Web Leaders Team to Provide Better WebRTC, Broadcast Capabilities

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For the last 10 or so years, Oxagile has been a trusted provider of custom and mobile application development services for some of the world’s most Web-prominent multinationals and media powerhouses. The company’s primary focus has always been on video-streaming solutions, but in the most recent years has also been centered on real-time communications.

With TokBox as a leader in the WebRTC community, it almost comes as no surprise that the two companies would team up to provide companies with better real-time communications in leading organizations into better communications and collaboration within the workplace.

As a partner of TokBox’s partner program, Oxagile is able to better embed WebRTC through the company’s signature OpenTok platform. They are able to better broadcast directly into their client’s applications. This means Oxgile will be able to offer their clientele better capabilities to hold Web conferencing and corporate training within their applications and Web portals. OpenTok enables multi-party calling, meaning that project teams can operate face-to-face, even at a distance.

For remote teams, especially those in multinational positions, this platform will bring more unification through regular team huddles and group discussion. A plus for members unable to make meetings, all video calls are able to be recorded, archived and played back through a secure firewall and protection of proprietary information.

Because Oxagile works with more than just enterprise businesses, it is quite possible for other streaming video services to take place through the platform. Streaming video broadcasts, both live and on-demand, is also made possible through this service.

Disney, for example, is one of Oxagile’s major clientele. They provide videos through each of their streaming media properties. Imagine Disney Junior for a moment. Children are able to access Disney-related videos through an authorized mobile platform. The only thing is this: Disney’s video platforms are available on multiple broadcast platforms, including Roku, Xbox, Tablets, Smartphones and more. Oxagile is a force behind the power of streaming Disney.

“We are proud to have become a TokBox Development Partner,” Mihail Romanovsky, Oxagile’s Head of Marketing said about the official partnerships. He continues, “I’m certain the partnership will provide us with new ways to hone our WebRTC expertise. It will also open the door to new business opportunities based on mutual benefit. We’ve got a pool of top quality engineers ready to build custom WebRTC solutions based on OpenTok. As we speak, our team is actively testing the technology’s bleeding edge, including WebRTC annotations.”

A scalable solution for video-streaming platforms, TokBox claims that their OpenTok solution allows software engineers to “deploy WebRTC applications ten times faster compared to vanilla WebRTC API.”

TokBox and competitor Polycom, kicked off the New Year with integrations and partnerships that gave them a head start in leading faster, more productive tech and conferencing experiences in 2016.

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What the Vidyo VP9 Release Means for WebRTC

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With over 37 bugfixes and new added features, Chrome48 is now being enhanced with scalable WebRTC and VP9 updates. As Chrome collaborates with Vidyo to release the new VP9 codec, cross-platform delivery will now allow video calls to take place through the same high quality it always has but with a 40 percent lower bitrate than the previous VP8 codec. This leads to improved HD-calling at the previous bitrate through the WebRTC open source project. The downfall is that it will take up an additional 15 percent of CPU.

While the stream may not freeze and lag as much, systems may. Portable devices may also see a decrease in battery life when the app is powered on. There are many cases where previous versions of Hangouts have completely killed batteries for tablets using this app, requiring additional charge time.

The plus side to this new release, however, is that it is scalable. All things considered, battery life may not be a problem after all. This will encourage an increase in video calling for both business and pleasure.

Because Chrome will utilize the previous VP8 codec by default, VP9 will have to be applied directly to each application. New AppRTC enhancements will allow the VP9 codecs to become the preferred codec by default.  WebRTC and Chrome are headed in a direction that will allow better delivery of video, utilizing less power to do so. It will also mean greater multipoint potential for video conferencing. Through the new scalability, less delay and lag time will take place – significantly less.

Joining forces and bringing Vidyo to Google Hangouts, developers can now begin to add the added experience that users are searching for – adding further collaboration to their own projects. APIs are currently underway to support the WebRTC layer and will be available in future versions of Chrome.  In fact, Vidyo has already utilized scalable coding in building new server architectures for large-scale communications. These improvements will impact high definition video delivery on just about any device.

For years, the two companies have been working together to improve Hangouts; but with increasing trends in video conferencing and cloud integrations, this release couldn’t happen at a better time. With Google’s proprietary suit of cloud and productivity tools and the ability to innovate platforms through layering, we sit back in anticipation of what is next to come.

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Verizon Will Join Wi-Fi Revolution in Early 2016

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Previously Published to TMC Net’s Mobility TechZone

As of this week, Verizon gave in and has begun allowing customers with Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge to take advantage of Wi-Fi calling through their smartphone devices. Although customers using other Android devices and iPhones will have to wait until early 2016, customers on thes e Samsung devices will be the first of many happy customers who will now directly connect to Wi-Fi in areas where reception is horrible, while traveling abroad or to simply save on minute usage.

An alternative to traditional mobile phone service, Wi-Fi connections tend to be clearer, faster and allow for optimal video conferencing. While many argue that this can already be done via apps like Skype and Facebook Messenger, Verizon ensures a secure connection with no additional fees, while using the mobile device as usual.  It also avoids the need to download additional applications and be at risk for security breach or virus.

Networks are increasingly adopting Wi-Fi calling capabilities to cut back on network utilization, improve customer experiences and to claim larger coverage area. Using Wi-Fi capabilities when texting, allows for faster transmissions of data. Pictures and video are sent and received more quickly during connection to a network, even allowing data to be transmitted while in calls.

Wi-Fi calling will automatically switch on when the mobile network is unresponsive. This means that users will still be connected to the outside world when connection is choppy or in roaming. Users will experience less dropping in calls and won’t miss important phone calls while out of network range.

T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint have already adopted this option into their current service options. Sprint, for example, has offered unlimited calling for years now, and was one of the earliest adopters of this technology, as existing Comcast contracts prevented them from expanding and upgrading phone towers in some localities. Interestingly enough, Sprint is also one of Google’s preferred providers, allowing users to connect Sprint phone numbers directly to Google’s Voice platform, synchronizing text messages and call logs, while using the same telephone number across a plethora of devices.

Through this same concept, Google made Wi-Fi calling possible on tablets and various non-traditional devices by providing a virtual telephone number and enabling calling over both Wi-Fi and data connections. Google recently launched its own cellular plan that embraces Wi-Fi, as Project Fi allows users to pay only for the data they actually use.

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Video Conferencing Empowers Workers, Grows Businesses

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Previously Published to TMC Net’s Conferencing Zone

Information Age recently broke down how video conferencing can help empower employees in the business landscape. Highlighting the fact that young professionals are super charged with expectation upon entering the workplace, innovation must meet the growing needs of our next generation of business leaders. That means giving millennial employees more access to remote work and flexible environments, as millennial workers tend to be more productive when given freedom and flexibility.

Giving employees the freedom to work from their choice destination, provided they get the work done, will lead to employees that are less stressed, more ambitious and better at networking. Allowing employees to spend more time with family or to cater to their health shows that the company actually cares about their needs. True, they are getting paid to work for that company. But a quality lifestyle comes from more than financial security.

Employers are starting to find that millennials will accept a lower pay in exchange for a less rigorous working schedule. And, once they have workplace freedom, they will work to keep that benefit. They may even be open to working at odd hours just to meet with clients overseas and in various time zones. This is another benefit of adopting videoconference technology. Travel expenses, accommodations and team leader unavailability can be minimized through a simple videoconference between key players in a client-vendor atmosphere.

Because the younger generations have practically grown up with video conferencing and other collaborative technologies, there is less of a reason not to adopt it into business strategy. There is really no need for training. Implementing this technology will actually encourage communication between team members. In this day and age, it is very rare to have a one-way presentation. Speakers have learned the need for Quaker-style interactions and have learned that it does create efficiency, clear up miscommunication and put everyone on the same page.

As for development, accelerated collaboration will allow millennials to develop into stronger leaders of our tomorrow. There is no, “Well, so-and-so is out of town, so we have to wait for next Thursday to meet and move our project along.” Because everyone is literally connected around the clock, it’s a matter of “what time?” This means projects will be finalized and delivered faster. This also means that more quality deliverables will be developed. Repetition leads to experience, and evaluation of experience leads to development.

The technology to enable these opportunities is a requirement, not an option. The world is evolving on an hourly basis. As senior team members transition to higher positions, leave for another company or even retire, millennials are filling their previous positions. Businesses need to adapt.

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Industry leader adding live and on-demand video interviewing to current platform

HarQen with Video Voice Advantage offers distance interviewing

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Ever wanted a job so bad, but it just was not in the proximity of where you are currently living? The situation may have been that you either didn’t want to move, or you didn’t want to relocate for the job that you are not sure if you are even going to get. Some of these jobs are actually “work at home jobs,” but you need to travel for an interview and training. And, some of us just can’t afford that. Well, there is newfound hope!

Voice Advantage, the industry leader of “on-demand digital interviewing” has now added a live video option to its “comprehensive digital interview suite,” as announced via press release by HarQen on March 4, 2014. Ensuring that top candidates are constantly being recruited by organizations at “every corner of the globe,” Voice Advantage’s ability to help these organization has just gotten a large boost.

“Today’s hiring environment often leaves recruiters and organizations overwhelmed with applicants, many who are not suited for the positions to which they’re applying. The challenge is to find the top talent hiding in the masses quickly and effectively. Voice Advantage’s powerful tools help recruiters do exactly that,” is a very understood truth of global business owners, large and small, as highlighted within March 4’s most recent press release.

“Adding Live video capabilities to Voice Advantage gives recruiters another great tool for connecting with and hiring the best people for the job,” said HarQen CEO, Ane Ohm. “We already give them the tools to add the voice of candidates early in the assessment process. Now with Live, they can take that a step further and gain even more valuable insight to make the best hiring decisions quickly.”

She continues by discussing another valid point, “People don’t hire resumes. They hire other great people. Live video interviewing will let our clients connect and communicate with wonderful and talented people, so they can make the right choice.”

In the hiring process, businesses usually prefer that you meet with more than one management and hiring personnel, what if you had to leave town before the “second interview?” What if you couldn’t afford to travel for any of them?

This software also allows recording of the interview process that can be not only accessed at any time, but shared with employers that could not be present at the time of your interview. As a Devil’s Advocate, they can watch the interview without any personal attachments to see if you are a genuine candidate or not. Or, they can give you a second interview on their own schedule.

As a matter of fact, there are video and audio recording capabilities to interview even if not available during business hours, which also leaves the doors open for “Internet-Free” interviews for interviewees that have no private Internet connection and have to go in high-traffic, often noisy atmospheres only to share “shaky” Internet connections. The World is against them, yet, they are able to market themselves through the Internet to receive a higher paying job than they would in the area that they are currently in, thanks to Voice Advantage!

Today, Thursday, March 6, 2014, attendees of the LEHRN HR Technology Expo in Minneapolis, MN will be able to “test drive” this new software for the first time to prove that it is more than a video conference! It’s a powerhouse! If you are thinking of searching for a new job, you just might be using Voice Advantage’s new software capabilities sooner than you think! A large portion of major social networks and social media sites have been hiring lately. Will you be one to apply?

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