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Free SMS Messaging Returns to Incredible PBX for Wazo

Free SMS Messaging Returns to Incredible PBX for Wazo

Monday, April 3, 2017

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We continue our Wazo adventure today with a few simple additions to the Incredible PBX for Wazo dialplan. We will enable SMS messaging both from SIP phones such as the Yealink T46G and using voice recognition from any phone connected to Wazo including WebRTC. Of course, you still can use the command line to send SMS messages to one or more recipients using SMS Message Blasting which is covered below. To implement SMS messaging, you’ll need at least one Google… Read More ›

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 ›

The Autonomous Car: Navigating Tesla’s Slippery Slope to the Promised Land

The Autonomous Car: Navigating Tesla’s Slippery Slope to the Promised Land

Monday, March 13, 2017

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We continue our Autonomous Car series today with a report card on our first quarter results with the new Tesla Vision autopilot and a cautionary note to would-be Tesla owners. Since the new Tesla hardware was rolled out to vehicles manufactured in the last couple months of 2016, Tesla has had a bumpy ride and, in no small part, it has been due to self-inflicted wounds. The Tesla executive heading up the autopilot project abruptly quit and allegedly walked out… 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 ›