Cisco Employees Will Get Videoconference Access to Health Care

Cisco is walking the walk in health-care tech. More than 40,000 company employees will be able use the company’s own videoconferencing technology to enable virtual physician visits. Working in conjunction with Walgreens, Cisco’s LifeConnections health center at the company headquarters in San Jose will offer primary care, physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, vision care, health coaching and an onsite Walgreens pharmacy. The center can also be accessed by 3,600 employees at a Cisco campus in North Carolina, who will be… continue…

Tips to Enhancing Your App’s Visibility in the Android Marketplace

Android app developers all have the same concern: How do I get my app discovered and distributed? If your app is not one of the top 50 apps in the Android Marketplace, no one knows it exists. At the Android Developers Conference, or AnDevCon, in Burlingame, California, Tom Emrich and his colleague Gary Yentin of App-Promo, a PR and marketing firm for apps, offered up some advice. The pair gave a great presentation on how to increase discovery and distribution… continue…

Apple’s TV: Twice the Price of Other TVs?

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Apple’s TV is generating big-time buzz. Gene Munster, a senior analyst at Piper Jaffray, has reaffirmed Peter Misek’s claim that a full-fledged television has made its way into Apple’s product pipeline. At Business Insider’s Ignition 2011 conference, Munster told his audience to hold their horses if they are looking to buy a new television, as the upcoming Apple TV is going to be great. Munster says it will come in several different screen sizes and have a standard remote control, but… continue…

Google+ Hangouts Can Now Make Free Phone Calls

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Google+’s Hangouts has just gone a whole lot more awesome. The group video chat feature of Google’s social network, one which rival Facebook has no answer to yet, had been pimped out with numerous features that enhance collaboration. Now it’s been updated again with one extra feature: You can make phone calls from within the Hangouts interface to any number in the U.S. and Canada, for free. Once the connection is established, the call recipient can join the conversation with… continue…

Tango Video Chat App to Hit PC in Weeks

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Tango for PC
Apple’s video call app, Facetime, has gotten increasingly less attractive over time, thanks to third-party video apps like Tango. Since it works only on Apple devices and only over Wi-Fi, Facetime is far from the most convenient solution, especially users are on the go. Apps like Tango break the barrier by enabling video calls over 3G networks, not being limited to Apple devices: They work with the ever-growing Android troops. Now, Tango wants to widen its reach with a Windows… continue…

Vidyo’s Video Conferencing Fills the Space Between Polycom and Skype

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If you want to rely on videoconferencing for your business and have Quality of Service, you need to spend a fortune to build an in-room telepresence solution, such as those developed by Polycom. The rest of us who don’t spend that kind of money often opt for Skype — which is free — and that’s fantastic. But it’s far from reliable, and you wouldn’t bet your business on it. Is there a happy medium? At Interop 2011 I saw Vidyo,… continue…

Big Companies *Heart* Young Workers, But Not Everywhere

Apparently there’s some truth to all that talk about established companies wanting young tech workers… Another voice says hiring’s gaining momentum in Silicon Valley… And how Apple might shut off your iPhone’s camera, whether you want it to or not. All on this week’s Update.

Letting Students Pass Digital Notes in School and Church

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How much has school and church changed in the digital age? At CIO Boot Camp at Interop in Las Vegas, I spoke with Dr. Rob Rennie, CIO & VP, Technology for Florida State College at Jacksonville, and Bill Crane, CIO for Saddleback Church about how their institutions have changed, mostly thanks to portable Internet devices like smartphones and iPads. Their students, a.k.a. “The Millennials,” are done with paper. They want everything digital. Digital means constant communications, everywhere, even in church.… continue…

E3: Games or Girls? Booth Babes Tell Us Why People Stop By to Visit

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If you’ve been to E3, you know about the Booth Babes. (Don’t yell at me. I didn’t come up with the term.) These are the always young, always pretty women who station themselves at the front of the expo’s booths in, let’s say, cutting edge costumes to attract you out of the aisle. They are universally friendly, happy to pose for photos or chat, and should be commended for their patience, for who knows what kind of conversations they have… continue…

E3: The Game Business Feels Good About the Coming Year

At E3, I spoke to a number of video game companies and players about trends in the business. The bottom line: Slow but steady growth this year. And some awesome games.