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Homeland Security Arrests Man for Videoconferencing Sex with Minor

December 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Wills Robinson / Daily Mail

A 29-year-old retail worker has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for having cyber-sex sessions with a 15-year-old girl on Skype.

Marckenson Chery of North Lauderdale, Florida, first met the victim from San Francisco on the anonymous online chat site Omegle before they started video conferencing.

Inside IBERIABANK's Sound Strategies for Managing Growth

December 17, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Tim Kridel / AV Network

David Erwin is busy, and he's about to get busier. He's senior vice president of telecom, executive support, AV, and M&A at Louisiana-based IBERIABANK, which recently inked two acquisitions that will give it 27 more branches across Florida. That means he needs to start assessing the acquired banks' AV capabilities, starting with videoconferencing.

"We used to acquire a bank and put in videoconferencing on conversion day," Erwin said. "Now we're looking into adding videoconferencing service before the conversion to help facilitate communications.

Four Tips for Working Effectively with AV Pros

December 17, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Tim Kridel / AV Network

Ask enterprise technology managers about how they've pulled off big, complex AV projects, and often the answer is that they knew when to call in AV integrators, designers, and consultants. That's what Mediacom did for its new headquarters and LeFrak Property Management did at 111 Town Square Place.

Eli Hezi, essentialCom co-founder and partner, was the consultant for 111 Town Square Place. Here are Hezi's suggestions for working more effectively with integrators and other AV pros.

5 Trends to Watch in Video Collaboration

December 16, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Beth Schultz / No Jitter

Perhaps it's the holiday season or maybe it's the hubbub surrounding unified communications and collaboration lately, but folks are getting nostalgic on us about VoIP. The experiences of those heady days of the early 2000s hold lessons and watch points for what's happening in UC&C today, we're told.

Phil Edholm, president and founder of PKE Consulting, for example, recalled Nortel's decision to label its newly created CS1000 (which still lives on under Avaya's care and feeding, as No Jitter blogger Andrew Prokop wrote yesterday) as an IP-PBX rather than a hybrid platform combining TDM and IP. Nortel did so to fight against Cisco, which came to market with a pure-play IP-PBX and messaging that derided the efficacy of "bolting VoIP to an existing PBX," as Edholm wrote. Nortel's strategy worked just fine, for a few years. The company's decision to extend the CS1000 to a hybrid platform name caused all sorts of confusion down the road, he recounted.

'Google Hangout meets Second Life': Uni of Wollongong start-up holds biggest videoconference ever

December 12, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Michael Bailey / BRW

The University of Wollongong-based inventors of spatial audio technology sold to Dolby for over $6 million in 2008 have just held the world's largest video meeting - 67 separately logged-in people simultaneously - and are seeking Series-A funding up to $2.5 million to take the technology behind it to universities worldwide.

There are four families of patents behind iSee's video meeting platform, which at 60 simultaneous logins requires individual participants to have 95 per cent less bandwidth than existing videoconferencing technology.

Google and Avaya to bring Chromebooks and WebRTC to call centres

December 11, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld UK

Google and Avaya are chasing companies seeking to install or upgrade call centresystems, promising them easier and more affordable deployments via Chromebooks and a WebRTC interface to the Avaya customer support software.

The integrated systems would let customer-support reps access the Avaya call centresoftware -- hosted in the cloud or in a local network -- via the Chrome browser. Tapping the Chrome browser's native support of WebRTC, users will be able to communicate with audio and video without having to install additional software.

ClearOne Intros PTZ Camera for Collaboration

December 9, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Rhea Kelly / Campus Technology

ClearOne has released the UNITE PTZ Camera, a high-resolution 1080p60 video camera that can connect directly to any PC or laptop through USB 3.0 -- enabling videoconferencing, unified communications or multimedia streaming without the need for adapters or converters. The camera can also connect to traditional video devices through a built-in DVI interface.

Be prepared to authenticate before talking to a video banker and having it recorded

December 8, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by bDaily

Video banking is the most trending technology, where all the national and international banking firms are digitizing its banking services in a more customer centric manner. Video banking is one such technology, which enhances the productivity of the banker by attaining utmost customer satisfaction. Video banking unique features allow customers to interact from their desktop, tablet or smart phone. The term video banking refers to the amalgamation of unified communication over banking services. Which means the banker and customer interaction will be done virtually, while experiencing the live face-to-face presence. Relational banking made easy: Video connectivity between the customers and Branch managers/Relationship Managers is just a click ahead. Customers can schedule a video session with the bankers and can do so at their convenience by being anywhere around the world with any kind of device.

Faster and accurate Transactions: Normally a customer visit the bank for purposes such as NEFT and funds transfer, FD booking and RTGS, with video banking all these transactions can be done virtually while having a video interaction with the banker.

Synergy: Cisco Trumps Microsoft in Enterprise Collaboration

December 8, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Michael Cusanelli / The VAR Guy

Cisco Systems (CSCO) has officially become the top enterprise collaboration infrastructure provider, beating Microsoft (MSFT) in Q3 2014 earnings, according to new data from Synergy Research Group.

Both companies have been neck and neck this year in terms of market leadership in the enterprise collaboration space, with Microsoft gaining the upper hand in Q1 and Cisco narrowly beating out Microsoft in Q2 for supremacy, according to the data. Cisco raked in more than 16 percent of overall market share, totaling more than $7.8 billion in revenue from enterprise voice, UC applications, telepresence, email software, hosted communications and more.

How to Design a Collaborative Environment Steve Jobs Would Approve of

December 5, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Jeffrey Rodman / Fast Company

He knew how to design devices, no doubt about that. But Steve Jobs's talent for making user-friendly, intuitive technology didn't end at the iPhone. He had a gift for helping people interact as well, which is central to understanding the modern office and workplace of the future. He understood that today's generation needs spaces that foster transparency and offer environments where the separation of work and home life is not so different.

Walter Isaacson, a Jobs biographer, writes in his new book The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution that Jobs knew how impromptu conversations and other casual and collaborative gatherings nurture creativity and spark innovation.

Cisco pulls away from Microsoft in enterprise collaboration infrastructure space

December 5, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by James Bourne / Enterprise AppsTech

Cisco and Microsoft had been on level footing for the past two quarters in enterprise collaboration infrastructure, but now the former has pulled away to become the market leader, according to Synergy Research.

Both companies have an impressive enterprise collaboration portfolio, however other survey data suggests Microsoft isn't in the position it wants to be. Last month a report from found that while Redmond was the "undisputed" leader for separate apps, such as SharePoint and Office 365, this didn't translate into organisations using its other tools, such as Lync and Yammer, in an integrated solution.

Firefox 34 arrives with Firefox Hello video chat, revamped search, and Chromecast tab mirroring from Android

December 2, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by VB

Mozilla today launched Firefox 34 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Major additions to the browser include a built-in video chat feature, a revamped search bar, and tab mirroring from Android to Chromecast.

Firefox 34 for the desktop is available for download now on, and all existing users should be able to upgrade to it automatically. As always, the Android version is trickling out slowly on Google Play.

Meet The Ex-Googlers Helping Their Former Bosses Beat Microsoft To Your Office Phone

December 2, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Forbes

For two years Craig Walker got a lot of puzzled looks about his chosen line of work: selling voice-conferencing software. Few technologies are as mundane and ridiculed as the conference call. It is hardly the kind of Big Idea one would expect from the entrepreneur who ran a company that pioneered phone dialing for a Web browser (Dialpad, which Yahoo YHOO -3.19% bought and turned into Yahoo Voice) and in 2006 created the first one-number-that-rings-everywhere-at-once service (GrandCentral, which Google GOOGL -1.76% bought and turned into Google Voice).

Walker's three-year-old company, Switch Communications, has done fairly well with UberConference, a simple, PIN-free cloud service. It's coming up on 1 billion call minutes so far and grosses nearly $1 million per month from customers paying $10 a month for the premium version. But UberConference was never Walker's real objective, just merely a step on the way to destroying the sleepy, bloated market for business phone service. "Conference calling was the low-hanging fruit, because it sucks. But as the next-gen provider of voice solutions, there's no limit unless the world runs out of phone numbers," says Walker, 49.

Omnipresenz Teleports Viewers to Global Locations Via a Human Avatar

December 2, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Designboom

the world's first social telepresence experience, 'omnipresenz' teleports viewers to discover global locations through an interactive human avatar, in real-time. the technology that is intended to be used as a charity organization, is a collaborative system as it involves the user; those who love adventure and world discovery, the interface; a friendly page, and the avatar; a person willing to be guided by the user to make discoveries together. this ultimate social sightseeing adventure transports the viewer's eyes, ears, emotions and decisions in order to let them interact with the living environment from anywhere across the globe.

Sony executive heralds a revolution in virtual reality

December 1, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Tim Bradshaw / The Financial Times

Virtual reality will revolutionise the gaming market in just two years, according to the head of Sony's PlayStation business in the Americas, as the Japanese electronics group readies its Project Morpheus headset to rival Facebook's Oculus Rift.

In an interview ahead of an event this week to mark the 20th anniversary of the PlayStation's launch, Shawn Layden, chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment America, said: "In a couple of years from now, we are going to see virtual reality changing the entire gaming experience."

Unify Square Offers Plan for Keeping Lync on Track

November 25, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Beth Schultz / No Jitter

Love it or hate it, the rebranding of Lync as Skype for Business is one way for Microsoft to call out its efforts to empower business users with consumer-like experiences. But a name change alone isn't going to get enterprises where they need to be on user adoption or return on investment.

Unify Square, a consultant/software development firm that specializes in Lync deployments, has a plan not only for maximizing user adoption but also accelerating time to ROI. Introduced today, the plan formalizes the company's experience working on large-scale enterprise Lync deployments into a packaged offering it calls UC Right Track.

Novacap closes deal for Dialogic

November 25, 2014 | Telepresence Options



Story and images by Francois Shalom / Montreal Gazette

Novacap did not disclose the total value of the transaction but said it paid US$0.15 per share for more than 90 per cent of the stock of the company, based in Parsippany, N.J.

Dialogic makes boxes for large telecommunications service providers that bridge older technologies and newer ones, allowing them to communicate to each other.

Bedroom-bound quadriplegic develops drone to see the world

November 25, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by The Telegraph

A quadriplegic man who is confined to his bedroom has used his computing expertise to see the world from his bedroom, by flying a camera-mounted drone up to thousands of miles.

Stuart Turner could soon be looking round the Grand Canyon or Niagra Falls using the 2kg flying device, which he controls by moving his head his head and eyes using Google Glass computer worn on his head.

Cisco's Trollope Doing Right by Collaboration

November 25, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Zeus Kerravala / No Jitter

This month marks the two-year anniversary of Rowan Trollope's arrival at Cisco as chief of the company's Collaboration Technology Unit. That makes it a good time, I think, to take a look at how collaboration at Cisco has changed since his arrival.

If you've met Trollope or seen him deliver a keynote, as he did last week at Collaboration Summit 2014, then you know he's not your typical Cisco executive. He dresses differently, wears funny shoes and does push-ups before he presents. Clearly, he thinks differently than others who have held his position at Cisco.

On stage with Paul McCartney in Jaunt's VR app

November 24, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Adi Robertson / ISPR

360-degree video company Jaunt is trying to turn virtual reality into a truly viable movie platform, for anyone with an Android phone and a cheap mobile headset like Google Cardboard. Today, the company released a taste of what that might look like: an immersive version of Sir Paul McCartney performing at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in August. The free app, which works on a range of Android phones, lets you watch a bombastic, pyrotechnical performance of "Live and Let Die" (seen [in the embedded video] in non-VR) from the front of the stage or right next to Paul's piano. Jaunt content VP Scott Broock says the company was invited to tape the show the day after he demoed its technology to McCartney in Los Angeles. "You could see him get it instantly," said Broock.

Though the technology has been around for several years, "Google Cardboard" has become the best-known name for simple VR goggles made of stiff paper and cheap lenses. Cardboard was introduced at Google IO early this year, and it's being used as a promotional tool by companies like Volvo, which released an app showing off the interior of its latest SUV. Jaunt's app, of course, will work with any headset that can fit an Android phone; it will be coming to the Gear VR when Samsung and Oculus release it next month, and to the more expensive, desktop computer-based Oculus Rift. Broock sees Android and mobile, rather than high-end devices like the Rift, as the immediate future of VR. "There's no demographic for a phone, right? It's not male/female, gamer/non-gamer," he says. "There's no learning curve." The Paul McCartney app doesn't require special setup, and while it's an immersive experience, it's not a long one.

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Eye Ball

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3D Research and Application

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DiData UK Buys Mvision

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In The Picture

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TelePresence @ Home

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War Is Halo

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WAN refresh

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Just shoot me

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Immersed in Work

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Presence of mind

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Liberate your avatar

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Samsung: Next HDTV to Offer 8x Better Resolution

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Endless Self-Reinvention in Virtual Worlds

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Polycom Steps on the High Definition Gas

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