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gTTS: The Ultimate (free) Text-to-Speech Engine for Asterisk

gTTS: The Ultimate (free) Text-to-Speech Engine for Asterisk

Monday, August 15, 2022

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Telephony is all about person-to-person communications. But much of what we do in the real world involves gathering information from non-human sources. These include books, magazines, and newspapers as well as sources that provide real-time news, weather, sports scores, stock quotes, inventory and personnel data, reservation systems, and historical data from countless other sources. No modern phone system would be complete without providing an interface to this data and for that you’ll need a text-to-speech engine (TTS). We previously have… Read More ›

Move Over Alexa: Meet Wolfram Alpha for Incredible PBX

Move Over Alexa: Meet Wolfram Alpha for Incredible PBX

Monday, August 1, 2022

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Ever wished your Asterisk® server could harness the power of a 10,000 CPU Supercomputer to answer virtually any question you can dream up about the world we live in? Well, so long as it’s for non-commercial use, today’s your lucky day. Apple’s Siri™ and Amazon’s Alexa™ demonstrated just how amazing this technology can be. It began by coupling Wolfram Alpha® to a speech-to-text engine on the iPhone 4S. And now, thanks to IBM’s new speech transcription engine and Wolfram Alpha’s… Read More ›

Call By Name for Asterisk with IBM Voice Recognition Returns

Call By Name for Asterisk with IBM Voice Recognition Returns

Monday, July 25, 2022

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It’s been several years since we introduced our Call By Name script for Asterisk® using IBM’s Voice Recognition software. During that time, IBM has shifted gears on their pricing plans and their API methodology several times. So today we want to provide a new soup-to-nuts tutorial for those using Incredible PBX on the Raspberry Pi and Incredible PBX 2021 on both the Debian 10 and Ubuntu 20.04 platforms. If you have previously used IBM voice recognition (STT), be aware that… Read More ›

Happy Fourth: Our Gift to You — 17+ Years of Nerd  Vittles

Happy Fourth: Our Gift to You — 17+ Years of Nerd Vittles

Monday, July 4, 2022

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$300 Chromebook Faceoff: ARM vs. x86? Which Is Better? Introducing Incredible PBX 2022 for the Raspberry Pi Oracle Cloud: Grab a Free Incredible PBX Cloud Server for Life Systems Integration and Public Participation with FreePBX A Walk on the Wild Side: Meet Incredible PBX for MX Linux Deal of the Year: OBi2182 Color WiFi Phones now $59.99 Interconnecting Asterisk Servers with PJsip and OpenVPN Migrating Incredible PBX 2022 to a PUBLIC-Facing Cloud PBX It’s Debian 11, Asterisk 19, & FreePBX… Read More ›

$300 Chromebook Faceoff: ARM vs. x86? Which Is Better?

$300 Chromebook Faceoff: ARM vs. x86? Which Is Better?

Monday, June 27, 2022

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We’ve written about the Chromebook before, but today presents an interesting dilemma. Should you choose an ARM-based Chromebook for a bit better performance or an x86-based Chromebook for application flexibility? This becomes even more interesting when one recalls that Apple is poised to dump Intel processors and move exclusively to the ARM platform for all of its next generation machines. The short answer is it depends upon your use case. Cell phones and tablets traditionally have relied upon ARM processors… Read More ›

Systems Integration and Public Participation with FreePBX

Systems Integration and Public Participation with FreePBX

Monday, May 23, 2022

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It’s been an interesting few days in the FreePBX® VoIP community with a thread on the VoIP-Info.org and another on the FreePBX Forum. It’s prompted us to revisit what open source development is all about and what all of this means to those of you that rely upon Asterisk® and FreePBX. After the departure of the Schmooze folks from Sangoma, virtually all development has been moved behind closed doors with the first opportunity for public participation occurring after new features… Read More ›

Deal of the Year: OBi2182 Color WiFi Phones now $59.99

Deal of the Year: OBi2182 Color WiFi Phones now $59.99

Monday, May 9, 2022

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One year and counting… If you still have some Google Voice numbers lying around or if you’d like to join the party a little late, now is your second chance. Amazon now is selling the OBi2182 phones to U.S. residents with native Google Voice as well as WiFi, Bluetooth, HD Voice, speakerphone, and a power adapter for $59.99. Hold, transfer, and conferencing support are included in the phone. Here’s our Amazon referral link to keep the lights on. We were… Read More ›

Interconnecting Asterisk Servers with PJsip and OpenVPN

Interconnecting Asterisk Servers with PJsip and OpenVPN

Monday, May 2, 2022

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It’s been several years since we discussed interconnecting Asterisk® servers so today we want to do a version refresh using PJsip Trunking. We also want to show you how easy it is to secure the communications path by setting up the trunks using OpenVPN connections. When we’re finished, you’ll have a FREE way to call between sites using FreePBX® Outbound Routes. Because Incredible PBX comes preconfigured with all the components you’ll need, we’ll use that platform to further simplify the… Read More ›

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