Top Stories of the Week – March 31, 2012

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.

Two players are dominating the smartphone market — and it is not Microsoft or BlackBerry’s RIM, who used to claim large shares of the market. Nielsen report showed that most of U.S. smartphone subscribers about 48% are using Google's Android devices, while 32.1% are using Apple's iPhone. The rest of the smartphone market is made up of BlackBerry owners at about 11.6% and users of other types of smartphones.

Cisco, Avaya, other telcos push UC, collaboration at meet

Unified communications and video conferencing were the focus at the Enterprise Connect 2012 show in Orlando, Florida, U.S. which kicked off last March 26, with a host of vendors offering a variety of ways to make collaboration easier, cheap and, well, more unified. Cisco Systems released the latest TelePresence offering, but also more tightly integrated its Jabber UC platform into the offer. Avaya went to the cloud, while Polycom, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft looked to combine their efforts to offer an integrated, high-quality solution. Vidyo released a collaboration as a service strategy. However, one issue that was debated at the show was interoperability of platforms.

VideoWeb TV cobines HbbTV and IPTV

Video portal VideoWeb is expanding the features of the Zattoo live streaming service to include HbbTV and red button access. This will enable owners of the VideoWeb box to easily access the catch-up TV services from several broadcasters on their TV set, without the need of a cable or satellite installation.

Zattoo is currently streaming some 65 channels in Germany and over 115 channels in Switzerland. With the software upgrade, any HbbTV service of these IPTV channels is accessible with any broadband connection with a minimum speed of 2Mbps.

Skype users warned against fake vouchers

Skype users were constantly warned against visiting a phishing domain claiming to offer Skype "vouchers" but will attempt to inject malware into a visitor's PC. GFI Labs said the website has a very "questionable" iframe tag that may lead to a Malaysian baby wear website injected with malicious code.

"Both Java exploits take advantage of the vulnerability in the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) component in Oracle platform," the site said.

The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) component allows untrusted Java apps and applets to affect confidentiality and integrity. According to GFI experts, had been around since 2006, registered by someone in Estonia.

Microsoft accreditation for snom 370 phone

Estech Systems, Inc, an innovative designer and manufacturer of high-performance telephone systems for small-to-medium sized businesses and organizations will be showing the new Android based ESI 250 Smartphone that will soon be available to existing and new reseller partners for the Beta release beginning in May. The ESI 250 Smartphone is the only enterprise-grade smartphone developed and designed exclusively for small businesses. ESI demonstrated the capabilities of the Smartphone for the Desktop and many of the new business productivity enhancing applications at the recently concluded Channel Partners Conference and Expo, which took place March 26-29 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

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