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Tiny VoIP speakerphone transforms

Tiny VoIP speakerphone transforms

It's really quite fascinating what people like about different gadgets. Take, for example, this VoIP speakerphone. People aren't marveling at its small size or cool technology, but rather its keen ability to transform.

Its small size is actually quite refreshing, as it weighs only 1.25 pounds, which is considerably less than some other units. One thing to note is that it does have a USB connector so it can suck juice from a PC, or you can just use the included AC adapter.

Video of ASUS’ instant-on Linux dual boot distro shows Skype VOIP

Video of ASUS’ instant-on Linux dual boot distro shows Skype VOIP

In their latest high-end motherboard ASUS has slapped a cute little Linux multi-boot distro in there, called Express Gate, to give access to media functionality without needing to load Windows.  Now It's conjured up by DeviceVM and originally called Splashtop, and its unique selling point is that it not only features a media player or even an internet browser, but almost instant access to Skype for VOIP calls.  Now there's a video of the system in action.

  

PSP to get Video-VOIP

PSP to get Video-VOIP

Sony's PSP seems to have been losing out in column inches to Nintendo's arguably more "pick up and play" DS handheld, and so the company is looking to leverage its strong multimedia and internet capabilities to pick up those all-important headlines.  In a deal with UK telco BT the PSP will at first gain VOIP - in voice and video flavours - followed by upgrades allowing calls and messages to PCs, landlines and mobiles.

 

Compact set-top box boasts IPTV, VoIP & PVR

Compact set-top box boasts IPTV, VoIP & PVR

If you're going to give up valuable lounge space to a gadget then you want it to deliver, and SysMaster's Tornado M10 Digital Media Center looks like it offers a fair range of features for a box only six inches long.  The spec list is a veritable pic'n'mix of acronyms: IPTV, VoIP, IM, PVR... and then you add in things like voicemail, a webcam for video conferencing, email and media streaming.

 

N95 VOIP crippling caught on camera; can carriers evolve?

N95 VOIP crippling caught on camera; can carriers evolve?

In my round-up of Nokia N95 vox-pops I mentioned the depressing news that certain UK carriers had stripped out the handset's VOIP support, obviously seeing that as a threat to their own stranglehold on voice calls.  Well, if you needed any further evidence take a look at this video of an operator-modified N95:

Read on for more thoughts and a challenge...

VOIP Multi-Function Handheld

VOIP Multi-Function Handheld

When I'm put in charge of gadgets I think I'll draw up a "Golden Rules of Ergonomics" that all manufacturers must adhere to.  Number one on that list would be "don't make your tech look like poop", closely followed by number two, "if you're going to have a keyboard, I don't want my thumbs to ache after using it two minutes".  Sadly MIU's M*free 'Hybrid Dual Portable Computer' would fall foul of both of these rules, and probably a few as-yet-unwritten more - while the idea of a multi-function VOIP/wireless-IP handheld is great, their industrial design appears to be "make a shoebox out of plastic, and then put all the gubbins in".

Perhaps I'm being unduly harsh.  I mean, there are very few dual-OS VOIP handsets with fold-out screens, interchangeable function cartridges and full QWERTY keyboards out there, so MIU have been forced to innovate on their own as opposed to just tweak someone else's design.  But really, who thought it was a great idea to sink a keyboard deep inside a hard-edged plastic gully, where your poor thumbs will jam up against the sides?

VOIP buying advice for low-end and loaded

VOIP buying advice for low-end and loaded

If VOIP is your thing and you're looking for a handset then Wired News might just have the review round-up for you.  They take a look at a variety of handsets from the DECT wireless through to the cheap'n'cheerful USB attached, with ratings to help you decide whether they're worth your cash or worth throwing to the dog.

If you're looking for more information, a quick glance at the SlashGear archives shows a whole lot of VOIP coverage; you're spoilt for choice!

Flying Skype High ... and Low [Wired News]

Skype VOIP bridge reviewed

Skype VOIP bridge reviewed

It's been a week of VOIP, with reviews of cordless DECT phones for Skype and Windows Live Messenger as well as the Tovo WiFi/GSM phone to be sold by UK supermarket Tesco, and now UberGizmo have a review of a PC-phone bridge.  Designed to allow you to use a normal phone to access Skype on your PC, UberGizmo explain it all: 

"In a few words, connect VoSky to a PC running the Skype client and connect a regular phone to the VoSky device. Now you can get Skype calls directly routed to your phone along with your normal phone calls. The same process works for outgoing calls. However, here is where things get interesting. You can also place a call (or get a call) even if you are nowhere near your home phone"

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