This week, Google publicly rolled out its +1 button. I would say that the reception so far is divided. One camp thinks +1 will be revolutionary, and the other can’t see how this will be any different from the dozens of other widgets constantly bombarding them on the Internet. Like this! Tweet this! It can be a bit much. Now I am by no means an expert or a tech prophet, but I would like to think that Google is onto something really special here. So naturally, I have to write something about it when I see this video ranking #2 in Youtube for “Google +1”.
Posted by Leo Zheng at 06:16 PM EDT
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This memorial weekend, I went to see the Hangover 2. We sat in a theatre filled to the brim with deafening forced laughter. A plot that’s familiar is fine; a plot that blatantly panders to the audience without offering anything new or refreshing is kind of insulting.
Anyway, somewhere between all the carbon-copy scenes, we get to the part when Alan, Zach Galifianakis’s character, bids farewell to his new monkey friend.
"I wish monkeys could Skype, maybe one day?”
Thank goodness Alan said that because it distracted me from thinking about the current state of Hollywood.
Posted by Leo Zheng at 12:19 PM EDT
Blink Lite is a free VoIP-only SIP client from Netherlands based developer AG Projects, the same people behind SIP2SIP.info. The application is particularly user-friendly for people who are completely unfamiliar with SIP. If you choose to get a free SIP2SIP.info SIP account straight from the application, the client will automatically register using that SIP account. Blink Lite makes getting started with SIP as easy as signing up for Skype. Of course, you can also register the client with your pre-existing SIP provider.
Posted by Nicole at 10:44 AM EDT
The VoIP Users Conference (VUC) is an organization we've supported and been a part of for a few years now. If you've never attended, VUC facilitates weekly live discussions about VoIP, SIP, Asterisk and all kinds of telephony-related topics. We are delighted to announce that John, Junction Networks CTO, and Charlotte, Systems Engineer, join tomorrow's call at 1 PM EDT to discuss our efforts in two areas:
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Counterpath is a leading provider of VoIP softphones for business. Since our Bria for iPhone review, we have been particularly impressed with Counterpath's advancement in the mobile softphone space. Some of us even use Bria for iPhone on a daily basis to replace our work phone. As such, when Counterpath asked us to join their mobile certification program for Internet Telephony Service Providers (ITSPs), beginning with the Bria for iPhone, we gave an excited, YES! Counterpath has officially announced the ITSPs certification program today, which ultimately provides end users with greater ease in configuring Counterpath mobile applications. To support this program, OnSIP and other ITSPs provide optimal configuration settings with their service.
Posted by Erick J Johnson at 12:05 AM EDT
We received a comment on a recent blog post that asked us why we have implemented our music on hold (MOH) service in the manner we did. While reading the comment I realized that we released the service and alerted customers it existed, but nobody in the engineering department stepped up to explain any of the technical details behind the mechanisms we decided to support - by nobody I mean me... oops. The comment I'm referring to is quoted here:
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org at 11:58 AM EDT
Wouldn’t it be strange if your email provider forced you to download software to your computer/smartphone in order to access your email? Essentially, that’s what Skype forces you to do, access the Skype services ONLY via a Skype application.
Doesn’t leave you much choice, does it? The beauty of SIP is that it can be used for just about everything the Skype service offers on software or hardware that YOU CHOOSE!
With that in mind, I took a quick look at our new getonsip.com service to see what people are choosing to use with it. I was psyched to see that there’s a wide range of clients in use!
Here’s a quick snapshot of the phones/software clients/smartphone apps I see on the registration list:
Posted by Leo Zheng at 02:19 PM EDT
What will Skyposoft mean for you? Thoughts on Microsoft's acquisition of Skype from two raving SIP fans
Leo: Alright, TechCrunch and pretty much every tech rag on the web tells me this is a big deal so I guess we have to talk about it. Just kidding. Microsoft buying out Skype is huge, not only for Microsoft and Skype, but also for the rest of the Voice over IP community. Any preliminary thoughts before we get into it, Nicole?
Nicole: Oh geez, are we really doing this chat format?
Leo: Microsoft paid $8.5 billion dollars for Skype, over 3 times the $2.75 billion eBay sold it for a year and a half ago. Of course eBay kept 30 % ownership so there are differences, but still, that’s quite a lump of CASH.
Posted by Leo Zheng at 11:57 AM EDT
Early this year, we wrote a blog post entitled Our evaluation of Android Gingerbread's native SIP calling with the Nexus S. We ran Android's native SIP client through a series of tests and discovered several interoperability issues with OnSIP. Here are the issues we ran into back in January: