Linksys and WebEx may be on the block
Cisco on Wednesday denied that it was planning to sell off Linksys. While it said it would cut the Flip line as part of its return to a "network-centric platform strategy," it told the Register that it wouldn't confirm or deny rumors. The company also didn't discuss talk that its WebEx web conferencing service was also up for grabs.
Cisco to stop supporting FlipShare by end of 2013
Cisco announced this week users who uploaded photos and videos to the company's FlipShare Web Service have 30 days from May 12 to back them up or face having them erased. Cisco discontinued the Flip brand in mid-April among fierce competition from cellphone cameras. Flip has posted a guide online on how users can back up their videos from FlipShare.
FlipLive was imminent before Cisco backed off
Cisco was to have unveiled a first-of-its-kind livestreaming pocket camcorder before it killed the Flip brand, a new post-mortem scoop uncovered. Named the FlipLive, it would have not just connected to Wi-Fi but would have shared video in real-time. A product manager had briefed the New York Times that the new Flip would have allowed sharing a link through e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter that would take users directly to the streaming page.
Cisco kills Flip camera line
Cisco today axed its Flip camera division in a bid to bring the company back into shape. The company provided few details but said its new "network-centric platform strategy" meant the former Pure Digital group had to be closed. Those on the FlipShare service would be supported through a "transition plan," though Cisco didn't say what that was.
P100 offers pistol grip design; B10 mimics Flip
Toshiba has expanded its Camileo series of camcorders with two new models, the P100 and B10. Both camcorders offer 1080p video recording, SD memory card slots, HDMI output and USB ports. The P100 brings 8X optical zoom, support for capturing 16-megapixel still images, and a three-inch touchscreen attached via swivel mount for flexible positioning.
Flip Video camcorders to get Wi-Fi
An FCC filing published today has confirmed that Cisco is developing a Wi-Fi version of its Flip Video cameras. The M3260 has been tested using 802.11n Wi-Fi along with the requisite HDMI and USB connectors. The purpose of the wireless isn't clear, but it would likely be used to share video on a local network and possibly to upload video directly to YouTube or Facebook.
Hand-held stabilizer works with small videocams
The iSteady Shot Arc is a new handheld camera stabilizer designed for the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, the iPod Nano and other small (under one pound) digital video devices, including point-and-shoot cameras, Flip Video cams and so on. It uses a small counterweight to allow for smooth, fluid motion while handheld without adding a great deal of extra weight or bulk. The device itself weighs only 12.4 ounces.
Blue Microphones to ship Mikey for Flip in 2011
Blue Microphones has formally detailed an add-on microphone for Cisco's new Flip Ultra HD pocket camcorder, the Mikey for Flip. It connects to the devices' FlipPort accessory port and enables stereo audio recording. It contains Blue's condenser microphone capsules and gets its own power source courtesy of an AAA battery.
Flip Mino, Ultra upgraded as we review Ultra HD
Cisco tonight unveiled a new slate of Flip cameras that promise a major lift in video quality. The Flip Ultra HD 2 hour and both 1 hour (4GB) and 2 hour (8GB) versions of the Flip Mino HD now shoot 720p video at 60 frames per second, improving their ability to handle motion and the perceived clarity. A gyroscopic image stabilization system is also new and prevents many of the more sudden jitters common to a pocket camcorder.
Samsung PL90 takes cue from Flip with own USB
Samsung tackled a longstanding problem with compact cameras today by adding a new entry-level model, the PL90. Borrowing a cue from Cisco's Flip cameras and Samsung's own pocket camcorders, the PL90 has its own swiveling USB plug. The connector not only eliminates the risk of losing a USB cable but, as it uses a full USB jack, can charge the camera's battery without needing a separate AC adapter.
Panasonic TA1 and SDX1 take on cheap HD
Panasonic in a special evening launch trotted out two camcorders, one of which is a first for the entire company. The HM-TA1 is its venture into the Flip's home territory and immediately claims an edge with full-speed 1080p video. The camera is unique in the class as it supports Apple's iFrame encoding: it can output its video to iMovie at 540p without having to resize until the final export.
Company also working on Flash workaround
Cisco has disclosed plans to launch a new Flip camera with Wi-Fi support, while expanding its range of products geared for Apple's mobile devices. The company has yet to provide specific details regarding the Wi-Fi Flip, although it is expected to arrive on the market before the end of the year.
iPhone photos tested more accurate than rivals
The iPhone 4's camera is not only better than those of its Android rivals but even some newer still cameras, testing today has discovered. It has just a five-megapixel sensor versus eight or more from the Droid X and Evo 4G, but its color accuracy and exposure were determined as better than all but those in dedicated cameras. Apple's edge was in choosing a large, back-illuminated CMOS sensor like that of the Sony WX1 included in the test, Macworld noted, as it not only gave better sensitivity in low light but avoided the tendency towards overcrowded sensors like on HTC's phones.
Touchscreen Flip camera reviewed
As ubiquitous as the Flip line has been, the pocket camcorder line has been quiet since Cisco took over. But while the original Flip Video camcorder was a minor revolution in a home video marketplace crowded with full sized camcorders, the Flip now has to fight against a mature crowd. With a touchscreen and a phone-like slider, is the Flip Slide HD a giant leap forward or simply an evolutionary improvement that could struggle against newcomers?
Cisco buys Moto to improve design for home gear
Cisco on Tuesday said it had bought out Moto, the well-known San Francisco design firm. The company was already responsible for designing some of home devices, such as the Flip cameras. Neither company was explicit with their plans, but Cisco hoped to speed up its fledgling home electronics business.
Flip Slide HD packs 16GB storage, touch
Cisco as promised launched the Flip Slide HD as its first major pocket camera upgrade. The design is unique in depending on a slide-out, three-inch resistive touchscreen as its near-exclusive control scheme, with a capacitive touch strip to speed up scrolling through thumbnails. Choosing the new UI allows a greater emphasis on watching over capturing; the feature is reinforced by the new addition of a 3.5mm headphone jack for listening in private.
Best Buy to get Flip Slide HD on April 18th
A leaked inventory screen from Best Buy reveals that Cisco may soon release its Flip Slide HD digital camcorder. The leak doesn't actually reference Slide HD, but a digital camcorder designated as the S1240W instead. The screens reveal the device will cost $280 and be available at Best Buy stores on April 18th.
Flip Slide HD would let users preview on device
Cisco is about to release the first major design for the Flip since the company bought Pure Digital, a scoop from a Best Buy store has confirmed. Aping the design of a phone slider, the Flip Slide HD would have the familiar small LCD and basic recording controls but an angled slide-out view with a second, larger screen to watch videos much like a portable DVD player. Superficially, the body should resemble the Flip Mino HD rather than the bulkier Ultra line.
Next-gen Flip cameras coming next month?
Cisco will reveal new generation Flip video cameras at or close to the NAB show, according to StreamingMedia executive VP Dan Rayburn. The official claims to have early specs of the new cameras, but will not share them as they are not confirmed.
Sony intros Bloggie pocket cameras at CES
At its press conference at CES, Sony introduced new pocket cameras it calls bloggie, which are meant to produce and quickly upload Internet videos for quick sharing. Similar in concept to the Flip Video cameras that arguably pioneered the category, but has features more inline with the company's latest Ultra HD digital camera, Sony's bloggie cameras record 1920x1080 high-definition MP4 format videos and capture 5-megapixel images. The content can then be quickly uploaded to PCs and the Internet thanks to a built-in USB connection that flips out of the body. This USB will also charge the internal battery.
Concord to out 2-inch Flip-like camcorder
Concord Keystone will add a new product to its lineup at the CES show, with its Easy Shot Clip ultra-mini digital video camera. Not unlike the product that pioneered the category, Pure Digital's Flip Ultra HD, is pocket-sized, with Concord claiming it is the smallest and cheapest such device in its class. The Easy Shot Clip has 2GB of flash memory, and is meant for capturing relatively low resolution videos for use on video sharing sites such as YouTube.
Most gifted on Amazon a mix of Apple and ASUS
Apple has been one of the top-selling gifts in any category for Christmas this year, according to Amazon's charts. The 8GB iPod touch and its 32GB sibling are not only the second and fourth most gifted items in Amazon's electronics section but (as of press time) in second and third place among the online retailer's bestsellers in any category. They remain eclipsed only by Amazon's own Kindle reader for the top spot in either area.
Amazon touts Kindle as top seller
Amazon today claimed a "record" month of sales for the Kindle and has provided some details of its bestselling devices. Without giving numbers, the online retailer said the e-book reader had its "best sales month ever" even before Cyber Monday, the online follow-up to Black Friday. It remains the bestselling individual product of any category at Amazon as well as the most gifted and requested item on the store.
Flip rumored to get a Wi-Fi enabled model in 2010
Flip will reportedly release a new USB camcorder with built-in Wi-Fi functionality early next year, thanks to Cisco, which bought Flip maker Pure Digital earlier this year. While this is not official, it should allow the ultraportable camcorder to upload videos directly to video-hosting sites over private and public Wi-Fi networks. The new Flip will purportedly also have a large screen that would slide out of the way to grant access to the record and menu buttons.
Package provides remote control, wireless streams
An FCC filing has uncovered an unannounced FlipShare TV product that apparently serves as an accessory package for Cisco's Flip video recording devices. The system provides a USB dongle that communicates with a larger FlipShare TV box attached to a television. The TV box provides an HDMI output and standard RCA connections.
Flip Channels and iPhone
Cisco today gave its Flip cameras a key update with the launch of FlipShare.com, its matching Flip Channels and a new iPhone app. The new feature gives users their own collection of videos on the Cisco-run website but, unlike YouTube or similar pages, lets users more specifically share videos only with with certain groups rather than just the entire public or all of a user's friends. In addition to a software update launching today, all Flip cameras shipping from today onwards will have the feature.
Amadana intros SAL VGA cam
Not unlike the fairly popular Flip Video that spawned the category and the near identical Creative Vado that followed it, Amadana on Monday announced the introduction of its SAL pocket video camcorder. The SAL uses a 3-megapixel CMOS sensor to capture 640x480 resolution videos in the MPEG-4 format, with a 320x240 LCD display acting as the viewfinder and playback display. Storage space is fixed at 2GB, or 2 hours of video that also matches the claimed battery life.
Creative Vado HD in Stores
As promised, Creative this morning marked the US in-store date for its Vado HD pocket camera. The 720p-capable recorder aims to beat the Flip Mino HD on features with HDMI video output, twice as much storage at 8GB and a larger two-inch preview LCD. Creative uses H.264 encoding that should give it four hours with Flip-level encoding or two hours in a claimed better HD+ capture mode.
Vado HD coming soon to US
Creative will launch a version of its Vado pocketable camera with a flash drive that is capable of recording high-definition video on December 7th in the US as per an Amazon product page. The small camcorder will record video using H.264 compression at up to 1280x720 resolution (720p), with its 8GB of integrated capacity good for two hours of HD video or double that at VGA resolution. It will be priced aggressively at $199 and should have more storage and small feature improvements over the well-received Flip Mino HD.
Flip Mino HD Review
Conventional wisdom would have had Pure Digital's Flip camcorders wash out because of their limited features, but it's precisely this which has led them to seemingly overthrow the budget camcorder market. Their dead-simple controls and narrow focus have made them ideal for a generation growing up on YouTube and video blogging. The Flip Mino HD promises to do the same for high-definition video and with even simpler editing. But does it live up to this promise? We find out in our full review.
Pure Flip Mino HD
Pure Digital today launched its response to a recent wave of ultra-simple HD camcorders from newer rivals with the launch of the Flip Mino HD. The camera matches the 720p widescreen, fixed zoom capture of most of its opponents but opts for a built-in 4GB of flash memory rather than the SD cards of others. This gives it an hour of storage for HD out of the box in the Mino HD's native MPEG-4 format, which also makes most videos relatively portable both to web video and to video editing tools, including iMovie. Pure estimates about two hours of battery life with the extra demand from the improved footage.
Kodak this morning launched a slew of new devices that start with the company's first-ever pocket video camera. The Zi6 follows in the wake of the Flip Mino and Vado but is the only one of the three to support recording HD video: the Zi6 can capture widescreen 720p, even at 60 frames per second (twice that of normal video). It also has more headroom than the built-in flash of rivals and uses SDHC cards to store up to 32GB of footage.
Pure Digital Flip Mino
Pure Digital on Wednesday is launching its anticipated Flip Mino, its newest entry into its unusually popular simple camcorders. The Mino shrinks the design of the original Flip camera by 40 percent to where it's smaller than a typical cellphone while adding features that aren't present on the originals: the updated software bundled with the Mino lets it upload directly to MySpace as well as providing existing hooks for AOL and YouTube. Pure keeps the concept simple by preserving the 2X digital zoom lens that limits the camera but concentrates on the shot itself.
Flip Video Mino spotted
Flip Video may not have officially revealed any new products yet, but a new simple video camcorder from the company has been spotted on Wednesday in a B&H print catalog. While not much is known about the new camera, its $180 retail price suggests it will be the company's flagship offering, and will be available in black or white.
Creative Vado Pocket Cam
Creative today took a cue from the unusually successful Flip camera and launched the Vado. The company promises an improvement on the concept of an ultra-simple, YouTube-oriented video recorder with a design it says is both thinner and lighter than its rival and gives the camera 2GB of built-in flash memory. This gives the Vado up to two hours of recording time at its native 640x480 resolution, Creative says. Built-in software can help streamline uploads either to YouTube or Photobucket, though the use of MPEG-4 allows common video editing software to edit captured footage.