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WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working
with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about
WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was.
You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find
the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly
documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when
things went wrong.
Those in the industry have been working hard to sweeten the deal again -
efforts have been made to bring WebRTC into the mainstream and as a result
the technology is experiencing a rebirth. Thanks to those who have remained
dedicated to improving the situation for those around them, WebRTC is finally
starting to fulfill the original expectations that were had of it. Both the
There has certainly been no lack of punditry and controversy in the US
regarding the hacking of John Podesta’s email account (along with the DNC
email hack), with some claiming they were responsible for Mrs. Clinton’s
loss in the election. I will leave the impact of these claims to those who
write and talk about politics. I don’t discuss politics in a work setting,
so will leave that aspect to them.
What I would like to address is the security infrastructure versus security
posture that made this hack possible. For the uninitiated, Mr. Podesta
received a targeted phishing email directing him to reset his password. This
prompted him to contact IT support, who told him there was indeed a threat,
and he should reset his password. Up to this point, it sounds like a day in
the life of any enterprise. Reassured by IT support, he clicked on the link
in the email to reset ... (more)
The Resurgence of AI, ML, and DL
We have been seeing a sudden rise in the deployment of Artificial
Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Deep Learning (DL). It looks
like the long “AI winter” is finally over.
According to IDC, AI-related hardware, software and services business will
jump from $8B this year to $47B by 2020. I have also read comments like,
“AI is like the Internet in the mid 1990s and it will be pervasive this
time”. According to Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Baidu, “AI is the new
electricity. Just as 100 years ago electricity transformed industry after
industry, AI will now do the same.” Peter Lee, co-head at Microsoft
Research said, “Sales teams are using neural nets to recommend which
prospects to contact next or what kind of products to recommend.” IBM
Watson used AI in 2011, not DL. Now all 30 components are augmented by DL
The developments in Google's Cloud Computing segment, especially the Cloud
Machine Learning service, have been so rapid that Google calls it one of its
fastest growing product areas.
Google has been ramping up their Cloud Platform quite aggressively in recent
months. Just a few weeks ago, the Google Cloud Platform opened its newest
zone in Tokyo, increasing the total number of regions they are present in to
six - three in the US and one each in Belgium and Taiwan and Tokyo.
Not long ago, the company announced its acquisition of Orbitera, a cloud
commerce company. for more than a hundred million dollars. The developments
in Google’s Cloud Computing segment, especially the Cloud Machine Learning
service, have been so rapid that Google calls it one of its fastest growing
This presents a unique problem to customers. On the one hand, businesses may
be tem... (more)
Way back in 1969, as a kid, I watched a very interesting movie - "2001: A
Space Odyssey." It was a science fiction where a super intelligent computer
program HAL is in charge of a mission to Jupiter which also carries several
astronauts. The program becomes rogue and tries to kill all the astronauts.
The hero survives and manages to disable the program. There is a lot more to
the plot, but the fight between human and computer is still vivid in my
In 1969, such a scenario looked possible. After all 32 years is a lot of time
given the rate of our progress. We are now in 2016, and it appears that
something similar may happen in the next 32 years.
Even the experts have been predicting that Artificial Intelligence or AI will
happen in next 20 years. The irony is that this prediction is being made for
more than 60 years now!
So, earlier it was "unbelievable but v... (more)
Welcome to the latest installment in the battle of two tech titans. Last week
Alphabet announced that Nest is being merged into Google. See Fortune's
summary: Google Will Absorb Nest Developers.
This is the denouement to the saga that started in April, tied to infighting
between the Google and Nest teams. I dissected this "silo-itis" in Why #Nest
is Down, #Amazon Up, in #IoT for the #Connected Home.
Now some unsurprising new developments since Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest,
resigned in June. Here's what Google is trying to achieve by "re-absorbing"
the troubled Nest group:
A single boss: Hiroshi Lockheimer A unified IoT platform: includes the Google
Home smart speaker and other Home products A more coordinated strategy (tbd)
to address the Smart Home market Cost efficiencies and economies of scale
These are good moves. But they still don't solve the un... (more)
Love the thought or loathe the thought, Google Latitude is now available for
the iPhone in US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and I'm sure that those
folks worried about privacy will be in the latter group.
Good news is that it is an opt in service and levels of privacy can be
regulated...From the Google Latitude privacy menu, you can choose to:
Detect and share your location automatically* Set your location manually Hide
your location from all friends
* You can also share only a city-level location with certain friends
Google latitude runs in the iPhone's Safari Browser and can be saved as a
Bookmark onto the iPhone's desktop. So updates to your location, via the
iPhone, will only happen when that webpage is opened on the device (as there
are no user background tasks in the iPhoneOS). Updating schemes are different
for other supported devices such as Blackberry, W... (more)
With all the excellent training available on television today, we are all now
well prepared to deal with the coming Zombie Apocalypse. Our failure as a
society lies, however, in our misunderstanding of the nature of the
cybersecurity challenge. This failure threatens us all and our survival will
depend on society’s ability to deal with the evolution and maturation of
the changing enterprise cybersecurity challenge.
If you’re completely oblivious to the living dead threat, a zombie
apocalypse refers to a widespread (usually global) rise of zombies hostile to
human life. The zombies will engage in a general assault on civilization
where victims may become zombies themselves. This causes the outbreak to
become an exponentially growing crisis. The spreading phenomenon swamps
normal military and law enforcement organizations, leading to the panicked
collapse of civili... (more)
SYS-CON Events announced today that vLine, a provider of the leading WebRTC
video chat platform, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 1st WebRTC Summit, which will
take place on November 6-7, 2013, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in
Santa Clara, CA.
vLine is led by experienced developers focused on how technology changes the
way people engage with each other. Mobile web browsers, web-based mobile OS,
and real-time file sharing are just some of the innovative front lines
they've led. We have big company experience at the likes of Apple, Palm, IBM,
and Motorola as well as deep start-up experience. For more information, visit
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Slide Deck: Is WebRTC a Second Stage Engine in the Telehealth Rocket?
Telehealth legislation opened the floodgates for investment in modern
communications services and APIs since 2010. WebRTC promises a second
In his session at 1st WebRTC Summit, Ivelin Ivanov, co-founder of TeleStax,
first discussed a real-world example where telephony APIs make a difference
in improving patient care and reducing healthcare costs. He then looked into
a brighter telehealth future with secure, high quality, ubiquitous WebRTC
Ivelin Ivanov is a technology entrepreneur who founded Mobicents, an Open
Source VoIP Platform, to help create, deploy, and manage applications
integrating voice, video and data. He is the co-founder of TeleStax, an Open
Source Cloud Communications company that helps the shift from legacy IN/SS7
telco networks to IP-ba... (more)
Business leader, best-selling author and Hall of Fame speaker Scott McKain
joined Ulitzer with his blog syndication at
Scott McKain is the Co-founder and Principal of The Value Added Institute, a
think-tank that examines the role of the customer experience in creating
significant advances in the level of client loyalty. He is Vice Chairman of
Obsidian Enterprises, a dynamic holding company with 19 companies in diverse
industries, that was named one of the "fastest-growing companies" in America,
and is also Vice Chairman of Durham Capital Corporation.
Scott's new book, "The Collapse of Distinction: Stand Out and Move Up While
Your Competition Fails" has already reached the #1 spot on Amazon.com's list
of Customer Service Bestsellers! He is the author of two #1 additional
business bestsellers (Amazon.com & 800-CEO-READ): "What Custo... (more)