New Client and Beam updates to address the OpenSSL bug ‘Heartbleed’.

Recently, a security vulnerability known as ‘Heartbleed‘ was discovered in certain versions of OpenSSL, an encryption library that a majority of internet services rely on for secure communications.  All customers are encouraged to read official details of the Heartbleed bug. Suitable Technologies has engaged in a thorough review of this bug to assess impact on services, Beams and clients. In an endeavor to protect customers and in due accordance with industry best practices, Suitable has taken the following steps:

  1. Patched all of our servers to non-vulnerable versions of OpenSSL.
  2. Replaced all SSL certificates with new certificates. These certificates were generated from fresh RSA key-pairs, and all prior certificates have been revoked.
  3. Enabled Perfect Forward Secrecy on our web servers.
  4. Released a new, non-vulnerable version of the Beam client software for Windows. Mac OS X clients are not vulnerable.  We strongly recommend that you upgrade immediately.
  5. A new, non-vulnerable version of our Beam SPD software has been released.  Your Beam will receive the update automatically.

Suitable has no reason to believe that any data or credentials have been compromised in any way. However, as a precautionary measure and per security best practices, we strongly recommend that you upgrade your client and then change your password immediately. We will continue to monitor this carefully and we will post further information here, on our blog. Please contact our support team at support@suitabletech.com if you have further questions.

Enterprise Connect 2014

Beam went coast to coast last week at Enterprise Connect in Orlando, Florida; a conference focused on connecting people in the workplace.

For three days, our team beamed in from Palo Alto, California and Kansas City, Missouri, joining Greg and Erin on the conference floor. As the conference got underway and the tech-savvy crowd filed through the doors, our team noticed something different from previous conventions… more people than ever knew about Beam and remote presence technology! We enjoyed fun and informative conversations with Enterprise Connect attendees. We explained how Beam recreates the “human experience”, facilitating face-to-face conversations for those unable to be present.

As day two of Enterprise Connect came to an end, we realized that a trip to Orlando wouldn’t be complete without visiting Disney World. Thanks to the 4G compatibilities of BeamPro, Emily and Cameron Beamed in around Downtown Disney. Once they arrived at DisneyWorld, they were greeted by a plethora of astonished children and parents. It only took minutes before Cameron and Emily felt like celebrities, taking pictures with the intrigued crowd and showcasing the benefits of Beam.

Enterprise Connect was not only an awesome trip, but also a reminder that our remote presence technology is continuing to become prominent everyday. Here at Suitable  Technologies, we are happy to be leaders and innovators in this exciting and rapidly evolving realm.

‘Til next time, Orlando!

 

VISA DBP Conference

Earlier today, Jennifer Olayon beamed into Diversity Best Practices Conference in Foster City, CA, all the way from New York City. Erin from Suitable and Jenn from Working Mother (via Beam) took the stage to explain the benefits of remote working. With Beam, a company can keep remote workers engaged and allow them to have a presence in the team. Although Jenn works in New York, she was able to attend the conference in California and be a part of the event and interact with her colleagues.

It was a great conference; key note speakers discussed ideas on how to recognize, retain, and promote diversity in the work field. Beam was one of the solutions to grow diversity, create innovation and advancement. We had a fun time hanging out with the attendees and speakers there, thanks for having us Working Mother Magazine!

Special shoutout to Jenn from Working Mother for Beaming into the event! :)

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Beaming in to see the Big 12 Games

What a wild ride!!

Last Friday, Sara got to experience the Big 12 games in Kansas City, Missouri. Hanging out with our friends Lisa and Lonnie, Sara got to cruise the Power and Light District and see the beautiful downtown via Beam connected by 4G LTE.

There was a whole lotta red and blue walking around Kansas City enjoying their football, spirits, and community. We posted up at Pizza Bar to enjoy some food and drinks. Sara rocked the dance floor with her spin moves and got quite the chuckle. As a dancer, Sara was stoked that the Beam was so easy to maneuver.

Sara was able to check out the whole bar and was amazed at how huge the space was, perfectly laid out with stadium seats and huge screens. People there got a kick out of the novelty with Beam. Go Midwestern hospitality! It was Sara’s first time in Kansas City but definitely not her last. She had a blast and let’s see where she Beams to next.

Good people, great city, fun basketball. Go Beam!

Party it up @ SXSW

Last week, we were at SXSW, celebrating awesome music, film, and interactive technologies with more than 300,000 attendees. From Palo Alto to Austin, we brought 4 BeamPros there and our booth created quite a stir. Many people, even kids (the youngest driver was 3), test-drove our device in Kansas City. As depicted, Beams are children-friendly and they are great educational tools to teach kids about the power and future of technology.

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Our booth was right next to the New York Times and Greg beamed in to take pictures with the crowd at their photo booth. We even made it to the front page (click here)!

We were part of the Block Party that was hosted on Tuesday. We attached bamboo baskets (great party trays) to the Beams and gave out Ghirardelli chocolates. We thought we should represent San Francisco while we were at SXSW.

On the fourth day, we brought 2 Beams out to Downtown Austin so our colleagues who couldn’t make it to SXSW can Beam in. Brianna and Summer toured around 6th street, stopped by a few bars, and even checked out the Downtown Fire Department.

ENJOY! :)

Meet Henry Evans

Henry Evans, a Stanford MBA and former Silicon Valley CFO, suffered a severe stroke-like attack leaving him mute and quadriplegic. He now pioneers the use of new technologies to help people with disabilities become more self sufficient. Recently, we had a chance to spend time with Henry at the Stanford Assistive Technologies Faire via Beam. 

“If you want something, you look for options.
If you don’t want it, you look for excuses.”
- Henry Evans

Stanford Football is Ahead of the Game

Under the guidance of Head Coach David Shaw, Stanford Football has undeniably grown into one of the nation’s most elite athletic programs.  Last week, we were very excited to hear that Coach Shaw attended a meeting from 2,300 miles away via Beam.

ESPN and Sports Illustrated also covered the story:

http://espn.go.com/blog/pac12/post/_/id/69671/david-shaw-attends-meeting-in-robot-form

http://college-football.si.com/2014/02/21/david-shaw-is-really-a-robot/

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After the meeting, Coach Shaw did what no other video conferencing system allows a person to do–he walked down the hallway and visited with staff.

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Your move, Saban.

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