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By Tony Rizzo, TMCnet Senior Editor
John Sculley, formerly of Apple, formerly of PepsiCO, and now a startup investor, mentor and occasional acquirer through his InflexionPoint Acquisition Corp. with a current focus on the healthcare industry, delivered a keynote fireside chat immediately following what is arguably (or perhaps not all that arguably) the most exciting event we hold at ITEXPO, that being StartupCamp, now in its seventh year.

By Amanda Ciccatelli, TMCnet Web Editor
At StartupCamp7 this evening, four technology startups presented short pitches about their innovative ideas for the audience to vote on. StartupCamp is. One startup, ThruView, launched in February 2012, talked about its mobile call center video solution for the smart device user that the company claims is much more efficient than a traditional call center.

By Rich Steeves, TMCnet Web Editor
The company works to crowdsource a pool of translators, then routes the calls to those translators through an Android or iPhone app or via a toll-free number. But VerbalizeIt also has an API that can be coded into existing applications, like Skype or Twilio. This API expands the target market. The company already has relationships with travel and education companies to help people manage communications during their travels.

By Rachel Ramsey, TMCnet Web Editor
The past decade has been a great time to be a consumer. Smartphones, tablets, smart home appliances and many other innovations have improved the user experience and made convenience a key part of our day-to-day lives. Technology trends have also affected service providers and the enterprise, but unlike the consumer, their time to reach their maximum potential is now.

By Amanda Ciccatelli, TMCnet Web Editor
In Latin America today, the mobile market is continuously growing. In fact, 92 percent who don't currently have a smartphone are planning to buy one. More specifically, 38 percent of those would like to buy a smartphone in the next six months, and 25 percent of those are likely to buy one by 2014.

By Amanda Ciccatelli, TMCnet Web Editor
Latin America has a lot of business opportunities within the technology and communications industry, specifically in some areas more than others. But is this a game of risk? That is a question that a panel of experts discussed in a Latin Communications Conference and Expo session in Miami this afternoon.

By Amanda Ciccatelli, TMCnet Web Editor
When you go to work each day, how productive are you? If you work in sales, for instance, you may do a lot of administrative tasks that don't involve actually going out and selling. These are important tasks that have to get done, but they may be taking time away from selling.

By Tony Rizzo, TMCnet Senior Editor
Telefonica announced today its first ever, but highly anticipated U.S.-based Channel Partner Program at ITEXPO Miami 2013. The announcement is significant, and will provide Telefonica resellers and partners the opportunity to offer a significant array of new capabilities.

By Allison Boccamazzo, TMCnet Web Editor
SIP phones have long been touted as a prime way for businesses - specifically small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) - to step up their business operations and overall continuity. Recent studies show that not only do businesses enjoy extreme cost savings by using VoIP phones and unified communications (UC), but back in October, a research report by Reportlinker.com revealed that the North American VoIP access and SIP trunking services market was growing rapidly, "driven by maturing technologies and growing customer awareness."

By Rachel Ramsey, TMCnet Web Editor
The cloud enables companies to deliver business value. Scalability, flexibility, low cost and reliability are core reasons why cloud adoption has become so popular. However, in a recent panel session at ITEXPO Miami, we learned that the cloud may not always be the answer.

By Tony Rizzo, TMCnet Senior Editor
The major telecommunications players have long been among the largest of global businesses. From Telefonica to Verizon to AT&T, these communications service providers have long earned substantial revenue. As the Internet during the late 90s and on to today and the explosion of mobility and wireless technology of the last five years continue to drive where consumers now look for anytime and anywhere services, there remains a "lurking" sense among the major carriers that they are in danger of becoming disenfranchised. What does this mean?

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC
We're living in the age of acceleration, and things will still move faster going forward -- pushed ahead by the low entry costs that the cloud enables, ever-increasing wireless broadband speeds, and the rise of HTML5 and WebRTC, among other factors.

By Amanda Ciccatelli, TMCnet Web Editor
Back in 1999, Genband was launched during the .com bust, but the company came out alive thanks to its long-term investors. In 2004, Genband was a one product company with no revenue and 80 people, but found an opportunity to accelerate its market by using new and innovative technology.

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