Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 .

UberConference is shortlisted for the second year in the row at The Cloud Awards! This year UberConference is being considered for Most Promising Start-Up and Web Services Excellence.

Identifying and celebrating excellence in the field of cloud computing, the cloud computing awards program encourages entries from across the entire globe – the US, Canada, Australasia and EMEA regions. UberConference is proud to be considered a global leader in the telecommunications industry and start-up community.

Winners will be chosen and announced on January 28, 2014. We would like to extend the best of luck to all nominated!

 

Monday, December 17th, 2012 .

Visual conference calls on your phone? There is an app for that. And it’s free!
imageWe are excited to announce the release of iPhone and Android apps for UberConference.   The new apps have the cool features that make UberConference great for conference calls, and are specifically designed for the mobile experience.  It’s simple to keep track of your calls, create instant conferences on the fly, and run conferences smoothly wherever you are, right from your phone.

Creating an instant conference from your phone has never been easier. With the UberConference mobile apps, it’s simple to add the people you already have in your contacts to get started.  UberConference will send out all the details, and there’s even the option to have the app dial out to all the participants automatically to join them into the call. No need to worry about anyone missing the message or forgetting the call.  This dial out feature is part of UberConference Pro, but it’s free with the mobile apps.

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There are a number of useful call control features at your fingertips when you need them on your conference call; even if you spend most of the time with the phone to your ear.

  • Mute or earmuff participants
  • Add people to the call
  • Turn call recording on and off.
  • If you have earphones or a headset it’s even easier see who’s talking at any moment and take more advantage of the integrated social features to learn more about the people in the call. Just click on the participant to see more from their connected Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google + profiles.

Radically improve the conference call experience from your mobile device. You’re going to love UberConference! Get the app now for your iPhone or Android phone.

Download the UberConference iPhone app

Download the UberConference Android app

Friday, March 14th, 2014 .

UberConference is a super proud sponsor of the SXSW VentureBeat and Buzzstarter Win30s contest, where startups compete for a chance to win investments, prizes, press and more by submitting their company video pitch and promoting it across all social media channels. Videos with the most votes and shares win.

We praise creativity here at UberConference, and can’t wait to see what each startup comes up with.

Fans can vote until Wednesday March 19th, and you can find the daily winners of Win30s at VentureBeat.com/tag/sxsw. Other category winners and the overall winner will be announced on Monday March 24th.

Best of luck to all those who enter!

Monday, July 14th, 2014 .

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There’s a powerful and remarkable management tool available to you right now. It’s in your pocket, just sitting there getting covered with lint and scratched up by your house keys.

It’s your smartphone.

And what’s even better, you can run your business without even being in the office.

How do I know?  We do it at Firespotter Labs.  Our company has launched two major products (NoshList, a restaurant seating app, and UberConference, a conference calling app) and are about to launch another product (more on that later). And most days, we rarely have a full complement of engineers, designers, and management in the office.  In fact, two days a week everyone works remotely.

There is a distinctly practical reason for this: not being in the office prevents meetings. There is nothing intrinsically evil with meetings. Sometimes, we need to get physically get together to go over where we are on projects, build group understanding and consensus on how to move forward, and to encourage personal camaraderie and a sense of teamwork.

But meetings also take up time.  Time that is diverted from working on our products.  We have found that a sometimes remote workforce that can quickly assemble in our offices is the most effective way for us to manage our company.

Here are the four key tools accessible on your smartphone that can help you  manage a staff while being mobile:

1. Use cloud-based apps for documents.  We use Google Docs for documents and spreadsheets and Dropbox and Box for sharing documents. You can fully control who has access to these documents, and who has edit privileges.  Google Docs allows us to share documents immediately without email.

2. Use a project management app.  We use Asana.  Tasks are posted, deadlines assigned, and the person responsible is listed.  Everyone knows can see what everyone else is working on and when it is due.

3. Use a chat or messaging app.  We use Gchat.  Even in the office — which is an open office with employees sitting at stations on long tables — we use Gchat to communicate with each other individually with requests, questions, etc.

4. Use a conference call app.  For obvious reasons, we use our own product, UberConference.  We conference with each other many times every day– linking each other on calls, many times with employees spread all over the country — to touch base on particular issues or to hold meetings.  It is our intimacy with the needs of businesses in conference calling applications that drives our design of this product.

All of these tools are accessible from your smartphone. You can be anywhere and with your smartphone you can use these tools to effectively manage your staff and move your business forward. Especially with remote teams in different cities, it’s the future of work.

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 .

We’ve just upgraded UberConference to High Definition (HD) audio.  Anyone who joins a conference call from their computer now sounds absolutely fantastic.  As if our visual interface wasn’t enough, now you’ll really want to connect to calls through your computer.

Call into your next conference call on Chrome to experience the difference. Schedule your call now!

For now, Google Chrome is required to enjoy Audio HD. We’re working on adding support for Firefox.  As more browsers support WebRTC, we’ll add them too.