By TMCnet Special Guest,
11/21/2014

What would you do if your smartwatch informed you that it was “timing for the dinner?” Or if your connected car took you to the intersection of Fourth and Connaught instead of the Marriott like you told it? Chances are you’d throw your smartwatch out the window or have someone look at the wiring of your connected car.

In the new age of the Internet of Things (IOT), we expect devices to understand us flawlessly. Any brand or business involved with the IOT must take pains to make content invisible and eliminate language barriers. Otherwise that smartwatch gets a one-star review or your brand image is associated with ignorance—the entire economy around your IOT efforts breaks down. That’s why today, translation and localization are more pervasive and important than ever.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/20/2014

General Motors (GM) pioneered telematics with the introduction of its OnStar service. Via an opt-in and for-pay service, GM provides a monthly vehicle diagnostics report with dealer maintenance notifications. If you are in trouble, customers can run on-demand diagnostics in real-time and provide life safety services in case of a crash. Auto manufacturers need to offer discounts or even give away services for free because of the Big Data and goodwill benefits involved.

For a simple Safe & Sound package, GM collects $19.95 per month or $199 per year. But what if GM cut that price in exchange for collecting data on a more regular basis, possibly by leveraging a combination of OnStar's cellular linkages and in-home WiFi connectivity? GM could minimize its cellular bills by passing standard reports through the household wireless network, leaving cellular for emergencies.

By Clayton Hamshar, Contributing Writer
11/20/2014

Computing giant IBM made a surprising announcement this week: the company is launching its own Web-based email service called IBM Verse. Operating under a freemium model with a free version for consumers and paid for enterprises, the service will offer new organizational algorithms and feature seamless integration with a variety of built-in social media and collaborative tools.

IBM Verse takes a new approach to enterprise communications by compiling the many ways employees connect – email, meetings, calendars, file sharing, instant messaging, social updates, video chats, internal blogs, etc. – into a single thread. The cloud-based platform features intelligent task prioritization, cross-device collaboration tools and a dedication to making email as invisible as possible to promote efficient human connections.

By Rory J. Thompson, Web Editor
11/20/2014

IBM IoT Expert: Connectivity Will Impact Product Design, Marketplace Expectations

The rise of the Internet of Things will require businesses to fundamentally rethink how they design, engineer, manage, and operate their products and organizations.

Knowledge is Power: Cloud App Deployment Proves It

Companies are migrating to the cloud at record rates and enterprise cloud application deployment is on a major upswing.

By Bob Wallace, Founder, Fast Forward Thinking LLC
11/20/2014

With the year-end shopping season ready to fly, what do you need to know about 4K resolution ultra HD TV technology, programming, packaging and pricing in order to properly evaluate the higher definition sets for possible purchase?

As stated before, it’s more about programming pricing and packaging than it is about the technology or the availability of UHD big screens. 4K sets from Samsung, Vizio, Panasonic and others are seemingly everywhere and at fast-falling prices, as the units are pitched as the next generation of TV innovation.

By Dr. Brooks Mitchell, COB of Snowfly Inc.
11/20/2014

During the Holidays, I always think about my mentor at Texas Instruments, Dr. M. Scott Myers who was one of the greatest management psychologists and visionaries to have practiced his craft. I was very lucky to work with him. Scott told me a Thanksgiving story about a time when he was a Human Resources director for Hughes Aircraft prior to WWII. Yes, he actually worked for Howard Hughes!

By Casey Houser, Contributing Writer
11/19/2014

Professional services firm Deloitte releases its Technology Fast 500 study every year to showcase the fastest growing companies that operate in the markets of technology, media, communications, life sciences, and clean technology. Companies that have existed for at least five years in North America and have an operating budget of at least $50,000 USD or CD are eligible for inclusion in the study.

By Rory J. Thompson, Web Editor
11/19/2014

Ericsson Says Global Mobile Subscriptions Are on a Dramatic Rise

Ericsson has released its latest report, “Ericsson Mobility Report: On the Pulse of the Networked Society” and, essentially it shows that just about everything is on the way up.

Report: Ohio Telecoms Want To End Landline Rules

With the Net Neutrality issue, telecoms in Ohio are sensing an opportunity to get rid of old landline rules and instead go fully wireless. But that’s not sitting well with everyone.

By Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst, Enderle Group
11/18/2014

As we approach the Christmas buying season I figured you would find it handy to look at several product categories for gifts you might want to give or receive. This week we will talk Drones, which are pretty cool as long as you don’t use them in a creepy way to look through neighbor’s windows. A friend of mine uses his drone to herd his chickens, which I’m sure does wonders for their egg laying capability but looks like a ton of fun.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/18/2014

Contrary to my Friday predictions, Mitel decided to withdraw its offer for purchasing ShoreTel on Monday, November 17. ShoreTel may not be an option today, but Mitel is probably already moving on to reviewing other acquisition targets.

Mitel started its offer process in October, first offering $8.10 a share in cash, for a total of $540 million -- remember this number, we'll come back to it. ShoreTel's board refused to talk with the company, so Mitel sweetened the offer with an additional $0.40 per share in Mitel common stock on November 10, bringing the total offer to $8.50 in stock and cash.

By TMCnet Special Guest,
11/18/2014

The holidays are approaching as quickly as a sleigh pulled by magic reindeer, and every year it seems like the shopping season starts earlier and earlier. In many places, Christmas decorations are now put up before Halloween, ensuring a long and profitable season for merchants. And while most of us have had the experience of opening a disappointing gift on Christmas morning, one thing that can ruin your holiday faster than a homemade sweater is finding out that someone has obtained your credit card number, or compromised your account on your favorite shopping website.

By Rory J. Thompson, Web Editor
11/18/2014

Survey: Small Businesses Steadily Making the Switch to VoIP

A recent survey shows that more than half of prospective small business buyers were actually investing in VoIP for the first time this year.

No Fever Here: ACA Relaunch Reportedly Running Smoothly

States like Minnesota have been working overtime in the lead-up to the relaunch of Obamacare in order to have their call centers and exchanges up and ready to go.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/14/2014

ShoreTel's Board of Directors has rejected Mitel's second buyout proposal. Will Mitel hike the offer more? Go for a hostile takeover when November 20 rolls around? And just how much does ShoreTel think it is worth, anyway?

According to ShoreTel's board, Mitel's second offer significantly undervalues ShoreTel and its strong prospects for continued growth and value cration... and is not in the best interest of ShoreTel stockholders. Mitel has offered a total of $8.50 per share of ShoreTel common stock, made up of $8.10 in cash and another $0.40 per share in Mitel common stock in its second offer. The first offer was an all-cash transaction at $8.10 per share made on October 27, followed by the more recent $8.50 offer on November 10.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/14/2014

Don't blink. Microsoft is starting to pick up speed as it starts to implement drastic changes in the way it does business. Open sourcing of server software with ports to other operating systems, increasingly aggressive service bundling, support for WebRTC, and free Windows for mobile devices are evidence that cloud first and mobile first aren't just hot air. CEO Satya Nadella is shaking up Microsoft in a way that would have given Steve Ballmer a heart attack.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/13/2014

Before President Obama decided to kick the hornet's nest on November 12, net neutrality was low on Washington's radar. Why is the White House pushing for broadband regulation now? How serious is the administration?

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had been inching along, trying to find a balance between full-blown Title II regulation and no intervention as a chorus of carrier-sponsored lobbying continued to whisper against more regulation. Net neutrality wasn't a hot button issue in the 2014 elections cycle. Voters went Republican to protest Obama administration policies, according to pundits, with polls indicating 54 percent disapproval along with 65 percent of the country saying the country is on the wrong track.

By Steve Anderson, Contributing TechZone360 Writer
11/13/2014

It was a strange day for Cisco, as the company both brought out its first quarter 2015 fiscal year earnings report and bid farewell to its chief financial officer (CFO) Frank Calderoni - all on the same day. Though Calderoni will be sticking around until January 1, he will be leaving on something of a high note, as Cisco reported that its earnings managed to beat Wall Street estimates for the quarter.

By Rory J. Thompson, Web Editor
11/13/2014

Consumer Electronics are the Big 'Get' for the Holidays.

The Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) holiday shopping survey claims overall spending will reach the highest point - $33.76 billion - since it began tracking holiday spending in 1994. That’s up 2.5 percent over 2013.

By Bob Wallace, Founder, Fast Forward Thinking LLC
11/13/2014

If you thought the year-end holiday shop-a-thon craziness started sometime close to Thanksgiving, think again.

This year’s installment could be crazier as the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) holiday shopping survey claims overall spending will reach the highest point - $33.76 billion - since it began tracking holiday spending in 1994. That’s up 2.5 percent over 2013.

Get ready for the crush.

By Doug Mohney, Contributing Editor
11/12/2014

AT&T and Verizon garner the vast majority of headlines, but let's look beyond Mexico and Orwellian supercookies for a moment. CenturyLink and Frontier are doing a lot work with the resources they have—both bear watching for what they are building.

Louisiana-based CenturyLink has invested a substantial amount of money in data centers and core IP infrastructure. A few weeks ago, the company announced it deployed Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS) as an upgrade, enabling an end-to-end managed IP/MPLS network. A single 7950 XLS core router can forward 16 terabits of data per second while doing so at considerable power savings as compared to alternatives.

By Rory J. Thompson, Web Editor
11/12/2014

Mind-boggling numbers: Zettabytes to be the new standard by 2018.

Only recently have consumer hard drives begun to reach the terabyte size. That is 1,000 gigabytes. Businesses, on the other hand, may now be used to having petabyte-size drives – 1,000 terabytes. What lies beyond that realm are exabytes and zettabytes - volumes that are arguably impossible to fathom from any common vantage point.

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