San Diego (CA) - If you need to make an occasional phone call to another landline or mobile phone, there's a good chance that a basic service will be completely free: Sipphone, developer of the Gizmo Project, today said it would offer free calls in the U.S. and 60 countries around the globe.
Do you use AOL Instant Messenger, but want something a little more professional? Now AOL is releasing AIM Pro aimed at businesses and professionals. Most people are familiar with AIM's buddy lists and text chat functions, but AIM Pro adds business features like Outlook calendar integration along with desktop sharing through WebEx. AIM Pro also has a cleaner look because there are no more advertisements.
The generation Wi-Fi standard is still far from being finalized, but devices built according to the draft specification are becoming more and more available - not only from Wi-Fi hardware manufacturers.
A Chinese company claims to have reverse-engineered the Skype protocol, allowing it to place calls over Skype's VoIP network.
Austin (TX) - Back in March, we interviewed Bigfoot Networks, a small start-up that promised to end gaming lag with specialized network cards. Now more details about those cards are emerging. Bigfoot has announced that it will sell its "KillerNIC" network card next month. The card's on-board 64 MB of DDR PC2100 RAM and 32-bit 400 Mhz CPU claims to eliminate most lag by processing and reorganizing network traffic before it hits the main CPU.
Leading vendors of consumer networking devices in the US have recently lowered their prices for related pre-N (draft 802.11n) products, with the prices for a majority of items slashed over 20%, according to market sources.
D-Link today introduced its flip-style Wi-Fi Phone, which can be used for VoIP-based voice calls.
Seagate Maxtor is offering a new network storage device that can hold up to 1 TB of information. The Maxtor Shared Storage II device has a Gigabit Ethernet connection and has two USB 2.0 ports for connecting flash drives or additional hard drives. The Shared Storage II uses two hard-drives which can be mirrored for data protection.
Mozilla has released the download of the first beta of its Firefox 2.0 browser a few days early.
at between American VoIP companies and the South Korean government has threatened to shut down a communications channel between U.S. soldiers and their families. The South Korean Ministry of Information and Communications, their rough equivalent to our FCC, is trying to block and shut down several VoIP services including AT&T CallVantage, Lingo, Skype and Vonage.
Motorola plans to start volume production of mobile Wimax (802.16e) solutions, including network infrastructure and data cards, in 2007, with the company likely to cooperate with Taiwan-based makers to develop terminal-end products, according to Fang Yuan, technology director for the networking and business communications unit of Motorola Greater China.
Pittsburgh (PA) - Following cities such as San Francisco and New Orleans, Pittsburgh downtown will also offer a free Wi-Fi network to computer users. However, free access will not only be limited in speed, but also to maximum of two hours per day. Higher bandwidths are available through paid service plans.
Intel is set to begin volume production of its second-generation WiMAX chips, the Rosedale 2 as well as its WiFi/WiMAX dual mode chip, the Ofer-R, by the end of this year, according to market sources who are familiar with Intel's roadmap.
Buffalo Technology has announced its newest Linkstation network attached storage (NAS) device that is aimed at small businesses and enterprises.
The first Wi-Fi phone developed by network product maker Netgear and certified by VoIP provider Skype is expected to hit the market on 15 July.
Taipei City mayor Ying-jeou Ma recently highlighted achievements the city has made in establishing an information infrastructure by pointing out that Taipei received the "2006 Intelligent Community of the Year" award on June 9 from the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) in addition to recently being declared as having the "world's largest Wi-Fi network" by US-based JiWire, a global Wi-Fi hotspot authority.