Why WebRTC Will Drive the Next Billion Dollar Company

We all have a fascination with the billion dollar startups. Venture Capitalists try and identify them early, media laud them (or bring them down to earth), and early adopters claim discovery. One new technology innovation has the potential to spark the creation of more billion dollar companies, and markets are starting to pay attention. So what is WebRTC, and why is there so much interest?

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Important patch release: Android and iOS SDKs 2.4.1

OpenTok mobile SDKsA few days ago we released version 2.4.1 of our Android and iOS SDKs. This update to our SDKs were prompted by Mozilla’s implementation of a security enhancement which we fully support. However, this enhancement has the unfortunate side effect of making older versions of our mobile SDKs incompatible with Firefox 38 (scheduled to hit production on/around May 12, 2015). Not to worry though, the 2.4.1 SDK fixes this compatibility issue.

What did Mozilla change?

In an effort to bolster security Mozilla updated the encryption scheme for DTLS negotiation of the WebRTC handshake.

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The Royal Bank of Scotland Introduces Video Banking

The Royal Bank of Scotland introduces Video Banking with OpenTokAn innovative approach to banking has enabled Coutts and Co in particular to thrive since its inception more than 300 years ago. The bank of choice for Her Majesty The Queen, Coutts has a commitment to continually bring the latest offerings in banking and support for its 70,000 global customers.

As Coutts operates as part of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) group, ensuring quality of service to its clients worldwide is a top priority. RBS has a heavy focus on innovation and scouts the globe to identify companies and technologies that may be of service to the bank and its customers needs.

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OpenTok iOS SDK 2.4 now available with 64-bit support

We’ve recently released a new version of our OpenTok iOS SDK. It includes:

  • 64-bit support — You can now build 64-bit versions of your OpenTok apps to run on the latest Apple devices.  Please note, beginning February 1, 2015 new iOS apps submitted to the App Store must include 64-bit support (more here).
  • Screen sharing support — You can now share your mobile screen as the video source for a publisher. See the code samples.
  • Multiple bug fixes and performance optimizations.

For more information please see the release notes.

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Be My Eyes: Connecting blind people with sighted helpers via video

bemyeyes-logoWhile blind people are able to go about their day just like anyone else, simple everyday tasks can often present challenges. Whether it’s identifying the right public transit route for a commute, checking the expiration date of a carton of milk, or grabbing the right ingredients from the pantry for a meal, it may require assistance.

Founder of non-profit organization Be My Eyes, Hans Jørgen Wiberg, spent three years working for the Danish Blind Society consulting people about how to cope with visual impairment. Wiberg, who is visually impaired himself, found one common thread among all of the people he worked with: while the visually impaired often lean on friends and family to help them overcome everyday hurdles, they at times feel guilty asking for assistance. If they just ‘had a pair of eyes’ once or twice a day, they could accomplish a whole lot more on their own, without leaning on those closest to them.

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