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The recently released Tiki USB microphone from Blue Microphones

The snail-like Tiki USB microphone from Blue that caught our attention at CES 2012 has now been released. The PC/Mac-friendly, plug-and-play microphone features background noise-cancellation and auto-muting for online comms and a high quality voice/instrument recording mode, too. Gizmag has spent the last few days chatting, recording, listening, testing, and generally getting to know Tiki a little better. Does it live up to its early promise? Read on to find out ...  Read More

PGP creator Phil Zimmermann has teamed up with fellow Silicon Valley pioneer Jon Callas an...

Being able to communicate without fear of prying eyes and ears intercepting could literally mean the difference between life and death for journalists uncovering corruption in high places, campaigners and activists trying to make the world a better place, or undercover agents engaged in covert operations. The creative force behind well-known email encryption software PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) had just such folks in mind when developing his latest digital security product. Phil Zimmermann has created a new suite of high-end encrypted communication products that combine with a custom-made secure network to ensure that the sender and recipient(s) are the only people able to access email, voice, video and text comms routed through the Silent Circle system.  Read More

Skype claims its visual ads will serve as entertaining talking points

Skype announced today that Windows users of its popular voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service who do not possess Skype Credit or subscriptions will be subjected to silent visual advertisements dubbed “Conversation Ads” when making one-to-one audio calls. The move follows last year’s buyout of Skype by Microsoft for a reported US$8.5 billion.  Read More

Microsoft Avatar Kinect virtual chatroom service is now available via Kinect Fun Labs

Utilizing Kinect's motion tracking and facial recognition, Avatar Kinect takes ordinary video calls into a fully virtual environment giving each user a facial expressions and gestures-reproducing avatar. First unveiled at CES 2011 in January, Avatar Kinect is now available free to try until September 8, while later it will be available to Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers only.  Read More

Google developer preview of WebRTC: making real-time communication free to implement

Less than a month after Microsoft bought Skype for US$8.5 billion, Google has released a developer preview of WebRTC - an open framework enabling implementation of voice and video Real Time Communications in the browser with the use of HTML 5 and JavaScript APIs.  Read More

The Koegler AudioMouse combines a computer mouse with a phone

You might, at first, wonder why anyone would want a combination mouse and phone. Well, if you’re working on the go from a laptop, or have limited desk space, it saves you the hassle of managing both devices separately. That, at least, is the thinking behind Koegler Electronics’ AudioMouse, recently spied by Gizmag at Computex 2010.  Read More

Skype has updated its iPhone App to include 3G Skype-to-Skype voice calls

Skype has updated its iPhone App to include 3G Skype-to-Skype voice calls. While version one of the Skype App supported VOIP calls via Wi-Fi, the latest version brings this functionality to the iPhone and iPod touch (2nd generation onwards) over 3G networks.  Read More

Toktumi's Line2 app offers a second line for your iPhone

Conscientious workers face a dilemma when making sure they’re always available for work - either carry around two phones or hand out personal numbers. Toktumi’s $14.95 a month Line2 VoIP app, now in its final stages of development, gives iPhone users the chance to bag themselves unlimited U.S and Canadian calls, cheaper international rates, and a second number that works over 3G, WiFi or Cellular networks.  Read More

Frank Seide and Kit Thambiratnam demonstrating a real-world use for the Transcriptor! and ...

This year's TechFest has brought together researchers from around the globe to present, experience and discuss some of the emerging technologies from Microsoft's Research wing. Highlights include a mobile version of the company's Surface platform, a voice recognition transcription system with auto-translate and a couple of projects which use the body as a computer interface.  Read More

The Samsung VC240 all-in-one video conferencing solution

Video conferencing offers businesses a way to save time and money on travel expenses while providing that all-important face-to-face communication. Samsung, partnering with RADVISION, has developed the VC240, a new all-in-one solution that integrates all the components required for high definition desktop video conferencing into a single unit. As well as operating as a standalone desktop HD video conferencing device without the need of a PC, it can also be used as a high-resolution monitor.  Read More

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