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'Tape Your Webcam': Horrifying Malware Broadcasts You to the World

July 30, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Steven Nelson / U.S. News

The Internet is flush with webcam videos of people who clicked unwittingly on a malware link and opened their computer to anonymous miscreants intent on mocking, blackmailing or simply spying on them, according to a report being published Thursday.

There's not enough being done about such little-known but alarming invasions of privacy, the Digital Citizens Alliance says in its report on computer "slaving" by programs known as Remote Access Trojans, or RATs.

Change Of Guard At Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS)

July 29, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Viraj Shah / Live Trading News

A series of announcements made by Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) suggest that the company is in for a major organizational reshuffle. The company announced its second quarter earnings and the retirement of its CEO Mark Templeton.

Templeton had joined the company in 1995 as the Vice President of Marketing. He rose to the position of President in 1998 and to that of the CEO in 2001.

'Internet-scale anonymity': Researchers unveil high-speed Tor alternative

July 28, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by RT

An international team of researchers have presented a new routing network they say paves the way for internet-scale anonymity." A more secure alternative to the Tor, the new HORNET suggests better scaling and much greater browsing speeds.

The "High-speed Onion Routing at the Network Layer" (HORNET) was developed by five researchers from the UK, the USA and Switzerland. A research paper, presented earlier this week, outlines details of their project which is yet to undergo large scale tests and a peer review process.

Review: 4 low-cost videoconferencing devices keep you connected (video)

July 27, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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The AVer VC520, the Lifesize Icon Flex, the Ricoh Unified Communication System (UCS) P3500 and the Logitech ConferenceCam Connect

Story and images by Brian Nadel / Computerworld

We all know that there's nothing like face time to get your point across at a company brainstorming session or to convince a reluctant customer to close the deal -- but these days, that is often not possible. Meeting remotely has become much more a part of standard business practice, especially with many employees located far from their company's main office and with businesses from small to large dealing with clients on an international scale.

Until recently, converting your meeting space to accommodate video communication with out-of-office participants meant you had to install expensive (and permanent) equipment -- or cope with an unsatisfactory speakerphone. However, new hardware is now available that can turn any office, cubicle or even café table into a videoconference zone.

New Patent Pool Wants 0.5% Of Every Content Owner/Distributor's Gross Revenue For Higher Quality Video

July 26, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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In March, a new group named HEVC Advance announced the formation of a new patent pool [see: New HEVC Patent Pool Launches Creating Confusion & Uncertainly In The Market] with the goal of compiling over 500 patents pertaining to HEVC technology. The pool of patent holders, which is "expected" to include GE, Technicolor, Dolby, Philips, and Mitsubishi Electric has just announced their royalty rates and are going directly after content owners and CE manufacturers. HEVC Advance wants 0.5% of content owners attributable gross revenue for each HEVC Video type. To put in perspective how unjust and unfair their licensing terms are, they want 0.5% of Netflix, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and every other content owner/distributor's revenue, as it pertains to HEVC usage. Considering that most content owners and distributors plan to convert all of their videos over time to use the new High Efficiency Video Coding compression standard, companies like Facebook, Netflix and others would have to pay over $100M a year in licensing payments. The licensing terms apply to all content services that get revenue from advertising, subscription and PPV - which pretty much equals every content owner, OTT provider, broadcaster, sports league, satellite broadcaster and cable provider you can think of.

Making matters worse, HEVC Advance says their licensing terms [listed in detail here] are "retroactive to date of 1st sale", so companies would be required to make payments on content they have already distributed using HEVC. In addition to content owners, HEVC Advance is also going after CE manufacturers of TV, mobile and streaming devices. TV manufacturers would have to pay $1.50 per unit and mobile devices incur a cost of $0.80 per unit. Streaming boxes, cable set-top-boxes, game consoles, Blu-ray players, digital video recorders, digital video projectors, digital media storage devices, personal navigation devices and digital photo frames would cost a manufacturer $1.10 per unit.

WebRTC Video Conferencing, In What Browser? Take V

July 22, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Just over a year ago, I last updated the No Jitter community on the "state of the browser" in regards to WebRTC. We're not in a different situation today than we were last year -- or are we?

I'd like to begin this year's state-of-the-browser report with a slide I've been using lately in presentations I give:

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AVer VC520: Enterprise-class video conferencing for SMBs

July 22, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Jason Perlow / ZDNet

Large room video conferencing traditionally has been a tool that has been restricted to enterprises due to the need for compatible supporting infrastructure at each conference room endpoint, often necessitating single-vendor solutions which until recently, could run up into the many thousands of dollars.

In the past two years there have been a number of products released to the market to try to address SMBs in order to bring that enterprise-like video conferencing experience using open protocols, standards and off-the-shelf software such as Skype, Google Hangouts and WebEx.

Apple's iPod Touch Update Brings Faster Chip, Better Cameras

July 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images CBS Sacramento

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple is updating its iPod Touch music player for the first time in nearly three years, as the company seeks to make music a central part of its devices once again.

The new Touch has a faster processor and better cameras. It also has a software update that enables Apple Music, a $10-a-month service that offers unlimited playback of millions of songs. Apple Music launched June 30 as music fans increasingly embrace subscriptions over pay-per-song services such as Apple's industry-leading iTunes.

A project to build a $200 DIY Wi-Fi router to help whistleblowers hide online just disappeared under bizarre circumstances

July 14, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Rob Price / Business Insider

A device that promised to mask your location online by putting you up to 2.5 miles away from your router made headlines in security circles earlier this month, with write-ups in Wired, Motherboard, and BGR (and here at Business Insider.) But it looks like the device will never see the light of day: As CSO Online reports, the entire project has now been cancelled under mysterious circumstances.

ProxyHam (as the device was called) was essentially a router broadcasting on a 900MHz connection, letting the owner - with the right antenna - connect from up to several miles away. It could be stashed in any public place with an internet connection (think library/coffee shop/co-working space) and then utilised by the owner. That way, even if the router itself is tracked down, its owner won't necessarily be discovered.

Polycom Names Executive From Rival Avaya As New Americas Channel Chief

July 14, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Mark Haranas / CRN

Channel industry veteran Chris Jones will become Polycom's new channel chief of the Americas effective Aug. 3 after serving nearly two years at videoconferencing rival Avaya.

Jones was responsible for leading Avaya's global midmarket and worldwide distribution sales team as vice president of global midmarket sales. Prior to Avaya, he was the U.S. channel chief at Juniper Networks and also held channel executive roles at Cisco Systems.

Prisoners get armored, see-through tablets for videoconferencing and other apps

July 10, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Alyssa Bereznak / Yahoo Tech

We've already seen a bunch of buzzworthy new tech toys in 2015, including the Apple Watch and the DJI Drone. But for many prison inmates, the most exciting digital release of the year arrives this month.

That's when JPay will ship its latest tablet, the JP5mini. Though the 4.3-inch device can't compare with something like the iPad, this latest version of JPay's prison-optimized gadget promises a slew of improvements -- including an app store and wireless capabilities -- that signal the changing technical landscape in America's correctional facilities.

CyberLink updates YouCam app for better performance, business tools and facial enhancements

July 10, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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With all the emphasis on mobile chat, it's easy to forget the huge number of people who still engage in video conferencing the old fashioned way: right from their desks. And often, they need help looking their best and having the proper presentation tools for business meetings.

CyberLink has a long history in the webcam trade and today has released a new version of its YouCam app for Windows. In addition to new beauty tools, the app features recording enhancements, PowerPoint integration and real-time special effects.

StarSightVR combines planetarium, VR tech to create immersive, real-time, distributed astronomy experience

July 9, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Kulvinder Singh Chadha / ISPR

[This application of VR could bring a planetarium's entertaining and educational real-time, communal immersive experience to people around the world. I wonder if the inputs could eventually be live from an earth-based or even orbiting telescope... This story is from Astronomy Now and more details are in the press release from the Royal Astronomical Society. -Matthew]

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The World's Most Interesting Commercial AV Mounts

July 9, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Matt Pruznick / AVNetwork

A point of pride for thriving companies has long been an elegant, genteel boardroom. But lately, demands for unified communications technology have begun to alter the designs of these meeting hubs, forcing companies to spoil their sophisticated décor with flat panel TVs and wiring.

But there's an alternative, and it's more impressive than any mahogany or marble alone could be.

6 Secrets of Active Learning Classroom Design

July 9, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Dian Schaffhauser / Campus Technology

Like a jazz dance performance, active learning combines doing, movement and impromptu variety in a way that gets students and faculty up and out of their usual positions in the classroom. The room and its technology trappings become the stage and props for encouraging the unexpected to unfold.

The goal of active learning is to create a space that can become the catalyst for change, noted Lennie Scott-Webber, director of education environments for Steelcase and former head of the Department of Interior Design & Fashion at Radford University (VA). "When you open the door to a space, does it give you permission to act differently other than to be behaviorally conditioned to 'sit and git' or 'stand and deliver'? If the space doesn't give permission to change, then it's too easy to revert back to what we know."

Microsoft Previews New Skype for Business Office 365 Features including Broadcast to 10,000

July 2, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Kurt Mackie / Redmond Magazine

Microsoft rolled out previews today of three coming Skype for Business capabilities for Office 365 subscribers.

The three features that can be tested include "Skype Meeting Broadcast," "PSTN Conferencing" and "Cloud PBX with PSTN Calling," according to Microsoft's announcement. Participants wanting to test the features need to have subscriptions to the "Office 365 enterprise plan or Skype for Business Plan 2."

Virtual reality sweeps shoppers into new retail dimension

July 1, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by ISPR

A shopper in France gazes into a virtual reality headset and is transported to the bustle of a Manhattan street, then steps into a high-end boutique to browse crystal chandeliers, a chaise lounge draped with a sheepskin throw, and designer trousers.

Virtual reality, the panoramic technology with roots in gaming, is being adapted for retail consumers within the next year, aiming to pair the ease of e-commerce with the thrill of real-life shopping.

How cloud videoconferencing turned LifeSize around

June 30, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Chris Talbot / FierceEnterpriseCommunications

The demand for videoconferencing is increasing at a rapid rate, mostly because of consumer tools like Skype and Apple FaceTime, but that doesn't mean every aspect of videoconferencing is growing. In the case of LifeSize, its leaders found they had to reinvent the company over the last couple of years, shifting from a hardware focus to a software one.

As videoconferencing moved onto consumer devices, what companies like LifeSize found was the traditional complex and expensive videoconferencing systems weren't of interest to as many enterprises anymore. With a shift affecting interest in its larger systems, LifeSize moved to a more consumer-friendly system around a cloud Software-as-a-Service.

Seven things to consider before joining your next video conference

June 25, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Stephen Withers / iTWire

Join.me's survey covered 2,000 respondents in Australia, New Zealand, US, UK, Canada, Germany and France, so don't write this off as a list of strange things that happen overseas.

1. Dress the part: a surprisingly high 17% of respondents said they had seen someone dressed inappropriately. A business shirt or blouse over pyjama bottoms doesn't cut it.

Microsoft Retiring Modern Skype App and Planning Live Translator Capability

June 23, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Guardian Liberty Voice

Microsoft Corporation announced in a blog post on Thursday, June 12, that it will be removing the touch-friendly modern Skype app, opting to support the desktop app instead. Windows 8 users will also have to switch to the desktop version of Skype as this change goes into effect July 7. All other versions of the Skype app will no longer exist once the modern app is officially removed.

Microsoft Corporation will be disappointing those who use Skype on smartphones, tablets, PCs, and Windows 8. Note: Windows RT tablet owners' version of Skype will not be changing.

Embrace Video

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Focus on the Future

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First Look: Cisco Cius

February 13, 2012 | Hogan Keyser

Eye Ball

January 2, 2012 | Hogan Keyser

iPad face, robot body

December 5, 2011 | Hogan Keyser

3D Research and Application

September 30, 2011 | Hogan Keyser

Polycom Acquires Accordent

March 24, 2011 | 

Low-cost Video Chat Robot

February 11, 2011 | Kendal Kirby

New BlackBerry PlayBook

September 29, 2010 | Chris Payatagool

DiData UK Buys Mvision

September 17, 2010 | Howard Lichtman

In The Picture

April 12, 2010 | Howard Lichtman

TelePresence @ Home

February 4, 2009 | Chris Payatagool

FOXSexpert: Hooking Up to Internet Sex Toys

November 25, 2008 | John Serrao

Holobama: 'Holograms' greet Election 2008

November 6, 2008 | John Serrao

Home again

September 15, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

War Is Halo

July 28, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

WAN refresh

April 2, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

Just shoot me

February 24, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

Immersed in Work

February 14, 2008 | Chris Payatagool