Hands-on with Google’s new “Chromebox for meetings”


People love Google+ Hangouts for meetings. People also love big LCD screens in conference rooms for meetings. What if they both moved to California and got married?

We’re in luck – today Google announced “Chromebox for meetings” – their first foray into the world of room-based video conferencing, with CDW as a launch partner.

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Open-Sourced H.264 Removes Barriers to WebRTC

Great news from Cisco: Cisco will open open-source their H.264 codec, and make H.264 free for use in WebRTC.

Here are the details, which came from blogs of Cisco by Rowan Trollope:
When it comes to making collaboration technology such as high-definition video open and broadly available, it’s clear that the web browser plays an important role. The question is, how do you enable real-time video natively on the Web? It’s a question that folks are anxious to have answered.

WebRTC–a set of enhancements to HTML5–will address the issue head on. But, there is an important hurdle that must first be cleared, and that’s standardizing on a common video codec for real-time communications on the web – something the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) will decide next week.

The industry has been divided on the choice of a common video codec for some time, namely because the industry standard–H.264–requires royalty payments to MPEG LA. Today, I am pleased to announce Cisco is making a bold move to take concerns about these payments off the table.

We plan to open-source our H.264 codec, and to provide it as a binary module that can be downloaded for free from the Internet. Cisco will not pass on our MPEG LA licensing costs for this module, and based on the current licensing environment, this will effectively make H.264 free for use in WebRTC.

I’m also pleased that Mozilla has announced it will enable Firefox to utilize this module, bringing real-time H.264 support to their browser.

“It hasn’t been easy, but Mozilla has helped to lead the industry toward interoperable video on the Web,” said Brendan Eich, Mozilla Chief Technology Officer. “Cisco’s announcement helps us support H.264 in Firefox on most operating systems, and in downstream and other open source distributions using the Cisco H.264 binary module. We are excited to work with Cisco on advancing the state of interoperable Web video.”

Why is Cisco Doing This?

Many, including Cisco, have been backing H.264, the industry standard which today powers much of the video on the Internet. We strongly believe that interoperability is an essential goal of standards activities and that usage of H.264 by WebRTC means it will be able to interconnect, without transcoding, to a large set of existing clients from a multitude of vendors.

Regarding H.264, Jan Färjh, Vice President, Head of Standardization and Industry at Ericsson, states: “Support in WebRTC for H.264 enables interoperability with most video-capable mobile devices, which is great for industry acceptance.”

Finally, if you’ve read my blog or attended our recent annual Collaboration Summit, you will have heard our mission for Cisco Collaboration: Create rich collaboration technologies that are incredibly easy to use and make that technology broadly available to everyone in the world – from the largest companies to the smallest businesses. That’s what we would like to see happen with WebRTC, powered by an industry standard that is already prevalent in the market place.

We hope and believe that this step of open-sourcing our H.264 codec will enable the industry to move forward on WebRTC and have the best of all worlds: interoperability with the large installed base of H.264 endpoints, combined with an open‐source and effectively free codebase. This action also underscores our commitment to simplicity, for the greater benefit of developers, users, and vendors alike.

I’d love to start a dialogue on this which is why I’m inviting you to attend a TweetChat I’m hosting (@rowantrollope) later today, Wednesday, October 30 at 9:30 a.m. PDT. The hashtag is #collabchat. Cisco Fellow Cullen Jennings (@cfluffy), Cisco Collaboration CTO Jonathan Rosenberg (@jdrosen2) and Snorre Kjesbu (@KjesbuSnorre), Vice-President of Cisco’s Collaboration Endpoint Technology Group, will join me in the conversation. I also welcome your comments on this blog.




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Leap Motion Controller Set To Ship May 13 for Global Pre-Orders, In Best Buy Stores May 19

落鹤生:Leap Motion被称之为本年度最值得期待的体感交互设备。我之前做过一些基于摄像头传感器的东西,我怀疑这个东西会不会也非常容易因一些普通的干扰而出现误判,如:转动笔记本的屏幕,或者因无意识、无目的的随便挥动导致被画/写进去一些错误的内容???好吧,等它上市了我们再来看看。以下是其官方介绍:

Leap Motion, the motion-control software and hardware company changing the future of human/computer interaction, today announced the Leap Motion™ Controller will begin shipping to consumers on May 13; shipping will be prioritized by pre-order date. It will launch exclusively in the U.S. at Best Buy stores on May 19.

LeapMotion.com continues accepting U.S. and international pre-orders, at the launch price of $79.99 plus shipping, tax and duties where applicable. Today BestBuy.com will also begin taking pre-orders in the U.S.

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【癮APP】免費便宜好用就是王道!? 即時通訊軟體App才不吃你那



今天小編要評測一款由國內廠商(優網通)所開發的 App- eLook Mobile Cam ,從官網的說明我們可以得知,這款App主要的功能就是可以將您的手機變成網路攝影機,即時將影像傳輸回家中電腦儲存,並分享給親朋好友觀賞。

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優網通打造系統整合平台 推動網電腦商機



隨著個人電腦、區域和網際網路的普及,及資訊技術的不斷進步,區域網路應用也從Client-Server的概念 進入更高的Client-Server- Device層次。使用者開始希望能將各種類型的設備,例如驅動器、感應器等非典型資訊設備,一併連接至區域網路中,建立起多功能的家用、商用物聯網。

優網通 (UniSVR)董事長楊秉禾掌握此先機,率先提出具有廣泛應用模式的「網電腦」概念,標榜讓用戶能隨時隨地、輕鬆地經由寬頻網路操作各項設備,有效率地管理、分享各類型資訊。

優 網通「網電腦系統」概念即是強調將一般採用Android作業系統主機(PC、NB、平板電腦、智慧型手機、智慧型電視)升級為網電腦主機,藉由該公司 UniArgusNoD(Network-of-Device)系統整合平台及其他搭配型轉接模組軟體,將周邊設備接口經由有線或無線區域網路串連為一 體。

透過網路進而快速在各設備串聯,打破過去電腦周邊設備廠牌、型號、類別、接口數目,以及串連距離上的限制,並整合各方的訊息格式、操 作介面、資料庫、硬 體,成功架構出具經濟效益、高自主性的多功網路用系統。優網統基於「網電腦」概念所推出的UniArgus NoD系統平台具多項特色。

UniArgus NoD採用模組化架構,可階段性提升產品性能,並持續改善與維護系統可靠度。此外,它的介面具開放性,可與Windows、Android、iOS用戶端 設備聯接,不同過去嵌入式系統商的封閉性軟硬體平台,因此能局部客製化或外加模組,有助於後續更大規模的開發應用。



優網通免費體驗雲端生活 限量新光禮券贈送


【台北訊】優網通(UniSVR)公司推出免費私人雲端電腦解決方案,僅需安裝Athena Gateway for File Transfer檔案分享軟體,並搭配HermesDDS雲端服務即可體驗私有雲端應用便利性,目前除有1年免費試用外,還有新光三越禮券贈送。

針對雲端各項應用趨勢推出完整解決方案的優網通公司,以HermesDDS Service為技術核心,不需過去繁瑣防火牆或網路設定,使用者以直覺化操作進行各設備聯網;設備者更能設定、限制分享對象,密碼資訊在傳送前都經過加密,提供完善安全機制。

即 日起至1月24日前,僅需到HermesDDS網站註冊免費會員,利用產品註冊序號(Lh335-CENos-7514Q-S7451)至序號註冊區,註 冊個人Athena GW-f雲端服務,並至軟體區下載Athena Gateway for File Transfer,即可免費試用1年雲端服務。

這組序號在期限內可無限次註冊Athena GW-f服務,方便邀請親戚好友免費加入優網通會員,建立分享檔案聯絡名單外,更可利用序號註冊,建立私人雲端分享器,快速體驗雲端電腦的便利與魅力。

優網通除提供Athena GW-f體驗外,還推出多款資源分享實用軟體。例如透過Athena GW-p軟體,即使不在家中或辦公室中的特定印表機附近,也能透過HermesDDS服務,輕鬆地將該印表機轉變為雲端印表機,隨時隨地雲端操控進行列印工作。


With UniSVR’s PC-on-PC, your PC is not just a PC.

Do you have the need to share information on the net but don’t know how to make it more efficiently? UniSVR Global Information Technology Corporation has just launched its latest PC-on-PC private cloud solution. With the cutting-edge cloud-end service and various software, you can transfer and print out your files, share images from IP cameras, and control your home appliance anytime and anywhere! Please join us and enjoy the most convenient cloud-end lifestyle. Free-trial is time-limited!
You can go to HermesDDS Member Service Portal http://hermesdds.com to register for free. Register your HermesDDS Service of PC-on-PC with the registration serial number below. You may download PC-on-PC software on http://www.unisvr.net/download.asp and manual on http://www.unisvr.net/download_doc.asp.
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