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360 Media Innovations Has the Right Recipe For Carlo’s Bakery
Integrator 360 Media Innovations retrofitted the newest Carlo's Bakery with everything from iPads equipped with the ShopKeep app for point of sales systems to an Elan g! control system for operating LG LCD TVs and in-ceiling speakers. The automation of the bakery includes Wi-Fi, which keeps the point of sales system operational. See how this integrator helped put this top of the line bakery in business.

A/V News from the InfoComm 2013 Show Floor
Frederick J. Ampel, TechDecisions chief A/V advisor, took to the show floor with one goal: to find the best products of InfoComm 2013. His route took him to vendors that showed projectors, speakers, system optimization software and more. Check out the products that caught his attention. Manufacturers include Digital Projection, K-array, Renkus Heinz, Martin Audio, Vue Audiotechnik, and QSC.

InfoComm Roundup — Five Audio Product Trends To Watch
Dan Daley takes us through the aisles of InfoComm and identifies the latest audio trends. These trends include touch screens, portable sound, wireless and more. Products that caught his eye includes those made by Alto Professional, Avid, DiGiCo, K-array, Martin Audio, Peavey, Presonus and Sennheiser.

One CTS’s Perspective: InfoComm 2013
Christopher Neto, CTS traveled the show floor on his first visit to see this years exhibitors. He saw quite the cross-section of products, snapped some photos and sent them to us. Whether it is an 84-inch touch screen from Planar or a Crestron room system that uses Microsoft Lync's unified communications capabilities, he pinpointed the vendors to keep an eye on. Vendors include Vaddio, Stewart Filmscreen, Planar, Listen Technologies, Mersive Solstice, Panasonic, Delta, Crestron, ClearOne and Barco.

AMX Pushes Forward with 14 New Product Announcements
AMX showcased both the present and the future this InfoComm with announcements about products newly available June 2013 and a glimpse into the future with a look at what’s waiting backstage for 2014.

One CTS’s Perspective: InfoComm 2013, Day One
InfoComm 2013 Christopher Neto, CTS traveled the show floor on his first visit to see this years exhibitors. He saw quite the cross-section of products, snapped some photos and sent them to us. Whether it is an 84-inch touch screen from Planar or a Crestron room system that uses Microsoft Lync's unified communications capabilities, he pinpointed the vendors to keep an eye on. Vendors include Vaddio, Stewart Filmscreen, Planar, Listen Technologies, Mersive Solstice, Panasonic, Delta, Crestron, ClearOne and Barco.

Is 4K Ready for Your Prime Time?
The 4K format is starting to appear in areas where large screens are being used and in applications where the wow factor is important to an organization. 4K is defined as a generation of video technology beyond the 1920 x 1080 resolution of HDTV. The high-end signage has smoother edges, crisper images and improved bigger pictures. Current users include Iowa State University's Virtual Reality Applications Center and the Mirage Hotel and Casino Race and Sports Book, yet there are applications for nearly any organization.

How to Stop or Block Calls and Texts to Android, iOS, Z 10 and Windows 8 Smartphones with Apps
The best apps to block and stop unwanted phone numbers and text messages to your cell phone. Also some tips on how to block unwanted phone numbers to your iPhone, Blackberry and Windows 8 smartphone. I have combed the sites for the 6 most highly rated call blocking apps for you.

The AV & IT Convergence Conversation Starter for Corporate Facilities
TechDecisions Media's Editor-in-Chief Cindy Davis talks to Mike Brandofino, executive vice president of Video and Unified Communications of AVI-SPL about the discussions A/V specialists and IT specialists should be having.

Avoiding Video Integration Pain Points
Cost, preparation and the lack of cooperation of your fellow employees are the most important areas where you will see pitfalls in your video integration efforts.

Courtyard by Marriott’s Digital Signage Helps Guests Decide What to Do, Where to Go
Many of Marriott’s Courtyard hotels now have what they call a GoBoard, a digital signage solution design to sever guest with interactive content that will help provide them with up-to-date information on the hotel’s events. GoBoard also has wayfinding capability. QR codes are provided for those guests with mobile technology to take information with them.

Child Telepsychiatry — Bring the Science of the Mind to the Patient
Child telepsychiatry is solving one of the critical problems in medicine, the shortage of child psychiatrists. Children and their parents often have to travel for hours for a short visit that is critical to their health and happiness. Telemedicine is bringing the specialist to the child.

The Best Music Apps for Audiophiles: The Best iPhone, iPad and Android Apps
More recommended! Audiophiles are never satisfied with good enough sound quality for their music. And I agree. This collection of highly rated apps is being continually updated as audiophiles send in their favorites. Get the best sound from your Apple iOS or Andriod smartphone or tablet mobile device. For example, most people in the A/V industry and audiophiles know McIntosh Labs for outstanding products. They have also developed an app to give you control of your mobile music. Check out the others as well.

Understanding the Costs of Digital Signage
Pricing your digital signage plan properly means you have to have a grasp of the hardware, software, installation and labor costs. In addition, managing an on-going project and content creation strategy both have a cost. Budget accordingly.

13 dB-SPL Meter Mobile Apps
A collection of 13 mobile apps for reading sound pressure levels. Whether you have an Android or iOS device, there is an app for you.




Our deep dive explains the inner workings of digital video distribution, explaining the often confusing aspects of what goes into the system.