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So you bought a new high-definition TV…….NOW WHAT?

Thank you to Monica, founder of The Online Mom, for contributing this post.

Imagine using your brand new high-definition TV to connect with family and friends from all over the world? Imagine seeing and hearing them so clearly that it’s almost as if they were right there in the living room?

That’s the reality of ūmi telepresence, a brand new technology from Cisco that makes it all happen at the touch of a button.

I have seen the demos and I can tell you for a fact: it is just so clear, the experience is unbelievable – you feel you are right next to the people you’re watching.

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Cisco ūmi $50 Visa Gift Card Question of the Week + Last Week’s Winner!

This is the prime time for sports fans to watch their favorite teams from the NBA, NHL, NFL, College sports and the 2010 World Series.

How many times have you been watching a sports game on television and jumped out of your chair to say to an athlete “Defense! Defense! Defense!” or wished you would meet your favorite athlete to tell them how you have been watching them for years!

Here’s the $50 Visa Gift card question of the week. Please comment with your name, email and in 50 words or less. Sweepstakes for this period starts from today until next Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 11:59PM PST. We will announce the winner next Monday, at 9:00AM PST with the next opportunity to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. For official rules, please click here.

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Cisco ūmi: What’s in a Name?

This week our polling question on Cisco ūmi Facebook and #Ciscoumi Twitter was “What do you think “ūmi” means in Japanese?”

Well, here is what our Cisco ūmi Fans guessed on Facebook :

water 13%

fish 10%

sea 68%

10% tree

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Top 10 Things You Can Do at Halloween Thanks to ūmi

All Hallows’ Eve, or Halloween, is a much-anticipated holiday that has evolved for hundreds of years into what it is today. On Halloween, adults and kids alike can explore their inner ghouls and goblins, while children take to the spooky City streets looking for the best treats.

Cisco ūmi will become part of Halloween’s evolution because it allows family and friends to share their favorite Halloween traditions with loved ones in other places. In the spirit of nighttime T.V. star David Letterman, we’d like to bring you our own “Top 10 List of Things You Can Do at Halloween Thanks to ūmi.”

  1. 1. Learn the secret family recipe for your favorite Halloween treat – Ever wonder what makes your mom’s apple cider so delicious or your sister’s pumpkin bread so rich? With Cisco ūmi, the skeletons are out of the closet…along with any secret ingredients!
  2. 2. See your grandchildren dressed up and ready for a fun-filled night of trick or treating – Pictures don’t do those cute costumes justice. Cisco ūmi lets you see and hear your grandchildren shout, “Trick or Treat!”
  3. 3. Show off your mad pumpkin carving skills – Like to get creative when it comes to pumpkin carving? Those orange squashes sure do pose unique canvases. Display your masterpiece to family and friends using Cisco ūmi. Just don’t forget to preserve your pumpkin; like corpses, they go bad!
  4. 4. Swap Halloween decorating ideas – Take a stab at decorating your home with spider webs, black lights, graves and jack-o-lanterns, and use Cisco ūmi to swap ideas for creating the perfect haunted house.
  5. 5. Give the gift of a good scare – Want to get back at your brother for the prank he pulled last year or your father for laughing at your reaction? Give them a call with Cisco ūmi, hide behind the couch with a scary mask on and jump out when they answer the call. You’re sure to give them a fright.
  6. 6. Compare dog costumes – Halloween is going to the dogs, along with some of the funniest costumes. Show off your pup’s outfit with Cisco ūmi!
  7. 7. Share ghost stories – Light a candle, pull up a chair in front of your TV and prepare to share some of the spookiest ghost stories you know.
  8. 8. Plan a Halloween dance off – Blast your Halloween playlist and shake your bones with family and friends using Cisco ūmi. The last one standing wins!
  9. 9. Learn Halloween party tips – Is your best friend the hostess with the mostess? Call them up with Cisco ūmi and learn some tips and tricks to making your party a graveyard smash!
  10. 10. Kids crafts – From paper plate masks to lollipop ghosts, your kids will enjoy chatting with friends on Cisco ūmi while putting together homemade Halloween decorations.

Can you think of any more spooktacular things you would like to do at Halloween using Cisco ūmi? We’re dying to know!

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Cisco Sponsors Bringing YOU $70,000 in cash, products and contracts for the best ideas

“What if we could save money, radically reduce our environmental impact, and have a freer, less complicated life?” This may sound like a theory to many but Graham Hill, founder of, is making this a reality and not by himself.

Graham believes “we need to have less stuff and live in smaller spaces” which is why he is renovating a 420sf apartment in New York City with the support of Mutopo and Jovoto as an open challenge to design an ultra low footprint space.

We are equipping Graham with a Cisco umi telepresence system to put into his 420sf apartment so that he can connect with his friends/family without having to use a car or airplane to ease congestion and reduce emissions that can contribute to climate change, air pollution, and disease. and Cisco are inviting YOU to propose, discuss and evaluate designs to encourage people to start thinking about considering living in a smaller space.

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