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InfoComm International Changes Name to AVIXA

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InfoComm International Changes Name to AVIXA

In a surprise announcement InfoComm International (as in the organisation) changes its name to the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, or AVIXA.

For now, InfoComm the trade show-- both the one taking place in the US in June and international versions such as InfoComm China-- will retain the name, only the organiser is now AVIXA, not InfoComm International.

But why would would the organisation formerly known as InfoComm International change its name? As CEO David Labuskes puts it, “you shouldn’t change your name. If you can do anything else, you shouldn’t change your name… But [after much thought and discussion], none of the other options worked or were authentic.”

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Norway to House "World's Largest" Datacentre

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Norway to House

The small Norwegian town of Ballangen, located in the Arctic Circle, is set to house what is claimed to be the "world's largest" datacentre-- a massive facility covering 600000 square metres.

The area makes it bigger than the current leader in datacentre size, a facility in Langfang, China. However the record might soon be beaten by a still-in-development centre in Nevada, the US.

The facility will be built by Kolos, an US-Norwegian company with offices in Norway, the US and Europe. It says the datacentre will initially draw in 70MW of power, a total to grow by 1000MW once the facility is fully built. The power will come from renewable sources, namely hydropower stations and wind farms, and the facility will operate at 60% reduction in energy to make what Kolos claims is "the most competitive datacentre in the world.”

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DJI, 3DR Join Forces in Enterprise Drones

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DJI, 3DR Join Forces in Enterprise Drones

Chinese drone maker DJI joins forces with former competitor 3DR in the development of an enterprise drone platform-- one integrating the 3DR enterprise drone platform with DJI drones.

The collaboration allows customers to use DJI drones with the 3DR Site Scan platform. It promises seamless connection of DJI drones with Site Scans, with a full feature set including automatic flight mode, multi-engine cloud processing and tools designed for the construction industry. These include topographic surveys, calculating cut and fill volumes, stockpile measurement and exporting native Autoddesk file format.

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Lian-Li Updates Desk PC

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Lian-Li Updates Desk PC

Taiwanese desk maker Lian-Li announces an update on last year's DK-04 standing desk PC case-- the Dual-System DK-05, a motorised adjustable desk chassis described as "the new pinnacle of PC desks."

First seen back at CES 2017, the DK-05 is built out of aluminium, with the top covered in tempered glass. It features a new design offering a pair of 305x276mm motherboard trays, with each tray fitting up to x8 PCI and PCIe cards, power supply and two 2.5-inch HDDs. A shared spaces provides more rooms for various drives.

Between the motherboard trays is a space for liquid cooling systems and required reservoirs, pumps and fan trays for 360mm and 480mm radiators. Since the DK-05 fits two PCs, each side has own I/O panels with USB 3.1, USB-C, USB 3.0, HDMI and HD-Audio ports, as well as RGB adjustment dials.

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IDC: W. European SMB Market is "Big and Growing"

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IDC: W. European SMB Market is

The W. European SMB IT market is on the up IDC reports, even if European SMBs can make a "difficult" market-- and as such the region is the second largest for global SMB IT spending during the 2016-2021 forecast period.

"The W. European SMB market is big and growing even if European SMBs traditionally show a lower level of IT sophistication than their bigger counterparts and therefore they can represent a difficult target market," the analyst says. "In this context we see today the rise of SMBs that were born in the digital era, that are very innovative and attracted by 3rd Platform and Innovation Accelerators (particularly cloud, mobility, and IoT). Even if these companies represent only a small percentage of the overall SMB market, they can set the scene and pave the way to a broader adoption of innovative IT solutions."

On a global basis, IDC predicts IT spending by SMBs (defined as companies employing 1000 or less) will total $568 billion in 2017-- a sum expected to exceed $676bn by 2021, with a CAGR for the 5-year forecast period of 4.5%. The forecast is actually slightly stronger than previous forecasts by the analyst, a reflection of the changing ways SMBs are buying and using technology.

SMBs around the world are "increasingly interested" in improving employee productivity, and thus improving their competitive positions. Smaller SMBs have immediate tactical needs to sharpen performance, and are also looking to coordinate resources in a meaningful way, all in the name of Digital Transformation (DX).

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