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  • NEC announces the IPK II for SMBs

    Posted February 17, 2006 - 12:29 pm

    NEC Unified Solutions has released the the Electra Elite IPK II, a converged IP (Internet Protocol) communications solution for SMBs that want to use VoIP but maintain traditional phone service as well.
  • Tivoli Identity Manager slimmed for SMBs

    Posted February 17, 2006 - 9:39 am

    IBM Corp. plans to ship a new version of its Tivoli Identity Manager software designed for small to medium-sized businesses.
  • Registrars criticize proposed hike in domain name fees

    Posted February 16, 2006 - 12:20 pm

    Internet domain name registrars have slammed Internet regulators for a proposal that would allow VeriSign Inc. to increase the cost of registering .com domain names by as much as 7 percent a year.
  • RSA: Directory to provide Longhorn's ID management

    Posted February 15, 2006 - 4:56 pm

    Microsoft Corp.'s plans for streamlining identity management aren't limited to the client version of its Windows OS. At the RSA Conference 2006 in San Jose, California, this week the company also quietly unveiled plans to enhance access and identity management in the next version of Windows Server, code-named Longhorn, by making its Active Directory Server the central location for those services.
  • Dueling grid groups agree to merge

    Posted February 14, 2006 - 6:12 pm

    The Global Grid Forum and the Enterprise Grid Alliance have agreed to merge, combining two groups that have sometimes been at odds despite their similar goals to promote grid computing.
  • Skype, Hutchison 3G partner on VOIP

    Posted February 14, 2006 - 6:07 pm

    If you're hooked on making Internet calls from your PC, you could really like this: Skype Technologies SA and the Hutchison 3 Group (Hutchison 3G) announced Tuesday a partnership to provide what could become the world's first commercial VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) service for mobile phones.
  • Rethinking the repeater

    Posted February 13, 2006 - 10:12 am

    The biggest gripe many home consumers have about WLANs is that their range can leave something to be desired, but current Wi-Fi repeater technology can degrade performance for media apps. That's about to change as physical-layer repeaters hit the market.
  • Grid Computing for Developers

    Posted February 8, 2006 - 11:56 am

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  • Skype offers new VOIP features for Intel dual-core PCs

    Posted February 8, 2006 - 11:12 am

    Skype Technologies SA is adding new features to its Internet telephony software through a collaboration with Intel Corp. based on the chip maker's dual-core processors.
  • Most businesses don't enforce mobile security policy

    Posted January 26, 2006 - 12:59 pm

    According to a report released by Orange PLC and Quocirca Ltd., one in five companies that already have wide deployments of mobile devices have no policies in place for mobile security. Of the companies that do have mobile security policies, more than 60 percent say their policy is not enforced.
  • The new AT&T beats analyst expectations

    Posted January 26, 2006 - 12:47 pm

    AT&T Inc., the new company created when SBC Communications Inc. acquired AT&T Corp. in November, reported net income of $1.7 billion for the fourth quarter of 2005, buoyed by data revenue growth.
  • Verizon quarterly revenue up nearly 7 percent from 2004

    Posted January 26, 2006 - 9:44 am

    Verizon Communications Inc., fresh off its acquisition of MCI Inc., reported net income of $1.7 billion from the fourth quarter of 2005, down from $3 billion a year earlier.
  • The case of the sneaky daughter and the wireless card

    Posted January 23, 2006 - 11:10 am

    Parents looking to control their kids' online time - or IT managers trying to restrict network access - are facing a problem: the proliferation of open access points often means that there's almost always an unsecured path to the Internet available. Find out about steps you can take to prevent unauthorized surfing over networks you don't control.
  • Verizon Business to launch Monday

    Posted January 20, 2006 - 5:33 pm

    Verizon Communications plans to launch on Monday its Verizon Business division, a unit that will serve business and government customers and operate a global IP network.
  • Cisco shuffles execs, creates new SMB role

    Posted January 20, 2006 - 12:12 pm

    Signaling that it remains serious about the SMB market, Cisco has created a new senior-level executive position to oversee the company's global initiatives in that market segment.
  • WiMax Forum certifies first batch of gear

    Posted January 19, 2006 - 5:10 pm

    The WiMax Forum reached a long-awaited goal Thursday, putting its first four seals of approval on a batch of products that use the new wireless broadband technology.
  • New legislation would prohibit sale of phone logs

    Posted January 18, 2006 - 5:48 pm

    Responding to recent concerns over Web sites that sell telephone call logs, a U.S. senator has introduced legislation that would make the sale of telephone records illegal.
  • Carriers may give some 'Net services an edge

    Posted January 17, 2006 - 6:05 pm

    Some U.S. broadband providers may be moving toward giving preferential treatment to certain content and services on their networks, raising alarms from some corners that consumers and nonpreferred players could lose out.
  • Beware Step-Ma Bell

    Posted January 17, 2006 - 2:20 pm

    I recently predicted that the Feds will continue to let the big telecom companies acquire each other. Living in SBC country, I know they have partially controlled Mexico's phone system for years and just digested AT&T. Based on rumors of them eyeing BellSouth, I predicted the emergence of Step-Ma Bell, the younger, meaner version.
  • Microsoft issues patch for Vista OS build

    Posted January 16, 2006 - 11:38 am

    Microsoft Corp. has issued a patch for a preliminary version of its Vista OS for the same graphics-rendering problem that raised concerns about current versions of the Windows OS earlier this month.
  • Vendors hope to speak with single Ethernet voice

    Posted January 10, 2006 - 4:20 pm

    A group of vendors has officially launched the Ethernet Alliance, an organization to further evangelize the networking technology, the companies announced Tuesday.
  • CES: Accton may beat Netgear with first Wi-Fi VOIP phone

    Posted January 10, 2006 - 11:39 am

    Taiwan's Accton Technology plans to launch two wireless handsets by the middle of February that allow users to place calls over the Internet at little or no cost using Wi-Fi, potentially beating U.S. rival Netgear to market with the first Wi-Fi phones designed for VOIP.
  • CES: VOIP users getting more options

    Posted January 4, 2006 - 11:19 am

    Consumer electronics makers and VOIP providers are teaming up at this week's Consumer Electronics Show, eyeing a growing opportunity to capture the voice business in homes and small businesses.
  • GNU Telephony stack opens up VOIP

    Posted January 2, 2006 - 11:34 am

    Users who want to build a voice over IP solution but don't want to rely on proprietary components can now make use of the GNU Telephony stack, built around the open source Bayonne telecommunications application server.
  • Malicious hackers busy exploiting Windows flaw

    Posted December 29, 2005 - 10:20 am

    Fully patched systems running Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 can be successfully attacked by malicious hackers, various security firms warned Tuesday and Wednesday.
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