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  • Facebook releases a caller ID app for Android

    Facebook wants to mesh its massive social network with phone communications so that it can provide its members with useful information about people at the other end of the line.

    Written by Zach Miners23 April 15 05:54
  • Does Skype for Web mean WebRTC is ready for prime time?

    Microsoft's upcoming Skype for Web service will use the new WebRTC standard so it works in all modern browsers -- but not right away: Early users will have to download a plugin that's only available on Mac and Windows.

    Written by Mary Branscombe19 Nov. 14 01:56
  • Skype version for broadcasters released to manufacturers

    A special version of Skype designed for professional TV broadcasts reached another milestone with its release to manufacturers and the signing of three hardware partners.

    Written by Juan Carlos Perez13 Sept. 14 03:36
  • Almost one in six doctor visits will be virtual this year

    With an aging Baby Boomer population and broadband bandwidth improved a hundredfold from a decade ago, telemedicine is exploding as a convenient and less costly alternative to the traditional visit to the doctors' office.

    Written by Lucas Mearian09 Aug. 14 05:12
  • The real 'fire' in Amazon's smartphone? A shopping spree

    You'd be forgiven for thinking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants to compete with other phone makers with his company's new Fire smartphone. But forget the multiple cameras and pretty 3-D-like effects, the device is really about selling more stuff.

    Written by Zach Miners19 June 14 09:59
  • Skype app for iPhone due out from Microsoft today

    Microsoft promises that a revamped Skype app for the iPhone will be significantly better than the current version, although it may be too late for users who have long since switched to other options.

    Written by Juan Carlos Perez13 June 14 01:29
  • Siemens' Unify to cut staff in half

    Unify, a joint venture between Siemens and the Gores Group, will cut 50 per cent of its staff and refocus its product roster away from hardware, following a shift in the overall unified communications market toward software and Cloud services.

    Written by Juan Carlos Perez03 June 14 07:05