OpenTok.js 2.4 now available

We’ve recently released a new version of our OpenTok client for web – OpenTok.js 2.4. This release includes:

  • Screen sharing support — You can now share your screen as the video source for a publisher in Chrome and Firefox, for online meetings, presentations and more. See more here.
  • Control of cropping and letter-boxing of videos — You can now specify whether videos will be cropped or letter-boxed when the aspect ratio of the video does not match the aspect ratio of the DOM element.
  • OpenTok Plugin for Internet Explorer improvements:
    • Audio Levels API support in Internet Explorer. This means your customers can benefit from OpenTok’s audio detection capabilities.
    • The installation and update dialog boxes are now responsive, resizing appropriately based on the browser window’s dimensions.
  • Multiple bug fixes and performance optimizations.

For more information please see the release notes.

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Firefox Hello now available for all Firefox users

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Today the latest version of Firefox Hello, powered by OpenTok, has been released. In the coming weeks, Firefox Hello will appear at the top right hand corner (chrome) of your Firefox browser, making it easier than ever to start a call.

Mozilla has produced a new product video that demonstrates Firefox Hello in action (included below). For further information you can read the Mozilla blog post here, as well as copied below.

We hope you enjoy using Hello and look forward to sharing more updates with you soon.

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The Future of WebRTC and Video Banking: 4 Use Cases

Digital BankingWhen people think about banks, the thoughts that spring to mind are images of serious people in conservative suits, large buildings with marble-floored lobbies and rows of teller windows, and well-fed men who look like the guy on a Monopoly box. Indeed, leading banks have always worked hard to maintain stellar reputations for reliability, safety, and longevity. You don’t tend to think about banks being big risk-takers, or experts at trying out new business practices or cutting edge technologies.

But when you look a little closer, the truth is, leading banks are expert at understanding and taking calculated risks, which is essential to their core business of taking deposits from some customers and prudently loaning out those funds to others. They are also remarkably forward-looking in trying out new technologies and business innovations, even if they don’t always portray themselves this way.

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ConceptBoard: The Future of Remote Working Tools

cb_logo_300ppiIn the past decade, technology innovation has been one of the main catalysts for change in the way that we work. Tools like email, instant messaging, Skype, productivity and task management systems are making it easier than ever to stay connected (and focused) outside of the office – whether you’re at home, a coffee shop, or in a plane, train or automobile.

According to one estimate by the American Community Survey, telecommuting has risen 79 percent between 2005 and 2012 and now makes up 2.6 percent of the American work force, or 3.2 million workers. Two+ years later, you can imagine how much this has increased. 

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Adam Ullman goes to SydJS

SydJSIn October our Director of API & Front End Engineering, Adam Ullman, attended the SydJS meetup to talk about ‘Really Timely Communication’.

At the event Adam talked about the future of video communication; going beyond just a single generic Skype-like application and towards lots of applications tailored for specific use cases.  He started out live coding a generic Skype-like app using OpenTok (in under 20 minutes!), which works across web, desktop and mobile.  He then went on to introduce some of the more innovative and exciting use cases of the OpenTok platform.

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