Zoom Is the Apple of AV, Cisco Is Microsoft and Poly Is Motorola

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I had this thought back at Zoomtopia 2018, but after Zoomtopia 2019, it’s clear: Zoom is the Apple of the AV industry. Zoom is what? All of the eyes in AV were looking at Zoom yesterday. If you don’t believe me, look at the social stats of tweets and LinkedIn posts about Zoom Video Communications, […]

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Friction, SB-327 and Zoom’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Week

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Last week was an eventful one for Zoom. In less than twenty-four hours, we had: The revelation of multiple security vulnerabilities in the popular Zoom conferencing software A [now updated] defensive statement by Zoom, dismissing concerns related to same Public outcry A reversal of course and introduction of an immediate patch for one vulnerability and […]

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Where to Start With Cybersecurity

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On October 20th, 2018 Apple announced Group FaceTime for its iOS devices. Three weeks later, on Mon., Jan. 28th, Apple announced a major flaw in this new feature. If someone initiated a FaceTime call, and then added themselves to it, the phone of the original person would start transmitting their audio before they picked up. […]

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iRoom’s New Features Make iPad Docking Stations Smarter and More Secure

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iRoom recently added new features to iRoom’s iPad Docking Stations that can be activated through a firmware update. The new feature set improves iPad security and adds convenience in using the docking stations. Some of the features require communication with the iPad’s operating system and have been implemented by iRoom as an Apple-certified manufacturer. The […]

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Crestron Integration with Apple TV, Siri and HomeKit Announced

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Homeowners will soon be able to control Apple TV with their voices through Crestron remotes and use Siri to control their Crestron-driven home. Announced at Apple’s WWDC 2018 conference, Crestron Technology Professionals will soon be able to leverage the power of Apple TV, Siri, and HomeKit to enhance their clients’ lifestyles and user experience.  This new integration will bring two […]

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Apple Could Fail to Recapture K-12 Market for the Same Reason It Owns the SmartPhone Market

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Kids love the Apple iPhone. And most kids in schools who have smartphones have an iPhone — this, all while Android is the world’s leading smartphone platform. And, they mostly don’t use them as a phone. They text on them, Snapchat on them, they post on Instagram and they store their photos on them — lots of photos. And, […]

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Signagelive Can Use the Apple Mac for Digital Signage

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Signagelive now supports the Apple Mac through a partnership with Activate The Space. Signagelive for Mac is a cloud-based platform for scheduling, publishing and managing digital signage content and players. Activate The Space introduced ~sedna presenter to Times Square with landmark installations such as American Eagle, Express, Clear Channel Outdoor and dozens more. In addition to their outdoor projects, Activate […]

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Even Apple Sees the Future Is Services – Not Just Products

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I have been harping on this for years. I have been telling everyone in the AV industry that to survive the future of AV, services need to be front and center, along with the products. Sure, a good mix of products with both established technology as well as future-forward, emerging technology is a giant part […]

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Is Apple’s Siri Already Smarter Than Zuckerberg’s Jarvis?

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By Jared Ross CODEDOC When Mark Zuckerberg first announced his plan to build AI control for his home, I’ll admit it… I was slightly apprehensive that the billionaire entrepreneur would put my home system to shame. Zuckerberg and I definitely agree that Crestron is the most reliable backbone for our AI home control solutions. However, […]

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Apple Home App Hits Market on the Same Day CEDIA Starts

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Coincidence or not, Apple’s new all-in-one HOME App for iOS devices hits the market on the same day that CEDIA opens. When asked if that was intentional, Apple responded, “What is CEDIA?” (Just kidding, we don’t know if that happened.) Here’s how Apple describes the HOME App: “With our new Home app, you can securely […]

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Is the Smart Home Smart Enough?

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A recent Deloitte Consumer Review survey in the UK found that there was nearly zero growth between 2014 and 2015 in consumer purchasing of connected home products. The finding cited that, “UK consumers are aware of the potential benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) but perceived high prices and skepticism about the technology are […]

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Integration Is What You Do — Not What Apple, Google and Amazon Do

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CEDIA CEO Vin Bruno recently told a group of residential integrators that his organization wants to help the AV integration community transition away from using the term “integrator” and move towards using the term “technologist.” While I applaud CEDIA for proactively moving towards helping the integration community as a whole — something they clearly haven’t […]

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Why the Apple Security Request is Scary (and it’s not why you may think it is)

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If you haven’t heard yet, Apple has issued a public response to the US Governments request for software that would allow them to circumvent encryption on an iPhone. The long and short is that after the San Bernadino attack was found to have ISIS ties, the FBI found themselves in possession of the attacker’s iPhone. […]

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This Week (In AV and IT) 12/4

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Shure Wireless Systems Dominate American Music Awards (11/30) The 43rd Annual American Music Awards were broadcast on ABC on Sunday night, November 22. Hosted by Jennifer Lopez at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, the program presented the fan-voted honors along with a series of high-profile performances, highlighted by a vocal interpretation of the classic […]

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Convergent TechWeek 10/23

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Cloud Video Service Provider Takes Videoconferencing to the Next Level in China Videxio, a leading cloud video service provider, has reaffirmed its commitment to operations in China with the launch of an expanded Chinese service platform, simplified Chinese user interface and cooperation with Huawei to support a fully automated service for Huawei video systems. These enhancements make […]

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If Your Clients Upgrade to Apple’s iOS 9, Your Wireless AV Collaboration Systems May Stop Working

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There’s an interesting dilemma developing in the ProAV market where clients are calling their AV integrators because, ever since they upgraded to iOS 9 with their iPhones or iPads, they stopped working with their wireless transmission systems. There are about a dozen or so companies who have wireless AV systems out there. It all started […]

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Convergent TechWeek 10/15

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The Man in the “Iron” Machine Comic-Con returned to New York just this past week, which meant everyone from superheroes to cartoon characters were roaming the streets and subways. The multitude of costumes were awesome (as would be expected at one of the signature costume-based shows of the year), however one person in particular stood out — the one dressed as the Iron […]

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Convergent TechWeek 9/4

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Google Life Sciences to Focus on Diabetes Outcomes Through Data and Disease-Centric Approaches  Earlier in the week, it was reported in WIRED (and other publications) that the newly created Alphabet holding company’s Google Life Sciences has its first big mission — developing new ways to treat and manage diabetes. In a sign that the company is serious […]

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The Apple Watch – Enterprise Transformation and the Security Factor

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In my previous blog A New Model for the Device Driven Enterprise about enterprise apps being written specifically for Apple Watch usage, I linked to an article from September 2014 Apple Watch: The Internet of Things’ new frontier where (InfoWorld’s executive editor) Galen Gruman stated that “Apple’s new Apple Watch — to be released in early 2015 and […]

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Consumer Tech is the New Religion

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I’m certainly not the first to declare it, but consumer technology is the new religion of the 21st century. With all due respect to your spiritual faith (or lack thereof), middle class consumers are quickly becoming technology zealots. Daily, we worship at the altar of social media and mobile devices. Our prayers for the blessings of bigger […]

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