Wednesday, April 28, 2010

3CX receives Unified Communications Magazine 2009 Product of the Year Award

3CX Phone System for Windows Recognized for Exceptional Innovation

3CX announced today that Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC®) has named 3CX Phone System for Windows as a recipient of its 2009 Unified Communications magazine Product of the Year Award.

Nick Galea, CEO, 3CX says “3CX excels at building an easy to use and easy to manage unified communications platform for any size business. We are delighted that the 3CX Phone System for Windows has been recognized for the unique unified communications capabilities and was awarded for the 2009 Product of the year Award for two consecutive years."

3CX Phone System for Windows is a revolutionary IP PBX that delivers unified communications technology by merging voice and data networks, allowing businesses to simplify real time delivery of information and ensure ease of use.

With 3CX IP PBX, collaboration between co-workers is made easier and cooperation with business partners and clients becomes more direct; even when the parties are not located in the same place.

To read more on this press release, please click here.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Apple sued by Elan Microelectronics for touch-screen phones

Sales of the iPhone and iPad could come under threat due to claims for patent infringement.
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) is currently investigating Apple.
Elan Microelectronics, a Taiwanese touchscreen maker, reported Apple to the ITC claiming the company used patented multi-touch technology (which detects when more than one finger is on the keypad) to build iPads and iPhones.
There have already been billions of dollars worth of sales of iPads and iPhones, both of which are touchscreen mobile devices.
In 2008 Elan won a similar case against touchpad technology company Synaptics, and now they are accusing Apple of "knowingly and deliberately" infringing the patent.
If the accusations are proved the ITC has the power to ban the import and sale of iPhones and iPads and order a cease and desist for any previously imported products.
It is thought that Elan maybe seeking a licensing agreement with Apple for the multi-touch technology.
Roberta Cozza, an analyst at research firm Gartner said: "Touchscreens are becoming more and more popular and are used on both expensive and mid-range phones.
"As phone capabilities increase, buyers are becoming more aware of the benefits of touch interfaces, and sellers are responding."
Over the next three years Gartner expects touchscreens to make up 58% of all mobile device sales worldwide and over 80% in Western Europe and North America.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Prototype 4G i-Phone found in toilet

The latest i-Phone design was been found in the washroom of a Californian bar after being dropped by an Apple engineer.

Gray Powell admitted dropping the phone in a bar near Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Redwood. The device gives us an insight into the latest new technology.

Not only does the i-Phone have a new sleek design, but new features too including a flash camera, and a video camera which is front facing. There is a larger battery and a smaller but higher resolution screen. It also has new mute and volume buttons while the straight metal back replaces the previous curvy design. It is thought to be the latest in i-Phone technology.

Industry experts and bloggers were certain that the phone was the real deal, despite it being disguised in a 3GS case, with one John Gruber saying that he verified the phone with Apple, after it was purchased by Gizmodo .

He stated: "After calling around I believe this is an Apple prototype - one which they are very interested in getting back."

All this has been confirmed now that Apple has ordered Gizmodo to return the i-Phone.

Bruce Sewell, senior vice president and general counsel at Apple, said in a letter: "It has come to our attention that Gizmodo is currently in possession of a device that belongs to Apple. This constitutes a formal request that you return the device to Apple."

Otherwise Apple has refused to comment on the story.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

i-Phone app helps autistic children communicate

i-Phone applications can be useful or ridiculous, from handy interactive maps to an app which makes your handset sound like a shotgun reloading.

But one of the latest apps is a ground breaking advance which could change the way we communicate with autistic children.

Lisa Dominican developed the Grace app to help her two autistic children speak freely.

The success of the app may now mean that it is widely used in schools in her local area - Sydney, Australia.

The i-Phone touch screen can help autistic children who may need to associate words with images in
order to speak.
The app was based on the Pictures Exchange Communication system (PECs), in which photos of an object are built up and attached to a board to act as communication aides. All new words are added to the PECs doc which quickly becomes a large and unwieldy document.

Lisa explained: "You have to take, print and laminate the photos before attaching them to the board, and repeating this is very time consuming.

"But because the child can just point to an image on a i-Phone, the process is quicker and easier and there is a reduction in frustration behaviour.

She added: "As autistic children are capable of throwing massive tantrums, this is excellent news."

Lisa plans to sell the software in schools, while Aspect, Australia's largest autism organisation has also registered its interest.