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Skype for the Classroom - Innovative Tool for Teachers

Monday March 31, 2014

New curriculums in education have in perspective the extension of classes beyond the four walls of the classroom. This implies more exposure of students to other fields and other environments. Skype opens a window through the wall, a window to the world and to other students around the globe. Skype in the Classroom allows teachers to make their students collaborate with other remote students, to have have them meet experts, and to have them make virtual tours while being in the classroom. Read more


Microsoft Office for iPad, iPhone and Android Launched

Monday March 31, 2014
Microsoft Office already exists for the iPhone, and has to be optimized for the larger screen of the iPad and Android tablets. Instead of doing that, Microsoft has reworked its Office suite for mobile platforms from scratch and brought a cloud-based solution for the iPad, iPhone and Android phones and tablets. The app now has the same look and feel of the Office suite programs running on computers. It is free for home use and premium plans are required for business use. Here are the links for the Ms Office iOS app and the Android app.

Two things While Choosing an ISP

Monday March 31, 2014
The use of VoIP heavily depends on Internet connectivity which in turns required an ISP. Two of the most important factors you need to consider when choosing an ISP are security and ownership. Your ISP constantly operates in a threat environment; does it protect you from it? And then, does your ISP own the network or do they buy bandwidth from other operators and resell? Read more

App to Record Skype Audio Calls

Monday March 31, 2014
Callburner is an app that allows you to record your Skype audio calls. It does not record video, and records the audio for free only for Skype-Skype calls. Recording Skype-in and Skype-Out calls requires a license which costs around $50. This being quite expensive, at least to my taste, the free service is quite interesting, as it has no limits. It records in good audio quality, with possiblity to save in different format including mp3 and wav and also records conference calls.

You have to download and install the app on your computer that runs Skype. Note that the download page asks for your names and email address, with a checked option to send you updates and stuff. You know what all this means, and if you are not at ease with it, look down and you'll see a link where there is direct download without having to enter all these information. Link

Android Less Safe for VoIP Than Other Mobile Platforms

Sunday March 23, 2014

Dr Choo of the University of South Australia made research that shows that Android VoIP apps are easy prey to security attacks. Ten VoIP apps were tested. Yahoo Voice and Messenger was squarely unencrypted, while others, which include Skype, Viber, Google Talk and the popular band of VoIP apps, were relatively more easy to crack on Android that other platforms. He also found vulnerabilities in cloud storage systems like SkyDrive, DropBox and Google Drive. Some people must be freaked out now. Read more

Open Source Apps for Voice and Video Calls

Thursday March 20, 2014

VoIP apps are not all proprietary. There are some good apps out there made by some very competent people and communication enthusiasts that even share the code, making everything free. There are numerous reasons to use these open source software, especially if you are something of a geek, or are a Linux user, or a SIP user looking for clean and simple apps. Here is a list of open source voice apps.

WhatsApp for the iPhone

Tuesday March 18, 2014

Despite being Microsoft property now, WhatsApp is also available for the iPhone, and being improved. It scored 4+ on the App Store and works as well as it does in Android and other platforms. If you have questions as an iPhone user concerning WhatsApp, you might want to look at the FAQ for the matter. And WhatsApp is not for all iOS devices, it works only on the iPhone, not on iPod or the iPad.

Will Desktop Phones Be Extinct in the Next Decade?

Friday February 28, 2014

While everyone agrees that VoIP and OTT services have seriously affected telcos and have drastically changed the voice communication landscape, views differ on whether the desktop phone will vanish from business and home tables in the near future. Ovum forecasts that telecoms companies will have lost around $400 billion to VoIP during the coming five years. However, Ovum also claims that the perspective of the death of the telephone is an exaggeration. On the other hand, a new survey carried out among 150 IT managers in the UK showed that desktop phones are likely to vanish from tables within the next decade. For instance, in 2013, the number of SMS messages fell year-over-year, a thing that never happened. This is because many people moved to services like WhatsApp.

Gruveo - Simplest Video Calls

Friday February 28, 2014

You want to talk with someone using voice or video but don't have or want to bother with registration-based services like Skype and the likes. The solution is simple: Choose a number, any number, and ask the person to enter that number on gruveo.com on their computer's browser page. And it is all free. The VoIP industry has seen none simpler. Read more

Mtalk.net - Web Adress to Call You

Friday February 28, 2014

The interesting thing with this service is the way is uses to have people contact you - a web address instead of a phone number (like with Viber and WhatsApp) and a username (like with Skype). This opens a number of possibilities like using it as a virtual number to protect privacy, using it as a toll free number etc. Besides, it offers free voice calling and texting service. Read review

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