Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Lifesize enhances its video cloud service, introduces two new video endpoints

  Harrisburg University targets government data security | Attention iPhone Owners: Microsoft Wants YOU

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Lifesize enhances its video cloud service, introduces two new video endpoints
Lifesize, a division of Logitech, has announced new enhancements to its Lifesize Cloud video conferencing service, along with the introduction of two new video conferencing endpoints including the Lifesize Icon 400TM and Icon Flex.Enhancements to the Lifesize Cloud service include the ability for conference participants to connect using web browsers with WebRTC, with Microsoft Lync, and via Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook. Web Browser connections are enabled using Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Safari, using a "one-click" connection directly from the web browser. In cases where the browser does not support native WebRTC, a plug-in is available to facilitate the connection.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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Re-Evaluating the Role of "Traditional" Audio Conferencing
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Harrisburg University targets government data security
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and its Government Technology Institute (GTI) have launched a center focused on protecting government data and systems from intruders.The Security Center of Excellence (SCoE) is led in part by Charlie Gerhards, the former CIO of Pennsylvania. MORE: Cisco funds university research into VoIP securityCisco, Deloitte Consulting, IBM, Symantec and Unisys are sponsoring the center and will provide experts to help establish best practices through the center. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More


IBM Value-based Archiving Solutions
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Attention iPhone Owners: Microsoft Wants YOU
  Microsoft today pitched a preview of a new Skype client to iPhone and iPad owners, asking for volunteers to test the software. The call for testers may be part of Microsoft's decision to change the name of its corporate messaging platform -- Lync -- to Skype later this year as it blends aspects of both in the next generation of its enterprise software, which will be called Skype for Business. "We're looking for enthusiastic Skype users who are interested in providing feedback that will shape and enhance Skype for iOS to join our new pre-release program," wrote a Skype product marketing manager on her team's blog Wednesday.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

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UK prime minister suggests banning encrypted apps like WhatsApp, iMessage
The U.K. may ban online messaging services that offer encryption such as WhatsApp and Apple's iMessage, under surveillance plans laid out by Prime Minister David Cameron.Services that allow people to communicate without providing access to their messages pose a serious challenge to law enforcement efforts to combat terrorism and other crimes, Cameron said Monday.He didn't name specific apps, but suggested those with encryption would not jive with new surveillance legislation he's looking to enact if he gets reelected this year. Such apps include WhatsApp, iMessage, Google Hangouts, Microsoft's Skype, CryptoCat, and more.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Google Chases Microsoft with Beefed-up Translate Speech Tools
Microsoft spent the last half of 2014 getting everyone excited about Skype Translator,  a new technology that translates real-time conversations between two people speaking different languages over Skype. The new feature went into an invite-only preview in December. Not to be left behind, Google recently let slip to The New York Times that it intends to beef up the spoken translation chops of Google Translate for Android and (presumably) iOS.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More

Guided tour of a Google data center
Sure it's Google propaganda, but it's interesting Google propaganda.Joe Kava, VP of Google's data center operations, walks us through a company facility in Berkeley County, South Carolina (I've provided a few highlights under the video for those who can't or don't want to watch): Highlights: Only a small percentage of Google employees are authorized to even enter a data center campus. Yes, the building has a foosball table. Employees use scooters to traverse the massive building, at least when filming videos. "We just went past the 3-million man-hour mark for zero loss-time," says a Googler. "Three million man hours is a really long time and with the number of people we have on site that is an amazing accomplishment." "Protecting the security and the privacy of our users' information is our foremost design criteria," Kava says with a straight face. The facility's multi-layered security include badges, biometric iris scanners, and "under-floor intrusion detection via laser beams." The data center temperature is a toasty 80 degrees. "Google runs our data centers warmer than most," says Kava, "because it helps with the efficiency." Server racks are custom-designed and built. When drives fail "they are brought to an ultra-secure cage where they are erased and crushed if necessary." More info on the data center here. Pretty pictures here.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Read More



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1 comment:

Michael Davis said...

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