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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 ›

Cellphone Hell: 2017 Minefield Navigation Guide

Cellphone Hell: 2017 Minefield Navigation Guide

Thursday, February 16, 2017

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Well, it’s been an interesting week. RingPlus, a Sprint MVNO, has gone belly up after Sprint pulled the plug on them. Lawsuit details are here. Then, not surprisingly, Sprint announced a new “unlimited” talk, text, and data plan: 5 phones for $90 with a free iPhone with trade-in. After first year, Sprint price escalates to $160 for 4 lines or $190 for 5 lines. And then, Verizon surprised everyone with an “unlimited” plan of their own: 4 phones for $180.… Read More ›

The Autonomous Car: Tesla & The Winding Road

The Autonomous Car: Tesla & The Winding Road

Monday, January 9, 2017

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We kick off 2017 with a new series on autonomous vehicles and, for the short term at least, the focus will be on Tesla simply because they’ve moved the needle the quickest and have a billion+ driver-tested miles under their belt already. I’m reminded of a quip from a pilot friend who said, “Anybody can fly a plane at 30,000 feet with autopilot. What separates the living from the dead is what you do when something goes wrong.” A recent… Read More ›

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 ›