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Video-conferencing company Polycom Inc's (NASDAQ: PLCM ) first-quarter earnings were almost the stuff of a trivia question on a game show. Just how does a company report a 28% increase in non-GAAP EPS while its sales only rose 1%? The answer is obviously margin expansion.
Just how did Polycom do it? Moreover, what are the underlying themes in its trading performance? Let's take a closer look.
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Enterprise video platforms are so popular they've made it onto Forrester's Wave reports. Gartner Research has it covered, too.
It's an increasingly common channel, Forrester researchers report, for both internal communication with other employees and external communication with customers and partners.
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When Tom Cruise waves his hands in the 2002 film "Minority Report" and manipulates data on multiple screens, it's the stuff of science fiction. Today, though, movie stars aren't the only ones using gestural technology -- government agencies are, too.
John Underkoffler, CEO of Oblong Industries, created the futuristic technology for the blockbuster film, and for years, it was available only as a custom solution. In 2012, however, Oblong released Mezzanine, a commercial version that about a dozen agencies have picked up so far.
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Research firm IDC reported that worldwide sales of video-conferencing equipment were up 15.8 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014 while year-on-year sales increased four per cent, although market value for the full year was down 6.8 per cent.
Multi-coded tele-presence equipment revenue declined 6.9 per cent quarter-over-quarter and 19.4 per cent year-on-year.
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Cisco in March announced the launch of Spark at Enterprise Connect 2015 in Orlando, USA, which coincided with CiscoLive 2015 in Melbourne. A few months earlier Microsoft had announced its integration of Skype and Lync under the banner of 'Skype for Business,' and it has several partners on board now to bring the solution to the market in 1H15.
People today are used to communicating with each other across multiple channels. Increasingly, communications are conducted via mobile devices and across social media.
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Quanta Computer, Celeno Communications and Imagination Technologies (IMG.L), have partnered to create an end-to-end WebRTC-enabled IP camera that allows OEMs and service providers deliver their own branded solution for video conferencing, home surveillance and other applications.
The joint solution is available from Quanta as a white-label IP camera, or as a camera module for integration into OEM products such as TVs. It includes a browser application, mobile application, embedded software and cloud services on top of a full HD 1080p camera.
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Twilio Video, a communications infrastructure service that enables developers to add multi-person peer-to-peer video to any app, was introduced as a private beta test on Tuesday.
"Twilio's mission has always been to open up communication by moving into software," said CEO Jeff Lawson in a phone interview.
TeleSpan's Elliot Gold's next act: Using the power of music to help people suffering with dementia and Alzheimer's
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After his friend Bernie suffered a stroke, Altadena author Elliot Michael Gold began visiting him at a rehab facility in Tarzana. Desperate for a way to communicate, Gold bought Bernie a satellite radio subscription and began playing music to him during their time together.
"I'd go visit him in Tarzana every single day and I'd talk to him," Gold said. "I don't believe stroke victims can't communicate, as many people think. I got XM Radio as a subscription for him, and put on '50s music full time. Every once in a while, I'd go in there and he'd remember the music."
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LifeSize Communications is growing the capabilities of its cloud-based video conferencing service, from adding interoperability with Microsoft's Lync communications platform to easier scheduling through Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar to including browser-based calling.
Founder and CEO Craig Malloy 11 months ago introduced the LifeSize Cloud service, shifting the company's focus away from its on-premises hardware roots and focusing its efforts on the trend in video conferencing toward more software- and cloud-based solutions. Since then, LifeSize has kept up a rapid-fire pace of bolstering the software-as-service (SaaS) offering, and the enhancements announced April 6 follow in that pattern.vvvvvvvvvvvv
Google is secretly developing an app that will reduce tedious conference call dial-ins to a single click
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Google is developing a video conferencing tool called GMeet, which is currently being tested by Google employees, 9to5Google reports.
GMeet is a product tailored for business customers of Google, who often use Google Hangouts as a way to hold video calls between different employees. But Google Hangouts isn't tailored to business users.
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Education Networks of America (ENA), in collaboration with Wainhouse Research, today released a rich suite of resources that illustrate how school districts are advancing the use of today's video conferencing technology to connect, collaborate, educate, and optimize learning experiences.
Three school districts that are using desktop and mobile video conferencing in creative and innovative ways are featured as a set of companion case studies. These school systems vary in size, student demographics, and implementation strategies, but each is creating effective and meaningful collaborative learning and communication spaces for their students, educators, administrators, and the broader community.
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Now more than ever, video is a powerful tool in business to achieve results. The wise businessperson who embraces video the right way will gain an advantage over the competition.
Video, when used properly, is like having the ability to "be there" when you can't physically be there.
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The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Andrew Miller, the former chief executive of San Jose-based Polycom, with using $190,000 in corporate funds for personal use and covering up his scheme with fake expense reports.
Miller resigned as Polycom's CEO, president and a director in July 2013 after the board's audit committee "found certain irregularities in Mr. Miller's expense submissions, for which Mr. Miller accepted responsibility," the company said in a press release at the time.
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As suddenly as he lost his ability to speak last fall, Stuart Sanderson's connection to the world outside his Philadelphia nursing-home room was severed because of anxiety over a simple webcam.
A compact video camera on his computer monitor allowed him to speak to family even without a voice. Stu, as he prefers to be called, has cerebral palsy, but video calls put him in touch with his ailing father and his brother, who would take the time to read his lips.
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A lot of technologies have grown around the workplace, trying to ease the burden of collaboration, from cloud storage, to task management, to document management, and even video conferencing. Despite these advancements, however, a lot of the core communication that happens between members of a workplace still take place inside e-mails or instant messaging. That's not even considering yet the separate and disparate workflows that these tools impose. What if you could have just one virtual workplace to rule them all? That is partially the promise that Slack is trying to make as it undergoes yet another funding round.
OK, so maybe Slack, which seems inappropriately named for a tool that actually tries to make you more productive, doesn't yet embrace them all, but it's close to getting there, integrating over a dozen popular web services like Dropbox, Asana, and more. It may sound a bit complex, but it's all pretty simple: Slack gives you a single place where you can communicate with co-workers, whether that communication means sending text or sending files.
Apple Granted 60 Patents Today Covering Depth Mapping for Face Detection, a New Flexible Lighting Connector Dock & More
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 60 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover two of Apple's distinct granted patents. The first one was first highlighted in our 2013 report titled "Take a Peek at a Few Key PrimeSense Patents that Apple Gained." The patent covers in-depth 2D and 3D mapping in context with face detection which is a precursor to facial recognition. In the second patent we cover a new iPhone dock using a flexible connector system. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.
Apple's newly granted patent covers their invention relating to image processing, and particularly to detection of faces in images.
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Granted to Apple on Tuesday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent called "Sharing location information among devices" describes a process that would let you view a visual representation of the path taken by another person using a mobile device as a way of following that person's entire journey.
For example, someone is going for a hike or a trip and wants you to stay informed of his or her whereabouts. That person would enable a feature on a mobile device to allow you to see and track in real time the path being taken on your own mobile device or computer. On the flip side, you could also share your route so the two of you can stay abreast of each other's ongoing location.
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Enterprise Connect 2015 is in the books, with my time at last week's event spent co-chairing the WebRTC Conference-in-a-Conference, delivering a session on UC in the cloud, and meeting with more than 30 enterprise organizations, vendors, and service providers. In these conversations, several key themes emerged: cloud confusion, WebRTC comes of age, and the upheaval from the introduction of team messaging into the UC and collaboration market.
Clouds Still Overhead
Despite the hype, cloud represents a dilemma for enterprise IT, which wants the benefits of flexible scale, greater resiliency, and more predictable billing models without the need to undertake major server upgrade projects. But as enterprise IT shifts to the cloud, it is facing challenges related to security, governance, data management, geographic expansion, and perhaps most importantly, cost.
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Before the Petaluma-based telecommunications network equipment and software developer went public with its stock two years ago, Cyan, Inc., took its open-floorplan central office partly private, and it's newly outfitted expansion further demonstrates a number of modern office-design trends that are starting to appear in the North Bay.
While phone booths have been disappearing from streets and building lobbies since the cellphone revolution, they are making a comeback in the workplace, as quiet oases amid the bustle -- whether energizing or frustrating -- of floorplan configurations with fewer private offices and cubicles.
Wainhouse's Ira Weinstein visited the Vidyo booth which revealed yet another disruptive idea from serial disrupter Vidyo. While others on the show floor are focused on bring video and audio to the meeting room, Vidyo's booth was focused on bringing video to the applications, websites, and workflows of everyday consumers. Via partnerships with companies like American Well, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, and United Healthcare, Vidyo has video-enabled the online patient care delivery systems offered by these companies. Users (or actually patients in this case) log into their providers portal, indicate the type of help they need, choose a health care professional, provide payment information, and then click for a two-way telehealth session.