BT's Ribbit released its long-awaited Web telephony platform Monday to developers, which BT hopes will help spur innovation for new products and services in the telephony market.
Until now, most telephony advancements have been made by engineers at a particular company working on a closed, proprietary network. But now Ribbit is offering developers the chance to go behind the curtain and use its network to develop new applications.
Developers will be able to gain access to Ribbit's voice over IP SmartSwitch software, as well as a community site and support, monitoring, and management capabilities. The Ribbit platform will … Read more
A few years ago, I bought a fancy home phone so I could set it to forward calls to my cell. Not long after, I found a better and cheaper solution by ditching the landline completely.
I am not alone. According to Nielsen, 17 percent of U.S. households--some 20 million homes--are without a wired telephone, instead relying solely on mobile phones.
This brings up a question of what we should do with that fancy home phone. I do miss the comfort of using the big handset rather than fumbling on the tiny, onscreen keyboard of my iPhone.
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BT is to perform another trial of Phorm's ad-serving technology, after delays of more than half a year.
Phorm's technology, which BT will use under the brand of "Webwise," has attracted protests from peers, politicians, technologists and think tanks, who have expressed concerns over legal and privacy issues. The technology is also the subject of a probe by the European Commission.
Phorm's ad-serving technology works by assigning a user a unique identifier, through which the user's browsing habits are observed so as to target advertisements at them.
BT will commence the third trial of … Read more
BT, long considered a risk-taker in the telecommunications market, has laid a $105 million bet to open its network to application developers in the hopes of creating innovative voice services. But will other phone companies take a similar gamble?
Eventually, they will. But it will take time. Experts such as Will Stofega, a research director for IDC, say that phone companies must evolve beyond simply delivering phone and data services. In an age where voice has become just another application delivered over an Internet-based network, phone companies need to be at the forefront of developing new services and applications. And … Read more
"The telcos have lost control of the device. When you start building genuinely agnostic services, when you don't know the target device, it requires a different form creativity," he said. It's a move from closed networks to more open software platforms, and part of BT's transformation from a telco to a platform-based, software-driven services company. "Everything we do at BT is embeddable as workflow for customers. Voice is a feature embedded in … Read more
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Pioneer's AVIC Z-Series has set the standard for in-dash navigation devices over the past couple of years, and so the release of a new line of a new family of products in the AVIC series is big news for car tech fans. The line-up starts with the entry-level AVIC-F700BT, which features a single CD/CD-R/RW playback mechanism, followed by the AVIC-F900BT and the AVIC-F90BT, which are both capable of reading MP3, WMA, iTunes AAC, and WAV audio formats as well as DVD, DivX, and MPEG4 video files.
Unveiled this week, all of the F-Series include flash-memory-based navigation and … Read more
On days when your belief in open source may wane, things like British Telecom's (BT) news that it will be distributing SugarCRM Professional and Enterprise editions to its 1.2 million business customers will replenish that belief. And then some.
And lest we forget, it's also a big upfront revenue opportunity for SugarCRM. I'm not privy to the deal, but I know from having done deals like this at Alfresco that the numbers often exceed $1 million. This is particularly rich when it likely comes at the expense of Siebel, which used to be BT's CRM provider of choice. … Read more
With California set to join other areas of the country in banning cell phone use while driving, 23 million more drivers are going to have to figure out how to stay connected while on the road. They could do a lot worse than Sony's all-in-one car stereo and Bluetooth hands-free calling interface. The MEX-BT5100 comes with a built-in microphone, a good range of digital audio support, and a stylish form factor. Check out our full review right here.