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InFocus unveils new video collaboration platform

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:21:25 GMT

InFocus has announced a new platform that focuses on scalable video collaboration

WhatsApp could add voice calling very soon

Wed, 9 Apr 2014 15:52:51 GMT

Several rumors running around indicate that WhatsApp will add VoIP functionality to it's popular messaging platform.

Line goes live with calls to cell phones, landlines

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 22:51:22 GMT

(image) Line, the Japan-based mega messaging app, said that it's giving its audience in eight countries access to a new product called "Line Call," a service that lets people dial landlines and cell phones from the application for a fee.

Chromebox For Meetings Set To Disrupt Enterprise Video Conferencing

Fri, 7 Feb 2014 15:51:01 GMT

(image) Google just introduced Chromebox for meeting, a new integrated system that lets users easily arrange virtual meetings whether scheduled in Google Calendar or spontaneous. Based on Chrome OS, Chromebox for meeting is a dedicated enterprise/SMB virtual conferencing appliance that is designed to be much more affordable and easier to setup than existing solutions.

Just Hanging Out

Fri, 7 Feb 2014 02:40:16 GMT

(image) In collaboration with Google, Vidyo announced today both a product and a service that will allow H.323- and SIP-based video devices to interconnect with Google+ Hangouts

FCC votes to begin testing an overhaul of US phone system

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 05:28:30 GMT

(image) The Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted to launch a series of trials to investigate how best to update the telephone system in the United States. The idea is to replace the system's traditional phone lines with networks that are based on Internet Protocol.

Google sells Motorola unit to Lenovo for $2.9B

Thu, 30 Jan 2014 04:22:49 GMT

(image) Google confirmed that it has sold Motorola for $2.91 billion, consisting of $660 million in cash and $750 million in Lenovo shares, with the remaining $1.5 billion paid in the form of a three-year promissory note.

Logitech launches camera that turns any place into a video collaboration room

Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:54:28 GMT

(image) Logitech is launching a new conference camera that turns any meeting room into a video collaboration place.

Tata Comm Launches Mobile VoIP Platform

Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:22:37 GMT

(image) Tata Communications Ltd. (Tata Comm) announced the launching of its mobile VoIP platform, a hosted, white label solution that allows mobile network operators (MNO) and other retail voice providers to deliver and monetize innovative converged IP communication services.

Patent licensing terms still murky for next-gen video

Sun, 19 Jan 2014 05:49:45 GMT

(image) A patent licensing group has revealed many names of the corporate muscle behind H.265/HEVC — but the license itself remains elusive even as the technology arrives in the marketplace.

Beam+ robot heads for homes, waving $995 price tag

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:46:54 GMT

(image) With the unveiling of Suitable Technologies' Beam+, telepresence robots are becoming more affordable for many of the people who need them most.

US: Appeals court strikes down FCC's Net neutrality rules

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 19:39:27 GMT

(image) Broadband providers aren't "common carriers," court says, and that makes all the difference in a decision certain to shake up the fixed broadband and wireless industries.

AMS: An Update on the Next Generation Multimedia System from the ITU-T

Thu, 9 Jan 2014 15:24:55 GMT

(image) AMS (also known as H.325) is the next-generation multimedia system coming from the ITU-T, enabling a plurality of devices and applications to work harmoniously together in order to provide a richer communication experience. Get the latest information about this emerging standard.

VoIP centres raided‚ father-son duo held

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:32:42 GMT

(image) I read stories like these and wonder... Why?!?!? Money? Greed? Oppression? National security? Just what in the world could lead to continued enforcement of a law like this?

FCC VoIP Ruling Bound to Disappoint Someone

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:59:41 GMT

(image) Tom Wheeler is showing willingness to wade right into things as the new FCC chair, but there's one pot he doesn't have to stir. The telecom industry is already in hot debate over the Federal Communications Commission's plans to consider changing how voice services should be regulated in the IP era, an action that could have far reaching impact.

Open-Sourced H.264 Removes Barriers to WebRTC

Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:12:41 GMT

(image) Cisco plans to open-source our H.264 codec, and to provide it as a binary module that can be downloaded for free from the Internet. Cisco will not pass on its MPEG LA licensing costs for this module, and based on the current licensing environment, this will effectively make H.264 free for use in WebRTC.

With a simple cloud solution, Blue Jeans takes on video conferencing giants

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:14:52 GMT

(image) Blue Jeans' simple cloud-based solution plugs the gaps in video conference systems across the globe is what makes Blue Jeans one of the hottest tech start-ups of recent times.

Verizon to pay Vodafone $130B for stake in Verizon Wireless

Tue, 3 Sep 2013 16:21:39 GMT

(image) Verizon Communications has reached a deal to acquire Vodafone's stake in their Verizon Wireless joint venture for $130 billion.

Microsoft to acquire Nokia's device and services division

Tue, 3 Sep 2013 07:39:47 GMT

(image) Microsoft will acquire Nokia's devices and services unit and license the company's mapping services in a deal worth US$7.2 billion in a bid to bolster the company's position in the smartphone market.

REACH Introduces an Recording and Streaming Device for H.323 Video Conferencing

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:41:25 GMT

(image) REACH manufactures professional solutions for video conferencing recording and streaming. The H.323 Network Recording and Streaming Server is the latest-generation device developed by REACH. By supporting the standards H.323, H.225.0, H.245 and H.239, the recording server is compatible with various brands of video conferencing systems, such as Polycom, Cisco/Tanberg, Lifesize, RadVision, HUAWEI and ZTE.

ITU Readies New 1Gbit/s Broadband Standard

Thu, 25 Jul 2013 15:43:38 GMT

(image), a new ITU broadband standard, that promises up to 1 Gbit/s over existing copper telephone wires, is one step closer following a meeting of ITU-T Study Group 15 this week. is designed to deliver superfast downloads up to a distance of 250 meters, thereby eliminating the expense of installing fibre between the distribution point and people’s homes.

Skype says it will kill its Desktop API by end of 2013

Fri, 18 Oct 2013 23:45:44 GMT

(image) Skype, the Microsoft-owned internet telephony service, is planning to kill its Desktop API (application programming interface), according to an email sent to developers by Chris Andrews, Head of Skype Developer Program.

New Firefox earns full WebRTC

Tue, 25 Jun 2013 18:50:19 GMT

(image) WebRTC may sound like yet another Internet acronym, but what it brings to browsers could be the death knell for plugins — and it just landed in the latest version of Firefox.

Stay away from meetings with iRobot Ava 500 telepresence bot

Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:43:16 GMT

(image) Trundling along on the heels — or wheels — of its RP-VITA medical robot, the AVA 500 was introduced Monday by the company as an enterprise-grade telepresence robot.

ITU-T H.265 now available for download

Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:12:13 GMT

(image) The highly-anticipated video coding standard, ITU-T H.265 "High Efficiency Video Coding" (HEVC), is now available free of charge on the ITU website here.

Sprint Q4 loss widens to $1.32B as Nextel customers flee

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 06:38:20 GMT

(image) Sprint's Nextel platform lost more than 1 million subscribers, offsetting progress made by its core business. Sprint posted a loss of $1.32 billion, or 44 cents a share, compared with a year-ago loss of $1.3 billion, or 43 cents a share. Revenue, however, rose to $9 billion.

Oracle to buy network gear maker Acme Packet for $2.1 billion

Mon, 4 Feb 2013 17:23:11 GMT

(image) Oracle Corp will buy network equipment maker Acme Packet Inc for $2.1 billion, putting it in a better position to compete with Cisco Systems Inc in moving data securely over internet networks.

New video codec to ease pressure on global networks

Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:32:50 GMT

(image) A new video coding standard building on the PrimeTime Emmy award winning ITU-T H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC was agreed by ITU members. The new codec is informally referred to as "High Efficiency Video Coding" (HEVC) and was assigned the official name ITU-T H.265.

Surprise, surprise: Nokia's Q4 rides high on Lumia sales

Mon, 21 Jan 2013 17:16:23 GMT

(image) The mobile phone business exceeds expectations and, hallelujah, Nokia shows signs of "underlying profitability." Moving 4.4 million Lumia smartphones had to help.

Google's new VP9 video technology reaches public view

Fri, 28 Dec 2012 23:31:55 GMT

(image) VP9, the successor to Google's VP8 video compression technology at the center of a techno-political controversy, has made its first appearance outside Google's walls.