Indian Taxi drivers get tooled up

Video emails have found a practical use -- keeping Bombay taxi drivers in touch with their families, according to the New Scientist.

In February India's Department of Telecommunications installed video cameras in eight booths in Bombay and Janupur. For 30p users can record a 3-minute video message. Video messages recorded in Bombay are compressed into a 2MB file and emailed to a booth in Janupur, a village 1200 kilometres away in North India.

A reply can be sent back to Bombay.

A British taxi driver reacted to the news saying: "You're 'avin a laugh intya..."