Ring2 specializes in phone- and web-based conferencing, recently bundled with medical services for BlackBerry. Their mobile solution allows users to participate in and control phone conferences from anywhere. Using a BlackBerry, you can be instantly notified when someone joins a conference and see a list of all participants. If you don’t recognize a name, you can drop them from the conference entirely or place them on hold, and even mute users if background noise interferes with the call. Finally, you can save the entire conference to MP3 for later retrieval. Hopefully we’ll get to see some new features at their booth at WES.
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Remember when we visited iotum awhile back? They’re the developers of Talk-Now, which lets you check the availability status of peers, as well as set your own. In addition to being able to set alerts for when someone’s status changes, you can make calls directly from their contact list user interface. Anyway, that’s old news. Lately, iotum has been working on a Facebook application for free conference calls with your friends, which, needless to say, is awesome. (Hey, while you’re off checking the app, why dont’cha join BBCool’s Facebook page too?) Obviously this has impressed someone with deep pockets, since Verdexus General Partner Randall Howard has bought his way onto iotum’s board of directors as chairman for an undisclosed amount. Although we might have a soft spot for local companies, they’re pumping out innovative software based on platforms we know and love, so it’s good to hear iotum’s getting the funding to keep doing their thing.
After the numbers released by RIM today, BBCool is hyped for the RIM investors conference call. On the line today we have Jim Balsillie, RIM’s Co-CEO and Edel Ebbs, VP of Investor Relations. It’s about to start now, hold on folks!
5:03 – Looks like they’re doing call prep — outlining the focus of the conference call, and laying out all the legal mumbo jumbo to cover their ass. Enough with this, bring on the Jim Dog!
5:05 – Nice, Balsillie! Jim Dog’s mentioning the stock split and the successful launch of the Curve, 8800 and 8830. Jim’s also expecting RIM to ship their 20M BB this summer. These are pretty huge numbers for our plucky little company from Waterloo.