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The former head of product at Sprint Nextel and present CEO of Amerilink Telecom, Kevin Packingham, has joined Samsung Telecommunications America as the multi-national company’s senior vice-president of product innovation.

The move comes as Samsung has become a leading player in the global market for smartphones and tablet computers these past years, and is increasingly in close competition with Apple and other top device makers.

For reasons that are not altogether clear, women now trumps men in their use of social media as a communication tool, according to a new research from Harris Interactive made on behalf of mobile VOIP provider Rebtel, the world’s largest independent mobile VoIP company.

Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer told a convention center full of financial analysts that the company plans to offer live TV on the Xbox in time for the holiday season. That would give families another reason to put an Xbox 360 on their gift list, and it moves Internet-connected television further into the mainstream.

Carnatic musical hype on Skype Carnatic music is now riding high on the waves of technology, quite literally. Software like Skype and GTalk are now among the favorites of classical musicians who are venturing out to teach their pupils across the country and the world. And if you think only the young and the tech-savvy are going for it, then you are terribly wrong.Recently, some veteran Carnatic musicians from Indiatook to Skype to teach US-based students for the prestigious Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival, which is the largest Indian classical music festival abroad.

Seven U.S. states, including California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and New York, said Friday they had joined the Justice Department’s efforts to block AT&T’s US$39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA.

While both TV networks Fox and ABC are taking measures to walled up their content, Comcast's NBC Universal has taken a different turn, last week making more of its content available in full to iPad users. And the move, said BTIG Research analyst Richard Greenfield, makes the sale of Hulu more difficult – better deal for viewers.

Real time integration of voice with data a reality for manufacturing firm The VoIP enabler industry is one that is readily split in two. Standard implementations tend to focus on layering real-time video onto the distributed data LAN, built only for near-time delivery. That does not work well for voice communications. The Phybridge UniPhyer aims to improve upon this standard by layering the voice with the data in real-time.

At this current point in time, the amount of employees that work from home remotely (popularly called as telecommuting) is growing at a rapid pace and this rising trend has had a significant impact on communications technology. Due to this increasingly popular migration, there are so many VoIP solutions that have been designed carefully to measure up to the increasing demands from such customers.

For some, intellectual property protection goes beyond patents. Mitel's Australia-based Asia Pacific manager, Gwilym Funnell said he is not worried that Mitel's technology will be copied in Hong Kong since they already have their bases covered. The telecom operator has worldwide patents that cover it in the jurisdictions where it wants to put its unified communications technology. Also, Mitel emphasizes to its resellers that it's doing business with them because the Ottawa company trusts their reputation.

U.S. based Sprint today filed a lawsuit to stop a rival telecom company, AT&T from merging with T-mobile, joining the U.S. Justice Department in throwing another hurdle in front of the deal. Susan Haller, vice president of Sprint's legal team said that the company opposes AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile.

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.

Software developer Openwave filed a lawsuit against Apple and Research In Motion in order to defend its intellectual property on how mobile devices connect to the Internet. The complaint, filed with the International Trade Commission (ITC) in the U.S. Capital, requests that the ITC stop the import of smartphones and tablet computers that infringe Openwave patents, including Apple’s iPhone, iPod, and iPad products and RIM’s BlackBerry Curve 9330 and BlackBerry PlayBook.

A great many people today still continue to use their home phones as their primary means of communication so Skype has rolled out a new home adapter and cordless phone that will make it easier for non-techies to enjoy cheap calls through the company’s VoIP service. Called FREETALK ConnectMe Home Phone Adapter, it seamlessly connects a normal home landline to a router that enables the user to make and receive Skype phone calls almost as if they were using a traditional landline phone.

VoIP important to 4G monetization According to Wireless 20/20, voice over internet protocol (VoIP) is going to be a key aspect of 4G monetization. They said 4G operators may be able to win a financial advantage over traditional telecoms firms by going forward with the widespread roll-out of wireless VoIP solutions.

The search engine giant, Google, recently announced that it is buying Motorola Mobility for approximately US$12.5 billion or US$40 per share, in cash. The price represents a premium of 63% to the closing market price of Motorola Mobility shares last Friday. This would be not a problem since Google has about US$39 billion in cash. The concluded transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

Right groups have condemned a decision by a San Francisco regional subway authority to suspend mobile phone services last week before a planned civil demonstration, with some members comparing the move to the actions of dictatorial Middle Eastern regimes. The Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority (BART) stopped the flow of data at some of the downtown stations during the homebound commute on Thursday evening without warning.

Mobile operators steadily accept VoIP as Skype comes to iPad The launching late last week of a Skype service that will run on the iPad has left the mobile industry questioning the impact of over-the-top voice services on mobile operators, particularly with the demand for VoIP growing. According to research company, Analysys Mason, 20% of smartphone users in developed markets have downloaded a mobile VoIP application, 4% of which are active users.

A German computer engineer said recently that he had deciphered the encryption code used to secure most of the world’s mobile Internet traffic and that he aimed to publish a guide to prompt mobile operators worldwide to improve their safeguards. Karsten Nohl, who posted online the algorithms used by mobile operators to encrypt voice conversations on digital phone networks last 2009, said during a press briefing he planned to show how he had intercepted and read the data during a presentation Wednesday.

Major tech companies engaged in mobile computing war for patents The mobile computing boom has turned into a courthouse war of the titans, as big tech companies are increasingly engaged in high-dollar legal disputes over lucrative patents for the software that makes smartphones and tablets so popular across the globe.

Industry insiders say they've never seen so many claims and counterclaims between major tech companies: Google threw a spotlight on the issue last week when it accused Apple, Microsoft and Oracle of using patents as weapons in an organized campaign to "strangle" Google's popular Android software. But other competitors, such as Nokia and Apple, have also feuded over patents in court.

As Google expands into social networking, the company is also quietly challenging Skype’s dominance over the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) market. While users have long been able to call others from within Gmail, the tech giant makes it even better by allowing Google Talk users able to call land-line and mobile phones around the world through Google Voice.

Twilio shifts to VoIP, slowly pulls back support for traditional networks Twilio, the company, which offers a service so companies and web services can add voice or SMS to their menu of options, now will provide access to a VoIP service as well. The company, whose APIs underlie popular applications like GroupMe and Beluga, now offers developers the option to use all IP communications as well as the old-school phone and mobile networks.

Printer and office supply giant Ricoh is entering the highly competitive unified communications (UC) market with its video-conferencing device and is getting help from video collaboration company Vidyo. Ricoh officials earlier this 2011 announced their plans of entering the unified communications market, and last February, partnered with Vidyo who will provide the video solution.

Viber delivers free VoIP service for iOS, Android phones Currently, the best solutions for free calls are voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services. And we already have VoIP services from Skype, Nimbuzz, Fring and so on. The all-new Viber App for iOS and Android offers free voice calling and texting over 3G and WiFi networks.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently strengthened the Enhanced 911 (E911) location accuracy rules for wireless carriers and consulted expert opinions on improving both 911 availability and E911 location determination for VoIP services, said agency officials to the press. The agency said they have begun to enhance the public’s ability to contact emergency services during times of disaster and to enable public safety personnel to obtain more accurate information regarding caller location.