EarthCam Premieres Live Camera Integrations for VDC Teams at ENR FutureTech

EarthCam image overlays aligned with BIM environment (Courtesy: Hunter Roberts Construction Group, Princeton University)
EarthCam image overlays aligned with BIM environment (Courtesy: Hunter Roberts Construction Group, Princeton University)
EarthCam image overlays aligned with BIM environment (Courtesy: Hunter Roberts Construction Group, Princeton University)

Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, Oct. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EarthCam, the leading provider of construction camera technology and services, introduced today at ENR FutureTech new live camera integration capabilities to aid remote collaboration and upgrade building information modelling (BIM) practices for the construction industry.

With EarthCam’s new Control Center 8 (version 8.65) integration, either live or recorded video streams from construction cameras with can be seamlessly incorporated with model overlays. Teams can now collaborate and view live camera stream overlays synched with their models. If the live camera view is moved or zoomed in on architectural details, the alignment is immediately updated, and vice-versa. This live camera integration is now an option for all EarthCam’s clients.

Many forward thinking Virtual

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Skype upstaged by Microsoft Teams

Satya Nadella in New Delhi, India.

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When Microsoft-owned LinkedIn said last month that it would add a video-calling feature to direct messages, it said it would start allowing users to kick off calls through Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Verizon-owned Blue Jeans.

Skype, Microsoft’s third-biggest acquisition after LinkedIn and Nokia, was left out.

The effort stemmed from a project engineers developed for a Covid-response hackathon LinkedIn held earlier this year. LinkedIn employees use Blue Jeans internally, and they also chose to incorporate “the other most popular services, Zoom and, in our own backyard, Teams,” Chris Szeto, senior director of product, told CNBC. LinkedIn employees worked with the team behind Microsoft Teams to build the integration, Szeto said.

The absence of Skype in the implementation exemplifies the video-calling service’s diminishing presence in a year when competitors became more prominent than ever, as the coronavirus pandemic

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IBM teams up with Activision Blizzard to manage tech for the Overwatch League

IBM will manage the technology for Activision Blizzard’s Overwatch League, a sign esports is starting to demand the most sophisticated cloud and AI technologies. With esports on the road to becoming a mainstream phenomenon alongside traditional sports, we can expect to see more of this kind of marriage in the future.

In a multi-year deal, IBM is teaming up with Activision Blizzard, one of the biggest players in the game industry. IBM will provide cloud, Watson AI, and machine learning for the Overwatch League and become a presenting partner of the Overwatch League Grand Finals. The technology company will power interactive and analytical content for the league, which is one of the powerhouses of the $950 million esports industry.

The IBM sponsorship component kicks off at this year’s 2020 Overwatch League Grand Finals, which started October 8 and run through October 10. The agreement makes IBM the official AI, cloud,

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Cisco security warning: Patch Webex Teams for Windows and surveillance camera now

Cisco has released security updates for high-severity security flaws affecting Webex Teams for Windows, its Identity Services Engine, and Video Surveillance 8000 Series IP Cameras. 

In this month’s first round of security updates from Cisco, the most serious vulnerability addressed is a remote code-execution (RCE) and denial-of-service (DoS) bug affecting its Video Surveillance 8000 Series IP Cameras.

The flaw, tracked as CVE-2020-3544, has a severity rating of 8.8 out of 10, on par with similar RCE and DoS flaws it disclosed in August affecting the Video Surveillance 8000 Series IP Cameras. 

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Both sets of vulnerabilities were reported by Qian Chen of Qihoo 360 Nirvan Team and both concern flaws in the Cisco Discovery Protocol, a Layer 2 or data link layer protocol in the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) networking model. 

Similarly, both are due to “missing checks when an IP camera processes

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Research From 10×10 & Google Reveals Black Owned Businesses More Likely To Hire Diverse Teams

In the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter movement we have seen businesses across the U.K. being scrutinised for their lack of diversity. Whilst steps have been taken and commitments made one of the frequent rebuttals is a lack of industry data. Ground-breaking new research carried out by 10×10, a group of early-stage black founders and venture capitalists have launched “The Black Report” in partnership with Google. The report surveyed 60 black owned businesses in the UK asking questions about team composition, funding and problems they face. One of the key takeaways from the report was that on average these ventures tend to have more diversity across teams both in terms of race and gender.

This is a positive step in the right direction as we explore why ethnic minorities are not only under represented as employees within businesses but also the issues they face in starting

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Cole Haan teams up with Slack on limited-edition shoe collection

  • Cole Haan partnered with Slack to create a limited-edition sneaker collection inspired by the popular business communication platform. 
  • The shoes — which retail for $120 and will officially be available on October 7 — come in Slack’s four signature colors and prominently display the tech company’s logo. 
  • According to Cole Haan, the sneakers were inspired by “the pandemic-related rise of remote working” that has led many businesses to lean heavily on programs like Slack. 
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In a sneaker collaboration fit for these uncertain times, Cole Haan is pairing with Slack to launch a new limited-edition shoe collection. 

The “Generation Zerøgrand” shoe — which retails for $120 and will officially be available online and in select Cole Haan stores beginning October 7 — includes four styles that prominently display the Slack logo. The collection was created in partnership with Slack and designed entirely through communication

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Microsoft Teams Confirms Superb New Updates And Features To Beat Zoom

Microsoft’s Teams had a very busy September adding a host of new features. Now, the firm is looking to improve the performance of its Teams service as it continues in the battle to beat Zoom in the video conferencing space.

In an update detailing the features added in September, Microsoft explained how it was trying to improve Teams’ performance as a large proportion of the workforce continue to work from home.

Microsoft says it’s working to ensure businesses and schools “have a high-performance experience that scales across their devices and levels of internet connectivity.”

Performance improvements in Teams 

For times when there is

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TCF Center teams with Premier Event Technology to offer virtual, hybrid events

While it waits for the return of large events and conventions in its halls, TCF Center has found a new way to make them a reality.

It’s teamed up with Rochester Hills-based Premier Event Technology LLC to coordinate virtual events that pair its expertise with TCF’s in-house television studio and bandwidth capabilities 10 gigabytes of bandwidth.

It began marketing the virtual and hybrid events last month.

For TCF, those events are likely to be a loss leader, General Manager Claude Molinari said.

It will get some revenue from leasing space to any organizations opting to host a virtual event and 15 percent of the online events revenue under a revenue-sharing agreement with Premier, he said.

But the virtual offerings are really about “maintaining the relationship with our customers, staying relevant and frankly, helping customers to stay in business,” he said.

“If they go out of business before this pandemic ends,

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This Action Camera Might Be The Best Webcam For Zoom And Microsoft Teams

GoPro garnered attention earlier this year when it made a webcam tool for its Hero 8 Black and, now, Hero 9 Black cameras. But there’s a better option out there.

Insta360 recently updated the firmware of its One R with what might just be the best application to date of a webcam feature in an action camera.

This is a pleasant surprise, as Insta360 has a reputation for releasing software features that aren’t quite ready for prime time.

What makes the Insta360 One R webcam mode so special? There are three notable aspects here.

Simplicity is the first. To use a GoPro as a webcam you need to install a piece of software on your Mac or Windows PC. It acts as a bridge between camera and OS, and GoPro’s focus is MacOS, meaning there’s

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Boost Sport raises $1.3M to help basketball teams win more games with video analysis tech

Boost Sport CEO Mustafa Abdul-Hamid. (Boost Sport Photo)

Boost Sport, a Seattle startup that helps basketball teams analyze their performance with video analysis technology, raised a $1.3 million seed round.

Founded in 2016, the company uses machine learning and artificial intelligence that lets coaches and trainers pull data insights from video footage without having to purchase in-venue camera systems and wearable devices. Boost says its software can help spot trends and surface opportunities about strategy and personnel.

TitletownTech, a partnership between the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft, led the round. Other investors include Portfolia, Stadia Ventures, Barbara Clarke at the ImpactSeat, and Scott Cannon.

“With the ever-changing landscape in sports, technology that can create efficient data channels for coaches and teams will be even more important,” Cordero Barkley, partner at TitletownTech, said in a statement. “Boost is positioned to become a significant asset for coaches, conferences and leagues.”

Boost is

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