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Sony chases college kids with wireless gadget

Sony is apparently going after the Sidekick generation, preparing a wireless device that will do WiFi, VoIP, Web browsing and IM. The Mylo--short for "My Life OnLine"--will run $350 and include

Microsoft blankets retail with VoIP hardware

OK, carriers. Here comes Microsoft. As part of its Vista operating system rollout (you did know there was a

SPOTLIGHT: VoIP helps docs and patients communicate

It's hard enough for doctors and patients to communicate when they both speak English. Finding a translator in an emergency is even harder. Here's one way VoIP can help, and probably save lives.

ALSO NOTED: Digium gets funded; Does Skype equal VoIP?; and much more...

> Digium, developers of the open-source softswitch Asterisk, just landed $13.2 million in venture funding. Article > In the blog

Better voice quality? Try a better codec.

Lots of people have been trying to improve voice quality on VoIP, mostly paying attention to throughput

Appeals court orders new CALEA hearing

A federal appeals court has ordered another round of hearings about whether VoIP carriers need to heed

Not all VoIP benefits go to customers

A story out of the UK suggests that although telcos are building out their VoIP infrastructure, customers shouldn't start counting on rate cuts. Instead, the article quotes an analyst for

SF Vonage users get E911

Vonage users in San Francisco can now count on emergency services coming when they dial 911. The FCC ordered VoIP carriers two years ago to deploy Enhanced 911 and the

IDC: Microsoft's in VoIP for the applications

IDC has a new report about Microsoft's getting into the VoIP market. It should surprise no one that

SPOTLIGHT: VoIP + Craiglist = Espionage?

Could VoIP and Craigslist be combined for spying? It's not impossible, as a bunch of hackers (in the good sense) are demonstrating.

ALSO NOTED: Filipino agencies heading VoIPward; Black Hat security releases; and much more...

> Filipino government agencies are being told to build out intranets that can carry VoIP. Article

Sprint expands on JV with Time Warner Cable

Sprint Nextel announced a major five-year agreement to expand on its joint venture with Time Warner Cable. The deal sees Sprint provisioning the cable MSO's "digital phone service" in an

Cisco: How to select the right VoIP integrator

Cisco's Unified Communication Implementation Adviser Stephanie Carhee has a few tips on how to choose the best VoIP integrator for your enterprise. Apart from the obvious: "Don't just choose your

New tools help the enterprise secure VoIP

Researchers at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas released 13 new tools that aim to help the enterprise probe for vulnerabilities in their VoIP deployments. The researchers engineered

Telstra gives wVoIP a boost

Telstra has inked a three-year deal with global virtual WiFi network operator iPass to resell the carrier's estimated 1,000 WiFi hotspots around Australia, which may be surprising to any readers

Report: Home-based firms likely to use VoIP

According to a recent report from IDC, home-based firms are are "twice as likely" to adopt VoIP as their fixed phone system than normal householders. According to the researchers, almost 40

SPOTLIGHT: Case study: Subway franchises using VoIP

It's a problem for many young companies, including Les White's Subway franchises: He expanded his eateries from five to 30 but still wanted to maintain a high level of customer service through a

ALSO NOTED: MetaRing to roll out prefix-3 VoIP numbers; Pipe Networks offers VoIP peering service; and much more...

> MetaRing is all set to roll out its prefix-3 VoIP numbers for users in Singapore "with full interconnection capabilities."

Rumor Mill: wVoIP in portable gaming devices

As portable gaming devices take on more and more networking capabilities, it's only a matter of time until VoIP functionality finds its way into them as well: According to rumors floating around

Trend: "Vishing," VoIP phishing on the rise

A recent report from MessageLabs found that VoIP is fast becoming the platform of choice for cybercrooks engaging in phone and email scams. The latest scams make use of an automated voice message