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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.

Pentagon paying $200-500K to upgrade a videoconferencing room

November 24, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Jared Serbu / Federal News Radio

In many federal agencies, video conferencing began to catch on only when travel budgets began to plummet, but in the Pentagon it's been a mainstay for decades. The downside is that much of the equipment and technology DoD relies on for video teleconferences (VTCs) has been around for decades.

So the outfit that manages most of the Pentagon's IT, the Army Information Technology Agency (ITA), is starting a pilot program that is examining the possibility of replacing the current infrastructure -- which relies on expensive point-to-point ISDN circuits and dedicated, purpose-built appliances -- with a software based, IP-based solution.

Why Google May Be More 'Evil' than the NSA

November 21, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Abby Martin speaks with Taylor Lincoln, Director of Research at Public Citizen's Congressional Watch Division about a new report detailing how Google is invading users privacies and becoming the most powerful and influential political force in Washington.

Berners-Lee Behind New Private Communications Network For Ultra-Privacy Conscious

November 20, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Dark Reading

Web founder Tim Berners-Lee is one of the privacy advocates behind a newly launched service that combines social media, cloud storage, person-to-person, and group communications for privacy-conscious users.

The so-called MeWe private communications network spun out of online privacy company Sgrouples -- founded by online privacy advocate Mark Weinstein -- doesn't own, track, or share, information its members provide or share among one another. MeWe encrypts personally identifiable information and most of its communication is SSL-encrypted, and the platform was built with Scala and LISP.

Why AT&T and Sprint Just Announced Business Conferencing Services

November 19, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Matt Hamblen / CIO

Separate announcements Tuesday for business conferencing services, one from AT&T and the other from Sprint, highlight the radically changing business models at U.S. wireless carriers.

AT&T is working with Cisco on a cloud-based, video collaboration service that will be available for almost any device when it launches next month. In October, AT&T also announced another video meeting service with Blue Jeans Network.

Demoing Prysm's Synthesis Software

November 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Jonathan Blackwood / Corporate Tech Decisions

In Concord, MA at a part-manufacturing facility part-research and development laboratory, employees for Prysm, Inc. work toward delivering their customers with the next generation in their video display technology. Corporate Tech Decisions was invited to experience Prysm's Cascade 190, geared toward collaboration in the workspace. The beauty of the system, as Corporate Tech Decision would soon find out, goes much deeper than the color spectrum that the laser-phosphor display technology allows. The system is run on Anacore's (recently purchased by Prysm) Synthesis software.

First, let's talk about the video wall. Prysm's laser-phosphor display creates a unique advantage for their video walls, as the technology creates virtually no heat while displaying what is on screen. In fact, Prysm encourages users to let the system run 24/7. The entire Cascade 190 wall runs on two electrical outlets and uses less energy than a common hair dryer. Inside the tiles are 20 lasers that are made by a third party and sourced by Prysm. A laser processor then manages the lasers and sends them into a fold mirror, which then sends the light through mylar and onto the front panel displays, which are manufactured mostly by hand at the Concord office.

It Appears the End is Near for WebRTC Video Codec Wars

November 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Peter Bernstein / WebRTC-solutions

For those who follow WebRTC closely you are more painfully aware that even as WebRTC support is now part of over 60 percent of the world's browsers (Chrome, Fireox and Opera and soon Microsoft's Internet Explorer) there has been a disagreement over which video codec should be mandatory. Indeed, the battle between advocates of VP8 versus H.264 has been cited numerous time as one of the major, if the major obstacle to universal support and rapid market adoption, along with Apple and until recently Microsoft not supporting the standards work on WebRTC in their respective browsers.

The good news, at least on the video codec front, comes from a blog this past weekend posted by none other than Andreas Gal, Chief Technology Officer of Mozilla. And, this really is good news, if it is true that everyone has agreed to stop pointing their guns at each other and put them back in their holsters.

Redbooth takes $11M to sell task tracking, file storage, & video chat software to your company

November 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Jordan Novet / VB

Redbooth, a startup with software that employees can use to manage and communicate about projects, has raised an $11 million funding round. Word of the new round came in the form of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing today.

The startup integrates with cloud-storage tools from Google, Box, and Dropbox, and it offers an application programming interface (API) developers can use to tie Redbooth into other software. But part of the appeal of Redbooth is its wide portfolio, which features file storage, chat, high-definition video conferencing, and project management tools -- for a price that won't make a company bankrupt.

Cisco's Snorre Kjesbu's IX5000 Overview: The Most Sophisticated Collaboration Experience on the Planet

November 18, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Snorre Kjesbu / Cisco Blogs

When we said that we strive to deliver "no-compromise" collaboration experiences, nowhere did we mean it more than with our latest endpoint product. Today culminates 24 months of refreshing our endpoint portfolio as we unveil our flagship triple-screen immersive system, the Cisco TelePresence IX5000 Series. We tweaked all the levers to deliver a visually stunning, technically powerful, and feature-rich experience. And we made it more affordable so that you can deploy it far beyond the traditional boardroom. The IX5000 is a beauty -- powerful and dynamic with all the bells and whistles, plus an incredible experience. Sound like a finely crafted sports car? In a sense, it is.

Imagine: A sleekly sculpted system finished in Oslo white with three 4K ultra high-definition cameras clustered discreetly above three 70-inch LCD screens. The cameras provide crisp, high-definition video. Theater-quality sound emanates from 18 custom speakers and one powerful sub-woofer.

Beam opens first telepresence robotics store staffed with robots

November 14, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Mark Albertson / The Gospel Herald

Suitable Technologies, a smart presence systems company, has opened what is believed to be the first retail outlet by a remote telecommunications enterprise to sell its video telepresence devices directly to consumers.

The store, which is located on a busy main street in downtown Palo Alto, California, held its grand opening for the media on October 30 and opened its doors to the general public the following day.

Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro review: A potential Surface Pro 3 killer with a fancy new hinge

November 13, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Gordon Mah Ung / PCWorld

Ahh, how the PC world turns so quickly. A year ago, the industry would have pondered whether the Yoga 3 Pro was a MacBook Air killer. Today, we have to wonder whether Lenovo's new super-bendable computer is actually a Surface Pro 3 killer.

You might question the comparison, but I think it's fair. Both the Yoga 3 Pro and Surface Pro 3 are ultra-portable, fairly powerful for their size, and priced rather similarly when spec'd similarly.

Hosted Videoconferencing Startup Videxio Intros New Management Portal For Partners, Users

November 13, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Kristin Bent / CRN

Startup Videxio this week launched a new management portal that gives users and partners tighter control over its hosted videoconferencing service.

The new portal, called MyVidexio, serves as a central location for network administrators or solution providers to track consumption of the Videxio cloud service -- either by an organization, as a whole or by individual user -- as well as perform remote monitoring and diagnostics on the tool.

HealthSpot, Rite Aid Announce Plans to Pilot HealthSpot Stations

November 11, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Nathan Eddy / eWeek

Pharmacy chain store Rite Aid announced it has entered into an agreement with HealthSpot, a provider of patient- and provider-driven health care technology, to provide health care services through private, walk-in HealthSpot stations inside select Rite Aid locations.

Rite Aid will pilot the HealthSpot stations in the greater Akron/Canton, Cleveland and Dayton/Springfield markets in Ohio.

Whistleblowing Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson spied on through Skype

November 10, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by CBS St. Louis

Former CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkison joined KMOX's Mark Reardon to talk about her new book, Stonewalled: One Reporter's Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington and the many controversial topics discussed in it.

Beneath the audio clip are some excerpts of Mark's conversation with Sharyl.

A Creepy Website Is Streaming From 73,000 Private Security Cameras

November 7, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Sarah Zhang / Gizmodos

It shouldn't be so easy to peer into a stranger's bedroom, much less hundreds of strangers' bedrooms. But a website has collected the streaming footage from over 73,000 IP cameras whose owners haven't changed their default passwords. Is this about highlighting an important security problem, or profiting off creepy voyeurism--or both?

Insecam claims to feature feeds from IP cameras all over the world, including 11,000 in the U.S. alone. A quick browse will pull up parking lots and stores but also living rooms and bedrooms. "This site has been designed in order to show the importance of the security settings," the site's about page says. But it's also clearly running and profiting off ads.

Dell upgrading its PCs and Android devices with 3D cameras

November 6, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by BetaWired

Dell has made the decision to upgrade both its Windows PCs and Android devices with 3D cameras that can sense depth in the near future.

The new 3D camera technology isn't just for Skyping with friends and taking selfies. It's about tracking depth, providing object distance information, and delving deeper inside images than every before. The first Dell device to feature one of these depth-sensing cameras will debut later in November - the Venue 8 7000, its first tablet. 2015 will see more tablets and PCs with the 3D camera technology as well.

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

Presence of mind

January 15, 2008 | Howard Lichtman

Liberate your avatar

December 20, 2007 | Chris Payatagool

Samsung: Next HDTV to Offer 8x Better Resolution

December 18, 2007 | John Serrao

Endless Self-Reinvention in Virtual Worlds

November 28, 2007 | John Serrao

It's Telepresence

November 14, 2007 | Chris Payatagool

Polycom Steps on the High Definition Gas

October 17, 2007 | John Serrao
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