Wednesday, December 24, 2014

ShoreTel Sky Adds Mobile Video Collaboration

  Predictions for Unified Communications in 2015, Part 1 | IoT groups are like an orchestra tuning up: The music starts in 2016
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ShoreTel Sky Adds Mobile Video Collaboration
  ShoreTel has launched an update to ShoreTel Sky Mobility portfolio that provides users with mobile-enabled video conferencing. The upgrade, incorporated with ShoreTel Mobility 8, is now available for ShoreTel Sky users. Video collaboration is also supported for customers who use ShoreTel's premise-based solutions.ShoreTel Sky Mobility video is supported between iOS and Android smartphones. Tablets using the ShoreTel Sky Mobility Client with single-touch, point-to-point video calling can be controlled from the mobile device keypad. Video calls can be placed over local or remote Wi-Fi and cellular networks. The ability to transition to a video session from an existing voice call is supported, as is returning from a video call to voice call. In addition, the ShoreTel Sky Mobility client includes a "join" button feature for one-touch audio bridge login; the "join" button also works with third-party Web collaboration tools.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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Predictions for Unified Communications in 2015, Part 1
As has been our custom for over a decade, it's time for our annual predictions on what will happen in the coming year for Unified Communications (UC). We'll start with what is a clear 2014 trend that will continue in 2015: the growing adoption of cloud-based UC.See also: All of Network World's look ahead to 2015 Most cloud providers have reported double-digit growth this year of their IP Telephony (IPT) and UC portfolios, while premise-based systems growth remains in the high single digits year-over-year. We attribute this to both to the adoption of stand-alone cloud services, plus the adoption of cloud-based UC as a hybrid solution that also includes premise-based components. We expect to see continued UC endpoint growth as organizations move beyond simple IPT, especially in hybrid solutions that integrate cloud-based UC with private IPT systems.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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IoT groups are like an orchestra tuning up: The music starts in 2016
If the Internet of Things didn't quite proliferate in 2014, at least IoT industry groups and standards bodies did.At least five efforts at bringing order to IoT began in 2014, and another that launched in late 2013 found its legs this year. That caused some confusion in an industry that was vast and multifaceted already. Unfortunately, all those groups will probably be here a year from now, too—maybe even more of them.IoT involves linking devices that in many cases have never been connected before, or at least not on anything but a closed, specialized network. It also involves managing those objects and developing applications to make them do things together that they could never do alone. So products from different vendors eventually will have to speak the same language, at some level.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


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Microsoft Adds TouchDevelop Capabilities to Windows App Studio
Microsoft's Windows App Studio, an online tool for quickly building Windows and Windows Phone apps, has been integrated with TouchDevelop, a "touch-friendly" programming language for writing code directly on a device. But the company also is steering users over to its comprehensive Visual Studio 2013 software development platform if they want to change Windows 8.0 apps written with the App Studio tool. TouchDevelop features a physics engine and a UI framework to compose forms. "With TouchDevelop you can write code directly on any device and use sensors and media via high-level APIs," said Emilio Salvador Prieto, senior director of Windows marketing, in a Windows blog post on a recent update to Windows App Studio.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

FTC chides BabyBus for tracking babies
The Federal Trade Commission today has made public its contention that BabyBus, a China-based maker of mobile software designed for the youngest of the young, appears to be violating the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by collecting personal information without permission.From an FCC press release: In the letter (to BabyBus), the FTC notes that it appears the child-directed applications marketed by the company, BabyBus, appear to collect precise geolocation information about users. The letter notes that the company does not get parents' consent before collecting children's personal information, which would appear to violate the COPPA Rule.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More



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