Daniel Cooper

Sep 112012
 

Viber Reaches 100 Million Users, Takes Aim at New Platforms with Hundreds of Millions of Users

Viber Unveils Simultaneous Expansion to Three New Platforms, Brings Voice Calling to Windows Phone Version, and Adds Localization to iPhone App

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viber, the leading mobile communications platform offering free HD-quality phone calls and text and photo messages, announces today that it has surpassed the 100 million users milestone across the multiple phone platforms that it supports. Additionally, the company unveiled that it is simultaneously releasing three new messaging versions of its application for popular phone platforms and is adding free HD-quality phone calls and group messaging to the Nokia Windows Phone 7 version of the app. This expansion will allow hundreds of millions of users to gain access to free communications via Viber.

Nokia S40, Symbian and Bada Platforms

The new version features Viber's popular text messaging service. The app is being released to the popular S40, Symbian and Bada platforms that power hundreds of millions of mobile devices around the world. More than 1.5 billion phones using the Nokia S40 platform have been sold since the platform was first released. These new platforms represent a huge and untapped market for Viber and allow the startup to provide even more people with the ability to communicate freely.

Viber for Windows Phone 7 on Nokia Devices

Viber is also releasing a completely new version for Nokia Lumia phones running the Windows Phone 7 platform. Viber now offers Nokia Windows Phone 7 users free HD-quality phone calls and group messaging in addition to free text and photo messages. This version was developed in partnership with Nokia and is currently available exclusively on Nokia Lumia phones.

"We are committed to our users and to our mission – to let people all over the world connect freely," said Talmon Marco, CEO of Viber Media. "By adding the S40, Symbian and Bada platforms to our list of supported mobile OSs, we are expanding the community of individuals who can communicate for free, no matter what platform they use."

Viber for iPhone – iOS Platform Update

Also being released is an update to the iOS platform. Viber for iPhone now contains localization to: Arabic, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew and Portuguese.

Viber currently handles over 2 billion minutes of calls and over 6 billion messages every month, as well as over 10 million calls per day. Viber recently released version 2.2 of its popular mobile application bringing group messaging to the millions of Viber users around the world.

Viber is developed by Viber Media, the pioneering mobile VoIP and messaging company. First released on December 2, 2010, Viber lets everyone in the world connect. Freely. Viber users can make free, HD-quality calls, send text and photo messages, and share locations anywhere in the world, on iPhone®, Android™, Blackberry®, Windows Phone 7, Symbian, Nokia S40 and Bada devices over a 3G/4G or WiFi connection. With more than 100 million users in 193 countries, Viber is constantly innovating by introducing new features, platforms and possibilities.

Jun 122012
 

AMPED WIRELESS UNVEILS THE INDUSTRYS MOST POWERFUL DUAL BAND WI-FI REPEATER TO EXTEND RANGE UP TO 10,000 SQ FT

New Long-Range, High Power Wireless-N 600mW Gigabit Dual Band Wi-Fi Repeater
Extends Network Up to a Quarter of an Acre

Chino Hills, CA – June 12, 2012 – Amped Wireless, the leading manufacturer of high-power, long-range wireless communications products for the home and office, today introduced the SR20000G High Power Wireless-N Gigabit Dual Band Repeater, the Company's new flagship, high-performance, long range Wi-Fi repeater.

This new universal range extender allows a wireless network to be expanded by repeating, amplifying and rebroadcasting the signal from any existing wireless router.

"Building materials and other electronic devices can all interfere with a wireless signal, distorting it and limiting its range," stated Jason Owen, CEO at Amped Wireless. "By adding the SR20000G High Power, Wireless-N Gigabit Dual Band Repeater to your network, you are ensuring strong coverage through a home or workplace while allowing wireless devices roam and keep their connectivity. This product is a must have if you are looking for a high performance signal boost and additional range for your connected TV, game console, tablet or smart phone."

Designed specifically to meet the needs of the small business, office, and home office networking requirements, the SR20000G introduces a number of industry firsts,

including:

The first repeater to include 5 gigabit networking ports for connecting PCs, A/V devices and game consoles at full speed

The first repeater to include USB port for sharing files over the local or extended networks

The first repeater to deliver long range, dual band speed of up to 600Mbpsfor smooth streaming of video, music and uninterrupted gaming across a number of devices, including: Game Consoles, iPads, Internet TVs, Notebooks, PC, Smart Phones, Tablets, VoIP devices and more.

The SR20000G is universal and extends the range of any 802.11a/b/g/n, single or dual band router. Equipped with high power dual band amplifiers, low noise amplifiers and high gain antennas, the SR20000G is capable of extending simultaneous dual band Wi-Fi coverage by up to 10,000 square feet or a quarter of an acre.

Built upon the Company's award-winning Wi-Fi technology, the SR20000G is engineered with the latest state-of-the-art wireless features which includes:

Dual high power 2.4Ghz 600mW amplifiers, dual high power 5.0GHz amplifiers and dual low noise amplifiers for improving wireless reception

Dual High Gain 5dBi detachable dual band antennas

High speed 620MHz internal processor for faster networking

Simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz dual band 802.11n technology

The combination of advanced power amplifiers, wireless reception amplifiers and high gain antennas, provide users with a significant increase in signal strength over great distances to improve home or office Wi-Fi coverage.

The high power repeater includes premium features such as, guest networks, adjustable Wi-Fi coverage controls, user access controls and support for the latest

Wi-Fi security to secure your Wi-Fi experience.

All Amped Wireless products include industry leading, US based, in-house Elite Support, provided by Amped Concierges and the Wi-Fi Analytics App to assist users in optimizing Wi-Fi networks. In addition, the SR20000G is eligible for Amped Wireless' Range Increase Guarantee Program. For more information, please visit:

http://www.ampedwireless.com/

Pricing and Availability
The new SR20000G High Power Wi-Fi Gigabit Dual Band Repeater retails for $179.99 (USD) and is available immediately from the Amped Wireless online store at: http://www.ampedwireless.com/products/sr20000g.html

It will be available via retailers online and in-store nationwide by mid June 2012.

Mar 012012
 
The NSA decided it wanted to have its own go at producing a secure Android smartphone that could encrypt communications to levels necessary for national security. Project "Fishbowl" constructed 100 handsets from off-the-shelf components that were secure enough that staffers could use them without speaking in code. All conversations are conducted across an IPsec VPN with a secure, real-time transport protocol for encrypting the voice at both ends, with the VoIP server being housed inside an NSA facility. It's part of a program to get handset makers to build this kit so the Information Assurance Directorate doesn't have to navigate the interoperability hurdles between each company's tech. The agency has launched a how-to for any manufacturer looking for a large Government contract to produce Fishbowl phones on a larger scale, although they'll probably have to change the name to something more threatening like MK-Ultraphone or the Phoneadelphia Experiment.