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Always-on group video chat arrives

October 25, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Computerworld

Question: Why not launch video sessions with family, friends or co-workers and leave them running all the time?

Answer: Because it feels weird to be on camera all day.

Russian Paratroops Equipped With Impregnable Video Messenger

October 25, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Sputnik International

The "paratroop messenger" is more than just an online cinema, it is a means of troop control, that's why it is accessible to the Russian military alone, is 100-percent hack-proof and functions separately from civilian networks.

"The new video communications program, which is part of the Andromeda-D automatic control system, is currently being introduced in the Russian Paratroop Forces" a Defense Ministry representative told the newspaper.

5 Ways to Use Virtual Reality in the Enterprise

October 25, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Enterprise Apps Today

Virtual reality (VR) is going increasingly mainstream. The NBA just announced it will broadcast weekly games with virtual reality features to subscribers of its NBA League Pass, according to a USA Today report.

According to the NBA's VP of global media distribution, games aired in virtual reality will "be the next best thing to that in-person experience."

Fuze Goes After a Single UX - and More

October 13, 2016 | Telepresence Options


In November 2015, we sat down with Fuze and then Thinking Phone Networks (TPN) management to discuss the pending acquisition of the former by the latter. Much of the conversation focused on synergies between offers - TPN, at the time, had a UC experience supporting IM, presence, and voice and video, but lacked a native collaboration experience. Fuze, of course, had a user-friendly, video-centric, collaboration experience. TPN had built one of the few proprietary UCaaS platforms serving mid-to-large enterprise clients, leveraging their founders' MIT education and leaning heavily on a forward-looking foundation of data-centric analytics and API-based integration to leading CRM and line of business (LOB) platforms.


On paper, the synergy was obvious - mash Fuze's chocolaty UX-pertise into TPN's big-little-data peanut butter and, wala - Reese's Peanut Butter UCups. Of course, we've seen the obvious UC synergy story play out before - many big and successful companies regularly acquire smart solutions under the synergy umbrella, but fail to capitalize. But this one felt different. And it was.

LifeSize launches the Icon 450 - a self-framing HD camera for videoconferencing

October 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by BetaNews

With increasingly distributed workforces, video conferencing is more than ever an essential business tool. But in conference rooms the size and shape of the space can make it difficult for conventional camera to include everyone.

SIPCOM moves into cloud video conferencing space

October 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Computer Weekly

This time last year SCC made an investment in SIPCOM as it looked to bulk out its expertise in the comms area and that decision continues to bear fruit.

The CSP specialised in SaaS services but had a particular emphasis on communications and slotted into the SCC ambitions to build up its portfolio on the voice and UC side.

Join Legacy Video Gear to Skype for Business Online Meetings, Now!

October 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Microsoft wants enterprises to build next-generation meeting rooms that rely on Skype for Business Online services even as they take advantage of legacy video endpoints. This we learned last week at Ignite, with the preview of Polycom RealConnect Service for Office365, a cloud service that, like its preexisting premises-based counterpart, will provide a one-click approach for supporting non-native video conferencing systems from other vendors in a Skype for Business meeting (see related No Jitter post, "Showtime for Skype for Business Online").

This week, another Microsoft Skype for Business partner, West Unified Communications Services, is hoping to help Microsoft achieve that goal, too -- vying for a first-mover advantage with a video transcoding gateway service now available globally. The new service, called Video Meeting Gateway (VMG), drops the barriers to integrating legacy video assets into Skype for Business Online meetings by providing seamless connectivity for H.323/SIP endpoints.

Video Is Going Viral, Especially In Healthcare!

October 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options



Many of us have been "waiting" for video to go really mainstream for several decades now. Videoconferencing systems have become a common occurrence for most enterprises, especially in larger conference room areas. But a movement is now taking place in the world of video conferencing and video is now going mainstream and even viral. There are several drivers taking place in the midst of us that is creating a perfect storm for video.

Oculus shows off Facebook Messenger video calls in virtual reality

October 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Oculus_Facebook_Messenger .png

Story and images by by Lucas Matney / TechCrunch

Onstage at the Oculus Connect 3 conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered a Facebook Messenger video call from his wife while in the new social VR environment.

It appears that Facebook is finally confident enough with its VR arm that it's willing to promote cross-network compatibility. The Messenger video call which came from his wife Priscilla Chan while she was at work, popped up on a virtual wrist-worn device. After he physically (virtually?) tapped on the notification, the video call opened in a separate window and Zuck was able to chat while engaging with the virtual environment while the call stayed in his field-of-view. Zuckerberg also teased direct posting to Facebook after taking a VR selfie mid-call.

Polycom Shares Cease Trading on Nasdaq; Closes Going-Private Deal with Siris Capital (NASDAQ:PLCM)

September 28, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Frisco Fastball

Polycom (NASDAQ:PLCM) shares have ceased trading on the Nasdaq exchange on Tuesday after Siris Capital completed the takeover of the company in a transaction valued at approximately $2 billion. Under the deal, Polycom stockholders received $12.50 per share in cash. The company will continue to operate as Polycom as a wholly owned subsidiary of affiliates of Siris Capital.

The stock closed at $12.47 during the last session. It is down 23.10% since February 24, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 11.17% the S&P500.

Showtime for Skype for Business Online

September 28, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Gurdeep Singh Pall at Ignite

Story and images by No Jitter

Microsoft kicked off its second-annual Ignite conference yesterday in Atlanta with lots of talk about mobile-first cloud-enabled digital transformation, a host of security-, intelligence-, and cloud-related announcements for the here and now, and a deep think about future "magical technologies" and the democratization of artificial intelligence so that "every person, and every institution that people build ... can go on to solve the most pressing problems of our society and of our economy," as CEO Satya Nadella shared in an innovation keynote.

I'll leave Nadella's vision of a better world through AI for another day, and focus here instead on the more mundane stuff of concern to enterprise IT professionals charting communications and collaboration strategies for their organizations. In an opening session on Skype for Business, Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate VP of Skype, walked attendees through the latest Microsoft has to offer in cloud communications. The announcements and demos covered a variety of capabilities, including audio conferencing, mobile UC, and video conferencing, and are also summarized by the Office 365 team in a blog post, "Move all your communications to Skype for Business Online."

My Top 10 CEDIA 2016 Standouts

September 22, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by John Sciacca / Residential Systems

Story and images by John Sciacca / Residential Systems

Another CEDIA is in the books, and I hope that you got a chance to attend! Once again the CEDIA staff did a terrific job putting on the show, making sure everything ran smoothly. I pass along special thanks to Olivia Sellke and Holly Keller who ran the press room with aplomb and answered all of my questions (even those of the non-CEDIA related variety).

The show floor seemed well attended though not packed, and I felt like there was a great vibe and energy on the floor, with a lot of big news from a variety of manufacturers. Whether you came to Dallas looking to be educated, wanting to find out the latest in networking, explore advances in home theater, stay on the cutting edge of automation, or see what was new in audio distribution, CEDIA had plenty to offer everyone.

Court video links feared to reduce prisoners to 'just a face on the screen', Sydney University study finds

September 19, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Gavin Coote / ABC News

The University of Sydney found the use of video links in NSW courts rose by more than 400 per cent between 2002 and 2014.

More than 60 per cent of court appearances in the state now happen via video link, the study showed.

Nextcloud Box: A cloud for your office or living room

September 19, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / ZDNet

Is it paranoia when the hackers really are out to get you and your cloud-based data? I don't think so. And, neither does Nextcloud, the new open-source Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud company. So, Nextcloud, in partnership with Canonical and WDLabs, a division of Western Digital, has released the Nextcloud Box.

The Nextcloud Box is a secure, private, self-hosted cloud and Internet of Things (IoT) platform. It makes hosting a personal cloud simple and cost effective whilst maintaining a secure private environment that can be expanded with additional features via apps.

BlueJeans Network offers first many-to-many video conferencing at scale for Facebook Live

September 16, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Marketing Land

Brands can use the new high-res service, supporting up to 100 simultaneous video feeds, for fan events, Q&A sessions or product launches.

Video communications provider BlueJeans Network is out with a service that it says is the first to turn Facebook Live's one-way video broadcasting into a many-to-many video platform at scale for brands and other businesses.

Cisco/Apple bolster WiFi, business apps and voice collaboration with iOS 10 release

September 16, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Michael Cooney / Network World

The Cisco and Apple partnership has yielded a ton of new business features that include improved Wi-Fi connectivity, business app prioritization capabilities and the tighter integration of voice for collaboration - all via the today's release of iOS 10 for Apple's iPhone and iPad

Today's announcement is a reflection of how important and integral mobile smartphones have become to businesses. For example Cisco earlier this year stated that smartphone traffic would exceed PC traffic by 2020. In 2015, PCs accounted for 53% of total IP traffic, but by 2020 PCs will account for only 29% of traffic. Smartphones will account for 30% of total IP traffic in 2020, up from 8% in 2015, Cisco wrote in its 11th annual Visual Networking Index in June.

Dual-camera smartphones will help bring augmented reality into the mainstream

September 13, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Business Insider

Smartphones boasting "dual cameras" are becoming more common, and news that they will feature on the just-announced iPhone 7 Plus indicates the arrival into the mainstream.

But while dual cameras may stem from efforts to improve picture quality, it has the potential to lead us down much more interesting paths: the real story may be that Apple is using dual cameras to position itself for the augmented reality world ushered in by the Pokemon Go phenomenon.

Cisco's Guido Jouret joins ABB as Chief Digital Officer

September 7, 2016 | Telepresence Options


ABB, a leading global technology company in power and automation, has appointed Guido Jouret, a pioneer of the Internet of Things, as its chief digital officer.

In his new role, Jouret will lead the next level of development and deployment of ABB's digital solutions for customers globally and across all businesses, said a statement from the company.

Simon Dudley Joins Logitech as Director of Product Strategy

August 30, 2016 | Telepresence Options

Simon_Dudley_logitech.jpgToday, Monday August 29th 2016 is my first day at Logitech, and honestly I couldn't be more excited. I've been involved in the Video Conferencing industry for a long long time now and finally it feels like it's going to really start to take off in a meaningfully big way, and after 18 months of doing my own thing with Excession Events I decided it was time to get out of the commentary box and back out onto the field.

Microsoft Has Broken Millions Of Webcams With Windows 10 Anniversary Update

August 19, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Brad Sams / Thurrott

On August 2nd, Microsoft released the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 and when the bits arrived on computers around the globe, it brought with it new features and also broke webcams for millions of consumers. If your webcam has stopped functioning since the release of the Anniversary update, you are not alone but the good news is a fix is coming, hopefully in September.

Microsoft made a significant change with the release of Windows 10 and support for webcams that is causing serious problems for not only consumers but also the enterprise. The problem is that after installing the update, Windows no longer allows USB webcams to use MJPEG or H264 encoded streams and is only allowing YUY2 encoding.

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

February 13, 2012 | Hogan Keyser

Eye Ball

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iPad face, robot body

December 5, 2011 | Hogan Keyser

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