The struggling Blackberry, the forecast mobile for the serious businessman has long been in a losing fight against the battle with Apple and their iPhones/tablets and other manufacturers who run on Google’s Android platform. They have managed to come out with seemingly improved models that are aimed to make them a tad bit more pleasing for users but it seems their move has fallen on deaf ears.
Similar to events that have struck Palm, one of the first mobile computing pioneers around that has closed shop as HP, it’s current owners try to find direction in the evolving markets. Blackberry is still managing to hold on to some businesses and their employees but for how long, hopefully enough for a few more years.
With the company stalled and it’s current owner deciding to discontinue it’s foray into the mobile and tablet market Palm, one of the first pocket pc’s around is dead in it’s tracks. There are but few details regarding the decision of the world’s largest computer maker on the move, that has also by coincidence moved to place it’s PC manufacturing arm up for sale.
The PC giant has re-aimed it’s focus on the services only market like IBM and many others who have been faring well in spite of economic turmoil. PC, mobile and tablet sales are mostly dependent on the economy, a bump here and there equals to huge losses. The move was a surprise indeed with shares of the company dipping well below expectations, only time will tell if their decision is based on sound analysis of the market’s status.
In the never ending move to expand it’s empire, and hopefully step on less toes in the computing industry, search engine giant Google expands yet again by acquiring Motorola Mobility. This may be a sign of their race to get some share of the mobile market ruled by Apple Inc. and others who are using their Android platform but it may simply be a move to end their never ending nagging with them regarding patents and others.
The acquisition gets Google Inc. and additional 17,000 patents with 7,000 under process/application that were previously owned by Motorola. They may simply have had enough of the patent fights, bickering and decided to take the fight to them in the market they oh so love and rule.
It is expensive and wasteful to hire humans to answer or guide callers. This is when the beauty of automated natural sounding text-to-speech software is realized. Text-to-speech conversion with high-quality, natural sounding voices for hand-held, desktop, and server applications adds a lot of value to business telephony with Asterisk PBX.
Text-to-Speech voices are available in 6 languages and 18 different characters including “Allison” the standard Asterisk voice. These voices are sizable and can range from 4 MB for embedded applications, to 100 MB for server-based installations. Text-to-Speech voices are tested on all major telephony platform operating systems including: Windows Server, Windows XP, Linux (32 & 64 bit), Solaris (Sparc and x86), and Mac (PowerPC and Intel).
The benefit of using text-to-speech voices with hosted Asterisk solution is that you can select a voice that fits your requirement, optimize it for your application, or even have voices built for a particular character or delivery. The voices run on the text-to-speech technology are petite and swift enough to run on handheld devices or distribute over the network.
The text-to-speech voice facility is not only limited to the telephony industry. In fact it is used across sectors such as health, navigation, mobile, toys & games, Government, industry, assistive, and many more. Now with Asterisk VOIP PBX, text-to speech functionality is available for really affordable prices to small and medium sized businesses. Also, don’t forget to enjoy the benefits of the best application hosting solutions, such as hosted VOIP PBX, Exchange, SharePoint, etc., which has become the preferred way for companies to implement business software.
Multi-lingual User Interface—the name says it all! Isn’t it? Yes, SharePoint Server 2010 has introduced the Multi-lingual User Interface (MUI), which is available with every type of site—even the SharePoint Server Central Administration site. The Multi-lingual User Interface should not be considered as a translating tool, instead it is tool that allows users to select a display language for a site and then display the Site title and description, SharePoint out-of-the-box menus and actions, Out-of-the-box columns, Custom columns (list or site), Navigation bar links, and Managed Metadata services in different languages.
In order to use the Multi-lingual User Interface, you should install the language pack on your server. After you install the necessary language packs you will have the option to enable the multilingual user interface on a per site basis using site settings. Once you enable alternate languages, users will see a language picker control in the top right of the page where they can switch the site to the language of their choice. Even SharePoint Foundation 2010 enjoys this feature.
Below given parts of the SharePoint user interface are actually impacted by the Multi-lingual User Interface:
* All the standard SharePoint user interface elements are translated
* Navigation menu’s also support multilingual scenario’s with the MUI – if you switch your language and translate specific menu nodes in your navigation – these changes are language specific
* The headings for list columns
* The managed metadata field type also supports multilingual scenarios.
Note that the English language is used for the following out-of-the-box labels: Site Actions, Browse, Page, Home, Libraries, Lists, Discussions, Recycle Bin, All Site Content.
Take advantage of SharePoint Multi-lingual Interface and other features included in SharePoint family of products including Microsoft SharePoint 2007, SharePoint Server 2010, SharePoint Foundation, and associated free SharePoint templates and web parts.