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Marketplace Tech Report for Thursday, May 24, 2012
May 24, 2012

Marketplace Tech Report for Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Customers of Comcast's Xfinity service will soon be able to use a Comcast app to make phone calls from their home number over the Internet on any Wi-Fi network. So if you're out and about, in theory, it just got a lot easier to make calls from, say, an iPod Touch without using a cell phone network. Just find a Wi-Fi signal. It's a system called Voice Over Internet Protocol or VOIP. But is it reliable? Plus, IBM has banned the use of Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant Siri from the company's campus. We chat with Siri about it all.

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Comcast is giving away Internet phone calls

May 24, 2012
Is Voice Over Internet Protocol reliable? And what’s in it for Comcast?

Customers of Comcast’s Xfinity service will soon be able to use a Comcast app to make phone calls from their home number over the Internet on any Wi-Fi network. So if you’re out and about, in theory, it just got a lot easier to make calls from, say, an iPod Touch without using a cell phone network. Just find a Wi-Fi signal. It’s a system called Voice Over Internet Protocol or VOIP. But is it reliable? Plus, IBM has banned the use of Apple’s voice-controlled personal assistant Siri from the company’s campus. We chat with Siri about it all.

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