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RealTimeWeekly #76


20 Apr RealTimeWeekly #76

Lots of interesting WebRTC news this week! Twilio has announced a WebRTC offering, and Facebook Messenger is also using WebRTC for video chats in compatible browsers. In addition Google’s DataFlow toolkit has been opened up to developers for real time data analytics. Plus articles using websockets, arduino, and more!

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This week’s Real-Time news

Twilio Brings WebRTC-Based Video Chat To Its Cloud Communications Platform


Frederic Lardinois, TechCrunch
Apr 14 2015
Twilio has launched a beta WebRTC service that allows you to integrate video into your applications alongside their voice calling and text messaging API’s. This is a big entry into the WebRTC space and it will be very interesting to see how it works out. Learn more about it on Twilio’s website.

WebRTC’s March Towards Cloud Communication Platforms


Alex Gouaillard, Temasys
Apr 20 2015
Alex is the CTO of Temasys, a WebRTC platform provider. He provides interesting insights into the Twilio announcement from the perspective of a competitor and what it means for the WebRTC community as a whole. Definitely worth a read.

Forget Whatsapp – Facebook Messages goes WebRTC – Big Time


Tsahi Levent-Levi,
Apr 13 2015
Facebook’s Messenger tool is using WebRTC for video chats. It’s interesting to note that they just ignore video calls on platforms that don’t support WebRTC. Tsahi points out why this is such a big deal, and why no one should be asking the question anymore “Is WebRTC ready?”

600k concurrent websocket connections on AWS using Node.js


Daniel Kleveros, Jayway
Apr 13 2015
Describes some configuration choices made in order to get as much power out of an AWS EC2 instance as possible using websockets. Make sure to read the comments as well for more interesting discussion.

Telepresence Robot – MacGyver Style


Michael Spiceland, Respoke
Apr 10 2015
The Respoke team shows off a telepresence robot using Arduino, Bluetooth, a tablet, and WebRTC for video/audio. And a gatorade bottle.

Concurrency: It’s Harder (and Easier) than You Think


Paul Butcher, InfoQ
Apr 10 2015
Presentation from the Code Mesh conference last year where Paul talks about why writing code with concurrent threads is so hard.

WebRTC – Democratization of Telecom Enabling New App Experiences



Peter Crocker, InfoQ
Apr 7 2015
Non technical article that provides a nice summary of WebRTC and use cases. The augmented reality example given is particularly interesting.

Google Tackles Big Data Through Updates To BigQuery & Dataflow


Adam Armstrong, Storage Review
Apr 16 2015
Google is formally opening up DataFlow to developers for real time data analysis. This post includes a nice architectural diagram showing how this fits within the full cloud stack of Google for big data and real time analytics around that data.

Everything you Wanted to know about QUIC as a WebRTC Data Channel Transport


Tsahi Levent-Levi,
Apr 20 2015
Tsahi discusses how and why Google wants to make QUIC into an IETF standard, as a transport protocol offering improvements over UDP and TCP, and which would benefit WebRTC signaling.

The WebRTC Troubleshooter:


Victor Pascual, webrtcH4cKS
Apr 20 2015
The Google team has developed a simple tool at, which you can use directly for call participants to use to test their WebRTC abilities when using your app. They have also made the code publicly available on GitHub and are encouraging people to take snippets from it to incorporate into the UI of your own application.

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