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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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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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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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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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Finally watch Blu-ray movies on your Mac?

Macworld – Our long national nightmare is over–you can finally watch Blu-ray movies on your Mac!

Well, sort of.

The Kanex XD (which took home a Best of Show award at 2010′s Macworld Expo) takes advantage of a special feature of the $1699 Core 2 Duo ( Macworld rated 4 out of 5 mice ) and $1999 Core i5 ( Macworld rated 4.5 out of 5 mice ) 27-inch iMac models that allows the all-in-one Mac’s Mini DisplayPort connection to receive video signals (all other MiniDisplay Port-graced Macs only support video output).

The Kanex (pronounced “connects”) converter lets you connect an HDMI video source–Blu-ray player, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, or HD DVR, for example–to your iMac for HD video and stereo audio playback. (You can also use it with a Nintendo Wii, but you’ll need a composite-to-HDMI converter.) Several companies have announced plans to offer similar products, but the XD is the first one to actually see the light of day.

The package includes everything you need: the iMac-like brushed aluminum converter (the metal acts as a heat sink–good because the XD produces a lot of heat), a three-foot HDMI cable, a three-foot Mini DisplayPort cable, and a power adapter. Although the XD supports up to 1920 by 1200 resolution (slightly better than 1080p, which is 1920 by 1080), Kanex says that the only standard HD resolution the iMac’s Mini DisplayPort input supports is 720p (1280 by 720). Which means you won’t be able to see Blu-ray movies or play 1080p games at their full resolution. Also, you’ll need to set the video output of whatever device you plan to attach to 720p before you connect it, and that requires using a separate display.

Kanex recommends a specific order for setup: turn on your Blu-ray/console/DVR, connect the HDMI cable from it to the XD, connect the power adapter to the XD, then connect the Mini DisplayPort cable from the XD to the iMac. I connected a PS3 using these steps, and at first nothing appeared on the screen, but when I unplugged the Mini DisplayPort cable from the back of the iMac and the plugged it back it, the PS3′s output showed up just fine.

Once everything was up and running, I played portions of two Blu-ray movies and a few minutes of a PS3 game. The movies looked very good, and the game played without any noticeable lag.

Using the iMac’s included Bluetooth keyboard, you can control volume and brightness from the couch, as well as switch between the Mac’s desktop and the input from the XD by pressing command-F2.

Macworld’s buying advice

If you own a 27-inch iMac and want to make use of its screen to play console games, watch Blu-ray movies, or enjoy HD TV shows from a cable box or DVR, the Kanex XD can make it happen. Due to a limitation of the iMac, however, you’ll have to settle for 720p resolution instead of 1080p.

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LG BD570 Blu-ray player Entertains you more VIA WI-FI

London, May, 2010 – LG Electronics (LG), a major player in the global flat panel display and audio-video device market, introduce the BD570 Blu-ray player.

LG’s BD570 is no ordinary Blu-ray player. The new model’s built-in Wi-Fi allows it to connect to the internet or a home network to bring a wider variety of entertainment options to the living room.

“People shouldn’t be restricted to watching movies that come on discs,” said Stephen Gater, Head of Marketing, LG Home Entertainment Company. “We have included wireless connectivity on the BD570 that allows consumers to access content from other DLNA devices and NetCast too.”

Wireless internet access allows the BD570 to take content, such as YouTube videos, usually viewed on a small computer screen and put them onto a large TV in the living room. To make regular Blu-ray discs even better, the BD570 unlocks additional movie-related content from the web with BD-Live. This highly-connected Blu-ray player also provides convenient access to information like local and global weather forecasts from Accuweather and can connect to Picasa, to view and share photos online.

Many families have already accumulated substantial digital media libraries filled with music, movies, home videos and more. The BD570 connects via Wi-Fi to the computers on a home network or DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) – compatible storage devices. It can also be connected directly to external USB hard drives or thumb drives to play HD quality DivX and MKV movies.

The BD570 connects to most TVs with a single HDMI cable, ensuring viewers always see the highest possible picture quality with both Blu-ray discs and regular DVDs, which it up-scales to 1080p resolution.

The LG BD570 Blu-ray player is available in stores now.

Specifications:

  • Wi-Fi for simple and easy connectivity
    DLNA for in house network streaming
    External HDD Playback
    NetCast for online content of YouTube, Accuweather & Picasa
    HD Grade Movie File Playback (MKV & DivX HD)
    USB Plus for Playing Movie, Music & Photo

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Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G is about to release on 4th June

Recently, Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G price and release date was finally broken by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse who announced 4th June to be the final release date of America’s first 4G smartphone “HTC EVO 4G” priced at $200 in an event in New York. In tandem to the announcement, Sprint will be releasing useful accessories to spruce-up your snapdragon powered EVO 4G handset.
As reported earlier, HTC EVO 4G accessories lineup will have a dock with HDMI out, a car mount, Hands-free, screen protectors, several kind of cases, different replacement shells, a battery charging holster and many more.

The two most important accessories which might come handy are – multimedia charging cradle/dock and the in-car charging cradle/mount. The first accessory is the multimedia charging cradle/dock for charging the smartphone. The phone comes with HDMI port which can be used for streaming content to your TV using 2m HDMI cable  attached in the dock, now it is not required to disconnect the HDMI cable connection and then charge the phone and then again connect to restart streaming. Using this multimedia charging dock the mobile is getting charged along with the streaming. That means you can continuously stream content to your TV without thinking of the battery time left in your phone. Also the cable does not need to be connected and disconnected every time from the phone when required, just place your phone on the dock and everything starts rolling in place.

And the second one is the in-car charging cradle/mount. It enables to charge your mobile in the car. Additionally, it also activates a smart application on your smartphone named “Car Panel”. This application is a google based application which helps in Maps, navigation and voice search while driving.

Currently, no information on the price tags or release dates for the EVO 4G accessories have emerged, though these accessories are likely to become available just before the phone hits the shelves or within one week after the launch.

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DRM way is driven by Avatar Blu-ray

The Unobtainium hording N’avi from James Cameron’s Avatar have defeated the Dark Knight in Blu-ray sales. Avatar sold 1.5 million copies, more than doubling the first-day tally of Chris Nolan’s second Batman flick on Blu-ray. But the record sales of Avatar opened a veritable Pandora’s box as a record number of consumers get a bitter taste of digital media’s dark side – Digital Rights Management (DRM).

So many consumers went home disappointed this week, hoping to watch a brand spankin’ new copy of Avatar in flawless HD, that Best Buy put firmware update notices online and in stores to stave off mass returns. What many in the media had been calling a glitch is no glitch at all. It’s just the cost of consuming digital media these days. One of the reasons Blu-ray won the so-called HD format war against Toshiba’s HD DVD was a promise of enhanced copy-protection security. A consequence of copy-protection for many Blu-ray player owners is having to frequently update their machines with the latest software or “firmware revision”.

Fox Home Entertainment says the Avatar Blu-ray issue has mostly been limited to older Samsung and LG players. Most of the players are not updating their cables to the latest 2M HDMI cable. But we’ve heard reports of many other models not playing back this week’s mega-release from Fox. Firmware updates are available at the manufacturer’s support websites which must be burned to a disc in order to feed it to your Blu-ray player. Alternatively, if you own a Blu-ray profile 2.0 player (or one of the dual format HD DVD/Blu-ray players like Samsung’s BD UP-5000), your player is capable of downloading the update directly from the Internet.

The biggest trouble with DRM isn’t just the recent Avatar Blu-ray release – this only highlighted the issue due to the sheer number of people buying the disc. DRM is updated every so often and many Blu-ray players need frequent firmware updates to keep pace. Otherwise, instead of a movie, you could find you’ve brought home a new coaster for the coffee table wrapped in a Blu-ray package. But you’re just as likely to get DRM’s Blu-ray disc watch-blockage from your brand new copy of Twilight: New Moon or this week’s Blu-ray release – Escape from L.A. It’s unanimous, despite being a movie icon himself, Snake Plissken does not approve of DRM!

The DRM issue strikes to the heart of your right to private property. You bought the disc, but the manufacturer has the right to encode it with something that’ll prevent its playback. What makes this DRM so pathetic is that this nonsense is designed to prevent piracy. Yet, if you were a digital media pirate you’ve already been watching Avatar for weeks. Most Blu-ray discs are already pirated and available for download via bit-torrent long before the Blu-ray release date. The pirates certainly aren’t buying the disc – and they most certainly aren’t putting up with the hassles of DRM and firmware updates.

Like FBI warnings and Interpol notices, one can only assume that DRM is designed to prevent the piracy of customers who have already paid for the product and not the actual pirates

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Global Sources will bring the latest technology to Dubai in June 2010

Global Sources has announced that its China Sourcing Fair will be held at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Dubai, UAE, between June 8 and June 10, 2010. The organisers have confirmed that the event will bring the latest and the greatest in technology to the Middle East covering product categories such as consumer electronics,
computer and networking, telecom products, electronic accessories, home appliances, and security products, among others.

The event will offer the largest group of mainland China electronics suppliers showing their latest products in Dubai, with over 1,100 booths from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. This year will also market the fourth leg of the event in Dubai. According to the organisers, the event will be expanded to be the largest ever.


There will be many new HDMI products and solutions displayed on exhibition. They offer high quality 2M HDMI cable  and the latest HD techonolgy both applied to company and individuals.

According to a Global Sources survey conducted in February this year, over 70 percent of China suppliers said they started seeing their overseas orders recover. The China Sourcing Fairs according to Global Sources are the perfect platform for buyers and suppliers to meet conveniently, and quickly benefit from the global rebound.

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Mobile High-definition Standard consortium launched

Nokia, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony, and Toshiba have announced the formation of the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) Consortium. Consumers will be able to display HD video content with up to 1080p picture quality and digital audio from their mobile device on an HDTV.

The Consortium will develop a new mobile audio/video interface standard for directly connecting mobile phones and other portable consumer electronics devices to HDTVs and displays. The MHL standard features a single-cable with a low pin-count interface able to support up to 1080p high-definition (HD) video and digital audio while simultaneously providing power to the mobile device. 2M HDMI cable is hot selling right now.

High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) technologies will protect high-value digital motion pictures, television programs and audio against unauthorized interception and copying.

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