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Extron Releases H.264 Streaming Media Decoder for Pro AV Applications
The SMD 101 offers integration-friendly control capabilities, including an optional handheld IR remote, wired IR, RS-232, or Ethernet. And an easy-to-navigate Web interface provides simple, flexible control and management.

Online Testing Center Balances Technology and Human Proctoring
The University of Utah is advancing online course offerings through the building of its UOnline Center where a 112-computer subnet was created to allow for a controlled testing environment. The Center offers Lenovo ThinkCentre computers mounted beneath the desks with accompanying 19-inch Samsung LED-backlit screens. 22-inch screens are available for ADA compliance. Here, students take proctored online exams on computers that feature anti-cheating technology.

Dr. Amar Bose - The Man Who Made Audio a Household Priority Dies at 83
July 12, 2013 - Dr. Amar Bose, the man who made audio a household priority dies at 83. It was the combination of Bose' genius, passion, need to understand how music is processed by the listener as well as brilliant marketing that transformed his name into a brand name to be reckoned with. TechDecisions, editor-in-chief, Cindy Davis recalls a discussion during a press conference where Bose shared a story about his work on brain-controlled prosthetics while at MIT.

LG Display Announces New Full HD LCD Panel for Smartphones
LG Display announces the unveiling of their new full HD LCD panel for smartphones. The 5.2-inch panel is 2.2mm thin with a 2.3mm bezel and features LG Displays One-Glass-Solution (OGS), which is implemented for the first time with this product.

CompTIA ChannelCon a True Collaboration
Formerly known as Breakaway, this year’s CompTIA ChannelCon 2013 conference will focus on education, partnering and peer-to-peer connections and more than 100 exhibitors in the ChannelCon Technology Vendor Fair.

VUE Audiotechnik Announces New al-8 Compact Line Array System
Shipping this fall, the al-8 joins the al-4 Subcompact Line Array System, making the al-8 the second in VUE’s al-Class. The al-8 features beryllium compression drivers, Kevlar/Neodynium transducers, onboard networking and full compatibility with VUEPoint beam-steering technology.

AV/IT Convergence in Education: A Q&A with a University Media Support Engineer
Steven Douglas, media support engineer at Central Washington University talks about AV/IT convergence and the challenges technology staff face when merging departments. He shares tips for conversion including which products to start. He also explains how to future-proof technology investments.

NSCA Offering Free MNEC Symposium Registration
The NSCA Education Foundation is announcing its second free MNEC Symposium. The foundation has set aside money to cover the full $249 registration cost for qualifying integrators, authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) and other code officials for the second MNEC Symposium, scheduled Oct. 22-23, 2013 at the Four Points by Sheraton BWI Airport Hotel in Baltimore. There is a limit of one free registration per company.

What You Need to Know to Create the Best A/V RFP - Learn What Makes a Good Request for Proposal
Expert tips on how to create the Best A/V RFP. A good Request for Proposal needs to have a clearly-defined scope. Understanding new technologies, the attention to detail that accounts for every circumstance needs to be tempered with the clarity that prevents it from becoming an overwhelming document.

MaxLite Flurorescent Vapor Light Fixtures Protect from Elements
MaxLite says its latest fixtures are designed for placement in high-traffic commercial and industrial settings.

WattStopper LMPS-104 Digital Partition Switch, LMIO-102 Digital Partition Interface
The new Digital Partition Switch and Digital Partition Interface from WattStopper provide building owners with a cost-effective way to manage energy in partitioned environments.

Gefen ToolBox Splitters Support Ultra HD Resolutions to 4K to Free up Display Usage
Devices allow for flexibility when using 4K displays.

Ricoh and Vidyo Team Up for Cloud-Based Videoconferencing
The P3000 Unified Communication System provides an on-the-go videoconferencing option.

Atlona Starts Shipping HDBaseT Extenders
The new line brings RS-232, IR control and PoCc to high-res applications.

Sheridan College Looks to the Future with Its Innovative Flex Classrooms
Sheridan College created innovative “flex classrooms” that can be used in a variety of ways and host a number of A/V systems. These rooms include NEC commercial-grade projectors, Dell computers, AverVision SPB350+ document cameras, movable teaching podiums, Extron DMP 44 LC digital matrix processors, Extron power amplifiers and Shure wireless gooseneck microphones. The network switches are Cisco.




Colleges should consider updating their fire safety procedures to keep their students and campuses safe.