Plantronics and Poly Now Offer Microsoft Teams Natively on the Studio X Video Bars

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Plantronics and Poly announced Tuesday that the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50 video bars now run Microsoft Teams natively. Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50 are both now available for order with native Teams running right out of the box. Organizations that have already purchased and/or deployed the Poly Studio X and […]

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Hovercam’s Redesigned Flex 11 Fully Integrates With Zoom

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HoverCam announced that it has redesigned its Flex 11 software to integrate with Zoom fully. HoverCam was already compatible with Skype, Google Hangouts, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams. Now, teachers can initiate and schedule Zoom calls directly from HoverCam’s free, comprehensive document camera software. HoverCam’s redesigned Flex 11 document camera software now incorporates Zoom’s familiar […]

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New DTEN Me Is a Personal Collaboration Device Built Exclusively for Zoom

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DTEN ME is a new work-from-home (WFH) video collaboration device developed exclusively for Zoom. The $599 DTEN ME is a 27-inch display integrated as a personal Zoom Room of sorts. This is precisely the sort of personal collaboration device that rAVe’s Gary Kayye predicted in his post-COVID-19 feature back in April. Features of the DTEN […]

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Aveo Systems’ New Mira Connect Me Allows Users to Control AV Systems from Personal Devices

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Aveo Systems has introduced Mira Connect Me — patent-pending technology for all Mira Connect systems — that allows users to control their audiovisual systems from their smartphones, tablets and computers. Users who want the flexibility of using their own devices or prefer not to touch a shared touch screen can now access a room’s Mira […]

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ScreenBeam 1100 Plus Adds HDMI Switching in a Single Device

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ScreenBeam announced the release Tuesday of ScreenBeam 1100 Plus, adding an HDMI input to combine wireless display and HDMI switching in a single device and includes multi-user and role-based central management of devices to support large deployments with multiple sites and administrators. The ScreenBeam 1100 Plus wireless presentation system includes these features: There are three […]

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Extron Partners With GoTo for LogMeIn’s GoToRoom Conference Room Solution

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Extron announced Tuesday it has partnered with GoTo to integrate audio, video and control technologies with LogMeIn’s GoToRoom conference room solution. Basic Extron and GoToRoom systems include an Extron IP Link Pro processor that provides everything needed to control a wide variety of conferencing and audiovisual functions in a room with a Dolby Voice System. […]

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ClearOne Now Shipping COLLABORATE Versa Lite CT

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ClearOne announced it’s shipping the COLLABORATE Versa Lite CT, featuring a USB-audio enabled Beamforming Ceiling Tile Microphone Array (BMA CTH). This room solution is designed as an audio solution for cloud-based video collaboration applications such as COLLABORATE Space, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Webex, without the need for a DSP mixer. The system includes the company’s […]

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NEC Corporation Takes on Zoom and Microsoft Teams with New Univerge Blue Platform

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NEC Corporation of America has announced the availability of NEC UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT, a fully integrated and born-in-the-cloud UCaaS solution, and NEC UNIVERGE BLUE ENGAGE, a CCaaS solution for businesses of all sizes. UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT is a cloud-based communications system. It’s a video and audio platform that helps manage team communications and collaboration. UNIVERGE […]

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Bose Professional Announces ES1 Ceiling Audio Solution

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Bose Professional announced the Bose ES1 Ceiling Audio Solution. It’s an in-ceiling UCC audio system designed to compete with ClearOne and Shure — and it is now certified for Microsoft Teams. In addition to a Sennheiser component, the ES1 system includes three Bose products: the ControlSpace EX-440C Dante-enabled conferencing signal processor, the EdgeMax EM180 in-ceiling […]

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ScreenBeam Classroom Commander Now Available for Chromebook and Windows

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ScreenBeam announced Wednesday that its Classroom Commander platform is now available for both Chromebook and Windows 1:1 classroom environments. The ScreenBeam Classroom Commander is designed for one-to-one or one-to-many classrooms by combining wireless display with student device orchestration to improve lesson flow and collaboration. Supporting up to 50 student Windows or Chromebook devices and a […]

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Radial Engineering Releases BT-Pro V2 Bluetooth-Enabled Stereo Direct Box

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Radial Engineering dropped the new BT-Pro V2. It’s a Bluetooth-enabled stereo direct box that connects wirelessly to smartphones and tablets. It also provides a pair of balanced audio outputs to feed a PA system, studio interface or powered speakers. Applications include houses of worship, installed sound environments (gyms, dance studios), live sound environments, studios, DJ […]

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New Poly USB Headset Comes Equipped with Active Noise-Canceling Technology

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Poly (formerly Plantronics and Polycom) unveiled the latest addition Tuesday to the company’s Blackwire line. The Blackwire 8225 is a corded plug-and-play USB headset. It’s designed to reduce background noise and deliver uninterrupted communications so users can work from anywhere. Three settings of hybrid active noise-canceling (ANC) technology allow users to adjust, to fit their […]

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Collaboration Squared Upgrades “Always On” Video Window Portal

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Collaboration Squared has upgraded its always-on videoconferencing portal Video Window. Video Window is a platform that creates an extension of physical space for inter-office and remote employee communication. The new Video Window Office adds features attention-grabbing features by allowing users to tap on the screen to “knock” to the far side. (No calls to set […]

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Here’s What’s Going to Happen With Wireless Sharing/Wireless Collaboration Post-COVID-19

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By Adam Cox Futuresource Consulting It is not an exaggeration to say that the world as we know it will be forever changed once we emerge from the all-engulfing COVID-19, with one of the major shifts being how we choose to work effectively in the workplace moving forward. Ultimately, collaboration technology is at the center […]

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COVID-19 and the New Era of Online Video Conferencing

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By Adam Cox Futuresource Consulting Populations are adjusting to COVID-19, with social distancing orders having compelled people to find alternatives to face-to-face meetings. As a result, cloud video conferencing solutions have never been more popular. With hundreds of millions of people now working from home, vendors such as Cisco, Lifesize and Microsoft have responded to […]

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Crestron Adds Crestron Flex MX, a New UCC Appliance for BYOD or Native Microsoft Teams, Zoom Rooms

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Crestron’s new Flex MX is a UCC appliance that offers both native and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) capability. Crestron Flex MX allows companies to run native Microsoft Teams (UC-MX150-T) or Zoom Rooms (UC-MX150-Z) software or switch to BYOD mode for all other conferencing software. For organizations standardized on Microsoft Teams or Zoom Rooms, Flex MX delivers those […]

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T1V Intros T1V Hub, a Stand-alone Wireless Screen-Sharing Device

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T1V just launched T1V Hub (‘Hub’), its first stand-alone wireless screen sharing device, aimed at enterprise and education customers. The Hub leverages T1V’s AirConnect mobile app — a free download available to all Hub users — to enable meeting participants to connect and share content from their desktop and mobile devices. Output is 4K (3840×2160) […]

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LAVNCH WEEK UCC Panel: “What’s Next for UCC Integrators and Power Users?” — The Blog Version

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The UCC Panel of our LAVNCH WEEK Wednesday covered some things that everyone has been thinking about but maybe not talking about. “What’s Next for UCC Integrators and Power Users?” It’s one hell of a title because it’s something that keeps us all up at night — we’re living in a weird world right now […]

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Giant Security Update to Zoom Rolls Out Starting Today

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Today Zoom announced security enhancements with the upcoming general availability of Zoom 5.0, a key milestone in its 90-day plan to proactively identify, address and enhance the security and privacy capabilities of the Zoom platform. By adding support for AES 256-bit GCM encryption, Zoom will provide increased protection for meeting data and resistance against tampering. […]

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Facebook Just Entered the UCC Market (Sort-of) with Fully-Encrypted Messenger Rooms

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Although aimed at the consumer market, Facebook’s new Messenger Rooms feature allows you to invite anyone to join your video call, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. The company also said it’s end-to-end encrypted. Rooms will soon hold up to 50 people with no time limit. You can start and share rooms on […]

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How Will Installation Verticals Weather the Storm of COVID-19?

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By James Kirby Futuresource Consulting Through its research in recent years, Futuresource has identified the install audio markets as a key opportunity for brands across the professional audio industry, ranging from large system touring vendors, through to business music brands and conferencing microphone suppliers. However, as with many professional audio segments and other areas of […]

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Updated: How Zoom’s Recent Success Has Put Them Square in the Security Spotlight

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P.T. Barnum is credited for saying,”There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” You may have heard other variations of this old saying, such as “There’s no such thing as bad press.” Does this apply to recent headlines about Zoom? If you have lost track, I will do my best to summarize and put it all […]

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Verizon to Buy BlueJeans, the Rodney Dangerfield of Videoconferencing Companies

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Today Verizon announced that it will acquire BlueJeans, a cloud-based enterprise videoconferencing and event platform, pending regulatory approval. The transaction will combine BlueJeans’ meeting platform with Verizon’s UCaaS business immediately, according to the news release, and will be deeply integrated with Verizon’s 5G product roadmap. Here’s what rAVe founder Gary Kayye had to say: “The […]

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Hypersign’s New All-in-One UCC Application Integrates With Zoom and Webex Teams

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Hypersign’s new Huddleup is a new UCC application for its all-in-one Hypersign+ system. It’s a single-tap wrapper that integrates with Zoom, Whereby (formerly appear.in) and Webex Teams. Features include: Interactive whiteboarding: Whiteboarding is built directly into the application, so you don’t need traditional whiteboards in the meeting area. Live TV: Huddleup brings live TV to […]

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Flipping Training — Ideas for Better Adoption

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My oldest daughter is extremely smart.  She is artistic, creative and is an amazing writer. She does very well in school; however, her one challenge has always been math. She usually starts slow and then builds steam toward the end of the year. As parents, we always reinforce that the thing that matters most is […]

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David Labuskes, Eric Yuan to Keynote LAVNCH WEEK

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THE rAVe Agency, rAVe [PUBS] and Zoom are collaborating on a one-of-a-kind virtual event. If you receive our newsletter or follow us on social media, you’ve likely heard about it. LAVNCH WEEK (pronounced “launch” week) is a five-day virtual event focused exclusively on AV education through high-level keynotes, interactive discussion panels and new product launches. […]

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Key Digital Says KD-CAMUSB PTZ Camera Is COVID-19 Ready

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Key Digital says its KD-CAMUSB, a USB-based PTZ camera, is COVID-19-ready. Natively compatible with Skype, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, RingCentral and Google Hangouts the KD-CAMUSB is aimed at e-learning, virtual classrooms, worship, trainings and at-home performances. The KD-CAMUSB requires no additional software installation and is compatible with computers using Windows, MAC, and Linux operating systems. […]

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Key Digital’s PTZ USB Camera Brings Audiences Together

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MOUNT VERNON, NY – April 9, 2020 – In response to the global pandemic of Covid-19, Key Digital offers a look into how the company may be of service to help build a sense of normalcy within the requirements of mandatory teleconferencing. Key Digital, the leaders in digital video and control systems, recognizes the importance of […]

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Jabra Unveils New Range of UC Headsets

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Jabra announced its Evolve2 range of UC headsets this week. The new range consists of the Evolve2 85, Evolve2 65 and Evolve2 40 — all are aimed at the collaboration market. The headsets work with all leading UC platforms and are pending certification for Microsoft Teams. Evolve2 will integrate with software/monitoring vendors to allow IT […]

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Zoom Certifies Yamaha UC CS-700 Video Sound Bar

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SUDBURY, Mass. — March 26, 2020 — Yamaha Unified Communications today announced that its CS-700 Video Sound Bar is certified for use with Zoom Video Communications, Inc., Zoom Rooms. The all-in-one video conferencing system passed Zoom’s extensive testing process, ensuring the audio, camera, and USB interface seamlessly integrates with the video conferencing software. The certification verifies that […]

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Yamaha’s CS-700 Video Sound Bar Now Zoom-Certified

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Yamaha Unified Communications announced Thursday that its CS-700 Video Sound Bar is certified for use with Zoom Video Communications, Inc., Zoom Rooms. The certification verifies that the CS-700 is interoperable with Zoom. Designed for huddle rooms, the Yamaha CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System is a wall-mounted unit that features an adaptive beamforming microphone array for […]

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Vaddio Ships AV Bridge 2×1 High-Definition Streaming Solution

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Vaddio is now shipping the AV Bridge 2×1, a solution designed to make it easy to record and stream high-definition video and Dante audio networking with two HDMI inputs and multiple outputs. With two HDMI inputs, you can connect either two cameras or a camera and computer, easily switch sources, set side-by-side or picture-in-picture for […]

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