Even the President is getting into video conferencing.

President Obama offered to pass an out-of-work engineer’s resume to industry big wigs after the engineer’s wife confronted the President about unemployment.

The job assistance offer came Monday afternoon at a social media conference hosted by YouTube and Google+ — the search engine giant’s answer to Facebook.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-offers-circulate-resume-unemployeed-engineer-google-hangout-article-1.1014377?localLinksEnabled=false

 

Recently the New York Times ran a story regarding the security of video conferencing systems, highlighting a hacker who was able to connect to open video networks of major organizations. 

To learn more about how Cloud Video Services can help address this issue, check out the article at http://www.ivci.com/article-big-brother-can-t-watch-you-in-the-cloud.html.

 

 

Students in the U.S. are learning about other cultures though video conferencing technology. Children who live through tragedies like earthquakes and other current events are sharing their experiences with American children, and all are growing from the experience.

Across the United States, students are teaming up with classrooms around the world, using video conferencing equipment, social media, and other technologies to learn about current events, historic milestones, economic trends, and cultural norms.

Educators say the collaborations, which lend themselves to co-curricular projects, foster deep and meaningful conversations, whet a thirst for knowledge that textbooks cannot offer, and show that people in different countries have a lot more in common than many assume.

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/01/23/19el-globallearning.h31.html?tkn=QRXFXMQkiSoybAh7Ob6dGGZvWbU1%2Bi2kMpPL&cmp=clp-edweek&utm_source=fb&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mrss

 

Polycom recently entered into a strategic partnership with IBM (IBM) to incorporate its popular RealPresence video solutions technology with IBM’s interactive application called IBM Sametime and IBM Connections.

Polycom’s RealPresence video technology that host video conferences for enterprise clients are quite similar to IBM Sametime application, which facilitates Web conferencing and group chat within an organization. Hence, the integration of Sametime application with RealPresence technology will upgrade Polycom’s product feature.

The new integrated technology that supports high definition (HD) quality video calling can be accessed through different touch points like web, email, IM clients and other social media sites, hence providing enhanced solutions to different organizations to improve its work efficiency.

The advanced technology will cater to different needs of the enterprise by means of conducting virtual meetings from different touch points like email, WiFi and 3G/4G network. It will also be beneficial for the healthcare industry where doctors will be able to provide medical assistance to patients living in remote areas, thereby improving the service qualities of healthcare industries. Furthermore, the whole system is highly secure and reliable and is delivered directly from the cloud or integrated within the devices.

http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/67972/Polycom+to+Integrate+IBM+Sametime

 

Telemedicine centers bring quality, affordable medical treatment to India’s hundreds of millions of poor people.

Patients schedule a doctor’s “visit” at the center, and consult with a doctor by video about symptoms and care. The nurse will measure vital signs like blood pressure and heartbeat, through equipment that transmits readings directly to the doctor and into a patient’s computerized medical file.

Total cost to the patient: 50 rupees, or about 96 U.S. cents.

http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/10/from-india-the-1-doctors-visit/?scp=1&sq=video%20conferencing&st=cse