Skype updates iOS app for Verizon iPhone; video calling coming to Verizon, Android sets February 28th?

By on February 10, 2011 at 1:22 AM.

Skype updates iOS app for Verizon iPhone; video calling coming to Verizon, Android sets February 28th?

Two quick bits of Skype news to report. Today, the internet-based communications company has posted an update to its iOS client. The new code allows the app to function on the Verizon iPhone and adds H.264 support. The additional MP4-codec will allow users to place calls from their iOS device to a wider range of Skype-enabled devices, including TVs.

The second, less official bit of Skype news comes courtesy of blog Droid-Life. The site has acquired information that indicates video-calling capabilities will be coming to Skype mobile for Android — for Verizon Wireless devices only — on the 28th of February. Unfortunately, it does look like  those with LTE, Android handsets will be the only ones able to utilize the voice calling capabilities — it is unclear whether you will have to actually be connected to Verizon’s LTE network to initiate a video call. We should know more in the coming weeks. More →

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Microsoft sides with Apple, embraces H.264 as HTML5 web video standard

By on April 30, 2010 at 2:27 PM.

Microsoft sides with Apple, embraces H.264 as HTML5 web video standard

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Outside of the debate on the future of Flash and Flash video on the Internet is a separate but related battle over the video standard that will be supported by HTML5. On one side of the battle line is Firefox and Opera which has pledged support for the Ogg Theora video standard, and on the other side is Apple which has been pushing for H.264. Apple is no longer alone in this fight and now has an unlikely ally in Microsoft which announced on Thursday that IE 9 will support H.264 for HTML5 video. Ogg supporters are understandably disappointed with this decision as the two computing giants may now have the combined power to squash Ogg Theora support in these other browser platforms. Look for things to get messier before they get better as Google is expected to debut its own On2-derived V8 video protocol at Google I/O next month. More →

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Hardware-acceleration for Flash coming in Mac OS X 10.6.3?

By on April 22, 2010 at 6:10 PM.

Hardware-acceleration for Flash coming in Mac OS X 10.6.3?

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A technical document discovered on Apple’s developer website details a new Video Decode Acceleration framework within Mac OS X 10.6.3. The framework provides developers with low-level access to the GPUs of the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, GeForce 320M or GeForce GT 330M and allows them to tap into the hardware to accelerate the decoding of H.264 videos. A potential benefactor of this capability would be Adobe and its Flash player which has known performance issues on the Mac platform. Mac models expected to see this boost include the MacBook Pro, the Mac mini, and the low-end iMac, each of which rock one of the above graphics cards.

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InfoValue launches new IPTV service, high quality live TV over WiMAX in Asia Pacific

By on December 27, 2009 at 11:09 AM.

InfoValue launches new IPTV service, high quality live TV over WiMAX in Asia Pacific

infovalue_logoWith our US-centric focus, we often forget that globally, WiMAX has over 500 network deployments in more than 145 countries. One of the current hotbeds for WiMAX deployment is the Asia-Pacific region which is expected to see explosive growth over the next two years. Capitalizing on this growth opportunity is InfoValue, a US-based IPTV company. InfoValue has announced the launch of its newest IPTV service, which promises to deliver high quality live TV and interactive video-on-demand over WiMAX networks in the burgeoning Asia-Pacific market. They claim the service can deliver a consistent, high-quality H.264 stream in moving vehicles, handling tower to tower handoffs with ease. Sweet! Now if they could just get Sprint to jump on board and bring real mobile TV to the US… Full press release after the break.

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