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Thoughts on ....Wi-Fi and 4G

I'm in Melbourne, Australia for the week. Working from here, in a nice one bedroom hotel apartment in the Fitzroy section of town. Fitzroy can best be described as the Mission in San Francisco meets Venice Beach in Los Angeles. Very hip, trendy, not far from the cool kids and loaded with coffee shops and places to find all kinds of healthy food, tantalizing breakfasts and very enticing, and healthy diet type places for dinner.

Wi-Fi while available everywhere, is very locked down. You don't find "open" hotspots, even in the cafes. One always has to ask about access, and often you'll find the speeds are good, but not great.

But for me, it's no problem, I grabbed a few toys though before I left on the 60 day trip around the globe. One is the magic SIM from client Gigsky, which I popped into my Android Nexus 7 tablet and have been able to use that just about everywhere. I can buy as much data as I need using their app, and what's more it's really true pay as you go. I also have my trusty Truphone SIM inside one of my iPhone 5's and another in a Samsung Galaxy Note as a back up...Data, voice, text and like Gigsky also a client.

Both service options are no hassles as I cross borders, and since Australia is one of the countries in the Truphone Zone, I can act as if I'm still home in the USA, even making calls and presenting local numbers here---and there...and getting sensational data plan rates.

But I'm one who just has to always stay connected, as best as possible, so I've also invested the last trip in a Telstra 4G/LTE mobile broadband modem. It's wonderful because now between the three modes of connectivty, plus my iPad Air, I've got really reliable connectivity just about everywhere.

Why is this so important? Well for starters I'm still working on things "back home." I have tons of conference calls and follow-ups from recent events, as well as the usual workload. Granted I'm missing some calls due to the time difference, but having reliable connectivity that lets you use Calliflower, Uber Conference, GoToMeeting or Cisco's WebEx, plus being connected to my Unified Communications host, and client, SimpleSignal requires that kind of reliable connection...and sometimes, as I found in Sydney at the Intercontinental, some ports are just not always open.

Here's the net net....make sure you have access, a good reliable way to have voice and video calls. Invest in the Boingo $7.95 a month plan to use WiFi where you can, but when you can't, well--go MOBILE BROADBAND.


The Comunicano Daily for Wednesday November 27 2013

 
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As the Holiday Weekend is about to begin that means travel so the item below about Carry On Bag Mania which I was quoted in, again demonstrates how being quick to provide commentary secured the lead quote in the story. This is a wake up call to clients and all who use email. Not reading email in a timely manner is the difference between being in and being out when it comes to being part of the story...Now On To The News!!!

 

 
 

 
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Carry-On Bag Mania

NEW YORK ( MainStreet) - In the run-up to the Thanksgiving airport crush, here is the question for you: can you go three days - even a week - with just carry-on luggage?

 
 

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API, SaaS, Cloud all continue to be en vougue and Forrester, one of the premier enterprise focused analyst and research firms further brings light to them all in their top tech trends report for 2014.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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Forrester: Top Technology Trends for 2014 And Beyond

This month, Forrester released its list of top technology trends for the three year time horizon. The author of the report, Forrester analyst Brian Hopkins makes the point that now that consumers and employees have continuous connectivity and an endless supply of apps, the CIO must drive the nimbleness that [...]

 
 

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Microsoft Hires 'Pawn Stars' to Bash Google Chromebooks

Microsoft has enlisted the reality-television series "Pawn Stars" in its ongoing campaign to bash rival Google. An online video ad released Tuesday mimics the plot set up of "Pawn Stars," which features people toting precious or odd objects for appraisal at a Las Vegas pawn shop.

 
 

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Never one to miss an an opportunity, Google's Eric Schmidt is making it easy to get his friends to switch to Android. Of course, Schmidt took 900 words to do that. How many words is the iPhone manual? Oh, that's right. It doesn't have one.

 

 
 

 
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Eric Schmidt writes a guide for switching from iPhone to Android

Thinking about making the switch from from iPhone to Android? "Many" of Eric Schmidt's friends are, he says - and so he wrote them a 900-word guide to walk them through the process. Google's executive chairman took to Google+ today to share tips and best practices for abandoning Apple's ecosystem in favor of Google's.

 
 

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Speeds, outages and disruptions to service are all part of a mobile operators day. Well, in a week where Black Friday happens, it looks like T-Mobile had a Red AlertTuesday.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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T-Mobile Confirms Software Issue Caused Slower Data Speeds

T-Mobile confirmed an infrastructure software fix is being put in place to address much slower data speeds for some of its customers.

 
 

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Apple is a retail force. If you think that they basically sell only 4 devices that are mobile network related, and some don't have mobile network radios, selling 11 percent of all cellphone sales in the USA is a massive number in only 6 years. One has to think they are taking sales away not only from carrier operated retail, but also the independent cellular shops. In many ways, taking that many sales away from mobile operators means the operators can pare back on retail space and staff.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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Apple Retail Stores generate 11 percent of all cellphone sales in the U.S.

Apple makes some of the most sought after cellphones as well as stores to sell them in, the result of which is a strong foothold over cellphone sales in the U.S. According to a recent survey conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, Apple Retail Stores in the U.S.

 
 

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Retail and Social Media are friends now. Only a few months ago they were enemies. This makes client Benbria's Loops more important to retailers.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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Retailers Seek Partners in Social Networks

MINNEAPOLIS - "Showrooming" is no longer a bad word. Just a few years ago, the retail industry was deeply shaken by a growing trend in store browsing - shoppers wandering around the aisles with their cellphones, surveying the merchandise while looking online for somewhere else to buy it for less.

 
 

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Skype has changed partners in China. This likely has more to do with "politics" between Microsoft and China than Skype as a service.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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Skype names new partner in China, begins migrating users to updated software

By Jon Russell, , 07:00am Earlier this month Microsoft ended its partnership with TOM Online, the mobile Internet company that managed its Skype service in China; today it announced Guangming Founder (GMF) as the replacement. GMF will manage Skype's desktop and mobile services in China, as part of the reorganization, the companies have today started migrating users and updating the Skype software in the country.

 
 

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How much money is there in a target audience? All you need to do is look at the NHL deal with Rogers Cable in Canada...WOW...

 

 

 

 
 

 
 

Rogers Communications and NHL Announce 12-Year National Broadcast and Multimedia Agreement

 
 

Adds value to fans with more games, more content, more choice and more flexibility - - Positions Sportsnet to become #1 sports media brand - - Bolsters Rogers' sports offerings and leadership across all platforms - TORONTO, Nov.

 
 

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We're starting to see the best and worst, top and bottom lists and ranking, so it's no surprise to see a list of Social Media Gaffs come out already.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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The 10 Biggest Social Media Marketing Fails Of 2013

There are some good corporate social media accounts out there. Oreo churns out cute ads based on current events, and the British cell provider Tesco Mobile caught the Internet's attention with charmingly sarcastic tweets that even trolls can't resist.

 
 

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The Comunicano Daily for Monday November 25 2013

 
 
 
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Hello from Sydney Australia. Here's a story with a happy ending. I left my iPad in a cab here in Sydney and realized this as I was having my first sip of a stunning Alsatian Riesling at the Wine Library last evening. Quickly I fired the the "Find my iPhone" app on my iPhone as I have all the devices I use on the Apple locator system and identified where it was. I found a young cab driver who was maps savvy who by reading the map realized it was near a mosque where many of the cab drivers in Sydney go to pray. He takes me to a mosque and we arrive just as evening prayers end. The original cab driver who had brought me to my favorite Sydney watering hole walks out, sees me and says "hi, I have your beeping thing, I was going to bring it back to where I dropped you but first I had to pray" 

I'm not sure who was more surprised, him or me.

Thank you Apple for such a great app.

Now, onto the news...Pal Jeff Bonforte is in the news again at Yahoo in what is a very funny Kara Swisher penned piece.....though not as funny as Bonforte's contrinuted to email inside the story..

 

 
 

 
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Clinging to Outlook, Only 25 Percent of Yahoo Employees Willing to Eat Mail "Dogfood" (Best Memo Ever!)

As most know, I love a good internal memo from inside Yahoo and here's a doozy related to a rather controversial topic of late: How badly the new version of Yahoo Mail has been received by consumers.

 
 

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We know we're in the 4G world but all signs point to 5G happening very, very soon.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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Mobile Internet Subscriptions to Triple by 2019

If it seems like everyone around you is constantly glued to their smartphones, you haven't seen anything yet. According to Ericsson's 2013 mobility report, the number of global mobile Internet subscriptions will triple by 2019. In 2013, the number of mobile subscriptions around the world clocks in at 2.2 billion.

 
 

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First it was no calling because your neighbors on the plane may not want the noise, but now we're seeing more and more that the no calling from the sky likely had more to do with money than keeping quiet.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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F.C.C. Will Consider Allowing Cellphone Use In-Flight

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission said on Thursday that it would consider changing its rules to allow the use of cellphones and other wireless data devices during airline flights. If approved, the change is certain to delight some passengers but frustrate many others who prize flight time as a last preserve of peace.

 
 

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The new FCC commish, Tom Wheeler is saying out with the old, and in with the new..VoIP seems to be in.....

 

 

 

 
 

 
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F.C.C. Chairman Calls for Transforming the Technology Used by Phone Systems

WASHINGTON - Americans could soon be one step closer to getting that videophone they were promised in the 1960s. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said on Tuesday that the agency would begin "a diverse set of experiments" next year that would begin to move the nation's telephone system from its century-old network of circuits, switches and copper wires to one that transmits phone calls in a manner similar to that used for Internet data.

 
 

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Unlocked phones are the way I like to go. So should you. Now it seems the FCC is moving in the direction to insure a better playing field for consumers.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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AT&T is holding my iPhone hostage and Obama doesn't care: why the FCC must act on locked phones

I lost phone service 4 days ago because AT&T decided to vandalize my property - my iPhone - and, despite earlier assurances, it looks like the White House has no intention of doing anything about the policies that let the company get away with it.

 
 

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Comcast is a player in cable, content and now it looks like they are moving into being a major technology developer too.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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Comcast develops method for dynamically extending wireless broadband reach

Comcast engineers are exploring how to eliminate wireless broadband "dead zones" by boosting the signals of Wi-Fi transmitters and connecting to 4G networks in areas that can't be reached by Wi-Fi, and even using data culled from social networks, emails and phone calls to determine where its subscribers will need access to the In

 
 

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When it comes to venture capital things are not always as apparent as they seem. Just look at where money was made on Twitter.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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Here are the lucky VCs who secretly made money on Twitter's IPO

Twitter's investors weren't the only VC's cashing in on the company's IPO. Certainly general partners at Spark Capital, Union Square Ventures, Benchmark Capital and Charles River Ventures celebrated their success in the deal. They were Twitter's initial investors, and they made hundreds of millions of dollars on the IPO.

 
 

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More and more cities want to go on a fiber rich diet to deliver faster Internet speeds. 

 

 

 

 
 

 
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Fed up with slow and pricey Internet, cities start demanding gigabit fiber

Slow Internet speeds and a lack of competitive pressure on Internet providers is a fact of life in communities throughout America. We've seen that competition can make a difference, notably with the entry of Google Fiber in certain markets, forcing incumbents to offer faster speeds and better deals.

 
 

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Why Loyalty Pays

I recently put mysefl on a silly diet. The kind of diet that my friends of long standing will cause their heads’ to whip around and ask, “okay, what did you do to the real Andy.”

You see, for long term health reasons I’ve decided to go very, very carb light and as much as possible, sugar free. Having been someone who was a healthy eater, but with a lousy diet, who is smart enough to know that red wine’s heart healthy powers only go so far, and that there’s more to dieting properly than simply pasta, rice, red meat and fish.

So, with some help and advice from people wiser that I, I’ve started to change my diet, dramatically. Now two weeks in, I’ve only had wine three times versus what would have been no less than three times in a week or less. I’ve had no pasta, very little rice, no pizza, no cheese steaks and no bread or bagels. Those who know me well, know I would have had at least one of each of those just about every week.

So with that in mind, it would be easy for the normal person to keep a diet that is best described as the Paleo diet, basically what the cavemen ate. And, when it comes to the kinds of restaurants I fancy, they are more about how good things look on the plate, so it means being a bit of a pain to the staff and only order things you can really eat, while still enjoying them. For example, I had the team at Pamplemousse Grill make me spaghetti squash with truffles vs. regular pasta one night..and was it ever great.

So given my life is anything but normal, -- I don’t stay at home long,  tend to live on the road, stay in hotels that one would think have menus designed for comfort, and where every guest could be another guest. Nameless, faceless, simply another credit card to charge. Those hurdles exist and challenge many. Not for me. And not where I stay.

Over the past few years I developed a very close friendship with the General Manager of the Intercontinental San Francisco. Peter Koehler and his staff.  The only problem with being a member of PK’s staff is you get such great training that you move on to other properties. And for a guest like me who is more loyal to the people than the brand that really helps when you need it.

Thanks to PK and his team, especially his super star assistant Jadey Chin, and former Guest Relations Manager Shehani De Marseille who now is running the front of house in Cleveland, as well as so many others who excel in delivering on what I call PKE (Peter Koehler Experience), when I travel to another Intercontinental property, what can best be described as a request for VIP treatment is sent to the GM of the property wherever I stay.

Usually that means upgrades, nice touches in the room, a friendly face and a nice warm greeting. In Sydney, PK’s peer, Joerg Boeckeler has taken to the same approach as Peter to a very nice and beneficial extreme. He had his chef put together a heart and health happy menu for me in the Club Lounge (as a Royal Ambassador I get access) that was perfect for me for breakfast and will mean I'll be in the hotel more working with a view of Sydney harbor.

So as I sit overlooking the Sydney Opera House, I'm  having a very good, heart healthy carb free breakfast, all because of loyalty, not to a chain, but to people. So just like there's a PKE, we now have a JBE to go along with IHG's Royal Ambassador program. To earn either a PKE or JBE badge from me means the staff has to care, and they have to do thinks that are right for the guest, with consistency. I can tell you in San Francisico, Sydney and recently Bangkok, the guest experience, thanks to PK and JB was off the hook amazing.

In today’s travel era, hotel groups need to get back to personal relationships, because, no CRM system in the world can replicate what Peter and Joerg can do and are doing for their guests who they consider "friends." And that’s why Loyalty Programs can only go so far, and why really knowing your guests really matters.

 


The Comunicano Daily-for Tuesday November 19 2013

 
 
 
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Recently I was asked by one of the writers at ProfNet to help explain Google's New Helpout service demonstrating that knowledge leadership and a stead presence online leads to media seeking you out as an expert. Replying quickly with key points it led to more questions to help round out the reporter's story, so while I was in transit and at the ITU Telecom World Conference I quickly penned some thoughts, replied to more questions by being conneted and reachable. That's a key trait to get quoted. You can't dawdle or wait, or someone else gets in the story. You'll see I got the prized "first quote" and what's more my comments were salted throughout the article, proving that being time sensitive to a reporter leads to getting quoted.

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The Q&A Team: Help Me, Helpout

Dear Q&A Team, My marketing team wants to learn more about Google Helpouts. We want to get a better understanding of this service as well as how we can use it to promote any of our products and/or services.

 
 

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Biometrics are on the rise in proving who you are. Not only is fingerprint scanning on the rise, but so is retinal scanning..and now it comes to a smartphone near you.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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This startup’s tech verifies your identity by scanning your eye with your smartphone

Eye scanner identification systems are the stuff of spy movies, but EyeVerify is bringing them to the mainstream. The startup took home the first prize at the Kauffman Foundations's Get in the Ring startup clash yesterday, beating out hundreds of applicants, 40 semi-finalists, and 8 finalists for the award.

 
 

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Bashing the mobile operators seems to be a job the daily media loves to take on, and in their defense, the mobile operators don't help themselves by getting in the way of progress...

 

 

 

 
 

 
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Never Forget That Wireless Carriers Are Evil

In today's edition of "U.S. wireless carriers are dicks", we're going to look at the latest in how carriers and the CTIA are protecting valuable revenue streams by blocking features that would curb smartphone theft. Over 1.6 million US consumers had a smartphone stolen in 2012.

 
 

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Changes in the VC world are afoot with two of DFJ founders stepping out.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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Tim Draper Steps Back From Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Firm Confirms

The boisterous venture capitalist Tim Draper will not be an investment partner for the next fund of the firm that his name headlines, Draper Fisher Jurvetson confirmed today after a Fortune scoop.

 
 

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What's hot in tech? Just follow the money from one of Wall Streets biggest investment banks, Goldman Sachs and see who they have speaking to their own team internally. 

 

 
 

 
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Here Are The Hottest Companies In Tech Right Now, According To Goldman Sachs

I think we've established by now that what happens in Vegas actually never stays in Vegas. And, as you can see by the agenda obtained by TechCrunch that's embedded below this post, the Goldman Sachs Private Internet Company Conference scheduled to take place in Sin City over the next two days is no exception.

 
 

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Skype is seeing more competition from the mobile operators themselves who launch over the top services of their own. Last week it was SwissCom and now we're seeing ChinaMobile. T-Mobile did it early on with Bobsled so one has to wonder if this will be a big push at February's Mobile World Congress next year.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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China Mobile relaunches Jego, its Skype competitor that offers free incoming calls overseas

In June, China Mobile quietly launched Jego as a competitor to Skype, but in the same month, the carrier abruptly suspended account registrations for the service. There were plenty of speculations as to why China Mobile International - a Hong Kong-based global-focused China Mobile subsidiary - made such a move back then.

 
 

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So much for in-flight calling disturbing passengers. It seems it really was more of "we're not able to make money" before. Now that there is technology that lets the in flight technology companies bill and keep some revenue, talking and texting in the sky seems to be the talk of the skies.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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European Commission Says Yes to Mobile Data, Calling In-Flight

The European Commission announced on Thursday that it would begin allowing the use of 3G and 4G mobile devices on board aircraft that are flying over the European Union. The change in rules allows airlines to implement the use of 3G and 4G above 3,000 meters (9,843 feet).

 
 

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In a reversal of sorts, we're now seeing Bitcoin being embraced by USA regulators and enforcement bodies...HMMM.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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U.S. Agencies to say Bitcoins Offer Legitimate Benefits

The Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission are telling a U.S. Senate committee that Bitcoins are legitimate financial instruments, boosting prospects for wider acceptance of the virtual currency. Representatives from the agencies told the U.S.

 
 

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This week in San Francisco is DreamForce, SaleForce.com's big soiree. And, in typical style they are making news, this time about how they have redefined their customer experience over mobile.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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Salesforce reboots its mobile experience with a bunch of dev tools with Salesforce1

 

On Monday, the $3 billion cloud computing company kicks off its 11th annual Dreamforce conference, which is expected to draw more than 100,000 attendees. The crowd will be buzzing about all sorts of news at the show, but one of the biggest announcements is bound to be Salesforce1, the company's revamped mobile platform for administrators, end users, and developers.

 

 
 

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WebRTC was a focus of discussion between some of us in Bangkok, and the topic at a TMC sponsored conference in Santa Clara this week. It seems though that no one can agree on what the standards will be. That's not stopping innovation and may actually lead to more interesting new ideas vs. everyone doing the same old thing.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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Anatomy of a stalemate: Why is everyone still fighting about WebRTC?

Earlier this month, representatives of some of the biggest tech companies met in Vancouver to find common ground in a long-running feud.

 
 

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On the subject of conference, here's some helpfu hints to get more from those events you attend for business.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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The complete guide to getting your money's worth out of conferences

Conferences are a booming business-Quartz held its own Next Billion gathering last week-and your company may pay thousands of dollars to send you to a big-name event. How do you make sure it's worth the money and convince your boss to let you go next time?

 
 

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Some of us can't get through the day without being connected and online to stay in touch with the people who matter. A new infographic compares Wi-Fi to the cigarette....and more.

 

 

 

 
 

 
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Is Wifi the new cigarette? (infographic)

Internet addiction is real. It is said to be more pervasive than alcoholism in the United States, and debate is raging over whether it should be officially classified as a mental illness.

 
 

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The Comunicano Daily-Special Sunday Edition for November 17 2013

 
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Hello from Bangkok in Thailand where I'll be representing the USA and Comunicano at this year's ITU Telecom World Congress where along with the master Disruptor, Dean Bubley, I'll be on a panel on the subject of Telcos and OTT (over the top) communications. Now that's something we at Comunicano have been working on for many, many years. 

Clients in the past and currently have been at the forefront of that industry with the likes of GrandCentral (now GoogleVoice), HiDef Conferencing (now a part of Citrix), CounterPath with their Bria softphone, Sansay with their APIs and SBC that's aimed at this market squarely, iotum, Voxeet, WebDialogs, Magor, Vidtel and others in audio and video collaboration, conversations and conferencing sectors, and of course Truphone who is both an OTT player with their apps, and a carrier of their own with their SIMS. And the list goes on.

To know more about OTT here are two nice reports. One from Arthur D. Little, the global consulting company, and another quick recap from Dean Bubley, who has written the very defining report on the subject of WebRTC and OTT comms, and is is the process of authoring another.

Because of all my travel I've also become a bit of an expert on travel technology. Our clients Benbria and Endomondo are currently working with InterContinental Hotels around the world, each making guest experiences better in different ways, so in today's Daily you'll see more coverage on travel and technology, something we'll be watching more of and sharing, just like we started watching technology on VoIPWatch, when collaboration, VoIP and Video Conferencing were less entrenched ten years ago than they are now.

Oh..and one more thing. If you ever need to get a bag, a set of golf clubs or your ski's somewhere please contact the wonderful folks at Luggage Forward. My bag that needs to be waiting for me in Australia arrived today. It left just four days ago. How do I know?

They're smart, technically savvy and keep track of it so I don't have to. Waking up to their email, was the way customer service should be. Ahead of the client, making one less thing to be concerned about. 

And now, onto the news....

Andy Abramson

 

 
 

 
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Dean Bubley's of Disruptive Wireless Updates his WebRTC forecasts + new analysis of browser vs. non-browser uptake

 

I saw someone on Twitter post the other day that we are currently at "Peak Telco Conference". Last week & next week have an extraordinary number of clashing events, around the world. One interesting thing I'm noticing is how many seem to be adding in a session or couple of presenters on WebRTC, which is fast becoming the "topic du jour" across telecoms overall.

 

 
 

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Over the past week I've been moving and tracking a bunch of stories that are of interest to clients and friends of the agency. One that may have been overlooked was the recent move by FaceBook to join the GSMA. A social network in the cabal of mobile? Our Ritch Blasi was sought out and quoted by Forbes and eCommerce Times' Erika Morphy on the subject.
 

 

 
 

 
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FB Jockeys for Inside Track in Wireless Industry

Facebook has reportedly joined the GSM Association, making plain its heightened interest in mobile and wireless. GSMA is a group made up of mobile operators and other technology companies interested in standardizing and promoting the GSM cellular system. Nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators are members, as are more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.

 
 

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Seeing FaceBook move into the GSMA is no surprise. It's all about clout, and derives from regulatory activity. With a change for the better in the USA with Tom Wheeler, Facebook is looking globally to insure their growth with ad sales, content, privacy and of course, revenue.

 

 
 

 
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Interview: Tom Wheeler isn't afraid to wave the FCC's big regulatory stick

New Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler this week set the tone for relationship with the mobile industry. Earlier this week he sent a letter to the CTIA - the mobile operator lobbying group he once headed up - telling them to either adopt a consumer-friendly phone unlocking policy or have the FCC do it for them.

 
 

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Every quarter independent mobile analyst Chetan Sharma publishes a quarterly mobile market update. You can download the full report from here. It's full of trend data and insight from one of the industry's bright lights who is working with companies up and down the mobile eco-system chain.

 

 
 

 
 

Chetan Sharma: Mobile Industry Growing. Data Is a Big Contributor.

 
 

 

 Sharma highlights that the US mobile data market grew 5% Q/Q and 15% Y/Y to reach $22.8 billion in mobile data revenues. Data is now 48% of the US mobile industry service revenues and as we had forecasted a few years back, the cross-over point of 50% might occur next quarter.

 

 
 

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Back in 2011 and 2012 Comunicano worked with Ortiva Wireless, a company that set out to solve a problem for mobile operators. Video over Mobile delivery and what it would do to their networks. Well, a new study from Bain & Company points out just how big of a problem it is.

 

 
 

 
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Bain & Co.: 70% of Multi-Device Owners Watch More Video than 3 Years Ago

Access to digital media across multiple platforms - be it video, music, games or books - is prompting a shift from traditional buy-to-own to individual rental models, a trend with broad and deep ramifications for content producers and other participants across the physical and digital media value chains, according to a study from Bain & Co.

 
 

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Mobile phones are essential, especially in times of disaster. Just look at the recent typhoon in the Philippines last week and how mobile phones played their part.

 

 
 

 
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Mobile phones are now as crucial as food and water in emergency aid

Foreign aid is streaming into the Philippines from around the world as the news of the devastation wrought Super Typhoon Haiyan spreads, but it's no longer just food, water and shelter: Before the storm even made landfall, a team from non-profit Télécoms Sans Frontières was on the ground, carrying satellite phones and laptop-sized BGans, which...

 
 

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The heavy consumption levels are leading Verizon Wireless to admit, "they have a problem" with their networks.  But the problem, which is Cisco and other's like F5's gain, should cure up soon.

 

 
 

 
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Verizon admits network faces traffic pressure in big cities

The company is pouring money into the problem, and a top executive says the issues will dissipate by the end of the year. (Credit: Jessica Dolcourt/CNET) Verizon Wireless is feeling the crush of all of those LTE-enabled devices on its network.

 
 

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A good average LTE speed is somewhere between 10 and 20 mbps

As smartphone usage has surged, so has the demand for reliable, fast cellular data. Sure, your smartphone can use Wi-Fi to surf the Web, watch video, stream music and download documents. But Wi-Fi isn't always available or costs extra in some public places. In the U.S., the fast cellular technology of choice is called 4G LTE.

 
 

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All this leads to what is expected. Capping of data speeds. We already see it on mobile networks, and with some fixed line cable and DSL providers. If you wonder who caps, look at this GigaOm report from Stacey Higginbotham.

 

 
 

 
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Want to know if your ISP is capping data? Check our updated chart

A A As we prep for the launch of two new consoles that will allow people to download games that are 30 GB to 50 GB in size, and as new research comes out showing that over-the-top television viewing is rising, it's worth taking an updated look at how ISPs around the U.S.

 
 

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These caps on data consumption by downloads and streaming are coming when buyers of Verizon's fiber in the ground product seem to be increasing.

 

 
 

 
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Verizon's Shammo: Customers are buying FiOS speeds of 50 Mbps, above

Verizon ( NYSE: VZ) may have halted further builds of its FiOS network into new markets, but where it is converting problem copper-based customers to the fiber-based service it's finding that customers like purchasing speeds of 50 Mbps and higher.

 
 

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The Pentagon is dropping Blackberry. 

 

 
 

 
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Pentagon Preparing for the End of the Blackberry Era

The Defense Department, owner of 470,000 BlackBerrys, is distancing itself from the struggling vendor while moving ahead with construction of a departmentwide app store and a system for securing all mobile devices, including the latest iPhones, iPads, and Samsung smartphones and tablets.

 
 

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Ever wonder just how big Google really is...take a read below and find out.

 

 
 

 
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Google Is Now Bigger Than Both The Magazine And Newspaper Industries

Google has become so big that sometimes it's difficult to understand just how big it is. It's on course to do $60 billion in revenue this year, almost all of that from advertising. But how big is that in terms of the media it competes against for ad dollars?

 
 

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To see where Google is going, just take an old phrase, "follow the money" and you'll know.

 

 
 

 
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Analyzing the Investment Syndicate of Google Ventures

The investment syndicate dashboards of 10 of the most active CVCs in 2013 (list below) can be found on the 'Research' tab after logging in to CB Insights. (Note: The free PDF is available to anybody who logs into CB Insights, not just our paid subscribers.)

 
 

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Tech and travel are on my mind, what with the PhocusWright conference coming up later this week. So it's no wonder that news about that industry sector is starting to bubble up too.

 

 
 

 
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Airlines Should Make Like Amtrak and Create Cellphone-Free Quiet Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration has already started allowing customers to keep their electronic devices on during takeoff and landing, and NBC News is now reporting that the in-flight Wi-Fi service Gogo will soon start offering text and voice service during flights. Texting is a blessedly silent activity, but phone calls...

 
 

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6 Ways Tech Will Change the Airport Experience in 3 Years

The rate of innovation in mobile technology suggests that even if security still takes too long and seats are too small, flyers can at least rely on updated flight statuses and hassle-free check-ins. - Samantha Shankman Travelers want to get through the airport as quickly as possible with access to updates at their fingertips.

 
 

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The Top 22 Hotel Brand Sites Around The World

 

Skift is starting a new monthly feature on top trafficked sites in various sectors in travel, using data from SimilarWeb. We have found SimilarWeb's traff

 

 
 

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And now some stories to get you thinking and working differently, to look at opportunities more and see what is bubbling in the news.

 

 
 

 
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Young Upstarts-Taking Risk to Be Successful

 

Imagine you stand at the edge of an enormous cliff, a parachute strapped to your back. To your right is a winding staircase with a sturdy handrail. There are only two ways off the cliff - jump or take the stairs.

 

 
 

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The 10 Smartest Cities In North America

The survival of our species on planet earth is largely going to be determined by what happens in our cities. By 2050, 70% of the world's population will live in them. We are observing a mass migration to cities at an unprecedented rate.

 
 

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Embracing Digital Technology

Executive Summary Advertisement Companies routinely invest in technology, and too often feel they get routine results. Technology's promise is not simply to automate processes, but to open routes to new ways of doing business.

 
 

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Investors don't want to meet you. They wanted to be introduced to you. - 42Floors

I remember when I first started fundraising for my first company, my investor network was pretty weak. Not only did I not know many investors, I also didn't really know how to pitch them. I'd basically take any meeting I could with any investor at any time.

 
 

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It Takes $78 Million in Prior Funding for a Tech Company to IPO, and It's Getting Bigger Every Year. Capital Efficiency?

VC-backed tech companies take seven years on average to go public and now it looks like they need a boatload of cash to get there too. What happened to not being capital intensive? Using CB Insights venture capital data, we analyzed VC-backed tech companies that have exited since 2007 to identify how much funding they need to raise prior to exiting via IPO and M&A.

 
 

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The Future of Telecom Is Next Week In Bangkok

Bangkok may be one of the last places you would think is where the future of telecommunications would be happening, as it's not exactly where one thinks of as a tech hot bed. But the 2013 ITU Telecom World is there, and that's where the newly minted TADS Summit will also be held.

While the ITU event is more about the establshed setting the future, the TADS Summit will be where the future gets statred. The two events, overlapping, and featuring many of the same participants will provide the framework for innovation. I'll be there, so keep an eye on this space for news.