Extending the power of presence technology to mobile IP phones, two of the new seven iPhones that Linksys introduced today at CES integrate popular communication clients, Skype and Yahoo! Messenger with Voice, into the handset. These new iPhones allow you to see when friends or family are online and ready to receive a call. What’s more, these client-enabled iPhones free you from having to sit at your PC to talk and also free you from having to keep the PC always-on to make calls over the Internet. In addition to enabling mobility and voice calls, the Dual-Mode Cordless Phone for Yahoo! Messenger with Voice allows access to Yahoo information services. Skip hunting for the phone book or returning to your computer to search for a phone number. Do it from the phone and also check weather forecasts directly from the phone’s display.
Here are some of the other Linksys announcements at the show:- PowerLine networking products designed for HomePlug AV, the next generation of PowerLine standards from the HomePlug PowerLine Alliance, providing up to 100 Mbps speeds with existing wiring. -- New NAS2000 network attached storage product for home and SOHO users. Includes two bays and doesn’t require a client utility to run on the PC. -- The WPSM54G wireless print server that allows users to wirelessly scan, fax and copy from any PC on the network to a multifunction printer without needing a separate dedicated”always-on” PC.