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The Merger of Two Giants in Japanese Display Manufacturing Illustrates the Mounting Threat Posed by China

The news that NEC and Sharp, two major players in ‘Japan Inc’, are to create a joint venture is not terribly surprising. Both brands have been battling an increasingly competitive landscape for several years. According to Futuresource’s Worldwide Quarterly Tracking Services, in 2019 the brands had a combined volume share of 7.5% in the LCD market, ...

Will Hearables Become an Indispensable Device in the Workplace?

2020 is poised to be an exciting year for hearables. Moving beyond the concept of an occasional gadget within the consumer world, hearables will now look to provide more advanced technology to improve the everyday life of the employee. This shift in focus will encourage many vendors to move towards the office hearable in a bid to master the growing ...

Attitudes on Videoconferencing Start to Shift in Response to Global Health Emergency

The video conferencing industry has enjoyed a number of years of significant growth across the globe. However, the amount of companies adopting video conferencing technology does not equate to the same level of actual usage. There are many reasons for this, but perhaps one of the major factors is the cultural shift needed to fully embrace video com ...

Microsoft Teams, Zoom & Cisco: The Impact of Interoperability

As video conferencing solutions proliferate, remote working continues to rise and the number of inter-company video conferences increases, a lack of system interoperability has become a major pain point for many users. Internally focused video conferences are less problematic, as everyone is familiar with their system of choice. However, once compa ...

Cisco's Spate of Acquisitions Creates Disruptive Waves Across the Collaborative Tech Market

Cisco, following a spate of collaborative technology acquisitions, has now completed its acquisition of Voicea, a provider of real-time transcription, voice search and meeting highlight software, in a move to expand its WebEx collaboration platform. This acquisition has been finalised at a time when the conferencing market is experiencing a disrupt ...

Barco and Unilumin Form Strategic Partnership to Tap Specialist Verticals

On 10th September, Barco and Unilumin announced a strategic partnership to develop their LED business together, with the deal attracting plenty of global interest. Barco plans to buy shares of Unilumin from Unilumin’s majority shareholder and CEO Minfeng Lin, for an amount of approximately €54 million in order to obtain a minority stake of 5%. If t ...

Amazon Prime Day Has Ended - Futuresource Explains How its Daily Price Tracking Service Witnessed the Greatest Online Event of Projector Deals Yet

When people think of Amazon Prime Day, home projection may not be the first tech category that comes to mind but the etailer, online retail in general in fact, has grown to become a key channel for projector sales. Worldwide dedicated home projector sales grew 15% globally in 2018 (excluding Screenless TV in China), as outlined in Futuresources’s ‘ ...

Biamp Acquires Audioprof - But What Does that Mean for the Brands and the Industry?

Yet further consolidation has hit the professional audio markets, with Biamp’s acquisition of the Community and Apart loudspeaker brands. This follows a consolidation trend which Futuresource has being reporting on for some time, with pro audio moving further away from the independent, family-run industry it once was. This announcement follows anot ...

A Review of InfoComm Southeast Asia

InfoComm Southeast Asia, in Bangkok, Thailand celebrated a triumphant debut launch last month, securing its status as the go-to annual event for the Asian pro AV community. Exhibitors and attendees concurred that the show had earned its stripes. Many of those that took a wait-and-see approach this year indicated they will definitely attend or parti ...

The Esports Opportunity for the Broadcast, Pro AV and IT Industry

The esports phenomenon continues to gain momentum with a business expected to reach over a billion dollars in revenue this year, comprising games publishers revenues, media rights, event ticket sales and merchandise, advertising and sponsorship, this figure is expected to triple over the next five years. With a growing fan base of over 450 million ...

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