Microsoft just added a trio of webcams to its LifeCam line, and all three are capable of 720p HD video. The LifeCam HD-5000 and HD-5001 have slightly different styling but their innards are the same, both selling for $49.95. Microsoft's claim to fame for these two cams that will be available later this month? "They're the only two webcams with 720p HD widescreen and autofocus for under $50."
Coming along in May is a smaller version of the LifeCam, the $60 HD-6000 that's aimed at notebooks. It's also rocking that 720p video and autofocus, and has a 360° rotation view so you can swing the camera around to show the world your surroundings. All of these cameras feature TrueColor tech, tracking your face and making you look good even in backlit situations. Our experience with it is that it works fairly well, but it's far from perfect.
Aastra launches the Aastra 6739i, its most advanced desk phone to date. The company unveiled the new color touch screen phone today to hundreds of telecom resellers and service providers at the BroadSoft Connections executive conference.
In an increasingly competitive business climate, executives need access to the highest quality communication technology available to facilitate personal communications and collaboration. The feature-packed Aastra 6739i is a market-leading touch screen business desk phone, delivering high quality enterprise communications with advanced features, such as Bluetooth and dual Gigabit Ethernet.
The service, from privately held 5Linx Enterprises Inc. in Rochester, N.Y., will rely on interconnection agreements with other carriers plus a voice-over-IP network that 5Link owns and operates with facilities in New York and Atlanta, 5Linx officials said.
snom technology AG, developer and manufacturer of IP phones for the commercial and residential markets, announced today the next generation of voice: snom klarVOICE. This wideband handset, which can be adapted to all snom VoIP telephones, captures more than twice the spectrum of voice frequencies than standard phones enabling phone conversations with greater clarity and richness.
Tandberg today introduced a new video VoIP phone for mass enterprise deployment. Replacing the standard office phone, the E20 combines CD quality audio with DVD quality video to deliver the desktop video phone for businesses at an affordable price. Designed with the user in mind, the five-megapixel high resolution camera positioned at eye-level provides a head-on image that eliminates the “nose view” typical of currently available video phones. With the 10.6 inch LCD widescreen, users can clearly see facial expressions and read body language.
Note: Now this sounds like a useful device, with more people having multiple people on one broadband connection and running more services like VoIP and PC / Console gaming machines (PS3, XBox 360 & Wii). I need to get my hands on one to test it myself. Price point isn't too bad either for the average some-what broke gamer.
"We use Vonage for the main Geek.com line and recently we were experiencing choppy audio during some conference calls. In some cases we couldn’t be heard while other times we couldn’t hear the caller. Figuring the drop out was due to my not prioritizing the VoIP traffic on the router, I was about to do some customizing when I decided to give the OGV200 Network Optimizer a go."
Snom technology AG, developer and manufacturer of VoIP phones, announced today that they have received one of the coveted Deloitte "Fast 500 EMEA" awards for the first time. Each year, Deloitte, the international auditing firm, ranks the 500 fastest-growing technology enterprises in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, and recognizes them for their entrepreneurial excellence. snomwas ranked first among German communication and networking enterprises.