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SoftPhone.com New Cloud VoIP Offering – Invite Only

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Interesting new web-based VoIP offering I came across via CounterPath’s Todd Carother’s Google+ status update. The website is softphone.com and according to a whois lookup is indeed owned by CounterPath. Check out the website description: Coming soon is a new cloud offering for SMBs for the United States and Canada — SoftPhone.com. With SoftPhone.com business users will be able to leverage their current IP-PBX or hosted offering to connect with other colleagues for FREE. Whether you work out of an office, at home, a...

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ZANGI New Mobile VoIP & Video App Launching Soon

Posted by on Apr 5, 2012 in News | 0 comments

ZANGI is a new mobile app that supports free SMS, voice and video calls, multi-user conferences, instant messaging, file sharing, screen sharing, integration with other programs and more. ZANGI is still in “stealth mode”, but I’m told their offering is coming out next month with support for multiple mobile platforms including OS, Android OS, Symbian, Windows PC, or Windows Mobile. It can also be used via web interface or through social networks like Facebook, Google+, etc. How integrated with these popular social...

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Avaya Scoops Radvision for $240 million

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Carl Ford has some good analysis of Avaya’s $240 million acquisition of Radvision. Radvision was #18 in my Top 20 VoIP Innovators of All Time. In 1993, Radvision developed technology enabling transfer of real-time IP video over IP networks. They also developed a H.323 stack used in hundreds of VoIP and videoconferencing products before SIP became the dominant VoIP protocol of choice. They now develop UC products, videoconferencing systems, as well as SIP and IMS developer toolkits. Radvisions expertise will be a nice addition to...

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Cheap Gadget Insurance Saves the Day

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Protect Your Bubble, a new specialty insurance brand, launched today in the U.S., offering affordable and comprehensive gadget insurance for those pricey gadgets starting at $2.99/month. Perhaps more importantly Protest Your Bubble guarantees 24-hour turnaround for a replacement phone or tablet. So now you will only have to feel gadget withdrawal for 24 hours. Hey, if Jack Bauer can survive 24 hours fighting terrorists, being tortured, with barely time enough to check his Facebook, then surely you can wait 24 hours to have your gadget...

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Compare Your Reading Speed to the National Average (Online Tool)

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Love to read books and curious how fast you can read? Well, take this speed reading challenge that’ll measure just how fast you can read, tell you exactly how long it’ll take to read some popular classics, and compare you with national reading speed averages. It’ll even tell you how many consecutive eBooks you can read before your eReader’s battery will die (Nook, Kindle, Kindle Fire, Sony Reader, etc.). Though I’m not sure how many people would read multiple books all in the same day causing them to kill their...

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March 7, 1876 Telephone Patented + How to Dial the Telephone Video (1927)

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in News | 0 comments

On this day March 7th in 1876 – 136 years ago – Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone.  Interestingly, with the patenting of this world-changing technology an instructional black & white video was released in 1927 – a silent one at that, so pay close attention to the captions for this “Dialing for Dummies” instructional video. After all, dialing on a rotary phone is really hard! Wow, it’s been 30 years since I used one. Dialing a rotary phone wasn’t really hard, as long as you...

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New iPad – the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Apple launched their new iPad today. Here’s a run down of all the cool new features in the new iPad, which was rumored to be called the iPad 3, iPad 3rd Generation, or iPad HD. The Apple keynote launch is still going on and they haven’t announced the final name, so we’ll just call it iPad X. Personal hotspot (Cool!) The new iPad will be available in black & white colors. There are two wireless options available: 4G LTE or Fast 3G HSDPA and DC-HSDPA. The thickness is 9.44mm and weights 1.4lbs, which is slightly heavier...

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Swann Unveils MP3 DJ Doorbell

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in News | 0 comments

With the Swann MP3 DJ Doorbell – nostalgia aside – you can say goodbye to the days of the boring “ding-dong” doorbell. The Swann MP3 Doorbells lets you customize your doorbell and play your favorite music in MP3 or polyphonic formats as your visitors arrive. Scare your trick-or-treaters with some scary music or play some Christmas music when your Christmas guests arrive. Certainly putting custom holiday-themed music on your doorbell with make you the envy of your neighbors. The MP3 DJ Doorbell sports a doorbell unit,...

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AT&T U-verse Closing in on Verizon FiOS

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in News | 0 comments

AT&T U-verse is closing in on Verizon FiOS in the Battle of the Telco TV Titans. According to IHS iSuppli Research, “AT&T in the fourth quarter of 2011 added more video subscribers to its U-verse service than cellular/wireless arch-rival Verizon did for its FiOS offering, marking the 10th straight quarter that AT&T has exceeded Verizon, according to the IHS Screen Digest U.S. Media Intelligence Service.” According to the report, AT&T added 208,000 U-verse accounts during the final quarter of 2011, for a total of...

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Post Office 2.0 Plugin for Movable Type

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in News | 0 comments

Movable Type has a plugin called Post Office (now maintained on Github by Endevver) which is a cool email-to-blog (moblogging) Perl-based plugin. I wrote my own email-to-blog Perl script years ago, which has some advanced features like support for both images and videos in your email attachments. However, the script would run via a Linux bash shell and executed via a scheduled cron job. Because of that, for each Movable Type user that needed this feature I need to copy the Perl script to a new .pl Perl file and change the ‘static’...

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