Telephony

IBM’s Speech Recognition Engine Comes to Asterisk

IBM’s Speech Recognition Engine Comes to Asterisk

Monday, March 20, 2017

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Eight years ago, we introduced transcription for Asterisk® voicemail messages. When the messages were delivered by email, you got both a recording and the transcribed text courtesy of Google. As with most things Google, the licensing terms changed regularly and voicemail transcription became more convoluted until it became next to worthless. Today we begin our new exploration of IBM’s Watson Developer Cloud. It offers a rich collection of services at unbelievably low price points. We’re kicking things off by introducing… Read More ›

Best of Both Worlds: Marrying Asterisk to 3CX’s Free PBX with a $35 Raspberry Pi

Best of Both Worlds: Marrying Asterisk to 3CX’s Free PBX with a $35 Raspberry Pi

Monday, March 6, 2017

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One of the real beauties of Asterisk® has always been its flexibility in talking to other PBXs, both commercial and open source. There are numerous reasons why you might want to try this. First, it makes it easy to migrate to a commercial platform where you can get support for mission critical telephony requirements. Second, you may want a hybrid setup where servers with on-site support personnel can run Asterisk while remote satellite offices can take advantage of a commercial… Read More ›

Twofer Tuesday: 2 Cloud Servers for the Price of a RasPi

Twofer Tuesday: 2 Cloud Servers for the Price of a RasPi

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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It’s been more than a year since we last chatted about Cloud At Cost. Because they’re in the midst of yet another 50% off Fire Sale and to close out February with a bang, it seemed like a good time to take a fresh look at a terrific way to get started with Linux. For today’s $35 cloud project, we’re going to build a free WordPress server and a free commercial PBX compliments of 3CX. For what it’s worth, we’ve… Read More ›

Introducing a New WhiteList Security Model for Wazo

Introducing a New WhiteList Security Model for Wazo

Monday, February 20, 2017

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Today we’re pleased to introduce a new state-of-the-art Travelin’ Man 3 firewall implementation for 2017. Five years ago, we developed a new security model for Asterisk® servers that whitelisted those needing access while blocking everyone else. The design was simple. You can’t attack what you can’t see. Three years ago, we made Travelin’ Man 3 more flexible for remote users with the addition of PortKnocker, a terrific tool providing temporary remote server access using a random three-number code. Today’s release… 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 ›

R.I.P. RingPlus: Don’t Panic, Google Hangouts Is Your Friend

R.I.P. RingPlus: Don’t Panic, Google Hangouts Is Your Friend

Thursday, February 9, 2017

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Three months ago, we warned you that RingPlus appeared to be on its last leg and to begin planning your exit strategy. February 11 appears to be their Drop Dead Date although Ting apparently will now absorb all RingPlus accounts that aren’t ported out but under markedly different terms. For openers, there’s a $6 per month charge per phone before you even turn it on. After that, it’s pay-as-you-go for minutes, messages, and data. While the buckets are pooled between… Read More ›

Chasing Rainbows: The VoIP in the Cloud Trifecta

Chasing Rainbows: The VoIP in the Cloud Trifecta

Monday, January 30, 2017

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Week after week, the VoIP landscape for Cloud Computing continues to improve. And today we have more terrific news. Not only is there a new release of Wazo with simplified support for WebRTC and FollowMe roaming, but the Wazo 17.02 release also is now available on the RentPBX platform worldwide. Coupling Wazo and RentPBX with a secondary Cloud platform to achieve total VoIP redundancy is the VoIP in the Cloud Trifecta if ever there were one. RentPBX has been a… Read More ›

Deploying WebRTC with Incredible PBX for Wazo

Deploying WebRTC with Incredible PBX for Wazo

Saturday, January 21, 2017

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We continue our open source adventure with Wazo today by introducing Sylvain Boily’s latest masterpiece, WebRTC for Wazo. What started as a simple experiment has now become a full-featured WebRTC implementation that rivals any of the commercial alternatives. Did we mention it’s FREE! Better still, when you install the latest release of Incredible PBX for Wazo with all of its modules, the key components to support WebRTC are already in place thanks to Wazo Snapshots. If you have an earlier… Read More ›