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.

Thursday, October 25th, 2012 .

Great news for Google Apps users!  Now you can get ÜberConferencein the Google Apps marketplace, and run it right from your business Gmail or other Google Apps.  Once you add the ÜberConference App, everyone in your Google Apps domain will be able to see ÜberConference in the “More” drop down list of the menu bar.  Just click to log into ÜberConference whenever you need it.

For those that don’t already have an UberConference account, a new one will be created with the user’s Google Apps email.  Gmail contacts will also be automatically synched, making it even easier to get started with UberConference.   When you create conferences you can just type in a few letters to bring up matching names from your contacts and click to add them to the call. UberConference takes care of sending out all the conference info to the email addresses and phone numbers you have saved for your contacts, and authenticates them based on their phone numbers so they can join your conference without entering PINs.

We have had a lot of interest around people wanting to use UberConference in more ways across their businesses and organizations, and think the new Google Apps feature is a first step in doing more in this area.  More enterprise features are coming soon.

Friday, February 21st, 2014 .

I have eight (8) children, now mostly grown. Two live in New York City — Brooklyn, to be exact — one lives in Washington, D.C., one lives and works on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation in South Dakota, one goes to college in Minnesota and another is in South Africa, and my two youngest live in Germany. I live in Berkeley, CA. The nine of us regularly do Skype Group Calls, and there is nothing I love more than seeing all eight of them in a group call. Take my word for it, they are all incredibly beautiful-looking children.That pretty much covers my need for video calling. The rest of you? I don’t really want to look at you when we talk on the phone. Nothing personal… oh, okay, it is something personal. It’s not that I don’t like you. It’s just that, well, I’d prefer imagining how you look.

And here’s how I picture you: you’re looking great. Your hair is perfect and you’re dressed in a casual yet elegant manner that bespeaks the quality of you as a person.In addition, if I’m going to talk to you on the phone, I kinda don’t want to spend anytime making sure I look good. I just want to sound good. I want you to imagine me the way I’m imagining you. I want to sound smart and competent and brilliant and insightful and piercing in my analysis, or — depending on the situation — maybe a little sexy. Even if I’m wearing that ratty University of New Mexico Football sweatshirt with holes in the armpits that I got at a thrift store eight years ago, and my hair is a mess, and I haven’t showered since Tuesday. You don’t need to see that. No one needs to see that. Frankly, it’s upsetting enough to me that I look like this, and I certainly don’t want to inflict it on you.

A couple of months ago, I did a video call with my writing partner on a film project. We had never met, but had corresponded and done a lot of work together via email and Google Docs, and I felt completely comfortable with him as a partner. Then we did the Skype video call. His hair was a mess and his nose was bright red from a cold… and he was lying in bed! To be honest, that killed it for me. It felt as if I were lying in bed with him. And he was sick! I did not want to be lying in bed with a sick guy talking about the second act break. I didn’t.

“Can we continue this call tomorrow?” I asked.

“Why?” he said.

“You’re sick and in bed,” I said. “And I kinda feel like I’m in bed with you right now and I might catch what you have..” And so we ended what had been up to that point a productive call.

Look, I don’t want to come across as Mr. Fussbudget Himself, Felix Unger, and certainly the technology exists to make video conference calling simple and convenient.

But don’t you sometimes wish you were just doing an audio-only conference call? That way, all of us could be sitting in our PJs at home, and we could all be imagining that everyone else looks as good as they sound. These are smart and brilliant and handsome people I’m working with, you can think to yourself, without reality — messy hair and ratty t-shirts and dingy living rooms — ruining it for everyone.

Monday, March 24th, 2014 .

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UberConference has been featured in the business section of the Apple App Store. Our brand new iOS app gives Apple users an easier, more effective way to stay connected while on-the-go. The app offers some of the great capabilities you can find on our web browser:

Instant Conferences: Choose participants, and they’ll be dialed to join your conference right away.
Conference Summaries: After your call, you’ll get a summary with all the details of the call.
Schedule Conferences: You can send invites for a scheduled conference, just like on the web.
Call Recording: You can record your calls and listen to MP3s of them later.
See the Conference: The conference page shows you who’s on the call and who’s talking.
Social Profiles: While on a call, see your participants’ LinkedIn profiles and more.

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Thursday, March 27th, 2014 .

ABA

 

Be sure to stop by the UberConference Booth #87 at the ABA Tech Show in Chicago from March 27-29. This year the theme is “Bringing Lawyers & Technology Together“. To recap, UberConference does just that with three features that truly highlight what lawyers need in a conference calling solution. Our CEO Craig Walker, recently posted on this topic and here’s a quick recap:

1. Know who is on the call.
UberConference allows you to see who, exactly, is on this call. These are private, important issues you’re dealing with. You need to know who is on the call, and whether they belong there.

2. Know exactly how long the call lasted.
With UberConference call tracking, you have a record of how long the call actually lasted no matter which phone you used to dial into the call. Lots of firms have ways to track hours on conference calls, but those solutions are limited to your desk phone or require you to enter a useless PIN number for each call. Only UberConference does this automatically every time.

3. Lock the call.
Once you’ve started an UberConference, we show you every person who has dialed into your call. With UberConference, we let you lock in (and more importantly — lock out) participants. Once you have the right people on the call, just hit the lock icon (or press ** from your phone) and nobody else can join your conversation.