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Google to Offer Free Tablets?

Several media reports are claiming that Google is going to be offering their own tablet soon, including DigiTimes which said, "As Google reportedly may launch an own-brand tablet PC to compete against Apple's iPad, sources from Google's upstream supply chain...

Google to Keynote at Super WiFi Summit in Miami

TMC's ITEXPO has had its fair share of high-profile keynoters, including Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, Bob Metcalfe, former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, former FCC Chairman Michael Powell, former HP Chair Carly Fiorina, Digium / Asterisk founder Mark Spencer, and of...

Lync for Android Launches!

Today, Microsoft released Lync for Android. In an interesting twist, it appears Microsoft released Lync for Android before Apple iOS. It seems more and more these days that Android is getting the app love before the popular iOS platform....

Microsoft upgrades Xbox Live But Rumored Skype Integration is False

The upcoming Metro update to Microsoft’s Xbox, will start to be pushed down to your Xbox console some time this week, but alas it doesn't appear to contain the rumored Skype integration, which several rumors hinted at a Fall...

Republic Wireless Hybrid WiFi / Cell VoIP Service for $19/month

What if you could get a cellular plan for $19/month with unlimited voice? Well, you can (sort of) using republic wireless's hybrid WiFi/cellular network approach. It includes unlimited WiFi VoIP calling, 550 minutes of cellular voice calling, 150 texts, and...

Google Bankrolls $100M to Get into Video Entertainment Biz

Last week I reported how Amazon should buy HBO or at least start creating their own TV shows and movies so they can be in control of their own destiny. I also mentioned last week Apple and Google as also...

Kindle Fire Silk Browser Proxying Stokes Privacy Concerns

The new Amazon Kindle Fire will use Amazon's very own completely new Web browser called Silk that leverages Amazon's EC2 architecture to proxy and cache web content for faster performance. You might think of it as something similar to Opera...

Skype 2.5 for Android Adds More Video Support

Today, Skype announced Skype 2.5 for Android added "white listing" video support for an additional 14 Android devices, bringing the total to 41 Android devices that support video. It is now available on several Motorola devices including the Atrix or...

Amazon Kindle Fire - Hot or Not?

The Amazon Kindle Fire 7-inch tablet aims to take on the Apple iPad, but will the Fire catch fire with consumers? Amazon has loyal Kindle e-reader users, but part of its draw is the e-ink screen which works in...

Toshiba Thrive 7 Tablet Impresses

Toshiba today announced the Thrive 7, little brother to their big brother the Thrive 10. Both Thrive models are based on Android and the original Thrive 10 has had some modest success, but the 10" tablet space is a bit...

Microsoft front-facing cameras, Skype & Lync Mobile client Coming Very Very Soon

Microsoft confirmed Mango Windows Phone 7 handsets would sport a front facing camera as well as Skype integration and a mobile Lync client. The confirmation came via the TechEd event in New Zealand, where two Microsoft employees mentioned that Microsoft's...

Skype (Microsoft) Blows $85 Million on GroupMe

Skype was in talks with GroupMe to acquire them before Microsoft's (pending approval) bought Skype. With Microsoft purchasing Skype you would have thought Microsoft would have squashed any pending purchases by Skype or at least approve them. The fact that...

Google, Mozilla, Samsung & NVIDIA Join DevCon5 HTML5 Conference

Some cool news to share about TMC's DevCon5, a HTML5, WebGL and WebCL-focused conference. Executives from several heavyweights, including Google, Mozilla, Samsung, and NVIDIA will be participating. Check out the news... Executives from Google, Mozilla, Samsung and NVIDIA Join the...

Twilio, the Cloud-based VoIP/Skype App Enabler

Today, Twillio is launching their cloud-based VoIP offering that enables developers to add VoIP capabilities to any website with just three lines of code. Twilio's VoIP developer toolkit called “Twilio Client” enables realtime two-ray audio to voice-enable browsers, iOS, and...

Gmail Now Allows Multiple Calls - Just Watch that multitasking!

The Gmail Blog today announced a cool new multiple call capability within Gmail which will let you put callers on hold and pick up another call at the same time. Handling multiple VoIP calls in your browser. Doesn't get better...

Skype for Android Gets Video Love

Skype today announced an updated version of its Skype for Android app (Skype for Android 2.0), which finally brings Skype video calling to the Android platform. No longer is the Android playing second fiddle to the Apple iPhone's version of...

FTC Lets Intel into the Nortel Patent Sweepstakes

The FTC has given Intel permission to bid on assets being sold by bankrupt Nortel Networks Corp, joining Apple, Google, Ericsson, and others in the high-stakes patent sweepstakes that can have a dramatic impact on the mobile and telecom...

Google Building Skype-like App in the Browser

Look out out Skype, Google Chrome is looking to add voice & video capabilities to the Google Chrome browser. Shortly after releasing WebRTC audio and video chat software as open-source, Google has begun to integrate WebRTC into Google Chrome. They're...

Google Promotes $.0007 VoIP Access Rate to FCC

Google recently weighed in on the Universal Service Fund (USF) and carrier access charges, which will affect the future of both broadband and VoIP. Over the past few years, there have been past court skirmishes over whether VoIP service providers...

Facebook and Google Eye Skype

I recently griped about the lack of native VoIP on the popular Facebook website. It's such an obvious lacking feature, that one has to go "hmmm... Why don't they have VoIP?" Surely, they must be secretly developing VoIP. Well, what...

Skype Fixes Privacy Vulnerability in Skype for Android

Well, that was fast - just 5 days after a vulnerability was first reported, Skype has released a new version of Skype for Android that fixes the privacy vulnerability. According to Skype's Adrian Asher: After a period of developing and...

Google Offers $900 million for 6,000 Nortel telecom patents

Nortel's carcass continues to be picked at, with many golden nuggets discovered, making their demise all the more surprising.Google is offering $900 million for 6,000 Nortel telecom patents covering 4G, wireless, data networking, optical, voice, semiconductors and other telecom areas,...

Browser Benchmark Battle Begin! Chrome vs. IE 9 vs. Firefox

Browser Benchmark Battle Begin!It's Chrome vs. IE 9 vs. Firefox. CNET did some benchmarks comparing the browsers on memory usage, boot time, JavaScript, HTML5, and more. Browser users are a loyal bunch. You can't tell a Firefox fan that Google...

Digium Launches Asterisk Tech Tips Webinars

Steve Sokol, Asterisk Marketing Director for Digium informed me that starting this week Digium will be presenting a bi-weekly series of webinars called Asterisk Tech Tips.  Steve explained, "Each episode consists of a tutorial covering an interesting feature of Asterisk,...

SPIRIT DSP Lands Another Win - Huawei

SPIRIT DSP announced today the second big news of the week. Yesterday, they announced Viber, a VoIP app for the iPhone was powered by SPIRIT DSP and now today they are announcing that Huawei Technologies has extended its license with...
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