Linksys yesterday announced a new SIP phone, attendant console, 8 port ATA and ADSL2+ Gateway with VoIP at the Spring VON show.
Brix Networks today announced it is collaborating with Linksys and SunRocket to deliver automated endpoint monitoring for improved quality of experience (QoE) for SunRockets customers.
Brix has integrated its service assurance technology with various Linksys SIP-based home networking devices to provide SunRocket with a scalable, real-time service assurance product. The combined solution automates periodic SIP media loopback testing across the entire network, groups, or single subscribers, and also collects, correlates, and analyzes the results to produce actionable information reports. Quality metrics generated include mean opinion score (MOS), latency, jitter, and packet loss.
This automated Brix-Linksys SIP media loopback testing solution continuously verifies the performance and quality of deployed Linksys equipment, and can quickly identify issues that may be occurring between SunRockets infrastructure and its members.
Skype today announced Skype 3.1 for Windows which includes two new services that move Skype into applications beyond voice, video and text communications.
SkypeFind is a new, user-generated guide that lets the worldwide Skype community share, rate and review businesses. Users can add businesses along with a review and rating, search for businesses and place Skype calls to found businesses with the click of a button. Initially, SkypeFind will not allow for paid-for listings.
Skype Prime is a new way for people to sell their expertise, answers and advice to other Skype users. The service consists of Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls and includes a "convenient" payment feature. Skype Prime is in Beta and is described as "in the very early stages of its lifecycle". Skype Prime fees are paid using PayPal and subject to a 30% charge by Skype.
NETGEAR today said it has begun shipment of the Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000) media player that was announced at January's Consumer Electronics Show.
The EVA8000 can display still, music and video files streamed from UPnP AV sources without the need to run server software on a PC. However, running included software on a Windows PC enables the EVA8000 to play iTunes content, view YouTube videos and access a Windows desktop across a network.
The EVA8000 is available now at an MSRP of $399.
ARCHOS today announced the ARCHOS 704-WiFi, which it claims is the only PMP with a 7-inch touch-screen and full wireless capabilities.
The 704-WiFi has a 5x7 inch 800x480 16 million color touch screensimilar in size to a standard photographand integrated high-quality stereo speakers. The 80GB hard drive can store 70 DVD-quality movies, 40,000 songs or 800,000 photos.
Panasonic Communications yesterday entered the Skype phone market with a standalone Wi-Fi phone kit aimed at business travelers.
The Panasonic KX-WP1050 Wi-Fi phone for use with Skype is said to be one in a series of planned Skype Certified products.
Vonage is saying that Verizon's patent lawsuit against the VoIP-telephony giant is "frivolous". The Holmdel, New Jersey-based company vowed to defend itself and added that the lawsuit will not affect operations, no matter what happens.
Apparently Vonage has a large legal warchest and its CEO, Mike Snyder, said that the suit will not hurt the company financially and adds, "Our financial reserves would allow us to continue normal operations regardless of the outcome. In addition, we are confident that regardless of how this litigation is ultimately decided, Vonage's customers will see no change whatsoever to any aspect of their phone service."
SIPphone today announced the launch of its latest desktop VoIP product. Gizmo Project 3.0 adds "meta-voice" capabilities, which enable free calling to Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live users.
The new capabilities allow users to call four of the most popular voice and IM networks with one client for the first time. All calls to Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live, Google Talk, Jabber, and Gizmo Project users are free. Gizmo Project 3.0 users can also call international Yahoo Messenger users for free in France, Spain, and many other countries.
BitTorrent today announced the launch of the BitTorrent Entertainment Network. The new network features what the company says is the "most comprehensive library of downloadable digital entertainment ever amassed on the Web".
The BitTorrent community will now have the flexibility to rent movies, purchase television shows and music videos, and publish and share their own high-quality content to be displayed alongside titles from the worlds largest studios.
Skype and Symantec have partnered to offer Norton Internet Security and other security products. The products have been "Skype Certified" and will be available through Skype's website at a "special promotion" price.
Axis Communications today announced a video server blade and rack solution for professional surveillance installations.
The AXIS 243Q Blade Video Server is specially designed for the AXIS 291 1U rack. It converts video signals from up to four analog cameras into full frame rate, de-interlaced digital video that can be viewed via an IP network. The server delivers 30 frames a second of video per channel, at 4CIF, in MPEG-4 or Motion JPEG compression.
SIPphone, the makers of Gizmo Project, today announced the launch of its web-based VoIP product Gizmo Call, which lets people call any type of landline or mobile phone, anywhere in the world, from any web browser, for free.
No registration or account setup is required for five minutes of calling per day. Users can double the time if they register with an email address. Additional calling time is available by purchasing "Call Out" minutes in $10 increments.
Actiontec Electronics today announced a new generation of VoSKY Exchange, its Skype Certified family of PBX-to-Skype gateways.
VoSKY Exchange is a rack-mountable, PBX voice gateway that adds up to eight outgoing Skype lines to an office PBX without changes to existing PBX or phone equipment.
Vonage today announced a new calling option that provides inbound calling to Vonage subscribers for the price of a local call.
V-Access provides an access number that enables anyone to call any Vonage phone number (or an 800-number) without paying long distance or international fees. Vonage subscribers simply need to select a V-Access number to enable the service. Callers then dial the local access number followed by the Vonage subscriber number to complete a call. Callers pay only for the local call.
This service is currently available in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and the UK at no additional charge to Vonage subscribers.
If you are using Skype for PC-to-landline calls, you soon could find new and additional charges on your account: The company announced that it will be adding a connection fees to every "SkypeOut" call - in exchange for dropping per-minute charges on a new "SkypePro" package.
The change it usage fees is part of a new strategy to offer "a simple, convenient and cost-effective way for consumers worldwide to call landlines and mobiles over the Internet," Skype said in an announcement posted on Thursday. Initially focused on Europe, Skype decided to apply new pricing models to SkypeOut accounts worldwide during the 2007 calendar year.
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