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Windows 10: Five reasons to avoid Microsoft's flagship OS

August 2, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechRepublic

In many ways, Windows has never been less important.

As Windows 10 approaches its second anniversary, PC users are spoilt for choice when it comes to the operating systems and software they can use.

July/August 2017 computer vision news; Google Lens, Facebook's deep learning, thermal imaging, computer vision

July 31, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by InterMedia

We are really excited to let you know (in case you missed the announcement) that Samsung are now offering their amazing ultra-large, ultra-wide monitor, the CHG90, with a screen size of 49 inches (124.5 cms) and aspect ratio of 32:9 - equivalent to two 16:9 monitors side by side!

This screen, the largest aspect ratio available in the industry, is intended for the gaming community but could be an extremely useful display for the huddle room and could herald the availability of larger, more mainstream 32:9 displays.

Huddle Room Technology Is Getting Smarter and Could Power IBM's Recovery

July 26, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by VC Daily

IBM is pinning its hopes of an economic revival on huddle room technology.

After 19 consecutive quarters of declining sales, Big Blue is calling in its once revolutionary remote workforce and gathering its best minds into small, on-site squads. It's hoping the increase in incidental, accidental personal contact will help spark the next big idea to take the company back to the top of the high-tech heap.

Google Glass 2.0 Is a Startling Second Act

July 24, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by WIRED

Don't call Heather Erickson a glasshole.

Yes, that's Google Glass on her frames. But she's not using it to check her Facebook, dictate messages, or capture a no-hands video while riding a roller coaster. Erickson is a 30-year-old factory worker in rural Jackson, Minnesota. For her, Glass is not a hip way to hang apps in front of her eyeballs, but a tool--as much a tool as her power wrenches. It walks her through her shifts at Station 50 on the factory floor, where she builds motors for tractors.

Giant virtual reality arcade VR World opens in New York City

July 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by ISPR

Hold onto your controllers, NYC -- a huge new virtual reality arcade called VR World just landed in Manhattan.

"You can walk in and try some of the best of what virtual reality has to offer," says Yasser Ghanchi, CEO of VR World. "What we're trying to do is make virtual reality accessible to consumers."

Future of UC All About AI

July 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by No Jitter

Story and images by No Jitter

The not-so-secret weapon of most successful companies has been the use of information and big data to make decisions, from inventory management to product development to meeting room availability. Artificial intelligence can surface in-depth information that helps humans and machines in the decision-making process. In many business processes, AI can augment (and in some cases, replace) human input, and, if implemented correctly, provide better and faster results.

Let's look at air traffic control as an example. While we are still many years away, think of how a computer can process every flight in the world, along with weather, fuel status, and myriad other information. And AI solutions don't have to worry about fatigue and lack of sleep, so we won't see the human errors those types of conditions induce.

These Apps can turn your smartphone into a wireless webcam

July 13, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by GizBot

Your PC or laptop might have a webcam that you may not like due to its quality. However, if you are discouraged about it, we would say not to.

Because there are apps available to make your old smartphone or current smartphone into a webcam for Skype calls, and other video conferencing. While some of these apps may work only on Wi-Fi, some others will work with Bluetooth connection. So let's check out the apps now.

IP Webcam

When minutes matter: Hospital, ambulances using video to put doctors in rig with stroke patients

July 12, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Dr. Amanda Avila is seen on a video monitor during a demonstration of the TeleStroke Ambulance Program at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester on Tuesday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Story and images by Union Leader

MANCHESTER -- When it comes to a stroke, minutes matter. Wait too long and it could mean irreversible brain damage, paralysis or death.

To improve outcomes for stroke patients, Catholic Medical Center is partnering with local ambulance providers to use video conferencing so a neurologist can evaluate patients en route to the hospital.

Wireless Video Doorbells Are What We Can Expect from the Internet of Things

July 12, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by VC Dailey

We live in a world where you can answer your doorbell from 100 miles away.

That parcel you forgot was arriving today? You can still speak to the delivery guy and tell him where to put it. That unexpected visitor who dropped by and didn't know you were on vacation? You can still chat with them and catch up.

Fake news: you ain't seen nothing yet

July 11, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by The Economist

EARLIER this year Françoise Hardy, a French musician, appeared in a YouTube video (see link). She is asked, by a presenter off-screen, why President Donald Trump sent his press secretary, Sean Spicer, to lie about the size of the inauguration crowd. First, Ms Hardy argues. Then she says Mr Spicer "gave alternative facts to that". It's all a little odd, not least because Françoise Hardy (pictured), who is now 73, looks only 20, and the voice coming out of her mouth belongs to Kellyanne Conway, an adviser to Mr Trump.

The video, called "Alternative Face v1.1", is the work of Mario Klingemann, a German artist. It plays audio from an NBC interview with Ms Conway through the mouth of Ms Hardy's digital ghost. The video is wobbly and pixelated; a competent visual-effects shop could do much better. But Mr Klingemann did not fiddle with editing software to make it. Instead, he took only a few days to create the clip on a desktop computer using a generative adversarial network (GAN), a type of machine-learning algorithm. His computer spat it out automatically after being force fed old music videos of Ms Hardy. It is a recording of something that never happened.

Kaizala messaging & productivity app for Windows from Microsoft Garage

July 10, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by The Windows Club

Instant messaging and video conferencing services like Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts have already made inroads in the enterprise productivity space. These have become the preferred choices for communication in an online world. Microsoft too wants to be a part of this emerging trend. As such, it is making rapid advances in developing tools and apps that deliver similar capability. Kaizala messaging app is one such offering from Microsoft Garage.

Kaizala messaging app for Windows

Kaizala by Microsoft Garage is a simple & secure chat and productivity app that enables mobile users to achieve more. With Kaizala, users can engage in chatting, group chatting or add groups to the existing groups for communicating with other communities. Apart from Chats or groups under Kaizala, you can find built-in actions like assign jobs, conduct polls, and surveys, share attachments.

Integrated Cisco Spark Boosts BT Cloud Collaboration

July 10, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by CommsTrader

Recently, BT announced the arrival of their "BT One Collaborate Spark" solution, a new collaboration service for businesses that should help teams to work together with more productivity - regardless of device or location. The new service combines the collaboration tools from Cisco Spark, with the BT One Cloud voice services.

What is BT One Collaborate Spark?

For those who don't know, Cisco Spark is a hosted collaboration application, offering team messaging, voice and video calling, online meetings, and interactive drawing. The service provides end-to-end encryption for security purposes, and is offered on an ongoing basis for subscription designed for per-user-per-month. This means that your services can grow with your business.

Prysm launches Prysm Go in India

July 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by DataQuest

Prysm, a digital workplace platform provider, announced Prysm Go, a revolutionary new product that turns any meeting room into a multi-purpose collaboration room - from simple huddles to advanced collaboration spaces - engaging colleagues working from home or from around the world.

The solution especially aims to address needs of the Indian IT industry, enabling them to protect their current investments in technology while at the same time enhance collaboration experience of their global mobile workforce.

AT&T extends joint venture with China Telecom

June 28, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by RCRWireless

AT&T and China Telecom have inked a deal to develop network services in the areas of cloud-based big data, Voice over LTE roaming, software-defined networks and the internet of things for multinational corporations operating in China.

The two companies said that they are "looking to help multinational customers use highly secure global communications to fuel business growth in China and around the world." AT&T and China Telecom have a joint venture, Shanghai Symphony Telecommunications, that was created in 2000 and is approaching the end of its 20-year authorization. The new agreement confirms their plans to renew the joint venture and expand the locations that it serves as well as the scope of the JV.

$28 hacking software to break into webcams spreads in China

June 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by RT

The notion of "the privacy of your own home" may be becoming a thing of the past. Cheap software has reportedly spread in the Chinese Internet, allowing web-connected cameras and home surveillance devices to be infiltrated.

Virtually anyone can buy the hacking software for just 188 yuan ($28) with an attached list of IP addresses and a manual on how to use the malware, China's CCTV broadcaster reported after conducting an investigation. The malware scans for internet-connected webcams, giving its buyers easy access to them.

ProtonMail makes its free VPN service available to everyone

June 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Engadget

ProtonMail, the encrypted email created by CERN and MIT scientists, has released a new product in response to the administration's roll back of Obama-era internet privacy rules. Starting today, you can try out the company's VPN service, which was in beta testing by 10,000 initial users for a year, by getting it from the official ProtonVPN website. The great thing about it is that it has a free tier that's free forever. It might not be as robust as the paid ones, but it still routes your connection through multiple encrypted tunnels in three countries.

By offering free options, the company can reach more people, especially now that there's a lot more interest in using VPN all over the world. In the US, the new FCC chairman and various Senators want to kill net neutrality in addition to nullifying rules that protect user data. UK Prime Minister Theresa May wants to regulate the internet. People in China, Egypt and other places where the internet is heavily censored also need VPNs to get around restrictions, while others need the service to keep their info secure and private.

Yamaha Introduces New Dedicated UC Department

June 20, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by CommsTrader

One of the world's leading pro audio companies, Yamaha recently took a step into the market of Unified Communications with a dedicated department. Using the expertise provided by Revolabs (a Yamaha subsidiary), Yamaha will be able to focus on solutions to enhance communications and develop products that help organisations reach their goals for the business.

According to the executive officer, and senior general manager for Yamaha, Hirofumi Osawa, the company already has over a decade of experience working in the UC industry, through their collaboration with Japanese enterprise customers. The latest change to the organisation will represent a natural step forward to help Yamaha cultivate more UC relationships around the world. Thanks to their core strengths in music and sound technology, Yamaha are in a great position to explore the UC market segment.

Message startup Slack said to draw interest from Amazon.com

June 15, 2017 | Telepresence Options

Story and images by Chicago Tribune

Corporate chatroom startup Slack Technologies has received recent inquiries about a potential takeover from technology companies including Amazon.com, people with knowledge of the situation said, a deal that would be the internet-commerce giant's biggest ever.

San Francisco-based Slack could be valued at at least $9 billion in a sale, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the matter is private. An agreement isn't assured and discussions may not go further.

Overview of Polycom's EagelEye Director II Voice Tracking Camera

June 15, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechTarget

Polycom Inc., a longtime unified communications provider, is still innovating. The vendor's EagleEye Director II, a video conferencing camera, has won this month's Network Innovation Award.

The Polycom camera, launched earlier this year, can automatically find, frame and focus on speakers in a video meeting. Geared toward midsize and large meeting rooms, the smart video camera features picture-in-picture room display and data analytics to track ROI metrics.

Google brings 45 teraflops tensor flow processors to its compute cloud

June 15, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Ars Technic

Google has developed its second-generation tensor processor--four 45-teraflops chips packed onto a 180 TFLOPS tensor processor unit (TPU) module, to be used for machine learning and artificial intelligence--and the company is bringing it to the cloud. TPU-based computation will be available to Google Cloud Compute later this year.

Typically in machine-learning workloads, initial training and model building are divided from the subsequent pattern matching against the model. The former workload is the one that is most heavily dependent on massive compute power, and it's this that has generally been done on GPUs. Google's first-generation TPUs were used for the second part--making inferences based on the model, to recognize images, language, or whatever. Those first generation custom chips are 15 to 30 times faster and 30 to 80 times more power-efficient than CPUs and GPUs for these workloads, and the company has been using them already for its AlphaGo Go-playing computer, as well as its search results.

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