CommBytes 9/6/07

How do you make sure your website works on mobile phones? One solution is the dotMobi's consortium's free test suite. Today the group released an upgrade to the ready.mobi tool that, among other things, provides additional mobile phone emulators and better reporting.  German IP phone manufacturer snom hopes to incent developers to build applications for snom 3xx phones with its “eXtreMeLy snomlified!” contest. First place winners get a snom 370 phone and an invitation to either Fall … [Read more...]

IPTV Continues to Unfold

Last week I spent some time at DealMaker Media's latest "Under the Radar" parade of tech startups. It's sort of an "American Idol" for entrepreneurs where a selected group of startups pitch their products to an audience of investors, industry giants, and, of course, press. The theme of last week's event was Entertainment and Media. In the midst of all the talk about monetization, metrics and the ever-present long tail, one company caught my attention, Fora.tv. Not because of the company's … [Read more...]

“Holding” gets easier, Polycom ecosystem, and yet another brand for Microsoft IPTV

In life it's often the small stuff that makes the biggest difference. Virtual Hold Technology has taken on a gripe we all have — waiting on hold. While the company's eponymous system can't eliminate the wait, it makes it easier by holding your place in line while you hang up and get on with your life. When you're at the head of the list, the system calls you up. The company sells the technology to contact centers, promoting its ability to increase customer satisfaction and reducing … [Read more...]

IPTV keeps growing, video conversations, new twist on satellite IP, and personal broadband

European peer-to-peer IPTV network Babelgum launched its public beta. The angle here is full-screen, broadcast quality, personalized TV. TechDigest offers a hands-on review. Bottom line, right now the offerings are minor league. Nokia is investing in Web video sharing site kyte.tv, joining Swisscom, German media company Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holzbrinck and Skype founder Niklas Zennström's investment company Atomico Investment Holdings. The number of websites offering video jumped this … [Read more...]