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Video Calls: The Future Source of Car Accidents

Posted on May 31, 2012

Video calling has come a long way in the past few decades. It began in the fifties and was known as videotelephony. Between the fifties and the nineties, still images would be portrayed through projector type apparatus refreshing the image of the person on the other line every few seconds over what is known as a POTS-type telephone line connection. The technology is more akin to slow scan TV systems. Technologic evolution and the development of video codec and high bandwidth internet communication services over the past few years have helped speed up the process and the practicality of video communication.

Skype Technologies S.A. logo

Skype Technologies S.A. logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Video telephones can now offer high quality color service amongst users worldwide via an internet connection. In many instances, video calling has become more affordable than making a long distance phone call. With the upcoming release of Windows 8, Skype, which was acquired by Microsoft will be “doubling down.”

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Video-call (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Video communication makes over fifty percent of Skype’s 250 million connected user, up from its 170 million users from last year. While desktop usage is the strongest. There will be some changes and additions to mobile applications as well. Tony Bates, Skype President is and alleged fan of Microsoft’s Windows phone. He believes that he and his team can add great value to the phone which is people centric as is Skype.

In the cell phone industry, iPhone reigns number one for video calling usage; it is the products biggest platform. Android, another major player in the cell phone industry has a fragmented market, therefore, making it challenging for Skype to make a great impact. This makes using the Microsoft phone a great bet to increase market share.

Cell phone video communication may provide a great opportunity for Skype to increase its market share. With an increase in market share and more people on the road using cell phone video technology, the risk of car accidents may increase. That is if people view video calling technology similar to how they do texting and calling while they are driving, then there is an opportunity that more people will call their car accident lawyer.

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skype phone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The press release was done in Palos Verdes, California to notify people in the tech industry to watch out for the up and coming Windows 8 as well as the up and coming increase in usage of Skype and its leverage on the Microsoft cell phone. The product, Bates points out is already in use across various platforms including its inclusion in most modern televisions and the possibility of using Microsoft Kinect to increase its market share as well.

As the increase of video technology usage appears in the horizon, safety when using it on cell phones should be considered. Drivers run the opportunity of ultimately being injured in a car accident and will need compensation while they take time off from work and recover. This means that a Los Angeles car accident lawyer can help them get the compensation they need.

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