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Dissecting Siris Capital's Polycom acquisition a year later

September 18, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechTarget

A year ago, private equity firm Siris Capital Group LLC completed its $2 billion acquisition of voice and video conferencing provider Polycom Inc. Since then, Polycom became a private company, shook up its executive leadership, and unveiled a few new products and partnerships.

At the time -- and still today -- the Polycom-Siris deal highlighted the ongoing trend of vendor contraction and consolidation in the unified communications (UC) market. This market volatility -- as vendors are acquired, file for bankruptcy or look to sell assets -- underscores the importance for UC users to find financially viable vendors that can provide ongoing product support and innovation.

ScanSource Resellers Get Lifesize Video Conferencing

September 13, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Channel Partners Online

ScanSource has added Lifesize, the video-conferencing technology provider, to its line card through ScanSource Communications in the United States and Canada, and ScanSource Imago in Europe.

Adding Lifesize gives partners an integrated, cloud-based application and connected conference room devices for audio, video and web conferencing alongside ScanSource's support services, the company said.

Medical apps providing virtual consultations, e-MCs on the rise

September 7, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: When Mr Benjamin Gan, 26, caught a cold and started coughing because of a few late nights at the office, he did not want to make the 20-minute journey to the nearest clinic.

"I felt too uncomfortable to leave the house, and was dreading the travel time plus the queues at the clinic," the investment banking analyst told Channel NewsAsia.

The Galaxy Note 8 is the productivity phone I wish the iPhone 8 would be

August 25, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Macworld

As I watched Samsung unveil the Galaxy Note 8 at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Wednesday, I couldn't help but think about the upcoming iPhone 8. But it wasn't the similarities that caught my attention--the barely-there bezels, thin frame, virtual home button, glass back, dual camera--but rather the stark differences between the two.

The Note 8 and iPhone 8 will both be marketed as do-everything phones, the latest culmination of technology and design that puts tremendous power in your pocket and lets you seamlessly switch between work and play. You'll see commercials that tout the various capabilities of the camera, the design of the screen, and the numerous new things your phone can do.

Highfive launches plugin-free browser support for its video conferencing service

August 25, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by TechCrunch

Highfive, a video conferencing startup that focuses on making video calls as easy as possible thanks to its integrated hardware and software solution, today announced that its customers can now also now join calls directly from Chrome without having to install any plugins, thanks to the magic of WebRTC.

While the company will obviously continue to focus on its hardware, the ability to join calls right from Chrome significantly lowers the barrier for attendees. The company, which also offers iOS and Android versions of its service, notes that its WebRTC stack integrates with its meeting room hardware and that it includes all of the standard Highfive features, including the ability to share your screen, add participants and hear the high-fidelity stereo sound that's one of the company's main selling points for its hardware.

Pexip Infinity V16 available - What's new in version 16?

August 25, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Pexip Infinity 16 adds a whole host of all-new features, as well as numerous functionality updates and improvements. You can download Infinity 16 today.

Finally: An augmented reality app that injects the internet into real life

August 24, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by ISPR

When Ryan Staake and Patrick Piemonte first worked together, they helped you get around: Both were interface designers at Apple, with Piemonte working specifically on the iPhone's map technology. Now, nearly a decade later, the two are working together again--but this time, instead of helping you get around, they want to use the power of augmented reality to appreciate the hidden things around you.

That's the idea behind Mirage, an iOS app the duo and a small team just released. It's not the first AR app available in the App Store, and it certainly won't be the last, but it may well be the only one to marry augmented reality's hidden-world appeal with social media's shareable, re-mixable content. And in doing so, it's making AR not simply a technology of curiosity, but one of connection.

SRT Alliance Unveils First Wave of Open Source Support

August 22, 2017 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Steve Vonder Haar/ Wainhouse Research

At least one open source initiative in the world of streaming appears to be garnering momentum.

The SRT Alliance - an open source effort launched earlier this year by Haivision and Wowza Media aiming to create a standard protocol of transporting video data - this week said that 22 streaming vendors have signed on to integrate Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) capabilities into their product offerings.

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.

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