Post Tagged with: "voip"

Adiós Twitter: Introducing Mastodon for the VoIP Community

Adiós Twitter: Introducing Mastodon for the VoIP Community

Friday, November 18, 2022

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#FollowFriday seemed an appropriate day to introduce Mastodon, our decentralized solution to the Twitter meltdown. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple weeks, here’s a quick snapshot. Elon Musk buys Twitter for $44 billion. Elon fires half of existing Twitter staff. Elon bans Twitter employees from working at home. Elon, the Free Speech champion, fires Twitter employees that criticize his misleading tweeets. Elon gives remaining Twitter employees an ultimatum to sign a pledge to work under… Read More ›

SpeechGen.io: A Near Perfect TTS Offering for Asterisk

SpeechGen.io: A Near Perfect TTS Offering for Asterisk

Monday, October 31, 2022

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Over the years, we’ve covered numerous commercial and free text-to-speech (TTS) offerings for Asterisk® including gTTS, PicoTTS, Amazon’s Polly TTS, IBM TTS, Google TTS, FLITE, and Festival. But SpeechGen’s commercial offering sets it apart both in terms of quality and cost. At a $9.99 price point for 100,000 characters with an easy-to-deploy AGI interface, SpeechGen is almost a perfect fit for Asterisk TTS applications. If you decide to deploy SpeechGen after trying out our demo, we hope you’ll consider using… Read More ›

The All-Purpose Device for Home or College-Bound Students

The All-Purpose Device for Home or College-Bound Students

Monday, October 10, 2022

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We won’t attempt to educate you on the feature set of Alexa devices other than to note that, in the words of Bob Dylan, "The Times They Are A-Changin’." What was once a device to provide a weather forecast, turn on your lights, lock your front door, and start your car can now function as a full-featured HD TV with an Echo Show 15 and one of your favorite streaming providers including Netflix, Sling, Hulu, and YouTube TV. And, if… Read More ›

It’s Debian 11, Asterisk 19, & FreePBX 16: Come And Get It

It’s Debian 11, Asterisk 19, & FreePBX 16: Come And Get It

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

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We’ve been on a roll since March Madness by adding Rocky 8 to the Incredible PBX® portfolio. In addition to a native installer, we also added a VirtualBox image, a 5-minute CrownCloud setup, an amazing cloud-based platform for just $25 a year, and an experimental Debian 11, Asterisk 19, and FreePBX 16 platform. Now that fall is just around the corner, we have tweaked our three new Incredible PBX offerings: Debian 11, Asterisk® 19, and FreePBX® 16. So, if you… Read More ›

Today in History Returns to Incredible PBX with gTTS

Today in History Returns to Incredible PBX with gTTS

Monday, August 22, 2022

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If you’re a history buff and want a convenient way to find out everything that ever happened Today in History, then this week’s upgraded text to speech (TTS) application for Asterisk® should be just what you need. Pick up any phone connected to your Asterisk system and dial T-O-D-A-Y (86329 for the spelling-impaired). The script will retrieve today’s historical events of interest from HistoryOrb.com and play the results back to you over the phone using last week’s gTTS engine update.… Read More ›

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 ›