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Second Life Machinima of Connected Life Winner

Cisco announced the winner of its Connected Life contest in Second Life recently. Check out the machinima of the connected life winner.

Making Videos More Useful

One of my pet peeves on product areas of web sites is how the videos leave you hanging. That is, you’ve watched an interesting video about a subject (and some of them are actually pretty interesting)… but then, what next?The person in the video may recite a URL, and a URL may even appear on the screen… but how do you get there quickly for more information?On, we recently introduced a way to follow on to the next step on videos. Read More »

Living the Virtual Future

At a recent Cisco virtual event there was a comment put forth about how we are all living the future and I heard others refer to being pioneers in a virtual world. Cisco wants to venture forth with you into this new frontier which is why the later part of 2007 has been and will be jam packed with virtual events and activities. If you haven’t been paying attention, have been too busy, or have been under a rock for a while (JK ;-); let me bring you up to speed.Upcoming Virtual Event:1) This coming week on November 15th at 12pm PDT we have our monthly TechChat. I anticipate a lively discussion as our topic is ‘Why Unified Communications and Collaboration Are the Next Trend for the Internet’. Our speakers are Alan Cohen, Vice President Enterprise and Midmarket Solutions, and Joe Burton, CTO, Unified Communications. Hope to see you out at the Cisco Bandwidth Stage.Recent Virtual Events:Cisco_032.jpg 2) In October the winners of the Cisco Connected Life Contest where announced in Second Life with the grand prize winner and several of the finalist joining virtually to attend the gala festivities. The additional value-add for the attendees was the demo of the grand prize winners ‘Personal Digital Butler‘ concept. There where some truly serendipitous moments during this event for me. Such as on of our finalists who attended in world commenting, “Not to sound corny but we are living the future as we speak…..only a few decades ago who would have thought virtual communities in cyberspace.” Our main speaker, Thomas Barnett, Senior Manager in Service Provider Marketing, summarized the value of using a virtual environment in this sound clip. The grand prize winner also provided a sound clip on why he found this event to be, ‘the wave of the future.” Read More »

Sneak Preview: New Tool to Help You Find the Right Product

We’ve just launched a handy (beta) tool on to help you find the right router, switch, wireless, or security-related product, and we’d like your feedback.This new beta Product Adviser allows you to specify a few parameters about the product (for instance, for routers: environment, LAN port density, and features) and then quickly shows a matching list of products and lets you compare them in an easy-to-read online table. Read More »

You are [Here]

iStock_000002044004XSmall.jpgIf you want to know where a given space is on the path to being mainstream, there are few measures better than looking at the distribution of venture capital flowing into that space over the prior twelve months. In the case of the Virtual World market, the last twelve months have had somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 deals totaling $1.26B, ranging from investments in world developers, ‘producers’, and the supporting ecosystem of in-world economy and advertising companies. Including the Disney/Club Penguin and Intel/Havok deals, which skew the numbers heavily and account for 2/3 of all activity, you get a distribution roughly like this:by round.jpgWhat does this tell us? Read More »