08 February 2014

Google Chromebox videoconferencing, faster, cheaper, better

This blows every other hardware videoconferencing solution out of the water! --

Google Chrome Blog: Chromebox, now for simpler and better meetings: "....Meetings with anyone, anywhere. Up to 15 participants can join the video meeting from other conference rooms, their laptops, tablets or smartphones. Need to meet with a customer who doesn’t use Chromebox for meetings? That’s easy too—all they need is a Gmail account. You can also connect to rooms that have traditional video conferencing systems using a new tool from Vidyo, and participants who prefer phones can join your meeting with a conference call number from UberConference...."

Google's next hardware push: Chromebox videoconferencing for businesses
PCWorld (blog)
Although low-cost, face-to-face videoconferencing options are available—Google'sHangouts, Microsoft's Skype, and Apple's FaceTime among them—stepping up to a unified videoconferencing system can run into the thousands of dollars, depending on how ...

With Its Tiny PC, Google Makes a Play for Your Conference Room | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com: Inside Google offices across the globe, company engineers and other employees have long communicated over internet video-conferencing systems developed by the tech giant itself. Googlers call it the “VC” link — a video connection that runs to company meeting rooms as well as employee cubicles — and when collaborating with colleagues in other parts of the world, some engineers will keep it on all day long. . . These systems were never available to the world at large, but on Thursday morning, inspired by its internal hardware and software tools, the tech giant unveiled a new video conferencing system that aims to make “VC” as ubiquitous outside the company as inside...."

Google, Amazon & Microsoft: Cloud Battle Just Changed
Amazon's only real competition is Google on the technology front and Microsoft on the enterprise front. Microsoft doesn't have to figure out how to sell to the enterprise; it's been doing it for many years. Nor does Microsoft have to instantly be on an ...

Microsoft promises Nadella up to $18M for fiscal year 2015
The technology firms that Microsoft uses for compensation comparison purposes include Amazon, Apple, Dell, Google, IBM, Intel and others. The out-of-industry group includes American Express, Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil, Pfizer, Wal-Mart and 20 other ...

Apple drops top Bitcoin app from marketplace
But Apple didn't expand on that, and the company did not respond to a request for comment. Bitcoin users are calling Apple a bully. Many are threatening to ditch iPhones and iPads for devices that run Google's Android. Blockchain is still available in ...

Microsoft's consumers want to know: 7 questions for Satya Nadella
PCWorld (blog)
In the office, I think Microsoft's message of a PC as an engine of productivity is defensible, but its credibility diminishes the more users are exposed to the Web. I went for the better part of a year working on a Google-powered Chromebook, and I ...

Google Settles EU Antitrust Case, Rivals Whine
... industry-standard patents. In January, Google settled an antitrust inquiry conducted by the Federal Trade Commission, to the dissatisfaction of FairSearch.org, a lobbying group supported by Oracle, Microsoft, Nokia, and various search industry ...

Apple, Google, Microsoft: Where does the money come from?
Summary: If you want to know why big tech companies act the way they do, follow the money. Based on the latest SEC filings, Apple's still a successful hardware company, and Google's still in the advertising business. Meanwhile, how's that "devices and ...

Apple just procured enough Sapphire Crystal furnaces to make 100-200M ~5-inch iPhone displays in Arizona | 9to5Mac

Nothing Keeps Apple From Making an Android Phone Except Common Sense
Google (GOOG) allows any phonemaker to use its software, so Wozniak is correct in saying that this is a possibility. And Android is outpacing Apple in the cheaper markets that are gaining importance, so there's a sort of intuitive sense in the move, if ...

Google picks low-key, well-respected Susan Wojcicki to run YouTube
San Jose Mercury News
MENLO PARK -- Susan Wojcicki, a low-key and highly respected senior Googleexecutive, is taking over YouTube with the hope of leading Google's video subsidiary to a new level and, most importantly, higher revenue. Wojcicki, 45, met Google co-founders ...

Amazon lets viewers vote for new TV series
Amazon is ready to let viewers pick its next batch of streaming TV series. Ten pilot episodes, including three sitcoms, two dramas and five kids shows, are available to watch now on Amazon.com and on Amazon Prime Instant Video app, available on Kindle, ...

Scientists find 800000-year-old footprints in UK
Houston Chronicle
LONDON (AP) — British scientists have discovered human footprints in England that are at least 800,000 years old — the most ancient found outside Africa, and the earliest evidence of human life in northern Europe. A team from the British Museum, the ...

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