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Carly Wilkie is a avid technology blogger following the web video conferencing industry including Skype for Business, Cisco Jabber, USB video cameras, speakerphones and the industry as a whole. 

Everyone's Doing it, Even Your Favorite Celebrities

Google Hangout and YouTube Live have become our celebrities go to for broadcasting their breaking news and debuting their new lines.

Conan O'Brien, a beloved late night American TV host and proud member of Google Hangout, has utilized his Google Hangout account to its full potential.With over 210,000,000 views to his account, Conan is demonstrating just how effective a google account can be as well as how many people you can reach.With a Google Hangout account you can employ YouTube Live and stream live video to millions of followers at once, gaining publicity and awareness for your cause.In Conan's case, he successfully used his account to promote his new show time and to interact over video chat with his audience allowing them to get to know more about Conan and his show. You can watch his debut YouTube Live video here. 

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The Wireless Webcam is Dead, Or is It?

The Wireless Webcam is Dead, Or is It?

The Wireless Webcam 

Wireless webcam is a term which is not so popular in the tech industry. Everyone is used to wired USB cameras for video chats and since every new laptop has a built-in webcam, only professionals purchase webcams for video conferencing. Professionals most often use specialized video conferencing cameras with IP streaming or UVC or HDMI streaming. 

Logitech Broadcaster Wi-Fi Webcam

Wireless webcams were introduced in 2012 but due to negative reviews they didn't see the light of day. Logitech the renowned manufacturer of webcams launched Logitech Broadcaster Wi-Fi webcam developed for Mac devices. The webcam was specifically designed for broadcasters who use cameras for live streaming on platforms such as UStream. It offers many features including: 

  • One-touch live broadcasting on UStream
  • Dual-camera recording using both Mac's built-in webcam and Logitech camera
  • Multi-view webcam calls
  • Wireless range up to 50 feet
  • Supports all major apps such as Skype, FaceTime and iChat
  • 720p video recording
  • H.264 encoding
  • Logitech Fluid Crystal technology

The major factor fueling its downfall was not being compatible with Windows PCs. The majority of people use Windows PCs and if your webcam does not support them then you are unable to take advantage of a major chunk of the industry. Since it was first of its kind, it needed some major improvements in terms of video quality and wireless setup.

A smartphone camera produced better video quality compared to Logitech's Broadcaster Wi-Fi webcam. This was highly disappointing for the user because Logitech is known for making excellent webcams and it did not produce the quality they expected. A tripod and a smartphone app can help users stream live videos on any platform so this webcam needed to be superior in order to be successful.

Transmitting video wirelessly is no easy task and requires expensive wireless equipment to operate. Most cameras with built-in wireless transmitter are not great performers because the video stutters or lags due to interference in the wireless network. At that time only 2.4 GHz wireless networks were available which had a slow data speed and major connection issues due to interference in the network. Yet another reason why wireless webcams failed to impress potential users. Given the price point of wireless webcams and non-availability of wireless technology they failed to capture the attention of the industry.


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The New Skype for Business Pricing Plan May Mean Big Changes for The Industry

The New Skype for Business Pricing Plan May Mean Big Changes for The Industry

​The new pricing plan launched by Skype for Business has caught the attention of its competitors and its costumers.

Attention AV & IT professionals!

Skype recently released an improved pricing package for Skype for Business! This news may have you wondering how this change in the online video conferencing industry will affect your own business? Skype for Business is a widely used online video conferencing service for professionals invested in video communication. We will evaluate the newest features and weigh them against competing third party meeting providers such as GoToMeeting, Cisco WebExand Zoom.


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