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Hearing that Flip's camcorder line was being shut down today by Cisco was quite the shock. But when you look at a company like Eye-Fi, one has to wonder what makes one niche startup more viable than the other. Eye-Fi has been an underground success story, never quite hitting the mainstream, but obviously popular enough amongst the tech junkies to keep a good thing going. The company's new Mobile X2 card is an 8GB Secure Digital card that allows for instant uploads anywhere by wirelessly connecting the camera to a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet. The new feature is Direct Mode, which... Read more...
We have never really viewed a router as a fashion icon. It's a useful tool, period. Most of them aren't very pretty, but then again, most of them are well-hidden. So why bother with a stylish router? Well, if you've nowhere else to hide one, you might as well get one that you aren't afraid to leave sitting around. In recent years, Cisco's Linksys brand has embraced style in a way that few other companies have, particularly in the networking space. The new Linksys E-Series is proof of that initiative, with an entire family of swank routers and switches looking to handle upticks in bandwidth from... Read more...
It's interesting to watch the interaction between consumer and enterprise. At some points, they each go decades without interfering with one another. But in other cases, the natural evolution of the product cycle makes one more viable than the other, or even viable in both arena. That's what is happening with telepresence solutions. At first, these mega-expensive rigs that connected entire classrooms of people with other classrooms located on the other side of the planet (or just across town) were perfect for institutions and businesses, but there wasn't really a practical use for the consumer.... Read more...
Greenpeace on Tuesday updated its Cool IT Leaderboard in conjunction with the climate negotiations in Cancun occurring this week at the COP16 conference. Cisco retained its top spot at the greenest IT company, earning 70 out of 100 points from the ecology watchdog organization. Oracle was a new entry on the list and came in dead last, with a mere 12 points. Ericsson landed a distant second to Cisco, at 57 points, with Fujitsu snagging third at 52 points. Dell earned 39 points, which would be a definite F grade if Greenpeace was a college professor. And yet, compared to the whole 17 companies on... Read more...
Cisco's Flip Video line of camcorders have continued to evolve, with their latest iterations just released in September. On Thursday, the company announced still more improvements, this time to its software. The FlipShare software, pre-loaded on all Flip Video camcorders, is getting a holiday upgrade. The latest version of the software, which will be pre-loaded on all Flip Video camcorders sold beginning December 15th, will have greeting card templates. Record a video and you can then embed it into one of "dozens of holiday inspired" greeting card templates. Above, in fact, is a screenshot from... Read more...
Jawbone and Cisco are working together to make it easier for employees to move from one device to another throughout the day. The new Jawbone ICON for Cisco Bluetooth Headset can connect to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, Cisco Unified IP Phones, Cisco Unified Wireless IP Phones, or Cisco Cius, letting you make and receive calls from all sources via the same headset. The Jawbone ICON for Cisco Bluetooth Headsets is currently shipping with Cisco Unified IP Phones 9951 and 9971. International shipments will begin in October. Jawbone and Cisco Introduce Wireless Headset for Enterprise Collaboration... Read more...
Recently, Cisco's Flip Video brand (previously owned by Pure Digital) has been seeing a lot of competition. Early on, the brand had no competition, and they were running away with an entire sector in the industry. It didn't take long for companies like HP, Sony and Toshiba to catch on, and now Flip Video is being forced by others to continually innovate if they wish to maintain their edge in the world of pocket camcorders. And that's exactly what they're doing. This week Cisco has revealed an all-new UltraHD and MinoHD, both of which have HD video capture capabilities, hardware-based image stabilization,... Read more...
Cisco recently unveiled its new Cisco Cius business tablet device. Pronounced "see us," the new tablet runs on the Android platform. The tablet uses Cisco Collaboration Architecture and virtual desktop integration to provide users with various communication, collaboration, and computing services. The Cisco Cius supports HD video streaming and real-time video, multi-party conferencing, email, messaging, browsing, and the ability to produce, edit and share content stored locally or in the cloud. The tablet has a front-mounted 720p HD camera as well as a 5-megapixel rear facing camera that can transmit... Read more...
It still seems kind of unusual to think that Cisco now owns a camcorder company, but this week the company introduced the newest in the Flip Video line, the Flip SlideHD. It's certainly an all-new take on the pocket camcorder form factor, as it looks more like a Motorola Backflip than a typical pistol-grip camera.This new camcorder allows for up to 4 hours of HD video to be captured (or 12 hours of SD content), and rather than making users offload it to a PC before viewing, the SlideHD has an internal 3" LCD that allows for instant playback. It's also a touch panel, so navigating through menus... Read more...
Cisco made news earlier in the month by claiming to give the Internet more room to grow, but obviously, boxes that are larger than most trucks can't easily be integrated into the home. Today, the company is introducing a few items that can actually be easily moved into the home. The company's Linksys branch has just revealed some of the neatest routers we have ever seen, and undoubtedly the most stylish. We've often wondered why routers were so ugly, yet there's no good way to hide them. Linksys now has the solution to that problem, with a new, streamlined product lineup that highlights a new piece... Read more...
Fully a third of the top dogs on Barron's 30 Most Respected CEOs list released in this week's print edition hail from the tech world.Given how virtually all anyone talks about these days (other than healthcare, but don't expect a discussion of that here) is social media, gadgets and the interwebz, it should be no shock. Nonetheless, a few tech names fell off the list this year: Chase Carey of DirecTV left the company to be the No. 2 man at NewsCorp.; Satoru Iwata of Nintendo due to the Wii's declining fortunes; and Rick Tsai of TSMC, as he's no longer with the semiconductor manufacturer.So we have,... Read more...
Promising to change the Internet as we know it? Far too many companies say this without any real meaning behind it, but Cisco might actually have something that could truly revolutionize the way we enjoy the world wide web. But as with most things that have a Cisco label, it will basically all be done behind the scenes. The CRS-3 Carrier Routing System was introduced today by the company, and it's supposedly "designed to serve as the foundation of the next-generation Internet and set the pace for the astonishing growth of video transmission, mobile devices and new online services through this decade... Read more...
Some have said that the addition of video recording to the iPod nano earlier this year spelled the possible demise of Flip Video's popular line of handheld camcorders. The Cisco division is not standing still, however, waiting for Apple to catch up, as on Wednesday they announced FlipShare TV, which is a new $150 box that you can use to view videos either shared directly from your computer or from your FlipShare channels on the Internet. FlipShare.com was introduced earlier this year as a way to share videos. While you can obviously share videos via YouTube, it's easier to keep them private on... Read more...
Clearwire and Cisco have formed an alliance to expand WiMAX services throughout the U.S. and offer additional devices that will work with the WiMAX standard. Under the terms of the partnership, Cisco will provide the network backbone for Clearwire’s national WiMAX network. In addition, Cisco will build new mobile devices that are compatible with Clearwire’s Clear 4G mobile WiMAX service. As you know, WiMAX provides wireless broadband Internet at speeds much faster than today’s 3G networks. Sprint and Clearwire combined their WiMAX assets in November; the new company is called Clearwire. Sprint... Read more...
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