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Consumer VoIP can find place in SMB

Voice-over-Internet Protocol consumer players like Google and Skype will find it "tough" to penetrate enterprise IP telephony space but will have chance in small and midsize business market, notes analyst.

October 1, 2010 by

iPod Shuffle: The buttons are back [video]

Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the latest redesign of the company's smallest iPod line at its September 2010 music event Wednesday in San Francisco. Finger controls are back by popular demand to go along with voice over and playlist features.

September 1, 2010 by

Buttons are back on new iPod Shuffle

Apple CEO Steve Jobs shows off the latest redesign of the company's smallest iPod line at its September 2010 music event Wednesday in San Francisco. Finger controls are back by popular demand to go along with voice over and playlist features.

September 1, 2010 by

Touch isn't Microsoft's only next-generation interface technology

While Microsoft's mult-touch capabilities (and lack thereof) are in the news daily, the company's speech engine and algorithms don't often merit a mention.At the SpeechTEK conference in New York City on August 3, Microsoft officials attempted to explain what the Redmondians have coming in the voice recognition and synthesis space -- without going so far as to announce undisclosed products.

August 3, 2010 by

CES 2010: FLO TV comes to the iPhone through Mophie sleeves

I talked a bit about the FLO TV service and new device on The Mobile Gadgeteer, but with today's CES 2010 announcement FLO TV is branching into the smartphone space. They announced a partnership with the folks who make the iPhone Mophie Juicepack batteries to launch a sleeve that fits on your iPhone or iPod touch to give you a wireless FLO TV experience. FLO TV is television sent out over the airwaves and does not use your wireless data for streaming television content. These products will start shipping during the first half of this year.

January 6, 2010 by

fring brings video call viewing to iPhone and two-way video to Nokia

I've been using fring on my Nokia devices for years and just last week they announced two-way video calling for select Symbian devices. They are now following up this week with the announcement for the iPhone that gives iPhone and iPod touch owners the ability to VIEW video calls from callers over Skype or fring. With your WiFi-connected iPhone or iPod touch you can interact via voice to the person shown on your display, but you cannot make video calls from your iPhone or iPod touch. If Apple includes a front facing camera on the iPhone in the future then you will be able to make video calls as well.

November 30, 2009 by

Is Freeware the new Open Source?

As open source technologies continue to pound an increasingly heavier footprint throughout the world’s enterprise IT portals, could we be about to see a new surge in the freeware space as this delivery model bids for voice alongside open source itself?One has to ask the question after seeing news emanating from VMworld San Francisco this week that virtualisation management specialist Vizioncore has just positioned half their product line as freeware.

September 2, 2009 by

TomTom arrives on the iPhone for $100

AT&T Navigator's subscription based GPS navigation solution (see our review) was the first full GPS voice navigation system for the Apple iPhone, but there is now some serious competition in the GPS navigation space that may even start knocking out dedicated PND. The biggest news today is that TomTom for the iPhone was released in the US. TomTom (iTunes link) is a well known name in PNDs and their iPhone solution is one of the most costly at $99. Other recent stand-alone (no subscription required) GPS navigation solutions for the iPhone include Navigon at a special $69.99 launch price and CoPilot Live for $34.99. There is quite a price range across these navigation solutions and we'll have to see if the high cost of TomTom is worth the premium over CoPilot Live 8.

August 17, 2009 by

Navigon's MobileNavigator brings offline voice guided navigation to the iPhone

The first voice guided navigation GPS system in North America for the iPhone was AT&T Navigator (see my review) that was launched back in June. I was very impressed with the software and service and used it quite a bit last weekend on an out of town trip where I brought no physical maps along. There are pros and cons to a connected, subscription-based solution and the major complaint is that a data connection is required for navigation. I just read a press release over on Gear Diary where Navigon announced the first navigation solution for the iPhone and iPod touch in North America (Navigon previously launched in Europe) where the maps live on the device so no active data connection is needed.

July 22, 2009 by

Klipsch unveils S4i, in-ear headphones alternative for iPhone, iPod shuffle

Klipsch on Tuesday unveiled its Image S4i, an in-ear headset that includes an in-line microphone and remote, positioning the pair as an alternative to Apple's in-ear headphones for the iPhone and iPod touch, nano, classic and shuffle.The headset features Apple's advanced three-button microphone and remote system that easily handles the voice and/or music control of the iPhone 3GS, 3G iPod shuffle, 2G iPod touch, 4G iPod nano and the iPod classic 120GB.

July 21, 2009 by

Microsoft and HP announce alliance at Interop

At the Interop Conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft's Stephen Elop and Hewlett-Packard's Ann Livermore announce a partnership between the two companies to bring a better, faster, less expensive, unified communication solution to businesses. Also, Microsoft's Warren Barkley demonstrates a touch-screen workspace that has drag and drop conference calls, voice to text voicemails, and an integrated document sharing space.

May 22, 2009 by

Sony may be announcing iPod touch competitor at CES

There is a load of digital music players on the market (see my Holiday Guide) that offer consumers quite a bit of choice. However, there is not much competition in the way of touch screen players like the iPod touch. Rumors are flying this weekend that Sony will announce a new Walkman-branded portable media player. With the wild speculation that Palm will actually announce something more than another color Centro and this Sony news CES may actually have some good value for those in the mobile space this year.

December 13, 2008 by

Turn your iPod touch into a VoIP phone with Truphone

I've talked about the Truphone VoIP solution here on this blog a couple of times in the past and have had it on my iPhone for several months. Now that my ZDNet Smartphones & Cell Phones blog focuses on phones you may be asking why I am posting about a phone solution here on the Mobile Gadgeteer. A new Truphone client was just released for the Apple iPod touch that turns it into a VoIP phone, but it is not a cellphone. Highly respected VoIP blogger and friend Andy Abramson has an excellent blog post on why TruPhone on the iPod touch is a game changer in the VoIP space.

December 3, 2008 by

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