Saturday, February 9th, 2013 .

Learn how to add UberConference lines as “resources” in Google Calendar to quickly add UberConference meeting information to Google Calendar events.

At LTech we email, schedule, and manage our documents exclusively in the Google Apps Cloud.

As a Premier Google Apps Reseller and Amazon Consulting Partner, we’re always looking to find ways for our clients to take advantage of cloud-based business tools to help them streamline all aspects of their business.

UberConference was a natural fit for us. It allowed us to replace our old conference bridge service with a cloud-based service that was integrated with Google Apps.

Since we do all of our scheduling through Google Calendar, we decided to add our UberConference lines as “resources” in Google Apps. By doing this, we were able to “book” the UberConference line in Google Calendar through the “Book a Room” feature.  The UberConference dial-in number and URL was then automatically inserted into the Google Calendar invite and sent to our customers.

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The setup process only took about twenty minutes.   Here’s how we did it:

  1. We created a spreadsheet with a row for each of our team member’s UberConference phone numbers, PINs and custom URLs.
  2. We logged into our Google Apps control panel with Administrator access and added each conference line as a “resource” to Google Calendar.  You can learn more about adding resources to Google Calendar by following this link.  A Google Calendar resource is anything you can schedule that isn’t an event, like a car, a computer or a bridge line.image
  3. We then changed the sharing settings for each resource to “see all event details” so that the bridge lines could be viewed and booked by all LTech team members.

When an employee is hired or terminated, we simply add or remove their bridge line resource from Google Calendar.

Now, when we need to schedule a meeting with UberConference, we simply click “Rooms,etc.” in the calendar event and click Add but our personal UberConference bridge line.

This method allows us to quickly schedule and share UberConference meeting information more efficiently because we can do it all from the Google Calendar interface.
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Our guests then receive a calendar invitation with the meeting URL and phone line.  When it’s time to start the meeting, we log into UberConference and click “New Conference” to send out the invites again, but guests can also just dial in with the open PIN without the conference being created beforehand.

Please tweet us at @ltech if you have a question about booking UberConference resources.

You can learn more about LTech and our services at Ltech.com or by following us at @ltech.

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 .

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.imageOur 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.

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Thursday, November 8th, 2012 .

We have been taking care of business at ÜberConference this past month…literally!  It’s exciting to announce a set of new features that further optimize how UberConference can be used across businesses and organizations.  We launched ÜberConference for Google Apps, rolled out toll free ÜberConference numbers, and now offerÜberConference Business accounts.

If your business is like ours and you have different conference callsgoing on at the same time, you probably need more than one ÜberConference account.  With ÜberConference Business, you can sign up for multiple ÜberConference Pro accounts at once.  It’s simple to manage all the billing in one place, and you can control who has access to your organization’s ÜberConference accounts.  It’s as easy as managing email accounts for your domain.

When you sign up, you can select the number of accounts you need and the type of accounts you would like. It’s $10 a month for each local dial in number account and $20 a month for toll free numbers. Both options include all the ÜberConference Pro features.

Once you have your accounts, you can assign them to people in your organization by entering their email addresses.  Emails will be sent with the basic instructions and a link for choosing an account name, password, and dial in number.  The admin panel also makes it simple to reassign accounts if a person leaves the account or add and delete accounts depending on how many you need over time.

If you use Google Apps, don’t forget to check out the UberConference App in the marketplace. It makes it even easier for people in your company to use ÜberConference from the More link in your corporate Gmail and Google Apps.

Are there ways we can make ÜberConference even better for your business?  We’d love to hear from you. We are also happy to help you get started or with any questions you have on the right solution for your company. Just shoot us an email at sales@uberconference.comand we’ll get back to you right away.

Monday, November 19th, 2012 .

Nominations are open for the Crunchies, TechCrunch’s annual competition and award ceremony to recognize and celebrate the most compelling startups of the year.  This year there’s a new category on the list, Sexiest Enterprise Startup. We’re in it to win it on this one, but we need your help to get there. If you think we’re sexy and you know it, please take a moment to head on over to the Crunchies nominationspage and vote for us for Sexiest Enterprise Startup 2012!

Why vote for us:
Enterprise software doesn’t need to be ugly and clunky.  At ÜberConference, good design and ease of use has been a central part of our philosophy, and it has paid off.  Before our launch, little had changed in audio conferencing in years…people would carry around cards with long PIN numbers and struggle through rounds of “Who just joined?” and “Who said that?” during calls.

ÜberConference’s social caller ID and unique visual interface changes all of that.  Everyone invited to an UberConference call can dial in without PINs, see who’s on the call and who’s talking, and learn more about others on the call.  Plus, call organizers can run meetings smoothly with a full set of features you can just click to use.

ÜberConference is free to try and businesses and enterprises of all sizes can sign up for and manage multiple accounts as easily as managing email through a simple online tool. You can even use it right from Gmail if your company uses Google Apps.

How sexy is that?

Help support the cause by heading over to the Crunchies nominations. Every vote counts.  You can vote multiple times (once a day), so please vote today and keep voting!

Vote now!

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 .

Brian Peterson is VP of Product Engineering and co-founder at Switch Communications, specializing in web development, cloud services and databases. Before Switch Communications, Brian was at Google for eight years, where he spent most of his time working on the Google Voice team and leading the transition of GrandCentral’s technology onto Google’s infrastructure.  

Brian Peterson and John Rector, co-founders of Switch Communications

We built both UberConference and Switch.co on Google Cloud Platform using WebRTC. Our goal from the beginning was to bring innovation to some of the obvious problems with conference calls and business phone systems, making them relevant and useful again. We wanted to develop our products for the way we work today — faster, more mobile, and across multiple platforms and devices. WebRTC helped us do that.

WebRTC is a free, open project that enables web browsers (right now, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera) with Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities.

Why is that cool?

It’s cool because it’s a way to get very high-quality, secure VoIP to your browser (for free), without having to install any extra plug-in.

WebRTC uses the Opus Codec, which offers the best audio experience out there. Not only does it give your Switch.co and UberConference calls HD audio, but it also handles dynamic network conditions by adjusting to the available bandwith wherever you are.

UberConference was one of the earliest WebRTC adopters, launching at Google I/O in 2013 — just one week after Google released it. With WebRTC implemented into UberConference, our users can connect to their calls in real-time without having to leave their browsers and make international calls through the browser at no cost.

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For similar reasons, Switch.co uses WebRTC for voice communication through your desktop. It’s available without any extra software across Windows, Mac, Chromebooks, and even Linux, and because of its cross-platform capabilities, WebRTC allowed us to deploy the Switch.co native app instantaneously across all platforms, instead of having to build separately for each one. It allows for a more streamlined experience for developers, but also lets us roll out the app faster for users on any platform.

Because Switch.co is a Chrome web app, WebRTC is already built in and users only need to have Chrome to use it. Just like with UberConference, it gives Switch.co users HD audio and lets them call internationally for free when making and answering calls from the desktop.

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WebRTC is game changing, and it’s paving the way for whole new types of web applications like Switch.co and UberConference. We do our best to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to advancing the quality and accessibility of our products, and as the WebRTC standard becomes available in more browsers, we plan to build accordingly.