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Vidyo, Inc. has been cited as having the “the best overall video quality and performance” by Forrester Research, Inc. Ofer Shapiro, CEO and co-founder, Vidyo (photo copyright Vidyo) The company also received top ranking for its technology partners among all vendors in addition to being ranked as a “Strong Performer,” overall. Forrester invited 10 vendors to participate in its September 2013 report, The Forrester Wave™: Desktop Videoconferencing, Q3 2013. A complimentary copy of the report is available here. According to the report, “Vidyo’s routing architecture shifts the heavy media-processing power from bridges to the endpoints, significantly reducing the cost per port to deploy video conferencing.” Additionally, “In our demo, Vidyo clearly delivered the best overall video quality, even with a large number of participants. Vidyo is foremost a provider of desktop vi... (more)

This is pretty cool.  Juan Pinzon has been working hard on our...

This is pretty cool.  Juan Pinzon has been working hard on our IE support for SproutCore. Basically he does the dirty work in IE so you don’t have to. Today he posted a short video where he loads and runs the SproutCore Sample Controls app in 6 major browsers - including an unsupported one - in under a minute. Sample Controls involves building a UI client-side with over 200 controls all at once.  It’s a real stress test.  The fact that the app loads fast enough he can navigate in one minute is really amazing. Great work Juan! ... (more)

ITExpertVoice screencast: Using Windows 7 Applocker

My latest video screencast review for the Dell sponsored site ITExpertVoice has been posted, on using Windows 7 new whitelisting feature called Applocker. You can watch it here: http://itexpertvoice.com/home/i-know-i-can-find-it-in-here-somewhere-using-windows-7-applocker/ ... (more)

RGB Communications Takes Over as Pakedge UK Distributor

Hungerford, Berkshire, UK: 25 September 2012 - As from 1st September, 2012 RGB Communications has been appointed as the exclusive UK distributor of the Pakedge Device & Software range of high performance, easy to install, reliable, wired and wireless networking solutions. The Pakedge product range consisting of wireless access points (WAPs), switches, routers, IP power distribution units and its Virtual Cell technology, which delivers seamless roaming, meets the demand for low cost entry point installations right up to the most sophisticated wireless requirements. "Pakedge's Virtual Cell technology will enable our channel partners to take networking solutions to new levels of reliability by completely eliminating any drop in connection as their customers move around their workplace carrying their Wi-Fi devices," explained David Webster, RGB's CTO. "We were looking ... (more)

Panasonic Takes European Top Spot for Business Rugged Tablets

MAINTAINS DOMINANCE OF RUGGED NOTEBOOK MARKET FOR 11TH YEAR RUNNING BRACKNELL, UK 27 JUNE 2013 Panasonic became the European market leader for rugged business tablets in 2012 with a 29% unit share of the market, according to the latest results from analyst group VDC Research. The company also maintained its dominant position in the rugged notebook market with a 63% unit share for its Toughbook range. Driven by the launch of its new Toughpad range of rugged business tablets and rapid adoption of its Toughbook CF-D1 and CF-H2 specialist tablets, Panasonic took European top spot for rugged tablets with a 400% year-on-year increase in units shipped. The new Toughpad range consists of three Windows 8 Pro and Android tablets designed to meet the growing demand from businesses for purpose-built tablets that use the latest functionality to improve the productivity of their ... (more)

My Friend, Paul

I lost a friend a couple of days before Christmas.  Hell of a guy.  Solid as a rock. The kind of guy who was so competent that if you thought about it you’d feel  like a dolt in comparison, except he made you feel like the coolest, smartest guy on earth when you were with him. Hell of a guy. Calling him a friend seems sort of selfish and cheap.  We didn’t exchange Christmas cards or anything.  I had a few beers with him once in a while.  We argued about football, gave each other a bunch of shit when we could.  I didn’t bother to learn his wife’s name until I got the call that they found him dead in his bed the day before Christmas.  To be perfectly accurate, when I got the call on Christmas eve that his 14 year old daughter had found him dead in his bed that morning.  In fact, before that call, I hardly knew anything about this guy, other than the fact that he was a h... (more)

SXSWedu partners with EdTech Europe 2014 and Europe EdTech 20

Leading edtech events join forces to bridge innovation in US and European markets 27 March, 2014 - EdTech Europe, Europe's leading e-learning focussed conference platform, today announced it will be partnering with SXSWedu, the US' largest and most energetic education sector event, for its 2014 summit along with the Europe EdTech 20 ranking of the top e-learning companies in Europe. The collaboration will see selected participants from the 2014 SXSW LAUNCHedu competition for early-stage education start-ups invited to showcase their product or service to the EdTech Europe 2014 audience of more than 200 established professional learning and education players, innovators and investors. The partnership will also see Europe EdTech 20 entrants considered for application to future SXSW LAUNCHedu competitions, subject to certain eligibility criteria. The EdTech 20 rankin... (more)

Vimeo Adds System to Squash Copyright-Infringing Videos

Video hosting platform Vimeo has introduced copyright matching technology to ensure it remains “a home for original work — not for rips of movies, TV shows, music videos, and sports broadcasts”. Announced in a blog post, Vimeo says that unlike other copyright detection systems on other sites it is working hard to strike a balance between cutting down on hosted works that infringe copyright and allowing people to express their creativity with ‘fair use’ of copyrighted content, which is allowed under copyright law. The system works by taking an audio ‘fingerprint’ of any uploaded material and checking it against a database of third-party copyrighted content, including songs, movies and TV shows. If a match is found, users can: appeal the match by providing more information, inform Vimeo that the material is being used with permission, inform Vimeo that it’s allowed ... (more)

Because it's Friday: Billie Jean on Beer Bottles

I saw this video from the Bottle Boys the other day, and I've had Billie Jean stuck in my head ever since:   Billie Jean seems to be a popular song to harmonize to! That's all for now — enjoy your weekend, and we'll be back on Monday. ... (more)

Verizon to Netflix: Cease and Desist Unfair Business Practices

By Shannon Perry Friction between Internet service providers and Netflix is nothing new. While Netflix offers affordable and high-quality entertainment, companies like Verizon provide the means to deliver that content to consumers. With millions of Americans accessing movies and shows on Netflix, how to handle the corresponding Internet traffic is a very current and controversial issue. June brought the latest and possibly most heated interaction between the two companies. Responding to slow connectivity speeds for its online content, Netflix began posting an error message to alert its customers that Verizon is to blame for slow speeds. The message reads, “The Verizon network is crowded right now. Adjusting video for smoother playback…” Verizon was not happy about this. In a letter dated June 5th, Randal Milch, an Executive Vice President at Verizon, demanded that Ne... (more)

Broadcast International Announces Agreement with Fortune 10 Financial Services Organization

Broadcast International, Inc. (OTCBB:BCST) (“BI”) announced today a multi-year partnership between its BI Networks division and a Fortune 10 financial services organization. Broadcast International will deploy a new digital signage network in 2,000 existing media equipped sites and continue to grow the network as the client expands its digital signage application within its 6,000 retail locations nationwide. “We’re extremely pleased that BI Networks and our CodecSys digital signage solution were selected by this prestigious client,” said David Van Epps, senior vice president and general manager of the BI Networks division. “This implementation illustrates that network design and content delivery efficiencies can result in substantial cost savings for both new and existing digital signage networks.” The new network replaces all existing media player hardware with Br... (more)

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
IoT is rapidly becoming mainstream as more and more investments are made into the platforms and technology. As this movement continues to expand and gain momentum it creates a massive wall of noise that can be difficult to sift through. Unfortunately, this inevitably makes IoT less approachable for people to get started with and can hamper efforts to integrate this key technology into your own portfolio. There are so many connected products already in place today with many hundreds more on the h...
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management company where he learned about Bitcoin and eventually Ethereal. Andrew's role at ConsenSys Enterprise is a mul...
To Really Work for Enterprises, MultiCloud Adoption Requires Far Better and Inclusive Cloud Monitoring and Cost Management … But How? Overwhelmingly, even as enterprises have adopted cloud computing and are expanding to multi-cloud computing, IT leaders remain concerned about how to monitor, manage and control costs across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. It’s clear that traditional IT monitoring and management approaches, designed after all for on-premises data centers, are falling short in ...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence. Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busine...