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Slack: the hip and modern way to communicate at work

March 27, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by SlashGear

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

March 25, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Patently Apple

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.

Apple patent envisions tracking people in real time

March 25, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Lance Whitney / CNET

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.

Reflecting on Enterprise Connect 2015

March 24, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Irwin Lazar / No Jitter

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.

Designing the new workplace

March 24, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Jeff Quackenbush / North Bay Business Journal

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 Research's Ira Weinstein Interviews Vidyo @ Enterprise Connect 2015

March 23, 2015 | Telepresence Options

EC15_Vidyo_Wainhouse.jpgWainhouse'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.

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AT&T is putting a price on privacy. That is outrageous

March 22, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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The Guardian

Imagine if the postal service started offering discount shipping in exchange for permission to scan every letter you receive and then target you with junk mail based on the contents of your personal mail.

One of the largest telecommunications companies in America, AT&T, is doing just that for customers of its super-fast gigabit broadband service, which is rolling out in select cities. Though a few months ago, it dropped the use of an undeletable "supercookie" that tracked subscribers' web browsing activity, AT&T reportedly plans to track and monetize its broadband customers' internet activity - "webpages you visit, the time you spend on each, the links or ads you see and follow, and the search terms you enter" - to deliver targeted "ads online, via email or through direct mail".

Zoom.us Overview - What You Need To Know

March 20, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Discover what you can do with Zoom.us for video programs, conferencing and more. Wayne Berry, Terry Brock and Winston Marsh talk about and use this video program that is getting a lot of attention.

Google claims its 'FaceNet' system has almost perfected recognising human faces - and is accurate 99.96% of the time

March 20, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Mark Prigg / Daily Mail

It is the battle for your face.

Facebook and Google have been involved in an algorithm war to come up with the perfect facial detection system.

Altia's PanaCast panoramic video solution integrates with Microsoft Lync

March 19, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Chris Talbot / FierceEnterpriseCommunications

Just as others are getting back to basics with their conferencing solutions, Altia Systems is looking to beef up the video capabilities of Microsoft Lync users. Or are those Skype for Business users? I lost track.

Altia Systems is a bit of an oddity in the videoconferencing world. The company goes beyond the traditional webcam and telepresence video capabilities by providing end-users with the ability to "look around." Touch-enabled controls on its PanaCast product line give the ability to move a webcam remotely so you can see freely look around at those you are chatting and collaborating with.

Cisco Spark the new name for Project Squared collaboration app

March 19, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Gina Narcisi / TechTarget

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Cisco has chosen Cisco Spark as the product name for Project Squared, a cloud-based collaboration app launched in beta in November, and said pricing would run as much as $25 per user per month.

The networking company announced the renaming this week during its keynote at Enterprise Connect, where Cisco also introduced a contact center feature called Context Service and a two-screen version of the MX800 telepresence system.

Samsung and Vidyo to work together to target the enterprise

March 18, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Adam Shepherd / IT PRO

Phone maker Samsung is increasing its focus on the enterprise by launching a division dedicated to handling all o its business-targeted projects, products and services.

Samsung Business will take charge of all the company's enterprise-focused efforts, including cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to customers.

ViewSonic unveils desktop video conferencing system

March 18, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images InAVate

With a 2 megapixel Full HD webcam, integrated echo cancelling microphone, stereo speakers, and advanced SuperClear MVA wide-viewing angle display technology, the VG2437Smc enables a desktop video conferencing solution from any desktop PC running any of a range of web or video conferencing applications.

Designed for use with Microsoft Lync (soon to be Skype for Business) and Skype, Google Hangouts, Cisco Jabber and Webex, Citrix Gotomeeting or Viber, the VG2437Smc converts almost any desktop PC in to a personal web and video conferencing solution that allows users to connect to other desktop users.

Enterprise, Cisco and Avaya Execs Take Center Stage at EC

March 18, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Michelle Burbick / No Jitter

Software Rules
Kicking off Tuesday morning, Enterprise Connect GM and Co-Chair Fred Knight warmly welcomed a packed room of attendees to the End User Summit with a swig of Guinness and good cheer - a fitting welcome for St. Patty's Day.

In his typical style, Fred offered up a few gems of wisdom to start. First, the newly emerging reality is that software rules. Further, if centralized IT does not adapt to the new reality, it is setting itself up for a fall.

You Called? Lync Is Out, Skype for Business Is In #Conv15

March 17, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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The Skype communications platform officially became part of Microsoft Office today At the Convergence conference in Atlanta, the company announced the end of the Lync era with the launch of the Skype for Business technical preview.

Story and images by Scott M. Fulton III / CMSWire

It is indeed Skype.

Westcon BlueSky 2015 - FaceMe continues to shake up video conferencing market

March 17, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by James Henderson / Reseller New Zealand

For those embedded in the industry, the enterprise videoconferencing market is changing rapidly, as it continues to transition from primarily hardware-based technology to one impacted by the growing interest in software-based solutions and video subscription services.

With some analysts predicting the global cloud-based video conferencing market to grow by nearly 40 percent during the coming years, one company taking full advantage is FaceMe, a New Zealand-based cloud web conferencing service.

Enhanced Scopia video conferencing room systems highlight Avaya Engagement Solution refresh

March 17, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Mark Cox / ChannelBuzz.ca

Avaya has beefed up its Engagement Solution portfolio with enhancements to the Scopia Videoconferencing platform, its flagship Scopia XT7100 room video conferencing system and the introduction of the new H175 Video Collaboration Station and E159/E169 Media Stations.

"Demand has shifted slightly from high-end room systems to more of a desktop tablet video conferencing environment," said Ian Gould, Avaya UC Specialist. "We have seen huge increases in the number of mobile licenses we sell." These announcements strengthen both the room systems and the mobile environment.

Father watches son's birth on Galaxy VR headset from 4000km away

March 16, 2015 | Ana Perez

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Story and images by The Australian

Wife Alison Larke gave birth to their third child Steele in suburban Perth while over in Chinchilla 300km west of Brisbane and 4000km away, husband Jace Larke watched the event using a virtual reality headset that recreated the experience of being in his wife's hospital room.

The Larkes normally would have to overcome some insurmountable communication and technical issues. Hospitals for one are notoriously bad in terms of patient internet connectivity and even mobile communications -- often you can't use your phone at all in them for fear of interfering with equipment.

Cisco keeps Polycom at bay as video conferencing market transition continues

March 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by James Henderson / Reseller New Zealand

Enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence equipment showed positive results in the fourth quarter of 2014 (4Q14), with overall revenue increasing 15.8 per cent quarter over quarter and 4.0 per cent year over year.

IDC reports that total worldwide enterprise video equipment market revenue in 4Q14 was $613 million, up from $529 million in 3Q14 while the total number of videoconferencing units sold in 4Q14 increased 15.7 per cent quarter over quarter and 25 per cent year over year.

Robot Hookers Turn Up the Heat

March 15, 2015 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by OZY

It's 2020, and Roger, a recent divorcé from New York, decides to pay for some female company. So he turns on his computer, connects a robotic vagina to it and starts having sex with Cinnamon, a college student in Sydney with a computer and a remotely controlled robotic penis.

Creeped out yet? Welcome to the future of prostitution.

Embrace Video

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Shaping a new SMART

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Focus on the Future

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First Look: Cisco Cius

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Eye Ball

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iPad face, robot body

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3D Research and Application

September 30, 2011 | Hogan Keyser

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

September 17, 2010 | Howard Lichtman

In The Picture

April 12, 2010 | Howard Lichtman

TelePresence @ Home

February 4, 2009 | Chris Payatagool

FOXSexpert: Hooking Up to Internet Sex Toys

November 25, 2008 | John Serrao

Holobama: 'Holograms' greet Election 2008

November 6, 2008 | John Serrao

Home again

September 15, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

War Is Halo

July 28, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

WAN refresh

April 2, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

Just shoot me

February 24, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

Immersed in Work

February 14, 2008 | Chris Payatagool

Presence of mind

January 15, 2008 | Howard Lichtman

Liberate your avatar

December 20, 2007 | Chris Payatagool

Samsung: Next HDTV to Offer 8x Better Resolution

December 18, 2007 | John Serrao

Endless Self-Reinvention in Virtual Worlds

November 28, 2007 | John Serrao

It's Telepresence

November 14, 2007 | Chris Payatagool

Polycom Steps on the High Definition Gas

October 17, 2007 | John Serrao
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