Today we announced that UberConference will showcase its packaged app in the Google I/O Developer Sandbox on May 16 & 17. Google I/Ois an annual developer conference featuring highly technical, in-depth sessions, and showcasing the latest from Google’s product teams and partners. The UberConference team has been invited to demonstrate its implementation of WebRTC in packaged apps and connect with I/O attendees developer-to-developer to answer questions and exchange ideas. Packaged apps’ cross platform capabilities will allowUberConference to run smoothly on Chromebooks, Windows and Mac, requiring code only to be written once.Our implementation of WebRTC in packaged apps delivers a more seamless and powerful WebRTC experience to our users. Once installed, the user never has to click ‘allow’ again to enable a WebRTC connection to UberConference. Another benefit stems from packaged apps’ native-app-like capabilities. As an example, if you have a conference call starting, we can notify you on your desktop whether or not you have the browser open, and you can see or join the conference directly from the app.If you are going to be at Google I/O, make sure to stop by and see us.
Just in time for Christmas. The brand new UberConference Android app has hit the Google Play store. We’ve created this and the brand new iPhone app with some great features.
First, the app finds the contacts already in your Android and adds them into your conference call for you.
You just click on the person’s name to add them to the call.
Notice you can add several of your contacts to the call at once. You can also instantly dial out to everyone who should be on the conference call with you.
UberConference will dial all numbers associated with the person you select.
Make an Instant Conference Call
Creating calls is lightening fast! Just choose who you want to invite and click “Start a New UberConference”. That’s it! The system will automatically call participants to join the call right then. At the end of each call you’ll receive a summary with interesting stats.
Just Sign In or Sign Up
Signing in is super easy. If you have already signed up through the website you can just sign in with the same email and password (or your social media profile of choice) to the Android app. Signing up on the app is easy to do, too. Never used UberConference before? Just put in the email and password you want and then choose the social networks you’d like to connect with.
Connect Multiple Accounts Inside the App
UberConference is integrated with all of the major social networks. Just click on any participant on the call and bring up their information from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.
While on an UberConference call, you have access to an array of in-call controls. As the conference creator you can mute, hang up, block or “earmuff” selected participants at any time during the call. You can also start and stop call recordings.
We’re giving away 5 Evernote Moleskine notebooks + 3 months of Evernote premium with every notebook this week!
- Automatically win a free month of ÜberConference Pro just for tweeting or sharing on Facebook.
- 5 Evernote Moleskine notebooks + 3 months of Evernote premium
- 2 Jawbone headsets - Rock your conference calling experience with this uber cool Bluetooth tool.
- iPad Mini - Want the hottest tech item of the moment? Of course you do. We are giving away one iPad Mini at the end of this giveaway. Now that is something to be thankful about.
How it works:
Here’s a sample tweet you can just copy and paste if you want:
Then, to enter to win one of the many great prizes, sign up here and then tweet about the prizes, your favorite ÜberConference feature, or whatever you want to share. Make sure to use the unique link you are given when signing up so you get credit for the followers you convert to sign up: Sign up here and then tweet to enter to win.
You will automatically get a month of ÜberConference Pro free just for sharing on Facebook and Twitter. However, the more you share your unique link you get when you sign up and then get others to sign up, the more chances you have to win the Evernote notebook, Jawbone headset or iPad Mini. We will be giving out all the prizes over the three weeks of this giveaway.
It was great being at ITEXPO last week. We met a lot of interesting people at the event and had a great time!
ÜberConference was proud to be a sponsor of StartUpCamp7, a great event for early-stage communications companies to showcase cutting-edge technologies and business ideas. Our CEO, Craig Walker, was one of the judges. He was also part of the panel, The Future of Service Providers – Dumb Pipes or Global Leaders. Here are some pics from the event.
If you were at the event you would have also seen that ÜberConference was sponsoring the front and back of the badges at the event. For those who weren’t there, here is how it looked:
“Man is by nature a social animal; an individual who is unsocial naturally and not accidentally is either beneath our notice or more than human. Society is something that precedes the individual. Anyone who either cannot lead the common life or is so self-sufficient as not to need to, and therefore does not partake of society, is either a beast or a god. ” — Aristotle, “The Politics”
When you sit down and think about it, many of the greatest accomplishments of the human race are collaborative efforts. The cathedrals of medieval France. MGM musicals like “Singing in the Rain” or “Royal Wedding”. Democracy. The Renaissance. A Double Double Cheeseburger with Fries from In ‘N Out Burger.
These are things that could only have been created by a group effort, human beings working together.
Why? Because we are, as Aristotle observed more than 2,300 years ago, social animals. We live a common life together.
So if we live a common life together and are, at heart, social animals, why do so many teleconferences not work? What, exactly, causes them to be disappointing failures? I think I can confidently state that it is not because we are either beasts nor gods.
What causes many teleconferences to fail is a combination of insufficient technology and basic human politeness. There are what I call “the pain points of teleconferencing.” And they are solvable problems.
1. Set an agenda. Stick to it.
Unless the teleconference is between NFL owners, nobody gets to talk about the Super Bowl.
Before your next teleconference, send out an agenda to everyone. These are items we will be discussing, and this is the order in which we’ll be discussing them. People are busy, and while your teleconference may in fact be the most important part of their work day, it is not the only part of their work day. Nothing kills a teleconference quicker than desultory talk about the weather, the latest flu outbreak or last night’s episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” We all have other things to do today besides chit chat right now. Stay on point, stick to the agenda, finish the call.
2. People are going to arrive late. Deal with it.
It’s just going to happen: people are going to show up late. They’ll have a million good reasons. We don’t need to hear them. We also don’t need to recap what’s been discussed already.
Think of it this way: somebody shows up late to Mass. The priest doesn’t stop the proceedings, introduce everyone, and then recap what’s happened so far. No. If you show up late, you check where in the liturgy (agenda) we are, listen in and catch up on your own.
There’s no reason a teleconference can’t operate that way either.
3. Use technology that works.
Teleconferencing technology should do the following:
— allow automatic sharing of documents during the call
— visual identification of who is speaking and participating
— late entrants can join without interrupting — or stopping — the call
If your teleconferencing system can’t do these things, your calls are going to be less effective, more painful for the callers, and, ultimately, less collaborative.
We’re human beings. We’re social animals. We’re working on a problem together. Any technology you are using that disrupts collaborative work is anti-social and goes counter to who we are in our essence.