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CES 2013: An Explosion of Innovative New Devices

The annual Consumer Electronics Show, held last week in Las Vegas, has been called the “Super Bowl of Technology.” This year’s event was no exception. The largest in the 45-year history of CES, it featured 3,250 exhibitors, 150,000 attendees, and more than 20,000 new products unveiled. But while it may have been impossible to nail down every trend, breakthrough, and future implication, some key themes emerged as I wandered the sea of vendors and engaged in many customer discussions.

Particularly from a service provider perspective, here are a few of the most important trends that seemed top of mind throughout the show:

  1. An Explosion of Endpoints. In recent years at CES, particular devices, such as the iPad, or new technologies, such as 3D, proved dominant. This year, however, the show was characterized by the sheer, massive breadth of innovative new devices. This vast permutation of media-rich gadgets is the result of accelerated innovation that is bringing ubiquitous, mobile access to all endpoints. Even the TV is “becoming mobile” as it gains the ability to access content wirelessly. At the same time, these devices are getting “touchy-feely,” if you will, as touchscreen technology grows equally ubiquitous.
  2. Going Ultra. One new technology, Read More »

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Dangerous Travel

I recently had the opportunity to fly out to HQ and while this was not my first opportunity to do air travel this year (refer to my blog about Alaska) I did make some observations about business travel, and trust me, they relate to Manufacturing. By the way, and I do this totally tongue in cheek, part of the trip was to record some new videos to give you all more reason to see me and make fun of me. So hang on! That’s my plug to come back. Read More »

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Announcing the Cisco ūmi Mobile App for iOS and Android

Today, I’m pleased to announce a new addition to the ūmi family — the Cisco ūmi mobile app is now available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android devices.

The ūmi mobile app is a cool new way for ūmi subscribers to access video messages and recorded videos on the go. In addition, you can use your mobile device’s touchscreen to add/edit contacts easily with the onscreen keyboard, or even as a remote control for ūmi on your HDTV.

The ūmi team is continuing to work hard to bring new innovative features and experiences to our subscribers.  This mobile app is another example of how we are making ūmi the biggest, best, and easiest home video communications experience available.

You can get the Cisco ūmi mobile app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad at the iOS App Store, and for Android devices at the Android Market.

We’ll have more exciting updates to the app in the future, so stay tuned!

Have you purchased your ūmi yet? If not, you better hurry to take advantage of this deal available until June 19th: Buy One ūmi, Get One FREE! Click on one of the logos below to learn more.

For those of you who are new to ūmi, you can also check out our blog and Facebook page to learn more.  We’d love to have you join us!

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Why Do You ūmi?

We recently asked our family of users why they enjoy connecting with family and friends via Cisco ūmi? Here are the top reasons why they ūmi:

  • Stay Connected: The number one reason people love to use ūmi is because they can keep in touch with family, friends – old and new, and colleagues. Whether the person lives down the street or on the other side of the country, they come through your HDTV clearly and vividly, almost as if they were sitting in your own living room with you.
  • Get Involved in the Small Things: When mothers and fathers travel, they use ūmi to participate in activities with their children, such as helping with homework, reading a book and discussing what their day was like.
  • Get Involved in the Large Things: Moms and dads, grandmothers and grandfathers can use ūmi to meet the next generation of family members and watch them grow, walk, talk and laugh.
  • See it With Your Own Eyes: Most of our users see the real benefit in talking face to face with loved ones rather than chatting on the phone. Facial expressions are hard to pick up via phone and impossible to pick up via email. One user said the reason they use ūmi is “so that you can see their face. You can feel them.”

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Show Us What You’ve Got with Cisco ūmi!

There have been a lot of fantastic moments shared between family and friends over Cisco ūmi. People have used umi to transform their HDTVs to bring the family together for a reunion, to broadcast first steps for the grandparents, or even to get a violin lesson from a former teacher.  We thank the ūmi community for sharing these stories with us and we look forward to hearing many more.

But even better is when you share how you’re using ūmi, through ūmi!  We were so thrilled when a user shared a ūmi video with us that we decided to open up our own ūmi account and welcome videos from all users. Whether your band wants to perform an impromptu concert, you want to share how you virtually met your new nephew or you want to tell us what you think of HD video chatting, we want to hear from you! And you can also use this number to test out your Cisco ūmi system.

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