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Telefónica has announced the launch of Tu Me, a free application that allows users to communicate and share information through a smartphone. You may say that Telefonica has just launched its own WhatsApp, although with VoIP calls. For now, it is only available to iPhone, but soon to be on Android devices.

No cell phone calls are allowed on planes, but what if you are using a VOIP service, which is using your flight's wi-fi? That should be fine, right? You might think so, but apparently the answer is still no.

Cisco to buy Truviso for Real-Time Network Analytics

Cisco Systems is buying privately held Truviso, a move aimed to give businesses greater capabilities in monitoring and analyzing the rapidly growing amount of data traffic that is travelling over their networking infrastructures.

Last May 3, Cisco officials announced their intent on buying Truviso, a 7-year-old corporation that builds software that executives say give customers the ability to analyze network data continuously and in real time. Financial terms of the deal were not announced, and Cisco expects to close the deal by July.

NetUno, went a step further to make available to the public the most advanced telecommunications technology. This time it's the launch of television in the Internet Protocol IPTV in one of the largest hotels in Latin America, Megapolis Hard Rock, which opened last April 16 in Panama City, Panama.

Internet telephone calls in the US are fast becoming a national security threat that must be countered with new police wiretap rules, according to an FBI proposal presented quietly to government regulators this month.

Skype has announced the upgrade of its mobile application for iPhone and iPad. The company has introduced new features like the ability to move the video preview and improvements in performance and design of various elements. Terminal users with the IOS operating system 4.3 and later can now update the application.

Cisco to include IM software to enterprise IP communications system

Cisco will add Jabber instant messaging and presence software at no extra charge with its Unified Communications Manager Enterprise IP communications system, the company said recently.

The move follows Cisco's findings that IM and presence have become essential collaboration capabilities to enterprise users, and a necessary complement to the voice and video capabilities that their software offers.

Microsoft’s communications service Skype has been available in versions for Android, iPhone, iPad and Symbian for quite a while, and finally the first beta version is now also available for Windows Phone.

San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco, the world's leading maker of networking gear, faces ever increasing competitive pressure from China-based Huawei, which is currently second worldwide. Huawei is expanding its business from telecom customers to targeting other types of enterprise customers, including known financial institutions and health care organizations in North America and everywhere. However, these are also among Cisco’s markets.

Telefonica will launch on May 1 its new pricing plan for mobile Internet - reducing its fares from twelve to three charges, which are common to all devices, from smartphones, 'tablets' or USB modems, according to the company.

netTALK releases low-cost wireless VoIP telephone device

netTALK.com, a telecoms, consumer electronics and cloud technology company, said that the netTALK DUO WiFi, the world's first wireless VoIP telephone device, is now available online at their site and at major retail stores in the U.S.

"With the launch of netTALK DUO WiFi, the company is continuing to be the first-to-market technology innovation leader, as compared to the competition," said Anastasios 'Takis' Kyriakides, President and CEO.

Researchers responsible for SES Astra Ibérica have met the media recently in Madrid, and presented the results of Satellite Monitor Study conducted jointly with Canal +. Luis Sahún, Head of SES Astra Ibérica has been in charge of presenting the findings, but he just talked about the origin of this study and the status of audiovisual and DTT in Spain.

"We have been working on this project since 1993 in Spain. We are industry leaders in our country but have not been recognized.

Skype reports from its official company blog that the company has set a new record – 40 million users. This is a record for 40 million users that have used the service at the same time once, something that happens for the first time in its history. The previous figure recorded in March, was 35 million simultaneous users. In short, this growth bodes well for the future.

The software giant is looking for experts to create a web version of Skype based on HTML 5 and Java. Microsoft has posted a job opening in which asked developers to bring their expertise to the web. The job offer has triggered rumors about Microsoft's intention to create a web version of Skype based on HTML 5 and Java.

Voip-Pal in final steps to acquiring intellectual property

Voip-Pal.com, an international VoIP telecom company, announced that it is in the final phase of negotiations to acquire intellectual property pertaining to both wholesale and retail VoIP mobile applications. This acquisition will greatly improve shareholder value and add to significant revenue growth for Voip-Pal.com.

The patents are VoIP related for Mobile applications, gateways, billing and much more. All of the patents are currently in use in the highly profitable VoIP services market which is projected to hit US$74.5 billion in 2015.

Together with Alcatel-Lucent, Vermont Telephone Company (VTel) recently announced plans to expand the availability of high speed broadband services such as Internet TV (IPTV) and video-on-demand to subscribers in its telephone service territory in Southern Vermont.

Telappliant published findings from a new study which revealed that almost 7 out of 10 businesses in the UK will be using VoIP serrvices by 2013. The survey, which questioned 100 UK businesses from various industries, indicate that 41 percent of UK companies are already actively using VoIP telephony to improve efficiencies within their business, while a further 25 percent have plans to review and implement VoIP within one year. The data also showed that businesses with a workforce of 100 - 500 people are embracing the technology faster than smaller businesses.

Cisco recently announced an update to its line of small business networking, which includes routers and access points that ultimately support the current generation of Wi-Fi. The products are now available. Although many small businesses use network equipment at the consumer level, Cisco products said that they will serve those who require more support and security for remote users and local VoIP telephone systems, and cloud applications.

14 million new IPTV subscriptions in China

The number of IPTV users reached 14 million in China last January, according to statistics from China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. China began building IPTV infrastructure in 2004, when China Telecom and the Shanghai Media Group put IPTV in commercial operation in Guangdong, Shanghai and other major cities. In the same year, China Netcom also opened IPTV commercial system in Heilongjiang and Liaoning provinces. The Ministry of Industry has said that the number of IPTV users has reached 14 million, and users of mobile TV has reached over 52 million, according to media reports.

The Karlsruhe TV portal specialist VideoWeb, in collaboration with Zattoo, recently for the first time allowed a linear live TV service via the Internet to stream directly to your TV. The online TV application now continues to bring more market premieres of the new Teletext and HbbTV which will include RedButton function of the flat screen TV.

Siemens Enterprise Communications presented the results of its "State of the communications business in 2012," which shows that IP infrastructure can save companies 43% compared to traditional PBX systems.

The study said that during the migration to IP environment, business can reduce risk and protect existing investments. The most common is that companies will use this infrastructure together with PBX systems, as stated 91% of respondents.

Skype seems to go from strength to strength and is looking for new staff. Specifically, the company now owned by Microsoft is hosting a recruitment drive to expand its workforce by 400 people. In principle, most of the positions to be filled are for their offices in London and Stockholm, but soon will hire new staff for other cities. Once all the new positions are filled, Skype expects to have 1,600 employees worldwide.

Smartphones make up almost half of all phones, with two makers vying to be number one

Last February of this year, nearly half of U.S. mobile subscribers now own a smartphone, according to a new Nielsen report. That is a 38 percent jump over last February of 2011, when only 36 percent of mobile subscribers owned smartphones.

Rupert Murdoch's media giant is once more involved into a new hacking scandal, accused of killing rival TV company. This time News Corp is accused of eliminating a rival to its Sky TV empire in the United Kingdom by hacking into its IT systems – with the help of a German hacker and a clandestine website NDS, a secretly News co-owned company.