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About a year ago I noticed that video had quietly crept up as high as 50%. That struck me as odd, since it was probably single digits the year prior. I decided to try pushing video adoption even further, and now find that I'm increasingly annoyed with audio-only communications. I realize now that it's time to stop hanging on to the old and embrace video.
Not long ago, video conferencing was an expensive privilege reserved for important people and important business. Video rooms were fragile, intimidating spaces, and employees knew not to squander limited resources on trivial communications. The technological landscape has changed since then, but many organizations seem unable to shake their inculcated frugality. Video is emerging everywhere, yet many continue to ignore it.
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The global enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence equipment market reported 1.8% rise during the second quarter of 2014, compared to earlier quarter, while dropped 9% year over year, the latest IDC report reveals.
According to IDC's Worldwide Enterprise Videoconferencing and Telepresence Equipment QView, the overall global enterprise video equipment market revenue reached $482m, with 7.2% rise in the number of video units sold quarter over quarter and 5.5% year over year.
Story and images by Klint Finley / Wired
The web forum 4chan is known mostly as a place to share juvenile and, to put it mildly, politically incorrect images. But it's also the birthplace of one of the latest attempts to subvert the NSA's mass surveillance program.
When whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that full extent of the NSA's activities last year, members of the site's tech forum started talking about the need for a more secure alternative to Skype. Soon, they'd opened a chat room to discuss the project and created an account on the code hosting and collaboration site GitHub and began uploading code.
Story and images by Carol Wilson / Light Reading
MegaPath's move into a broader set of unified communications (UC) services, announced earlier this week, marks a major move to bring more functionality to its hosted voice offering. But it's also the beginning of MegaPath's delivery of more diverse offerings that combine its voice and data capabilities in new ways. (See MegaPath Launches Managed UC Services.)
In fact, expect to see more from MegaPath Inc. in coming weeks as the managed services specialist ups its competitive game to exploit the service footprint it acquired in buying Speakeasy and Covad Communications. (See Mega CLEC Merger Closes and MegaPath Still on Growth Path.)
Story and images by Nicola Davies, Ph.D. / Government Video
High-definition video conferencing technology continues to spread across the globe, and it is one of the most powerful collaboration platforms available to the government. Since this technology is constantly changing, let's take a look at what's out there today.
Lifesize provides on-premise and cloud-conferencing services, and one of the company's more unusual users is the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). Situated in western North Carolina, the tribe has 15,000 enrolled members across 56,000 acres, and video conferencing is an important means for the tribe to collaborate among its various divisions.
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While Chromebooks have enjoyed substantial success in the mobile market, even spawning Windows competitors, companies have had less luck with Chromeboxes, which bring Google's Chrome OS to the desktop. Like their laptop counterparts, Chromeboxes don't offer much in the way of specs, but don't really require them and, as a result, can be sold for dirt cheap. But whether users don't see the same need for Chrome's simplicity in a traditional PC form factor, or it's the latest sign of desktops' fading popularity, Chromeboxes have been few and far between.
Samsung was out in front of the pack, but more recently, Asus and HP have tried their hands at Chromeboxes (not to mention LG's Chromebase all-in-one Chrome PC). Now one of the leading Chromebook makers, Acer, is trying its hand at a desktop Chrome computer. The company has just launched its Chromebox CXI family composed of a pair of configurations.
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The Windows 8 user interface is designed for touching, tapping, pinching and swiping, but desktop touchscreen displays just haven't gained the popularity that monitor makers had hoped for. At a time when you can buy a very good 23-inch non-touch monitor for less than $300, NEC's MultiSync E232WMT doesn't make a strong enough case that you should spend twice as much for a model that supports 10-point touch.
The MultiSync E232WMT has an interesting dual-hinged stand that easily collapses into a flat position. This renders its touchscreen more comfortable to use than when it's vertical. The stand connects to the display by way of a standard 100x100mm VESA mount, which means you can replace it with most any third-party mount (such as an articulated arm).
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Why can't you Skype your doctor? That was the question Mikko Kiiskilä asked before co-founding Meedoc, an app and service that lets patients connect with their doctor online via the medium of video. Telephone consultations are already widely used by the medical industry -- especially for pre-screening and follow up consultations -- but doctors have been slow to upgrade the 'technology' in the age of near-ubiquitous broadband, mobile devices and apps.
Today the Finnish startup is disclosing a $1.5 million seed round from unnamed investors from the healthcare industry -- spanning the fields of pharma, care providers, pharmacists, doctors and medical regulation.
Story and images by Stephanie Baum / MedCity News
As telemedicine continues to gain acceptance in what continues to be a relatively small corner of the healthcare market, telemedicine technology startup Avizia has added a new investor as part of a $2 million fundraise, according to a Form D filing from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. NextGen Angels led the financing round as part of a push by the one-year-old video conferencing company to grow its product line and sales team across healthcare and education.
Former Cisco employee Michael Baird founded Avizia last year, a Reston, Virginia-based business that provides carts and high definition screens for video consults to hospitals and healthcare facilities.
Story and images by Cynthia Bell / The Fiscal Times
The workplace today is much different from the workplace of 30, 20, and even 10 years ago. Open office designs, in-house baristas, and for many organizations bosses managing from across the country are now the norm. Between video conferencing, email, and instant messaging, physical proximity to the office is no longer a requirement. Companies are hiring based on talent and fit, not if someone can be in their chair 24/7. This change has led to entire teams being spread across time zones, states, and even countries. While it can be tricky to report to a remote manager, I'm here to tell you it's possible.
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In the workplace of the future, employees will be less likely to be collocated with their peers, more likely to be part of multiple teams, and will spend more of their working career collaborating with ecosystem partners.
As work becomes something employees do, not someplace they go, the 24x7, mobile workforce needs new technology to support communications and collaboration. Architects are reacting to these trends by designing unique workspaces, like Pixar's Steve Jobs-inspired headquarters designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson where the grand atrium is a crossroads of people and ideas. Or Google's whimsically high tech offices designed by Frank Gehry that reflect the personalities of the local work force in each office. Some companies are choosing to outsource the issue, leveraging cowork or temporary office space.
Story and images by Meredith Lawrence / The Public Sector View
Public sector organizations have long coveted video collaboration due to their ability to increase productivity and save budget dollars. Unfortunately, this cost savings and increased efficiency often comes with a large capital investment, putting these solutions just out of reach at a time when federal spending is being closely scrutinized and reduced.
However, lower costs and technology advances are leading to new uses and benefits for video communications solutions within the public sector. They're also making these solutions more accessible to agencies across all levels of government.
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A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic, is a well-known quote - often mistakingly attributed to Stalin. Regardless of the author, the sentence is interesting because it can be read in at least two ways: in one, it relates with compassion fatigue, our inability to feel outrage when the horror surpasses a certain threshold. But it might also be seen as pointing to our inability to visualize and grasp the meaning of huge data amounts.
When numbers are too high, the mind struggles to make sense of them. If, instead of a single number, you deal with large datasets, it's difficult to find meaningful patterns that characterize them. It's what's happening now, in all kind of disciplines, from astronomy to neuroscience, archaeology, history or economics: every single minute, the world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data, equal to 360,000 DVDs. How can we make sense of it? In fact, we largely don't. Our mind alone, even with the help of computers is simply not equipped to take this challenge.
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A virtual reality live stream was set up at the Commonwealth Games last week to allow viewers outside of the Hydro Arena to experience the gymnastics competition as if they were comfortably seated in the stalls.
The BBC Research and Development (R&D) team placed a 360 degree camera and an audio microphone which recorded sound from all directions in the arena, and streamed the content to an Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset in the Glasgow Science Centre, half a mile away.
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University of Montreal researchers have developed a collaborative 3D sketching system called Hyve-3D (Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D), which they presented at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver this week.
"Hyve-3D is a new interface for 3D content creation via embodied and collaborative 3D sketching," said lead researcher Professor Tomás Dorta of the university's School of Design.
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Chinese scientists are developing a mini-camera to scan crowds for highly stressed individuals, offering law-enforcement officers a potential tool to spot would-be suicide bombers.
But the technology has raised concerns over its implications for individual privacy and potential abuse by government agencies.
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As more businesses embrace Videoconferencing-as-a-Service as a more flexible, lower-cost alternative to traditional on-premise video systems, startup Videxio said it has the right stuff to help the channel make the most of that shift.
Founded in 2011 by former executives of Tandberg, the video communications equipment maker acquired by Cisco in 2009, Videxio offers a cloud-based solution that lets customers consume videoconferencing as a hosted service rather than having to install pricey on-site equipment.
Story and images by Zeus Kerravala / No Jitter
I recently did a project with Avaya where I interviewed all their top executives and analyzed where the company stands today in relation to the markets that Avaya plays in. The result was a comprehensive report (available at the ZK Research home page).
The report goes into depth and includes some case studies and product detail, and I thought it was worth summarizing here. The analysis looked at every element of Avaya's business, including go-to-market, financials, product innovation and roadmap, and compared it to the current market transitions.
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ShoreTel has been expanding its unified communications capabilities into the mobile arena since it bought Agito Networks in 2010. The company is now giving its ShoreTel Mobility offering a major update, including extending the video conferencing capabilities available in its desktop solutions to mobile devices.
ShoreTel Mobility 8 leverages the ShoreTel Mobility Client, which enables users to communicate via video between smartphones and tablets running Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile operating systems through single-touch calling from the key pad, according to company officials. They also can participate from their mobile devices in multi-party video conferences with room-based video communications systems.
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Congratulations for being named AlwaysOn "Cloud Company to Watch". Please tell us, what is Zoom video communications all about and what do you do?
Nick Chong: Zoom is a cloud meeting company that unifies video conferencing, online meetings and group messaging into an easy-to-use service, ZoomPresence. We create a people-centric cloud service that dramatically simplifies the real-time communications and collaboration experience. We offer the best video, screen-sharing and group messaging experience across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, H.323/SIP room systems.