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Collaboration: The Future of Workplace Technology

A buzzword which you’ll often hear over the coming months (with ISE 2018 just around the corner) is collaboration, and the increasing interconnectedness of the spaces in which we work and the technology through which we co-operate. Collaboration is a theme at the heart of the modern workplace, and the technology that supports this seeks to enable n ...

Realising the Potential of Cloud in the Pro Video Industry

IT, software, Cloud, IP: these words have been at the forefront of the marketing messages of vendors at tradeshows for years now. There has been much talk about the potential of such technologies and about how they will revolutionise the broadcast industry in terms of the way content is created and delivered. There have been case studies and testi ...

What's Ricoh Up to in the Workplace Collaboration Market?

Ricoh recently held its 2017 EMEA Industry Analyst Summit in Paris. Providing a strategy update on company plans for the next three years. The summit welcomed analysts covering office printing, IT services and Unified Communications & Collaboration. Ricoh’s Communication Services division manages its workplace collaboration products, including ...

Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality Developments: The Future of Consumer Wearable Cameras?

Consumer wearable cameras struggled to make an impact when they first became available in 2012. Many brands, including Autographer and Narrative Clip, exited the market, while production of Google Glass for the consumer market was short-lived (between 2014-2015). Despite the consumer wearable camera market reaching almost 1 million units globally i ...

The Changing European Retail Photo Printing Landscape

Futuresource’s latest review of the Western European retail (on-site) photo printing landscape reveals some interesting changes and developments. Whilst standalone wet and dry minilabs accounted for 47% of the 1.16 billion on-site photo prints in Western Europe in H1 2017, both instant print kiosks and ‘tabletop’ professional inkjet photo printers ...

The Continuing Democratisation of Video

As price points of what were once referred to as “broadcast” products continue to fall, manufacturers of professional video equipment are starting to cater more and more to the wider “AV” market. This market, with its myriad verticals, is growing globally and is only just starting to embrace professional grade video on a large scale. There are a n ...

Increased Bundling of Premium Headphones By Mobile Handset Vendors Could Impact Audio Retailers' Bottom Line

This year at IFA 2017, LG announced that it will bundle its flagship V30 smartphone with B&O Play headphones. LG’s smartphone audio is tuned by B&O and the headphones are made specifically to produce optimum playback with the V30 handset. This follows Samsung bundling AKG headphones (which it now owns via its Harman acquisition) exclusively ...

CEDIA Expo 2017: Where High-End Audio Met Smart Home, Whilst Amazon Extended Its Reach into Both Sectors

Anyone who doubts the existence of the inextricable link between custom installation (CI) and high-end audio in the US would have been quickly convinced by a visit to CEDIA in San Diego, held on 7-9 September. Futuresource Consulting sent analysts who are focused on both audio and smart home to the event, which attracted a large number of delegates ...

Voice as an Interface, is it the Next Big Battle Ground in Education for Tech Giants?

Virtual Personal Assistants (VPA’s) are one of this year’s hottest trends in consumer tech, with giants like Amazon and Google pushing the agenda of voice into the home. Platforms like Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant have been in our pockets for years and are now finding new homes across a range of home electronics. Amazon, with its Alexa interf ...

Importance of Data Analytics in Schools

The role of data in the education environment is evolving and has the potential to effect institutions, students and suppliers. Schools collect large amounts of data, gleaning information on student attendance, grades and learning styles alongside operational and financial statistics. Traditionally, data has been siloed within the tens of manageme ...

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