17 Feb RealTimeWeekly #15
We’ve got a wide range of articles this week covering Twilio, PubNub, secure WebRTC chats and datachannels, and more.
As always, if you have tips, announcements, or suggestions, please contact me directly at Arin@AgilityFeat.com.
Thanks for reading!
Latest Business News
BBC Business News
Feb 14 2014
Rakuten purchases skype rival Viber, and talks about integrating it as an instant messaging experience into e-commerce and gaming applications. Not only is this a big purchase, but it shows the convergence of communications tools directly into the web experience of other tools. Also covered by SFGate/Bloomberg
Annlee Ellingson, LA Biz
Feb 14 2014
Interesting application of Twilio in the online dating site eHarmony to allow for secure private connections between potential dates. Using Twilio’s API means that eHarmony can give out a fake phone number to your potential date that will ring to your real phone – that way if you decide you aren’t interested in going on future dates with that person you can cut the cord without having ever given up any personal information.
Eric Krapf, NoJitter
Feb 7 2014
“Why should awareness of WebRTC be higher? Two reasons: The history of consumerization of IT, and the evolution of the WebRTC ecosystem itself.”
Jan 29 2014
“WebRTC is then a high-speed chairlift, enabling the user and agent to use their time skiing down the mountain, rather than struggling to get to the top of the mountain. A ski lift that saves the contact center, and the businesses that it serves, a lot of money (agent time).”
Phil Edholm, NoJitter
Feb 10 2014
“The new legacy-to-Hangouts gateway can tie in existing systems, while also offering a model for migrating to WebRTC-based platforms.”
David Auerbach, Slate.com
Feb 12 2014
This article is a bit out of the norm for what we link to from RealTimeWeekly, but brings up some very interesting UX/design thoughts around chat tools. The author was a developer behind the “so and so is typing” feature in one of the earliest internet chat tools, and tells an interesting story about why that feature exists and why many people love to hate it.
Health News Digest
Feb 11 2014
An interesting example of how real time messaging might be used in healthcare to create innovative solutions for gathering sensor data from your body. I also found this older video about the device mentioned in the health study: LAPTOP-HF.
Tsahi Levent-Levi, BlogGeek.me
Feb 13 2014
Interesting interview with founder of a WebRTC DataChannel based solution for peer to peer meetings that because they are based on WebRTC, are completely secure and (at least in theory) cannot be tapped into anyone outside of the two browsers communicating with each other.
Tutorials and Tech Articles
Dan Ristic, HTML5Rocks
Feb 4 2014
Dan Ristic provides a great tutorial on how to use the DataChannel api of WebRTC to send data between two browsers.
Konstantin Shtondenko, Pics.io
Jan 8 2014
“Six weeks ago we launched Live.pics.io, a free web-service to share photos and images the new way. The technology part of it is extremely interesting because it leverages one of the newest web-technologies (Web Real-Time Communications). This post tells about technical challenges we overcome during Live development.”
Dan Ristic, PubNub
Feb 6 2014
Using real time transactions in PubNub as an example, Dan shows how they use WebGL to visualize them in real time.
Josh Robert Nay, TruTower
Feb 10 2014
Reliable Real-Time Transaction Processing Now a Reality for Big Data as WANdisco Launches Non-Stop HBase
Feb 11 2014