Cisco to offer Wi-Fi-enabled Flip, enterprise video transcoding, and iOS video app

By on June 30, 2010 at 4:55 PM.

Cisco to offer Wi-Fi-enabled Flip, enterprise video transcoding, and iOS video app

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Cisco’s annual networking conference, Cisco Live!, is in full swing and the networking giant is unveiling the initial details on several upcoming video-oriented products. For consumer video camera buffs, Cisco is working on a Wi-Fi-enabled version of its popular Flip Video camera. Details are sparse but senior vice president of emerging technologies, Marthin De Beer, did hint that the portable camera may launch in time for the holidays. Cisco is also developing an enterprise-level video transcoding service, called the Media Experience Engine, that would allow companies to internally distribute video to a variety of platforms on the fly. Last but not least, Cisco is planning to release an iOS 4 video client for the Apple iPhone and is exploring opportunities to integrate its technologies into Apple’s FaceTime video conferencing tool. More →

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Cisco Cius: An Android tablet with video conferencing for business types

By on June 29, 2010 at 11:15 PM.

Cisco Cius: An Android tablet with video conferencing for business types

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The iPad might be the cool tablet to own, but for busy business people who really need to get things done, there are things like the Cisco Cius. Announced today, the Cius is what Cisco likes to calls a “mobile collaboration business tablet.” Based on Android, the Cius weighs in at 1.15lbs. and features a 7″ touchscreen display, front-facing camera for multi-party video conferencing that records and streams 720p video at 30 FPS , Bluetooth 3.0 as well as support for Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and 3G/4G wireless networks. Pricing and a release date are unknown. More →

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AT&T 3G MicroCells finally going national?

By on April 16, 2010 at 4:54 PM.

AT&T 3G MicroCells finally going national?

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Want to know what’s in those boxes pictured above? We bet you do, and since we love you, we’re going to tell you. They’re AT&T 3G MicroCells. According to several of our AT&T connects, they’ve hot off the delivery truck as AT&T’s national 3G MicroCell rollout has finally begun. Now, we should caution you that we’ve not been able to completely verify that this is nothing more than another one of those boring gradual rollouts, but based upon how many cities we’ve heard reports from, we think it’s safe to say you’ll be able to get your own real soon. Hit the jump for some eye candy. More →

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Live from CTIA 2010’s day two keynote with Sprint CEO Dan Hesse

By on March 24, 2010 at 11:48 AM.

Live from CTIA 2010’s day two keynote with Sprint CEO Dan Hesse

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Day two’s CTIA keynote speakers are as follows: Dan Hesse, CEO Sprint Nextel Corporation, William Morrow, CEO Clearwire Corporation, Réne Obermann, CEO Deutsche Telekom AG, Jon Stanton, Chairman of the Board Trilogy International Partners, and Padmasree Warrior, CTO Cisco. Hit the break for the live updates! More →

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Cisco dumps its WiMAX base station and modem business

By on March 10, 2010 at 6:05 AM.

Cisco dumps its WiMAX base station and modem business

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Clearwire may be optimistic about the growth of WiMAX in 2010 and beyond but network hardware manufacturers are a bit more bearish on the 4G wireless technology. Last month, Alcatel Lucent announced it will be scaling back on its WiMAX equipment and focusing on LTE; while popular WiMAX chipset maker Beceem introduced a new WiMAX/LTE multi-mode chipset to be used in devices that will support both wireless technologies. The latest company to join this burgeoning WiMAX exodus is Cisco, which announced plans to discontinue the production of new WiMAX base stations and modems. Rather than provide the radios for the wireless 4G technology, Cisco is adopting a radio agnostic strategy and will focus on the IP network and IP equipment that runs behind the base stations and modems. This discontinuation is more symbolic than it is detrimental to Clearwire as most of the Cisco equipment purchased by Clearwire is IP and not radio equipment. Nonetheless, it is yet another indication that, though WiMAX currently has the lead, network hardware manufacturers see a bright future for LTE and are not willing to place all their eggs in the WiMAX basket. That’s certainly understandable. More →

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Cisco to push the Internet into overdrive?

By on February 26, 2010 at 2:03 PM.

Cisco to push the Internet into overdrive?

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A circulating rumor suggests that Cisco is developing a new technology to give the Internet a major speed boost. Details on this rumored technology are sparse but Cisco claims it will “forever change the Internet” and will “show what’s possible when networking gets an adrenaline boost.” The new technology will target telecommunication service providers and will be marketed as a means of improving the customer’s high speed Internet experience which we hope translates into 100Mbps speeds with no throttling and no bandwidth caps. Cisco’s new technology will be revealed on March 9th, slightly ahead of the March 17th unveiling of the National Broadband Initiative plan, a plan which not so coincidentally will push for minimum Internet data transmission speeds of 100Mbps and will require telcos to pipe this high speed service to 100 million homes in the US within ten years. More →

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