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Communication Game Changer: Skype Translator
Skype is rolling out a new feature that has the ability to change the way people communicate globally. According to Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, the "Skype Translator" will have the ability to facilitate video conferencing between two individuals speaking completely different languages.

Engage Employees for Better Virtual Meetings
Both employees and managers are witnessing a sea change. Instead of attending and conducting meetings in person, they are attending and conducting through their mobile devices and workstations. How, then, do managers -- or any team leaders for that matter -- keep their constituents engaged when they cannot look them directly in the eyes?

AVST Wins New Technology Contract from State of Ohio
For more than 30 years, Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Inc. (AVST) has delivered its CX-E communications platform to 1,400 federal, state and local government entities, and more than 1,100 educational institutions. The company's CX-E's productivity-enhancing applications include unified messaging, speech recognition, context-aware personal assistant, mobile client, automated attendant, call processing, voicemail, fax, notification, and other business process integration capabilities.

Video Conferencing Expected to Be Preferred Communication Method in Two Years
When it comes to video conferencing technology taking over the business world as the preferred method of communication, the prevailing question is not if, but when it will happen. This is good news for an industry that experienced some decline in 2012 and 2013. According to e-Week, Q4 2013 sales for video conferencing equipment declined 17.9 percent from Q4 2012.

Featured Product: YVC-1000

The YVC-1000 incorporates many high-quality sound technologies that Yamaha has developed over the years, including a unique Human Voice Activity Detection capability used to detect human voices. "HVAD" is an important element of several different sound processing features that require fast and efficient sorting of noise and human voices in order to make speaking and listening a more relaxing, stress-free experience during remote conferencing.

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Web Conferencing Microphone Speaker
The PJP-10UR is light weight, durable, and specifically designed to support the web conferencing needs of a professional business traveler. The sleek designed device has a sturdy aluminum body and weighs 7.4 oz.


Web Conferencing Microphone Speaker
The PJP-20UR wide bandwidth microphone speaker provides HD (from 300Hz to 20kHz) clarity, delivering exceptional sound performance. Each device is built with three unidirectional microphones and one 85dB speaker.


Microphone Speaker
The PJP-50USB is a conference microphone speaker with a built-in high performance echo canceller. When connected to a PC with a USB or audio cable, the PJP-50USB enhances your softphone or web conferencing system for a multi-person response that is as smooth as video conferencing.


Echo Canceller
Yamaha has taken their vast knowledge and technical expertise of music, sound and electronic equipment to develop the PJP-EC200 conference room and lecture hall echo cancelling and sound management device.

Featured Ebook

The Conference Room in 2012
and Beyond

The Conference Room in 2012 and Beyond

An in-depth look at how cutting-edge conferencing solutions are overhauling the collaboration experience.

Featured Podcast

With 35 years of experience in the communications industry and a true understanding of the ever-changing advancements in technology, Fontel is positioned to deliver its customers cutting-edge solutions that carry them into the future. With a specialized focus on conferencing, Fontel has partnered with major manufacturers to offer revolutionary voice and data communication products and services. Our discussion today will highlight Fontel and its affiliation with Yamaha and focus on Yamaha's Projectphones, a series of arrayed microphones that feature an acoustically-engineered structural design, as well as its echo canceller, a technology that eliminates audio cut-out and echo for smooth performance.