Tag: Cisco

VSee Telehealth Beats Vidyo, Polycom, Cisco at ATA

VSee was a smashing success at this past weekend’s ATA show in Austin, TX. With a truly innovative approach to video conferencing, VSee telehealth completely stole the show from Polycom, Cisco, and Vidyo. The excited crowds kept the VSee team so busy throughout the entire conference that the team barely…

Is Cisco Umi Worth Rescuing?

Last week, video conferencing startup Tely Labs announced its “Rescue Umi” program as Cisco prepares to permanently end Umi services January 31. It’s an opportunity for Umi users to snag a good deal switching to Tely Labs’ similar telyHD offering. The marketing point of Umi and now telyHD is video…

Cisco Scraps Cius in Favor of WebEx and Jabber

It’s no secret that room-based video conferencing and telepresence are dying breeds.  The ever-declining revenue growth of Cisco’s Telepresence division as well as poor market performance by Cisco Telepresence competitors Polycom and LifeSize clearly attests to this. However, Cisco isn’t waiting around for its cash cow to dry up before moving on to…

VSee Your Secure Alternative to Cisco H.323/SIP

Security has always been a top priority with VSee.  In fact, VSee was created and designed right from the start to ensure data security.  Unlike the H.323/SIP systems such as Cisco, Polycom, LifeSize, etc. which have been getting attention lately for the security risks they may pose, VSee makes security fairly…

Cisco’s Umi Goes The Way of the Neanderthal

Back to the enterprise

Cisco’s foray into the consumer market has proved too challenging for the networking giant. This morning, Cisco Systems announced that it would cut 550 jobs as part of its plan to exit some of its consumer business. This includes closing the video recording device division which manufactures the once-great Flip…

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

Videoconferencing: The Kid On A Corner

With all the research and effort put into recreating Star Trek fantasies of communicating via life-like screen images, you’d think people would be more enthusiastic about actually using the amazing videoconferencing technologies out there today!  But surprisingly, as mentioned in an earlier post, videoconferencing tools have been painfully slow to…

Why Water Cooler Conversations Are Essential to Work Productivity

During my recent U.K. trip, while doing VSee calls all day long, it was IM and Chatter that I depended on the most to keep in touch with my coworkers.  Those tools in addition to one-click video calling were critical for my informal interactions–those casual conversations that are so important for…

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…

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),…

The New Release is Out! (10.0.0.1103)

Obviously, I’m quite excited by all our releases.  This one, however, has a few extra treats that I want to point out in addition to our release notes. First, if you are a home (non-commercial) user, you now have free HD video calling.  So whether you hook up to your…

Cisco for Home? Skype for Business? Skype V. Cisco?

Wow. The last couple days have been full of news and it’s time to write about it!  Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting headlines for videoconferencing and discuss the implications: Skype, which keeps claiming to be a business conferencing tool but isn’t, hired Tony Bates to…

WebEx Meet—still not simple

iPads, Kindles, Netflix, and Video Collaboration

Why do iPads do so well despite being underpowered as computers? Why does Netflix do so well regardless of only TV and movie media offerings? Why do Kindles do so well when all they do is display and annotate books? What these three things have in common is that they…

Videoconferencing on Who’s Budget?

Telepresence Illusions

Why Video Collaboration Needs to be on Desktops

Every day I have at least one conversation that revolves around using VC (“video conferencing” or “video collaboration”) to “get things done” rather than “meet”.  Obviously efforts to increase acceptance of putting video collaboration tools where they’re most beneficial are gaining traction. For example, I know of at least one…

Hillary’s Speech Internet Freedom

Wow.  Great speech. I recommend that everyone read this speech given by Hillary Clinton today. From a video collaboration and human-computer interaction standpoint, this is a watershed moment in politics.  There are plenty of articles already discussing the humanist message or how Google’s showdown with China changed the world and…

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