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Microsoft outs three new 720p webcams

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on March 16th, 2010

Microsoft has just added three new webcams to its LifeCam line, and all three are capable of 720p HD video. The LifeCam HD-5000 and HD-5001 look different on the outside, but inside they are the same and both sell for $49.95 and are available later this month.

A smaller version of the LifeCam, the HD-6000 is available in May and aimed at notebooks, also capable of 720p video and autofocus, with a 360° rotation view.

Spying school district turned on webcams 42 times, FBI gets involved

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 21st, 2010

Remember that PA school district that was caught spying on kids at home? Well, according to the Washington Post, the school district has admitted to remotely activating those laptop webcams forty-two times over 2 years. (You have to wonder how many times they didn’t admit to.)

So now the FBI is involved and would like to determine if the school district violated any wiretapping or computer-privacy laws. Should be an easy call. Remember the school district claims that the remote activation of webcams was simply to recover stolen laptops, but the incident came to light when they tried to punish a student, using a webcam shot taken while the student was at home as evidence. The only thing stolen here was privacy.

PA school accused of spying on students at home, through laptop webcams

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on February 18th, 2010

Here’s a creepy tale involving a Pennsylvania school, and an abuse of technology and power. A Pennsylvania school district has been accused of spying on its students through webcams. Webcams in laptops which the school provided. Spying on them at home.

The district gave laptops to all of their students and were apparently able to activate the webcams remotely. Beware school officials bearing gifts…

Are HP webcams racist?

Posted in Humor by Conner Flynn on December 20th, 2009

So apparently the face tracking feature of the HP web cam will not recognize or track black faces as demonstrated in this video. Many users don’t have any problems with face tracking but, “As soon as my blackness enters the frame…”

Man, in this day and age? HP should get right on this. This is horrible. Obama is in the white house now. Are HP webcams rascist? Well, they Seem to track Wanda just fine. You be the judge.

Sakar launches Kodak Webcams and digital photo keychain

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on September 15th, 2009

Sakar launches Kodak Webcams and digital photo keychainSakar International has announced a bunch of new Kodak webcams. The list includes the S100, a driver-free webcam; the T130; an auto focus webcam and the the P310HD, a webcam with a three megapixel sensor which produces HD quality video.

There’s also the W100 and a two megapixel auto focus webcam called the L200. The cameras can automatically connect to IM and VoiP services like AOL, MSN Instant Messenger and SKYPE by automatically launching the app without the user having to do it themselves, which is neat.

Logitech introduces seven new webcams

Posted in Logitech by Conner Flynn on July 29th, 2009

Logitech introduces seven new webcamsLogitech wants you to have your choice of webcams. So they are rolling out not one, not two, not even three, but seven new Logitech webcams. How will you ever decide? Today they are introducing the Webcam Pro 9000, Portable Webcam C905, Webcam C600, Webcam C500, Webcam C300, Webcam C250 and Webcam C200.

The higher-end Pro 9000 ($99.99) sports a 2 megapixel sensor for capturing 720p video, while the lowest-end C200 ($29.99) is more basic with just a 1.3 megapixel sensor for VGA footage. All seven are expected to hit the US and Europe sometime next month.

Fruit USB Webcams

Posted in Webcams by Conner Flynn on June 11th, 2009

Fruit USB WebcamsSummer is here and if you want to get all fruity about it, why not get yourself a fruit webcam. It’s part of a healthy diet. Your choice of watermelon, apple, and pear. The pear even has a smiley face. Each costs just $12.69.

Some features include: No seeds, no juices, no fruit flys nearby, 8.0 Mega pixel Watermelon Shaped Web Cam, Supports windows Vista, XP, 2000, ME, video up to: 1600*1200 (Dynamic: 2Mega), 2.0 Mega pixel CMOS sensor, and 10 X ZOOM.


Microsoft shows off new Show Webcam

Posted in Webcams by Nino Marchetti on September 19th, 2008

Microsoft LifeCam Show

Two new Webcams were recently conceived over at little old Microsoft in Redmond, WA. The more standout of these is the slim LifeCam Show, priced around $100.

The Microsoft LifeCam Show comes with what Microsoft says is a “complete attachment kit” to anchor it to many surfaces. These kit parts include a magnetic laptop clip, magnetic desktop stand and two attachment discs which have adhesive backings.