Articles about video conferencing

Want to keep in contact with friends and family without having to sell your personal data?

Review It's become a phrase repeated so frequently, it almost feels like a cliché: if you're not paying for the product, you are the product. The truth is that hundreds of millions of us put up with the unpleasant fact that chunks of our personal lives – our photos and emails and whereabouts and contacts – are combined and packaged …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Sep 2017

Want to visit your loved one in jail? How about Skype instead?

A jail in the US has taken its embrace of technology a little too far by putting an end to in-person visits – and requiring family members to video conference with their locked-up loved ones instead. Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, of Bristol County, Massachusetts, took the decision to end face time at his Dartmouth cooler – and …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Jul 2017
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Docs need to do remote consultations – report

Doctors need to invest in telehealth tech to take the strain off services by conducting remote consultations, according to a study by health charity the Nuffield Trust. The report (PDF), which was commissioned by NHS England, said GP services would have to address increasing patient numbers due to an ageing demographic. The …
Kat Hall, 7 Apr 2016
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Cisco slurps Acano for $700m

Cisco is to hoover up London-based video conferencing and collaboration tech outfit Acano for $700m. The Uxbridge-based organisation, whose software bridges the gap between the physical and the cloud-based worlds, was founded in 2012 by former Cisco and Tandberg staffers. It has offices in the UK, US and Australia. The …
Paul Kunert, 23 Nov 2015

Japanese cellco drops veil on futuristic hands-free video phone

Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo has unveiled a pair of hi-tech video phone glasses which could finally answer the problem of dodgy web cam video calls. The hands-free specs contain six 180 degree, 720p cameras which capture the user’s face live before altering your mug in real-time to take account of close-up distortion …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Oct 2012

Rolling robot avatar trumps telecommuting

Telecommuting just became soooooo twentieth century, thanks to a new oddity called the 'Beam Remote Presence Device' (BRPD, depicted below) that offers you the chance to beam you mug onto the seventeen-inch monitor atop a five-foot robot intended to roll around an office. The new bot comes from an outfit called Suitable …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Sep 2012
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Cisco 'forever changes internet' with... a router

How will Cisco "forever change the internet"? With a new router. Which raises the question: What the hell is wrong with technology companies? When networking giant and server wannabe Cisco Systems sent word that today it would "make a significant announcement that will forever change the Internet and its impact on consumers, …

Cisco, IBM tackle home video conferencing

Cisco and IBM are expected to introduce home video conferencing services this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. On Monday, IBM and Polycom said they have expanded their partnership from selling pricey corporate video conferencing wares to introducing new services targeting consumers. The service will rival …
Austin Modine, 4 Jan 2010

Mouse maker spends big on video conferencing

Mouse and peripherals maker Logitech is splashing out $405m in cold, hard cash to buy Texan video conference company LifeSize. LifeSize offers everything from enormous purpose-built video conference rooms to simple add-on bundles for home workers and small businesses. It claims most of its kit is "HD-quality" and uses …
John Oates, 11 Nov 2009
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Cisco plays hardball over Tandberg buy

Cisco is warning shareholders of Tandberg - the video conferencing firm it is buying for $3bn - that it will not pursue the takeover at any price. Last month some large shareholders made noises that Cisco's offer for the firm was too small - despite offering a 38 per cent premium. Cisco issued a tough statement warning: "no …
John Oates, 3 Nov 2009

Are you a pirate video star?

Vendors seem to be champing at the bit in the video conferencing space. Is their persistence paying off? Some recent digging around suggests that the technology is gaining traction both officially and unofficially. We asked around 200 people involved in workforce communication and collaboration about their official and …
Josie Sephton, 2 Oct 2009
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Cisco buys into video conferencing

Cisco is paying $3bn for Norwegian video conferencing specialist Tandberg. The cash offer of 153.5 Norwegian Kroner for each Tandberg share represents a 25 per cent premium on the three month average share price. It has been unanimously accepted by Tandberg's board and is expected to close in the first half of next year. …
John Oates, 1 Oct 2009
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Apple eyes new-age iPhone answering machine

An Apple patent application published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office describes adding video answering-machine capability to the company's iChat messaging application, including extending remote video messaging to the iPhone. The idea isn't new in the minds of the Cupertinians. As long-time Apple-watchers will …
Rik Myslewski, 9 Apr 2009

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