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  • Cisco focuses on video, innovation teams

    Posted December 13, 2006 - 9:28 am

    Cisco Systems Inc. executives looked to video, the developing world, and still-emerging technologies as they kicked off the company's C-Scape analyst conference Tuesday.
  • Blog Insights: RFID Chips: Not in my arm!

    Posted December 12, 2006 - 2:50 pm

    RFID technology is here to stay, and in its most benign form, brings a lot of advantages. But there are two things to make clear: First, despite industry claims to the contrary, RFID is not a secure technology, and it should never be used to track anything sensitive. Second, it should never be used on people, or in personal identification of any type. But regrettably, our government is moving away from being one which values the privacy of its citizenry, and seems bound to push this technology into places where it has no business being.
  • New HP software shows fruits of Mercury acquisition

    Posted December 12, 2006 - 9:10 am

    Software announcements from HP Tuesday show how the acquisition this year of Mercury Interactive Corp. may be paying off. The company is introducing a business technology optimization (BTO) software portfolio that brings together Mercury's applications management software with HP's systems and network management software marketed under its Open View software family.
  • Microsoft releases beta of unified communications hub

    Posted December 12, 2006 - 9:04 am

    Microsoft Corp.'s goal to provide a unified communications infrastructure for the enterprise moved forward Tuesday with the release of a private beta of software it sees as its communications hub.
  • Cisco, Citrix expand click-to-call

    Posted December 11, 2006 - 3:39 pm

    Citrix Systems Inc. has teamed up with Cisco Systems Inc. to let users easily call phone numbers that appear in any application they're working on.
  • AT&T benefits from Asia boom

    Posted December 6, 2006 - 12:02 pm

    AT&T Corp. is positioning itself to become a key provider of global communication services in China, India and Vietnam, three of the world's fastest growing economies, executives said at a telecommunications event in Hong Kong.
  • Symantec simplifies support

    Posted December 6, 2006 - 9:45 am

    You probably remember that Symantec gobbled up Veritas last year, but little changed. Symantec support couldn't help you with Veritas problems, and vice versa. Now that's fixed as Symantec rolled out three new support tiers that include both products.
  • Sales of PC-free Wi-Fi Skype handsets taking off

    Posted December 6, 2006 - 9:32 am

    Sales of new Wi-Fi mobile handsets that use Skype Ltd. software and do not require a PC to make calls are gaining momentum ahead of the holidays, companies report.
  • Alcatel-Lucent deal closes

    Posted December 1, 2006 - 10:19 am

    Alcatel-Lucent, a global communications giant with combined annual revenue of more than €18 billion ($24 billion), will debut Friday after a sometimes rocky engagement between Alcatel SA and Lucent Technologies Inc.
  • Broadcom buys network-gear software maker

    Posted November 29, 2006 - 4:31 pm

    Broadcom Corp., one of networking's biggest chip makers, is buying LVL7 Systems Inc., seller of software that runs switches and routers for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
  • Controlling change requests

    Posted November 29, 2006 - 1:24 pm

    Change may be constant, as the saying promises, but tracking changes remains random in too many companies. Post-It notes on a technician's monitor, though handy, really aren't a change management system. Enter SunView Software (.com) and their updated ChangeGear 2.0 change management reporting and SOX compliance tool. Yes, the SOX people care when you change parameters on a server, software application, or radio station. Well, maybe not the radio station yet, but give them time.
  • Nokia hedges bets on VOIP services

    Posted November 29, 2006 - 12:46 pm

    At the same time that Nokia Corp. is enabling multimedia mobile applications like VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol), it's helping operators limit such services.
  • 3Com to take ownership of Huawei joint venture

    Posted November 29, 2006 - 10:34 am

    3Com Corp. has agreed to buy out Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd's stake in a joint venture the two companies founded in 2003 to build networking equipment for enterprises.
  • New Skype handset doesn't require a PC

    Posted November 24, 2006 - 4:22 pm

    A Danish company has begun selling a cordless telephone handset that works with Skype and doesn't require a personal computer.
  • Wanted: Buyer for Siemens enterprise networks group

    Posted November 23, 2006 - 1:32 pm

    German electronics and engineering conglomerate Siemens AG is discovering that selling products can be much easier than selling parts of the company. Talks to unload Siemens Enterprise Networks, a unprofitable unit that sells communications equipment to businesses, "are continuing" with several interested parties, but no buyer has been found yet, Siemens spokeswoman Monika Brücklmeier said Thursday.
  • Saving on SIM

    Posted November 15, 2006 - 8:52 pm

    SIM, or Security Information Management, isn't a common item in most companies, but it will be. As security gets messier, automation and better reporting will drive more companies to SIM packages. When they do, the sticker shock may kill a few vice presidents.
  • Longhorn beta 3 due first half of 2007

    Posted November 14, 2006 - 9:16 am

    Microsoft Corp. will release beta 3 of the next version of Windows Server, code-named Longhorn, in the first half of 2007.
  • Yahoo, Linksys unveil VOIP/cordless phone

    Posted November 9, 2006 - 4:53 pm

    A handset from Cisco Systems Inc.'s Linksys consumer division lets users make and receive calls both on Yahoo Messenger with Voice and over a regular phone line. The phone, called the CIT310, also has a small color display so users can scroll through their Yahoo Messenger contacts or search for a local business.
  • Vista to get VOIP

    Posted November 8, 2006 - 2:25 pm

    "We are going to enter the voice-over-IP market the beginning of next year." That's what Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told a Microsoft partner conference in Tokyo on Monday.
  • Skype upgrade to get smart new features

    Posted November 8, 2006 - 10:00 am

    Skype Ltd. will begin testing an upgrade of its free communications software that can automatically detect phone numbers in Web pages and initiate calls.
  • Astricon

    Posted November 8, 2006 - 9:19 am

    The Open Source Voice over IP community was nice enough to locate their recent convention about 15 miles from me, so it was easy to go see what's cooking in the Asterisk world today. I saw more than I expected and less than I expected, making for an interesting visit.
  • Skype sets eyes on enterprise customers

    Posted November 7, 2006 - 5:29 pm

    After winning over millions of consumers to its largely free Internet telephone services, Skype Ltd. is preparing to go after businesses eager to reduce their telecommunication costs.
  • Microsoft gets into domain name registration game

    Posted November 7, 2006 - 5:18 pm

    Last week, Microsoft was added to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) list of accredited domain name registrars, according to domain name service provider Dot and Co. This means that Microsoft can now add new top-level domains to the databases used by computers on the Internet.
  • VOIP is step toward open IT

    Posted November 7, 2006 - 8:19 am

    Experts discussing Internet telephony strategies at the Von conference in Berlin view VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) as a key step toward open communication infrastructures.
  • HP's Factory Express

    Posted November 1, 2006 - 1:51 pm

    Part of my HP Houston campus tour in early October included their Factory Express custom configuration and assembly center. If you want your HP server and storage unit order to come installed and tested in a rack, rather than in 212 boxes, you will love Factory Express. Filling a factory floor space that seemed large enough to play four football games at one time, including room for the bands and cheerleaders and some stands, HP has more room for configurations than any potential customer. That's exactly what HP offers -- room and support for a custom configuration.
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