FWD Dials Up a New Direction

Free World Dial-Up. The name just breathes a certain anarchy appropriate to the 30th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Which, from The Phone Company's point of view, is exactly what it was when the world's first IP phone network debuted in 1995. Now FWD's founder and sole financer Jeff Pulver — it's not exaggerating to call him the Abraham of VoIP — has decided that it's time for his baby to stand on its own two feet. In keeping with Pulver's vision of "participatory … [Read more...]

Nemertes’ Feng Shui for Virtual Workers

No, no, no, it’s not namaste. Nemertes. Nemertes Research, that is. But your confusion is understandable, because Nemertes is a guru — a guru for the Virtual Workplace. And if you’re in IT, you should be putting your corporate palms together and bowing right now. The hot-off-the-virtual-press nine-volume Nemertes benchmark called "Building the Successful Virtual Workplace” reveals some startling facts. Organizations of all sizes looking to increase the number of devices they use … [Read more...]

Mobile phone for granny, new industry research reports, another SunRocket antidote

Pass me the Alka Seltzer. Last week's news glut left me hung over. I feel like unless I can report on Harry Potter texting he-whom-we-are-all-sick-to-death-of on his Apple iPhone, what can I possibly have to say? But at some point we have to get back to real life. So here's a virtual cool compress for your forehead in the form of some news you may have missed because of last week's SunRocket wipe-out and Harry Potter and the Deathless Hype. Last week UK firm Communic8 launched its … [Read more...]

The Bigger the Couch Potato, the Deeper the Wallet

Just in case you wonder if the NSA is watching you, let me clue you in on your real not-so-secret sharer. Forget your electronic diary, your business deals and double deals, and the fifth wife you’re hiding in the apartment around the corner. Harris Interactive researchers have homed in on one of your most tender and intimate moments. And they understand you so well, they’ve coaxed you into telling all. Harris figured out that the whole point of screwing your backside into that … [Read more...]