Under the headline Microsoft unveils VoIP-enabled phone platform, WindowsForDevices.com has a story about the hardware coming to market that's uses Microsoft's Windows XP Embedded-based "Response Point.
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Judging by the way an entire section of the site has been built from for the visit, The CNET Reviews crew is down at CTIA in Orlando, Florida scouring the show floor for some of the hot new telephony gear to hit the market. Not suprisingly, there's no shortage of new, and in some case stylish Bluetooth devices, not to mention a bevy of new cell phones.
Dead-Finger Tech: Manuel takes his Blackberry Pearl everywhere, but would leave Microsoft if he could
OK, so it has been a little while since I've done one of my favorite types of interviews -- what I call a Dead-Finger Technology (or DFT) interview. In case you haven't seen the other DFT interviews, this where I get someone (sometimes it's someone I know, other times, just a random person on the street) to tell me what their Dead-Finger Technology is and why.
In response to my concern that the travel site Expedia is spamming its customers (of which I'm one) in violation of the Can Spam Act as well as in disrespectful defiance of its customers' elections not to receive solicitations for special travel deals, Expedia has finally responded with an explanation that, if you ask me, reminds me of how pathological liars end up believing their own lies.
The industry's benchmarking soap opera official entered its kettle, pot, black phase today when a news report and photos of an AMD presentation in China showed AMD claiming performance supremacy over competing chips from Intel on the basis of test results using retired benchmarks. Two weeks ago, I wrote a post about how AMD is no angel, but Intel's usage of benchmarks is feloniously misleading.
Last week, I published a post about how some of the big wireless carriers were blocking access to free conference calling services and I think some people missed one of the main points I was trying to make in that post -- the fact that we're seeing the new system bump up against the old one in a very disruptive way.
From Skype's PR counsel Chaim Haas via e-mail comes news of the download availability of the newest beta (3.2) of Skype for Windows.
The Register has a review and lots of pictures of LG's KE850 Prada phone. Apparently, the demo unit was pretty beat up by the time it arrived for testing at The Register.
Via Slashdot, Linux.com's Joe Barr reports that if you run Linux, you may lose your hardware warranty: Laura Breeden bought a new Compaq Presario C304NR notebook in January.....
Earlier this year at CES, Samsung announced the release of the latest version of it's Q1: the Q1 SSD (SSD stands for solid state drive). From CES, we videotaped my interview of Samsung's manager of marketing communications Jason Redmond who showed us the Q1 SSD (pictured right) which, at the time, featured a 32 GB solid state drive.
After two posts yesterday about whether Expedia is using misleading copy in its promotions, and then about whether a coupon offer via e-mail legally constitutes spamming (and whether the FTC should act: so far you're saying "yes"), the e-mailers and blogosphere are starting to chime in on the issue. As a reminder, after a ZDNet reader spotted my first posted and suspected I had been spammed the same way he felt he had been, I checked my e-mail preferences on Expedia.
These days, you can't go out in public without bumping into someone that's got some Bluetooth-based gear on their head. You may look funny when appearing to talk into thin air, but the convenience of being able to talk on the phone or listen to music while the phone or music player is still on your belt or in your pocket is liberating.
Has what started as a blog earlier today about what I thought was a baiting and switching e-mail from Expedia now blossomed into the travel site's potential violation of the Can Spam Act? Wrote one reader via email:Surprisingly, you didn't mention that this is spam even though you opted out.
Today, Microsoft is releasing the beta version of its latest unified communications suite. The pair of solutions is known as Office Communicator 2007 (the client side) and Office Communicator Server 2007 (the server side).
Last week, via e-mail, I received a reminder from Expedia that I had a $200 travel coupon available to and that it was about to expire. The subject of the e-mail was "Two weeks left to use your $200 travel coupon.
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