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New From Apple: The iPager

The team in Cupertino did it again. This device is amazing – the new iPager from Apple. Many people were expecting a watch, or iWatch. “Watches are ridiculously obsolete” says…

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Unify Heads to Santa Cruz

News recently broke that Unify intends to open an office in Santa Cruz, CA. If you are not familiar with Santa Cruz, it’s just west of San Jose, about 45…

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Cloud Security Headlines

This week there were two major security headlines that might cause you to think twice about doing business in the cloud. The first was the celebrity photo leak. A very…

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Getting out of a Tele-Rut

Colin here. America’s reaction to voice texting surprises me, but it shouldn’t.Since Apple announced that they were adding the ability to send voice messages as part of their text messaging…

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Kevin Kennedy on Leadership

A recent interview with Kevin Kennedy was published in the Economic Times. I find both Kennedy and Avaya an interesting quagmire. On one hand, they are the classic victim of…

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SCOOP! Touching the Real iPhone 6

Colin here. I can confirm that the iPhone 6 is real, and it looks like the photos you may have seen leaked on the internet. You see, I have now…

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The New Bell is Comcast

I grew up in the days of the old Bell System. It was a monolithic monopoly that was completely non-customer focused. It was an extraordinarily efficient company, but customer satisfaction…

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Google and Cloud Security

There is this impression that premises-based solutions are more secure than cloud-based solutions. While this certainly CAN be true, it is a far cry from being true. The vast majority of organizations…

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Challenge Your Stereotypes

One of the most difficult mindsets to overcome is “stuck in a rut thinking.” That is, being so set in your ways that you cannot think clearly or make quality…

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Mitel a UC Leader

Companies always refer to themselves as leaders especially in press releases. It’s generally a meaningless term unless of course its Gartner calling the company a Leader in the context of…

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Call Recording Rules

Federal law requires notification of call recording to at least one party. That is supposed to keep away unauthorized wiretaps (yeah right). If you are aware of the recording of…

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The Clean Office Debate

For decades there has been a lot of debate over whether offices should be clean or messy. There is certainly no definitive answer on this. I’ve had top employees that…

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California Bolsters BYOD

This week a California appeals court ruled that employers must cover the costs of employee cell phone usage that are related to work. Courts don’t make rules, they interpret them and…

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MS a UC SP?

Every premises-based vendor eventually needs to make a decision on its cloud strategy. Enable others to become UCaaS providers, become a UCaaS provider, or both. 1) Enable Providers: This is the popular and…

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DirecTV for $50B?

AT&T is spending $50 Billion to purchase Direct TV so that they can re-enter the TV business. You may recall that in 1998 they also entered the TV business when…

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ShoreTel Update

At the Recent Wainhouse Summit in Santa Clara, I made it over to Sunnyvale to check-in at ShoreTel World Headquarters.  I consider ShoreTel a contemporary because we both got into telecom about…

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TSA is Powerless

The TSA has a new policy in place. When flying back to the USA your iPhone or smartphone must power on. If it is broken, or cannot power on it…

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