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What is HDMI Switch

A HDMI switch allows the end user to select multiple HDMI sources, such as DVD players, settop boxes, into 1 HD monitor. The basic models available are 3×1 HDMI switch, which simply means that there are 3 inputs and 1 output. The 3×1 HDMI switch allows the user to switch between 3 HDMI sources. There are also 4×1 HDMI switches as well 5×1 HDMI switches available which allows the user to select up to 4 or 5 HDMI sources respactivily. By the way, we highly encourage users to select 4 port model for future expandability

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Motorola follows in a wrong Apple’s way? Milestone 2 found in gym?

Motorola is clearly making sure it makes the right moves on its comeback trail as its decided to copy Apple and ‘lose’ its next high end mobile phone.

The Motorola Milestone 2 – codenamed as the Droid Shadow in the US – has been found in a US gym, which is a little more careless than it slipping out your pocket after a drunken session in a San Jose bar.

The Motorola Milestone might not have been overly popular in the UK given it wasn’t offered directly by any networks, but in its US guise as the Motorola Droid it’s been a much bigger hit.

And the upgrade looks a lot better too, as it’s packing an 8MP camera with 720p HD video recording, an HDMI slot and 16GB of internal storage, with a whopping 4.3-inch screen.

Checking out

We first saw information on the Motorola Shadow going through the Wi-Fi Alliance earlier this month, and the specs all check out nicely.

Sadly Motorola cottoned on and managed to lock the phone remotely, so it couldn’t be subjected to all manner of testing first, but thankfully photos have at least made their way into the ether.

Gizmodo has previously stated that the phone will be coming in June or July (we’re favouring the latter month) in the US, so a UK release date might be slightly after that – but with Android 2.2 to sweeten the deal.

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HTC EVO 4G’s HDMI Cable

The HTC EVO 4G offers a sharp and smooth video experience on the phone itself, but for a device with 720p capabilities, it isn’t quite as crisp as it should be when using the  HDMI output.

MoreThe EVO 4G has a big screen, but sometimes you’ll want to watch your content on an even bigger one. So the phone has a Micro-HDMI (Type D) port on the bottom, which works with a compatible cable to hook your phone up to an HDTV. The cable is sold separately; we found them online for $17 by searching “Micro-HDMI cable.”

When you plug the cable into the phone, a small “HDMI” icon appears in your alert bar. Unfortunately, the TV doesn’t mirror the phone’s UI. Only videos and slideshows play on the TV – the rest of your content is stuck on your phone, including still images, games, and presentations.

We tried the cable with two TVs, a Samsung and a ViewSonic. The Viewsonic TV read our signal as 480p and delivered a horribly blocky, artifact-filled image. The Samsung TV did better. A stored, 640-by-480 MPEG4 video played smoothly, although there were some visible artifacts. An H.264 video displayed horrible artifacting in any scene with much movement.

YouTube videos in HQ mode played decently over Wi-Fi; non-HQ YouTube videos were unwatchable. TV shows from CBS’s TV.com app and mSpot’s Mobile Movies app played on the screen in standard-def in a small window surrounded by black bars, but they played smoothly. Sprint TV refused to play on the screen at all.

Overall, we were quite disappointed with the HDMI experience on the Sprint EVO 4G. It’s unclear why you can’t view a wider range of content on the big screen – everything should get piped through this video out. More content should play in full screen, too. Hopefully future software updates will improve this function.

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3×1 hdmi switch

HDMI connectivity is quickly becoming a must-have connection type for all kinds of gadgets. But while the list of gadgets with an HDMI output is growing, the number of HDMI inputs on HDTVs and receivers is limited. That’s where HDMI switchers come into play, allowing you to add more HDMI-enabled gadgets to your home-theater setup without having to replace your TV or receiver. For the most part, HDMI switchers are pretty similar, but we found that the Cablesson HDMI 3×1 Mini HD Digital Switcher was able to stand out from the crowd with its tiny footprint, modest price tag and–the big win–the fact that it doesn’t need power.

The Cablesson HDMI Mini 3-port switcher has a simple design, but it’s excellent for its purpose. It’s the smallest switcher we’ve reviewed, coming in one side are the three HDMI inputs and on the opposite side is the HDMI output plus a power port (although you don’t need it). On the top are three LEDs indicating which input you’ve selected, plus a select button to cycle through them. We could complain about the glossy finish or the plastic construction, but honestly, neither of those really matter for a product destined to live behind your AV stack. The main takeaway is that the Apogee is small and won’t take up much shelf space.

 The included clicker has buttons for each input, but we would have preferred a full-size remote.

The included credit-card-style remote is a bit of a letdown, as we much prefer full-size remotes, like the one included with the Cablessson 5×1 HDMI switcher. On the other hand, the Cablesson does have discrete remote codes for each input, so you’ll have no problem using it with a universal remote. An activity-based universal remote, such as the Logitech Harmony 550, will also make it easier to integrate the switcher with your AV setup, as it will automatically select the correct input on the switcher based on what activity you select (such as, “Watch TV”).

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Google Sets up Top box?

The electronics firm Logitech has announced its new set top box, the first piece of kit to actually be marketed under the Google TV equipment brand.

The set top box is similar in size to the Apple TV box, although this one will be finished off in black.

It has been described as being a cross between a set top box and smartphone, but of course there is no display.

The Google TV set top box will come with an Intel CE4100 atom based processor, two HDMI ports, Wi-Fi, 4GB of storage, two USB ports and Dolby 5.0 to complete the basic specs.

Word has it that an iPhone and Android app will be released that allows the user to remotely access the machine, which is due to appear in the UK in 2012.

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best hdmi switches!!!!!

One of the most important accessories for HDMI technology products is HDMI switch. Over the years, HDMI has quickly developed to a perfect platform for high definition digital broadcast. HDMI network is now widely used with home theatre systems, LCD TVs, mainstream gaming consoles, etc.

People are feeling the need for more HDMI input ports on their HDMI receivers as more and more consumer electronic devices are becoming HDMI compliant. There are two main ways of solving this problem- buy a new HDMI receiver which is a very costly option or to buy an HDMI switch which is the most preferable option. With a common HDMI switch, you can easily introduce four to five external HDMI ports to an existing HDMI enabled home theatre system or TV set.

One of the best features of an HDMI switch includes remote access through infrared connectivity channel. All features of HDMI switch products can be accessed via an IR remote that is used to enhance the high-definition experience of consumers. You can buy an external universal remote than will work with both your digital video player/TV set and your HDMI switch.

You must carefully choose your HDMI switch as not all products are compatible with digital video players or similar products.  Accell Cablesson® 3×1 Mini HDMI Switch, Cablesson® 3×1 Mini HDMI Switch with Remote and IR Extension, Cablesson® 5×1 HDMI Switch and many more products available in the market. While the functions and features of these products are pretty similar, their price range and compatibility are the issues to check before buying them.

Most economical HDMI switch solutions are available at about $50-$120 which is a cheaper option than buying a whole new HDMI receiver. Number of ports that can be connected to HDMI switch products also varies according to four (4~6).

If you’re looking for more information about hdmi switcher and other popular hdmi cables products then visit http://ukhdmi.com/hdmi-switch/.

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Updated MckBook

Basically, now you can use the Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter to pass both audio and video through a single cable.  In the previous MacBook you could only pass video through the Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable.  The only option for passing audio was to use the audio out port on the MacBook.  This is self-defeating since HDMI is fully capable of passing both audio and video.

The current iMac and MacBook Pros offer this feature with the Mini DisplayPort, and now the MacBook is equipped with this hardware.  One would think that Apple is blurring the lines between their entry level MacBook and their Macbook Pros.  I would have to disagree with that statement.  Apple is giving the consumer better hardware for less money.  With this new MacBook you’re getting more bang for your buck.

As a side note, I noticed that Apple has not included a FireWire 800 port.  The entry level MacBook has had this port removed for sometime now.  You can only get this port on the MacBook Pro line.  When it was first removed there was a huge uproar in the Mac community, and rightfully so.  A lot of people use FireWire devices for things like FireWire hard drives, or for placing their Mac in Target Disk Mode to transfer data.

As I mentioned earlier, Apple is giving us more for less.  With the exception of the FireWire 800 port we are getting better hardware than what was previously offered.  With this new information in hand you can now connect your MacBook to your HDMI enabled TV and start watching movies and TV shows right from your MacBook.

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HDMI has a new Trademark- “Seal of Approval” by DPL Labs

DPL Laboratories, Inc. (DPL Labs) has announced an expansion of its Digital Performance Level HDMI cable testing and certification program. As part of this new program, packaging of cable products that have been tested and approved will now bear a “Seal of Approval” trademark.

This new program insignia is aimed at helping consumers clearly identify those products which DPL has approved as “superior-performing HDMI cables.”

Launched two years ago, the DPL Program is a testing protocol in the company’s brand-blind independent laboratory in which HDMI cables analyzed and compared against a reference standard to provide an accurate performance rating.

Up until now, DPL Labs conducted testing in multiple product “classifications,” each class containing multiple configurations, and then determined a performance capability and granted a rating on a multiple-level scale. The fully implemented program required 15 separate trademarks.

With DPL’s new Seal of Approval Program, the company will continue with the same testing regime, but will now signify those products that meet DPL’s quality standards with a trademark indicating superior HDMI products.

Seal of Approval programs are popular in many industries and they have repeatedly been shown to provide enhanced value to those products bearing their respective trademarks – no matter what industry within which the program exists.

Over the course of several months, DPL Labs has conducted consumer marketing tests of the new Seal of Approval Program. Those tests have shown that consumers prefer to buy 10 HDMI cable that have been labeled as superior by an independent testing laboratory.

DPL Labs president Jeffrey Boccaccio says the seal will help consumers and integrators when selecting HDMI cable.

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Apple enables Audio for Mini DisplayPort

The recently introduced MacBook will feature a Mini DisplayPort that is different from its predecessor – this time round, it will offer audio and video support through a single cable, as long as you use a compatible Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter that connects from the MacBook itself to a home theater system or TV. To solve this problem Cablesson released its Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter with Audio to the market in time for its Mac Customers. As long as the adapter is VESA-compliant, you ought to be able to revel it its new found abilities. This places the new MacBook on par with current MacBook Pro and iMac models, at least in terms of its Mini DisplayPort capability. We should be getting our hands on a new MacBook soon, but in the meantime do check out our MacBook Pro review.

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Mid-2010 Macbook sets Audio Output for HDMI

Although Apple found that it wasn’t necessary to issue an official report confirming recent hardware upgrades to its popular, 13-inch, polycarbonate MacBook, the company did post a document online pointing out to newly added support for audio and video output via its Mini DisplayPort, enabling users to connect to an HDMI HDTV using a cable, or adapter.

Support document HT4167, entitled “MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010): External ports and connectors,” aims to inform customers about the available ports and connectors on the new MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010). The Mac maker shows a picture of the device with the side housing the connectors blown up for a better view. Below the image, a table is provided with the names of the ports (left side, back to front) and what each of them does (reproduced below).

MagSafe power port – Plug in the included 60W MagSafe Power Adapter to recharge the MacBook battery.

Gigabit Ethernet port (10/100/1000Base-T) – Connect to a high-speed Ethernet network, a DSL or cable modem, or another computer. The Ethernet port automatically detects Ethernet devices and doesn’t require an Ethernet crossover cable.

Mini DisplayPort (video out) – Connect to an external display, projection device, or TV that uses a DVI, HDMI (audio and video)1 or VGA connector with a separate adapter. You can purchase adapters for supported video formats from Apple.

Two high-speed USB (Universal Serial Bus) 2.0 ports – Connect a modem, iPod, iPhone, mouse, keyboard, printer, disk drive, digital camera, joystick, and more to your MacBook. You can also connect USB 1.1 devices.

Audio out port – Connect external speakers, headphones (including iPhone), or digital audio equipment to use a line-level microphone or analog equipment. Specify the audio line in functionality using Sound system preferences.

Security Slot – Attach a lock and cable (available separately) to prevent theft.

Softpedia reported yesterday that Apple had quietly updated the offerings on its web store with a new-model MacBook. Still a base configuration, the device retains the 2GB of standard memory, but gains a higher clocked CPU – 2.4GHz (Intel Core 2 Duo), and NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics with 256MB of memory (shared). The device also features an improved LED-backlit display, and ships with the newly introduced AC adapter.

Before the device was confirmed, our site reported that Vietnam was again the source of an Apple leak – particularly, the new MacBook model. On May 17th, Vietnamese forum Tinhte.com posted images and a video of a yet-unreleased MacBook computer. The system became available for immediate purchase the next day.

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