When a Chrome update breaks your WebRTC application

chrome logoEarly December saw the roll-out of Chrome 47. When doing anything with WebRTC, this is always an interesting time. A release brings new features or may break things, like removing the getUserMedia functionality for insecure origins.

Our metrics clearly track such roll outs as seen below:

# of OpenTok calls

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White paper: Beyond E-health – Embedded Communications in Healthcare

BeyondE-healthIn recent years, the shift in behavior towards digital, on-demand services together with the massive increase in demand for healthcare has created an unprecedented challenge for the healthcare industry.  Providers have been forced to reinvent their existing care models, offering more of their services online.

In line with this, consumers are increasingly turning towards on demand healthcare services that they can access online, whenever and wherever they need them.  In fact it has been estimated that by 2020, over 78 million consumers will use home health technologies.  This is a dramatic increase from 14 million in 2014.

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Fox Sports puts the Spotlight on College Football

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Last week we launched our new live broadcast solution Spotlight and we’re delighted to announce our first partner to build on the platform – Fox Sports. Fox have built the Fox Sports Huddle – a weekly interactive online broadcast where college football fans, players, managers and experts can come face to face on www.foxsports.com, one of the biggest sports websites in the world.

College Football is one of the most popular sports in America, and now Fox Sports Huddle brings fans even closer to the action, taking sports coverage from a simple one way stream or text chat to a large scale, interactive and engaging experience where fans can truly be part of the show.  Fox Sports Huddle incorporates live feeds from the studio or the sports field together with real-­time video streams from fans to create an online video talk show that can be broadcast to an online audience of up to thousands of people, all without a download or plugin.  Now, Fox Sports experts and athletes can talk with their fans, not at ​them.

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Introducing the OpenTok Apple TV OS SDK (beta)

AppleMockUpToday we’re excited to introduce the first WebRTC SDK for the AppleTV to support the next generation of endpoints – the television.

The rise of mobile, open sourced software and social networks has democratized content in every field from journalism to photography and video production. However, the last remaining battleground is the television, and Apple, with the new Apple TV, is blurring the lines between online and television, opening up all new possibilities for content creation and engagement. This marks not just another endpoint supported by TokBox, but the start of a new era of content creation that happens in the living room, which is why we’re prioritizing TV together with the web and mobile.

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The impact of Google’s new Chrome security policy on WebRTC

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UPDATE 9/16/15: After we published this post Google announced that they are pushing back the release date of the HTTPS security change. They’re estimating that it will now be released to production in December 2015. 

Google recently announced a security policy change that will impact future versions of the Chrome browser. Any website which has integrated geolocation technology, screen-sharing, WebRTC and more, will now be required to be served from a secure (HTTPS) site.

We at TokBox are supportive of this update as we believe operating your WebRTC-based applications through HTTPS is a best practice and offers enhanced security. In addition, it has the added bonus of improving your end-user experience by remembering their hardware settings, and even allowing screen-sharing (if you choose to implement it).

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