BerryCasting lives with Sona media player for BlackBerry

SonamobilevideoplayerblackberryJust two short months ago (to the day, no less) we mentioned Sona’s media player for Blackberry devices; looks like the berry is ripe for the pickin’ because Sona’s player is ready for harvest. Some folks are already adding to their Blackberry addiction as evidenced by screenshots and a review of the new Blackberry Media Player from Sona. Lucky for all of us, only those addicted to the Blackberry 7130e and 8100 can add the player. Hmm…now that I think about it, the Blackberry PR folks were supposed to get us a unit way back when. Hey, we want in on the streaming too!

(via I4U)


5 Years For Nation Wide WiFi

In five years, most major metros and suburbs will have ubiquitous Wi-Fi based broadband coverage says Chuck Haas, the co-founder and chief executive officer of MetroFi, a Mountain View, Calif.,-based start-up that is rolling out metro wireless networks. He thinks most metros and suburban areas in the US will be WiFi hot-zones, by end of the decade.
Chuck, made this remarks during a panel discussion today at The Kelsey Group’s Drilling Down on Local (Search) conference down in San Jose earlier today. The panel pondered the big question – Is The Broadband Juggernaut: Slowing Down or Speeding Up? Hass, was on this panel alongside Brian Jurutka from research firm comScore, David Payne of EarthLink Municipal Networks and your truly.
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Google Slaps FCC Silly

Google general counsel Andrew Mclaughlin in a Light Reading story about the FCC forgot a four letter word called “tact.”

“The FCC sucks,” Mclaughlin says. “Why would you want the FCC to get involved in anything? Its track record is pretty bad when it comes to processes and outcomes.”

I understand, where he is coming from… after all, I am the first one to beat up on the FCC. But then I don’t represent a mega-billion corporation. Strong words are no way to make friends at FCC, and state your case.
Imagine someone from SBC saying FCC Sucks. It would really snow in San Antonio, Texas.

Zimbra’s email quite impressive actually

Zimbra’s Ajax-based email is worth a look. It is one of the many dozens of companies that have popped up, and one reason to take them seriously – well they are backed by Eric Hahn, the man behind Lookout Software, which was a “search” application for Microsoft Outlook, something so good that Microsoft bought it for a few million bucks. Seems like Microsoft’s money being used develop an Outlook-rival: not that there is anything wrong with it. ((Don’t be impressed with buzzword heavy press release, that is seriously trying so hard, that you want to simply do what distinguished Japanese warriors used to do in ancient times.) There is the usual crew of VC investors, but from my perspective, Hahn knows email.

Its like Outlook except in a browser, and I am told the Mac-happy version is on cards. Oh course you could get an invite for Yahoo’s (oddpost) enhanced beta, and enjoy the goodness. I am still waiting for Satish to ping me when that happens. I still want an “outlook-like main” on Mac, because now the iCal and Address Book are showing their limitations. Oh by the way, I am going to be mad busy at the office and Web 2.0 conference, so apologies for slow posting. via Silicon Beat

Jupiter predicts Cable Co win in VoIP

No seriously…. because if that’s the case then I predict sun is going to rise tomorrow from the west, and the actual sales of IPOD will exceed that of Microsoft’s. Jupiter’s history of wrong forecasts and predictions should make us all wary about what they have to say. After all we are living in bubble #2. (via Andy)

Powell almost warns SBC

FCC Chairman Michael Powell is concerned about SBC’s TIPTop enough to issue a statement today, warning the Bell that FCC has got the company within its cross hair. “Should we conclude that this tariff is being used to justify the imposition of traditional tariffed access charges on VoIP providers or to discriminate against SBC’s competitors, the Commission will take appropriate action including, but not limited to, initiating an investigation of SBC’s interstate tariff and any other tariff that proposes similar terms,” he said. “Nothing in this tariff should be interpreted to force a set of compensation relationships on VoIP providers and their connecting carriers either at this Commission or in other venues.”
SBC’s TIPTop tarriff petition has caught the eye of The Wall Street Journal, and several other outlets including Jeff Pulver who wrote extensively on his weblog. Here are my two cents. SBC says it is a voluntary tarriff. Powell added, “SBC’s interstate tariff for TIPToP service comes at time when VoIP services are continuing to grab consumer attention by offering more choice, lower prices, greater value, and enhanced features. I am committed to ensuring that this Commission avoids any action that might slow the IP- services revolution. Against this backdrop, the Commission, state utility commissions, and the courts all are considering the question of whether legacy access charges should apply to VoIP services.”
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The Fall VON 2004 Recap

  • Tim Higgins: The upbeat mode that prevailed at the show was helped along by FCC chairman Michael Powell’s keynote on Tuesday. The speech garnered plenty of press from the snappy quotes just made for us media types to slurp up. But Powell’s basic message—that any US government regulation of VoIP should be applied with a very light touch—was consistent with his previous pronouncements on this topic.
  • Voice Over Wi-Fi Hits VON: Net2Phone announced the first product in its suite of wireless VoIP solutions for service providers: the VoiceLine XJ100 Wi-Fi Handset. Startup DiamondWare Ltd. has announced the Wi-Fone product, a SIP-based softphone for PocketPC, which will be available via its partner, Voiceworks. Xten also released its new PocketPC softphone, X-PRO v2.2.
  • Martin Geddes: There’s a lot of confusion at the conference when people say “VoIP”. You have to work hard to understand whether they mean slot-in PSTN replacement using phone numbers, or just any real-time duplex audio stream over IP. One of the best things the regulators could do is introduce some new terms and people will, by necessity, start to use them.So if you’re putting your pension savings into the VoIP business, tread very, very carefully. This boom going to hurt as bad as the .com explosion. One way or another, there’s going to be a lot of roadkill, and a lot of get-rich-quick money from inflated promises.