Thursday, June 30, 2011

Skype For Android Gets Video Calling!

Skype For Android
Skype just announced that it has updated the Skype for Android App, adding video calling. Looks like there is a limit to the handsets that the app supports, for now according to Skype. I want to install and test on my Asus EEE Pad and check;

Make free Skype-to-Skype video calls, and call phones at Skype rates on the mov
Make free Skype-to-Skype calls and video calls or call phones and landlines at great Skype rates on the go.

- Free* Skype-to-Skype IM, calls and video calls over 3G or WiFi
- Cheap calls and texts to landlines or mobiles at great Skype rates
- Instant message friends at the same time

* Data plan or WiFi connection required

- Some handsets may not be supported
- You need Android v2.2 to run Skype on a Samsung Galaxy S
- Two way video calling is supported on the following handsets: Google Nexus S, HTC Desire S, Sony Ericsson Xperia neo, Sony Ericsson Xperia pro.

Android Market

Appstore Has More Than 100,000 iPad Apps Now!

100,000 iPad Apps
Looks like Apple developers are going for the iPad exclusive apps. According to Macstories, Apple App store now has more than 100000 apps designated for iPad, the larger cousin of iPhone.
Since Apple iPad came into being in April 2010, (454 days ago,) Apple and it's army of developers have managed to create 100000 iPad destined Apps. These includes apps designed for iPad and iPhone apps re-released with universal updates, which allows apps to run on both the platforms.
Macstories found out that there were 100,161 apps on Appstore when checked with Appstore app on the iPad, as shown above.
Way to go Apple, even though I have discarded my iPad(original) and embraced an Asus EEE Pad Transformer, competition and ideas will always bring in a healthy mobile App ecosystem.

Samsung Files A Complaint Against Apple With ITC.

Samsung vs Apple ITC
Yesterday Samsung has filed a complaint with ITC against Apple regarding some of its products, mostly covering mobile products. The complaint no. 337-2824 indicates following types of products:
Letter to James R. Holbein, Secretary, USITC, requesting that the Commission conduct an investigation under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended regarding Certain Mobile Electronic Devices, Including Wireless Communication Devices, Portable Music and Data Processing Devices, and Tablet Computer . The proposed respondent is Apple Inc., Cupertino, California.

Apple and Samsung used to be cozy industrial partners with Samsung providing chips and chipsets for most of the Apple products. But the relationship soured after Apple went against Samsung, and claimed in a U.S. lawsuit that Samsung’s Galaxy phone and tablet computers “slavishly” copy the iPhone and iPad. Just after Apple lost against Nokia.
Samsung is claiming 5 patents in the dispute and seek to block import of iPhone and iPads in to USA.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

SIP Forum Releases SIPit Interoperability Test Results from SIPit 28 Held In in Huntsville, Alabama

SIPit 28 SIP Interoperability

SIP Forum has released the test results from the latest SIPit event SIPit 28, the SIP interoperability event, was hosted by Digium on April 11–15, 2011 and held at the Jackson Center in Huntsville, Alabama's Research Park. SIPit is organized by the SIP Forum's Test Event Working Group (TEWG) and serves as a "plugfest" for participating companies to perform SIP interoperability testing with other participants in a live network environment. There were 19 companies from 10 countries who participated in the SIPit 28 to test and confirm SIP interoperability this spring. High definition IP video was a key focus at the event and IPv6 support in the industry was also on the rise, the forum noted.

"SIPit28 was one of the smoothest events to date featuring a lot of positive energy and hard work from all involved, We received great feedback from participating companies who were able to glean a good deal of valuable data which provided them a very high return.", said Robert Sparks, chair of the SIP Forum's Test Event Working Group and organizer of SIPit 28.said Robert Sparks, chair of the SIP Forum's Test Event Working Group and organizer of SIPit 28.
Follow the links after the jump.

Following is the press release by SIP Forum.

NORTH ANDOVER, MA (June 27, 2011) - The SIP Forum has announced the results of its latest SIP Interoperability Testing event, SIPit 28, the world's premier interoperability testing event for the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) for application developers, service providers, and IP communications equipment manufacturers, held earlier this spring at Jackson Center in Huntsville, Alabama's Research Park. Hosted by Digium, the five-day testing event once again demonstrated the critical role that Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) plays in today's telecommunications industry while also highlighting the growth, evolution and adoption of SIP services in fixed and mobile IP networks worldwide.

SIPit 28 provided 19 attending companies with valuable "real-world" deployment data gathered from the 40 distinct SIP implementations conducted during the week as participants tested SIP interworking in a variety of simulated, live IP network conditions and settings. Testing exercised the full range of defined transport protocols for SIP, from UDP to TLS over SCTP.

As part of the week-long testing event, which took place April 11-15, participants showed a growing interest in deployment of high definition (HD) video services across global IP networks. Participants executed a number of different telepresence scenarios with intricate SIP signaling, testing for quality of service (QoS), network resiliency and interoperability involving new types of rich media endpoints with IP application servers, SIP proxy servers and session border controllers.

"Rolling out IP video in both enterprise and service provider networks and making it work is a key objective for many operators, equipment makers and application developers in today's telecom world and is something attending companies really focused on at this year's SIPit" said Robert Sparks, chair of the SIP Forum's Test Event Working Group and organizer of SIPit 28.

"We were able to successfully execute a number of testing scenarios that examined different network topologies under a variety of simulated conditions. Participants were able to verify correct behavior of advanced applications in an environment that is very difficult to duplicate without so many different implementations in the same room at the same time."

In addition, IPv6 was also a hot topic in preparation for the industry-wide rollout of this next generation Internet protocol, with many participants uncovering new, positive information surrounding interoperability of IPv6 equipment and services, particularly when implementations use a combination of IPv6 and IPv4 for media and signaling. Across the testing, 68 percent of the implementations at the event supported IPv6 which represented a significant increase from SIPit 27 in 2010 which saw 53 percent of attendees achieve IPv6 support.

A full summary report of SIPit 28 results is available at the SIP Forum website or by clicking here (

"The SIPit events continue to be critically important and popular events for the IP communications industry because they give participants an opportunity to vigorously test implementations of their own IP communications product or service with other members of the telecom community in a non-commercial, real-world testing environment," said Marc Robins, SIP Forum President and Managing Director. "Every time we have a SIPit event, we receive scores of positive feedback about how valuable the testing was to the development of products and services, as well as how useful it is to standards bodies such as the IETF for gaining insight into the growth of SIP and the specific SIP implementations."

SIPit is organized by the SIP Forum's Test Event Working Group (TEWG) and serves as a "plugfest" for participating companies to perform SIP interoperability testing with other participants in a live network environment. Conducted twice a year, with events rotating in the United States, Europe, and Asia, the SIP Forum has hosted 28 events around the globe. In the coming months, the SIP Forum will release details about its next event - SIPit 29 - which will be hosted by ETSI and take place this fall in France. For information about past SIPits, please visit

"SIPit28 was one of the smoothest events to date featuring a lot of positive energy and hard work from all involved," continued Sparks. "We received great feedback from participating companies who were able to glean a good deal of valuable data which provided them a very high return."

SIPit via SIP Forum

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Google Is Activating Half A Million Android Devices A Day Now!

500000 Android Activations a Day! @arubin
According to a Tweet by Andy Rubin, Google is now registering and activating 500,000 Android devices a day.
That is even higher than the numbers of Android Activations Google announced during the Google I/O.
The boost may have come from the slew of Android tablets from Asus (I just got my ASUS EEE Pad Transformer :) Motorola, Acer, Samsung, HTC and others.
I guess it is time to join those 450,000 Android developers and spend some serious time in Android development, because if the trend continues, there will be a few billion Android devices by the end of the year.
I guess it is hype vs Works.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

LulzSec Bids Adieu

LulzSec Bids Adieu
After months (50 days) of mayhem, disruptions, disclosures, chaos, and many other things depending on what camp you are on, LulzSec (Laughing at your security) is dissolving. Via a tweet and a message posted on pastebin;

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  8. Friends around the globe,

  9. We are Lulz Security, and this is our final release, as today marks something meaningful to us. 50 days ago, we set sail with our humble ship on an uneasy and brutal ocean: the Internet. The hate machine, the love machine, the machine powered by many machines. We are all part of it, helping it grow, and helping it grow on us.
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  17. So with those last thoughts, it's time to say bon voyage. Our planned 50 day cruise has expired, and we must now sail into the distance, leaving behind - we hope - inspiration, fear, denial, happiness, approval, disapproval, mockery, embarrassment, thoughtfulness, jealousy, hate, even love. If anything, we hope we had a microscopic impact on someone, somewhere. Anywhere.

  18. Thank you for sailing with us. The breeze is fresh and the sun is setting, so now we head for the horizon.

  19. Let it flow...

  20. Lulz Security - our crew of six wishes you a happy 2011, and a shout-out to all of our battlefleet members and supporters across the globe.
Well Goodbye Lulz
Twitter Announcement
Pastebin Message

Friday, June 24, 2011

FTC_Google : Google Is A Choice! "Say WHat Again FTC?"

Update: Google Engineer / Spam Guru spoke with Bloomberg regarding the FTC notice and the inquiry. Follow the link for the video.

We all saw the news of Google being probed by FTC on anti trust issues. Today Google has confirmed the probe by FTC but the response from Google is basically "What are you looking for, Again?"

"It’s still unclear exactly what the FTC’s concerns are, but we’re clear about where we stand. Since the beginning, we have been guided by the idea that, if we focus on the user, all else will follow. No matter what you’re looking for—buying a movie ticket, finding the best burger nearby, or watching a royal wedding—we want to get you the information you want as quickly as possible. Sometimes the best result is a link to another website. Other times it’s a news article, sports score, stock quote, a video or a map."

It is the exact reason I / we are with Google, Since discovering Google a long time ago, our browsers had Google as the home page.

Google goes further to explain that they are user centric and that they provide the best for the user. As we all know Google marks it's advertisements clearly and separate from other results, which Google makes a point to explain.
But I like the best how Google explained the Transparency;

"Be transparent. We share more information about how our rankings work than any other search engine, through our Webmaster Central site, blog, diagnostic tools, support forum, and YouTube. We also give advertisers detailed information about the ad auction and tips to improve their ad quality scores. We’ve recently introduced even more transparency tools, announcing a major change to our algorithm, providing more notice when a website is demoted due to spam violations, and giving advertisers new information about ads that break our rules."
So as a street kid would say, Google responses with "Bring it on FTC", but with respect. You go Google. If you recall, Microsoft tried an SCO on Google a while ago. May be this is something similar.

Official Google Blog: Supporting choice, ensuring economic opportunity

MobileMe ->> iCloud Transition, A FAQ!

MobileMe to iCloud
As Apple work hard to get iCloud off the ground in to sky, and swatting of trademark flies at the same time, it is preparing users for the transitions. Getting people, or Apple users on iCloud means getting them off the MobileMe, the Apple's not so cloudy previous online services. Lokks like the transition will take place in steps, very large ones. So get familiar with it soon. To get users oriented in right direction and make it easier, Apple published the following FAQ. It does not say how to get off the iCloud, ince you are in :)

"iCloud is Apple’s new cloud service, which stores your music, photos, apps, calendars, and documents and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices. iCloud integrates seamlessly with your apps, so everything happens automatically. iCloud will be free for iOS 5 and OS X Lion users. More information is available at

MobileMe Services

What’s happening to MobileMe?
The core services provided by MobileMe have been rewritten to work seamlessly with iCloud. MobileMe will no longer be available as a paid sync service. If you had an active MobileMe account as of June 6, 2011, your service has been extended through June 30, 2012, at no additional charge. After that date, the MobileMe service will no longer be available.

Following is a list of MobileMe services and whether they will be available or not in iCloud this fall:
MobileMe Service Available in iCloud
Mail Available
Contacts Available
Calendar Available
Bookmarks Available
Find My iPhone Available
Back to My Mac Available
iWeb publishing Unavailable
Gallery Unavailable
iDisk unavailable

In addition, the following new services will be available in iCloud:

  • iTunes in the Cloud
  • Photo Stream
  • Documents in the Cloud
  • Automatic downloads and purchase history for apps and books
  • Backup and restore

Will I be able to keep my MobileMe email address when I move to iCloud?
Yes. If you have an active MobileMe account when you sign up for iCloud, you’ll be able to keep your or email address and move your MobileMe mail, contacts, and calendars, as well as your bookmarks, to the new service. When iCloud becomes available this fall, Apple will provide details and instructions on how to make the move.

Will I be able to access iCloud services on the web?
Yes. Web access to iCloud Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and Find My iPhone will be available at this fall.

What happens to the iWeb sites that I’ve published to MobileMe?
You will be able to continue publishing iWeb sites to MobileMe through June 30, 2012, even after moving to iCloud. With iWeb you can easily move a site published to MobileMe to another web hosting service and you should do so before that date. Please read this article for details.
What happens to the pictures that I’ve posted to my MobileMe Gallery?
You will be able to continue using MobileMe Gallery through June 30, 2012, even after moving to iCloud. You should save copies of all photos published to your Gallery before that date. If you have a Mac, it is likely that most of your Gallery photos are already in iPhoto. If not, you can sync the Gallery photos to your iPhoto library. You can also download your photos and movies from the web. Please read this article for details.

What happens to the files on my MobileMe iDisk?
You will be able to continue using MobileMe iDisk through June 30, 2012, even after moving to iCloud. You should save copies of all files stored on iDisk before that date. Please read this article for details.

What happens to the other sync services I use for my Mac?
Syncing of Mac Dashboard widgets, keychains, Dock items, and System Preferences will not be part of iCloud, but will continue to be available for you to use until you move to iCloud. After you move to iCloud or after June 30, 2012, whichever comes first, those sync services will no longer be available. Other MobileMe services that are not transitioning to iCloud (iWeb publishing, Gallery, and iDisk) will continue to be available through June 30, 2012, even after you move to iCloud.

MobileMe Accounts

If I use different accounts for iTunes and MobileMe, can I merge them into a single account and use it with iCloud?
No. You cannot merge two accounts into one. However, you will be able to move your MobileMe account ( to iCloud and, if you choose, you can continue to use a different iTunes account for store purchases and iTunes in the Cloud.

I currently use more than 5GB of storage in MobileMe. Will I be able to buy more storage for iCloud?
Yes. iCloud includes 5GB of free storage for mail, documents, and backup, which should be enough for most users. Purchased music, apps, and books do not count against this 5GB of storage, nor do the photos in your Photo Stream. If you still need more storage, you will be able to buy it. Details will be provided when iCloud is available this fall.

Can I upgrade my MobileMe account to a Family Pack or buy more MobileMe storage?
You can no longer upgrade your individual account to a Family Pack account or buy additional MobileMe storage. However, if you already have a Family Pack subscription, you can still create new family member accounts.

Can Family Pack members move their MobileMe accounts separately to iCloud?
Yes. The master account holder and each family member can move their individual accounts whenever they like, as long as they do so before June 30, 2012.

I purchased a MobileMe box and have not used the activation code inside. How do I get a refund for it?
If you have an unused activation code from a MobileMe box, you can submit a refund request.

Can I cancel my MobileMe subscription and receive a refund?
You can cancel your service at any time and receive a prorated refund for the unused portion of your paid subscription. The free extension will not be included in the proration. When you cancel, all MobileMe services, including mail and syncing of contacts and calendars, will stop working, and your data will be removed from MobileMe.

Skype For iPad, Looks Real ! [Video]

Skype For iPad
According to razorianfly, Skype posted a video about Skype for iPad on YouTube and took it down. They have a screen cap to show the Skype youtube site showing the video. Here is the video upped by razorianfly. The app seems to fine and it it is true, I am sure all those millions of iPad users will embrace it.


Hacking Spreads To Road Signs, And Jalopnik-Rules

Jalopnic Road Sign Hack
With all these high end hacking like LulzSec making you wonder where we are going, there are some hack I don't mind seeing. They reminds me of childhood franks we used do. Annoying but harmless except thy might hide an important message.
It all started when Jalopnik posted an article how to hack electronic road signs. Even though they warned not to try that at home, (Of course there are no road signs at home, unless you are homeless and living on the street), people took to hacking road signs.
I don't know what to say about these hacks but they did certainly made me laugh!

LulzSec Keeping Media And Others Busy

In these busy days LulzSec seem to be busy as well. Then the media are even busier trying to decipher what "LulzSec" is and law enforcement offices around the world trying to catch them or busy telling us that they did. Just Google for LulzSec and you will see the news!
All the while "Lulz Boat" on Twitter keep sailing with news bits, like the lately leaked Arizona Law Enforcement documents. I have not seen the documents but I did read the BoingBoing's analysis of the documents.
Of all the information that was on boingboing, I had to laugh at aluminum foil protection of cell phones at all times to prevent them being accessed [find my iphone and wiping the data] or or from transmitting. (I guess they forgot to tell, if the phone is from AT&T to leave them alone)
Then there was information on other phone tools like Cop Recorder, Trapster.
It is hard to decide whether to laugh or cry.
You should at least read the BB report.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Major Asterisk SCF Build System Changes Introduced.

Asterisk SCF Build System
Yesterday Kevin Fleming, Digium's Director of Software Technologies, posted to Mailing list that he has introduced some major changes to the build system.
Asterisk SCF (Asterisk Scalable Communications Framework) was introduced to the Asterisk community at the Astricon 2010

"On Monday afternoon I merged a significant set of improvements to the Asterisk SCF build system, and along with that there were a number of changes in each of the component repositories to take advantage of the improvements. This message documents the new features (and caveats) of this improved build system:"
There is a long list of the improvements and changes, if you have not subscribed to the mailing list, follow the link below to read the post in it's entirety.
Asterisk SCF Dev

Priority Call Filter For Android, Will Keep Your Mom Near And The Rest Away!

Priority Call Filter For Android,
If you have ever got calls at wrong time, woken you up from a well deserved slumber, you know the feeling, "Who the %&*^&*& calling me at this time?" May be like I do, turn the phone off when I really want to sleep, only to miss a call from my Mom, who lives on another continent. So what do we do?
People with Android phones have a solution, Priority Call Filter For Android, will save your day. You can select any number of your contacts to ring or text through you off time, like, you can setup so that your Mom or Boss will always will ring through and your pesky cousin will be able reach you only during your free times. Calls are not sent directly to voicemail. They just behave like normal calls but only silenced.
I like the app and think it is well worth the $1.
Disclaimer, we have no affiliations to the app nor the maker of the app.

Android Market via Gizmodo

Facebook At 750 Million Users?

Facebook User count
Techcrunch is reporting that, Facebook now has reached 750 users, (according to Facebook user count metric, a user who has logged in during last 30 days.) according to a undisclosed source close to the Facebook.
Last time the official count announcement was when the user base reaches 500 million users.

Software Patents And The Associated Legal Implications! "A Generation of Software Patents"

Software patent lawsuits.

A Generation of Software Patents
A paper by Boston University's James Bessen, "A Generation of Software Patents" takes one through the current state of patents and 20 years of it's journey while introducing you to the ridiculous state of patent affairs. After researching through a generation of software patents, from award of a patent (patent 5,440,676, Alappat) to the expiration of the same, the researcher concludes, that "software patents have 'NOT' provided a net social benefit in the software industry." (a major omission by me 'NOT' was discovered by reader Michael)
Link to the complete paper at the end of the article. Read it and educate yourself.

This report examines changes in the patenting behavior of the software industry since the 1990s. It finds that most software firms still do not patent, most software patents are obtained by a few large firms in the software industry or in other industries, and the risk of litigation from software patents continues to increase dramatically. Given these findings, it is hard to conclude that software patents have provided a net social benefit in the software industry.


In 1994, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided in In re Alappat that an invention that had a novel software algorithm combined with a trivial physical step was eligible for patent protection. This ruling opened the way for a large scale increase in patenting of software. Alappat and his fellow inventors were granted patent 5,440,676, the patent at issue in the appeal, in 1995. That patent expired in 2008. In other words, we have now experienced a full generation of software patents. The Alappat decision was controversial, not least because the software industry had been highly innovative without patent protection. In fact, there had long been industry opposition to patenting software. Since the 1960s, computer companies opposed patents on software, first, in their input to a report by a presidential commission in 19664 and then in amici briefs to the Supreme Court in Gottschalk v. Benson in 1972 (they later changed their views). Major software firms opposed software patents through the mid-1990s. Perhaps more surprising, software developers themselves have mostly been opposed to patents on software. Surveys of software developers in 1992 and 1996 reported that most were opposed to patents.

A Generation of Software Patents

Wyoming Selects Google Apps For Government, Adds Another First To The State History!

Wyoming GoogleApps
You have heard of Los Angeles City putting all it's entire work force under GMail for communications, State of Wyoming has gone one step up and further. Wyoming has put it's entire work force of state workers on Google Cloud, actually Google Apps on the cloud! To be specific, Google Apps for Governments.
When I first visited Wyoming with a campus research team, I was awed by the wast fields of farms and and almost no people. We traveled through Montana into Wyoming to visit Yellow Stone Park (First National Park) and I was more than awed. We spent a quite a long time in the park and had the opportunity to work with state and park personnel. It was one of the best times I had in college.
So when I read the Governor Matt Mead's post on Google Enterprise blog, all those memories came pouring in!, even to make plans to visit the Yellow Stone with my partner who has not been there, yet!
Governor Mead believes that it will save a lot by bringing the state workers to Google Apps for Government. Google also has a feather on it's cap as this is the first state to adopt to cloud riding. Perhaps it will help Google to convince other Governors to do the same. From what Governor of Wyoming had to say proves how convinced he was!

Hello from the great State of Wyoming. We have some exciting news: our entire state government has gone Google. Wyoming is the first state in the country to make this transition. I am extremely proud to say that we are early adopters and this continues a long tradition of Wyoming firsts -- where Wyoming leads the way. Wyoming was the first state in the country where women voted. We also have the first National Park, Yellowstone, and first National Monument, Devils Tower. We had the first woman governor too. Join us online today at 8:00am MT/7:00am PT to view the live event as we make the announcement.
Good luck Wyoming, enjoy the cloud and be more productive.

Official Google Enterprise Blog: Wyoming adds another first - now the first to go Google

Motorola Atrix 4G To Get Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) Update.

Motorola Atrix 4G To Get Gingerbread
Looks like AT&T and Motorola are finally getting to deliver the Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) update to the for the phone I want to have, Motorola Atrix 4G.
The update supposed to bring a whole slew of improvements but personally, I hope they keep the Moto Blur away!
Here is what Briefmobile had to say;

"The update will bring Android 2.3.3 to users on AT&T with a new and improved Motorola Blur skin. Sideloading will be enabled as per AT&T’s new ruling on the issue. Of course, Motorola’s packed some major features into this update including, but not limited to: overscroll glow, application grouping, re-built main applications, downloads management, an improved camera, better power management, a re-done keyboard, and some nifty new animations."


Echoprint, A Free And Open Source Music Fingerprinting Service From Echo Nest!

Echoprint from Echo Nest

Echo Nest, a provider of music intelligence services to many media apps and companies, announced an open source music fingerprinting service (Music Identification service) named Echoprint.
Echo Nest has teamed up with 7digital and MusicBrainz and launched a 13 million strong song catalog. The catalog is expected to grow wide and deep with public and user involvements.
Sharzan, which raised $32 million recently provides a similar service but it is closed. With Echoprint, developers will be able t let users recognize music plying around them for free. The code is open source and developers could use it as they want. The only restriction is that any music fingerprinted, to be contributed back to the community.

Press Release;

SOMERVILLE, MA, NEW YORK, NY June 23, 2011 - The Echo Nest, a music intelligence company powering smarter music applications for leading media companies and thousands of independent developers, has released the world's first fully open-source music fingerprint service to include everything developers need to help music fans identify songs on the go: Echoprint. The Echo Nest is partnering with 7digital to launch with a resolvable catalog of 13 million songs, an amount that will continue to grow with other partners and with the help of the community.

With Echoprint, any app developer can help music fans identify the music is playing around them, for free. Once a highly-proprietary technology, music identification now belongs to the community at large.

Music identification apps regularly rank among the most popular paid offerings in the iTunes, Android, and other app stores. Every music fan wants to identify the songs they hear, read up on the artists who made them, and tag them for future listening or purchase. They also want everything their personal music collections to be properly labeled. Thanks to the open-source Echoprint, music fans will get both of these things within a much wider variety of apps.

Echoprint is a fully open-source, end-to-end music fingerprinter with its own large reference catalog. Unlike expensive, proprietary alternatives, the open-source Echoprint will improve as developers and the users of those developer’s apps expose it to new music. The Echo Nest’s partners have been using Echoprint for 18 months already, and as open-source software, it will revolutionize music apps of all kinds.

“Music fingerprinting should belong to the Internet,” said Brian Whitman, co-founder and CTO of The Echo Nest. “It should be a service that every developer can rely on without worrying about licensing fees or complicated database implementations. The Echo Nest is uniquely positioned to open its best-in-class fingerprinting technology and music resolution data to the public. Any music experience, from a streaming cloud service to a social music game can now immediately include music recognition. We’re giving people the client and server along with the data, and we can’t wait to see what they build with this.”

“Through the many partnerships that run on the 7digital platform, we have learned that consumers have no problem paying for music if the experience is simple and convenient. When music fans hear something they love, they want to know what it is and make an easy purchase of that track or album. Echoprint and 7digital combined gives developers the tools to identify music from any source and then provide an easy way for users to buy that music. This open-source option will help companies to help solve the problem of accurate song identification,” said Ben Drury, CEO of 7digital. “7digital's catalog has been a part of The Echo Nest’s API suite since last fall, and Echoprint is a great extension of that relationship. We both believe that adding new tools for application developers promotes more creative music services and better options for consumers.”

The Echo Nest expects a proliferation of music apps to spring from the open-source Echoprint -- not just for identifying music, but also for building social networks, location services, and other technologies on the knowledge about what song is playing. The Echo Nest is pleased to offer this technology for app developers and, by extension, music fans everywhere, who will soon find it much easier to learn about the music playing around them. And thanks to a partnership with the open music encyclopedia MusicBrainz, dozens of existing music resolving apps will shortly become Echoprint-aware.

“I’m excited to see The Echo Nest and MusicBrainz join forces to bring the first fully open source fingerprinting solution to market. This cooperation combines advanced music technology and applies crowd source principles to create the best fingerprinting solution today.” says MusicBrainz Founder, Robert Kaye.

For access to The Echo Nest's open-source Echoprint music fingerprinter, developers can follow links from

About The Echo Nest
The Echo Nest is a music intelligence company that connects the greatest application developers to the best data and music to enable the next generation of music experiences. Powered by the world’s only machine learning system that actively reads about and listens to music everywhere on the web, The Echo Nest opens up a massive repository of dynamic music data to application developers ranging from one-person operations to the largest media companies in the world. Over 200 music applications have been built on its platform to date. The Echo Nest’s customers reach over 100,000,000 music fans.

The Echo Nest was co-founded by two MIT Media Lab PhDs. Winner of four National Science Foundation SBIR grants, The Echo Nest’s investors include Matrix Partners and Commonwealth Capital Ventures, Argos Management and three co-founders of MIT Media Lab. For more information, visit

HTC EVO 4G+ Might Land On Sprint Shelves.

HTC Evo 4G+
Looking just like HTC Evo 3D, the rumored HTC Evo 4G slated to be available on Sprint it seems. The twin 5MP cameras have been replaced with a single 8MP camera in the back and there is a 1.3MP front facing camera. The 4.3" qHD display supported by HTC Sense is supported by 1,2GHz Snapdragon processor and 2GB memory.

The official HTC Evo 4G+ page (Korean)

Android Phones Get HuluPlus

HuluPlus On Android Devices.
HuluPlus the premium Hulu service now available on Android, namely sis of them at the moment. Nexus One, Nexus S, HTC Inspire 4G, Motorola Droid II, Motorola Droid X and the Motorola flagship, Motorola Atrix.
Hulu says this is just the beginning and this is the initial batch and that they will be adding more Android Phones through out the year.
If you have a compatible device, you can download the HuluPlus app from Android Market. To use the service, you need the $7.99 a month subscription.
Android Market

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Apple Gets iPhone Patent : Spells Trouble For Other Phones, Android, Windows Etc

iPhone patent
USPTO has awarded the patent Apple has been after for years, the iPhone patent was awarded yesterday and it is so broad that, if exercised, it could drive all other phones off the US soil, at least.
"A computer-implemented method, for use in conjunction with a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display, comprises displaying a portion of page content, including a frame displaying a portion of frame content and also including other content of the page, on the touch screen display. An N-finger translation gesture is detected on or near the touch screen display. In response, the page content, including the displayed portion of the frame content and the other content of the page, is translated to display a new portion of page content on the touch screen display. An M-finger translation gesture is detected on or near the touch screen display, where M is a different number than N. In response, the frame content is translated to display a new portion of frame content on the touch screen display, without translating the other content of the page. "
Yes that is just the beginning, you can follow the patent link to get more information.
"This patent covers a kind of functionality without which it will be hard to build a competitive smartphone, Unless this patent becomes invalidated, it would allow Apple to stifle innovation and bully competitors." Florian Mueller, and his blog, lately we have been refering in all cases of current patent issues, have told PCMag.
U.S. patent number 7,966,578 via PCMAG

Orange Business Services, SITA Joins To Build A Managed Cloud Computing Infrastructure.

Orange SITA Cloud
In the age of everyone jumping on the cloud bandwagon, two more fields of communications and IT have joined hands to bring alive a cloud infrastructure. Orange Business Services, a global integrated communications service provider for businesses, and SITA, a air transport industry IT specialist, have agreed to jointly build a managed cloud computing infrastructure.
The joint effort will deliver the cloud services to a core customer base of multinational enterprises and players in the air transport industry. One of the important goals of the partnership is to achieve no more than 100 milliseconds of latency between their customers and the cloud.

"“By working for so many years with SITA, we know that the air transport industry is highly demanding. Therefore partnering on a managed cloud computing infrastructure is real-world proof that Orange Business Services can deliver the same high-performance, high-security cloud services to its multinational customers. The ambition of Orange Business Services is to make it easy for customers to access the IT resources they need by providing a one-stop-shop for a range of cloud computing services. By taking an integrated approach, Orange Business Services can deliver network and IT with end-to-end service level commitments wherever our customers do business. Thanks to this joint infrastructure, we will bring increasingly varied and flexible cloud services to the international market like never before, providing the global reach and the reliability our customers need to catch the promises cloud computing can deliver. It is a key milestone in our ambition on the cloud computing market.” voiced Vivek Badrinath, chief executive officer, Orange Business Services"

Earlier, Orange partnered with Cisco, EMC and VMware to form Flexible 4 Business, an alliance offering comprehensive, end-to-end cloud computing services.
You can find more details about the venture in the following press release;

SITA and Orange Business Services join forces to build a global cloud computing infrastructure

Managed cloud infrastructure to deliver secure and highly available cloud computing services to the air transport industry and to multinational enterprises around the globe

Brussels – June 22, 2011 – SITA, the air transport industry IT specialist, and Orange Business Services, the leading global integrated communications service provider for businesses, have agreed to jointly build a global, high performance, managed cloud computing infrastructure. Each partner will use this infrastructure to deliver its cloud services portfolio to its markets with added global reach, reliability and minimum latency.

The cloud computing infrastructure will be based on six seamlessly interconnected Tier III+ and Tier IV data centers in five continents, in Atlanta, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney. Each data center will cover its respective region and will be interconnected via Orange’s high-speed MPLS network. Over this infrastructure, Orange Business Services and SITA will offer their individual portfolio of cloud computing services, encompassing infrastructure as-a-service, platform as-a-service, desktop as-a-service, and software as-a-service. Both Orange Business Services and SITA will continue to own the service relationships with their end customers.

The infrastructure will deliver high performance cloud computing services globally. Network connections between the data centers are secured with premium levels of protection against malicious threats. Highly resilient service is ensured through redundant connections, failover sites, and network-based intelligent re-routing that can transfer traffic around any disruptions, leading to significantly higher performance levels between the data centers. The two companies are aiming to achieve no more than 100 milliseconds of latency when their customers are operating their applications in the cloud.

Rollout of the infrastructure has already started with the data centers of Atlanta, Frankfurt and Singapore being fully operational in Q1 2012 and all six data centers in Q3 2012.

The scope and reliability of this cloud infrastructure speak to the current needs of Orange Business Services’ and SITA’s customers, who are looking for sophisticated cloud computing engagements that can equally cover the global nature of their operations and deliver high performance.

Francesco Violante, chief executive officer, SITA, said: “SITA has a successful 60-year track record of working solely for the air transport community, taking a long-term view and investing for the industry’s future. The globally managed network delivered to our customers as well as our industry knowledge provides the foundation for our investment in the air transport industry (ATI) Cloud. SITA continues to have a successful partnership with Orange Business Services, built on our network business. Cloud computing is a network-centric concept so when we were looking for a partner to build the infrastructure for the ATI Cloud, we knew it would be strategic to partner with a global operator. Orange Business Services was the obvious choice. Sharing the building and operation of the infrastructure brings economies of scale to both companies. Only by working together are we able to bring a fully formed, high-end cloud computing infrastructure that can meet the complex and global requirements of the air transport industry.”

Vivek Badrinath, chief executive officer, Orange Business Services, said: “By working for so many years with SITA, we know that the air transport industry is highly demanding. Therefore partnering on a managed cloud computing infrastructure is real-world proof that Orange Business Services can deliver the same high-performance, high-security cloud services to its multinational customers. The ambition of Orange Business Services is to make it easy for customers to access the IT resources they need by providing a one-stop-shop for a range of cloud computing services. By taking an integrated approach, Orange Business Services can deliver network and IT with end-to-end service level commitments wherever our customers do business. Thanks to this joint infrastructure, we will bring increasingly varied and flexible cloud services to the international market like never before, providing the global reach and the reliability our customers need to catch the promises cloud computing can deliver. It is a key milestone in our ambition on the cloud computing market.”

Today’s strategic agreement between Orange Business Services and SITA builds upon a long-standing relationship between the two companies, aimed at broadening their respective offerings and establishing innovating communication services for airlines, airports and other participants in the air transport industry.
Press Contacts:

Estelle Assaf, Orange Business Services, estelle.assaf[at], +33 1 55 54 00 05

Elizabeth Mayeri, Orange Business Services, elizabeth.mayeri
[at], +1 212 251 2086

Héloïse Rothenbühler, Orange, service.presse
[at], +33 1 44 44 93 93

Quentin Browell, SITA, quentin.browell
[at], +41 78 600 7902

Charlie Pryor, Leidar, charlie.pryor
[at], +44 20 7031 8270

Dutch Net Neutrality, The Way It Supposed To Be

Dutch Net Neutrality
Network operators in the Netherlands will no longer be able to charge customers for using rival messaging or VoIP Services like Skype and similar.
The Dutch parliament approved a Net Neutrality bill forcing mobile Internet providers to let customers use Skype and other rival services on their networks without charging extra or giving preferential treatment to their own offerings.
While network operators, Vodafone ( VOD), T-Mobile and the Royal KPN ( KPN) NV lobbied against the bill and whined about higher consumer prices and not being able to provide quality assurance, the Dutch parliament voted to end traffic discrimination.
The Dutch Government's move is first of it's kind in EU! But the Chilean government has beaten the Dutch for being the first, according to Engadget.

Sarasota and Bradenton, Florida Gets Verizon 4G LTE

Verizon 4G LTE
Sarasota and Brandenton joins Miami, W. Palm Beach, Tampa Bay, Orlando and other Florida cities under the Verizon 4G LTE umbrella. Verizon Wireless announced in an statement to the press.
Verizon expects average data rates in real-world, loaded network environments to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.
Furthermore Fort Myers, Daytona Beach, Lakeland and Winter Haven will also receive the 4G LTE coverage by the end of 2011.

Press release


TAMPA, FL — The nation’s fastest and most advanced 4G LTE (Fourth Generation/Long-Term Evolution) wireless network will be available to customers in the core areas of Sarasota and Bradenton in 2011, Verizon Wireless announced today.

Sarasota and Bradenton will join Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tampa Bay, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Gainesville as well as along Duval Street in Key West and in the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, as Florida markets that offer Verizon Wireless 4G LTE services.

Other Florida markets scheduled to launch 4G LTE by the end of 2011 include Fort Myers, Daytona Beach, Lakeland and Winter Haven. Verizon Wireless expects to complete its 4G LTE wireless network throughout Florida and across the country by 2013.

4G LTE provides wireless consumers access to services up to 10 times faster than the company’s industry-leading 3G network. With this latest progression of wireless technology, the company expects average data rates in real-world, loaded network environments to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.

These speeds will allow for smooth mobile video-conferencing, multiple simultaneous video streams, speedy transfer of large files, downloading and running of powerful programs, and numerous other applications to improve efficiency and productivity wirelessly.

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE technology also will improve coverage strength inside buildings, as it runs on a powerful 700 megahertz wireless frequency.

“Florida customers already have a lot of wireless power in their hands with 4G LTE, and this announced expansion in Sarasota-Bradenton will add to that,” said Pam Tope, Florida region president of Verizon Wireless. “We’re proud to bring this superior technology to wireless customers in more areas across the state.”

Florida customers will be able to access 4G LTE services on a suite of new devices including smartphones from HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; tablets from Motorola and Samsung; a MiFi from Novatel Wireless and a mobile hotspot from Samsung; two notebooks from HP; and wireless modems from LG and Pantech.

All the 4G LTE devices are “backward compatible” and – when not in a 4G LTE coverage area –provide access to the Verizon Wireless 3G network, which already covers 98 percent of Florida’s population and landmass.

Verizon Wireless’ 700 MHz spectrum gives the company specific advantages with 4G, including improved in-building penetration and a contiguous, nationwide network footprint. The company is building its 4G LTE network with the same commitment to performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized. Verizon Wireless’ laser focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year.

Visit for more information on Verizon Wireless 3G and 4G LTE networks, products and services.

Google Goggles Does Russian Now

Google Goggles Understands and translated Russian

The new optical character recognition (OCR) and translation of Russian in Google Goggles introduced last week’s Inside Search event, is getting some new features.
Ever since Google Goggles was launched in 2009, it has been able to recognize and translate texts from several languages, as long as they were using Latin characters. With the introduction of Russian in to the mix, Goggles adds Cyrillic characters to the mix.
So now the Goggles is able to take a picture containing Russian text and translate the text to over 40 languages.Google search App for iOS has the Russian OCR.For those who have enabled search history on Goggles, and provided that you chose to share the location info with Google, you will be able to visualize your searches on Google Map View, a new feature added to the Google Goggles.
Another feature, that I find very useful is the ability to take a snap of a sign, grab the text on the sign, be it a phone number or street sign (No parking from x to x, I live on a busy street in an equally busy area.) and email it to me. Normally I usually add those no parking days to my calendar manually, now it will be automated!
So get Google Goggles 1.5 from Android Market, or scan the QR code below with your Android phone. iOS users can use Google Search App to use Russian translation.Google Goggles learns Russian and gets a new view - Official Google Mobile Blog

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

California Public Utilities Commission Votes To Investigate AT&T/T-Mobile Merger.

CA PUC Votes To Investigate AT&T-T-Mobile Merger
California PUC, Public Utilities Commission have voted 3 to 2 in favor of investigation the AT&T / T-Mobile merger.
As a part of the investigation, the PUC will hold public workshops in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Central Valley and Orange County this July. The commission will forward the finding to FCC.
PUC Statement Via Speedmatters

Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office, Makes Opening Of Files In The Cloud A Breeze.

Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office
If you are user of both Google DOcs and Microsoft office, Google Apps team has given a you simple but very important gift today, according to Google Docs Blog. Now you can open any Office file stored in Google Docs directly from within Microsoft Office.

The action will bring up a dialog listing all the documents that can be opened with the current application you invoked the download. Like, if you were working in Microsoft Word, all the Microsoft Word files available in Google Docs will be listed and ready to be downloaded and opened.

LodSys Challanged By Novell On Two Core Patents.

Novell Challenges LodSys
Novell, one of the ten companies to be sued by LodSys in February has responded by challenging two core patents of LodSys, one of which LodSys used to sue those little app developers. Novell denied Lodsys's claims, and also brought counterclaims, requesting declaratory judgment of invalidity (and non-infringement) of Lodsys's two core patents,
Novell joins Brother and Lenovo in bringing counterclaims and seven other seeking declaratory judgment against LodSys. The first company to request Declaratory judgment was by Foresee Results, representing companies sued by LodSys.
As usual, you can read more about the issue at FOSS Patents.

The Final Maintenance Release From The 1.4 Branch, Asterisk 1.4.42-rc2 Released

Asterisk 1.4.42-rc2

The Asterisk Development Team has announced the second release candidate of Asterisk 1.4.42, the final maintenance release from the 1.4 branch. Support for Asterisk 1.4 branch's security related issues will continue for one additional year.(For more information Asterisk support for various branches could be found at Asterisk Versions

The release of Asterisk 1.4.42-rc2 resolves several issues reported by the community and would have not been possible without your participation.

The following is a sample of the issues resolved in this release candidate:

  • Resolve regression with ring groups in the Dial() application (Closes issue ASTERISK-17874. Reported by mspuhler. Patched by elguero)
  • Resolve deadlock when using tab completion on the 'meetme kick' CLI command when an invalid (non-existent) conference room is specified. (Closes issue ASTERISK-17771. Reported, patched by zvision)
  • Resolve issue where voice frames could be dropped when checking for T.38 during early media. (Closes issue ASTERISK-17705. Reported, patched by oej)
  • Resolve issue where DYNAMIC_FEATURES would not activate after a recent DTMF fix. (Closes issue ASTERISK-17914. Reported by vrban. Patched by twilson)

For a full list of changes in this release candidate is available on the ChangeLog:
Asterisk 1.4.42-rc2 is available for immediate download at Asterisk Downloads.

LulzSec Says We Were Not Arrested In UK

LulzSec Say We Are Still Free
This morning there were news that said UK's Police Computer e-Crime Unit (PCeU) has arrested a 19-year-old man in Wickford, Essex, in connection with LulzSec misdeeds against CIA, SONY, and PBS, that we heard for last few months.
In either case as Slashdot puts it, LulzSec had poured "Cloud Water" on the news saying that they are still free. Via Their Twitter account they also announced that they had nothing to do with stolen UK senses data that someone posted on pastebin;
"Just saw the pastebin of the UK census hack. That wasn't us — don't believe fake LulzSec releases unless we put out a tweet first" LulzSec Twitter.
Via Slashdot

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fonality Becomes A Gold Sponsor Of ITEXPO WEST 2011

TMC announced today that Fonality has become the latest Gold sponsoer of ITEXPO WEST 2011 to be held in Austin, TX at the Austin Convention Center, Septermber 13 to 15th. ITEXPO is the conference and trade show is the best attended Communications and VoIP IP Telephony trade show, be it either west or east.

NORWALK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TMC today announced that Fonality, North America’s fastest growing business communications company, has signed on to become a platinum sponsor of their ITEXPO conference and trade show, September 13-15, at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.
ITEXPO is the world’s largest and best-attended communications and technology trade show. ITEXPO West is currently ranked as the No. 3 fastest-growing event on Trade Show Executive Magazine’s Fastest 50 List. TMC expects to accelerate ITEXPO West’s growth by bringing the show to Austin, one of the fast-growing technology hubs in the U.S.

“ITEXPO is the industry’s leading venue for cloud-based and open source telephony solutions for enterprises and SMBs,” said Fonality CTO Rick Bushell. “We’re looking forward to interacting with the thousands of attendees who come to ITEXPO to show how Fonality’s solutions can help small- to mid-size businesses communicate smarter, faster and more affordably.”

Designed for small and mid-size companies, Fonality offers VoIP, Unified Communications (UC) and contact center solutions that are easy to use, simple to manage, and affordable to deploy. Fonality’s cloud-based model provides advanced features and services without the costly hardware, infrastructure or lengthy implementation cycles offered by legacy providers.

Total cost of ownership is dramatically reduced by 50 percent, or more, while users enjoy access to powerful communications capabilities typically associated with Fortune 500 firms. Fonality’s Head’s Up Display (HUD) UC dashboard offers presence based capabilities to seamlessly help manage voice, e-mail and chat dialogue and ensure users can reach the right person, with the right information, every time.

“Fonality serves a large and rapidly-growing community of users, who come to ITEXPO to learn more about the latest advancements in the industry,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO and conference chairman for TMC. “Fonality has made significant contributions to ITEXPO over the years, and we’re looking forward to working together once again at ITEXPO in Austin.”
Registration for ITEXPO is now open.

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available, contact TMC’s Joe Fabiano (203-852-6800 x132) for more information. Members of the media can reserve press credentials by contacting Todd Keefe at For Immediate Release PR.

SIP/IP Trunking Market Report & Forecast 2010 For UK
Research & Markets has published “UK IP/SIP Trunking Market Report & Forecast 2011”, a report and forecast on SIP, SIP trunking etc. SIP Trunking is experiencing a sharp growth in UK. The 20 page report carries a wealth of information to interested parties. Below is the table of contents and the press release;

1 Executive Summary

2 Market Definitions

3 Market Forecast

4 Market Dynamics
4.1 Strategies
4.1.1 Hosted Enablement
4.1.2 PBX Manufacture teaming
4.1.3 ISDN Replacement
4.1.4 Cloud Communications/Computing
4.1.5 Business Continuity
4.1.6 PBX Enhancement
4.2 Vendor Propositions
4.2.1 The Changing Proposition
4.2.2 IP-PBX Interoperability
4.3 Relationship to PSTN/ISDN dynamics
4.4 Pricing
4.4.1 Pricing Comparisons

5 UK SIP Trunking Service Providers

6 Challenges to Growth

7 Technology Factors
7.1 Access & QoS
7.2 Gateways
7.2.1 Interop with ITSPs
7.2.2 Survivability
7.2.3 The Future of Gateways
7.2.4 Gateway Vendors

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "UK IP/SIP Trunking Market Report & Forecast 2011" report to their offering.

“UK IP/SIP Trunking Market Report & Forecast 2011”

As the market for IP trunking breaks 231,000, and the UK trunking market enters a period of sharp growth. illume launches its 2011 UK IP/SIP Trunking Market report and forecast. As usual illume provides a unique insight into the market, based on its regular market interviews and quarterly industry survey. The report is authored by Matthew Townend and highlights include:

  • Market Forecast (2010 - 2013)
  • Market Dynamics (Strategies, Vendor Propositions and Pricing)
  • Identification of the UK's SIP Trunking Providers
  • Challenges to growth
  • Technology factors (QoS, Gateways, Broadband etc)

This 20 page report provides insight into the current market numbers and likely growth over the next 3 years. illume has also undertaken a detailed review of the current service provider propositions and strategies. As customers and providers look at SIP Trunking as a possible recession proof service the purchase of this report will enable its readers to gain a better understanding of the market opportunity that really exists.

To purchase the report click the "Buy Now button" and proceed to check out where you can select your preferred method of payment. After payment has been made you will be emailed your UK IP/SIP Trunking Market Report & Forecast 2011 as a PDF file within 24 hours.

For more information visit


Research and Markets
Laura Wood, Senior Manager
U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907
Fax (outside U.S.): +353-1-481-1716

Seesmic Drops BlackBerry Support!

No Seesmic For BlackBerry
Looks like BlackBerry lost one of the best twitter clients. Seesmic via a cheeky tweet announced that the Seesmic for Blackberry will go away by June 30th!;
"Effective June 30th, Seesmic will discontinue support for Blackberry in order to focus development efforts on our most popular mobile platforms: Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7.

We encourage those effected by this change to try out Seesmic for Android, iOS and Windows Phone 7, as well as Seesmic Desktop and Web."
Yes run and buy a phone, even a windows phone 7!
Via Twitter

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Clear Any Question About Clear Service Or Clear Product With Clear FAQ

If you are a customer of Clear or planing to be, clear any questions that you have about a Clear service or Clear product by visiting Clear FAQ.
Anything about CLEAR, be it about compatible equipment, Installation, activation or Billing services, it is covered there. But I did not see a CLEAR Coverage map there.

Friday, June 17, 2011

AdhearsionConf 2.0 Is Coming To San Francisco In October.

AdhearsionConf 2.0 Is Coming To San Francisco In October.
If you are an Adhearsion fan, user or just want to learn about it, this is a golden opportunity for you.
The AdhearsionConf 2.0 will take place at the the offices of NextSpace SF, on the corner of 2nd and Market, in the midst or thick of things in San Francisco. The conference will be held on the weekend of October 8th - 9th.
This is what Mojolingo team (bklang) had to say about the conference;

"The speaking agenda is still being organized, but some topics we know will be covered:
  • Advancements of the Adhearsion framework since last year
  • Adhearsion on the ground and in the cloud (premise vs. cloud)
  • Talks from several people who have interesting Adhearsion installations
  • An exciting announcement that will scale Adhearsion, and Ruby telephony in general, far beyond its current state

We are still looking for speakers, so if you have something you want to share with the community, please fill out our speaker response form.

If you are involved in, or even just curious about Ruby telephony, you need to be at AdhearsionConf. Registration will open soon. Stay tuned!"


FTC Approves Microsoft Skype Deal!

FTC Approves Microsoft Skype Deal!
The long waited and most discussed tech deal in the recent past has got approval from The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today. The unprecedented $8.5 Billion dollar deal has made people wonder about the feasibility of the deal. Most thought this will be the end of M$ big honcho Steve Ballmer. Well now we have to wait and see.
Microsoft already got the blame for Skype's recent spotty service, even though it had nothing to do with Microsoft.
We can in any case expect Skype to pop up in all things Microsoft like XBox, outlook and possibly it's partners.
We will just have to see, if Microsoft can Kill Skype but who is there to take the place? Google Voice? Possibly.

Apple Forgets Nokia Defeat, Goes Against Samsung, Even Harder!

Apple To Samsung, You Are A Copycat
Apple forgetting about Nokia defeat, seem to be going strongly against Samsung. Apple has withdrawn 2 of the original patents and added three, bringing total of eight patents tot the count. The amendments assert more intellectual property violations and patents. According to FOSS Patents, the amended complaint also stresses the uniqueness of all of this:

Before Apple’s introduction of the first iPhone product, no other company was offering a phone with these features. Prior mobile phones were often bulkier and contained physical keypads. Some had a rocker-style navigation button and sets of buttons for numbers and calling features. Others had a front panel with a partial or full QWERTY keyboard and a screen. None had the clean lines of the iPhone, which immediately caused it to stand apart from the competition
Some times these patent lawsuits are laughable but certainly serious. Perhaps it is time to grab that Samsung tablet, if it it happens as Apple wishes, they might get in injunction against Samsung and like most do will have to follow iPad hype
Read a comprehensive coverage of the new developments of Apple vs Samsung at FOSS Patents.

Lulzsec : We Are Not At War With Anonymous!

Lulzsec Anon war
Lulzsec, the Internet griefer group, who gave SONY it's run for the security or Sony insecurity has announced that it is not at war with Anonymous. This morning it is all over the Internet due to an altercation involving 4chan.

“To confirm, we aren’t going after Anonymous. 4chan isn’t Anonymous to begin with, and /b/ is certainly not the whole of 4chan. True story./b/ is the peon of all the 4chan boards and 4chan is the mass amplification of crowdsourcing used by AnonOps to gain support. #MediaFacts Saying we’re attacking Anonymous because we taunted /b/ is like saying we’re going to war with America because we stomped on a cheeseburger.”
And @YourAnonNews has also announced "We are not at war with @Lulzsec!"
You can read more information over at TechCrunch

Firefox With Twitter, Or Just Get The Search Bar Add-on

Firefox With Twitter,

Twitter just announced Firefox with twitter via a tweet of course. But they made it as if you have to reinstall Firefox to get the feature, Twitter Address Bar Search.

": download Firefox with Twitter & search for or right from the address bar "

If you already have the Firefox installed, you do not have to reinstall it, just get the add-on from the Mozilla site. But it is a nice add-on.

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