Toshiba’s DynaDock docking stations provide DVD

Toshiba releases two DynaDock docking stations
Toshiba announces the release of two DynaDock docking stations that offer DVD playback through a USB connection and are compatible with notebook computers.

Users can connect their notebook computer to devices including LCD monitors, printers, digital cameras, digital audio players, keyboards, speakers and headphones through DynaDocks’s USB ports allowing for plug-in, plug-out convenience and enhanced mobility. The DynaDock can also be used to charge USB devices including MP3 players and cell phones even when the notebook computer is off and also features an Ethernet port for more connectivity options.

The fully loaded PA3542C model boasts DVI technology allowing the DynaDock to accommodate both analog and digital monitors and is available for a suggested retail price of $189. The standard DynaDock PA3541C model allows the plug and play conveniences and features video graphics array (VGA) display for a suggested retail price of $159.

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CoolSoft provides free download voice recognition software

CoolSoft LLC announces the release of CoolInfo 1.10 Voice Recognition, a free download that makes speech recognition available to everyone using Windows 2000 or Windows XP.

CoolInfo 1.10 Voice Recognition is a free download that lets users get information from the Internet by speech, including news, weather, horoscopes, joke-of-the-day and other news and weather Web sites of common interest. Users can also search Google, Yahoo, eBay and MSN entirely by speech recognition. Other features let users create their own speech commands to start programs, open files, browse Web pages and make their computer speak back to them; and use the Windows calculator with speech recognition.

The program features:

  • Microsoft SAPI 5.1 speech to text engine and text to speech.
  • Default speech commands let users speak commands to browse Web pages and do searches entirely by speech recognition.
  • Users can create their own speech commands to start programs, open files, browse Web pages, make their computer speak and much more.
  • Speech enabled Windows calculator.
  • A “What Can I Say?” dialogue shows available speech commands.
  • Free updates to the latest version.

Click here for free download. Click here to read overview. Click here to view demo

Caspio expands the capabilities of Web applications with Bridge 5.0
Caspio Inc. announced the availability of version 5.0 of its Caspio Bridge Online service. This release of Caspio Bridge delivers features to expand the capabilities of customers’ Web applications.
Features in this release:

  • Relational DataPages – Comprehensive range of features for managing information and relationships between Caspio Bridge applications and other Web applications, with secure “push-and-pull” data routing capabilities through parameter passing, dynamic field handling, virtual fields and more;
  • Application Interfaces – More options to customize the layout and design of application interfaces;
  • Application Internationalization – Wizards to adapt applications to any region and country, including extensive data formatting and language localization.

Caspio Bridge 5.0 is available now and all on-demand customer accounts are automatically upgraded to this version. Standard Caspio Bridge packages start at US$39.95 per month, and a 14-day free trial is available at


Packet Island monitors customers’ services geographically to enable them to address VoIP quality issues proactively

Packet Island Inc., announces the availability of its PacketSmart VoIP Lifecycle Management solution for VoIP deployments using Media Gateway Protocol (MGCP).

With the Packet Island VoIP monitoring solution, service providers operate via a small 4” x 4.5” micro-appliance that is plugged into the customer’s VoIP network. This micro-appliance monitors the quality of every VoIP call, and does active route and traffic analysis to determine if there are external problems that may be impacting service quality. Since the device does continuous monitoring, data is now available for troubleshooting transient issues. Real-time data collection is backed by comprehensive SLA reports to enable the service provider in assisting the customer in LAN/WAN capacity planning.

PacketSmart VoIP lifecycle management solution is based on purpose-built micro-appliances that work with a PacketSmart platform hosted at a Tier-1 data centre. Prior to the deployment of VoIP Services, a Packet Island micro-appliance is installed within a customer network to evaluate its VoIP readiness. This device generates specified (varying) loads of VoIP traffic over multiple days and concurrently captures the resulting VoIP metrics. At the conclusion of the test a comprehensive Report is generated to qualify the network as “VoIP ready.”  Post deployment of VoIP service, the same micro-appliance monitors quality aspects of VoIP calls. The ability to examine VoIP degradation metrics in “near real time” or for specific calls in the past, enables the service providers to address both the current and transient network issues. Comprehensive SLA reports can be used to deliver a SLA monitoring service to business customers. Packet Island’s GUI is Web-enabled so that monitoring and trouble shooting can be done remotely from a service providers’ central site.

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