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The Most Popular Blackberry Z10 and Q10 Apps for Your IT Work and Music Life
TechDecisions is in search of the pro audio, video, lighting and IT technology apps for the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 that we have come to love on our iOS and Android mobile devices.

11 Must Have Apps - IT Network Tools for Your iOS Apple and Android Device
The best apps for IT pros. With these mobile apps, you can interact with your network from any location using your Apple iOS or Android mobile device. This collection of apps presents 11 highly rated mobile tools that will accomplish a variety of network tasks. Also included are a few IT toolkits that can accommodate most tasks from connection speed tests to network monitoring. Other apps account for multiple specific network tools from Ping and DNS reports to mobile apps that mimic network and administration and control software.

Android Only: 11 Pro AV Audio Apps Every Technician Needs
The best Android-only collection of pro AV audio apps. SPL apps are great for tuning speaker systems, reading levels even documenting audience experience. Digital Audio Workstations make on the job recording sound great and allow you to document installations to the best of you ability with their myriad of mixing options. Check out the apps from Electron Chaos, Smart Tools Co., RadonSoft, humatic, eXtream Software Development, Moonblink, Audia Sound, idroidbot and NFX Development.

Best Productivity and IT Apps for Windows Phone 8
A collection of Windows Phone 8 apps for work and life productivity. There's a pretty cool calculator toolbox app in here and a speed test app that is a must for any Internet connected device.

GE’s Grid IQ Global Innovation Center
The GE Grid IQ Global Innovation Center is a flagship office designed especially for capturing the mindshare of potential customers. Featuring Crestron control systems, leading A/V, specially designed gym and a 58-foot video wall, this center is a stunning representation of what a corporate office should be.

10 Tips for Succeeding in Unified Communications Deployment
Dan Newman discusses the top ten tips for adding unified communications to your technology arsenal. By combining voice, video, instant messaging and more to one network-based platform, resources are freed up for both the user and IT.

WebRTC enables quick and easy Web browser-to-Web browser Videoconferencing
WebRTC is a videoconferencing standard for use with supporting Web browsers. Freely available, the standard will make waves In the industry; however, many vendors see this technology as an enhancement to their own products. Google and Mozilla are supporting this standard as a way to gain market share, while Microsoft is developing its own version of this technology.

TechDecisions Guide to 65 Small On-wall or Surface-mount Loudspeakers
Surface-mount or on-wall loudspeakers are often useful where others fail. Learn more about these overlooked gems. In the round-up check out products from Community Pro, JBL, QSC, ElectroVoice and many others.

TechDecisions Guide to 37 Large-venue High-brightness Projection Systems for Corporate Spaces
Frederick J. Ampel discusses how best to choose large-venue high-brightness projectors. He also illuminates on the history of the projector. The evolution of large image projection has now reached an unprecedented level of capability, image quality and brightness. Lumen levels near and above 30-40K are now feasible and you can pretty much find a product to meet any size screen and brightness level you could possibly imagine.

Best Music Creation Apps for iOS or Android: Analog Synths to Digital Recording Suites
From analog synths to digital recording suites, the luxury of mobile music creation apps lets you create music no matter where you are. These apps are designed for the avid musician and the musical novice alike. Easy to use, robust and just plain cool, these mobile music creation apps are must for anyone who is looking for a little more engagement in their free time.

Key Trends in Lighting Design and Integration
Trends in lighting design and integration include the use of a lighting designer in videoconferencing and other work environments and using controlling lighting wirelessly.

Power Over HDBaseT: What Is It, Why Use It?
Simplify A/V installations with Power Over HDBaseT. Two obvious benefits of providing power via network cabling are convenience and cost. Like PoE, POH means that the location doesn't need to have a power outlet nearby, or go to the cost and effort of bringing in a union electrician in order to do AC wiring. It's also much easier to centrally control devices and you can remotely power down devices to save energy or to blank the display during system maintenance. Learn more about this standard.

InfoComm Today Podcasts with AV Nation
The InfoComm Today Podcast is produced in association with AVNation. podcasts provides insight from the InfoComm 2013 executive team and other AV industry leaders. Guests include: InfoComm Executive Director and CEO David Labuskes, Allen Weidman, InfoComm Sustainability Officer and Executive Director of the STEP Foundation, Raymond Kent of Westlake Reed Leskosky, Brad Grimes, InfoComm Senior Writer/Editor, Duffy Wilbert, CTS, InfoComm Senior VP of Member Services; Betsy Jaffe, InfoComm Director of Public Relations; and Kevin Goodrich, Chief Operating Officer of Drape Kings, Jason McGraw, VP of Education and Certification Melissa Taggart

TechDecisions Guide to 11 Analog-oriented Multi-format Matrix Switches
Analog-oriented multi-format matrix switchers route multiple audio and video sources to multiple destinations. This guide showcases 11 of these devices.

Most Highly Rated Electronics Troubleshooting Apps for AV Techs
No more second guessing your math when troubleshooting a problematic piece of gear. Circuit Sidekick App for iPhone and iPad and the ElectroDroid Android App are highly recommended for AV technicians




Whether it be for presentations, collaborations, or videoconferencing purposes, audio and video play a huge part in our daily meetings. Our Partner Resource explains how to fix problems with and improve your audiovisual system.