March 08, 2012

The "Asterisk" Story

Editor's Note:  Its been awhile but we are back.  Big changes coming soon.  Had to take leave but that is now in the past.  I wanted to start off with posting this Origin story about Asterisk is you haven't committed their story to memory.

Origin stories are all the rage these days, and while perhaps the origin of Asterisk isn’t as exciting as the genesis of Wolverine, it’s still a pretty interesting tale.

Way back in 1999, Mark Spencer had just started Linux Support Services (LSS), an innovative small business that offered support for the Linux operating system.  This was the height of the “Dot Com” era, and many start-up businesses were taking advantage of the open source operating system.  LSS took off, and as it grew, Mark found that he needed a phone system.



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August 04, 2011

Google Lowers VoIP Calling Rates, Puts The Pinch On Skype

Note:  This is good news for us "VoIP" consumers.   Competition is good in these areas so providers don't get lazy and take their dedicated customers for granted.

Google is quietly moving in on Skype's turf, and while users have long been able to call others from within Gmail, Google's making it even more attractive this week: the company has announced that the service is now being offered in 38 new languages, and users can buy calling credit in their choice of four currencies (Euros, British  pounds, Canadian dollars or U.S. dollars) with no connection fees.

 

 


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June 13, 2011

Skype protocol hack could have been prevented claims StarForce

StarForce's comments come in the wake of blog postings by security researcher Efim Bushmanov who, earlier this month, claimed to have reverse engineered the Skype protocol.

"My aim is to make Skype open source," he said in a blog posting on June 3, adding links to download executable files compatible with Skype versions 1.4, 3.8, and 4.1, as well as IDA Pro disassembly database files, and - crucially, Infosecurity notes - his reverse engineered pseudo source code.


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Apple Accused of Ripping Off Developer's Rejected Wi-Fi Sync App

It's no secret that Apple has been militant in suing competitors that employ technologies even remotely close to Apple's own. But when it comes to stealing ideas for apps from developers, Apple's intentions are a bit more dubious.

The Register reports that Apple is being accused of stealing the idea of one UK-based college student and developer — Greg Hughes. In May 2010, Hughes submitted an app for consideration called Wi-Fi Sync, which allowed users to sync their iTunes libraries wirelessly.


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'Web in a suitcase,' other technology, keeping rebels, dissidents connected

 
 
It's no secret that oppressive governments such as Iran's work hard to disconnect rebels and others from the Internet. What might not be known, however, is that the United States is working behind the scenes in these areas to create “shadow networks” of Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use in those cases.


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March 23, 2011

Motorola teams up with Polycom for Xoom video telepresence app

Editor's Note:  It is rumored that an iPhone and general Android video client will be released as well.  This is a great move on Polycom's part to make you able to connect tablets and smart phones to corporate video conferencing systems.
 
Motorola has teamed up with the unified communications (UC) company Polycom to deliver telepresence for its Xoom tablet. Polycom's standards based telepresence video application will be featured on the Xoom, offering enterprise class, high-definition teleconferencing.


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Steam's gaming platform adopts Skype voice technology 'SILK'

Valve has significantly improved the Steam digital distribution and game client the past few years, though a weakness has been its somewhat lacking voice chat technology. Today that's better, too, as a new client patch updates the game with the "SILK" audio codec, the same stuff Skype -- the ever-popular VoIP service -- uses.


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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 announced, pricing released (WiFi-only versions)

 

Samsung announced two new models in their Galaxy Tab line, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 8.9. The Tab 10.1 has been redesigned since we saw it at MWC and both tablets can now boast that they are the world's thinnest tablets at 8.6 mm.


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The AT&Terminator: Rise of Ma Bell

To hear tell from AT&T, the company’s proposed $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA is a boon for Americans and their country. Sure, it removes an innovative, low-cost carrier from the wireless market and leaves America with essentially three big wireless-telecoms. Sure, it raises the prospect of higher rates and fewer choices for consumers. But it will speed and broaden AT&T’s deployment of next-generation 4G wireless service.


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November 15, 2010

New Grandstream GXV 3140 IP Video Phone is Skype Certified

Grandstream Networks, manufacturer of IP voice/video telephony and video surveillance solutions, announced that its award-winning GXV3140 IP multimedia phone.
 
 
 
The GVX 3140 uses mega-pixel camera and H.264 codec to deliver razor sharp video calling over Internet, is officially certified by Skype and incorporates native Skype embedded software to allow Skype video calling without a PC. Skype’s community of users worldwide, who already have the capability to send and receive free video calls to and from their computers, can now do so with Grandstream’s IP multimedia phone.


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