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Getting a Different Perspective on a U.S. Navy Embark

October 23, 2014 at 1:30 pm PST
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Approaching the iconic Golden Gate Bridge from the deck of the U.S.S. Kidd.

Fleet Week in San Francisco. It’s when the ships come to town and the focus moves to the waterfront.

For many on the civilian side, the highlight may be the air show and the Blue Angels. But more important to the U.S. Navy is the opportunity for the general public to learn about what U.S. naval forces are all about. Meet people, dispell myths, and show off some big ships.

For me, the highlight was closer to sea level and the learning opportunity was a unique one. Actually, it was precisely at sea level. I was privileged to participate as a social media ambassador in an embark upon the U.S.S. Kidd, an Arleigh-Burke class guided missile destroyer.

I gladly found my way to the San Francisco waterfront at o’dark-thirty (that’s military time for really darn early). Our small contingent included a mix of people from the technology and nonprofit communities. We boarded and gathered in the officer’s dining room, where several of the ship’s officers and the commanding officer, Commander T.J. Zerr, greeted us. Read More »

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Making Voice History with the 1 Millionth Shipment of Cisco’s IP Phone 7800 Series

LAQ95005_rev4We’ve had an exciting year across the Collaboration portfolio, particularly as it relates to our endpoint products. Just one proof point: We shipped our 1 millionth 7800 Series IP phone last month, less than one year since its launch. A million units is not just a major milestone, but it’s the fastest ramp-up we have ever experienced for a new IP phone. And we’ve been shipping IP phones for more than 15 years.

But what’s even more exciting to me is how our technology is helping people. As adoption of voice and video collaboration technology continues, we’re evolving our portfolio to provide the flexibility and choice they need.  Read More »

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Cloudbusting

In the same year Cisco was founded, Kate Bush recorded the hypnotic Cloudbusting, one of her most iconic songs and music videos.  Conceived by Terry Gilliam and featuring Donald Sutherland, there is a strikingly poignant moment in the video where Bush’s character is ‘cloudbusting’ with her father and she first realizes that adults are fallible.

Cloud Myth Busting Read More »

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Nominations Open: Be a Champion for Collaboration

October 16, 2014 at 6:18 am PST

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Particular songs often come to mind when I’m thinking about certain words. It’s usually a 1:1 relationship of song to word, but the mental jukebox for champions seems to vary between Queen’s “We Are the Champions” and “Gonna Fly Now,” also known as the theme from “Rocky.”

When I join a Cisco Champion Radio episode or read a blog post from a Cisco Champion, one of those songs often serves as the soundtrack only I can hear.

Who are the Cisco Champions? Perhaps you should be one. Now is the time to nominate yourself or a colleague for consideration for 2015!  Let’s start with the biggest questions:

  • Are you passionate about collaboration technology?
  • Do you love expanding and sharing your knowledge?

Yes? OK, let’s move on to the next round. Read More »

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Cisco’s OpenH264 Now Part of Firefox

Voice and video communications over IP have become ubiquitous over the last decade, pervasive across desktop apps, mobile apps, IP phones, video conferencing endpoints, and more.  One big barrier remains: users can’t collaborate directly from their web browser without downloading cumbersome plugins for different applications.  WebRTC – a set of extensions to HTML5 – can change that and enable collaboration from any browser. However, one of the major stumbling blocks in adoption of this technology is a common codec for real-time video.

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have been working jointly to standardize on the right video codec for WebRTC. Cisco and many others have been strong proponents of the H.264 industry standard codec. In support of this, almost a year ago Cisco announced that we would be open sourcing our H.264 codec and providing the source code, as well as a binary module that can be downloaded for free from the Internet. Perhaps most importantly, we announced that we would not pass on our MPEG-LA licensing costs for this binary module, making it effectively free for applications to download the module and communicate with the millions of other H.264 devices. At that time, Mozilla announced its plans to add H.264 support to Firefox using OpenH264.

Since then, we’ve made enormous progress in delivering on that promise. We open sourced the code, set up a community and website to maintain it, delivered improvements and fixes, published the binary module, and have made it available to all. This code has attracted a community of developers that helped improve Read More »

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