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Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in December 2007
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WiMax Royalties Could Exceed Cellular Options
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
WiMax supporters may be incorrect in claims that the technology will have lower royalty rates than LTE or UMB cellular options, says a market researcher.
IPTV To Spread In 2008
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Interest in the Beijing Olympics and user-generated content are predicted to boost IPTV adoption worldwide.
Windows Home Server Bug Could Lead To Data Loss
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
The issue was acknowledged in October, when Microsoft warned "not to copy data files that contain alternate data streams to Windows Home Server shared folders."
Online Holiday Shopping Celebrates 21% Growth
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Still, price cuts and coupons produce mixed results as shopping spending overall was lackluster, according to analysts with ComScore.
Vonage Settles Patent Fights With Nortel, AT&T
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
The agreement, which also involved Digital Packet Licensing patents acquired by Nortel, centered on the use of 411 and emergency calls.
Half Of U.S. Households Have Digital TVs, Trade Group Says
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
HDTVs are expected to account for 79% of DTV shipments in the United States next year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
E-Health Industry Struggling To Find Sustainable Business Models
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
An annual survey also found that the government is no longer the top provider of startup funding, as 53% of all initiatives received startup funding from hospitals.
Virtual Machine Management Tools Take Center Stage
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
In addition to larger vendors, newcomers such as Embotics, PlateSpin, and Veeam are expanding their list of VM control products.
Passenger Says He Hacked Windows In New York Taxi Display Screen
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
A software engineer says he accessed a New York City cab's video display system files after seeing an error message on the screen.
China IPTV Subscriptions Miss Expectations
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
The country is shy of a predicted 1.3 million mainland customers for the year but could recover with a cooperative business model, analysts suggest.
Apple Reportedly Inks Deal To Launch Fox Movie Rental Service
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
Fox reportedly also has agreed to release movie DVDs using Apple's digital rights management technology.
Apple Seeks Patent For Wireless Order Processing For Cafes
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
The application describes a system in which a person approaching a cafe or restaurant could wirelessly place an order that would be received by an in-store computer.
Japanese Carriers Seek Pole Position For Apple's iPhone
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
DoCoMo's relationship with Google may give it an edge over Softbank and KDDI, local reports suggest.
Netgear Expands ReadyNAS Line Of Storage Products
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The new products stem from Netgear's $60 million acquisition of Infrant, which was announced in early May.
Verizon's Transfer Of New England Lines Gets A Busy Signal
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
Officials in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont oppose a plan to hand over older operations to FairPoint Communications.
Apple's Antipiracy Patent Similar To Microsoft's WGA
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The application, titled "Run-Time Code Injection To Perform Checks," describes a DRM system that validates the authenticity of the software maker's products.
McKesson Migrates To Linux As Boost To Patient Safety
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The health care services company moved 50 of its 70 applications to Linux over the last two years and will complete the process with the remaining 20 within a year or two.
Online Holiday Shopping Spikes In Last Full Week
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
Sales are expected to remain strong due to late-season shipping deals and the ability to buy online and pickup the merchandise at stores, an analyst firm said.
RIM Up, Palm Down, As Smartphone Market Heats Up
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
Palm is getting squeezed by RIM's BlackBerry device for business users and by Apple's iPhone for consumers, one analyst says.
TransMedia Launches Ad-Free E-Mail
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The Web-based service, dubbed Glide, offers 2 Gbytes of storage with its free accounts.
Software AG Buys Parts Of Jacada For $26 Million
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The purchase leaves Jacada free to pursue its second product line, its call center solutions business, under its own name.
3Com CEO Sees Silver Lining Despite Struggles
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The latest financial filing shows the firm's gross margins were the highest recorded by 3Com in recent years.
FTC Approves Google-DoubleClick Deal
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
Reviewers determined the acquisition would not harm competition and that privacy concerns should be dealt with through additional guidelines.
Mac Fans More Likely To Pay For Music Than PC Users
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
Mac users are also much more likely to listen to music files on their computers, according to a report from the NPD Group.
Inside Look At General Motor's OnStar System
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
GM faces a huge task in scaling its IT infrastructure to support the global expansion of OnStar and a doubling of the number of subscribers.
Web 2.0 Software Converts Cell Phone Into GPS Device
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
The software, called Fugawi Touratel, uses Assisted GPS, so the phones don't need to have the functionality built in or be connected through Bluetooth.
Consulting Group Releases Top 10 Predictions For The Wireless Industry
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
VeriSign subsidiary inCode sees HSDPA, open access, and iPhone security among its top 10 wireless trends for 2008.
Ex-Qwest CEO Nacchio Seeks To Overturn Insider Trading Conviction
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
Nacchio's defense attorneys argued that the trial judge kept a law professor from testifying on Nacchio's behalf during the jury trial.
IBM, Toshiba Up Partnership On Next-Generation Chips
News  |  12/18/2007  | 
The companies have been working on technologies related to chips that would be built using a 32-nanometer manufacturing process.
Sprint Hires Telecom Vet Dan Hesse As CEO
News  |  12/18/2007  | 
Hesse faces a host of challenges, including whether to proceed with Sprint's scheduled $5 billion rollout of WiMax and how to stop customers from defecting.
IBM Partners With ACI On SOA-Based Payments System
News  |  12/17/2007  | 
Joint sales and technical teams are part of the deal, which combines ACI's money transfer system with IBM's mainframe hardware.
Ribbit Seeks To Merge Telephony And The Web
News  |  12/17/2007  | 
Developers can tie voice from any Flash-enabled browser to the public switched telephone network and voice-over-IP networks, according to Ribbit.
Maine Pact May Speed Transfer Of Verizon Phone Lines To FairPoint
News  |  12/14/2007  | 
Some 1.5 million Verizon phone lines in northern New England are slated to be moved to FairPoint.
Holiday Shoppers Drawn To Uggs, Wii, Social Shopping Sites
News  |  12/14/2007  | 
Shoppers use Internet searches to find that perfect gift. Search engines still drive the most traffic to retail sites, accounting for 29% of their traffic, while social shopping sites, coupon Web sites, and gift card searches also have seen a surge this year.
Tech Spending Will Slow In 2008
News  |  12/14/2007  | 
Businesses are expected to be particularly cautious with spending on big-ticket computer and telecom equipment.
Google Builds iPhone Interface For Picasa Photo Service
News  |  12/13/2007  | 
Features include the ability to search for photos in albums or through community photos as well as add Google Gadgets.
Amazon Launches New Database Service
News  |  12/13/2007  | 
While the S3 Web service is designed to store large objects or files, Amazon's new SimpleDB is optimized for storing smaller bits of data and accessing that data swiftly.
Icahn Renews Pressure To Break Up Motorola
News  |  12/13/2007  | 
Wall Street financier Carl Icahn argues that breaking up Motorola would likely improve the company's long-suffering finances and stock price.
Google-DoubleClick Deal Suffers Setbacks
News  |  12/13/2007  | 
Privacy implications top a ranking congressman's concerns, while potential conflict of interest is on the minds of online rights groups.
Opera Hits Microsoft With European Antitrust Complaint
News  |  12/13/2007  | 
The requests aren't without precedent, as the EC last year forced Microsoft to detach its Windows Media Player software from Windows Vista.
The New BlackBerry Store
News  |  12/12/2007  | 
The first BlackBerry store had its grand opening in Farmington Hills, Mich.
AT&T Offers Schools RFID Tracking For People And Assets
News  |  12/12/2007  | 
The product helps schools keep track of equipment, as well as students, visitors, and staff, using radio ID tags combined with GPS-based resource management services.
Sprint Continues To Fatten Its WiMax Unit For A Possible Quick Sale
News  |  12/12/2007  | 
A decision isn't likely to be made until a new CEO is named, probably after the new year, executives have said.
Intel Plans WiMax Network For Moscow
News  |  12/12/2007  | 
The move is a prelude to spreading WiMax to other cities and regions in the countries that made up what was the former Soviet Union.
Cisco Plots Big Gains In Internet's 'Second Phase'
News  |  12/11/2007  | 
CEO John Chambers promotes telepresence as the flagship technology for the next wave of collaboration and business-model transformation.
Symantec Releases Leopard-Compatible Norton AntiVirus
News  |  12/11/2007  | 
Among other features, the software will remove worms and viruses that affect only PC users from Mac e-mail to prevent the user from passing malicious files on.
NBC Universal Taps SanDisk's Service As Replacement For iTunes
News  |  12/11/2007  | 
Shows that are expected to be available in January include The Office, Heroes, and 30 Rock.
E.U. Consumers Search For iPods, iPhones, Other Tech Gadgets
News  |  12/11/2007  | 
The comScore study examined search patterns related to game consoles, mobile phones, and portable music players on home and work computers.
Dell Unveils Its First Tablet PC
News  |  12/10/2007  | 
Among the factors that made the time right for a Dell tablet was the entrance of Generation Y in the workplace, the company said.
Software Vendors Face Rough Economic Waters In 2008
News  |  12/10/2007  | 
SaaS firms could be particularly vulnerable since they tend to be less efficient than packaged software companies like Oracle and Microsoft, analysts predict.
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