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IDC: Q1 EMEA PC Shipments "Stablised"

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EMEA Q1 2014 PC shipments are down by -1.1% Y-o-Y to 21.8 million units IDC reports-- a relative improvement over previous quarters (if still making for a 7th consecutive quarter of decline) as the market requires further recovery.

Improvement is seen mainly in the commercial segment, with desktop PC shipments growing by 1.4% Y-o-Y. On the other hand portables contract by -2.6%.

IDC EMEA PCs

"The end of Windows XP support was a major driver of the commercial rebound, and supported renewals mainly in the desktop area," the analyst says. "In the EU, as the macroeconomic outlook improved, companies started to invest in IT again after many quarters of postponing decisions. In other parts of the region political unrest and negative exchange rate evolution were inhibitors to market growth."

In fact W. European shipments see growth (8.6% Y-o-Y) thanks to strong enterprise demand brought about by the end of Windows XP support, aging installed base and improving macroeconomic outlooks. Thus commercial PC shipments are the region's winners for the quarter, even as consumer shipments return to positive results for the first time in the 2 years.

Wacom and "Flipped Classroom"

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Intuos Pro

From the USA, we learned about "Flipped Classroom" when Wacom applauded Randy Brown, third grade teacher in the state of Washington, for his creative use of Wacom tablets and other technology in his classroom.

This modern concept of education—enabled by AV-- will also make its way to Europe.

The "Flipped Classroom" concept takes lecture-style teaching and literally "flips" it around. In the case of Mr. Brown, he records his lessons on a video and his students watch and listen to his instructional piece using the classroom's AVRS (Audio Visual Recording Studio).

"It creates two of me in the classroom," says Brown. "There's the digital, recorded me and there's the live, in-classroom me." While one portion of his class of 26 students is reviewing a video, another portion is able to receive personalized and focused help from Mr. Brown.

Christie MicroTiles Wall Installed at L’Oréal

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L’Oréal Paris

Christie announces a significant installation of MicroTiles at the Paris headquarters of L’Oréal, the world's largest cosmetics and beauty company.

Having worked with Wilmotte & associés on the design for the renovation of their headquarters, L’Oréal were looking to create a display environment that reflected the group’s vision and its level of excellence for their new entrance lobby which now joins their two main buildings together.

Aurelien Grocq, project manager at Labeyrie & associés, was responsible for the technical design and the management of the wall project. He said, “Before the project went out to tender, we worked with L’Oréal to test prototypes of screens and tiles. One of the reasons that they finally selected Christie MicroTiles was that they provided better picture quality – richer colours and truer levels of black. In addition, the tiles were only 26 cms in depth so they fitted perfectly in the architectural design of the hall.”

Yorktel Opens Office in France

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Stéphane Guez

Yorktel announces an increased EMEA presence with the opening of an office in France, the first in the country. Stéphane Guez [photo] will head the office as the new Territory Sales Manager for France.

In his new post, Stéphane is tasked with growing Yorktel’s (Yorktel France SAS) country revenue and building on an already established international presence.

Ron Gaboury, Yorktel CEO, notes “France represents the second largest videoconferencing market in Europe, behind only the United Kingdom. As such, strengthening our presence in France is key to our being able to capitalize on this market opportunity.”

Tely Labs signs with Imago Group

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Tely Labs

Imago Group plc makes a distribution agreement with Tely Labs, the US-based pioneer of video conferencing and collaboration solutions. The new signing will complement Imago’s existing portfolio, providing entry-level products ideal for small meeting and break-out rooms and for those working remotely from home. The agreement covers the UK, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Holland and South Africa.

There are two core solutions in the Tely Labs range: the telyHD Pro and the tely HD Base Edition, both of which will be available through Imago.

The telyHD Pro has been certified as “Polycom-Ready” by Polycom, having satisfied extensive interoperability requirements. The telyHD Base Edition has been designed to deliver affordable point-to-point HD Skype video calling and it can be upgraded to telyHD Pro. (Prices for the Pro start at £429 and for the Base Edition at £179.)

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