Konftel Launches Konftel Attach, a Series of Video Kits for In-Room PC-Based Systems

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Konftel launched a series of video kits for in-room, PC-based systems called the Konftel Attach. They are designed for Microsoft Teams Rooms, Zoom Rooms and more open-based solutions. The portfolio has been specifically adapted for in-room systems such as from Lenovo and Dell. Konftel Attach bundles include conference cameras and speakerphones, accompanied by a long […]

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MAXHUB Receives Zoom-Certification for Three UC Products

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MAXHUB just announced that it now has Zoom certified products including the UC BM21 speakerphone, the UC S05 Conference Bar with Camera and the UC W21 Business Webcam. The MAXHUB UC BM21 speakerphone is just under 5 inches in diameter and 1.5 inches high, includes noise reduction and echo cancellation and incorporates a six-element PZM boundary […]

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Zoom Introduces Zoom Whiteboard to Solve Equality in Meetings

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A term you’re going to hear a lot the rest of 2022 is “Meeting Equity.” Heck, Barco even owns the website and it’s filled with a podcast series that I host. It’s 12 episodes — you should check it out. Zoom’s approach to solving equality in meetings, so that remote and in-person attendees have the […]

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Videoconferencing Is Terrible! So What Can We Do About It?

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OK … put down the pitchforks. There’s a method here. I have had the unique experience of having a front-row seat regarding videoconferencing (VC) over the last 30 years. As I have watched it evolve, I have seen not just WHAT changed but, more importantly, WHY it changed. At the same time, I have also […]

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WolfVision Will Intro Two New Cynap Systems and Multiplatform Web Conferencing Solution at 2022 ISE and InfoComm Shows

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WolfVision announced it will introduce two new Cynap systems and a new multiplatform web conferencing solution at ISE and InfoComm USA 2022 shows. The new Cynap Pure Mini is a BYOD wireless screen mirroring system, providing comprehensive wireless screen sharing for all iOS, Android, Windows, macOS and Chrome OS devices onto a central shared screen. […]

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Webinar | The Future of Hybrid, HyFlex and Online Learning is All About AV

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**Note: CTS RUs are not available for webinar or educational session recordings. UCC platforms like Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google Meet have revolutionized classrooms and meetings. But what about meeting equity? To not consider designing HyFlex spaces, those who join future meetings and classes remotely will feel unequal. They may not participate and could, eventually, […]

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Konftel’s Cam20 Video Conferencing Camera Receives Zoom Rooms Certification

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Konftel announced its Cam20 video conferencing camera has been certified to work with Zoom Rooms. The plug-and-play device features 4K Ultra HD performance and a 123-degree field of view. The Konftel Cam20 also offers a boosted auto framing functionality. “The Konftel Cam20 is the second in our product range to be certified to work with […]

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Enterprise Connect rePLAY: Featuring Our Favorite Products From the Show Floor

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I had a great first Enterprise Connect in Orlando! As you probably know, most people are ready to get back to trade shows. We are ready to get back to in person and figure out more about how to do that in a way that’s respectful and comfortable for all. EC was a great reminder […]

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Get a Glimpse at the Exhibitors Coming to Enterprise Connect 2022

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Enterprise Connect will feature the UCC industry’s newest technology products and services. Exhibitors will showcase the latest technologies in the Expo Hall, providing IT decision-maker attendees with a unique opportunity to learn about new solutions impacting the industry. “It’s been almost three years since enterprise communications and collaboration professionals have been able to gather in-person,” […]

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DTEN Now Shipping DTEN Mate Touch-Screen Tablet for Zoom Meeting Management

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DTEN is now shipping the DTEN Mate, a touch-screen tablet designed to manage Zoom meeting experiences. DTEN Mate is the only wireless touch-screen-compatible appliance to support Zoom Rooms Controller (ZRC). Developed in close conjunction with Zoom, DTEN Mate works as a controller with any existing Zoom Rooms hardware, including DTEN’s devices. Zoom functions are enabled […]

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Phenomenal Industries Announces New Soft Conferencing Product at InfoComm21

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Dateline 10/29/21 Orlando, Florida Phenomenal Industries, known for announcing innovative products at Infocomm like OpenOffice 247365 in 2019 and ShareChair in 2018, has announced a NEW cross-platform soft conferencing product for InfoComm21. We at rAVe caught up with AVPhenom, president of Phenomenal Industries, who arrived at the show a couple of days late after an […]

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AVer Information’s FONE540 Speakerphone Is Now Zoom Certified

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AVer Information announced its FONE540 Speakerphone received official certification from Zoom Video Communications, Inc. The FONE540 is the latest in a growing collection of AVer audio and videoconferencing innovations to pass Zoom’s certification process. FONE540 went through various laboratory tests to ensure it integrates with Zoom’s conferencing platform. Zoom users can upgrade from built-in laptop […]

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Zoom Invests $30 Million in Neat

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Zoom announced a $30 million investment in Neat — bringing Zoom’s total investment in the company to $41 million. In a blog posted by Zoom, the company said, “Neat’s devices are an outstanding complement to Zoom’s communications platform and help deliver an optimal Zoom Rooms experience for our users.” “Since Neat’s launch in 2019, we’ve […]

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Avocor’s Latest Launch Includes Stealing BenQ’s Thunder via Partnership with Google Workspace

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Avocor today announced a global partnership with Google Workspace and also launched two new all-in-one videoconferencing and digital whiteboarding devices — the Google Meet Series One Desk 27 and Board 65. Both are touch-enabled video devices designed as part of the Google Meet Series One hardware portfolio (think Zoom Rooms and Microsoft Teams Rooms, but […]

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Poly Expands Voyager Wireless Bluetooth Headset Line With 4300 UC Series

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Poly announced the addition of the Voyager 4300 UC Series to its family of Voyager wireless Bluetooth headsets. According to Poly, the Voyager 4300 UC Series is Microsoft Teams certified. It includes a dedicated Microsoft Teams button on the headset that instantly invokes the Teams app and provides visual alerts when a Teams notification occurs. […]

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Two AVer Information Cameras Achieve Zoom Rooms Camera Certification

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AVer Information says the new VB130 4K Video Bar and CAM130 4K Camera have been granted Zoom Rooms Camera Certification from Zoom Video. “Zoom consistently delivers high-quality video communication technology that is easy to deploy and manage. We are excited for the end-user experience the AVer VB130 4K Video Bar and CAM130 4K Camera will […]

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The Struggle for ‘Seamless’ Hybrid Experiences

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There are 1,001 blogs on the hybrid workplace and hybrid classrooms. Heck, I may have even contributed to that total. But before you dismiss this one, I’ll tell you it’s short, intuitive and not quite the same as the others. If you’re doing hybrid meetings or classrooms, you already know the main components: Audience facing […]

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Zoom Announces Certified-Phone Appliance Program

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Zoom Video announced the launch of Zoom Phone Appliances, a new category of hardware optimized for the hybrid workforce from home offices to shared huddle spaces. Zoom Phone Appliances combine Zoom technology with hardware from Poly and Yealink to provide video and audio capabilities and touch display in an all-in-one desk phone solution for HD video meetings, phone […]

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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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Zoom Updates Zoom Meetings, Webinars Software, Hardware for Zoom Rooms

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Zoom just delivered a few new updates for the Zoom Meetings and Zoom Video Webinars application as well as announced new hardware solutions for Zoom Rooms. Adding something called “vanishing pen annotation,”a Zoom user can now highlight text or objects on the shared screen without having to undo or erase highlight annotations. Use the vanishing pen […]

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Here’s How to Perfect Zoom’s Audio Settings for a Live Multisite Music Jam Session or Broadcast

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Are you one of the tens of thousands who miss jamming and playing music together? Well, Zoom’s now amped up its audio settings to allow for a more professional music experience for both the participants and the listeners. And, a longtime friend of mine, Brian Huff CTS-D, CTS-I, a Berklee College of Music graduate, and […]

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Zoom Creates Virtual Concierge Service Using Zoom Kiosk Mode, Adds Touchless iOS Control of Rooms

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Zoom just added, to its Zoom Rooms product, something called Kiosk Mode — basically, it allows you to use Zoom as a digital concierge with using a touch display at a reception counter or greeting station. With Zoom Rooms Kiosk Mode, which is now generally available, a virtual receptionist can greet you or your building […]

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2021 Edition

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Welcome to my 21st annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I love writing this annual predictions article — it’s both humbling and rewarding. It requires me to stop and research anything new, evaluate the potential impact it will have and then articulate it in a way that matters to readers. If you’re a regular reader of my […]

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Zooming Right Along

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Skype, FaceTime and now Zoom. Each of the past several iterations of videoconferencing have a few things in common. First, they became part of the consumer lexicon, becoming verbs, in fact. Second, they became popular because of their use by, and availability to the general consumer. Only Zoom, however, grew at what can be described […]

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Zoom Is Top UCC Platform for 5th Year in a Row

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Gartner just released its 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions report and Zoom has been named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Meeting Solutions for the fifth consecutive year as well as a Leader in the 2020 Magic Quadrant for Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Worldwide. Zoom was named a […]

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Are We Gonna Talk About Zoom ‘Being on Probation’ for 20 Years by the FTC, or Nah?

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So…are we gonna talk about Zoom “being on probation” for 20 years by the FTC, or nah? — Erica Williams (@haircutfw) November 13, 2020 On Nov. 9, 2020, the United States Federal Trade Commission announced a pending settlement with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. According to FTC Matter/File Number: 192 3167, “Zoom Video Communications, Inc. will […]

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Demonstrating a Livestreaming Studio Setup at Zoomtopia

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THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM PTZOPTICS By Paul Richards PTZOptics It’s been exciting to watch the AV industry evolve over the last 10 years, watching the rapid development of products such as Zoom Video Communications, the sweeping changes that videoconferencing and production technologies have brought and much more. I’ve done deep dives into the […]

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Jabra and HP Team for Microsoft Teams and Zoom Room Certified RBS Bundle

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Jabra announced a UCC-based bundle combining video and audio solutions for meeting rooms in collaboration with HP. The bundle features Jabra PanaCast, a 180 degree Panoramic-4K USB camera and HP Elite Slice room PC for UCC systems. The bundle is designed as a RBS — room-based systems — solution to UCC for video and audio […]

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Dear Zoom: Love Letter or Dear John Letter?

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Dear Zoom, We began using Zoom three years ago as a corporate replacement for Skype. The technical staff and our faculty and staff absolutely loved it. Slowly, we acquired more and more licenses. Then in March of 2020, COVID hit, and Zoom went from an essential tool to a business-critical application. And that is when […]

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Microsoft Teams Playing Catch-Up With Zoom; Adds Nifty Custom Layouts, Better Breakout Rooms and Killer Meeting Recap Features

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There’s no doubt that Microsoft Teams has been playing catch-up with Zoom for months; some would argue years. But, this week, Microsoft upped its game by adding a host of features that even Zoom power-users will love. Here’s a summary look at each one: Together Mode:  Together mode re-imagines meeting experiences to help participants feel […]

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BenQ Teams up With Zoom to Deliver Certified Videoconferencing Displays

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BenQ today announced that the company will deliver Zoom Rooms touch displays. The displays (no specific models listed yet) will be compatible with Zoom Rooms through OPS. The large-format displays comprise digital signage and interactive displays and will integrate the Zoom Rooms app. BenQ displays with Zoom Rooms will enable remote screen sharing, content collaboration […]

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