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If there's one area of consumer technology that is actually poised to take off in terms of real, unseen innovation, it's probably the automobile. Historically, cars have been slow to keep up with the rapid pace of changing technology. On the safety front, most cars are well equipped in terms of technology. But the infotainment front? Not so much. Most factory navigation systems cost thousands more than devices available at Walmart and Best Buy, and the muddled UI means that they actually perform worse. Certain safety features have to be taken into consideration, of course, but technology has no doubt suffered because of it. Now, Cisco and NXP are investing in Cohda Wireless. Why? To "enable the... Read more...
It seems that each year, one or two major companies pause to take a look at how we can do things better. How we can do things faster, and how we can be more nimble. As 2012 draws to a close, Cisco and Aerohive are offering forecasts on what to expect in terms of wireless technology. The 802.11 standard has been long since used in a multitude of Wi-Fi devices, but even 802.11n is getting stressed in some complex applications. Now, 802.11ac is on the horizon, expected to be ratified in 2013. Chris Spain, who currently serves as VP of product marketing at Cisco Systems, and Andrew vonNagy -- a senior Wi-Fi architect with Aerohive Networks -- sat down to take a look and offer some projections. Spain... Read more...
Linksys routers have become virtually ubiquitous in consumers’ homes over the years, but parent company Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is reportedly looking to sell off the brand. Cisco is looking to get out of the consumer business and focus more on enterprise software and services, and unloading Linksys will be a big step in that direction. Linksys will most likely be fine; it’s a valuable brand and will bolster some lucky company’s consumer portfolio, despite some cuts and reductions that Cisco enacted since buying the company for half a billion bucks in 2003. Bloomberg’s sources indicate that TV makers could be interested in Linksys. Cisco headquarters in California According... Read more...
Cisco, which recently cracked a list of 25 top companies to work for, is committed to spending big money beefing up its cloud infrastructure. The latest indication of that is today's announcement that the company will fork over approximately $1.2 billion in cash and retention-based incentives to acquire Meraki, a privately held player in cloud controlled Wi-Fi, routing, and security solutions located in San Francisco, California. "The acquisition of Meraki enables Cisco to make simple, secure, cloud managed networks available to our global customer base of mid-sized businesses and enterprises. These companies have the same IT needs as larger organizations, but without the resources to integrate... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, Cisco launched Cisco Connect Cloud, a cloud platform for Linksys Smart WiFi routers that was designed to make setting up and using the router much simpler and more user-friendly and included a convenient mobile app and third-party apps that offered enhanced functionality such as easy streaming to smart TVs. Suffice it to say that however Cisco expected the early returns on the platform to go, it was not expecting the amount of blowback it received; apparently, not everyone wants to be forced into opting in to a cloud service, especially one that contained the following in its original Terms of Service: When you use the Service, we may keep track of certain information related... Read more...
Is Powerline networking making a comeback? Possibly! After years of remaining relatively off the radar, Powerline tech has been popping up way more often of late. This week, Cisco announced a suite of Linksys HomePlug AV Powerline solutions that allow consumers to use their home network by using their existing home electrical wiring. The HomePlug AV Powerline standard provides speeds of up to 200 Mbps to bring streaming video, gaming, and other data-intensive applications to computers, tablets, consoles, televisions and other Ethernet-enabled devices. For those who are having trouble covering complex areas with solid wireless, 200Mbps through an existing wired network is nothing to sneeze at.... Read more...
One in three college grads said that access to social media sites like Facebook and the ability to choose their own devices was more important to them than salary when considering a job offer. This according to a study of 2,800 college students and young professionals worldwide conducted by Cisco. More than 40% went so far as to say that they would accept less money for a job that was down with social media at work on a device of their choosing if it also included telework. The study was intended to determine what the Millennium Generation wants from employers and what they consider to be an equitable work/life balance. Not surprisingly, they overwhelmingly wanted flexible work hours and remote... Read more...
Cisco's at it again. With "at it" meaning "buying companies." While the company's killing of Flip Video will be the one that everyone remembers from 2011, they're also picking up BNI Video. Headquartered in Boxborough, Mass., BNI Video supplies service providers with two major video products that offer video back-office and content delivery network (CDN) analytic capabilities. The acquisition will purportedly advance the capabilities of Cisco's Videoscape TV platform, which allows service providers to deliver compelling video experiences to any device over any Internet Protocol (IP) network. Marthin De Beer, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco's Emerging Business Group, said this... Read more...
Quick ... how many Internet-access devices do you have in your family room? There's the HDTV, the Wii or Xbox or Playstation, the Slingbox or Roku or Boxee, the Blu-ray player and DVR ... probably a few others when you really think about it. Yours is the family room that Cisco was envisioning when it built its dual-band Linksys Wireless-N Dual-Band Entertainment Bridge, the WES610N. The new bridge connects your entertainment equipment to your Wi-Fi network and promises that video (even 3D video) will stream flawlessly to all of them. The three-antenna bridge supports Wireless-N on both 2.4 or 5 GHz to minimize interference issues. It includes a 4-port 10/100 Fast Ethernet switch, so devices that... Read more...
It's pretty amazing when you think about: just five years ago, the word "app" was probably shorthand for application, otherwise known as something like Microsoft Word. These days? Oh, everyone knows what an app is. Even Cisco, a company steeped in enterprise technology. But even a company that's catering mostly to businesses can't just stand around while the App Revolution passes them by, which explains this week's introduction of AppHQ. It's described as an application ecosystem built specifically for its enterprise tablet, Cisco Cius, that allows companies to create private, custom branded application storefronts for employees to find, publish and procure applications for business use. AppHQ... Read more...
Some fairly interesting news this week in the enterprise space, but it's news that could easily bleed over and make an impact on consumers in the near future. Polycom has announced that they will be acquiring HP's Visual Collaboration Business while also becoming an "exclusive partner" to HP for their teleprescence needs, not to mention certain video unified communications needs. You may have been oblivious to the fact that HP even owned a videoconferencing unit, but either way, Polycom will reportedly pay $89 million for that segment of the company. That's a straight cash buy, with reports suggesting that the purchase was made in an effort to guard from Cisco's attack on market share. Polycom... Read more...
Guess what? The Internet is growing, by leaps and bounds. Tons of new users are joining the digital revolution each and every day, all across the globe, via mobile or fixed line connections. And now, a new study has found that global online traffic will quadruple by 2015. Yes, quadruple, even from where it's at today! That's massive growth, no question about it, and you have to wonder what changes will be required to keep all of those users happy. The study, put out by Cisco, also sees the amount of gadgets link to the Web climbing to 15 billion by that same year. Those figures were highlighted in the company's fifth annual Visual Networking Index Forecast, which also forecasted that around 3... Read more...
Despite new products and even a proprietary accessory port announced last year, with smartphones and tablets that can record video, some of them at a higher resolution, Cisco has thrown in the towel, and decided to end its line of Flip Video camcorders. Cisco announced a number of other moves in a press release about a restructuring of its consumer business. However, the part that will catch the eye of many consumers will be the one line about Flip Video where Cisco says it will "Close down its Flip business and support current FlipShare customers and partners with a transition plan." At this point, it is unclear what that means. The port addition means that third-parties have created some devices... Read more...
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 pairs up with iOS or Android and uses an existing wireless radio to transmit pictures from anywhere.... 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 video calling, Netflix digestion, etc. The new family includes five routers, all of which are designed... 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. Today, with the blossoming of Skype and other video communications, it's hard for even consumers to... 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 the leaderboard, Dell's score was in the top-third (a C+ if the professor graded on the curve). Dell's... 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 a greeting card by the band OK GO. Continuing FlipShare's friendship with Facebook (the software earlier... 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 and Beyond Jawbone Integrates With Cisco Video Endpoints Extending Unified Communications Inside... 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, expanded product personalization options, and more ways to share video using pre-loaded FlipShare... 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 streaming VGA quality video and capture still images. It also has dual noise-cancelling microphones... 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 should be easy as well. Also, it's loaded with the same FlipShare software that comes on the other Flip... Read more...
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