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November 2008

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Video Chat for Google Gmail Users

November 12, 2008

It was only a matter of time before Google followed the likes of Skype, MSN, and Yahoo! The search engine giant has now added voice and video communications capabilities to the tools available to Gmail users. With a Webcam and free software, users will be able to easily place video calls to other Gmail users -- audio-only calls can be made if you don't have a Web cam.

Of course, with the majority of new laptops embedded with cameras, a growing number of users will enjoy the capability, from within the Gmail application.

HD VOIP Phones from AudioCodes

November 5, 2008

Change is afoot. When you went to bed last night, the nation had elected a new president who clearly said, "Change has come."

In the VoIP industry, that change comes from AudioCodes, which Monday announced its strategic entry into the high definition VoIP market with its new HD VOIP technology, which it is incorporating into many of its existing media server and gateways.

Today, it has gone even further, announcing its line of HD VOIP-enabled IP phones.

No, AudioCodes is not known for phones -- not like Polycom or snom, both of whom are also pushing high definition VoIP.