Use Skype and a Webcam To Keep an Eye on Your Home from Anywhere

Skype's best known for video and audio calling, and even a bit of old-school instant messaging, but there are plenty of other uses for it. One of these alternative uses is to set up a free, instant access home monitoring system that you can launch from your office or your vacation whenever you like. Here's how to… » 3/26/15 10:30am Thursday 10:30am

Three Uses For Your Webcam That Don't Involve Video Chat

If you own a laptop, you probably own a webcam too. But what you may not realize is that it has plenty of potential outside of Skype, FaceTime, and the other chat apps you've been using it for. Here are three alternative uses to consider, all made possible with free software your webcam's built-in tools. » 6/06/14 11:53am 6/06/14 11:53am

Your Webcam Feed in ASCII Is the Greatest Thing You'll See Today

Say goodbye to the rest of your day. Because after playing with this web app that turns your webcam feed into a realtime stream of ASCII art, you're not going to want to do anything else ever again. » 4/03/14 12:10pm 4/03/14 12:10pm

Some idiot paid $42,000 for a one-hour webcam session with this lady

Her name is Maîtresse Madeline. She makes bondage, domination, and sadomasochism videos (NSFW) for site And now she's going to charge a single person $42,000 for one hour of webcam sex, perhaps the most expensive private sex webcam session of all time. » 1/08/14 2:13pm 1/08/14 2:13pm

22 Awesome Science & Infrastructure Webcams From Around the World

How many webcams are there in the world? I have no idea. Millions upon millions. But the problem is that 99.99% of them are dull and boring, like watching concrete dry. (Although, perhaps, the very inner essence of webcams is to be repetitious and dull.) But take a look at the collection we've put together here: these… » 12/11/13 9:00am 12/11/13 9:00am

There Is Such Thing As a Cockroach Cam and It's Just As Gross As You'd…

If you're one of those people who feel as if you're undeserving of love and/or enjoy torturing yourself for fun, here's something new to add to your self-mutilation bag o' tricks: watch a 24/7/365 Cockroach Cam. It's like watching a bunch of cam girls go about their daily lives only the opposite of that because those… » 4/04/13 9:00pm 4/04/13 9:00pm

The World's First Webcam Was Created to Check a Coffee Pot

Nobody likes arriving at an empty coffee pot. Especially computer scientists at Cambridge University—which is why, back in 1991, a team of them invented the world's first webcam to keep an eye on coffee levels from their desks. » 4/04/13 9:07am 4/04/13 9:07am

Indentured Servitude, Money Laundering, and Piles of Money: The Crazy…

If you think cam girls—those flirty naked characters that plague porn site pop-up ads—are raking in easy money, you're right. If you think cam girls are bleakly stripping online out of desperation, you're also right. Peel away the sex and pixels and money and you're left with the cloudy truth about the Internet's… » 9/18/12 1:23pm 9/18/12 1:23pm

This Is the Secret of the Google Glasses Skydiving Demonstration

It seems that there are some people that still just don't get it, so here's a photo to illustrate it. This image shows what the whole Google's skydivers-with-eyeglass-webcam demonstration is all about: antennas. Yes, it's a great demo for wireless Cisco routers and antennas. » 6/28/12 2:38pm 6/28/12 2:38pm

Watch These Grandparents Give a Hilarious Wedding Toast to Their…

In what has to be the most awkwardly adorable yet completely awesome wedding toast ever, the grandparents of Mike Bender (who've been married for 72 years!) delivered 5 tips, a few stories and a long kiss on how to make a marriage last. It's wonderful in every way. » 4/30/12 8:40pm 4/30/12 8:40pm

Transform Your Old iPhone into a Home Surveillance Cam

Home Security products are expensive and created by developers that have no interest in making things easy for end users. Instead, pull that old iPhone out of a drawer and make it the spy cam you've always wanted. » 1/23/12 8:00pm 1/23/12 8:00pm

Your Old AOL Disks Could Help You Find The Perfect Fit

The thrill of finding the perfect pair of jeans online usually lasts until just after they finally arrive, and you realize you chose the wrong size. But a Berlin-based startup called UPcload wants to make online shopping easier with a webcam, a CD, and your perfect fit. » 10/31/11 10:00am 10/31/11 10:00am

Lady Liberty's Badass Freedom Cams Are Live

We were excited to hear that the Statue of Liberty had been outfitted with some rad webcams in honor of her 125th birthday. Well Big Mother's eyes in the sky just went live and holy hell are they cool. » 10/28/11 4:20pm 10/28/11 4:20pm

New Adobe Flash Exploit Could Give Any Website Access to Your Webcam

A Stanford computer science student named Feross Aboukhadijeh has uncovered a pretty major security hole in Adobe Flash, in which somebody could turn on your Mac's webcam and mic and save that video for whatever nefarious purposes. Oh good. » 10/20/11 3:49pm 10/20/11 3:49pm

PC Rental Store Accused of Using Webcams and Keyloggers to Spy on…

A national rent-to-own chain, Aaron's, is being accused of spying on customers without their knowledge. Apparently, they've been using rented computer's webcams to take pictures of people and a keylogger to snap screenshots of what they were doing. Um, that's kind of creepy. » 5/04/11 1:20am 5/04/11 1:20am

Paper Web Cam Cover Turns You Into the 50-Foot Woman

This paper webcam cover by Japanese architect Ryuji Nakamura is guaranteed to make you a more intimidating video chat interlocutor. Brilliant. [Ryuji Nakamura via Laughing Squid] » 2/15/11 8:20pm 2/15/11 8:20pm

Logitech's Star Webcam, the C910, Is Now Mac-Compatible

Last June, Logitech's HD Pro Webcam C910 webcam had our Jason Chen all in a tizz over its 720p video calls and 1080p local-recording. There was one big flaw, however—it only worked with PCs. That's changed now, as Logitech's now supporting Macs. [BusinessWire] » 1/04/11 4:40am 1/04/11 4:40am

How to Video Chat From Your Couch Without Breaking the Bank

Video chatting—the future is now! But it sure is expensive. Between Logitech's Revue ($300 for the box and $150 for the cam), and Cisco's $600 Roman emperor-priced offering, you might feel left out. But you have (affordable) options. » 10/07/10 12:40pm 10/07/10 12:40pm

Microsoft's 1080p LifeCam Studio Webcam

The $100 Microsoft LifeCam Studio webcam has a 1080p sensor that's 2.2 times larger than a 720p webcam. It also has TrueColor, a tech that optimizes the image so your video stream look better to the other person. It's pretty good! » 9/13/10 9:00am 9/13/10 9:00am