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Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in October 2007
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Apple's Latest Switchers: Malware Writers
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The Trojan, OSX.RSPlug.A, represents one of the relatively few Mac exploits to be spotted in the wild.
'Village Phone' Initiative Aims To Improve Access In Developing Countries
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The Grameen Foundation and ITU are working to provide affordable telecom rates to users, while giving owners income to repay loans and earn profits.
Sprint's Technology Chief: Full Speed Ahead For WiMax
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
Ali Tabassi says the company is continuing its rollout without interruption in spite of the fact that Sprint recently lost its chief executive.
Alcatel-Lucent Revamps Management, Will Cut 4,000 More Jobs
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
A seven-person management committee reporting to chief executive Patricia Russo has replaced a cumbersome 21-person committee.
Google Squares Off Against Facebook With OpenSocial
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
Google's upcoming APIs are expected to help build social applications that will work across social networking and other Web sites.
Garmin's Bid For Tele Atlas Sets Stage For Bidding War With TomTom
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The pending battle between the two rivals has been triggered by consolidation in the industry, which went into high gear in July.
Open Access Proponents Unite in Face of Google-Verizon Hook-Up
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
A group of startups, including Txtbl, Buglabs, and ZVUE, are announcing a new coalition to promote open wireless networks and devices.
IBM Launches Virtualization Tools For Small Business
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The company's revised Consolidation Discovery and Analysis Tool is designed for businesses with less than 50 servers.
Cisco Shoots And Scores With NBA Deal
News  |  10/31/2007  | 
The NBA will use Cisco's networking technology to deliver the league's communications and content to fans, customers, employees, and the media.
California Fire Watchers Tap Wi-Fi For Blaze Control
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
The Laguna coastal "Fire Watch" system eventually will have five strategically located cameras hooked into the city's Wi-Fi network.
Personal Home Robot Wins iRobot's Create Challenge
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
The winner can water plants, remind owners to take their medication, turn lights on and off, and control appliances.
Cisco And Satyam To Create Health Services Network In India
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
Cisco also announced that it was providing an additional $100 million in its Indian innovation program, bringing its total there to $1.1 billion.
U.S. Health Department Will Offer Some Doctors Cash To Use E-Health Records
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
The pilot program aims to entice more doctors, especially those in small- to medium-sized practices, to use digitized health records.
Google Begins 'Gmail 2.0' Rollout
News  |  10/30/2007  | 
The new look has been made available to about 1% of all Gmail users and is being rolled out to the rest on an ongoing basis.
Platinum Equity Adds Covad To Its Growing List of Telecom Acquisitions
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
Platinum Equity will pay $1.02 a share in cash, a 59% premium over the closing price of Covad's shares last Friday.
Apple's Leopard Hacked To Run On A PC
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
Hackers also have been busy opening the locks Apple closed with its most recent iPhone patch.
Startup Makes Bold Spam-Fighting Claims
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
Abaca, a startup that launched at last week's Interop NY show, claims to have developed a new approach to spam filtering that guarantees a minimum of 99 percent accuracy.
Microsoft Says Sorry (Again) For Unauthorized Installs
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
The glitch occurred when Microsoft updated the Windows Desktop Search tool for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP 1+.
Skypephone Unveiled; No PC Needed To Make Calls
News  |  10/29/2007  | 
The 3 Skypephone will cost about $100 and be available in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Macau, Sweden, and the U.K.
Predicting The Future Of Communications In Boston
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
Perennial reports of the phantom 'AppleBerry' from Research In Motion and a Google phone aren't likely to come to fruition at next week's VON show.
Private Firms Complete $8.3 Billion Purchase Of Avaya
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
CEO Louis D'Ambrosio looks forward to an expansion of Avaya's communications-enabled business processes portfolio under the new ownership.
Green Grid Members Open Energy Efficient R&D Data Center
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
APC and Schneider Electric's new 100,000-square foot facility is part of the consortium's charter to improve overall efficiency and reduce energy consumption.
Verizon Wireless Drops Its 'Open' Stance For 700 MHz Auction
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
Verizon's challenge to the FCC hasn't been entirely relegated to the dustbin, however, as mobile phone association CTIA has filed a similar appeal.
Vonage Settles Its Patent Infringement Litigation With Verizon
News  |  10/26/2007  | 
The VoIP software provider's litigation with AT&T is its only remaining major intellectual property dispute.
RedSky Debuts 'E911 Anywhere' At Interop
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
The company said the service works with analog, digital, IP hardphones, softphones, and SIP phones.
U.K. Kids Get RFID Chips In School Uniforms
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
Trevor Darnborough, whose company, Darnbro, filed for a patent on securing RFID tags to clothing, hopes other schools will be interested.
Apple Launches iPhone Resource Center For Developers
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
The ADC-sanctioned site includes sections on the latest techniques for Web app design, sample code, a reference library, and video discussions with iPhone engineers.
Vonage Vulnerable To Eavesdropping Hackers
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
Security software engineers with Sipera have found flaws in Vonage's VoIP Motorola Phone Adapter, its Grandstream HandyTone-488, and its Globe7 VoIP Client.
Wireless Alliance Forms To Double WiMax Capability
News  |  10/25/2007  | 
The Smart Antenna RF Test Alliance looks to promote beamforming, which can increase the power in the direction the signal is to be sent.
HP Dukes It Out With IBM, CA, BMC On Services Management
News  |  10/24/2007  | 
The company is relying on four products -- two from OpenView and two from its acquisition of Mercury Interactive -- to focus on service health monitoring.
With Apps In Forefront, Google Cranks Up Enterprise Sales
News  |  10/24/2007  | 
Unlike its traditional application business, the company has built a more conventional sales force to hawk its enterprise-targeted products, including Google Apps.
'Faceberry' Mashes Up BlackBerry, Facebook
News  |  10/24/2007  | 
T-Mobile will be the first U.S. carrier to offer the feature, which uses the BlackBerry's push e-mail capabilities to access Facebook's social-networking features.
Cisco Investing In WiMax To Bring Broadband To Developing Areas
News  |  10/24/2007  | 
Company exec says the addition of mobile WiMax to its existing Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi mesh portfolio will help shape the future of high-speed broadband.
IBM Buys Storage-Services Company NovusCG
News  |  10/24/2007  | 
IBM tries to catch EMC and Symantec in the storage software market by adding NovusCG to its Storage and Data Services business unit within IBM Global Technology Services.
Gmail Now Has IMAP Support
News  |  10/24/2007  | 
Announced at Interop New York, the e-mail feature syncs with Outlook Express, Outlook 2007, Outlook 2003, Apple Mail, Windows Mail, and Thunderbird 2.0.
XenSource Founder Outlines Virtualization's Road Map At Interop
News  |  10/24/2007  | 
Simon Crosby hints at how his group at Citrix will spread hypervisors everywhere with the help of partnerships with Amazon.com, Dell, Microsoft, and Symantec.
Qualcomm's Gobi Laptop 3G Technology Targets WiMax
News  |  10/24/2007  | 
The Gobi chips are certified to operate on CDMA2000, UMTS, and HSPA networks worldwide.
PBS Station Invokes Google Maps To Help San Diego Residents Flee Fires
News  |  10/23/2007  | 
The station also has 588 people signed up to receive Twitter broadcasts, where the updates are pushed to recipients' BlackBerry devices and cell phones.
3Com Revamps Its Gigabit Switch Lineup
News  |  10/23/2007  | 
The Baseline Switch and Office Connect Managed Gigabit PoE products feature auto-voice VLAN, which automatically detects and connects any standards-based IP phone.
Robotic Cars Must Drive As Well As Californians In Darpa Challenge
News  |  10/23/2007  | 
Twenty teams will make it to the urban military training grounds on the former George Air Force Base, for cash prizes of up to $2 million.
Nokia Unveils Vision For Mobile Technologies Of The Future
News  |  10/23/2007  | 
Nokia put its advanced research and technologies, with names like mosh and WidSets, on display in Finland.
Continental Airlines Outsources Tech Ops To EDS
News  |  10/23/2007  | 
The deal, worth about $550 million, broadens an existing relationship between the two companies.
Radar Networks Ties Together Web 2.0, Semantic Web With 'Twine'
News  |  10/23/2007  | 
The online knowledge management service ties together social networking, wikis, and blogging with RDF, OWL, SPARQL, and XSL technologies.
Verizon Business Expands Access To Satellite Broadband Services
News  |  10/23/2007  | 
The company's collaboration with Thrane & Thrane offers portable satellite services for voice and data access from remote locations.
Cisco Jump-Starts Mobile WiMax With $330 Million Buy Of Navini Networks
News  |  10/23/2007  | 
Navini's Ripwave MX product line includes modems, base stations, antenna arrays, and element management systems that operate across a wide range of spectrums.
Qualcomm, Microsoft Partnership Produces Lower-Cost Smartphones
News  |  10/23/2007  | 
The phones, aimed at the consumer market, integrate support for Windows Mobile in Qualcomm's MSM chipsets.
Nuance Continues Its Acquisition Spree With Pickup Of Viecore
News  |  10/22/2007  | 
Viecore has focused its business on deploying contact center solutions for large enterprises, particularly in vertical markets including financial services and health care.
Adobe Fixes Vulnerability In Reader And Acrobat
News  |  10/22/2007  | 
The vulnerability affects Adobe Reader 8.1 and earlier, Adobe Reader 7.0.9 and earlier, and a handful of Adobe Acrobat Professional versions.
Companies Test Fingerprint Recognition For Mobile Payments
News  |  10/22/2007  | 
The Atrua and Cellular South trial found that 87% of testers are interested in using fingerprint-touch based mobile payment technology once it's commercially available.
Identity Theft: Costs More, Tech Less
News  |  10/22/2007  | 
With the help of a Secret Service case review, a Utica College study finds the median actual dollar loss for identity theft victims was $31,356.
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