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This new ultrathin, energy-efficient 3D LCD display technology could be in your future TV or flexible e-book
Researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have invented an ultra-thin LCD screen capable of displaying images without a sustained power source and in 3D, making it a compact, energy-efficient way to display visual information.
In a traditional liquid crystal display (LCD), liquid crystal molecules are sandwiched between polarized glass plates. Electrodes pass current through the apparatus, influencing the orientation of the liquid crystals inside and manipulating the way they interact with the polarized light. The light and dark sections of the readout display are controlled by the amount of current flowing into them.
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(RTTNews.com) - Computer interface devices manufacturer Logitech International S.A. ( LOGI ) reported Wednesday a profit for the second quarter that more than doubled from last year, despite a revenue drop, reflecting improved gross and lower expenses.
Adjusted earnings per share and quarterly revenues topped analysts' expectations. Looking ahead, Logitech reaffirmed its sales guidance for the full-year 2015.
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Oct 22 (Reuters) - Video-conferencing equipment maker Polycom Inc's quarterly profit and revenue beat the average analyst estimate, helped by a drop in expenses following job cuts.
Polycom shares were unchanged in extended trading, after initially rising as much as 7.4 percent, following the release of its results.
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In a quiet corner of the Hauppauge Industrial Park, which with its more than 1,300 companies is the largest such center of innovation on Long Island, and by some metrics, is the second most sizable nationwide, there is a company those in the AV industry may have heard of, called IVCi. Most probably think of it as "that videoconferencing company," and that would be accurate, since when it was founded by Robert Swing nearly 20 years ago, it was one of the first AV enterprises to place at its foundation a business framed around those services.
Having thus built a managed conferencing business that represents 15% of its business, with a 99.99% meeting success rate , IVCi was naturally ahead of the curve on the collaboration trend, rebranding with the tagline "Collaborate Anywhere" last year. IVCi has the hardware chops to support that notion, running a national operation from its New York headquarters, with Full Functionality Testing enabling AV setups to ship from its loading docks and arrive onsite as close to "plug and play" as is technologically possible.
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Oct 20 (Reuters) - Mitel Networks Corp , a provider of internet phone and video-conferencing services, said it offered to buy smaller peer Shoretel Inc for about $540 million.
The company said Shoretel had rejected an earlier proposal and refused to engage with Mitel.
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LifeSize Communications in May launched its cloud-based video conferencing offering. Now, the company is giving users a dashboard monitoring system that gives them greater insights into how the software-as-a-service solution is being used and by whom.
LifeSize Cloud was introduced three months after Craig Malloy returned as CEO after two years away from the company, which is a division of Logitech. The solution is designed to offer business-class video collaboration to organizations that is scalable, simple to use and affordable, and will let people participate in conferences wherever they are and on any device.
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Whatever happened to all those people wearing Google Glass all over town? Many were all-in on the greatness of the product, wearing Google Glass to video podcasts, TV shows, and events.
Wearers were gung ho and constantly extolled the virtues of Google Glass. I wrote at the time that the entire product was a hoax. Although ridiculed for the column, one year later, in April 2014, articles began to appear about how all the early adopters stopped wearing the glasses because they were useless and led to personal ridicule. But there was more to it than that.
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Computer scientist and founder of Robots and Cake Stuart Turner took to WIRED2014's London stage to talk about open access systems. He did so from just outside Manchester, using a telepresence Beam robot, while flying a Parrot AR drone. And he achieved all of that using only his right index finger and his head.
"I can't move my body, I can't get out of this wheelchair -- but I can totally fly," he said. "Robots are awesome."
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Does an unfilled niche exist in the workplace between voicemail, instant messaging, videoconferencing and video chat, and social messaging in its various forms?
The creators of Movy believe they can fill that niche with their mobile video voicemail/messaging app, currently available on Google Play for Android and soon to be available on iTunes for Apple devices.
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Highfive came out of stealth mode earlier this month with one of the slickest room video conferencing systems we've seen in a long time. The product photo above gives you some sense of its industrial design, but the real story is how the company has integrated product + price + positioning + GoToMarket in a way unlike others who have been in this market.
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Now that my whole family has started using smartphones, we're sending a lot more sound files, photos and videos to each other than ever before. Texting is still ideal in plenty of situations, but we've learned that multimedia tends to be a more efficient and fun way to send information. Getting a short video clip of the dog is a lot more enjoyable than getting a short text about him, right?
If video messaging really is going to be a future trend, then the video conferencing experts at Skype want a piece of that pie. Today, the company is re-introducing Skype Qik, a video-messaging app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices. It allows you to communicate with friends - or groups of friends - through the use of recorded clips up to 40 seconds in length.
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Forget about how fast your smartphone's WiFi data transmission is today. You haven't seen anything yet. Samsung says it has developed WiFi data transmission at speeds five times faster than the best devices on the market today. The company expects to start releasing devices with this enhanced data transmission speed as early as next year.
The company says its 60GHz WiFi technology will increase data transfer speeds from 108MB per second today to up around 575MB per second on the new devices expected next year.
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The Internet can be a dangerous place to get medical advice. Stomachaches turn into cancer, stress becomes an endocrine tumor. Crack remedies and strange diets abound. Now Google is playing with a new technology that it hopes will help people find more reliable medical information. It's called a doctor.
Google's "Helpouts" product -- a service where people can search for experts and talk to them over video -- is running a trial program in which people who are searching for symptoms like pink eye and the common cold can video-chat with a doctor. The company is working with medical groups including Scripps and One Medical, which are "making their doctors available and have verified their credentials," according to a spokeswoman.
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Buried in Vanity Fair's thorough recap of how Steve Ballmer was replaced by Satya Nadella as Microsoft CEO is an interesting product tidbit.
PCWorld's Mark Hachman zeroed in on it: Microsoft is continuing its pursuit of the ultimate meeting-room app.
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The RE's cylindrical design includes a sensor that automatically turns the device on when it is picked up and only two button controls.
An app lets wirelessly connected smartphones and tablets stream the footage live and play it back later.
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Microsoft is actively developing a meeting-room application designed to streamline the entire process, including sharing data and recognizing participants, according to company co-founder Bill Gates.
The disclosure is buried inside a lengthy personality profile of Microsoft executives Satya Nadella, Steve Ballmer, and Gates, describing the relationships tying together--and pushing apart--each of the three. But the article by Vanity Fair also touches tangentially on what Microsoft is actually doing these days--especially Gates, who's dedicating exactly 30 percent of his time to the company.
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This week, Cisco's GM of collaboration, Rowan Trollope, issued a blog announcing a major update to the company's popular WebEx product. Given the market leading position that WebEx holds, one may wonder, why fix something that isn't broken? WebEx currently hosts over 15 million meetings per month, which consumes over 3 billion minutes per month. With that kind of usage, why upset the apple cart?
The reason is that despite the success of WebEx, the product is fundamentally flawed. It's not just a WebEx issue, but something the whole industry deals with. Enterprise Web, audio and video conferencing platforms have been developed in silos and the technology has remained that way since its inception. These silos of communications have prevented us from having true unified communications.
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Leading videoconferencing and telepresence gear makers Cisco Systems and Polycom are facing increased competition from China's Huawei Technologies even as revenue growth in the market flattens.
In 2018, global sales of videoconference and telepresence gear will reach $1.997 billion, barely up from $1.987 billion this year, says market research firm IDC.
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Rackspace will now sell and support Google for Work applications to business customers, just as it already resells and supports hosted Exchange and Sharepoint for business customers.
Google, which is pushing its apps into business accounts many of which run Microsoft Office. Rackspace will bill the customer, and provide phone support for those times when that button you always use suddenly disappears without notice. (Hey it happens with Google Apps -- it actually happens with Microsoft apps too for that matter.) Having someone to call in that event is pretty helpful.
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The iPhone release may be out of the way, but the tech giant still has a trick or two up its sleeve ahead of the big holiday buying season. As usual, Apple isn't saying what's coming. But that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from spitting out a bunch of information leaked from unnamed sources "familiar with Apple's plans." So grab your salt shaker: here's a rundown of what we think we know about what's next for Apple.
One thing we do know is that Apple tends to hold two major release events every fall; for the past few years, that's meant an iPhone event followed closely by an iPad launch. This year should be no different, and Re/Code's John Paczkowski has pegged Oct. 16 as the day for Apple's next big debut.