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iRobot Ava 500 ‘bot offers pricey telepresence

iRobot Ava 500 ‘bot offers pricey telepresence

iRobot's Ava 500 smart telepresence robot has gone on sale, autonomously mapping out your office, industrial facility, or anywhere else, and then allowing you to remotely log in and wander around it chatting to those physically there. Announced last year, Ava 500 blends Cisco's video conferencing with iRobot's autonomous robotic base; unfortunately, that sort of remote intelligence doesn't come cheap.

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Qualcomm, Cisco execs cite spy suspicion for shaken China tech trade

Qualcomm, Cisco execs cite spy suspicion for shaken China tech trade

We've been covering the NSA and other spy agencies pretty faithfully here at SlashGear, and while all that cloak-and-dagger, hack-and-spy, Big-Brother-Is-Watching-You drama can be provocative, that's not why we cover it. We cover it because it affects the tech industry and, by extension, the gadgets we obsess over. The reverberations of mass data surveillance by governments do eventually make their way down to consumer tech. Today we're seeing one way spying has chilled the industry that underpins our toys. Take the recent decline in US tech sales in China and yesterday's statements by executives from Qualcomm and Cisco, for example.

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Facebook WiFi offers in-store internet if you check-in

Facebook WiFi offers in-store internet if you check-in

Facebook and Cisco have teamed up to offer free WiFi in select stores, restaurants, and other public locations, aiming to get weary shoppers online in return for a Facebook check-in and some anonymized demographic data. The Cisco Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) for Facebook Wi-Fi may have an unwieldy name, but it could get you online in a pinch if the social site and networking company have their way, with the promise of participating locations spreading between now and the holidays.

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iRobot and Cisco Ava 500 dispatches robot reps around your workplace

iRobot and Cisco Ava 500 dispatches robot reps around your workplace

Despite everything Apple is expected to unveil at WWDC today, a corridor-mapping human scale telepresence robot probably won't be on the agenda; for that, we'll have to wait for iRobot and Cisco's Ava 500. Built on the iRobot modular Ava platform, the video collaboration 'bot mounts a Cisco EX60 telepresence screen - complete with HD webcam - on top of a semi-autonomous robotic stand, which can navigate the office and bring remote workers into meeting rooms.

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Cisco ordered to pay $70 million jury verdict

Cisco ordered to pay $70 million jury verdict

Cisco is the world's largest maker of networking equipment. The company has been embroiled in a lawsuit with a patent licensing company called XpertUniverse. The case has been heard in federal court in Wilmington, Delaware and has to do not only with the failed partnership, but patent infringement as well.

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Belkin gears up to acquire Cisco’s home networking division

Belkin gears up to acquire Cisco’s home networking division

Today Belkin announced that it has big acquisition plans for the future, revealing that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Cisco's home networking business. This means that Belkin will be buying the Linksys brand, among other things. Hearing that, it becomes immediately clear how big of a deal this is for Belkin, considering that Linksys large installed base will be coming along with the brand.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 11, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 11, 2013

Well folks, after a long week, we're back from CES 2013. We covered a lot of stuff during our time there, and while you can find all of our coverage by navigating to our CES portal, we've also put together a few wrap-ups that bring together the most impressive of what we saw. First up for the day was our PC and Windows 8 wrap-up, which was shortly followed by our Android CES wrap-up, and then finally our gaming wrap-up. Considering the massive amount of news that came out of CES, you might be thinking that the number of wrap-ups seems a little low. You'd be right - we've got more wrap-ups coming this weekend, so sit back and watch as we recap all of the biggest stories to hit during the show.

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Hack turns Cisco desk phones into remote listening devices

Hack turns Cisco desk phones into remote listening devices

If you work in an office that uses one of the various Cisco branded IP phones, word has surface about a hack that might make you uncomfortable. Reports have indicated that Internet phones sold by Cisco Systems are vulnerable to hacks that can turn them into remote bugging devices allowing nefarious sorts to eavesdrop on calls and conversations close to the phone. Cisco warned about the flaw this week.

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