Help LollapalooBox become HackLolla’s winner – Vote now!

HackLolla, a developer contest put on by the Lollapalooza organizers, is looking for the coolest app that helps music fans get the most out of the Lollapalooza experience.

Voting has officially begun and we need your support! You can vote for our app, LollapalooBox, through July 10th, 2011 by going HERE and clicking the blue “vote” button.

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TokBox wins Audience Award at Founder Showcase

We’re happy to announce that TokBox won the Demo Table Competition at the 7th Founder Showcase in San Francisco this week. Woo hoo! Our trusty TokBox crew members toiled away for hours (five to be exact) showing off OpenTok. They demo’ed everything from PokerView, to Meet Me Under the Mistletoe and eBuddy. See their smiley faces below.

Thanks to the Founder Showcase audience for helping us bring home the win!

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HAPI Hack Weekend

We will be co-hosting HAPI Hack Weekend at our San Francisco office June 10 – June 12.

HAPI Hack Weekend is a hackathon focused on leveraging APIs to create cool new software. The event brings together designers and developers for a chance to win prizes, create products and meet talented people.

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ReadWriteWeb 2-Way Summit

Our CEO, Ian Small, will be participating on a panel at the RWW 2-Way Summit on Tuesday, June 14th in NYC.

The 2WAY Summit NYC is a tech conference about the future of the web that takes place, June 13-14 at Columbia University in New York City. The event will feature two energizing and interactive components that will bring our influential audience together for two days of electrifying content.

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Startup Poker Night

We will be hosting Startup Poker Night at TokBox’s San Francisco office on Tuesday, June 14th.

Ante up for Startup Poker Night hosted by TokBox. If you’re interested in startups, work for one, or are in town for Founder’s Showcase, stop by to play cards and meet like-minded people. In celebration of the launch of Poker View’s new webcam poker tables, powered by the OpenTok API, the munchies and booze are on us. Just show up and be ready to play.

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Founder Showcase

We’ll have a demo table at the Founder Showcase on Wednesday, June 15th in San Francisco.

The Founder Showcase gathers 400 top technology CEOs, investors, and early-stage companies in Silicon Valley for one action-packed night each quarter to network, hear talks from leading CEOs, and help launch a start-up company to greatness.

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How WorldWide Virtual Theater Carrousel used OpenTok

Guest Post

Sering is a community based theater company that sets up cultural projects for schools. They share their knowledge with other theater companies around the world. Although they make use of internet to communicate, they couldn’t find a solution that fitted their needs. They wanted a social platform that allows small groups of admins to work distribute initial content and let the project grow through a large number of participants.

Existing tools like e.g. Basecamp were found too complex in setup. So we (duall.be and skylight.be) built a custom solution for them that fitted their needs and named it a “virtual office”. One of the many requests was the ability to organize a grouped video chat between the project managers and the participants. And with that -since it’s a global community of children and adults who don’t necessarily speak each other languages- the ability to automatically translate text-chat to the users language.

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P-p-p-poker Face

Whether it’s the bead of sweat dripping down your opponent’s forehead, or a nervous twitch forcing their leg up and down like a piston, in a game of poker you want to see it all. For online poker players, these real-world cues were completely lost, until now.

With the launch of PokerView‘s WebCam Poker games, powered by the OpenTok API, the gap between real-world and virtual game interaction is being bridged. They are the first site to fully dedicate itself to the concept of live WebCam poker games.

How exactly does it work? Instead of a screen-name, avatar or chat-box, each player has a streaming video next to their hand. Now you can see your opponents mugs for better or worse.

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TokBox Launches Two New Products

OpenTok API Now AIR-for-mobile-enabled; New HTML Embed Offers “Drag and Drop” Solution for Integrating Live, Group Video Chat in to Websites

SAN FRANCISCO — April 14, 2011 — Following its successful launch of the OpenTok API in November 2010, today TokBox announced two new product launches – mobile features for the OpenTok API and the first OpenTok Widget, an HTML embed. These two product launches underscore the overall TokBox vision of powering video chat across the web and across devices.

Since the launch of the OpenTok API four months ago, the number of websites and web applications integrating video chat using the API has more than doubled, and now almost 80 websites and web applications are live. TokBox is launching these two new products as a direct result of this success, and in response to demand from both existing and potential partners.

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How to download your video messages

As promised, you can now download and save your sent or received TokBox video messages. Please keep in mind that you will only have access to sent video messages that were recorded before 7/22/10 – any video message sent after that date isn’t available for download.

This feature can be used until April 5th, 2011 @ 11:59 pm PST. After the 5th, you will not have access to your account as the TokBox video chat and video conference service will be closing down.

To get the ball rolling, follow the step-by-step instructions below:

1) Download the VLC Media player. This is the software program that will allow you to watch your video messages once they’ve been downloaded. Please select your operating system from the list below and follow the on-screen instructions to download.

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