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Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in March 2007
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AT&T Makes Business Directory A Text Message Away
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
To get listings, a user simply sends a message to YP411 with a business name or category, along with a city and state or ZIP code. In return, YellowPages.com delivers up to three listings.
TiVo Adds Sharing Of Internet Video
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
TiVo this week announced a new way for subscribers to share personal videos using One True Media's online video post-production service.
Intel Research Goes For Long Distance Wi-Fi
News  |  3/30/2007  | 
The idea is to develop a low-cost antenna that can transmit and receive Wi-Fi signals over distances as far as 100 kilometers, or about 62 miles.
Cisco And IBM Aim For Smarter Video Surveillance
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
New advances in IP-based digital video surveillance cameras, recorders, and analysis software promise to help retailers and other businesses put the kibosh on theft.
NextWave Raises $355 Million To Fund Drive Into WiMax And Wi-Fi
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
The firm said the $355 million would be used to speed up development of new wireless technologies, expand company business, and facilitate strategic acquisitions.
New Services Move More Security Into The Network Cloud
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
AT&T and Trend Micro are both expanding the network-based security services they're offering to business customers.
Feds Look For Tech Upgrade From Giant Telecom Contracts
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
It's still too early to tell how much business will come out of the contract, but government estimates range from $20 billion over 10 years to as much as $48 billion.
Lie-Detection Software Could Scan E-Mail, Text Messages
News  |  3/29/2007  | 
Software could be trained to detect patterns of lies in text for law enforcement, dates, and spouses.
Best Buy Sees A Growth Future In RFID
News  |  3/27/2007  | 
At stores where the retailer has tested RFID technology, revenue has increased by 18.7%, and number of units sold are up 14.1%.
Shimmin On Software: SOA Gets Real, Virtually
Commentary  |  3/27/2007  | 
Enter SOA virtualization. Well, almost. The notion of tricking a server into running various operating systems or databases within separate virtual machines may be old hat, but it's just now beginning make its way up the stack.
Microsoft-Backed Startup Offers A Zoom Lens For Mobile Apps
News  |  3/27/2007  | 
The company, ZenZui, has developed a software interface that lets mobile users easily zoom in on and enlarge content on their favorite Web sites.
PlayStation Power Boosts Scientific Research
News  |  3/27/2007  | 
Games almost become a secondary feature as Folding@home subscribers are helping fight Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cancer, and other diseases.
IBM Unveils IP Telephony Apps For System i
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
The software bundle includes Web conferencing and the ability to share and collaborate on documents, for a maximum of six people.
Wal-Mart Rethinks RFID
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
Although Wal-Mart is still bullish on RFID and plans to add it to hundreds more stores this year, it now talks about the technology as more of a baby-steps approach.
Symbian Targets Mass Market With Upgraded Smartphone Operating System
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
The new operating system is designed to allow manufacturers to build "smartphones at feature-phone prices," the company said.
U.S. And U.K. Breeding Most Malicious Code
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
A new Finjan report also shows that embedding malicious code in ads on legitimate sites is a growing security threat.
Alcatel-Lucent Lands $6 Billion Network Expansion Contract From Verizon Wireless
News  |  3/26/2007  | 
The three-year deal covers network equipment, software, and services that support ongoing expansion of Verizon's nationwide mobile phone network.
FCC Says 'No' To Cell Phones On Airplanes, But Europe Says 'Yes'
News  |  3/23/2007  | 
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin told reporters that his agency would give up looking into whether to approve the use of cell phones on airplanes.
Online Porn Act Dead For Now
News  |  3/23/2007  | 
A federal judge ruled that the Child Online Protection Act is unconstitutional, partly because it is both too broad and too narrow.
Vonage And VoIP Win Regulatory Decision From An Appeals Court
News  |  3/22/2007  | 
A three-judge panel puts the stewardship of Internet telephony in the FCC's hands.
Cable Providers Team Up For An Off-Air Set-Top Box
News  |  3/21/2007  | 
CableLabs and friends are developing a subscription-based product that provides access to local TV transmissions.
Microsoft Updates Hosting Tools For Service Providers
News  |  3/21/2007  | 
The tools let providers offer SMB customers hosted e-mail, calendaring, and unified messaging services.
IBM Wins Indian Services Deal Worth Up To $800 Million
News  |  3/21/2007  | 
Many of the services will be provided through IBM facilities located in India, which should help validate the company's decision to invest more than $6 billion in the country.
Apple TV Goes On Sale
News  |  3/20/2007  | 
In the next five years, Apple's latest device could overtake set-top box maker TiVo and mail-order DVD renter Netflix in delivering content, according to one financial analyst.
IP Video Surveillance Will Nearly Double By 2011
News  |  3/20/2007  | 
iSuppli forecasts that video surveillance camera global revenue will grow to more than $9 billion by 2011.
EarthLink To Offer Wi-Fi Handsets
News  |  3/20/2007  | 
The company is beta testing the phone in Anaheim, Calif., and plans to make it generally available in the summer.
Microsoft Document: Future Windows To Be More Secure, Searchable, Mobile
News  |  3/20/2007  | 
Though the plans are low on details, they give a sense of where future versions of the Windows operating system and new Windows features may be headed.
Cisco And IBM Intro New Crisis Management Service
News  |  3/20/2007  | 
The companies say they can equip a small fleet of emergency response vehicles with enough gear to quickly turn a regular field tent into a temporary command center.
Fortify Extends On-The-Fly Web App Protection To .Net
News  |  3/20/2007  | 
Fortify Software, which has for the past year offered an on-the-fly approach to securing Java-based Web applications, has extended that coverage to include .Net as well.
Houston Tech Center Expands Partnership With NASA
News  |  3/20/2007  | 
The agreement calls for people from both groups to collaborate to develop new technologies for use in space and among emerging commercial enterprises in the Houston area.
Salesforce.com Launches Online Portal Service
News  |  3/19/2007  | 
The new service allows subscribers to populate a customer portal with selected information from their Salesforce.com accounts and to embed application services from partners.
Samsung And Partners Plan Wireless, High-Definition Set-Top Box
News  |  3/19/2007  | 
Samsung's device is apparently aimed at markets in Asia and Europe, where IPTV is more prevalent than in the United States.
Chinese Hackers Stealing Gamers' Identities
News  |  3/19/2007  | 
In a country where malicious activity is skyrocketing, hackers are stealing and then selling the identities of high-scoring gamers.
State Lawmakers Consider Bans On Driving While Texting
News  |  3/16/2007  | 
State legislators in Arizona, Connecticut, and Washington are singling out text messages as they try to cut driver distractions.
BT Reveals Its 'Out-Of-The-Box' Windows-Based VoIP Platform
News  |  3/16/2007  | 
The IP telephony service is designed for Internet service providers big and small outside of the United Kingdom.
PS3 Game Consoles To Support Scientific Research
News  |  3/16/2007  | 
PS3 systems will be able to help study the causes of cancer, Alzheimer's, and other diseases by connecting to Folding@home, Stanford University's computing project that simulates protein folding.
SAP Introduces RFID Tracking Of Individual Product Units
News  |  3/15/2007  | 
The database software lets you follow that $300,000 Bentley or bottle of ibuprofen from the manufacturer to the customer's door
Skype Offers A PBX-like System For Four Users
News  |  3/15/2007  | 
The DUALphone 3088 from RTX Telecom A/S has Skype software embedded in it and operates with up to four wireless handsets, permitting conference calls, intercom calls, and call transfer among handsets.
Launch Of Nokia Siemens Networks Is Readied
News  |  3/15/2007  | 
With yearly revenues of about $22 billion, Nokia Siemens Networks will rank as the world's second-largest supplier of gear to telecom carriers behind Ericsson.
Another Week, Another Scam On Cisco Systems
News  |  3/15/2007  | 
With four retailers charged with defrauding Cisco Systems of $1 million, the Justice Department says it will continue to investigate fraud schemes against the networking equipment maker.
Microsoft CEO Ballmer Talks Up 'Software + Services'
News  |  3/15/2007  | 
In order to bring customers that blended model, Microsoft will have to build out its software-as-a-service infrastructure, much of which is still in its infancy.
Oracle Releases SOA Upgrade For Enterprise Manager 10g
News  |  3/14/2007  | 
The upgrade helps monitor and control enterprise-wide collections of online utilities.
IEEE Moves To Promote Broadband-Over-Powerline By Developing Standard
News  |  3/14/2007  | 
The IEEE expressed optimism that a draft global standard could be created in 2008, which would give vendors a master plan to guide them in manufacturing BPL components and systems.
Business Objects Aims BI At Data Warehouse Appliances
News  |  3/14/2007  | 
IBM and Netezza are the first appliance vendors to ship products with the company's Open Appliance Initiative software.
Cisco Systems Acquires NeoPath For Its File Management Capability
News  |  3/14/2007  | 
NeoPath has 55 employees and products that are designed to simplify the management of network-attached storage and other file servers.
Nokia Signs On To Help With Sprint Nextel's WiMax Deployment
News  |  3/14/2007  | 
Working with Sprint, Nokia should have WiMax up and running in four Texas cities during the first half of 2008.
McAfee Maps Out Riskiest, Safest Domains To Surf
News  |  3/13/2007  | 
The safest country domains are from Nordic countries and the riskiest are Romania and Russia.
Vonage Lowers Global Calling Charges After Loss Of Verizon Patents Case
News  |  3/13/2007  | 
The penny-a-minute rates are available for new and existing Vonage U.S. customers who call only a handful of overseas places.
Adesso Connects Computers With Tubes
News  |  3/12/2007  | 
Tubes establishes direct links between two or more computers; Adesso calls them instant personal sharing networks.
U.S. Patent Office Says Free Music Downloads Could Harm Children, National Security
News  |  3/12/2007  | 
The report states that peer-to-peer networks could manipulate sites so children violate copyright laws more frequently than adults, making them the target in most copyright lawsuits.
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