Telephony

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 ›

Deploying Incredible PBX with Microsoft Windows 11

Deploying Incredible PBX with Microsoft Windows 11

Monday, July 11, 2022

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Miracles happen every so often, but we never expected our Linux-based Incredible PBX platform to be running natively on the Microsoft Windows 11 desktop. Some have asked why you’d even want to do this when VirtualBox is available for Windows, and Incredible PBX VirtualBox images are available for Debian 10 and Rocky 8. The short answer is we got kernel crashes on our cheapo Windows 11 hardware. The longer answer is the VirtualBox days are numbered as it won’t run… 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 ›

Introducing Incredible PBX 2022 for the Raspberry Pi

Introducing Incredible PBX 2022 for the Raspberry Pi

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

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It’s been a year and a half since our last Incredible PBX® release for the Raspberry Pi platform, and the RasPi enhancements just keep coming. The latest RasPi 4 supports dual 4K monitors, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet, a USB-C power supply, a Broadcom BCM2711, Quad core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC running at 1.5GHz, and POE connectivity with the addition of the POE Hat. You can read all about it here. Incredible PBX 2022… Read More ›

Oracle Cloud: Grab a Free Incredible PBX Cloud Server for Life

Oracle Cloud: Grab a Free Incredible PBX Cloud Server for Life

Monday, May 30, 2022

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It’s not every day that you get an opportunity to deploy an Incredible PBX® server on a cloud platform as robust as the one offered by Oracle®. And the fact that it won’t cost you a dime EVER makes this all the more appealing. This isn’t some bargain basement, crippled cloud platform with barely enough horsepower to get your server booted. Quite the contrary. This is an ARM-based Ubuntu 20.04 platform with 6GB of RAM, 45+ GB of storage, and… Read More ›