The Asterisk Development Team has announced the second release candidate of Asterisk PBX 1.8.0. This release candidate is available for immediate download at
Asterisk 1.8.0-rc1 was not released due to an issue found prior to release.
* Make AMI honor enabled=no
(Closes issue #18040. Reported by: twilson
All interested users of Asterisk are encouraged to participate in the 1.8 testing process. Please report any issues found to the issue tracker,
https://issues.asterisk.org/. It is also very useful to see successful test reports. Please post those to the asterisk-dev mailing list.
Asterisk 1.8 is the next major release series of Asterisk. It will be a Long Term Support (LTS) release, similar to Asterisk 1.4. For more information about support time lines for Asterisk releases, see the Asterisk versions page.
With the availability of the Asterisk 1.8.0 release candidates, the binary add-on modules for Asterisk produced by Digium have been updated with new versions that are compatible with Asterisk 1.8. The availability of these
modules will assist with the testing of Asterisk 1.8.0 in a wider variety of situations.
By combining managed IP voice services with an MPLS network, AireSpring says it delivers the next generation of communications technology today. In addition, AireSpring can hand off voice capacity to the customer via its preferred option including digital T1/PRI, analog POTS lines or SIP trunks. Airespring VoMPLS can be customized with a full suite of flexible calling features and configuration options. From the smallest SMB’s to the largest enterprises, AireSpring says its Voice Over MPLS is an affordable and attractive solution.
“Our customers and agents are increasingly looking to update their voice and data networks with the latest secure, managed voice and data technology," said AireSpring COO Daniel Lonstein. “One of the great advantages to AireSpring voice services is the adaptability of the product to the customer’s current and future phone system. Because our voice network is all IP from the customer premise, we can easily convert a customer’s connection from T1/PRI or analog to SIP trunking without requiring a new installation.
We like to call our voice services “future-proof." And with the unparalleled footprint of three separate underlying Tier 1 MPLS networks, we can reach nearly every potential MPLS location in America. This is huge news for us and for our customers and agents."
While the new line of Flip camcorders don’t look radically different in an aesthetic sense, they do increase the product line’s technical abilities and consumer appeal while revamping the high-definition functionality of the UltraHD and MinoHD platforms.
More pointedly, the two-hour UltraHD comes with the new FlipPort accessory connector and can record video content in 720p at a frame rate of 60 frames per second (fps), which is a significant improvement over the 30fps rate held by the one-hour version.
Both of the new MinoHD devices record at 720p and 60fps.
In a move to make Flip video capture even smoother than ever before, the newly tweaked devices also come equipped with enhanced digital image stabilisation technology to cut down on unwanted camera shake.
Other features evident on all the new cameras include the usual flip-out USB connector, video capture via MP4, an HDMI-out port for playback on a high-definition television, and the proprietary FlipShare software platform.
The 8GB UltraHD Flip comes with a two-hour rechargeable battery and can also run on AAA batteries, while the 4GB UltraHD offers one hour of operation via AAA batteries.
The two new UltraHD additions are priced at $200 USD for the 8GB model and $150 USD for the smaller 4GB version. The 8GB MinoHD costs $230 USD, while the 4GB model costs $180 USD.
Cisco Systems, which recently acquired videoconferencing firm Tandberg, is the top provider of videoconferencing gear. But another key, if smaller player, in this rising market that has caught the eye of some investors is Polycom. It develops and makes video-, voice-, data- and Web-conferencing equipment systems that provide corporate users with a complete communications and videoconferencing network infrastructure.
But what adds spice to the stock is its potential as an attractive takeover target. Rumors have swirled that Polycom has been approached last year by two different groups with feelers proposing a merger or a buyout. Such speculation is fueled in part by Polycom's alliances to develop and market voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) communications products with several major tech companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Avaya, a unit of Nortel Networks.
In Microsoft's case, Polycom has a deeper relationship that involves a development and marketing pact to integrate its desktop, conference-room video system and network hardware and software systems.
Skype 5.0 beta two is already available for download; it includes 10-way video calls, automatic call recovery and a cleaner user interface. The update is also said to improve call quality and includes a number of bug fixes to make the overall experience much smoother.
Of course, the standout feature is 10-way video calling, something that certainly one-ups their own previous offering and makes it suitable for even larger virtual team meetings and mini family reunions. Of course, it also makes Gmail’s (Gmail) video-calling functionality look like the ugly step sister — a proactive move on the part of Skype (Skype) to combat recent buzz surrounding Gmail Voice Calling.
Still, Skype does caution that 5.0 is beta, and hence, very buggy. It’s also limited to Windows (Windows) users, and 10-way video calls require all group chatters to be using the same second beta version of the app. Have you tested out five-way video calls? Are you ready to upgrade to the 10-person variety?
The MTX-3 offers seamless interaction with AV and environmental systems, providing true feedback of all settings, and displaying metadata information for all digital media. Crestron’s infiNET EX wireless technology provides reliable two-way communications throughout a residence or commercial structure utilising a 2.4 GHz mesh network.
A complete infiNET EX network uses the lighting dimmers and other devices throughout the structure as wireless relay stations, each receiving and passing on wireless commands to the central gateway.
Every device that is added to the network effectively increases the range, strength, and reliability of the entire network by providing multiple redundant signal paths, ensuring that every button press is executed instantly and consistently.
The MTX-3 can also communicate directly with the gateway if no other infiNET EX devices are installed. Up to six MTX-3s can be assigned to a single gateway.
Cisco is reportedly looking to buy Skype before the Internet phone provider goes public. The blog TechCrunch posted over the weekend that Cisco made an offer for Skype before it completed its IPO process. The site attributed the unconfirmed information to "reliable sources."
It would be a multibillion purchase as Skype is looking to raise $5 billion in its initial offer, according to TechCrunch.Cisco declined to comment. Skype was not immediately available for comment.
The acquisition would be key to Cisco's thrust into the unified communications and collaboration, and consumer markets. It would bring to the company what is now a free and consumer friendly voice and video capability to augment the IP telephony and unified communications systems it now provides to corporate enterprises.
Integrated with a device such as the Flip pocket videocamera -- which would need an Internet access connection like the expected Wi-Fi capability -- Cisco could offer a handheld voice/data/video device for the consumer and perhaps enterprise market.