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The Linux Foundation's demands to the University of Minnesota for its bad Linux patches security project

zdnet all blogs - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 04:19
ZDNet has obtained a copy of the Linux Foundation's letter to the University of Minnesota laying out what happened with the bad Linux kernel patches 'research project' and demanding 'all information necessary to identify all proposals of known-vulnerable code from any U of MN experiment'.
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zdnet all blogs - Tue, 04/27/2021 - 01:34
Malwarebytes 4 is smarter, faster, and lighter than ever before. Our new Malwarebytes Katana detection engine finds more threats, in...
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Best desktop for graphic design in 2021: Top expert picks

zdnet news - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 23:09
From 'mini' desktops, to slimline all-in-one systems, to bulky tower systems, there's plenty of choice for creative users when it comes to desktop computers.

Bluehost review: Good performance, well-designed UX, up-to-date security

zdnet news - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 20:05
There's a reason Bluehost is one of the most popular hosting providers on the planet. We take an in-depth look at what it's like using the service and dig deep inside its implementation.

Monoprice Monolith M-TWE review: $100 wireless earbuds that rock with noise cancellation, long battery life, and superb sound

zdnet news - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 17:47
Bluetooth wireless earbuds are very popular today with many new models launching with active-noise cancellation support. These headsets typically fall into the $200 range, but Monoprice checks all the features for just $100.

This password-stealing Android malware is spreading quickly: Here's what to watch out for

zdnet all blogs - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 17:10
FluBot is designed to steal personal information including bank details - and infected users are being exploited to spread the malware to their contacts.
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The Hype Machine, book review: Inside the 'social media industrial complex'

zdnet news - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 16:48
MIT professor Sinan Aral explores how social media platforms operate, how they influence society and politics, and how best to bring about changes.

Prominent security expert Dan Kaminsky passes away at 42

zdnet all blogs - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 14:34
Kaminsky is being remembered not only for his kindness but also for being a “force of nature” in the infosec community.
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This software update is deleting botnet malware from infected PCs around the world

zdnet all blogs - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 14:33
Law enforcement-designed update disconnects machines infected with Emotet malware from command and control servers.
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Stop using your work laptop or phone for personal stuff, because I know you are

zdnet all blogs - Mon, 04/26/2021 - 03:00
A former IT pro turned end user explains why blending your work and personal tech was, is and always will be a bad idea for you and your employer.
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CASETiFY MagSafe cases for iPhone 12: Customizable protection with support for Apple's technology

zdnet news - Sun, 04/25/2021 - 02:29
CASETiFY is known for making incredible cases with an immense amount of customization options. The company recently launched a couple of case options that support Apple's awesome MagSafe technology.

Microsoft Teams: This new look for your meetings has just arrived

zdnet all blogs - Fri, 04/23/2021 - 17:19
Microsoft has now released Dynamic View to improve video meetings when slides are being shared.
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This new Windows 10 feature could be great news for your laptop's battery life

zdnet all blogs - Fri, 04/23/2021 - 16:25
Microsoft releases a new tool that should help developers' apps use less CPU, reduce battery usage and help stop triggering fans.
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What is WebRTC and What is it Good For?

DigiumBlogs - Fri, 04/23/2021 - 00:00

WebRTC is…everywhere. WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) is a technology that allows Web browsers to stream audio or video media, as well as to exchange useful data between browsers, mobile platforms, and IoT devices without requiring an intermediary such as a server.

The Past

The need to connect virtually and to have video conferences and communications via the web has been around for a while. In the past, you had to rely on plug-ins or an installable application on your PC – not just your web browser. This was very inconvenient as users were required to install additional, incompatible apps, and developers had to study complex stacks and protocols to make the magic happen.

Photo: Swedish Prime Minister Tage Erlander uses an Ericsson video to speak with Lennart Hyland, a popular TV show host (1969). Image via Wikipedia.

WebRTC Was Born

Many of WebRTC technology’s underpinnings were first developed by Global IP Solutions (or GIPS), a company founded around 1999 in Sweden. In 2011, GIPS was acquired by Google, and the W3C started to work on a standard for WebRTC (real-time communication). WebTRC specifies a series of APIs for real-time communications (RTC) targeted at browsers. Since 2011, Google and other major players in the web-browser market, such as Mozilla and Opera, have been actively supporting WebRTC.

Today companies trust WebRTC to offer them the leverage they need to deliver the user experience they strive for.

Examples of WebTRC

WebRTC is a set of plugin-free APIs that can be used in both desktop and mobile browsers. WebRTC does not need any native apps for audio and video communication as it allows peer-to-peer communication on the web pages. Some of the top companies like Amazon and Facebook are all leveraging this, but Google Meet (or more accurately, Hangouts) is probably one of the main reasons we have WebRTC today.

Google had their own video conferencing service, working from Gmail, but it needed a plugin. Real-time video just wasn’t there in the browser, which is where and why WebRTC started.

There are so many interesting use cases for WebRTC, but here are a few popular ones  you may not have considered:

  • Simple collaboration: How many times have you been invited to a meeting, and as soon as you clicked on the link, it asked you to sign up or download an app before you could join the call? It can be frustrating to open an account or download a platform to engage in a business meeting. WebRTC removes this barrier, providing a seamless, non-invasive way to connect and collaborate. Using WebRTC when communicating with colleagues, clients, and business partners is easier, simpler, and more convenient.
  • Contextual applications: You can use a third party API like OAuth to pull data from services like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google. This API type makes it possible for customers to leverage their own social graph data to augment their experience within your websites and applications. You can then couple this data with WebRTC-powered features to enable rich contextual communications. This could enable easy sharing of the person’s Twitter handle, email address, or other public profile information, along with links to their most recent tweets or Facebook posts.
  • File sharing: Suppose you want to send a massive file to a colleague while working on a project. Instead of emailing the file or uploading it to a third-party cloud storage system (and waiting several minutes for the transfer to complete), you could send it directly through your web browser using WebRTC’s data channel, with very low-latency and the benefit of full encryption between the two endpoints.
  • Embedded endpoints: ATMs. Vending machines. Bus stops. Retail store kiosks. All of these endpoints can be embedded with WebRTC engines. It’s an easy way to connect customers with live agents while they are on-the-go.
  • Sales enablement: Websites and applications are key tools for sales enablement. Customers rarely make important purchases on impulse. Decisions are often made after speaking with a sales associate. Providing a website or application with a WebRTC audio or video contact channel is a great way to provide ongoing assistance throughout the purchasing process.
  • Emergency response: In some cases, WebRTC is being used to increase public safety. SaferMobility streamlines real-time interactions with authorities by enabling video, audio, and text communications while utilizing location-based awareness. This use of the WebRTC data channel allows responding personnel to have deeper insight and better information by circumventing previously existing communication barriers when responding to emergency calls.
  • Patient management: Many health clinics are now using WebRTC based solutions to reduce in-office patient visits. This can be helpful during a pandemic like what we are living right now when doctors can perform check-ups over Web browsers. This allows them to allocate more time to higher priority patients while staying safe. WebRTC is also a great way for clinic staff to communicate with patients in-between visits as all the patient needs is a web browser and a URL.
  • Enhanced audience participation: Tap to Speak recently developed a solution that turns smartphones into microphones during live events. The application was designed to improve communication between audience members and presenters, as it eliminates having to pass a traditional microphone around a room.

In summary, pretty much any application that wants to share data or video between peers can use WebRTC. The reason for this massive adoption is that browser to browser communication is significantly cheaper than going through a server (up to 90% cheaper from Video Banking and the Economics of the Retail Business). Furthermore, users will no longer need to rely on dedicated hardware sets and applications to join a meeting and have a video conference call; browsers are always accessible to everyone!

Sangoma Meet a Great Example of Adopting WebTRC

Sangoma Meet was launched in early 2020 in response to the COVID-19 crisis to help everyone stay connected and get through this period. With WebTRC technology behind it, Sangoma Meet allows users to start a video call without downloading a plugin or installing an application. Unlike Zoom or GoToMeeting, where you have to install a plugin or an application, Sangoma Meet is simply using your browser to establish a connection with another peer.

The ease of use and compatibility with common browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Opera makes it a great choice for different industries to adopt in different use cases, as mentioned earlier. Features like multiple participants video conferencing, 1:1 video calls, phone dial-in, screen sharing, recording the meeting (available on V3.0 and above), waiting room (coming soon), local chat, and moderation tools are all running on the web, and users can join the meetings from their mobile devices, laptop or simply from any device which supports web browsers.

Have you tried Sangoma Meet yet? Check out this page and enjoy having a hassle-free call with your friends, family, and colleagues.

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Apple's Spring Loaded event: The five biggest announcements

zdnet all blogs - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 20:32
Apple announced several new hardware products including new iPad Pros, a new iMac, a new Apple TV, Tile-like AirTags for tracking everyday items, and a purple iPhone 12. Yes, purple.
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Why I won’t be buying the new iMac

zdnet news - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 17:49
Yes, it is a handsome desk accessory. And a powerful machine. But if bang for your buck is the goal it simply doesn’t make the grade. Here's why.

Why I won’t be buying the new iMac

zdnet all blogs - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 17:49
Yes, it is a handsome desk accessory. And a powerful machine. But if bang for your buck is the goal it simply doesn’t make the grade. Here's why.
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The new M1 iMac highlights everything that's wrong with Apple

zdnet all blogs - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 17:28
There's an e-waste timebomb in our future, and the Apple logo is all over it.
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Garmin Venu 2 GPS sports watch review: A lovely display, long battery life, and extensive health data

zdnet news - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 16:00
Garmin continues to improve its GPS watch lineup and improves its AMOLED display watch with several new health and wellness features. The Garmin Venu 2/2S are attractive GPS sports watches for runners, bikers, walkers, golfers, and those who enjoy other common indoor and outdoor activities.

iOS 14.5: Here’s one important thing you need to do before installing it

zdnet all blogs - Thu, 04/22/2021 - 13:47
The update lands next week. Get ready for it now.
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