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A New Day for 3CX: Free Text-to-Speech Apps from Santa

A New Day for 3CX: Free Text-to-Speech Apps from Santa

Monday, December 4, 2017

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And you thought you needed an Asterisk® PBX for your users to enjoy GPL1 text-to-speech applications such as current News Headlines and Weather reports from the convenience of their telephone. Well, move over Asterisk. PIAF5™ and 3CX® now offer virtually identical functionality with all of the terrific advantages that a commercial-quality PBX provides: reliability, support, updates, security, and an unmatched UC platform that is second to none. There is no 3CX support for interactive TTS or STT applications (yet). So… Read More ›

November 24, 2017: A Black Friday to Remember

November 24, 2017: A Black Friday to Remember

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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We try not to get too caught up in the Black Friday frenzy each year, but the 2017 edition is turning into a day to remember. We’ll tick off a few of our favorite offerings and encourage all of you to post your discoveries in the comments. And, of course, there are web sites specifically devoted to Black Friday, and we won’t compete with their broader coverage if you happen to be in a shopping mood. Be sure to check… Read More ›

The Ultimate Voice Dialer for Asterisk and Incredible PBX

The Ultimate Voice Dialer for Asterisk and Incredible PBX

Monday, October 9, 2017

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Let’s face it. Voice recognition with Google has been hit and miss, and that’s on a good day. So we’re delighted to shift gears and introduce a new platform powered by IBM Watson’s Speech-to-Text (STT) engine. While it’s not free, that’s really theoretical for most of our readers. Your first month on the platform is entirely free. And, after that, you get 1,000 minutes a month of free voice recognition services. If you still want more, it’s 2¢ a minute.… Read More ›

RTPbleed Security Alert: Asterisk Calls Can Be Intercepted

RTPbleed Security Alert: Asterisk Calls Can Be Intercepted

Friday, September 8, 2017

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If you’ve installed Asterisk® during the past 4½ years, your server has a MAJOR security problem. If you didn’t already know, with Asterisk, your VoIP conversations actually are carried over a random UDP port using the Real Time Protocol (RTP), not the SIP port (UDP 5060) which handles the setup and teardown of your VoIP connections. It turns out that, since March 2013, all of that RTP traffic and thus your conversations could be intercepted and redirected by anyone on… Read More ›

Best of the Internet: American Road Warrior’s Fall Roundup

Best of the Internet: American Road Warrior’s Fall Roundup

Friday, September 1, 2017

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The Internet is all about sharing the best finds and once a year we like to take a fresh look at what’s new and exciting whether you travel frequently or not. While the primary focus of Nerd Vittles is VoIP technology, you can’t provide the best VoIP solutions without also exploring network and cellular technology. And, as the old saying goes, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. When we travel for more than a day or… Read More ›

The World Traveler and 3CX: A Match Made in Heaven

The World Traveler and 3CX: A Match Made in Heaven

Monday, June 12, 2017

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Last week we introduced the new (free) version of PIAF5 powered by 3CX v15.5 supporting four simultaneous calls, unlimited trunks, 10 extensions, and 10-user conference calls. And today we’re torture-testing our new 3CX server in the Bahamas aboard one of Carnival’s 3,000-passenger floating cities. Somebody’s gotta do it, right? What makes this such a challenging test for any PBX are several things. First, we’re using a free Google Voice trunk on a free 3CX PBX that we configured in under… Read More ›

Revolutionary VoIP: The New (free) PIAF5 powered by 3CX

Revolutionary VoIP: The New (free) PIAF5 powered by 3CX

Sunday, June 11, 2017

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There are evolutions, and then there are revolutions. The new PIAF5 powered by 3CX v15.5 is revolutionary on so many levels: price, feature set, flexibility, stability, and security for openers. For Nerd Vittles readers that want a free PBX1 for your home or small business, there’s a revolutionary bonus. Starting today, you can download a one-year license for an 8 simultaneous call, 10+ extension, unlimited trunks edition of 3CX v15.5 at zero cost!2 Unlimited Trunks, 10+ Extensions, 8 Simultaneous Calls…… Read More ›

Paradise Found: Amazon’s Polly TTS Meets Incredible PBX

Paradise Found: Amazon’s Polly TTS Meets Incredible PBX

Monday, May 1, 2017

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In a word, WOW! If you’ve previously used text-to-speech (TTS) applications with Incredible PBX™ or any other PBX, you fully appreciate the challenges of getting excellent voice quality from a synthesized voice. In addition to operating system quirks, you also had to scramble to find TTS software that had acceptable voice quality without breaking the bank. Well, it’s a new day. Amazon’s introduction of Polly TTS provides not only incredible voice quality but it comes at an unbelievable price point.… Read More ›