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ScanSource Targets More Government Business Via Channel After Solid Quarter

February 11, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Jimmy Sheridan / CRN

ScanSource will look to build its local, state and federal government business through its reseller customers after the distributor reported huge success for its latest quarter after its acquisition of Cisco distributor KBZ.

In its second quarter 2016 earnings call, held after the close of the market Tuesday, Greenville, S.C-based ScanSource said the acquisition was directly responsible for landing a deal that pushed revenue about $13.5 million past the top edge of its guidance estimate for the quarter. That deal was worth $38 million.

Gary Speaks to Nureva's Nancy Knowlton About Its EMEA Debut

February 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Sara Abrons / rAVe

Nureva is here at ISE to sign up distributors. Nureva SPAN is making its debut in the EMEA market here at ISE 2016 and Gary caught up with founder, Nancy Knowlton, who explains the concept behind SPAN and what they're EMEA plans are.

Touchy-feely tech now on a larger canvas

February 9, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Paul Bray / AV Magazine

Time was when the only reason anyone touched a computer screen was to give it an exasperated slap. But the ubiquity of tablets, smartphones and kiosks has opened everyone's eyes to the potential benefits of getting touchy-feely with technology, and now those benefits are being extended to a larger canvas.

"Interactive displays and presentations have come a long way in the past few years," says Simon Fagan, managing director of distributor, TD Maverick. "The key features of touch control remain but they've been refined, with pen and finger inputs working to both control and change the interactive environment. Gesture control is also becoming more common. The ability to change and interact with what's shown on the screen, by writing, drawing and moving content, allows a much more collaborative and engaging presentation experience which especially suits the education and corporate sectors."

11 ways to not embarrass yourself on a videoconference

February 9, 2016 | Telepresence Options


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According to the United States Census Bureau and the Small Business Administration there are more than 28 million small businesses in the U.S..

Approximately 60 percent are identified as self-employed and more than half of all small businesses were home-based. With so many business owners not having a commercial office in which to see clients, it is no surprise that more meetings are taking place online. Video conferencing, however, is not without its do's and taboos.

Terrifying IoT Search Engine Lets You Spy On Strangers' Webcams

January 26, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Vocativ

Think of the millions of devices with video feeds--maybe the baby monitor perched over your kid's crib or a security camera looking out over your back porch. A new feature on the most popular search engine for the Internet of Things just made it a lot easier to find such feeds. And it's even creepier than you can imagine./p>

Shodan is a website that scans the internet for publicly accessible devices and captures their IP addresses--creating a searchable index that includes everything from in-home surveillance cameras to traffic lights to fetal heart monitors to power switches for hospitals. Essentially any of the so-called Internet of Things that doesn't have a password is up for grabs, and that's more devices than you'd think.

IBM to enter Video Conferencing market ?

January 26, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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It's all getting rather interesting.

In late January 2016 IBM bought UStream an online Video Conferencing service for $130m.

UStream might not be a household name but they have been powering services by numerous companies including Facebook and the Discovery Channel. These guys aren't some tiny startup, they have a track record, if not a very public one.

In the last few months IBM has been adding a series of video related businesses to their portfolio.

VR porn partnership takes viewing out of your hands

January 21, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Evan Killham / Cult of Mac

Two high-tech companies are joining forces for the latest development in immersive VR porn: goggles plus machines.

The partnership is between virtual-reality porn producer BaDoinkVR and "teledildonics" maker Kiiroo. And once you get past the basic idea of it, it still sounds super weird. But that's just kind of how the future works. The deal will allow BaDoink's content to sync up with one of Kiiroo's "personal devices" to create an experience so authentic that the companies assume you will forget about all of the fancy mechanical rigs you've attached to yourself.

Yealink and Zoom Webinar to Help Customers Master the Five Video Conferencing Spaces

January 21, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Xiamen, China - January 20, 2015 - Yealink, the global leading unified communication (UC) terminal solution provider, today announced a joint webinar with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (, a leader in the video communications industry. The free video webinar, entitled "Mastering the Five Video Conferencing Spaces," will occur on February 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. PST (GMT-8:00).

The webinar will cover video conferencing in conference rooms, training rooms, huddle rooms, and classrooms, as well as on personal desktops. It will provide insights into the key requirements of varying video conferencing spaces and highlight the essential items to consider when establishing a conference. Live demonstrations of Yealink and Zoom solutions will also be presented.

Lifesize CEO talks life after Logitech

January 19, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Reinventing a company's product portfolio and spinning off from its parent company is a process that any tech vendor would find daunting.

On 14 January US videoconferencing vendor Lifesize, which recently switched to a cloud-based product suite, completed its separation from Logitech. But CEO Craig Malloy (pictured) told CRN the newly independent company is rejuvenated and its partners can benefit from a "more sustainable" business model.

CES 2016: Skreens helps telecommuters turn their TVs into work displays

January 12, 2016 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Ant Pruitt / TechRepublic

CES 2016 featured a shiny new television or set top box on almost every square foot of the Las Vegas Convention Center. When you leave the event you'll long for a new crisp high definition television set of your own. Sadly, one of the biggest challenges on today's TVs is managing multiple inputs.

This problem is often compounded for telecommuters who want to take advantage of their large displays to connect their laptops and other devices for more screen real estate, to enable video conferencing, and more. At CES, I found a device that could help: Skreens.

Pets can now initiate video calls with their owners

January 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images byPatrick Seitz / IBD

LAS VEGAS -- People love to pamper their pets with toys, treats -- and, now, tech.

Exhibitors at the annual CES trade show this week showed off a bunch of tech products for Fido and Fluffy, ranging from pet game consoles to video conferencing systems.

As Its CEO Continues To Claim It Doesn't Throttle, T-Mobile Spokesperson Confirms Company Throttles

January 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Techdirt

The T-Mobile throttling saga is getting worse. Their PR people have totally stopped responding to me after I pointed out how they were lying about their claims to be "optimizing" video when they were really throttling. And then the company's CEO, John Legere insisted that claims that T-Mobile was "throttling" were bullshit (and then, bizarrely attacked EFF).

Polycom Nabs Channel Vet To Lead Global Partner Organization

January 10, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Polycom's channel just received a shot in the arm with the hiring of channel veteran Nick Tidd as the new vice president of its Global Partner Organization.

Tidd was named one of CRN's 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs in 2015 and has been a channel leader for more than two decades at companies such as D-Link and 3Com, which was purchased by Hewlett-Packard in 2010.

Cameras Now Can Track Emotions

January 6, 2016 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Kevin Hardy / USA Network

IOWA CITY, Ia. -- Bill Hedgcock knows it sounds a little creepy.

Tucked into the white ceiling tiles, the ceiling camera he had installed at the Pappajohn Business Building at the University of Iowa scans the faces of all who pass under it and instantly calculates their moods -- collecting readings for joy, frustration, confusion, fear, anger and sadness..

Now, Hyderabad Top Cops Can Supervise Field Staff Through Smartphones

December 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by The New Indian Express

HYDERABAD: Making the best use of available technology, the city police on Tuesday launched a software-based video conferencing facility for the police personnel. This will enable senior officers to directly supervise field staff via their internet enabled smartphones and the video conferencing software.

The technology is supported by National Informatics Centre. Telangana Director General of Police Anurag Sharma launched the new initiative from the Hyderabad Police Commissioner's office which is now linked with as many as 145 locations in the city including all senior officers, 5 zonal DCPs, 60 law and order police stations, 17 sub-divisions, traffic police stations, Central Crime Station, Special Branch, Task Force, City Armed Reserve, home guards, City Security Wing and training institutes.

Cisco's Spark Collaboration App Now Does Something Slack Doesn't: Voice and Video Chat

December 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code

Networking giant Cisco Systems says it will add voice calling and video conferencing features to Spark, its cloud-based workplace collaboration app.

Launched last year as Project Squared, Spark is similar to Slack, the ubiquitous office messaging app.

Video conferencing technology evolution empowers new users

December 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by TechTarget

Video conferencing technology has undergone a huge transformation in the last two years. The market has radically reinvented itself as cloud services empower enterprises to use this technology like never before.

Previously, the video conferencing market was dominated by a few large players supplying high-cost, highly complex services to large organizations primarily for internal communications. But the rapid development of cloud services has empowered millions of small and midsize businesses to use video conferencing technology to accelerate their growth while saving costs.

Kaiser invests $10 million in video conferencing

December 16, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by San Francisco Business Times

Kaiser Permanente's venture capital arm has invested $10 million in New Jersey-based Vidyo Inc., a high-definition video conferencing company that has now raised $163 million overall.

The new round is a follow-on to a $20 million funding round last year, according to Vidyo. Existing investors chipped in another $5 million.

AT&T Has Fooled The Press And Public Into Believing It's Building A Massive Fiber Network That Barely Exists

December 11, 2015 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by News Forage

A few years ago, AT&T realized something amazing: you don't have to build a cutting edge, fiber to the home broadband network, when it's relatively easy to fool the press and public intobelieving you're building a cutting edge, fiber to the home network. So as AT&T was actually busy reducing its fixed-line broadband spending and quietly walking away from DSL users it didn't want to upgrade, it launched a service it calls "U-Verse with Gigapower." Basically, AT&T's delivering gigabit speeds to high-end housing developments, then pretending the upgrades are much, much larger than they actually are.

Case in point: AT&T this week breathlessly announced that the company was deploying gigabit fiber to 38 more markets, bringing the grand total of its gigabit fiber deployment to an amazing56 total metro markets:

"AT&T announced today it is planning to expand the availability of ultra-fast speeds through AT&T GigaPower to homes, apartments and small businesses in parts of 38 additional metros across the United States - which will total at least 56 metros served. With the launch of our ultra-fast Internet service in parts of 2 of these metros today - Los Angeles and West Palm Beach - AT&T GigaPower is now available in 20 of the nation's largest metros.

The EazeMD app lets you consult a weed doctor on your phone

December 8, 2015 | Telepresence Options

Story and images by Andrew Tarantola / Engadget

San Francisco-based cannabis delivery service Eaze announced Monday that it is launching EazeMD, a mobile video conferencing service designed to directly connect medical marijuana patients and prescribing doctors. The app, available on both iOS and Android, works just like physically visiting a clinic. Users fill out the same standard forms required by the state of California, queue up to speak to the doctor, and then discuss their maladies and potential treatment options with a licensed physician. The service is active 11am to 7pm, 7 days a week.ound San Francisco, at least) charge. Plus, once the patient is approved, they can immediately order product from the Eaze website for delivery.

Consultations costs $30 (after a $10 mailed rebate), which is significantly less expensive than what the clinics (around San Francisco, at least) charge. Plus, once the patient is approved, they can immediately order product from the Eaze website for delivery.

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