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Smartphone Trifecta: 2016’s Very Best Cellphones with Two Awesome Surprises

Smartphone Trifecta: 2016’s Very Best Cellphones with Two Awesome Surprises

Thursday, March 31, 2016

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Every year we try to check out the latest and greatest smartphones with emphasis on finding those that are the best fit with Asterisk®. So this year is really special because our three favorite new phones all come with a couple of surprises. First, monthly cellular service can be FREE on all of them! Second, all of the phone numbers associated with the three phones can be used as free SIP trunks with Incredible PBX™ or your favorite Asterisk server.… Read More ›

Mobile WiFi Shootout: Torture Testing the Best WiFi HotSpots for Your Vehicle

Mobile WiFi Shootout: Torture Testing the Best WiFi HotSpots for Your Vehicle

Monday, February 15, 2016

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Embed from Getty Images What a difference a few years make. Bringing Internet connectivity to those in a vehicle who need Internet access but lack cellular data connectivity now is at the top of virtually every Road Warrior’s Wish List. Today we embark on our first major road trip of 2016 to test mobile WiFi hotspots from the four major carriers in the United States: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile. We’ve decided to use a variety of devices with the… Read More ›

Mobile Internet: The 2016 Road Warrior’s Guide to Choosing New Wheels

Mobile Internet: The 2016 Road Warrior’s Guide to Choosing New Wheels

Monday, January 18, 2016

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Embed from Getty Images OK. We’re not going to bring Mobile Computing down to the teepee level, but we have decided to dedicate a column regularly to Mobile Internet developments in the marketplace. Of course, our major focus will remain the impact on unified communications and especially Asterisk®, FreeSWITCH™, PBX in a Flash™, and Incredible PBX™. The idea here is to document a design that lets road warriors travel with the same communications dexterity that they have at home or… Read More ›

The Last Sunset: Saying Goodbye to Google TTS… Hello Pico TTS

The Last Sunset: Saying Goodbye to Google TTS… Hello Pico TTS

Monday, January 11, 2016

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Despite the heroic efforts of Lefteris Zafiris to keep GoogleTTS afloat for use with Asterisk®, Google has made it increasingly clear that they intend to blow everyone’s apps out of the water (except theirs) if you choose to use their text to speech engine, even in open source, non-commercial products. As much as we’ve loved the voice quality and Google’s previous generosity in sharing their work product with the open source community, there comes a time when the mud wrestling… Read More ›

Santa’s Technology Roundup: The Best Products of 2014 with Some Surprises

Santa’s Technology Roundup: The Best Products of 2014 with Some Surprises

Monday, December 22, 2014

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View image | gettyimages.com Once a year we like to pause and take a look back at 10 technology products that really grabbed our attention. 2014 will be remembered as a spectacular year. So here’s what made the Nerd Vittles short list for 2014… Smartphone of the Year: It’s a 5-Way Tie And the winners in no particular order… Galaxy Note 4, iPhone 6+, LG G3, HTC One M8, and Moto X.1 So which should you choose if you can… Read More ›

The Disappointing iPhone 6: Eight Generations of iOS and Bluetooth Still Sucks

The Disappointing iPhone 6: Eight Generations of iOS and Bluetooth Still Sucks

Monday, October 13, 2014

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Our technology reviews are a little different than the dozens of reviews you’ve probably already seen that read more like Apple press releases. First of all, we typically buy products to actually use. And second, we base our smartphone evaluations on real-world requirements rather than best case scenarios that you’re unlikely to ever experience in the real world. So we begin our review of the iPhone 6 with the simple question: “Can it make calls?” Funny as this sounds, it’s… Read More ›

Don’t Hurry: A First Look at Google Glass with Google Glass Frame

Don’t Hurry: A First Look at Google Glass with Google Glass Frame

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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It’s one thing to read about new technology, and quite another to actually try it out. We’ve been holding off on Google Glass awaiting support for prescription lenses. Well, it’s finally here. And Nerd Uno was one of the first to receive the new Google Glass Frames. Having spent the better part of a week with the new technology, here’s our review. Let’s start with the price tag. Ours came to $1,868.75. That’s before you add the cost of prescription… Read More ›

Taking a Page from Asterisk: How Far We Have Come

Taking a Page from Asterisk: How Far We Have Come

Monday, July 22, 2013

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We’ve never written about paging technology before, and this is one of those areas of VoIP telephony where it certainly paid to wait. What a difference a few years makes! At least in the Asterisk® context, SIP-based paging traditionally involved issuing a Page command with a list of extensions in your dialplan. The wrinkle was that each VoIP phone manufacturer had its own SIP header to trigger autoanswer on its phones. And, without autoanswer, paging becomes next to worthless with… Read More ›