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Nothing is ever completely outsourced

An outsourced project is out of your hands, right? Well, no, not entirely. In fact, that belief is a common misconception that can lead to trouble.

By Bart Perkins | 15 August, 2015 01:41

Tags: services, outsourcing, no company

The IoT needs more wireless spectrum

Two big waves in the wireless world are driving the need for more spectrum, the radio signals that carry data to our phones, tablets and other mobile devices.  

By By Bret Swanson | 04 June, 2015 08:27

Tags: skype, Periscope, SnapChat, Instagram, internet, Facebook

How will iPhone 6's Wi-Fi calling, VoLTE affect enterprise networks?

While the cosmetic features like screen size and processing power of Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus attracted the most attention, their use of Wi-Fi and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) for voice and video calling could eventually have a major impact on how phone calls are handled in the enterprise.

By Colin Neagle | 18 September, 2014 05:53

Tags: Networking, wireless, smartphones, iPhone, VoLTE, iphone 6, iOS 8, Apple, skype, consumer electronics, Google

Key factors to consider when evaluating video conferencing

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

By Snorre Kjesbu | 29 August, 2014 06:40

Tags: telecommunication, videoconferencing

The PSTN transition to VoIP: Going green

We've discussed some of the advantages of transitioning the PSTN to IP, but there we haven't yet covered the environmental implications of the pending transition. At their annual partner conference Perspectives14, GENBAND hosted a discussion which addressed the power costs behind the PSTN, pointing out the benefits an IP transition.

By Larry Hettick | 25 June, 2014 07:18

Tags: unified communications, Green data center, telecommunication, voip, GENBAND, Networking, green IT, environment

How far are you willing to go to spy on your employees' smartphones?

The ultimate eavesdropping solution for people who want to see what their employees, kids or spouse are doing on their Android (or jailbroken iPhone) smartphone.

By Keith Shaw | 23 May, 2014 06:18

Tags: skype, WhatsApp, Networking, security, wireless, anti-malware, Facebook

Some customers aren't sold on US transition to IP networks

Many U.S. residents who have written the FCC to voice concerns about the move from copper-based telephone networks to Internet Protocol are concerned about the potential effects on health from mobile-headset radiation and what happens when the electricity goes out.

By Grant Gross | 17 April, 2014 04:23

Tags: telephony, telecommunication, AARP, voip, at&t, regulation, legal, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, broadband

Review: Plantronics Voyager Legend CS Bluetooth Headset System and Logitech Mobile Speakerphone P710e

Here are two new devices that can help improve audio quality for voice calls, whether you're in the office or out on the road.

By Keith Shaw | 25 November, 2013 10:43

Tags: skype, plantronics, consumer electronics, Networking, wireless, smartphones, anti-malware

10 surprising things from my 20 years with Network World

Yep, I've been writing for Network World for 20 years and a lot has happened in that time ... here are 10 of the most surprising

By Mark Gibbs | 03 June, 2013 07:15

Tags: unified communications, Internet-based applications and services, applications, Networking, collaboration, internet, social media, novell, Palm, 3Com, Polaroid, 3C, Web 2.0, software

Logitech impresses with its wireless, business-focused headset

The scoop: Logitech Wireless Headset Dual H820e, by Logitech, about $200 (mono version costs about $180).

By Keith Shaw | 31 May, 2013 18:05

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Networking, wireless, hardware systems, logitech, Data Center, wireless headset, earphones, business headset, skype, Google, Microsoft

DAS Keyboard gets quieter; portable speaker lets you groove on the road

Shaw reviews Das Keyboard's latest high-performance mechanical keyboard and AccessoryPower.com's GOgroove BlueSYNC SRC Portable Bluetooth Speaker and Receiver.

By Keith Shaw | 16 May, 2013 20:07

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, high performance keyboard, Das Keyboard, quiet keyboard, hardware systems, Data Center, Bluetooth portable speaker, Bluetooth speaker, skype, Google, portable speaker, GOgroove BlueSYNC

Facebook and Minnovation

Facebook's big announcement was a big "so what?" and minimal innovation at its finest

By Mark Gibbs | 05 April, 2013 14:11

Tags: unified communications, Internet-based applications and services, LANs & Routers, applications, Networking, Web 2.0, software, collaboration, internet, social media, Facebook, Microsoft

Wireless audio enhances two new gadgets

Shaw reviews Roku's Roku 3 Internet streaming TV box and Jabra's Revo wireless headphones.

By Keith Shaw | 25 March, 2013 12:07

Tags: Revo wireless headphones, Configuration / maintenance, Hulu, Networking, Pandora, wireless, hardware systems, PBS, internet tv, Data Center, wireless headphones, Jabra Revo, Spotify, jabra, Roku, netflix, Roku 3

Cautionary tale from a Twitter 'share-cropper'

Twit Cleaner is a popular web app that has been used by hundreds of thousands of Twitter users to clear deadwood from their accounts.

By Paul McNamara | 25 March, 2013 06:16

Tags: unified communications, Internet-based applications and services, LANs & Routers, applications, Networking, wireless, software, twitter, collaboration, internet, social media, mobile apps, Web 2.0

Review: TelyHD Business Edition

A group of my colleagues from different offices recently attempted a multi-party videoconference, brutally showing the continued need for a better method of video communication.

By Keith Shaw | 13 March, 2013 15:01

Tags: unified communications, SXSW, TelyHD, Networking, telepresence, TelyLabs, videoconferencing, HD Telepresence, HD videoconferencing

How we manage our social networks

Gibbs analyzes the results of his "How do you manage your social networks?" survey

By Mark Gibbs | 28 February, 2013 20:10

Tags: unified communications, Internet-based applications and services, LANs & Routers, applications, Networking, LinkedIn, Web 2.0, software, collaboration, internet, social media

LinkedIn open sources its database change capture system

OK, lots of interesting stuff for you this week. First up, LinkedIn has open sourced a system called Databus, a real-time database change capture system that provides a "timeline-consistent stream of change capture events ... grouped in transactions, in source commit order."

By Mark Gibbs | 27 February, 2013 15:25

Tags: unified communications, Configuration / maintenance, Internet-based applications and services, network storage, applications, storage, Networking, LinkedIn, hardware systems, Data Center, internet, Storage Management, Web 2.0, software, collaboration, social media

Opinion: Predicting the tech future

For my recent column of predictions for 2013 I polled a huge number of IT people to see what they are expecting, and ended up getting more than 400 responses.

By Mark Gibbs | 15 February, 2013 23:19

Tags: marketing, unified communications, communications, social networking, internet, IT management, business intelligence, analytics, services, Cloud, productivity, predictions, business, advertising, business issues, IT, Internet-based applications and services, open source, applications, storage, Networking, hardware systems, big data, mobile, industry verticals, cloud computing, Data Center, management, virtualization, security, it strategy, software, collaboration, Development, Configuration / maintenance, Blog, infrastructure management, data mining

WD ups its streaming TV game with WD TV Play

Shaw reviews Western Digital's WD TV Play, by Western Digital.

By Keith Shaw | 12 February, 2013 14:13

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Hulu, Pandora, Apple TV, hardware systems, internet tv, Data Center, youtube, Facebook, Spotify, WD, WD TV Play, CinemaNow, Roku, netflix, western digital, Vudu

Outlook 2013 ... Even more interesting than 2012!

Gibbs reviews his predictions from last year and surveys the more than 400 predictions that he's been sent by IT professionals

By Mark Gibbs | 02 January, 2013 17:04

Tags: outlook 2013, fraud, Web 2.0, net neutrality, applications, Internet-based applications and services, privacy, IT industry, analytics, cybersecurity, Networking, security, survey, unified communications, business intelligence, consumerization of IT, Cloud, predictions, legal, cloud computing, hacktivism, fcc, software, IP theft, internet, Facebook, future, social media, cybercrime, Anonymous, wireless, big data, BYOD, collaboration

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