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News Archive - November 2010

AARNet pushes videoconferencing standards
November 26, 2010
Fibre networks may well bring enhanced productivity and collaboration, but interoperability of vendors and standards is required to push uptake of videoconferencing, Australian Academic Research Network (AARNet) chief executive, Chris Hancock, has warned.
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Skype Records Record 25M Concurrent Users
November 24, 2010
Skype announced that it has recorded 25 million users Skyping concurrently. So, the service is still growing, though we note that it is growing a bit slower than in previous years. Has Skype nearly peaked?
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Goodbye Google App Engine (GAE)
November 21, 2010
This is a blog entry from a customer of the Google App Engine (GAE) service who details exactly why choosing GAE over a service like Amazon EC2 was a big mistake.
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HP launches desktop, room-size videoconferencing
November 17, 2010
Hewlett-Packard announced videoconferencing for desktops, laptops and conference rooms to complement its high-end, studio-based Halo videoconferencing line.
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Microsoft's Web-Calling Unit Lures Boeing, Aims for $1 Billion
November 17, 2010
Microsoft has lined up customers such as Boeing and France Telecom for new software that handles Web-based calling and videoconferencing, advancing an effort that may add $1 billion in annual sales.
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Cisco Unveils Desktop Virtualisation System
November 15, 2010
Cisco announced a new desktop virtualisation system along with new products including "zero-client" clients and videoconferencing endpoints. The new system, called Cisco Virtualisation Experience Infrastructure (VXI), works with both Cisco systems and third-party devices.
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Amazon Web Services Takes Advantage of GPUs in the Cloud
November 15, 2010
Amazon Web Services (AWS) now allows users of its cloud computing platform to take advantage of the extra power graphics processing units (GPUs) can give. The company hopes the move will attract high-performance computing applications to its service.
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Video Conferencing on Galaxy Tab today with Mirial ClearSea
November 15, 2010
Mirial announced that the Samsung Galaxy Tab has been added to the list of certified Android devices for Mirial ClearSea, the first professional video conferencing software for Android devices over Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G networks supporting both SIP and H.323 standards.
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CounterPath Officially Releases Bria Android Edition Mobile VoIP Softphone
November 10, 2010
CounterPath announced the official launch of Bria Android Edition. Bria Android Edition is a highly secure, standards-based VoIP softphone that works over both 3G and Wi-Fi networks.
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Polycom brings videoconferencing and unified comms to Samsung Galaxy Tab
November 9, 2010
Polycom is to offer standards-based video and voice applications to be embedded in and sold with Samsung tablet devices, starting with the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
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Microsoft to fast-track private clouds
November 8, 2010
Microsoft announced several enhancements to its Windows Server platform, aimed at giving IT buyers hardware and software configurations ready for use as part of a private cloud.
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Skype offers Brits free WiFi
November 8, 2010
Skype is providing free WiFi access in the UK as part of the firm's Skype Access pay-as-you-go Internet access offering, which users have to top-up in a similar fashion to the firm's Skype Out VoIP service.
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Will the real 4G please stand up?
November 5, 2010
T-Mobile USA launched a marketing campaign calling its newly upgraded network "America's Largest 4G Network." Sprint Nextel is deploying a nation-wide network using WiMAX that it claims is 4G. Verizon is also building a "4G" network using a Long-Term Evolution (LTE). So what is 4G?
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NoSQL Is for the Birds
November 5, 2010
Scale breaks everything. Scale even breaks your assumptions about how best to store and query data. Scale does not care about your personal engineering preferences, or about SQL vs. NoSQL.
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ViewSonic Android Tablets ViewPad 7 and ViewPad 10
November 3, 2010
We've seen Apple's iPad introduced expectations are that it will support videoconferencing in the future. Cisco's Cius will definitely support videoconferencing. Now, a number of Android-based tablets are hitting the market, some of which, like the ViewPad 7, have a front-facing camera to enable videoconferencing.
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Dell acquires 'cloud' computing services company Boomi
November 2, 2010
US computer giant Dell announced that it has acquired Boomi, a company that provides cloud computing services. Boomi operates a platform that allows transfers of data between cloud-based applications and "on-premise" computer networks.
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SpotCloud Aims To Be Cloud Capacity Clearinghouse
November 1, 2010
Cloud computing platform player Enomaly launched what it is calling a clearinghouse and marketplace for unused cloud computing capacity called SpotCloud that could save cloud buyers a massive chunk of change and let cloud providers unload unused capacity to increase revenue.
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Adobe unveils Connect 8 Web and videconferencing tool set
November 1, 2010
Adobe Systems unveiled Adobe Connect 8, a Web conferencing tool that supports videoconferencing on desktops, in conference rooms and most mobile devices.
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