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Former Polycom Designer Now Considers VSee Da Best!

Former designer of the Polycom RPX room system and video conferencing consultant, Bryan Hellard fell in love with Zoom.us during a period of testing and writing reviews of various software-based video conferencing apps. For him, Zoom.us was the best thing (in terms of video quality) that he had tested in a long…

VSee vs. Skype: Three Key Differences

VSee – Boldly Going Where No One Has Gone Before

Guest Post – Anthony Watkins is Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Toney Watkins Company, a hospitality and entertainment company, currently developing international theme park resorts. In early September of 1966, I sat with my brothers in front of our family’s television set watching this new show that was premiering on…

Is Your Encrypted Video Chat Secure?

More released documents from Edward Snowden show that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has done the unimaginable – cracked encryption codes that secure most of our data. It’s an impressive feat even for the NSA which was created just for code-breaking and now sets the standard for encryption technology. Encryption is important…

Does the new Google and Vidyo Agreement Hurt WebRTC Partners?

Google, the creator of WebRTC, has recently asked Vidyo to help develop a browser-native video chat solution for WebRTC, Venturebeats reports.  Vidyo, which has raised $120M in venture funding, has been disrupting the enterprise videoconference market and stealing thunder from traditional videoconferencing giants Polycom and Cisco with its software-only endpoints.…

NSA Hacked UN Videoconferencing System According to New Snowden Documents

Whether it’s your typical Skype video chat or a secured United Nations videoconference, video communications are getting hacked.  German news magazine Der Spiegel reports that the latest documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden shows that the NSA broke the code for the United Nations internal videoconferencing system at its New…

VSee vs. GoToMeeting Case Study

Taylor Engineering has been using VSee for years to keep its remote team members happy and productive. It’s been a great alternative to WebEx and GoToMeeting. There is just something about the being able to see people’s faces that really “breaks down barriers” and “improves communication compared to the phone”…

5 Best Video Collaboration Tools To Ride Out the BART Strike

The BART strike hit Bay Area’s 400K daily commuters this morning with a slap in the face. Oakland ferry lines were stretching around the corner and the Bay Bridge has been backed up since 5:30 a.m. KTVU-TV’s @sal_castaneda tweets: In 1997 [the last BART strike] most people couldn’t work from…

Race is on for Easy Telemedicine Video Conference

Chris Stegh was right on when he wrote in this post about video telemedicine that “the race is on to perfect easy-to-use video tools.” One reason he says more video telemedicine isn’t being used is because traditional room conferencing solutions like Polycom, Cisco Tandberg, etc. have been difficult to use. It’s…

Did Blue Jeans Copy VSee Dual-Streaming HD Video + Content for iPad?

VSee vs. Blue Jeans on iPad I recently saw a Blue Jeans Network newsletter announcing its exciting new feature: “dual HD streams for interactive video and content sharing.” Dual streaming has the advantage that meeting participants can see both video and content at the same time as they work together.  They claim…

Skype Worm Hosts Bitcoin Mining Slaves

Skype users beware.  Last week, TheNextWeb reported a new Skype malware that has been spreading at 2000 clicks per hour. The malware tries to convince Skype users to click on a link, unloading a Bitcoin mining application into your system. Cyber criminals use the the Bitcoin mining malware to mine…

Polycom Should Forget Marketing Gimmicks and Buy Vidyo to Survive

Following in the footsteps of Apple retail stores, Polycom will be opening its own retail outlets in high-end malls, as well as some Costco Superstores, says Wainhouse Research. In a marketing scheme designed to cook up some chutzpah for a waning video conferencing product, Polycom will be teaming up with…

Why Is Vidyo So Expensive?

Out-of-luck actors may now have an unexpected source of gainful employment – with video conferencing companies.  According to this Wall Street Journal story, VSee’s arch rival, Vidyo keeps professional actors on staff. We’re not talking about hiring actors for a one time stint to film a couple of slick ads,…

Challenges of Skype and Google Hangouts for MOOCs

Guest Post by Sankalp Garud – a 16-year-old problem solver, math whiz, online learning evangelist and entrepreneur.  You can watch his educational videos on http://YouTube.com/tapthetech I’m glad I can write this post at a time when the education system seems to be in a transition phase. With the development of great free online…

Google Hangouts High Bandwidth Issues Solved…Sort of

Google+ Hangouts is trying to be more bandwidth-friendly with its new bandwidth slider and audio-only features. This is welcome news for those on 3G, Wifi, DSL, or otherwise slow Internet who have had a hard time jumping into a Hangout. In particular, bandwidth limitations can be a problem for people…

Don’t Even Think About Skype For Health Care

Skype is not the tool for telehealth and telemedicine where HIPAA compliancy is a concern or any application where you care about security. Skype has always been close about whether it keeps decryption keys and Skype security and privacy concerns have grown since its 2011 Microsoft acquisition. In a recent…

WebEx Alternatives Hit Mobile Video Conference Market

Video conferencing is going mobile. It’s not surprising with video chat becoming a common work tool in an increasingly mobile workforce and with the popularity of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. No wonder so many video conferencing upstarts are hoping to storm the competitive video conference market with mobile…

Will Zoom’s New Enterprise Video Conference Hurt Blue Jeans and Vidyo?

Zoom.us, the hottest new video conferencing company, is revealing its paid UMX (Unified Meeting Experience) offering for businesses. Zoom previously raised $3M in angel funding. It has also just raised $6M in series A funding, from some of the biggest names such as Qualcomm Ventures, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, and…

The 2 Fatal Security Flaws in Polycom RealPresence CloudAXIS

Early last quarter, Polycom made some exciting announcements about its newest product — RealPresence CloudAXIS, which will be available March 2013. What makes CloudAXIS so exciting is that it allows you to video conference with others without bothering about which service they normally use. As GigaOm tech blogger Stacey Higginbotham…

Why Google Hangouts Dropped Vidyo For WebRTC

Updated July 9, 2014 So Google really has dropped the Vidyo plugin for Hangouts as it switches over to its VP8 video codec. It’s still not on WebRTC, although it’s surely getting there.  On dev versions of Chrome, Google Hangouts is now plugin-less. In my article on VSee vs. Google+ Hangouts, I…

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