Webex's core product MeetMeNow was quietly updated last night with some new features. New on the list is support for Webcams (both PC and Mac), which will automatically be detected and let the conference host know who's got video-conferencing capabilities. They've also condensed all video into one area of the interface, where the host can choose which cameras get broadcasted to others in the meeting. It's a quirky system, and not nearly as advanced as some of the collaborative services that offer up multiple user Webcams at the same time like Octopz (review), or even chat … Read more
So, the news is that Cisco is hiring open-source-savvy developers. Who isn't? Here's part of one of the job descriptions:In particular, the Open Source, Manager of Software Development will be required to have significant experience with industry standard Open Source software architectures and implementations including Unix, Linux and a broad spectrum of Open Source components. Knowledge of existing industry Open Source tools (particularly performance analysis or test engineering, but general software development tools as well) would propel a candidate above others.
I don't qualify, but I do find the job description fascinating. Who would have envisioned … Read more
Transition and evolution are a constant in the tech industry as niche products evolve into enterprise infrastructure. This is exactly what's happening with wireless local area networks (WLANs) in large organizations.
It first started awhile back with a few wireless access points in conference rooms. Intel's Centrino processor led to lots more laptops and thus lots more access points. This in turn led to the need for more wireless network management, security, and administrative tools.
All of these things have come to pass and now we are looking at enterprise-wide WLAN deployment, especially in industries such as education, … Read more
Back in early September, I wrote about the five finalists to win a combined $250,000 in development funding from MTV and Cisco, sponsors of the Digital Incubator contest for university-grown Web apps.
Today, they announced a prize even grander than the first--$100,000 in addition to the $30,000 finalist grant already applied to RapHappy.com's development. The social network for recording, editing, distributing, and commenting on user-generated raps won Digital Incubator's judges with a business plan detailing the nascent company's next level of growth.
Ben Leduc-Mills and Matt Fargo, both graduate students in New … Read more
I could have gone over there and bought a copy of Leopard, Apple's new Mac OS X version 10.5, but I didn't, for two reasons. First, I didn't need to-- I'm a member of the Apple Developer Connection (ADC), so I'll get a copy anyway, eventually. Second, I don't intend to install Leopard right away.
Have you seen Cisco System's TelePresence? If you haven't, you should. TelePresence is a next-generation video-conferencing offering from Cisco and to call TelePresence "technology" minimizes its scope. TelePresence includes television monitors, desks, chairs, and everything you need for connectivity. Once installed, you get a Star Trek-like experience. Cameras react to voices and focus on the person speaking. Television monitors display remote participants across a virtual table as if they were in the same room. Geek heaven!
TelePresence is nothing like any video-conferencing technology I've ever seen or thought about. The first time I heard about … Read more
Federal Brazilian police have arrested Cisco Systems employees and temporarily closed the networking equipment giant's offices in San Paulo and Rio de Janiero, Brazil, the company said in a statement.
"I'm not going to comment on the investigation, but we do understand a small number of employees have been detained," said John Noh, a Cisco spokesman. "But it's our understanding that no formal charges have been filed."
Noh said he did not know exact number of employees that have been detained.
The arrests were part of a series of raids Brazilian police conducted … Read more
Networking company 3Com announced Friday that it will be acquired by private equity company Bain Capital and former joint-venture partner Huawei Technologies in a $2.2 billion cash deal.
The transaction, first reported in the Wall Street Journal, will give China's Huawei a minority stake in the Marlborough, Mass.-based company.
3Com, which has struggled in the shadow of networking giant Cisco, would once again link up Huawei to its former joint venture with 3Com, H3C. In March, 3Com bought out Huawei's remaining stake for $882 million, securing full ownership of H3C.
"3Com has a strong competitive … Read more
Linksys is tossing its hat into the 2007 Media Center Extender ring with not one but two models. The DMA2100 is a small form factor MCE, while the larger DMA2200 offers a built-in upconverting DVD player. Both models attach to a standard or high-def TV to stream a variety of digital media--live and recorded TV, video files, music, and photos--from networked Media Center PCs located elsewhere in the home. Like the rival D-Link DSM-750, the Linksys models offer dual-band 802.11n wireless connectivity (for optimal streaming of HD video) and HDMI outputs. Interestingly, the DMA2200 has the same overall look … Read more