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Top Stories of the Week - September 3, 2011

Microsoft updates Windows Phone 7 connector for Mac

Microsoft has released an updated version of its Windows Phone 7 connector that can sync a phone running its Windows Phone 7 OS with Apple Inc.'s Mac OS X. The Windows Phone 7 connector can also sync Macs with the Zune HD, Microsoft's media player, according to Microsoft Corp.

Jawbone Icon HD and Nerd handles your phone and VoIP

Jawbone's new Icon HD headset offers a larger speaker and clearer audio than its predecessor, while the Nerd USB dongle lets it work with computer VoIP apps. Stylish Bluetooth headset maker Jawbone has announced the new Jawbone Icon HD and The Nerd, a new zero-configuration USB dongle that lets Icon HD owners use their headsets with computer-based VoIP apps like Skype.

Patton, SEN join forces to enable converged-IP networks in Central America

Patton, the leader in business and carrier-class network access, connectivity, VoIP and mobile video-surveillance equipment has signed Sistems Enterprise Communications as a value-added distributor and systems integrator to deliver converged-IP and legacy communications solutions in Central America.

SEN can now offer Patton's catalog of over 1,000 US-manufactured products for carrier, enterprise and industrial networks to customers throughout the region.

Grave decline in pay-TV subscribers pushes ‘cord cutting’ premise

Some analysts have disregarded the long-term impact of online streaming services and Internet video on traditional pay TV businesses. A new report from research group IHS iSuppli, however, showed a startling number of consumers cut the cord on cable and satellite services in the past four months.

According to IHS’ Screen Digest group, U.S. pay TV households went from 101.4 million to 100.9 million during the second quarter of 2011. The loss of around 378,000 customers follows gains of 806,000 households that added some form of pay TV over the previous two quarters, revealed Erik Bannon, IHS analyst.

VMware and Mitel finally brings unified communications and collaboration to desktop virtualization

VMware and Mitel unveiled a significant technical advancement designed to considerably increase the already growing deployment of desktop virtualization for IT departments around the world. Specifically, Mitel will unite its virtualized Unified Communicator  Advanced client software with VMware View 5, allowing Mitel and VMware to deliver soft phone and mobile device integration into a desktop virtualization environment.

This new collaboration will extend the power of desktop virtualization, allowing a user's voice solution and UC applications to be deployed together as a single unified solution in a virtual desktop environment.