TechTok catch up – WebRTC codec wars: rebooted

techtoksAt our September TechTok WebRTC consultant and analyst, Tsahi Levent-Levi, came along to discuss the power plays of the video coding industry.

Just when we thought we were done with the video codec wars in WebRTC – we found out we’re only just beginning.  Tsahi was here to talk us through some important questions – how is this WebRTC codec war going to play out? Where do the alliances lie?  And where are we headed?

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Introducing the Annotation Widget in Beta

Icon_set-Annotation-121115Embedded communications is so powerful because of one very important factor – context. Whether that’s a web page, presentation, LMS, medical scan, (the list goes on), context enhances the conversation. Better still? When collaboration features are layered on top.

Using the OpenTok platform, our aim is to make it super simple for you to add rich collaboration functionality to your apps. Today we’re happy to introduce the Annotation widget for the OpenTok platform in beta –  a pre-built UI component that can be quickly added to your application. The widget adds annotation and frame grab capabilities to the OpenTok web, iOS and Android SDKs and is  completely customizable.

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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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TechTok: Designing Your Data Warehouse

periscopeYour data warehouse is the core of your analytics setup. Whether you’re collecting events or ETLing from a prod replica, your warehouse needs to be organized to make analysis queries fast and easy.

Fast data analysis requires using the right schema design for your data and taking advantage of the performance features in modern data warehouses like Redshift.

Join us at this month’s TechTok, where Tom O’Neill from Periscope Data will discuss how Redshift uses distributed data and columnar storage to speed up query execution, as well as how to leverage these optimizations in your schema design. You can find out more about the event and register to attend here.

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TechTok catch up – Designing Your Data Warehouse

techtoksAt November’s TechTok, Tom O’Neill, CTO of Periscope Data , gave us some ideas about how to design data warehouses.  Tom focused on how Redshift uses distributed data and columnar storage to speed up query execution, as well as how to leverage these optimizations in your schema design.

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Announcing OpenTok Support for Bitcode in Beta

bitcodeWe’re happy to announce the release of the OpenTok 2.7.1-beta.1 Bitcode version.

Apple added Bitcode binary support for developer apps as part of the app thinning process. The reason behind this is to minimize the end user download app size.  Prior to Xcode 7 & iOS 9, developers upload the native binary and it’s the final executable that users download.

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TechTok: WebRTC Codec Wars- Rebooted

techtoksJust when we thought we were done with the video codec wars in WebRTC – we found out we’re only just beginning.

In the past several weeks we’ve seen the names Thor, Daala, VP9 and H.265 thrown in the news as potential candidates to replace our current generation of video codecs. How is that going to play out, and where are we headed with all this?

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TokBox Developer Center- Your new best friend

tokbox-inc_markAbout a year ago we found ourselves scratching our heads trying to find a place that would give developers easier access to all of the tools that they need to get started with OpenTok. We already had a section for documentation but a lot of the tools and materials that we were working on didn’t really fit into the structure that we had.  At the same time, we wanted to relaunch our website to better explain what TokBox can do for you, your product and your business.

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Introducing Pre-Call Test: Stand up to spotty network conditions

WIFI-IconAs much as WiFi and cellular network reliability has improved over the years, it’s not uncommon to find yourself in a situation where connectivity drops or is spotty at best. Somehow in our overconnected world, “offline” mode still exists. When you’re using real-time communications technology, poor service or connection quality can be particularly disruptive.

That’s why we’re excited to introduce our Pre-Call Test tool – a set of tools that will determine if an end-user’s OpenTok-powered call will be successful given their network conditions. The Pre-Call Test can be integrated into your application’s workflow so that your end-users can run the diagnostic test before they even join the session. Based on their test results, you can implement business logic that determines whether a particular user is allowed to publish a stream to the session with video, audio-only mode, and more.

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Introducing Inspector: Your new session diagnostic tool

Inspector by TokBoxToday we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our powerful new session diagnostic tool, Inspector. It provides you with a high-level OpenTok session summary at a stream and user level to help pinpoint errors, failures, and quality issues. Our main goal? To simplify your post-session debugging.

Inspector takes the rich and complex operational data that the TokBox engineering team uses to debug OpenTok sessions, and makes it available to you in an easy to use interface. These vital metrics will enable you to drill down into session-level details around:

  • Bit-rate, latency and packet loss graphs at user and stream level
  • Event Logs (Detailed list and description of all session events)
  • User Logs (Information such as location, SDK, browser and client)
  • Error Logs (Details of all errors encountered, time of error and impacted end-users)

Now your technical support team can quickly glance through session data to determine whether an issue was caused by an end-user error, application error, network problem or the OpenTok platform.

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