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Interesting Tidbits from ITEXPO

Cisco quietly let go 50 engineers and other people responsible for their low-cost SPA line of desktop IP phones (SPA300, SPA500, etc.) - I believe back in November. The IP phones targeted the SMB and I'm told it's a $600...

Interesting Tidbits from ITEXPO

Cisco quietly let go 50 engineers and other people responsible for their low-cost SPA line of desktop IP phones (SPA300, SPA500, etc.) - I believe back in November. The IP phones targeted the SMB and I'm told it's a $600...

HiperPBX Bridges M2M and PBX Creating "Industrial Unified Communications"

HiperPBX's Gustavo Scheveloff, Sales Director gave me an introduction of HiperPBX at ITEXPO Miami 2014. Their solution is unique in that it's a VoIP PBX that not only features Unified Communications (UC), but it also sports some interesting M2M features....

Digium's Billy Chia Opens Asterisk 1-2-3 Session to Packed Room

Digium's Billy Chia kicked off the Asterisk 1-2-3 session, an all day workshop taking place at ITEXPO in Miami. He's discussed dynamically loaded modules, how to view core channel types, and how to load the Scooby Doo of Asterisk...

Schmooze Com Showcasing FreePBX HA Appliances at ITEXPO

With ITEXPO just around the corner (January 28-31st) in Miami, companies are already announcing their wares that they'll showcase at this premiere communications tradeshow. One of my favorite VoIP solutions is FreePBX, so I'm excited to check out the new...

TringMe Launches WebRTC Chrome Extension

I've been covering TringMe since 2007, when they launched an Adobe Flash-based VoIP app. Later they added support for ChromeOS, VoiceXML, and even Silverlight. Today, TringMe's Founder and CEO Yusaf Motiwala informed me they've launched a WebRTC solution. WebRTC apps...

Skype's Social Media Accounts Hacked

Skype social media accounts including their Twitter account, Facebook page, and blog were hacked by a group claiming to be the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). Athough Skype gained control of their accounts and deleted the SEA's posts, the SEA tweeted...

webrtc2sip Enables Cross-browser WebRTC & SIP Interoperability

webrtc2sip is an open source gateway using WebRTC and SIP to turn your browser into a phone with audio and video calling capabilities. The "WebRTC-to-SIP" gateway allows your web browser to make and receive calls from/to any SIP-legacy network or...

Skype on the Xbox One - the Future Has Arrived!

Curious to know what features Skype has in the new Xbox One? So am I. With the Xbox One, you get an all-in-one entertainment system that aims to take over your living/family room not just for gaming but for communicating...

WebRTC Conference & Expo Photos

TMC's WebRTC Conference & Expo Santa Clara 2013 kicked off yesterday to a great start with some jam-packed sessions. Participants include heavyweights such as Google, Oracle, Plantronics, Ericsson, Mozilla, and more. There's still time to register & attend. Check out...

Phybridge PoLRE Review - Power over Ethernet using Phone Wires

Check out my Phybridge PoLRE Review, a suite of three products that let you use your existing phone wiring to deploy VoIP with full Power over Ethernet capabilities. The three products are the PoLRE LPC 8 Port Switch targeting the...

Zangi - New Mobile VoIP Player in Town

Zangi is an interesting new mobile VoIP player. One of their espoused features is the free roaming which saves on international calls. While traveling many users purchase a new number (SIM card) to enjoy free incoming calls. Simply add this...

Skype Ends Desktop API. Now What?

I launched Skype this morning and was greeted with a warning message that caused me some alarm (screenshot above). It appears a major API used by third-parties to integrate with Skype is ending in just one month. That gives virtually...

Asterlook - "The CTI Asterisk Client for Outlook" Launches

A new software Asterlook, what they're calling "the CTI Asterisk client for Outlook", was just released allowing you to manage incoming and outgoing calls directly in Outlook. According to the feature list, it works with any flavor of Asterisk. On...

Dot-com and VoIP Explosion - Is WebRTC Next?

Some exciting news from my company, TMC, to report. TMC, Systemwide Media and PKE Consulting announced today that Google has signed on to be a Diamond Sponsor at WebRTC Conference & Expo III. The event, held November 19-21, 2013, in Santa...

AstriCon Keynote Photos

Here are some photos from the AstriCon keynote and AstriCon "Academy Awards", which Allison, the Voice of Asterisk, helped bestow upon the lucky winners. The keynoters including Danny Windham, CEO of Digium (not pictured) and PKE Consulting's Phil Edholm who...

AstriCon 2013 Atlanta - Photos!

Here's a motley of photos I took at AstriCon 2013 Atlanta. Feel free to click the photos for high-res larger versions. Enjoy! ...

FreePBX High Availability Project Launches at AstriCon

At AstriCon, Schmooze Com Inc., maintainers and core developers of the FreePBX project today announced a High Availability version of FreePBX called FreePBX HA. I'm a huge fan of FreePBX, and have deployed it, so I'm pretty excited about this...

AstriCon 2013 Keynote Panel [VIDEO]

This morning the first keynote kicked off featuring some well-respected Asterisk thought leaders and experts. They included Asterisk founder, Chairman & CTO Mark Spencer, Alistair Cunningham the Founder & General Manager, Integrics, Olle E. Johansson, Founder & President, Edvina AB,...

Xorcom Launches CXE4000 CompletePBX

At AstriCon, Xorcom today released a new hybrid (VoIP + PSTN) telephony solution called the CXE4000 featuring Xorcom's CompletePBX distro (based on Asterisk and FreePBX). The CXE4000 is a heavy-duty, stand-alone, pre-configured, out-of-the-box IP PBX It is optimized for businesses...

Xorcom Launches CXE4000 CompletePBX

At AstriCon, Xorcom today released a new hybrid (VoIP + PSTN) telephony solution called the CXE4000 featuring Xorcom's CompletePBX distro (based on Asterisk and FreePBX). The CXE4000 is a heavy-duty, stand-alone, pre-configured, out-of-the-box IP PBX It is optimized for businesses...

10th Annual AstriCon Kicks Off!

I’m excited to be attending the 10th annual AstriCon, which also happens to nearly coincide with my 10 year wedding anniversary back in August of this year.  AstriCon has changed over the years, new people, new exhibitors, but a lot...

Odyssey Telecommunications The Mecca of Used Telecom Equipment?

Odyssey Telecommunications is a relatively new company started up in Buffalo, New York. Odyssey Telecommunications helps telecommunications and VoIP manufacturers, resellers and service providers liquidate overstock, used and new equipment through its online and offline channels.Odyssey Telecommunications was recently named...

FreePBX Acquiring Major Developer Talent

The FreePBX and Schmooze Communications team have been on a tear, acquiring some legendary FreePBX and Asterisk talent! Derek Peloquin, joined Schmooze in August taking with him his nearly 8 years of experience with the Asterisk Project and Community. In his...

How Skype Changed the World!

Want to hear the story of how an Estonian startup changed the communications landscape forever? With the 10 year anniversary this year, Microsoft has written an online history book on Skype with the following intro, "In one rather turbulent decade,...
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