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Hoot.me Wins SMS Voting Contest at StartupCamp3 at ITEXPO

I was at ITEXPO East in Miami and got to see some cool companies demoing their products on stage in front of hundreds of people. At the end we got to vote using our cell phones and SMS. Competition was...

Google Voice Adds Number Porting - Carriers Cry

I'm a huge fan of Google Voice with it's ability to screen calls, send calls to multiple devices, and voicemail transcription. The Achilles Heel was that you couldn't port your number over. Well my friends, today Google has quietly enabled...

Social Networking 2.0 Brings Businesses Into the Fold

Social networking exploded in 2010 resulting in Facebook social networking traffic surpassing Google search traffic. What's the main difference between Facebook traffic and Google traffic? Facebook is about sharing content with groups - family, friends, and co-workers, while Google is...

Apple iOS vs. Google Android

There was an interesting discussion of iOS-vs.-Android news that began with this report by Seth Weintraub for Fortune. He explains in the article the downward spiral cost of creating smartphone components and the end product smartphone as well. He also...

Facebook Phone? Who cares!

TechCrunch started a firestorm when they said Facebook was working on a "Facebook phone", resulting in denials by Facebook, and finally TechCrunch called Facebook and their PR outright liars. Everyone was in a tizzy that Facebook was purportedly building a...

ooVoo vs. Skype in the SMB Space

I recently had a video interview with Phillipe Schwartz, CEO of ooVoo, to discuss how they stack up against Skype, ooVoo's technical architecture, their target market, and more. One difference off the bat is that ooVoo started with a...

Google Testing VoIP Calling in Gmail

Gmail is already many user's centralized communications portal - an always-open browser window. It offers access to our email, chat, contacts, calendar, documents, and soon it might add browser-based VoIP. According to CNET, Google has started testing Gmail-integrated VoIP, which...

AudioCodes Adds Mobile VoIP Solutions for Blackberry and Android

Audiocodes today launched a mobile VoIP app for Blackberry and Android. They already supported the Apple iPhone.Here's the full release:AudioCodes VMAS Solution now covers all leading Smartphone OS, offering a comprehensive solution set for mobile, PC or WebLod, Israel -...

Google Voice Adds Faster dialing on Android and Blackberry devices

Google has some new updates to their Google Voice mobile apps for your Android and Blackberry phone fans (sorry iPhone fans - no update today for you!).According to Google:At Google we are obsessed with speed. Our mantra is faster =...

Sign into Multiple Google Accounts Feature Coming!

Google is testing a new feature that allows you to sign in to multiple Google accounts in the same browser. Sweet! I hate signing out of one account and switching to another. Or worse, leaving Firefox and having to use...

Most Excellent (Find) on Google Maps - Wayne & Garth

You can find the funniest and coolest things on Google Maps, Google Earth, and especially Google Street View. There was the possible discovery of Atlantis on Google Earth, and the uncovering of an unknown forest containing undiscovered species in Mt....

Cisco Cius HD Android Tablet

Cisco unveiled Cisco Cius, a business tablet running on the Android OS that offers "virtual desktop integration with anywhere, anytime access to the full range of Cisco collaboration and communication applications, including HD video." Now before you think iPad...

To (Hyper)Link or Not to Link - That is the Question

The best bloggers and news sites seem to hyperlink like crazy. Usually its because they think they're doing you a favor by referencing a related article, web page, company, etc. so you don't have to hit up a search engine...

Google Buys Global IP Sound

Google has an offer to buy Global IP Solutions, for $68.2 million. Global IP Solutions (GIPS) was the company that powered Skype's adaptive codec to handle packet loss, jitter, etc. until Skype decided to develop their own codec. Google Talk...

Debit Card Fraud - No Wonder They Get Away With It - Banks are Clueless!

I'm a busy guy, so sometimes I don't check my bank statement and debit purchases for a couple of months. Well, today I see a strange debit charge for $146.25 made on 1/12/2010 - over 2 months ago. Here's...

Textecution Disables Texting, Email and Web Browsing While Driving

Wireless Zone is now offering its customers a free application called Textecution which locks a phones texting capabilities when the user is behind the wheel. The application is targeted towards parents who are concerned about their teen's texting while driving...

What's Wrong with Windows Phone 7?

So everyone is gushing over how sexy the new Windows Phone 7 Series is. Microsoft has done a "reboot" of their mobile operating system and gone to an entirely new operating system. Sorry Windows Mobile fans, your old apps...

Truphone Brings Wi-Fi Calling To Nexus One

At ITEXPO I learned from Truphone's PR team that they released a new Android application updated to operate on Google's new device.Here's the news:Hot on the heels of the release of Truphone's VoIP enabled Truphone for Android application earlier this...

D2 Technologies, Beceem & ECS Extend VoIP over WiMAX to Android Smartphones and MIDs

Interesting news from D2 Technologies I thought I'd share. They are announcing a partnership with Beceem and ECS to offer a turnkey solution for developing and delivering VoIP over WiMAX smartphones to market running the Android platform.Full news release after...

fring Brings Video calls to iPhone and iPod touch

fring has done it again! A few weeks ago they brought video calls to the Google Android. Then last week they brought video calls to Nokia phones with promises that the Apple iPhone was coming soon. Well, that day...

VoIP in Google ChromeOS

Google released their ChromeOS operating system yesterday. So naturally, as a VoIP fan I was curious if ChromeOS could run VoIP. Since Google's ChromeOS has a Flash Player built-in, in theory it can run a Flash-based VoIP client. The first...

Mashup Google Wave, Skype, and Asterisk = Ultimate Coolness

Skype Journal wrote about one of the coolest mashups I've ever seen. Certainly one of the coolest VoIP mashups. Skype Journal explains PhoneFromHere Tim Panton's demo that he gave at Astricon where Tim mashes up Google Wave, Skype, Asterisk running...

Google Gods are Killing Me - PageRank 6 drops to PageRank 3

The Google Gods are really starting to piss tick me off. For years the VoIP & Gadgets blog has had a PageRank of 6 (PR6) and sometimes as high as PR7. As of July of last year the PageRank...

Google Voice + Gizmo5 = Free Inbound & Outbound Calls

Google Voice just added SIP connectivity through Gizmo5 which basically enables FREE inbound and outbound calling! With the Gizmo5-to-Google Voice connectivity not only can you can connect any SIP device (softphone, IP phone), but you can even use regular telephones...

Google Brings Location Info to iPhone's Safari

Google just added location info to Safari on the iPhone allowing you to see local businesses very quickly with a simple search. For instance, search on "coffee" and see the closest coffee shops or search on fast food places...
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