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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, 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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Cisco ūmi Helps You Make Healthy Choices

March is National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education and information campaign designed to create awareness around the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Sponsored by the American Dietetic Association, National Nutrition Month was initiated in 1973 and has since grown into a month-long event that promotes healthy choices among Americans.

This year, the theme is “Eat Right with Color,” which focuses on grouping a variety of colorful foods into one meal to ensure you’re getting all of the nutrients your body needs. With Cisco ūmi, you can connect with loved ones on your HD television to map out meal plans, cook up a delicious meal with a rainbow of ingredients, share tips on an exercise routine or even do the routine together, encouraging each other to do one more push up or jumping jack. Through the support of family and friends and the help of Cisco ūmi, we can work toward living healthier lifestyles.

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Staying in Touch with Oma and Opa

This post was contributed by Joel, a ūmi user.

The Midwestern United States is an interesting place to live.  My father calls it “the farm belt.”  Families tend to grow a bit larger, and people tend to linger closer to home as they grow up.  But even the close-knit Midwest family structure can’t completely close the miles that creep between family members as school, career, and retirement priorities take over.

In my case, a family that was so close for so many years suddenly grew very distant when my mom and dad moved to Florida at age 65.  My own family also blossomed in that timeframe, growing to four beautiful children, all under age six.  While we travelled twice to visit when our family numbered two children, it quickly became cost prohibitive to visit Oma and Opa as the family grew to four (our German heritage shows through by the names we call our grandparents).

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