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Vidyo, Inc. has been cited as having the “the best overall video quality and performance” by Forrester Research, Inc. Ofer Shapiro, CEO and co-founder, Vidyo (photo copyright Vidyo) The company also received top ranking for its technology partners among all vendors in addition to being ranked as a “Strong Performer,” overall. Forrester invited 10 vendors to participate in its September 2013 report, The Forrester Wave™: Desktop Videoconferencing, Q3 2013. A complimentary copy of the report is available here. According to the report, “Vidyo’s routing architecture shifts the heavy media-processing power from bridges to the endpoints, significantly reducing the cost per port to deploy video conferencing.” Additionally, “In our demo, Vidyo clearly delivered the best overall video quality, even with a large number of participants. Vidyo is foremost a provider of desktop vi... (more)

Counting to One Billion iPhone App Store Downloads

Apple’s App Store is getting ever closer to hitting the 1 Billion download milestone, check out http://www.apple.com/itunes/billion-app-countdown/ (in fact it is counting up). By my calculation it should reach its goal in the next few days or so and to be sure we will hear about it in the press! Seriously though, think about it, this feat is outstanding when you realize that the iTunes store took about 3 years to get to 1 Billion downloads and towards the end of 2008 the App Store was only just over 0.5 Billion. So where was the turning point? As far as I can tell, after the iPhone 3G appeared and the native SDK became available to the ever growing throng of developers, application submissions increased and downloads along with the amount of apps available. This increase in developers and applications, has in turn fed the interest and uptake even more in a self perpe... (more)

How to Unlock Your 3G iPhone

YellowSn0w is out and it's ready to rock. Here's how to become SIM-independent. 1. First, download quickpwn and jailbreak your phone. Use the latest firmware to pwn your phone (download it from Apple here). This will allow you to install Cydia or Installer. ... (more)

New Evernote App For The iPhone OS 3.0

Evernote, the multi-platform application that allows users to remember every notable aspect of their lives, today announced the availability of a significant update to its application for iPhone and iPod touch: Evernote version 3.0. Taking full advantage of the latest iPhone OS 3.0 software update, the app has been redesigned and optimized for easier note creation, faster browsing and more intuitive search. Evernote lets iPhone users create notes, take snapshots, record audio memos, and search through any content created on their iPhone or iPod touch, desktop computer, or the Web, thanks to its cloud-based sync functionality. New in Evernote 3.0 Evernote 3.0 contains a number of major enhancements made possible by the latest iPhone software update. New features include: -- Full note list sync enables smooth browsing and quick filtering -- Map view plots notes on a m... (more)

Cloud Computing Firm Model Metrics Records Record Growth

While many companies are wondering if a recession is the right time to choose a new technology, one successful Chicago-based company just announced it is standardizing on the new iPhone 3G S. Model Metrics, a leading cloud computing technology and services company that partners with the likes of salesforce.com and Amazon Web Services, sees the iPhone 3G S as a way to boost productivity among its consultants and developers nationwide. With the release of the iPhone 3G S, Model Metrics' fast growing team of consultants and developers will rely on a single mobile communication platform to ensure client success. Model Metrics will not only standardize existing employees on the iPhone, but also advance the iPhone as the recommended device of choice going forward for the rapidly expanding team of developers and consultants to be hired. "As an organization enabling cloud com... (more)

Mobile Application Stores: What's the Operator's Play

Mobile application uptake-it isn't only about iPhones.  Sure Apple's App Store now offers over 65,000 applications, and users have downloaded more than 1.5 billion iPhone and iPod touch applications in the 1st year since launch. But while getting a late start, other mobile application storefronts are trying to catch up.  In the 3 months since launch, RIM's BlackBerry App World has 2,000 applications ready for download. The Nokia Ovi Store is leveraging (and paying 70% revenue share to) the large Symbian developer community to create new applications for its user base. At the myTouch 3G launch, Google announced that there are more than 5,000 applications in the Android Marketplace. Recently joining the party is the LG Application Store, initially targeting markets in Asia.  But if mobile application uptake continues to center on smartphone application stores, how wi... (more)

AT&T and Vlingo to Bring Innovative Speech Recognition to Mobile Devices

In an effort to provide mobile device users an easier and more natural way to control their applications, AT&T* and Vlingo today announced a licensing agreement and strategic alliance to incorporate AT&T's Watson technology into Vlingo's speech-enabled applications. The alliance will drive innovation in user interfaces by allowing people to use the power of their voice to create and send a text message or email, search the Web, access social networking tools and more, making data services more accessible and convenient to use. As part of the alliance, AT&T will take a minority equity stake in Vlingo. "AT&T's Watson technology provides a world-class speech recognition engine in both performance and features," said Charles Kalmanek, vice president of networking and services research, AT&T Labs. "By allowing users to speak naturally, Watson opens the door to a wide rang... (more)

Crossroads in FOSS Projects: Some Business Considerations

Open Source Journal At our Seminar last month, Managing FOSS to Lower Costs and Achieve Business Results, several participants asked about the dynamics of FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) projects that reach a crossroads (a failure, a merger, loss of key personnel, etc). I had not expected that concern because with commercial software, it seems to me, the problem is more severe. When you have the source code and the right to modify and redistribute it, the source gives many more options (and its freedoms provide many more protections) than when commercial software goes bankrupt or gets bought by a competitor for instance. But the reason for the questions may be a lack of understanding about how FOSS projects work. They involve individual human beings, perhaps just a single person or, more likely, several people from many organizations and even different cultur... (more)

iheartradio App Available for Android Models

3G Innovations Clear Channel Radio announced that its mobile application will be available for Android devices, including one of Verizon Wireless’ newest smartphones, the DROID by Motorola, by Christmas. Separately, the company announced Version 2.2 of the music and radio app is now available for BlackBerry. This release brings music videos and other on-demand content to the mobile app. As part of the latest upgrade to the app, Clear Channel worked closely with Verizon Wireless to integrate V Cast Music and enable mobile purchases of full-track downloads, ringtones and ringback tones into a special Verizon Wireless-only version of iheartradio. “Applications like iheartradio are a big part of the future of mobile entertainment,” said Ed Ruth, director, strategic business development and partner management at Verizon Wireless. “It offers video, audio and embedded da... (more)

Cloud Computing, iSlate & Social Networking

Firstly, and rather belatedly, a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you - hopefully your festive break was enjoyable and are now suitably refreshed and ready to face the challenges and opportunities that will arise through 2010. It's traditional (and never let it be said that were suffer from originality) at this time of year to dust down the crystal ball, gaze longingly into one's naval and predict what topics will dominate the news over the next 12 months. After much deliberation we are pleased to bring you our totally chartastic top 5. 1.       Cloud Computing It was last year's undoubted buzz word - but cloud computing is here to stay. Server efficiency, speed to market, instant test platforms, less capital expenditure, on demand resource are some of the oft quoted compelling reasons for switching to cloud computing and all of them will deliver quan... (more)

The Three Dimensions of LTE Readiness

Mobile operators want an assessment of how they can evolve their environment to be LTE ready. Going from 2 Mbps peak downlink rates with basic 3G to 50-100 Mbps with LTE—among numerous other great new all-IP capabilities and their impact—has gotten every operator’s attention. But what does the move to LTE entail? And how much will it cost? And how can the evolution to LTE be as seamless and painless as possible?   To get ready for LTE, mobile operators must align the three dimensions of business, technology, and operations. This involves asking and answering a variety of questions and collecting metrics and other information about the following:   Business Alignment includes a clear articulation of what business drivers make it necessary to move to LTE. What is the cost and benefits equation? Is the market clamoring for LTE or can the operator wa... (more)