The Comunicano for Monday February 6 2017

 

 
 
FEBRUARY 6 - ISSUE #16
Andy Abramson
A massive :Thank You All" to the team at Revue for your kind words this past week.

Before we jump into the news we have to smile! High praise indeed!
The Super Bowl was one of the best games ever, and for the advertisers who took options on overtime commercials, a big win that way for them on price versus audience delivery. The ads and the halftime show with drones certainly were big hits in Houston and around the world.  What’s more, it was the first ever to be seen in VR (virtual reality). Now that’s COOL!!

We’ll lead off with some non-game coverage and then jump into more news as the commercials are certainly stirring up a lot of online commentary. Then we’ll follow with a bunch of news nuggets on Apple, and more on Artificial Intelligence, the FCC, VC’s, insight on Microsoft Edge and WebRTC, plus a bunch of other news you need to know including a nice peek into the new in flight Wi-Fi speeds for those who fly.

That’s all in today’s overtime sized COMUNICANO!
Bowl Watch
2017 Super Bowl becomes first VR UHD-enabled Big Game
Super Bowl 2017 ads navigate fraught political landscape
All the ads that ran during the Super Bowl, in order
Netflix's 'Stranger Things' generated the most Super Bowl ad tweets, according to Amobee
Verizon is trolling their competitors on Twitter and T-Mobile is standing up for themselves
Airbnb follows Super Bowl ad with call to house 100K in need
Google Home's Super Bowl Ad Exposes a Big Flaw
Intel powered the drones during Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show
Amazon Echo spot ‘primes’ Super Bowl audience for drone delivery in the US
Apple Watch
Apple's Trump Card Inside Your New MacBook Pro
AI Watch
5 everyday products and services ripe for AI domination
Why You Need to Use AI in Email Marketing Now
When Trump Tweets, This Bot Makes Money
Friends & Enemies
Microsoft and the WebRTC Edge Case
Here’s Exactly How the Internet Is Now Under Threat
VC’s are not your friends, they’re frenemies
The Univision blackout isn't about Latinos' access to news — it's about money
Agreement on roaming wholesale caps: impact on competition and European end-users
Odds & Ends
Uber's getting serious about its flying car business
Hiring tip: don’t interview like the NFL
Gogo 2Ku connectivity impresses on Delta east coast flight
This 17-hour flight is now the longest in the world

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The Arrival of Smarter Video Conference-Acrossio

My agency, Comunicano and I have been involved in a few successes in the conferencing field, starting with SightSpeed (now a part of Logitech), HiDefConferencing (now part of GoToMeeting but originally acquired by Citrix), WebDialogs (acquired by IBM and at the core of SameTime), plus we've kicked around WebRTC since it's earliest of days, working with leader Temasys, pioneer of ORTC, Hookflash, and others. That's why when it comes to being impressed by something new in video conferencing, or conferencing, I usually hit pause, as not much motivates me, as I've pretty much settled on Zoom and UberConference, while canning paid subscriptions to GoToMeeting and Cisco's WebEx last year.

So when I saw Acrossio on pal Tsahi's WebRTC Index I figured it was at least worth a look, as here's a company openly admitting they're WebRTC based, as the collision of VoIP and WebRTC was one of my predictions for 2017.

Acrossio instantly got my attention with Living Meeting on their home page. But, as I began to play with Acrossio I realized their core value isn't Living Meetings, it's smarter meetings. They do this by real time tagging as part of the note taking (I wish I could integrate their Tasks with Basecamp or Trello, send notifications via Slack-especially if you assign a task to someone not in the meeting.  Right now they integrate with LinkedIn, and do a better job of it than Hookflash's original attempt by avoiding being the calling company for LinkedIn but leveraging LinkedIn's sign in for sign up.

What's more there's lots of power in the way they've approached video conferencing. For starters Acrossio offers four different modes of conferencing: Online, Local, Self Recording and From External Content such as YouTube or Vimeo.

Acrossio1
While you can share files, Acrossio lacks on screen sharing of files in the session. So while you can share the video, you can't share a Google Slides document in the session the way you can with UberConference. A minor drawback and one I expect them to solve overtime.

My feeling is Acrossio is really just starting out, so while they are listed as five years old, it feels like their approach with WebRTC is taking video conferencing in a different and more robust direction, as the note taking and tagging, assigning tasks, and making those actions a part of the actual conversation is almost novel, and really is long needed functionality in video conferencing.  The self recording mode, which  for the work team sharing and tasking.  They have a Windows Desktop app, that appears to be a messaging app. There's various ways to invite people to join, maybe too, including Slack integration so I get the sense there's more to come. Lots more.

There's something here, and I hope to learn more about Acrossio as time goes on.


The Comunicano for Friday February 3 2017

 

 
 
FEBRUARY 3 - ISSUE #15
Andy Abramson
The big news, especially here in the Southland, is SNAP and their 3 billion dollar IPO. There’s lots of coverage on it, with some deep insight from the Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern and the Business Insider as well as the L.A. Times. The stories around the story is also interesting so there’s six for your reading pleasure. 
Beyond SNAP, we have news about Google, Amazon, Facebook, Uber, the Sharing Economy, Microsoft and a bit more. 

Lastly, next week is IT Expo Week in Fort Lauderdale. I’ll be there so find me in the media room, or up on stage on any of my three panels.
That’s all in today’s COMUNICANO!!!

Snapchat company's IPO filing might be L.A.'s biggest ever
What’s So Great About Snapchat Anyway?
Upcoming Snapchat Lenses will be Able to "Interact" with Objects
Snapchat paid third cofounder Reggie Brown $158 million to disappear
Snapchat IPO: Inside Snap Inc.'s company culture
Snap S-1 Filing
Uber Watch
Uber C.E.O. to Leave Trump Advisory Council After Criticism
Sharing Economy Goes Mainstream in Business Travel — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report
Odds & Ends
The Best Drone Photography of 2016
Amazon's advertising business is growing fast -
Facebook’s AI unlocks the ability to search photos by what’s in them
How Twitter took on Trump's bot army—and won
Why augmented reality will be big in business first
With Chrome 57, Progressive Web Apps will appear in Android’s app drawer, settings, more
Microsoft Outlook for iOS now supports add-ins like Giphy and Trello
Business Ops is the New Sales and Marketing Ops. Why Consolidation is Crucial to Your Bottom Line.
We’re probably underestimating how quickly electric vehicles will disrupt the oil market
Catapulting Europe’s brightest FinTech startups from Singapore to Asia with The FinLab
Verizon Restructures Small Business Segment, Launches Verizon Business Markets

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Next Week It's IT Expo in Fort Lauderdale

One of the few events I look forward to every year is IT Expo, staged so well by the team at TMCnet. While the show is now only an annual show, which is a smart decision, what Rich Tehrani and Dave Rodriguez have done so well, is built the show up to be more than the VoIP show.  

That move a few years ago, done in consort with ex VON minds Carl Ford and Scott Kargman has elevated the show to include MSP, IOT, Wi-Fi and more over the past few years. By making this move, the show has a much broader audience and ends up being a far larger event, which in turn helps keep costs to exhibitors down.

The move from Miami up the coast also has helped, as the venue in Fort Lauderdale is a bit larger, and far more conducive to what TMC has set out to do.

As for this year, I'm excited about the three panels I'll moderate in the All About The API section, while also seeing friends, new and old, as well as being very intrigued by the expanded IoT content that is part of IoT Evolution. That section kicks off with the Telit IoT Innovation and the IoT Certification Series on Tuesday, February 7. It continues with a five track conference program on Wednesday. Their well thought out tracks include; IoT Enterprise Operations, Connected Building and Cities, Connected Transport/Connected Industry, IoT IT: Business Intelligence and Machine Learning and IoT Developers. Keynoters are coming from the Industrial Internet Consortium, Intel, GoGo Air, Ingenu, Eurotech, Numerex, Telit, Cisco, Kore and Verizon.

At IT Expo there's also:

  • Telecom Reseller Week
    A forum for channel executives to learn about cutting edge new solutions you can represent, to meet with many new potential partners, and to study proven sales techniques to help improve your team's performance.

  • MSP Expo Conference Sessions
    The Premier Conference and Networking Summit for MSPs - where business owners and technology specialists in the channel come together to accomplish key goals in growing your managed services business.

  • ChannelVision Expo Sessions on Expo Floor
    Gain perspective on how to adapt, what to sell and how to sell it within this ever-evolving communications ecosystem through the educational sessions and vendors showcasing their products and services at ChannelVision (CVx) Expo.

Most of all the ITEXPO enables you to meet with 100's of vendors while enjoying a beverage and networking with colleagues. PLUS, the ITEXPO badge grants access to 75 more exhibitors at IoT Evolution Expo next door.

And a whole lot more....


The Comunicano for Wednesday February 1 2017

 

 
 
FEBRUARY 1 - ISSUE #13
Andy Abramson
Wednesdays are always interesting news days. Waking up and seeing how the EU is really ending roaming charges across Europe in June of this year, after all the years we worked with Truphone, has me wondering about the company’s fate.

Of course the elimination of roaming doesn’t help US based roamers when they visit Europe, but given how Google Fi has a deal with UK based Three, it sure gives them a big kick forward. That is, at least until the UK exits the EU. After that Fi will need a deal on the continent, so expect them to do something bigger with either DT, the parent of USA based T-Mobile or Vodafone for continental wide roaming.
In other news, AT&T and Google continue their speed wars; Facebook looks to become a TV network; the FCC is changing the rules, again; Slack is expanding fast into the Enterprise; and Uber gets a big partner in the self driving car market. All that and MORE, in today’s COMUNICANO.

Use of Ad-Blocking Software Rises by 30% Worldwide
Speed Watch
AT&T plans to deliver fast Internet over power poles
Google Fiber Now Pushing Gigabit Fixed Wireless
How to choose the best Wi-Fi replacement for your Apple AirPort routers
FaceBook Watch
Facebook Developing Video App for Apple TV, Other Set-Tops (Report)
WhatsApp to let users edit and recall sent messages
Fed Watch
New FCC chair vows to shrink industry regulations
New FCC chief gets to work cutting back regs
The FCC won’t force cable companies to unlock their set-top boxes after all
Slack Watch
Slack is expanding its team chat app to work with the largest companies
Uber Watch
Uber and Daimler Join Forces on Self-Driving Cars
Odds & Ends
Google Upgrades Security Controls for G Suite Business Customers
How to Find and Get Hired for a Remote Job
Map Plots the Fastest Route to America’s Michelin-Starred Restaurants
EU announces deal to end all wireless roaming charges starting June 2017
The Internet Is Mostly Bots

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Polycom Still In the Hardware World

Having been in the collaboration game since the days of SightSpeed, the original laptop video conferencing service that was acquired by Logitech, it's really funny to see how what's old is new again. That's why even with new ownership, Polycom continues have its head in the hardware world while the rest of the industry is clearly in the cloud.

Today, NoJitter ran a typical vendor supportive piece, with coverage on Polycom, surrounding their newer meeting room experience.

Meeting rooms are nice, but the market is going more in the direction of "huddle rooms." Those are smaller two to three person sized conference facilities that are used by team members who are all in one place. Given how much work at home is occurring and working from remote locations like WeWork and Regus office centers, the real market is where Zoom, GoToMeeting, and WebEx.

They are are all in the cloud, or virtualized, and are offering services that don't need anything more than a smartphone, tablet or laptop to have parties connect from anywhere. No need for a dedicated room. Besides, with AppleTV, Google Home (aka Chromecast) the market for room size video can be accomplished with monitors and far more economically priced PTZ (pan tilt zoom) cameras or using the camera already embedded in the smart device or laptop.

 


The Comunicano for Tuesday January 31 2017

 

 
 
JANUARY 31 - ISSUE #12
Andy Abramson
Money is the top theme today and not only from VC types of stories. The impact of ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft is impacting the taxi medallion lenders...Crowdfunding for startup companies under the Jobs Act is beginning to show cracks and issues…WeWork may see money from the new Softbank Fund
In other news…Australia thinks it can benefit by the USA’s Immigration Gate. Who needs wires? Telstra is going rolling out 1 Gig 4G/LTE mobile speeds service in major cities in Oz. In the Amazon Watch, Amazon has a lot happening with Alexa. Want to know? Just ask her. WalMart changes plans because of Amazon. Dropbox decides to chase Google and Microsoft with Paper. Fee, Fi Phone, Fun…There’s more coming with Google Voice, Those stories and more in today’s Comunicano.

Money Watch
Taxi Medallion Prices Are Plummeting, Endangering Loans
Doubts Arise as Investors Flock to Crowdfunded Start-Ups
SoftBank Mulls Investment of Over $1 Billion in WeWork
Global Watch
Donald Trump's folly is a once-in-a-century opportunity for Australia
Telstra launches 1Gbps 4G mobile network across cities
Amazon Watch
Amazon Alexa gets new tricks for Groundhog Day
Starbucks Debuts Voice Ordering
’24: Legacy’: Echo Alexa Alarm Promoted on Amazon Homepage
Wal-Mart scraps Amazon Prime rival in favor of new free shipping offer
DropBox Watch
Dropbox finally brings its Google Docs competitor out of beta
Inside Dropbox’s Identity Overhaul
Odds & Ends
Project Fi integration might be coming to Voice, Google is ‘working on a solution’
Three UK ditches InTouch app, launches embedded Wi-Fi calling
Belkin's itty-bitty WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug has big plans for the smart home
The Top 3 Technologies Revolutionizing E-Commerce

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The Comunicano for Friday January 27 2017

 

 
 
JANUARY 27 - ISSUE #10
Andy Abramson
It’s only been a few months since cableco Charter gobbled up Time Warner Cable, but now it looks the buyer may become the bought which becomes a big win for Charter’s largest shareholder, Liberty Media and John Malone. That’s because Verizon is reportedly in talks to buy Charter, largely as a defensive move against both Comcast. That’s because Comcast is rolling out wireless phone service and also due to AT&T trying to buy up Time Warner for all their entertainment properties. 

In other news we have good news for rural New York State when it comes to broadband; why video streaming is so easy;  a Facebook/MailChimp ad match up; a look at a lot of e-commerce tools; how to increase sales; plus those hotel thermostats and you, along with a short item on Starbucks and its customers.

Those stories are all in today’s Comunicano.

Verizon Watch
Speculation builds on a Verizon-Charter tie-up, no offer made
Verizon Wireless and AT&T see value perception decrease
Rural Broadband to Keep Growing (in NY)
New York to keep $170M to expand broadband access
Video Streaming Watch
5 Ways to Use Live-Streaming to Amplify Offline Events
Oscars 2017: Where to Stream the Nominated Movies
Marketing Watch
Facebook Ad Campaigns for MailChimp
Gorgias - E-commerce Stack. Top 100 e-commerce apps.
How Tech Companies Double Annual Sales with Three Words
Odds & Ends
It’s Not You: Hotel Thermostats Really Are Rigged
Starbucks: Crowded stores turned off customers

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The Comunicano for Wednesday January 25 2017

 
 
JANUARY 25 - ISSUE #8
Andy Abramson
Good morning. Today we have insight on what’s going on in the news world surrounding fake news and the rise of the citizen journalist as well as how the media is under attack. That’s just for starters. 

Down Under in the land of Oz, they’re finally getting in flight Wi-Fi. Well on one plane for now. News from Cisco about the new Spark Board, an acquisition, possible mergers, and some fund raising of note in Money Time, news from Google around I/O, some Apple Watching,  ways to be better Socially online in Socially Speaking, plus a few Odds & Ends surrounding SMS, the FCC and how Verizon is feeling the heat from other carriers. All those stories and more, in today’s Comunicano.

Facebook Live Is the Right Wing’s New Fox News
The Rise Of Fake News Amidst The Fall Of News Media
Wi-Fi Watch
For my friends in Australia, all I can say, is, you’re gonna love it. This is the same in-flight Wi-Fi service, or better, than what we have on Jet Blue and some Virgin America and United flights in the USA. 
Qantas introduces free inflight Wi-Fi to their Boeing 737
SparkWatch
Cisco entered the digital whiteboard space with a new Spark Board. ZD Net has some details and I’ve added my 2 cents to the story on VoIPWatch.
Cisco rolls out Spark Board, all-in-one cloud-connected digital whiteboard
Cisco's Sparkboard For Collaboration Here and There
Money Time
Cisco didn’t stop yesterday with their Spark Board news. They went out and bought a company that was about to IPO…… Pal Jamie Siminoff’s company Ring raised $108 million more for their crime preventing doorbell….HPE snapped up another IT company and AirBnB may be buying Tilt to have a payment platform of their own.
Cisco snaps up AppDynamics for $3.7B right before its IPO
Connected doorbell startup Ring raises $109 million from DFJ, Goldman Sachs, Qualcomm, others
Report: Airbnb in talks to buy payment app Tilt
HPE to Acquire Cloud Cruiser to Bolster Consumption-Based IT for Customers
Google Watch
Google I/O 2017 will be held at Shoreline Amphitheatre May 17-19
Your home just got smarter with new Google Assistant partners
Why Google Killed 1.7 Billion Ads Last Year (And Kicked 200 Publishers Off Its Network)
Apple Watching
Apple's iOS 10.3 beta hits with cricket scores, 'Find My AirPods'
Apple is trying to limit how often your iPhone apps can bug you to give them a rating
Socially Speaking
8 Lesser Discussed Social Media Changes – What to Pay Attention to in 2017
Instagram's Live Stories: Available Globally
Odds & Ends
SMS is making everything old new again
Comcast, AT&T, and ISP lobbyists are excited about Trump’s FCC chair
Verizon rivals put squeeze on No. 1 carrier's growth

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