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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.

What's New With Plug 'n' Play Conferencing

July 11, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Mike Brandes / AVNetwork

In case you've been living under a rock, computer-based videoconferencing is quickly on its way to overtaking traditional appliance-based telepresence solutions. For a number of reasons--mainly cost and flexibility, enterprise customers are finding a better value in using desktop videoconferencing programs and deploying them en masse

Manufacturers in the industry are catching up on the technologies necessary to make computer-based UCC applications feasible as a complete replacement for traditional VTC technologies. Vaddio has a line of high-quality USB cameras. Biamp recently released Devio, a platform built for small rooms. Extron has its MediaPort 200, a half-rack unit that converts video and audio signals into a USB connection. QSC recently announced an upcoming update to its Q-SYS platform, integrating PTZ-IP cameras with its existing software-based AEC processing and packaging it into a USB stream, which can be accessed from ports found on its new I/O-USB bridge or touchscreens. USB connectivity of AV solutions has gone from being a niche market or a "nice-to-have" feature to a requirement for many companies.

Facebook Is and Has Been Silently Listening to Everything You Say -- Here's How to Stop It

June 20, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by The Free Thought Project

Recently, an expert has come out to claim that Facebook may be listening in on your conversations. Kelli Burns, a mass communication professor at the University of South Florida, believes the app might be using people's microphones to gather data on the content of people's conversations. 9

Facebook admits that the app is capable of listening to what's happening around it -- but claims the feature simply identifies what people are listening to or watching as means of conveniently posting about it.

When Microsoft, LinkedIn Rule Business Communications

June 17, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by No Jitter

Microsoft and LinkedIn sure did shake things up and give us plenty to think about on the future of communications, collaboration, cloud services, customer relationship management, corporate directories, enterprise social networking... what did I forget? I left something out, no doubt, since I'm still trying to wrap my brain around all of the potential promise -- and implications -- of the announced merger.

I assume most of you know of what I speak, but let me be doubly certain: Microsoft greeted us on Monday morning with news that it is acquiring LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, or $196 per share -- an all-cash transaction. That's big money by anybody's estimate, but especially so considering it represents a hefty premium on the $131 share price at which LinkedIn was trading at Friday's closing bell. Microsoft apparently wanted LinkedIn bad, real bad.

Too many workers aren't wearing pants on video calls

June 11, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Quartz

Don't worry too much about how you look. Spend more time thinking about what you'll say and how you'll say it. But even so, put on some pants, perhaps.

Those are the conclusions reached by a Zogby Analytics survey seeking to understand why people don't like video conferencing, and how to improve it. Despite an increase in remote work and video conferencing, the survey found "that majority of working adults do not feel comfortable on camera," and plenty had gone to great lengths to avoid it.

RingCentral Hires Avaya, ShoreTel Vets, Debuts New Room Conferencing Service

June 11, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Channel Partners Online

RingCentral is targeting enterprise growth by launching new room video-conferencing services, expanding into new countries and hiring veteran industry talent.

RingCentral Rooms is a cloud-based video conferencing service aimed at taking on legacy hardware competitors like Cisco. It is compatible with off-the-shelf room cameras and is used with a visual app on an iPad. RingCentral Room Connector, available in July, enables any legacy room conferencing system to connect to other RingCentral Rooms or RingCentral Meetings participants on desktop or mobile devices.

Kramer introduces new control platform at InfoComm 2016

June 11, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by eCampus News

Kramer has released Kramer Control, the company's new, comprehensive, cloud-based solution for control and analytics in any commercial Pro AV environment. The solution is currently being showcased at InfoComm 2016 in Las Vegas in C Hall, Booth C6825

Kramer Control lets users seamlessly navigate to any room in an organization and easily control AV systems, infrastructures and devices, including Kramer wireless collaboration products, audio products and systems, thermostats, HVAC, lights, shades, alarms, security, video conferencing, and more at a fraction of the time and cost.

Logitech Collaboration Program Adds 15 Technology Partners

June 11, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Channel Partners Online

The Logitech Collaboration Program (LCP) has added 15 new technology partners, including a number of well-known video collaboration providers.

The enhanced program includes cloud video-conferencing partner and complementary technology-partner tracks; and two tiers: premier partner and integration partner. It offers access to the Logitech Software Reference Kit, which provides APIs to integrate Windows, Mac OS X and Linux apps with Logitech audio and video devices.

New Huddle Room Package Eases Real-Time Videoconferencing Collaboration

June 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Michael Hart / The Journal

Altia Systems has introduced a new "huddle room solution" that aims to provide the technology to make communication between teachers and students in remote locations easier.

The PanaCast 2 Huddle Room Solution allows the smooth communication from a remote location that its developers say make collaboration more effective and productive -- and, with a starting price under $1,500, more cost-effective. With a camera that creates a 180-degree wide and 54-degree tall field of view, it is designed to solve some of the problems with real-time video and web collaboration such as narrow field of view, low resolution and slow mechanical operation.

Synergy Sky Announces Offering for Enterprise VNOCs

June 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Synergy SKY

OSLO, Norway, June 8th, 2016 - Synergy SKY Video Conferencing management platform for reporting, monitoring and scheduling to become available to the enterprise market with new enhanced features, competitive pricing structure and new partner model.

"What gets measured gets managed"

Polycom gets revised bid from private equity firm

June 8, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Reuters

Polycom Inc (PLCM.O) said it received a revised offer from a private equity firm - the third time the bidder has revised its offer since the video conferencing equipment maker agreed to be acquired by Canada's Mitel Networks Corp (MNW.TO).

Polycom's shares rose about 2.5 percent to the new offer price of $12.25 in light premarket trading on Wednesday.

Jeff Rodman and his team helped bring people closer

June 6, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Jeff Rodman felt a twinge of sadness when he learned that Polycom Inc., the company he and Brian Hinman co-founded in a San Francisco basement back in 1990, was going to be acquired later this year by Ottawa, Canada-based Mitel.

"People would stop just short of putting their arm around my shoulder and saying, 'Jeff, here, you can cry on me,'" Rodman says with a chuckle. "I will admit when I first heard of this, I didn't know that much about Mitel. I thought, 'Great, we're being sold to a telephone company.'"

Pexip's Infinity meeting platform now on Azure cloud

June 5, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by InAvate

Pexip has announced that its Infinity meeting and interoperability platform now features support for Microsoft's Azure cloud platform, in addition to 25 other updates.

The software-based Infinity platform provides communication and collaboration tools to businesses.

Polycom Receives Revised Offer From Second Potential Buyer

May 24, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Polycom Inc., which had agreed to be bought out by Canadian telecommunications company Mitel Networks Corp. , on Monday disclosed a revised offer from a second buyer that could derail the nearly $2 billion Mitel deal.

Shares of Polycom, down 17% over the past 12 months, rose 4% to $11.56 in after-hours trading.

Under the terms of the revised offer, which Polycom said may constitute a "superior" or financially more favorable proposal for Polycom shareholders, the unidentified private-equity firm presented two plans: an $11-a-share cash dividend, or the choice to trade the dividend for a new convertible preferred stock; or a "take private" deal of $11.50-a-share in cash with a contingent of up to $3 a share.

In both cases, Polycom said, the cash dividend, existing debt and the $60 million termination fee to Mitel would be paid using proceeds from the sale of preferred stock, $870 million in new debt and available cash.

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