Top Stories of the Week – September 1, 2012

Lenovo brings smartphone to Indonesia, Philippines, and India


Lenovo Group Ltd, the world’s second-largest computer maker, annouced it will bring smartphones to India, the Philippines and Indonesia to gain more experience before entering developed markets such as the U.S. and Europe.


After starting smartphone sales some two years ago in China, Lenovo is ready to expand outside its home market, Milko Van Duijl, president for the Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions, said in a briefing. Lenovo has already found distribution partners in the three developing countries, he added.


Business VoIP equipment provider TelcoDepot releases new long range cordless phone


TelcoDepot has launched several high-end long range cordless phones which provide industrial-strength mobility and communications for demanding businesses. TelcoDepot is a provider of business phone system equipment and services covering VoIP phones, VoIP service, hosted PBX service, PBX phone system equipment, telephone system accessories (such as phone headset units and more) and VoIP phone system support.


SolarWinds launches the IT industry's first free VoIP management tool to track call details


SolarWinds Inc., a provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, announced recently the release of SolarWinds VoIP Call Detail Record Tracker, a robust free tool to help IT pros manage voice over IP (VoIP) with Call Detail Record (CDR) tracking, and the only free tool of its kind in the VoIP management market that enables users to search and display CDRs.


DISHto ramp up IPTV Service


DISH Network Corp. plans to enhance its IPTV service offerings by adding an array of services to DISHWorld IPTV portfolio. The DISH international IPTV service is currently available on Macs and Window PCs and also supports three devices per user account, costing US$20 per month. It has also expanded its channel lineups by introducing Arabic, Brazilian, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu channels.


At present, the company is providing 72 channels in seven different languages. The whole package starts at US$14.99 per month along with a two-week trial period.


The China-U.S. smartphone gap grows wider


Smartphones are so popular that it is difficult to avoid seeing one, and in China, these devices are poised to become even more widespread. This 2012, China will account for 26.5 percent of all smartphone shipments, compared to 17.8 percent in the United States, according to a market forecast by the International Data Corporation (IDC), a research firm.


China has surpassed the United States in smartphone sales in the past. However, only in the first quarter of this year did it become obvious that the smartphone gap between China and the United States would become a “long-lasting gulf that won’t be bridged,” said Kevin Restivo, a senior research analyst with IDC.

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