Friday, December 07, 2018

Anti-Encryption Bill, "Telecommunications Assistance and Access Bill 2018," Passed By Australia's House of Representatives

Australia's House of Representatives passed the bill famously known as Anti-Encryption Bill, the "Telecommunications Assistance and Access Bill 2018."  This law will allow the law enforcement agencies in Australia to  to bend any service providers security measures to get access to encrypted communications. This requires companies in some cases to build new capabilities to decrypt protected communications, if they don’t already have the functionality to do so. The authors  of the  Anti-Encryption Bill have attempted to mitigate concerns of this overreach by saying that this subversion of encryption would have to affect only targeted devices and not represent a systemic weakness impacting the larger population.
Critics are on the other hand accusing that the law was rushed through the legislative process without proper due diligence.
Core of the bill is requesting from companies like Google, Facebook, SnapChat or who ever else who are within Australia's jurisdiction to provide encrypted communications.

  • Technical Assistance Request (TAR): A notice to request tech companies for providing "voluntary assistance" to law enforcement, which includes "removing electronic protection, providing technical information, installing software, putting information in a particular format and facilitating access to devices or services."
  • Technical Assistance Notice (TAN): This notice requires, rather than request, tech companies to give assistance they are already capable of providing that is reasonable, proportionate, practical and technically feasible, giving Australian agencies the flexibility to seek decryption of encrypted communications in circumstances where companies have existing means to do it (like at points where messages are not end-to-end encrypted).
  • Technical Capability Notice (TCN): This notice is issued by the Attorney-General requiring companies to "build a new capability" to decrypt communications for Australian law enforcement.

Arrest of The Huawei Technologies Co.’s CFOr, Wanzhou Meng Send Shock Waves.

As China began to celebrate the Huawei's ascendance over taking Apple in the smartphone shipments, the arrest of Huawei Technologies Co.’s chief financial officer, Wanzhou Meng, over potential violations of U.S. sanctions on Iran, provoking outrage from China and complicating thorny trade negotiations just as they enter a critical juncture.
Chinese government through it's embassy in Canada requested that  the USA. and Canada, “rectify wrongdoings” and free Wanzhou Meng, who is also deputy chairwoman and the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei. As a result of the arrest, U.S. equity futures and Asian stocks slid as the incident reignited concerns about U.S.-Chinese tensions.
Information regarding the arrest is sparse. Canada’s Justice Department has declined to provide details of the case and Meng has secured a publication ban, which curbs the media’s ability to report on the evidence or documents presented in court.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Total Connect Now Dental Management Suite Receives 2018 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Award From INTERNET TELEPHONY Magazine.

 Total Connect Now Dental Management Suite Receives 2018 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Award From INTERNET TELEPHONY Magazine.

Nashua, NH – December 5, 2018 – Unified Office, Inc, a leading managed services provider offering reliable hybrid cloud-based virtual communications services and business analytics to businesses of all sizes, announced today that TMC has named its Total Connect Now Dental Management SuiteSM (TCNDMSSM) as a recipient of the 2018 INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Award presented by INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine.
“Congratulations to Unified Office for being honored with an INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Award for innovation in IP communications. Total Connect Now Dental Management SuiteSM has demonstrated outstanding quality and has delivered exceptional solutions for its customers,” stated Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC.
Unified Office provides a highly reliable, high quality, always available voice communications system with unique integrations into the leading dental practice management software platforms such as Dentrix, Opendental and Eaglesoft. More importantly, Unified Office enables dental practices to easily create and modify their own unique workflow choreography and to create their own virtual office communications environment, in addition to providing them with performance analytics and automated appointment confirmation and scheduling.
“Unified Office’s core mission is to help businesses of all types monetize their communications service and solve problems that are unique to them,” said Ray Pasquale, Founder & CEO of Unified Office. “We do this first by providing them with reliable, high quality voice communications, and then layer on top of this communications platform simple, elegant, and easy-to-use value-added services and applications that help them improve the effectiveness of their business operations. We developed TCNDMSSM to help dental practices adapt to the rapidly changing consumer landscape so that they never miss a patient opportunity by never missing a call. This helps them to better service and retain today's impatient customers."
TCNDMSSM is delivered to dental practices in the form of a managed service where Unified Office takes responsibility for all of our customers’ services 24 x7. Dental office staff can now easily forward calls to different locations at different times of the day in order to keep up with their mobile workforce that frequently moves between multiple offices or even within the same office. TCNDMSSM also provides an easy to use centralized administration solution for their communications systems across all of their offices and can be accessed by the device of their choice no matter whey happen to be.
Unified Office has have extended its award-winning communications and analytics platform service offerings to the dental industry with Total Connect Now Dental Management SuiteSM (TCNDMSSM). Total Connect Now? is an easy to use managed business communications service that integrates voice and video communications, messaging, service-level monitoring, business continuity, and business analytics tools into a seamless, high quality, reliable communications service that can be configured to meet the unique needs of any business. Unified Office provides an at-a-glance view of customer service responsiveness in real-time, along with on-demand and scheduled reporting, and real-time analytics for any single or multilocation business. All of this can be viewed, configured and accessed remotely via the Unified Office fully integrated TCN? Operational Management Suite (TCNOMS) web-enabled portal on any device.
About Unified Office
Unified Office, Inc. is a leading provider of SDN-based, hybrid cloud, managed, Voice-over-IP (VoIP) and Unified Communications services to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Unified Office’s Total Connect Now? service architecture was purpose-built to deliver the highest quality of experience and availability, leveraging the latest in extensible business VoIP communications technology and cloud-based infrastructure to enhance SMB workforce productivity. Their cloud-based intelligent network incorporates Unified Office’s unique adaptive Highest Quality Routing Protocol™ (HQRP™) for end-to-end service quality, and Business Continuity “shadowing” to ensure high availability operation over one or more redundant broadband links.
The Unified Office Visual Performance Suite™ and IoT service platform provides a real-time view of changes in operational performance levels and actionable intelligence for SMBs, store managers and business owners, enabling them to readily determine real-time business performance, take immediate actions, and apply continuous operational improvements. This results in higher customer satisfaction, increased customer retention, and increased revenues and profitability. For more information visit
About TMC
For more than 20 years, TMC has been honoring technology companies with awards in various categories. These awards are regarded as some of the most prestigious and respected honors in the communications and technology sector worldwide.  Winners represent prominent players in the market who consistently demonstrate the advancement of technologies. Each recipient is a verifiable leader in the marketplace.
INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine has been the IP Communications Authority since 1998™. Beginning with the first issue in February of 1998, INTERNET TELEPHONY has been providing unbiased views of the complicated converged communications space.  INTERNET TELEPHONY offers rich content from solutions-focused editorial content to reviews on products and services from TMC Labs.  For more information, please visit follow us on FacebookLinkedIn  and  Twitter@tmcnet .
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Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 Processor Will Rule The Android Phone World In 2019.

Currently on going annual Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), brought together big guns of the  mobile world together. Among those who were present were, AT&T, EE, Telstra and Verizon as well as global infrastructure provider Ericsson and global network infrastructure and mobile device leader Samsung. Also in the front seats were the device makers Motorola, NETGEAR and Inseego, who were there to introduce the first commercial 5G mobile platform, Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform.
Snapdragon 855 Unveiled as the First Commercial 5G Mobile Platform to Enable Commercial 5G Networks and Mobile Devices in Early 2019, featuring Multi-Gigabit 5G Connectivity that will lead to other advancements like AI, computational photography, and Mobile gaming.

“Today marks a massive and exciting step forward underscoring how Qualcomm Technologies and ecosystem leaders are driving 5G commercialization, a journey that went from R&D, accelerated standardization and trials, the launch of innovative products and technologies, to the imminent launch of 5G networks and smartphones across the globe starting in early 2019,  Together we are demonstrating our role in transforming the mobile industry and enriching consumer experiences with 5G mobile devices on live 5G networks at this year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit.” said Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm Incorporated.

Injecting AI in more places in phones has been an ongoing trend for a few years and Qualcomm has tripled the AI performance with the 855 chip. A more powerful AI Engine should improve everything from advanced camera features (like object and scene detection or processing depth-of-field for portrait mode photos) to making digital assistants more responsive, and more. The improved AI engine in the 855, will also improve AR and mixed-reality capabilities of the phones. Phones like the Google Pixel 3 will be able to even further develop computational photography to provide what it is already providing with Night Sight, a mode that takes night shots and literally turns them into photos that look like they were shot during the day.

Mobile gaming is becoming as big as the console games and continues to grow with more people playing performance-taxing games like Fortnite on the phones leading more companies to release game-centric phones, Qualcomm's 855 will bring the ground works necessary for improving the experience.

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