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Top Stories of the Week - September 17, 2011

Carnatic musical hype on Skype

Carnatic music is now riding high on the waves of technology, quite literally. Software like Skype and GTalk are now among the favorites of classical musicians who are venturing out to teach their pupils across the country and the world.

And if you think only the young and the tech-savvy are going for it, then you are terribly wrong.Recently, some veteran Carnatic musicians from Indiatook to Skype to teach US-based students for the prestigious Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival, which is the largest Indian classical music festival abroad.

VoIP system Ooma goes wireless

A new adapter for the Internet-based telephone product Ooma Telo truly cuts the cord by using Wi-Fi rather than a direct modem connection. "Cutting the cord" and getting rid of a home or small business landline telephone usually means picking a voice-over Internet protocol (VoIP) solution as an alternative, as mobile phones alone often don't provide enough reliable coverage or enough talk time to suffice.

But VoIP services that let you use a traditional phone handset, like Vonage and netTALK DUO, require that you plug a device into your modem, router, or computer. The gadget has to be physically connected, limited where you can put it in your home or office. VoIP provider Ooma, however, is going wireless.

Voiceserve introduces cutting-edge VoIP software platform

Voiceserve, Inc. announced it has been selected to present its VoIP Video-on-Demand (VOD) software at DEMO Fall 2011. The company's VoIP solution is capable of streaming VOD on any smart-device, tablet, cell phone and computer from anywhere in the world.

The conference, which took place last September 12, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara in the heart of Silicon Valley, has a 20-year history of introducing the tech industry to the people and companies who are paving the way to the future.

Netgem launches social TV and video discovery for home cloud

Netgem has made significant upgrades to its connected home solutions offerings with new technology partnerships enabling multi-screen capabilities and semantic video discovery. With Jinni, a developer of what is called a ‘taste-and-mood’ based discovery engine for TV shows and movies, Netgem will offer end-users a new way of discovering and choosing content to watch on any connected TV screen within the home, in particular its nCloud.

VimpelCom chooses Motorola for set-tops

Russian telco VimpelCom has selected Motorola Mobility to supply new set-top boxes for its Beeline IPTV customers. Motorola said the VIP2202 and VIP2262 set-tops allow operators to expand their subscriber base and grow ARPU by offering consumers rich home entertainment experiences such as personal video recording (with the VIP2262 model), time shifting, electronic programming guides and HD content.

The VIP2262 comes with multi-room functionality and a built in hard disc. VimpelCom is set to offer new services that will differentiate it in the market and attract new subscribers.