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Microsoft Has Broken Millions Of Webcams With Windows 10 Anniversary Update

August 19, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Brad Sams / Thurrott

On August 2nd, Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 and when the bits arrived on computers around the globe, it brought with it new features and also broke webcams for millions of consumers. If your webcam has stopped functioning since the release of the Anniversary update, you are not alone but the good news is a fix is coming, hopefully in September.

Microsoft made a significant change with the release of Windows 10 and support for webcams that is causing serious problems for not only consumers but also the enterprise. The problem is that after installing the update, Windows no longer allows USB webcams to use MJPEG or H264 encoded streams and is only allowing YUY2 encoding.

Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

August 18, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by The Register

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has called on Microsoft to offer a "single unified screen" on which Windows 10 users can control how Windows 10 deals with their personal information and monitors their use of the OS.

The organization has listed the long list of nasty nagware tactics Microsoft used to get people running Windows 10, labelling some "questionable tactics to cause users to download a piece of software that many didn't want."

Evaluate cloud vs. on-premises video conferencing tools before you buy

August 18, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Simon Dudley / TechTarget

Story and images by Simon Dudley / TechTarget

The video conferencing world is in a time of enormous change. The technology has become streamlined enough that it's easy to use for average users, and the costs have fallen dramatically, as new business models have taken off.

There are two basic business models for buying video conferencing tools. One model is for organizations to buy and own everything; the other is to deploy a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model and use a third-party service provider for the video conferencing infrastructure.

Google Duo Is Great, But Video Chat Is Still Super Awkward

August 16, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Wired

MY PHONE BUZZES as a call comes in. I don't recognize the number, but that's normal. What's weird is it's a video call, from someone using Duo, Google's video chat app available today for iOS and Android. I probably know this person, because they'd need my number to make the call. So it's almost definitely not a nude stranger.

I take a sec to check my hair, ensure I don't have food in my teeth, and position the camera to avoid filling the frame with chins. By the time I'm ready to take the call, I've missed it by a long shot.

Cisco Bridges Gap With Microsoft in Collaboration

August 15, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Jeffrey Burt / eWeek

Cisco Systems and Microsoft have for a while been the dominant players in the competitive and rapidly evolving enterprise collaboration space. Now, Cisco officials are offering new technology that will make it easier for Microsoft's Skype for Business to interoperate with other platforms.

The giant networking vendor on Aug. 15 unveiled the Cisco Meeting Server, a product that enables Skype for Business users to connect with others who are using systems from other vendors--not only Cisco, but also those like Polycom and Avaya--mobile clients or WebRTC-enabled browsers, all by simply clicking a link.

Nvidia's Eye-Tracking Tech Could Revolutionize Virtual Reality

August 8, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Simon Parkin / Technology Review

Look at a clock on a nearby wall. The focal point of your gaze should be in focus, while the scene around the clock is blurred, as if your brain is sketching your surroundings, or, in computer graphics terms, rendering a low-resolution version of the scene.

Nvidia is applying the same trick to rendering virtual reality, and it could help improve the realism of virtual worlds significantly. By focusing graphics rendering power on a smaller area, it is possible to sharpen the image a person sees significantly.

Microsoft Readies HoloLens for Augmented-Reality App Development

August 4, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Pedro Hernandez / eWeek

Microsoft is getting HoloLens ready for work. This week the company released the HoloLens Commercial Suite, a bundle that includes the Development Edition of the hardware along with new capabilities aimed at helping administrators securely incorporate the augmented-reality wearable into their IT environments.

While it was overshadowed by the release of the hotly-anticipated Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the announcement marks a major milestone in the company's efforts to get HoloLens into offices, labs, application development shops and media design studios.

VR headset that relays facial expressions to the virtual world

August 1, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Gizmag

VR hardware is already capable of tracking your head, your hands, your eyes and in some cases, your feet, but Veeso is claimed to be the first VR headset to capture your face and transmit your expressions - and as a result, your emotions - onto a virtual avatar in real time. With it, the company is emphasizing emotional connections through chat apps and social games like poker.

Like the Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard, Veeso is a smartphone-based VR headset, which the company claims is compatible with Android and iOS devices. Unlike those aforementioned headsets, however, Veeso has two infrared cameras mounted on it to capture the wearer's facial expressions.

Dealing with Governance and Security of UC

July 30, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Dale Bottcher / AVI-SPL

At AVI-SPL, we pride ourselves on staying a step ahead of the industry. We do that by facing challenges head-on and finding solutions that will proactively meet the communication needs of our clients both now and in the increasingly digital future. There's something important between those lines that I think is worth pointing out--our approach is rooted in addressing challenges, not perpetuating the status quo. All industries--even (and sometimes especially) those growing the fastest--have unique sets of challenges. Take Unified Communications (UC), for example--it has been advantageous for businesses all across the world, allowing people to connect with each other and collaborate without having to travel. UC has also expanded the candidate pools for recruiting and improved productivity, yet security and governance still remain a top concern for enterprise CIOs. Why is that? The fact of the matter is that in today's digital landscape, traditional security policies may not work with emerging cloud practices. So where do we go from here? How can CIOs approach dealing with governance and security of UC? Let's explore.

Forbes Interview with Polycom's Michael Frendo on How to Make Videoconferencing Work for You

July 26, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Forbes

Recently, I had the chance to chat with Michael Frendo, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Engineering for Polycom, about a subject important to both of us: the future of communications in a virtual world. Polycom makes the phones that inhabit conference rooms around the world, as well as video and other "voice and content solutions," for organizations worldwide, so they're in the virtual communications trenches everyday. Michael has thought a lot, accordingly, about how we humans can best adapt to the new world of mixed virtual and face-to-face communications we live in. Our conversation follows.

Nick Morgan: What's the best thing about the virtual communication world we live in now? What's the worst thing?

Eye tracking software knows when you're bored in VR

July 26, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by InAVate

The latest advancement in VR is perhaps one of the most one significant ones yet as it combats the biggest issue facing VR content producers - boredom. New software from optics-based company Eyefluence uses the relationship between the eye and the brain to keep users compelled in virtual storytelling.

Eyefluence has developed software that allows a user's eye movement alone to communicate with a virtual environment. By measuring what their eyes are and are not interested in (i.e. a particular scenario or character), or simply if you're fed up of your latest VR session, Eyefluence hopes to improve virtual storytelling becoming commonplace in arenas such as visitor attractions. There are obviously also clear benefits for improving productivity through VR.

Forget Comcast. Here's The DIY Approach to Internet Access.

July 26, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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You can see the snow-capped Pyrenees mountains from Gurb, about 75 kilometers north of Barcelona. It's a quiet farming community of 2,500, and in most ways there's nothing special to set it apart from many such towns across the Catalonia region of Spain.

So why do people like me eagerly journey to Gurb? Because it's the birthplace of Guifi.net, one of the world's most important experiments in telecommunications. Guifi is a community network that has long since transcended its local roots. From a single node more than a decade ago, it has become a vast mesh-and-more system linking tens of thousands of people in hundreds of communities to each other and the global Internet. In the U.S. most of us go online via Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner Cable or other telecom giants to run Facebook, shop, watch videos and check our email. In Gurb and other communities, Guifi is the on-ramp to the fabled information superhighway.

Apollo Weighing IPO of IT Services Firm Presidio

July 22, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Maureen Farrell and Matt Jarzemsky / WSJ

Less than two years after buying Presidio Holdings Inc., Apollo Global Management LLC is weighing an initial public offering of the information-technology services firm, according to people familiar with the matter.

Beyond Standards: Moving Past MPEG to Create a Video-Friendly Web

July 22, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Tim Siglin / Streaming Media

Codecs, caching, and transport are three of the major building blocks required for video compression and delivery.

Each has a unique role. Codecs are at the core of compression and decompression. They're used to shrink the size of a video-on-demand (VOD) file or lower the bandwidth required to deliver a live stream across the web while still maintaining visual quality. The last two building blocks--transport and caching, the act of storing permanent or semipermanent content closer to the end user-- have historically been considered outside the expertise of the streaming industry and more in line with routing and internet architectures.

Review of Biamp Devio

July 18, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Inavate

Where have you used this product?

So far we've used it in two of our videoconferencing suites in our learning resources centres. Videoconferencing is mostly used for exam boards and meetings with partner colleges and other institutions. The rooms are generally booked by staff, but some students as well.

Vivaldi Gets Built-in WebRTC IP Leak Protection

July 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and iamges by Softpedia

WebRTC stands for Web Real-Time Communication, a protocol developed to help developers create applications such as chats, video conferencing software, file sharing, and more, but without the usage of special plugins such as Flash or Java.

WebRTC is a standardized protocol, embedded in all major browsers since 2011 and afterward.

Cisco Spark, Redbooth Create AI Project Management Assistant

July 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Paul Chaney / Small Business Trends

What do you get when you mix one part project management software with one part real-time collaborative communication and one part artificial intelligence?

You get what was announced at Cisco's (NASDAQ: CSCO) annual IT and communications conference, Cisco Live. It's an integration between Redbooth, a project management platform, and Cisco Spark, a cloud-based messaging platform, that utilizes AI-inspired natural language processing to communicate.

Duke researchers create video conferencing app to prevent security leaks

July 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Nidhila Masha / The Chronicle

Duke researchers have programmed an app that allows users to control what their audiences can see during a video conferencing call.

Users that are participating in video conferencing calls can draw rectangular markers around the segments of the scene that they want to make public, telling the software to black out the excluded regions, explained Animesh Srivastava, a graduate student and one of the co-authors of the study. The app was designed to prevent accidental security leaks during video conferencing calls.

Ready, set, go: Astra Zeneca reinvents its meeting rooms

July 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Paul Milligan / InAVate

A stunning boardroom forms the centrepiece of a wireless transformation of pharmaceutical giant Astra Zeneca's global HQ in London. Paul Milligan went to the site to see how it was done.

With yearly revenues of €22 billion, you would expect the global HQ of pharmaceutical company Astra Zeneca to have AV technology to match. As a result of six months planning and installation by integrator ISDM, it now does.

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Eye Ball

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3D Research and Application

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Polycom Acquires Accordent

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Low-cost Video Chat Robot

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New BlackBerry PlayBook

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DiData UK Buys Mvision

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In The Picture

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