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Five Best Online Meeting Services

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If you work at a company with employees in offices around the globe, or you work in a small company but want to collaborate with a contractor who works from home or vendor across the country, you need a service that will let you connect with your team, share documents, collaborate on them, and in some cases even share your screen or webcam with them. Here are five of the best services to conduct productive online meetings, based on your nominations.

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Cisco WebEx ($19/mo – $49/mo)

WebEx is probably one of the oldest and most commonly used online meeting services in the market. WebEx’s customer portfolio is impressive, and their online meeting service is incredibly easy to use. Install the WebEx plugin on your desktop that allows you to quickly host or join meetings, and a few clicks will get you working with your team, sharing screens, passing around the “presenter” role to others who have documents to show, or even chatting face-to-face in minutes. WebEx integrates with apps on your desktop so you can schedule an appointment and instantly add a meeting to it, start a meeting and email the attendees quickly, or even join a meeting on your mobile device or tablet. WebEx has a number of products and subscription plans for individuals, small businesses, or large enterprises that offer different features depending on what you need (and what you can afford), but one thing is sure-these features don’t come cheap.

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GoToMeeting ($49/mo)

GoToMeeting is another tool used by individuals and enterprises to host online meetings, collaborate on documents, and share desktops and screens among colleagues. The service offers a wealth of enterprise features even to individual users, like desktop sharing, HD video conferencing, and mobile apps that allow you to attend GoToMeeting meetings on your iOS or Android device. Install the GoToMeeting application on your Mac or PC and you can start meetings with a single click, or set them up meticulously so you only share the information you want to with the people you want to invite. Attendees get a tiny plug-in to install before they can join your meetings, but once installed, joining your meetings is a one-click affair.

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Google+ Hangouts (Free)

A number of you mentioned that Google’s recent addition of screen sharing and document collaboration to Google+ Hangouts has rocketed it to the top of your list of online meeting services. We can’t blame you—it’s no secret we love Google+ Hangouts, and the service keeps getting better, with free voice calls and large, clear video. In addition to the ability to see your friends clearly, host a meeting with several of them, share documents via Google Docs and collaborate, you get the benefit of being able to do it all on the web, for free. The only thing you need is a Google account, a webcam, and a microphone.

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TeamViewer (Free)

TeamViewer has a reputation for being a fast and hassle-free method to troubleshoot remote computers, but it’s also a great method to get a team together on the web, share screens, chat, and work together on documents. TeamViewer allows you to—for the low price of free—start instant meetings, schedule them in advance and email your attendees when they should join and the access code needed to see your screen, share your screen or pass the “host” role to another meeting attendee so they can share theirs, and even stream video from your webcam to the group so you can all see one another’s faces while you talk. TeamViewer also offers mobile apps so you can attend online meetings from your iOS or Android device.

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Join.me (Free, $19/mo Pro)

Also more often considered a remote control and support tool than an online meeting service, Join.me, a free service from the folks at LogMeIn, has the features to pull double duty. The service allows you to bring up to 250 viewers into the same room, share your screen with them, chat, send files around to your attendees, and, like the others, offers iOS and Android apps for remove viewing. If you’re willing to spend some coin, the Join.me Pro gets you the ability to make another attendee the presenter so they can share their screen, the ability to pre-schedule and lock meetings, and a desktop app to make meeting management easy.


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InfoConnect 2012 is coming soon…

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It has been announced that InfoConnect will be taking place in International Fairs Ground, Halls 5, 6, 7 & 8 on 29th of January 2012 and till 4th of February 2012.

The timings will be 9AM to 1PM and 4:30PM to 9PM

It’s nothing compared to Gitex of course, but it will be a good gathering for the Geekz in Kuwait ;)

We shall be writing a small review about the event shortly.


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How to block Attachment Uploads using Microsoft TMG

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Microsoft TMG (Threat Management Gateway) 2010 is basically the latest version of it’s elder brother Microsoft ISA.

The product is much better than it’s earlier release especially after releasing service pack 2, which gave it much more utilities and power.

Today we will be guiding you through utilizing the product to be able to block Uploading files to different sites, and especially to Webmail sites.

We will keep posting about other tweaks for this product in the following weeks.

 

Blocking Uploads on TMG

Since it’s not a straight forward process we will be guiding you through the steps:

1- Go to Forefront TMG Management

2- From the left menu choose Web Access Policy as shown below:

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3- Once clicked on Web Access Policy, on the right hand side make sure that HTTPS Inspection is Enabled as shown below:

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4- Now, first we will start the blocking of uploads for all sites. Go to the Allow Web Access for All Users as shown below:

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5- Right click on the Web Access Rule and choose HTTP Filtering as shown below:

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6- In General make sure that Allow any payload length is checked:

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7- Go to Signatures and click on Add.

8- When the Dialog box is opened fill the following fields,

Name:        You can add anything, let’s say we will call it Block Uploads

Search in:    Request headers

HTTP Header: Content-Type:

Signature:   multipart/form-data

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9- Click on OK once finished.

10- Now this should be blocking uploads for all websites, unless you are facing problems with Hotmail, then you need to do the following:

10.a.: Go to Signatures again and click Add.

10.b.: When the Dialog box is opened fill the following fields,

Name:        You can add anything, let’s say we will call it Block Hotmail Attachment

Search in:    Request URL

Signature:   /mail/attachmentuploader.aspx

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10.c: Click on OK once finished.

10.d: Go to Signatures again and click Add

10.e.: When the Dialog box is opened fill the following fields,

Name:        You can add anything, let’s say we will call it Block Hotmail SilverLight

Search in:    Request URL

Signature:   /mail/silverlightattachmentuploader.aspx

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Now you are ready to start annoying the employees in your company ;)

This will be just the start with TMG, and later on we will be posting about more features soon.


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Which Country Has the World’s Fastest Internet?

Which county has the world’s fastest Internet service? How about South Korea. That’s according to a new study from content delivery service Pando Networks that sampled some 35 petabytes of data from 27 million downloads and 224 countries. The service found that South Korea is top in the world in terms of download speed, averaging 17.62 Mbps.

Romania has the second fastest Internet speeds on the planet, clocking in at 15.27 Mbps, and a trio of Eastern European countries round out the top five, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia. The United States musters a very pedestrian 4.93 Mbps — good for 26th in the world — while China, home to the world’s largest Internet population, manages a dismal 1.96 Mbps.

The slowest Internet, according to the study, is in the Congo, with an average of just 13 KBps, a speed that would make even a 1990s dial-up Internet user cringe. Most of the world’s slowest countries on Pando’s list are located in Africa, where broadband access is sparse and mobile is often the most prevalent point of access for users. However, we suspect that the data from some countries may have suffered from too small a sample size for an accurate reading.

If you want the fastest Internet in the United States, head to Andover, Mass., the only American city to crack the top 10. Andover residents are downloading at a very speedy average of 22.41 Mbps. That pales in comparison to speeds in Seocho, South Korea, though, the fastest city on Earth at 33.5 Mbps.

Pando also sliced up the data by ISP, gathering data on 18,017 of them. The fastest in the U.S. is Verizon Internet Services, which offers users average downloads that are 153 Kilobytes per second faster than the next closest ISP on the list (Comcast). Those speeds are still almost five times slower the average connection offered by Dacom Corp. in South Korea, which takes the cake as the world’s fastest ISP by average download speed.

Pando provided Mashable with the infographic below illustrating some of the key findings in the report. The company also created an interactive map showing all of the findings.

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Microsoft Office 365 Goes Live

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer launched the much-awaited Office 365 on Tuesday, after a beta program of about nine months, as the company responds — some critics say belatedly — to the rising popularity of cloud-based applications for collaboration and communication.

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“Office 365 is where Office meets the cloud,” Ballmer said at an event in New York.

Office 365 is the next version of the BPOS (Business Productivity Online Suite) collaboration and communication suite. Among the main improvements in Office 365 is that its applications, including Exchange Online and SharePoint Online, are based on the 2010 version of their on-premise counterparts, while BPOS’ are based on the 2007 version. Office 365 also comes with Lync Online, which is an upgrade to Office Communications Online.

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Downloadable Movie File….. Oops I mean YouTube!!!

Is it possible? Yes it is. Thanks to this website Downloadable YouTube

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As you can see, you can download any YouTube video to your PC in the following formats:

.mpg

.mov

.3gp

.flv

.mp3

.mp4

And the Magic word is “For Free!!"


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Convert your Webpage to PDF online

Just discovered a website which is capable of converting any webpage you are providing to a PDF document.

You need only to type the URL address for the page, and then you PDF file is ready to be downloaded.

We find this website is very useful if you want to read some articles whiel you are offline and not connected to Internet.

To start converting, go to http://www.pdfmyurl.com

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The Internet Of Things Is Coming Sooner Than You Think

So soon, in fact, that a team of Norwegian scientists are hard at work on a common platform called ISIS. What ISIS does is allow users to create and harmonize apps for all their connected items. This useful feature’s value is in keeping the multiplicity of things organized. That’s what lies at the heart of the internet of things—everything is connected.

ISIS stands for Infrastructure for Integrated Services and is a pet project of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. One of the key features of ISIS is an experimental programming tool called Arctis that allows apps to be made and synced together. The whole idea here is cohesion in the upcoming era of domestic computing (to con a phrase) where each and every gadget w euse are connected with the rest.

As technology goes, both ISIS and Arctis might both be buried in a mass of similar platforms that will emerge in the near future to address  the multiplicity of electronic devices in human lives. Once ISIS and its descendants are slated to become the norm, the Singularity won’t be far off. Uh oh.


One-Fourth Of SSL Websites At Risk

Many sites haven’t applied patches for well-known ‘renegotiation’ flaw

More than a year after the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) issued a security extension to the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol for a flaw that affects servers, browsers, smart cards, and VPN products, as well as many lower-profile devices such as Webcams, more than one-fourth of SSL websites haven’t deployed the patch–leaving them vulnerable to a form of man-in-the-middle attack.

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