoft Test IM Plan
News  |  7/17/2006  | 
Together, the two have an instant messaging user base that outranks AOL.
Beyond Print 06 - Blogging On The Sun
Commentary  |  7/14/2006  | 
Beyond Print 06 Podcast - Blogging On The Sun (download here) - Last week, I talked about blogging with Microsoft. This week we have another blogger interview. Through the magic of PSTN, I conducted an interview with Tim Bray, director...
Judge May Seek Further Review Of Telephone Company Mergers
News  |  7/13/2006  | 
A federal judge apparently has expressed doubts about the acquisitions of MCI and AT&T by Verizon Communications and SBC Communications.
Study: Consumers Favor Cable TV Phone Service
News  |  7/13/2006  | 
Customer satisfaction for cable TV telephone service ranked higher than traditional phone service.
Video Conferencing Resuscitates Hospitals' Interpreter Services
News  |  7/13/2006  | 
With 60 percent to 70 percent of its patients speaking little or no English, three hospitals pool their interpreters through a VoIP/video conferencing link to improve patient care and
Cisco Details New VoIP, Router Vulnerabilities
News  |  7/12/2006  | 
Cisco Wednesday revealed a pair of vulnerabilities, one in its Unified CallManager 5.0 software, the other in the Web-based interface used to configure Cisco routers.
Voice Phishing Scams On The Rise
News  |  7/12/2006  | 
Scammers have begun using the telephone to harvest data for use in identity theft and credit card fraud, and voice-over-IP is making it easier for them to cover their tracks.
Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
News  |  7/12/2006  | 
Novell makes SUSE as easy to install as Windows Server--making Windows to Linux transitions that much easier.
Alcatel Catches Up with OmniPCX 5.0
News  |  7/12/2006  | 
Alcatel's latest release of its all-in-one IP telephony server for mid-side business, the Alcatel OmniPCX Office release 5, plays heavily to multi-site offices and those looking for improved wireless
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