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Photos From Obama’s Tech Dinner

Photos From Obama’s Tech Dinner

The White House has released photos of President Obama’s tech leader consortium at a dinner last night. The dinner was attended by most of Silicon Valley’s top CEO’s and people who generally manage and direct your digital lives.

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Cisco is Looking to Combine Internet Video and Conventional TVs, Sources Say

Cisco is Looking to Combine Internet Video and Conventional TVs, Sources Say

The battle for the living room is just getting started, it seems, if "sources close to the matter" are to be believed. It seems that Cisco Systems Inc. isn't just happy having recently released their Umi HD video conferencing -- they're ready to take their first combative steps into the world of combining Internet video and conventional TVs. While there are plenty of set-top boxes out there who do it already, with Google TV the latest edition to the market, Cisco must believe they've got a trick or two up their sleeve.

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Living Room Video Conferencing Is Here – Are We Ready?

Living Room Video Conferencing Is Here – Are We Ready?

It appears one of the themes of the second half of 2010 is video conferencing.  Apple has been driving a lot of awareness with FaceTime.   Sprint has been driving awareness with their EVO 4G commercials. Yesterday Cisco and Logitech demonstrated their video conferencing solutions.  Both Apple and Sprint have been driving awareness for video conferencing with mobile devices.   However Cisco and Logitech demonstrated their approach is to bring video conferencing into the living room.

Consumer video conferencing has been one of those things I have watched as an industry insider for a while now.  Mostly because I do a lot of analysis around the personal computer and most consumer video conferencing solutions have thus far been PC based.  The big question is are consumers ready for living room video conferencing?   Is the mass market ready or is it still only for early adopters?    Read on for my further analysis.

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Cisco Umi HD Video Conferencing System for the Consumer Announced

Cisco Umi HD Video Conferencing System for the Consumer Announced

As far as rumors go, Cisco's video conferencing set-up meant for the general consumer has been at the top of the list for a few months now. Cisco has finally come forward with an official announcement today, pulling the curtain off their brand new HD video conferencing system, now called Umi. As far as hardware goes, you'll have a couple of things set up around your TV, but that's a small price to pay for being able to talk to your loved ones on your TV.

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Cisco’s Android Cius slate gets sub-$1,000 price tag

Cisco’s Android Cius slate gets sub-$1,000 price tag

While manufacturers are clamoring - Samsung aside - to undercut Apple's iPad with their own Android tablets, Cisco seems content to milk their enterprise customers for all they're worth.  A developer FAQ for the Cisco Cius has leaked to CrunchGear, revealing that the company expects the 7-inch Android-based webconferencing slate to come in at under $1,000 when it arrives - in limited numbers - by the end of 2010.

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Cisco home telepresence tipped for Comcast/Verizon reveal next week

Cisco home telepresence tipped for Comcast/Verizon reveal next week

Cisco is tipped to be readying a telepresence device for home use, with partnerships with Verizon and Comcast suggested, according to sources talking to BoomTown.  The exact nature of the device is unclear, but it's believed to cost as low as $200 when "heavily subsidized" or $500 with fewer commitments.  Most importantly, Cisco is expected to be pushing their higher quality video than that of arch rival Skype.

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Cisco bid for Skype tipped after Google bow out?

Cisco bid for Skype tipped after Google bow out?

Skype may be swapping hands again, with rumors coming from one of TechCrunch's more trusted sources that Cisco has made an offer to acquire the well-known VoIP service.  According to insiders, Skype are hoping for a $5bn valuation from their ongoing IPO process; there's no word on how much Cisco may have offered, but presuming this is a serious move by the company it could be a significant step up from the $2.5bn eBay paid for Skype back in 2005.

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Cisco Cius Tablet Announced, Runs Android on 7-Inch Display

Cisco Cius Tablet Announced, Runs Android on 7-Inch Display

This wouldn't be the first tablet device to be announced that wasn't meant for the mass market. The Cius tablet is specifically manufactured for the business market, even if it has features that plenty of "non-business" oriented customers would love to get their hands on. Basically, the Cius looks like it's an HD tablet with video conferencing at the forefront of its feature set.

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