Gaming Accessories Market Growth Aided by a Growing End-User Group: At-Home Workers

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By Maxym Dmytriyev Futuresource Consulting According to Futuresource Consulting’s latest Gaming Headset Market H2 2021 report, the overall gaming accessories market is expected to grow 10% year-on-year in 2021, despite a deceleration in volume and value growth compared to 2020. Onset by the continuous efforts in combating COVID-19’s spread, work-from-home trends have supported market growth, […]

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Collaboration Is About Workflows — Not Screen Sharing

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As we navigate the reasons to get together in person, collaboration seems to be one of the main terms used as to why we still need physical spaces. We’ve seen a multitude of solutions pop up in this arena, typically consisting of a screen, cameras, microphone, speakers and screen sharing software. Some systems take this […]

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THE rAVe Agency and HB Live Inc. Partner to Create LAVNCH HYBRID

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THE rAVe Agency and HB Live Inc., a full-service event production company, have partnered to create LAVNCH HYBRID, an on-site and remote event production resource. LAVNCH combines virtual events, press conferences, shows, meetings, webinars and a publication to grab the audience’s attention — both in person and virtually. THE rAVe Agency unveiled LAVNCH nearly two […]

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Magnima Releases AirPoint Ring Wireless Wearable Mouse for Wireless Air Gesture Control

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Magnima released the AirPoint Ring, a wireless wearable mouse ring designed for teachers, trainers and presenters. The AirPoint Ring is a wireless wearable mouse that offers dual surface and air tracking, allowing users to change slides with air gestures. It also allows apps on a connected Mac, Windows, iPad or tablet to be controlled wirelessly. The […]

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Log4j Could Drive New Business for AV

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In late December, a flaw in software that is ubiquitous around the world was reported, and it sent cybersecurity pros into a frenzy and turned the hairs of technology pros gray. There are countless articles about this vulnerability, so I am not going to go deep into the technology of what occurs. Here is what […]

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AVI-SPL Announces Agreement To Acquire SKC Communications

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AVI-SPL announced a formal agreement to acquire SKC Communications, a Kansas City-based collaboration technology company, bringing together two companies focused on UCC. SKC’s expertise in cloud voice services and unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) adds to AVI-SPL’s solutions portfolio that enables hybrid work strategies. SKC will bring voice communication solutions such as IP telephony and headsets to […]

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Learning From the Exercise Industry

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After all the guessing, prognostication and assumptions, it actually happened. InfoComm 2021 took place in Orlando the last week in October. What surprised me most during the event was the social media banter that went back and forth between the “should” and “should not” crowds. That is those who thought that AVIXA “should have” InfoComm […]

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Protecting the Supply Chain to Serve Integrators and End Users

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By Bryce Dunn Audinate Supply chains — once solely the domain of product managers and procurement specialists — are now being discussed in the evening news as disruptions impact the availability of a wide range of consumer and commercial goods. Semiconductors, in particular, have been affected by a significant uptick in demand that has not […]

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SecuringAV: The iPhone Spyware Vulnerability

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What YOU Can Do To Prevent Hackers From Hijacking Your Smart Device’s Microphone   For each column in this series, rAVe writer Paul Konikowski takes a deeper dive into a recent security event or data breach, shedding light on supply chain vulnerabilities, infrastructure and cyber-physical security. OMG, did you watch the Apple “Unleashed” stream? No, not the […]

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Part 4: Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021 — Just Relax

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In Part 1 of my “Simple Expectations of InfoComm 2021” series of blogs, I explained some of the elements of how InfoComm 2021 will be like no other InfoComm we’ve had in history — for OBVIOUS reasons. In part 2, I explained why showing only one product in your booth is critical to success at InfoComm […]

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Conferences Need to Adapt to the New Normal

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Over the past couple of months, we have seen some in-person conferences begin to resume. The biggest in our industry, InfoComm, is coming up in just a few weeks. AVIXA has been very clear that unless it is told by authorities to cancel the show, the show will go on in person. Yet, there are […]

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Nominations Have Closed for 10th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

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Nominations for the Readers’ Choice Awards have now closed. Our next step is that we will open up voting for your favorite companies, products and more — so keep a lookout for next steps. We’ll announce the winners during rePLAY 2021 on Nov. 2-4, 2021. To learn more about rePLAY 2021 and to register, visit […]

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Create Opportunities for Young People to Enter the AV Industry

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One of the reasons I advocate for internship and apprenticeship opportunities for young people is because of the opportunities that I experienced myself as a young person starting out. When I graduated from high school, I enrolled in the tech program in college to become a chemical engineer.  I applied for and joined an organization […]

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Bridging the Gap: ITSM Tools for AV and IT

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Over the past several months at my institution, we have been implementing a new Information Technology Service Management Tool (ITSM). After looking at several different products, we chose to go forward with TeamDynamix. The cost is reasonable (not cheap, but reasonable), even for small higher ed institutions (like us). Cost was a factor in our […]

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PPDS Appoints Patrick VanTreese as Education Sales Manager for North America

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PPDS announced the appointment of Patrick VanTreese as its new education sales manager for North America. VanTreese will be responsible for developing and executing the company’s education division for PPDS in North America. Using his expertise in the EDU space, he is tasked with creating new business opportunities, partnerships, relationships and revenue streams while also […]

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Megan Dutta Joins THE rAVe Agency as LAVNCH Emerging Markets Director

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THE rAVe Agency just announced Megan A. Dutta as emerging markets director. Dutta brings more than 15 years of marketing, communications and leadership success to THE rAVe Agency. She will be instrumental in expanding rAVe LAVNCH to emerging markets and technologies. Dutta — former content director for Systems Contractor News (SCN) and Digital Signage Magazine, both […]

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SecuringAV: The Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Cyberattack — Part 2

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What motivates a hacker or group of cyberattackers? The answer is typically money. For each column in this series, rAVe writer Paul Konikowski takes a deeper dive into a recent security event or data breach, shedding light on supply chain vulnerabilities, infrastructure and cyber-physical security. The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack in May of 2021 caused […]

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Sony’s In-Person AV Tech Expo Did Not Disappoint

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I took my third business trip post-vaccination today and headed up to New York City for Sony’s first-ever AV Tech Expo at its 25 Madison Ave. location. I’d say it was worth the masking, walking and mouth-sweating (inside the mask). The expo was primarily focused on the new B (for high-brightness) and C (for high-contrast) […]

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SecuringAV: The Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Cyberattack — Part 1

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Why did the pipeline get shut down if the hackers only attacked the business end?  For each column in this series, rAVe writer Paul Konikowski takes a deeper dive into a recent security event or data breach, shedding light on supply chain vulnerabilities, infrastructure and cyber-physical security. By now, most people heard about the Colonial […]

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Part 1: A Simple Expectation of InfoComm 2021

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We’re fewer than 100 days from InfoComm 2021 week — the first InfoComm since 2019 and the first time two InfoComm shows will be in the same town two times in a row in over 20 years. I don’t think we need to review how and why we came to where we are with this […]

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DSE Is Back on — and DSE Advisory Board Is Announced

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The yet-to-be-renamed Digital Signage Expo (or DSE) will take place March 21-23, 2022 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center; now part of the Questex family of shows. The new DSE will be co-located with the Bar & Restaurant Expo (formerly Nightclub & Bar Show) and be aimed at an end-user audience, not […]

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Pitch Perfect in Berlin

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There’s no Anna Kendrick, but in many ways, it’s like a Hollywood movie. The collaborative presentation platform Pitch just raised $85 million more. Pitch began as just another startup in Berlin; it set out in 2018 to change the way we present and collaborate. Not exactly a new and novel idea. Hundreds of companies have […]

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rAVe To Use Patent-Pending Tech for Digital Coverage of InfoComm 2021; Register Today! 

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After a more than two-year hiatus (and you know why), InfoComm 2021 registration is finally open! Set for October 27-29, the show will be in its most familiar location: Orlando, Florida. For the first time in history, the show will be in the fall. This year marks the 24th time the show has been hosted […]

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I Miss ‘POT’ Calls

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Remember way back when, when phone calls didn’t include video? I miss these days. Unbeknownst to my clients — sans the occasional siren or Harley Davidson motorcyclist, there were many, many times where I would jump on a call with them and walk, and walk and walk while strategizing. I loved it. Not only was […]

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Unboxing the FLEX From Newline Interactive!

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Chances are, you’ve heard of the Newline FLEX — we even covered it last year when it was first unveiled on the market. The Newline FLEX is a solution completely designed for desktop collaboration. The 27-inch monitor includes capacitive touch, full device touchback capability (with palm rejection), USB Type C connectivity (with power) and an […]

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Rapid Shift to Distance Learning Drives Surge in Demand for Mobile Computing Solutions in Higher Ed

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By Claire Kerrison Futuresource Consulting The outbreak of COVID-19 forced higher education campuses across the world to adopt distance learning overnight. “The education technology industry has been one of the few to witness growth as a direct result of COVID-19,” said Claire Kerrison, senior market analyst, Futuresource Consulting. “This is reflected in the Futuresource Higher […]

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How the Chip Shortage Could Decimate the AV, UCC and Digital Signage Markets and How You Can Avoid Its Effects

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Do not underestimate what I am about to tell you. In case you haven’t been reading the tech sections of the newspapers lately, there’s a global semiconductor shortage (branded as the “chip shortage of 2021”) and, although it hasn’t affected our market yet, it will, starting in late July. So, who cares? Well, you’d better, […]

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HD Distributing Hires Mark Coxon As Western Regional Sales Director

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HD Distributing just hired Mark Coxon as its new Western regional sales director. Coxon will manage the HD sales efforts in the Western region, with an emphasis on the direct-view LED market.   Coxon will be responsible for driving revenue and increasing awareness across all of HD Distributing’s LED-focused solution set. He will also oversee rollouts […]

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ZeeVee Delivers on Gary Kayye’s Digital Canvasing Concept With new AV-over-IP Management Platform

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ZeeVee is upgrading its ZyPer Management Platform with new multiview, preset and grid features (aka: integrating rAVe’s own Gary Kayye’s “Digital Canvas” concept into its AV-over-IP platform). Version 2.2, designed for the company’s ZyPer4K (SDVoE, uncompressed 4K, 10 Gbps) and ZyPerUHD (JPEG2000, compressed, 1 Gbps) AV-over-IP encoders and decoders, enables source content to be simply […]

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LAVNCH & LEARN: ViewSonic — Collaborative Education and Workplace Solutions

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On March 31, THE rAVe Agency Founder and Director Gary Kayye was joined by ViewSonic’s Ryan Strayer, Dan Sharpe and Chris Graefe for another installment of our LAVNCH & LEARN sessions. The session — titled “Collaborative Education and Workplace Solutions” — aimed to discuss ViewSonic’s exciting new products designed to foster collaboration in workplace and […]

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LAVNCH WEEK 3.0: The End User Day Roundup

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While ProAV Day of LAVNCH WEEK 3.0 went exceedingly well (if you missed it, catch up here), we have to say we were equally excited about Wednesday’s End User Day. End users are a passionate and devoted audience in AV, UCC and Digital Signage, involved in verticals from higher ed to corporate to events and […]

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