Talking to TVs was the talk of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this month, with voice and gestures being demonstrated as new ways of controlling internet-connected TVs that have become too smart in their interfaces and capabilities for regular remote controls.
But there are other uses for the cameras and microphones being introduced that can see and hear us. In this week’s Personal Technology column, I have been comparing the telyHD and Biscotti TV webcams that promise better living room communications over Skype and Google Talk. Longer reviews of both are after the jump. Read more
During the 1990s, stock options became a part of Silicon Valley lore. They represented the right of even the most junior engineer to strike it rich and became a standard part of any pay package.
But things aren’t that simple anymore. The Valley’s approach to pay has changed greatly since the last dotcom bubble, and workers who don’t learn the new rules of the game can get caught out. Read more
There’s no doubt about it: Wall Street is ready to pay up for growth. Even when compared to the heady price Microsoft has just agreed to pay for Skype, the LinkedIn deal looks rich. But this kind of growth is a rare commodity in the public market these days. Read more
Is the secondary market for private company stock – one of the main financial innovations of the last couple of years – just a flash in the pan? Two of the most watched companies, Skype and LinkedIn, are about to be lost in little more than a week. How many others among the top ten will still be around a year from now? See the full list after the break. Read more
Does it matter that investors in the public markets are missing out on the big early gains in internet stocks? Niklas Zennstrom (of Skype fame) has done his own calculations and tells us that the majority of large-cap, high-growth names in the world today are not traded on any stock market. Read more
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer and Skype boss Tony Bates gave a press conference at 8am local time in San Francisco to discuss their $8.5bn deal, announced today.
After live-blogging the event, here are my initial conclusions: Read more
For Microsoft Skype could form the glue between its PC, mobile and gaming businesses that it has hitherto lacked.
Microsoft was in advanced discussions on Monday night about purchasing Skype, the internet telephone company, in what would be one of the US software company’s largest deals so far as it seeks to boost its online operations. Read more
One hazard of new mass-market consumer technologies is that they make geeks of us all. So it is with Skype, which has just come up with an exhaustive account of its spectacular pre-Christmas crash. But the implications go much further than the technical. With an IPO on the cards, this has not come at a good time. Read more
Skype’s filing for an initial public offering on Monday comes as the communications service is reaching a new level of maturity.
Skype is available on a growing number of devices as rivals such as Apple’s FaceTime struggle to establish meaningful connections with customers and other services. Read more
Mobile and fixed-line operators have shown little interest in improving the voice quality of phone calls, but the internet phone company Skype came out with a compelling reason for them to do so on Monday.
Speaking at the eComm conference in Silicon Valley, Jonathan Rosenberg, Skype‘s chief technology officer, said its users were talking for almost 50 per cent longer on calls delivered in high-definition quality. Read more
Skype has announced some major advances for the consumer in video calling – with high-definition pictures enabled and integration with TV sets.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it isunveiling partnerships with LG and Panasonic to offer Skype–enabled HDTVs from the middle of this year. Their 720P HD webcams with built-in microphones are specially designed to pick up video and sound from couch distances. Read more
You just know that this is not the end.
It’s like one of those bad soap operas. There’s a big family wedding coming up and the distant European cousins aren’t invited. It leads to some vicious public name-calling. Eventually everyone calms down and the cousins are invited after all, though some other guests have be thrown off the list to make room for them.
But as soon as they all get in the same room again, it won’t take long for the bad feelings to return. You just know. Read more