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Better Late Than Half-Baked?

When I read this article praising Apple for delaying the release of its iPhone 4 until they got the product “right,” it reminded me of a similar point that came up at one of our meetings.  Again, it was a product usability versus doing business disagreement. Who Would Eat A…

I Was A Remote Stalker

 

HP Down, Cisco To Go

HP must be sighing in relief at finally getting rid of their Halo visual collaboration business unit since they practically handed it to Polycom for $89 million. Is It A Win-Win Deal? This means Polycom gets a whack at the telepresence market while HP dumps responsibility for its lackluster product,…

Cisco WebEx: “Little to no Work-Life Balance”

Skype and Facebook

It could happen. There are rumors (according to Bloomberg) that the two have been chatting about it.  Skype users can already call and SMS Facebook friends, making video the next logical next step. Personally, this feels like a natural extension of Skype’s current incarnation as a consumer video calling tool.…

Helping Haiti on Facebook: Linkin Park, the UN Foundation and VSee

Skype and GoToMeeting, together at last?

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, Skype and GoToMeeting (Citrix) are banding together to try and shore up each other’s weaknesses as collaborative business tools.  The former has begun asking $9 a month for group calling but has a limited screenshare and no collaborative tools; the latter charges even…

Smile For The Camera

One of the reasons we continue to be so gung ho about video calling is because studies in the field of communication have demonstrated the importance of nonverbal communication in interpersonal communications, many of which are expressed through the visual channel. For instance, one thing you can’t express very well…

Videoconferencing Is A Friend At Work

In their study of casual work interactions, Whittaker et al. (1994) concluded that coordination works best among people who are physically located in the same place because they have more opportunities to find others who are available to talk.  Let’s face it, as much as we love Facebook and Twitter,…

Skype 5.0 News: 6 Reasons Redux

Yesterday while I was at a conference Skype announced on their blog that they were dropping the ‘beta’ label from their Mac release, and that group calling would now be a paid feature.  Obviously, I had to respond.  🙂 I have a lot of fun talking about Skype because I…

Remote vs. On-Site Time Perception

I read this very interesting article on GigaOm last month and have been digesting it ever since.  Although I don’t necessarily think remote workers are any more (or less) productive than on-site workers, Ms. Laidlaw makes a fantastic point about the productivity mindset of remote workers.  Any company that has…

Facebook helps Productivity?

I’m a few weeks late on this one, but this was an interesting headline:  “Twitter, Facebook Can Improve Work Productivity”  (PC World, citing a study from the University of Melbourne.) I’ve believed this for quite a while…with qualifications.  The reason stated is that taking quick breaks to scan Facebook and Twitter…

Twitter Chief: “It’s really complex to make something simple.”

Bless you, Jack Dorsey. I certainly hope that designers of tech products, whether coders, GUI designers, network architects, whatever, absorb that statement: It’s really complex to make something simple. This isn’t a new statement.  Others have said it.  But perhaps when the founder of Twitter says it on Charlie Rose…then…

Skype Crashing and Supernodes

Sometimes Christmas comes a few days early.  Forgive me for the Schadenfreude, but the fact that PC Mag, TechCrunch, GigaOm, BBC News, and so many other outlets discussed the BUSINESS IMPLICATIONS of Skype’s crash yesterday amuses me.  To quote Om Malik from GigaOm: …over past few years it has become…

Cisco Security Threat Announcement

“Until a patch is issued by the vendor, Matta recommends you unplug the device from its network socket.” – 11/17 advisory re: Cisco Unified Videoconferencing products Hoo boy.  Apart from staving off companies like ours, releasing expensive novelty items to home users, and then getting blasted in the stock market,…

Polycom Vaporware Announcement?

My friend Jeff Urdan, honcho of VeaMea (a friendly competitor of ours that uses a client-server architecture), sent me an interesting email yesterday with the title “A laugh for your blog?”  Apparently the big guys, realizing they’re a little behind in desktop videoconferencing innovation (read: not optimized for ad hoc workflow),…

Phone’s still great for business…socially, it’s dying

That headline really means audio-only phone calls.  The (“smart”)phone as the swiss army knife of communications tools will never die.  LONG LIVE THE PHONE! May I present the evidence?  I call to the stand this blog post by Larry Lisser, titled All I wanted for my birthday was a lousy phone…

People less truthful when texting

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