Rolling.fm: A more engaging group listening service

In the past six months, group listening services have become hot destinations on the web. A common thread runs through all of them: listening with your friends is more fun than listening alone.

Avatars and text chat are the standard form of interaction within these apps.  What you might be missing is the live experience of enjoying music with friends: bobbing heads to the beat, busting out dance moves and belting out lyrics.

Meet Rolling.FM. Rolling.FM realized that when you’re listening to music with friends, you should be able to recreate the live experience. Now, in all of their rooftop listening rooms, you can do just that with Rolling.FM’s integration of OpenTok. What Rolling.FM has done really well is incorporate live video in a way that augments the experience, but doesn’t distract from the reason the service exists – to listen to music.

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Buzzumi: A fresh take on video chats and webinars

Today we’re launching our newest editorial venture, “App of the Week”. One kick-ass OpenTok powered app will be selected by the TokBox team each week to receive a little extra TLC . We’re excited to launch this effort with our inaugural AOTW, buzzumi!

Buzzumi enables anyone to create customized web-based video rooms for up to six people or webinars with up to 100 people.  Signing up for an account is free, but buzzumi also offers their users a way to make money through an incredibly simple PayPal integration.

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Live Virtual Town Hall – How Addiction Impacts Society

Today (9/27) at 5:00 p.m. PT, InTheRooms.com is partnering with Drugfree.org and TheFix.com to host the first ever virtual town hall for their You Are Not Alone Campaign. During this virtual town hall, a panel of experts will gather to discuss how addiction impacts different segments of society.

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OpenTok’s newest offering…Sunglasses

We’re always on the lookout for cool new schwag to give away to you, our TokBox community. Now that it’s finally summer in San Francisco (woo hoo!), we figured there wasn’t anything more appropriate than a pair of OpenTok sunglasses. The biggest fans of our OpenTok shades so far? The littlest members of the TokBox family.

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Guest Post: Do-it-yourself Videos on Causes!

Update: March 13, 2014 – Please note that this blog post references the archiving functionality in our OpenTok 1.0 platform. This feature is no longer being supported. Learn more about archiving using our OpenTok 2.0 platform.

Guest Post written by Kristján Pétursson, Senior Engineer at Causes

While we were redesigning the Causes Wish last year, we very much wanted to let everyone personalize their wish with a video message. Imagine if instead of a big block of text to read, you could see your friend right there and they told you face-to-face why they care about the charity they’re supporting. If a mere picture is worth a thousand words, then 24 frames/second would surely melt the heart of even cynical Uncle Jake who never donates to anything. Sadly, no one offered a recording API that we could drop into a page. YouTube doesn’t expose it, Facebook rolled their own, and building one here would just be too much of a departure from our goals.

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Guest post: Office Robot-Interns (a How-to Guide)

Guest Post written by Gizem Orbey, Development and Operations @Rapleaf

Last summer, now full-time Rapleafer Alex P. was but an intern with a dream. He wanted to keep working on Rapleaf projects when he returned to school in the fall. But how could he make his presence felt in the office while he was away?

By robot, of course. Alex built a prototype robot avatar using Legos, Arduino and a disassembled remote-control car. A couple of months ago, the project was advanced using the iRobot platform. An improved Version 2.0 featuring TokBox was built during Rapleaf’s quarterly hack-a-thon Hackleaf last week, when Emma and Steve from the engineering and biz ops teams joined forces with Alex to add some final touches. Here’s how they did it:

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Win a chance to demo at TechCrunch Disrupt in SF!

Want to prove you’ve built the coolest OpenTok application? Think you have what it takes to demo to the most influential people in Silicon Valley?

Here’s a chance for you to prove it here in person in San Francisco! Just build the most compelling OpenTok app and you’ll win a place in  Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco this September. To make the prize even sweeter, we’ll pay up to $2000 in travel expenses!

As a Startup Alley participant, you’re eligible for audience voting to participate in TechCrunch’s premiere startup competition, Startup Battlefield. If you win the “Audience Choice” award, you will earn a slot to present your product on stage during Startup Battlefield in front of an all-star panel consisting of the biggest innovators, angels, VCs and influencers in the Tech community on Wednesday, September 14th, 2011.  Winner must meet Startup Alley criteria; for more details, please visit this page.

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Using OpenTok apps on Mac OS X Lion 10.7

Following the release of OS X Lion on Wednesday, Adobe Flash Player has had a series of compatibility issues with Apple’s new OS. The big problem for fans of OpenTok apps? You’re unable to click “allow” or “deny” on the Adobe Flash pop-up that appears before you join a video call.

Until the official Adobe & Apple fix is released, there are a few steps you’ll need to follow to make OpenTok powered apps work:

1) Open System Preferences
2) Open Flash Player from “Other”
3) Click on Camera and Mic
4) Click on Camera and Mic Settings by site…
5) Set static.opentok.com to allow

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You Fly, We Buy: Launch at Startup Riot Seattle

Here at TokBox we love seeing you, our OpenTok developer community, build awesome applications. To help make your OpenTok app a success, TokBox is sponsoring travel to Startup Riot Seattle for two deserving OpenTok app developers.

Apply now!

So what exactly is Startup Riot? Startup Riot is an all-day event which highlights 25 startups through three minute, four slide presentations given by the startups. The startups subsequently answer questions from a judging panel for three minutes.

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The Bibbil boys brings video chat to Facebook

We’re very excited to welcome Bibbil, the newest app leveraging OpenTok, to the TokBox family. Bibbil enables users to connect face-to-face with friends directly in Facebook; there aren’t any required downloads, installations or programs running outside of the browser. With two simple clicks within Facebook, users are video chatting with selected friends.

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