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The Friday Five: July 3, 2015

I hope everyone (in USA) is enjoying their holiday weekend. Here are five stories for you to catch up on while you’re lounging around.
More Than a Bridge- HDBaseT and IP- Not a Bridge and Not Competing
Max Kopsho is a fantastic audiovisual professional, he has more letters following his name indicating certifications than I have in my name and job title (probably, I didn’t really count). Max works as an applications engineer/technical trainer for SVSi (recently acquired by Harman) so he’s quite invested in Video over IP, however, like was determined on AVNation.TV’s AVCrosstalk, both technologies have their merits- really we’re comparing apples to oranges when we try and determine if one is ‘better’ than the other.
Read More at GravitationTech
The Roadblocks to Unified Communications
There are many roadblocks to just about every emerging technology. Unified Communications and Collaboration are no exception. Sure, the technology is there- whether you’re looking for a hardware-based platform (for some reason) or you’re ready to go to a desktop based conferencing environment (now we are talking); there are several impediments to getting off the ground and getting deeply entrenched into conferencing. This article talks about the network infrastructure, often a common oversight for companies investing in conferencing. For instance, I worked at a company that invested heavily in Lync, but didn’t have a network infrastructure that would allow for video- so that was removed for most users.-* That investment didn’t exactly have a great return.
Read more at Forbes
6 Considerations to Purchasing an Interactive Projector
If you’ve already made up your mind and I can’t possibly talk you out of an interactive projector purchase, Corporate Tech Decisions offers a handy slideshow to help you determine which type of interactive projectors might best suit your application. Interactive projectors sure are fun to look at and play around with at trade shows and have a wow-factor like none other. Selecting the wrong-* one for your real-world installation can certainly cause problems for users, make installation difficult or lead to a less than beautiful installation. Take a few clicks through this buzzfeed-type projector article and make sure you prevent issues before they start.
Read More at Corporate Tech Decisions
Chicago’s cloud take maxes Netflix and other streaming services more expensive
It used to be you bought hardware- books, movies, DVDs of Friends (don’t judge me), CDs and so on. Now it seems for the vast majority of human beings (myself included) you buy cloud services to access books (overdrive/audible) movies (amazon prime, netflix), TV shows (netflix, hulu, hbo go etc), and music (spotify, pandora, iheartradio).-* I could go on and on, but I won’t. With the rise of users flooding to streaming services instead of physical goods the resultant tax loss is being felt by the government. Regardless of your feelings for local, state or federal government (my personal opinion- the seventh layer of hell is a local DMV located inside a Walmart), they claim to have the right to tax your cloud services. Take a deeper look at the article and see for yourselves.
Read More at The Verge
Electrical Engineers Break Power and Distance Barriers for Fiber Optic Communication
Holy Moley, science is awesome. A team of researches at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), have published an article in the June 26 issue of the journal Science on a solution to roadblocks which have been preventing the increase of data transmission rates in optical fiber: “beyond a threshold power level, additional power increases irreparable distort the information treavelling (sic) in the fiber optic cable.” What this means, right now, for the industry or for the average consumer I don’t know (I’m not really that smart) but what it could mean in the future is better quality, or distance, fiber extenders; better infrastructure options for telecom providers and the ability to transmit data signals some 12,000 km without a single repeater. What a time to be alive.
Read More on UCSD’s website

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