FBI Asking VoIP Companies to Voluntarily Support Backdoor Access to Users’ Phone Calls

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The Federal Bureau of Investigations is working to convince Internet companies and Voice over IP service providers to go along with a proposed federal law that would require them to build back doors into their systems to facilitate government surveillance operations, reports CNET. Federal plans to broaden wiretapping laws to include internet communications companies have been in the works since VoIP became a more prevalent form of voice communications nearly a decade ago. But no specific … [Read more...]

Android Expanding Smartphone Lead Over iOS

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The battle between Apple's iOS and Google's Android for dominance of the smartphone platform appears to be slipping ever so slightly in Android's favor. According to a study released by digital research firm comScore, Inc., Google Android now commands a majority, or 51 percent, of the smartphone market, up 3.7 percent from December. Apple's share of the market also increased, though at a slower 1.1 percent rate. The company's iOS platform claims 30.7 percent of the smartphone market. No … [Read more...]

Liar, Liar, VoIP on Fire: At Industry’s Low-End, Highbrow Boasts Ring Hollow

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In the fierce fight for cheap VoIP supremacy, hyperbole reigns supreme. In one corner sits MagicJack, whose decidedly unpolished commercials have run rampant through late night television and who issues press releases describing itself as "a cloud communications leader that invented voice over IP (VoIP)". In the other corner sits newcomer NetTALK, a "cloud technology company" that claims its newly released NetTALK Duo WiFi is "the world's first wireless VoIP telephone device." Are … [Read more...]

OBi202 VoIP Adaptor Now on Amazon, Wait Well Worth It

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Obihai Technology has been featuring the OBi202 on the front page of the company's main web site for several months. Now, the device, which represents a huge step up from the company's wildly popular OBi100 and OBi110 VoIP adaptors, is finally available on Amazon for $75. Was it worth the wait? Should users of previously released OBis jump in and upgrade? Definitely "yes". And "probably". The OBi202 improves on the company's previous offerings in many ways, including a beefier and … [Read more...]