GrandCentral’s Video Game

Fresh from a once-in-a-lifetime media coup involving the New York Times, tech pundit David Pogue's overly clever little script and a video camera (worth a small chuckle here), Craig Walker and Vincent Paquet of GrandCentral hit on an idea . . . asking subscribers to their service to put together their own video shorts on "how you use your GrandCentral account or one of its features." In an email to users, Walker and Paquet list eight video categories, each corresponding to GrandCentral … [Read more...]

Perfect Storm of New Mobile Apps

Judging from the e-blizzard of press releases coming out of CTIA, you could spend from now until next year trying out all the new stuff available on the "third screen." Here are a few items that caught my attention. Maybe not the sexiest application, but a strong contender in my book for the most useful is Fremont, CA-based ABBYY's Business Card Recognition (BCR) utility for smartphone Symbian, S60 or UIQ platforms. The software captures data from business cards using the built-in digital … [Read more...]

Von Wrap

VON Shows VoIP Is Now The Phone Compnay

I’m feeling compelled to say something in the way of a summary about last week’s VON show. About the only thing that I could spot in the way of a trend was the increasing number of infrastructure technologies and support services on offer. That led to the observation on Tuesday by Shoretel’s Ed Basart, “I don’t see too many customers around here.” In other words, VoIP is now just...the phone company. And all the folks who know how to deliver everything from voice fidelity to … [Read more...]

More on Vonage

While the dust is still settling about the Vonage injunction it’s still premature to say that VoIP-as-we-know-it is over. That’s the view of SunRocket's Brian Lustig. ’It’s important to note that every Internet phone service provider has their own distinct architecture for their network,” he says. “It’s constructed differently, done in its own unique way. So each provider has to do their own analysis.” The bottom line: “It would be inappropriate to assume that what … [Read more...]