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10 ways to use ūmi on St. Patrick’s Day

The Irish leprechaun’s secret hiding place for his pot of gold is said to be at the end of the rainbow. This folklore has become part of the symbolism of St. Patrick’s Day and it is said that with hope and luck, you will find it!

Have the luck of the Irish? Share it with family and friends! Celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day via Cisco ūmi.

Here are 10 easy ways to use ūmi on St. Patrick’s Day:

1. Want to connect with friends or family back in Ireland? Feel like you’re right in the room, even if they don’t have ūmi. Just connect through Google Talk and let the celebrations begin.

2. Have a costume competition with your friends and family. Give everyone 10 minutes to put together the best St. Patrick’s Day costume and then be back in front of the camera before time is up. Whoever comes back with the best impromptu costume wins.

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes…coming to Cisco ūmi

You may have seen our recent announcement about the changes we’re making to our home telepresence system, Cisco ūmi. Exciting things are happening with ūmi , and we’re pleased to share the following changes with you:

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Flip Video™ Giveaway Sweetens the Pot for Those Watching the Killers Lasers Papers Show Enabled by Cisco Eos®

On Thursday, March 17, Grammy-winning artists Cee Lo Green, Lupe Fiasco, and Wiz Khalifa will be performing live from La Zona Rosa in Austin, Texas at the Killers Lasers Papers show. Come watch the show or tune in to the live video stream for a chance to win a customized Flip Video camera!

Presented by Atlantic and Elektra Records, Killers Lasers Papers is an event that you won’t want to miss. Even if you won’t be attending the show in-person, the full event – including exclusive back stage interviews by showcase opener Donnis and Gurj from MTV’s Downtown Girls – will stream live to a global audience from the Cisco Eos-enabled site www.killerslaserspapers.com, as well as each of the artist’s web sites. Not only will you be able to watch the show live from your computer, or Internet-enabled TV, the event can also be viewed from any iPhone or Android based tablet or smartphone.

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Are you secure online?

Post contributed by Rich Mullikin, a technology professional who has worked with leading IT security, networking, and wireless companies for the past 14 years.

Threats to wireless security are rampant, from software programs designed to exploit weaknesses in security protocols to the average next door neighbor looking for a “free ride.”  There are even apps that allow intruders to snoop on your activity while you surf the Internet on an unprotected network, granting access to your passwords and user names. How often do you see your Facebook friends posting spam on everyone’s walls?!

We’ve said it a million times, and we’ll continue to say it: protect your home wireless network with a strong password!  I must admit that I failed to do that very thing for a couple of years after moving from California to Texas. I was protected in CA, but while setting up my wireless network at my new home in TX, I was in a hurry and opted not to set up a password to protect the network, assuming I’d do it later. Later was over two years, and then finally, after feeling guilty for that long that I wasn’t practicing what I preached, I remedied the situation.

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Building the Ideal Home Entertainment System on a non-Rock Star Budget

This blog was contributed by Tim Washer, Marketing Manager for Cisco’s Service Provider Group.

This article is aimed at those who don’t fall into the early adopter or fanatical enthusiast set, although I trust most readers have upgraded from their 8-track system.  Keep in mind most of the technology facts in this article will be obsolete by the time you reach the fourth paragraph.

Best time to buy is while you’re single and retain some discretionary income and decision-making authority.   If you’ve missed that deadline, then set your sites on March and April when retailers don’t have a big draw such as the holidays, Super Bowl or World Cup, and are more willing to negotiate.

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