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What's Killing Phone Calling? What Can Revive It? Voice Chat?

I was delighted to see this article by David Pierce from the Wall Street Journal of July 2018. He shares many of our thoughts on the purported death of phone calling.

Clearly, Pierce has it right when he points out that the Internet and smart phones brought us ways to communicate -- email, text, Facetime, Instagram, Snapchat, chat bots, etc. -- "that make phone calls seem wildly inefficient." He's also right when he says that these methods lack the "warmth and humanity that made the telephone work in the first place.”

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Topics: SMB Leadership, video call, voice chat, instacall

Proxy Issue in LA Data Center - User Registrations Affected

9:39 am EST We are aware of an issue affecting users registered to a proxy in the LA data center. We are currently migrating users to our NY data centers to restore service for them. Updates here.

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IT Market Clock for Enterprise Video

We were interested to see the WebRTC forecast in the IT Market Clock for Enterprise Video (2014) by Gartner. The analysis examines product categories in a number of key market segments that include endpoints, encoding, architecture and delivery. It mapped WebRTC in terms of two key distinctions: level of commoditization and progress through the product life cycle.

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Topics: WebRTC, SMB Leadership

WebRTC on iOS

A few weeks ago Apple held WWDC, the premier developer conference for Apple developers. The big event was Apple’s keynote presentation where a lot of really cool and innovative things were announced. One thing that I noticed was missing is any mention of WebRTC support for the Safari browser. This is a big deal because a large segment of the mobile market uses iOS, and the only real web browser that you can use on your iPhone or iPad is Apple’s Safari browser.

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Topics: WebRTC, Business Technology

SIP Signaling for WebRTC Apps

Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is an open, standards-based signaling method that negotiates multimedia sessions (i.e. voice and video calls) over the internet. SIP creates the messages that initiate and terminate multimedia calls between two endpoints. With its specialized structure, SIP is uniquely situated to broker WebRTC connections between two browsers. SIP and WebRTC are the proper combination for developers who want to build scalable, reliable, and durable communications applications.

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Topics: WebRTC

WebRTC Introduction

WebRTC is a set of JavaScript APIs that allow organizations and developers to add Real Time Communications (RTC) features to their browser applications without having to deal with the inherent complexities of requiring downloads or plugins to use them.

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Topics: WebRTC

WebRTC Development

WebRTC development, like any other form of software development, is shaped by the technical possibilities of a given technology. In the case of WebRTC, the constraints are relatively simple. The code is in JavaScript, the functionality is powered by three APIs built into Chrome and Firefox, and the mechanism that connects WebRTC peers (i.e. browsers) is generally powered by a pre-built signaling platform such as OnSIP's. Coding is of course handled by the developer. But WebRTC’s built-in browser functionality and OnSIP’s pre-existing signaling network take care of the other two components of WebRTC development.

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Topics: WebRTC

Android and WebRTC

One of the most exciting prospects for WebRTC adoption continues to be the mobile market. WebRTC on Android has already made serious headway into this field. As of now, WebRTC is supported by the Android versions of Chrome, Firefox and Opera. Together, these browsers currently account for more than 31% of all mobile browser usage today. Safari alone accounts for 40%. This is why Apple’s support for WebRTC is being sought, even though they are a fairly minor consideration when it comes to desktop browsers.

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Topics: WebRTC

OnSIP for WebRTC Developers

WebRTC: The Next Innovation in Communication

WebRTC is a browser technology, backed by Google, Mozilla and Microsoft, which enables real-time communication between users. Since it's built into the browsers (no downloads or plug-ins), users can make voice and video calls, send messages and transfer data, all without having to worry about compatibility. This is nice for catching up with your mother, but even better for customer-facing businesses and application developers. Many businesses have already adapted WebRTC, such as Amazon's Mayday button and SnapChat's video chat feature.

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Topics: WebRTC

Creative Uses for VOIP

VOIP isn't just for serious people trying start their own telephony service. There are a lot of fun and creative ways that you can include voice, video, and text messaging in your application.

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