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If you’re still using Skype for video conferencing, now might be a good time to check into WebEx. The company just launched a new package called WebEx 8, which gives subscribers unlimited videoconferencing for up to eight people for $19 per month, or $15.99 a month with a year subscription. Until now the cheapest option was $49 per month for up to 25 participants.
Walmart and Amazon have figured out how to bypass Apple’s mandatory 30 percent cut for apps distributed through the iTunes store, reports The San Francisco Chronicle. Walmart has launched an iPad version of its Vudu online video streaming service using a desktop shortcut that lets customers click an “Add to Home Screen” button on Vudu.com to install an app-style icon on the iPad desktop. Likewise, Amazon unveiled the Kindle Cloud Reader which lets customers read Kindle e-books on the iPad even without an Internet connection. Both services use the HTML5 Web browser protocol and follow on the heels of The Financial Times of London which in June launched a Web-based version for smart phones and tablets to avoid Apple’s fee. “The flexibility of HTML5 allows us to build one application that automatically adapts to the platform you’re using – from Chrome to iOS,” said Dorothy Nicholls, director of Amazon’s Kindle division, in a statement. Amazon made its Kindle Cloud Reader compatible with Safari on the iPad as well as Google’s Chrome browser, and plans to add Internet Explorer, Firefox and the BlackBerry PlayBook browsers in coming months. Read more at The San Francisco Chronicle.
GlobalMeet, which was launched in February and already has more than 20,000 people using its Web conferencing service, now has new pricing, features and a mobile app available at the iTunes store. With plans that start at $29 a month, GlobalMeet can be used for Web and audio meetings with no software downloads for meeting guests and a “connect me” feature that calls participants automatically without using dial-in numbers and passcodes.
Hollywood entertainment sales declined over the last quarter, according to a report by Digital Entertainment Group. Sales of DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and other packaged goods declined by 16.3 percent. Digital rentals showed meager growth, 0.29 percent. The only significant positive growth was seen in the area of DVD-by-mail and video-on-demand services, which grew by 24 percent.