Friday Update II – Struggling to Break the Mobile Oligopoly

[Yes, I know it’s Sunday! But I started to write this up Friday.] The past couple of weeks has seen much higher visibility for attempts to duplicate the landline long distance calling revolution generated by VoIP technology in the wireless space. First Jajah launched Jajah Mobile at DEMO Fall 2006, where a Jajah client on […]

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Friday Update I – Video Communications

I just reinstalled SightSpeed on my “rebuilt” laptop and am always impressed with the video quality. It is reminiscent of the days about 25 years ago when the first color monitors became available for the mini-computer-based instrumentation I was selling at the time. My budget-limited customers (mostly university based researchers) thought they could get away […]

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Eight Ways to File Transfer Using Skype

One of the nifty features of Skype is its ability perform File Transfers almost on demand. I find several time a day I need to transfer a file to a Skype contact but how I do it could happen in one of several ways. Peter Kalmström has posted on six ways to perform File Transfers […]

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VoIP Phone Services — Let’s Keep It Simple

Yesterday Andy posted a reference to an article in today’s San Jose Mercury News about various new “mobile lifestyle” companies that want to change the way we are using phones. But Michael Arrington has made an excellent point in stating that: A bunch of VOIP services have launched to help people make cheaper calls from […]

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Sony Mylo – In Stores Now…

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After a lunch today at the Metreon entertainment complex’s food court in San Francisco, Phil and I walked into the Sony store and found the new Mylo available for purchase. Yesterday was the launch day. While we did not have an environment for any full testing (and the WiFi access was a bit flaky) three […]

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Embedded Skype: Is It Powered by Veri-Call or GIPS?

Since its inception the secret sauce that results in the excellent voice quality of Skype-to-Skype calls and facilitates quality in Skype-to/from_SkypeIn/Out calls has been the Voice Engine for PC and Voice Engine for (Windows) Mobile licensed by Skype from Global IP Sound (often referred to as “GIPS”). Monday came the announcement that Skype has licensed […]

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Will I use (Skype) Chat or email?

Seems that the discussion of the merits of email and (Skype) Chat are warming up again: Andy highlights the delays in knowing who is really online in Skype; he also mentions he has been receiving some chat spam. Jaanus admits that, despite claiming Skype chat to have many advantages over email fifteen months, ago he […]

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VON Fall 2006 Tidbits….

VON Fall 2006 is over; it certainly helped put into perspective where we are in the IP voice and video communications space at this time. Video I: Jeff Pulver’s presentation included a demonstration of the Vividas high definition video streaming using the Ghost Rider trailer. Select “Watch Trailer in High Definition” from the options. Amazing […]

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Wireless is Not Cordless… A Solution for Howard’s Parents (and Yours Too) …

I often forget when writing for Skype Journal that terminology in the English language may have different meanings in different parts of the English speaking world. For instance, there is no boot on my Canadian car and I’m sure there is no trunk in Martin’s car in Edinburgh. I guess wireless and cordless can have […]

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Fall VON 2006 – Whither IM?

Monday afternoon’s first Fall VON 2006 plenary session, IM: The State of Presence, featuring a panel of executives and managers from the GYMAS-five representing over 90% of the IM usage worldwide: Dan Casey, Director, Windows Live VoIP and Messenger Product Management, Microsoft Jeff Bonforte, Director of Voice Product Management, Yahoo! Nitzan Shaer, Director, Mobile Devices, […]

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