Feeds

Ribbit leapfrogs into Web 2.0

Voice 1.0 is so 20th century

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Silicon Valley start-up Ribbit has announced another $10m in funding, and the opening of a beta developers program for developers wanting to create telephony applications using Flash technology, for a "Voice 2.0" experience.

The Ribbit service is based around a soft switch with an open API that can link together the various flavours of VoIP, as well as traditional telephone networks. This is all controlled using Flash APIs published by the company, and is now available for developers to play with.

This combination should enable anyone familiar with Flash to create their own telephony application, such as dropping their voicemail into their Facebook page, or drawing up their perfect telephone interface.

The technology demonstrations include a soft version of the iPhone, complete with screen rotation, as well as a phone interface based on a chalk board. More interesting is the integration with Salesforce.com, which includes transcribing messages into text for automatic filing against contacts.

Once launched commercially next year, the cost of the service will depend on the application deployed. The business model is for developers to create applications and charge a rental, of which Ribbit will take a cut (in addition to any call charges generated).

Companies such as Skype already offer APIs to allow developers to create new applications, but these are limited to one telephony provider and generally require a native application to be installed.

By using Flash Ribbit is hitting all the right Web 2.0 buttons, and its presentation video even argues that browser-based interfaces are inherently easier to use than native ones (something not heard since the last dot-com bubble), as clearly it's impossible to create an unusable interface in Flash.

But underneath the fluff there is potential in better telephony applications, and Ribbit is one platform that could provide them - if such applications can genuinely provide greater functionality to voice calls, rather than just ending up as another way to post messages on a Super Wall. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.