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Smaller, lighter, mightier still – GoPro HERO3 HD Camera – Take UltraHD Videos on the Go

Capture and share your life’s most meaningful experiences with the HERO3+ Black Edition. 20% smaller and lighter than its best-selling predecessor, it delivers improved image quality and powerful new features geared for versatility and convenience. SuperView™ is a new video mode that captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective, while Auto Low Light mode intelligently adjusts frame rate for stunning low-light performance. Combined with 30% longer battery life, 4x faster Wi-Fi, a sharper lens and compatibility with all GoPro mounts and accessories, the HERO3+ Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro yet.

The HERO3+ Black Edition is 20% smaller and lighter than previous models and is compatible with all GoPro mounts and accessories—making it the most mountable, wearable and versatile GoPro ever.

Stunning video quality has made GoPro the world’s best-selling camera company, and the HERO3+ Black Edition continues this tradition. High-resolution, high-frame rate 1440p48, 1080p60, 960p100 and 720p120 video modes result in professional quality footage and allow for liquid-smooth slow motion playback. 4Kp15 and 2.7Kp30 enable ultra high-resolution, cinema quality capture.

The HERO3+ Black Edition captures gorgeous 12MP stills at up to 30 frames per second—perfect for fast-action sequences. Time Lapse mode enables automatic photo capture at 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30 or 60 second intervals. Continuous Photo shoots full-resolution stills at a steady 3, 5 or 10 frames per second when holding down the shutter button.

GoPro is proud to introduce SuperView, a video mode that captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective. It allows you to capture more of yourself and your surroundings in the shot—resulting in captivating, ultra engaging footage.

Want your camera to automatically adjust for low-light situations? Auto Low Light mode intelligently changes frame rates based on lighting conditions for enhanced low-light performance.

Enjoy crisper, clearer footage with reduced distortion. The HERO3+ Black Edition boasts a 33% increase in image sharpness thanks to its sharper lens and 2x reduction in imaging artifacts.

Sound quality is as important as image quality. The HERO3+ Black Edition features upgraded audio performance, capturing even the most subtle of sounds—whether you’re recording voices, music or the roar of your engine on a spirited drive. Advanced wind-noise reduction technology keeps the audio clearer during high-speed activities.

Featuring a 30% increase in battery life, you can go longer and capture more with the HERO3+ Black Edition.

The GoPro App makes it easy to control your camera, and lets you do more with your GoPro content than ever before. Get full remote control of all camera functions. See what your camera sees with live preview for easy shot-framing. View photos and play back videos, then share your favorites via email, text, Instagram™, Facebook® and more.

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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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Wi-Fi, WirelessHD

The Wireless Gigabit Alliance may be on its way to dominating the market for multi-gigabit in-room wireless networks after the powerful Wi-Fi Alliance said it would study the group’s specification as part of Wi-Fi certification and a key rival announced it would include WiGig in dual-mode chips.

The WiGig Alliance last month released a specification for wireless networks that use frequencies in the 60GHz band for throughput as high as 7G bps (bits per second). The 60GHz band is just beginning to be used for consumer applications but may be attractive for future uses such as streaming high-definition video because it can offer such high speeds, albeit without the range to cover an average home. Unlicensed frequencies are available in the band in most countries, according to WiGig.

Under an agreement that is being announced Monday, the Wi-Fi Alliance will evaluate WiGig technology for integration into its future 60GHz specification. As part of the same agreement, the WiGig group will gain access to Wi-Fi Alliance specifications so it can further align its own technology to those standards.It has been recommended to you the 2m hdmi cable with the HD Wireless Solution.

Also on Monday, SiBeam, the main proponent of an alternative 60GHz technology called Wireless HD, said it is now making dual-mode WirelessHD/WiGig silicon. The chips are available now in sample quantities, and SiBeam will have a reference design for customers in June, said SiBeam President and CEO John LeMoncheck. Unlike the developers of WiGig, SiBeam is already shipping chips that are being integrated into consumer electronics products such as TVs. But it is the only significant chip maker behind WirelessHD.

SiBeam isn’t giving in to WiGig, LeMoncheck said. Rather, the two technologies have different strengths and SiBeam is offering to provide its customers with both, he said. While WirelessHD was designed for video streaming between two devices, WiGig is oriented more toward data networking and is not as well-suited to video, he said. WirelessHD has theoretical throughput of 28G bps compared with WiGig’s 7G bps, so it’s better equipped for the higher-definition video standards of the future, according to LeMoncheck.

“They are fundamentally different in terms of the applications they serve and where they play, and we as a chip company are happy to serve both those markets,” LeMoncheck said.

Another high-speed wireless technology, WHDI (Wireless Home Digital Interface), is also available on some shipping consumer products but doesn’t directly compete because it operates in the 5GHz range.

The WiGig Alliance was formed about a year ago by many of the biggest makers of Wi-Fi silicon along with Microsoft, Nokia and major consumer electronics makers. It completed a technology specification in December and last month released it to outside developers, free of royalties.

Wi-Fi chip makers Intel, Broadcom and Atheros have voiced a desire to make WiGig an extension of Wi-Fi, allowing users to take advantage of multi-gigabit speeds while near to a device or access point and falling back to conventional Wi-Fi rates when they move beyond the range of the 60GHz signal. With Wi-Fi already widely adopted around the world, being combined with that standard could give WiGig an easy path into networked products and users’ homes.

On Monday, the two groups are announcing a cooperation agreement that seems set to bring the two standards together, though all the Wi-Fi Alliance is committing to so far is studying the WiGig specification for possible use.

“We certainly will evaluate thoroughly their specification and perhaps certify for it,” said Wi-Fi Alliance CEO Edgar Figueroa.

The 60GHz task group within the Wi-Fi Alliance may study the WiGig specification for weeks or months before deciding what components, if any, to bring into its own 60GHz standard, said Ali Sadri, chairman and president of the WiGig Alliance. The Wi-Fi Alliance is not an official standards body but effectively has the power of one because its widely recognized brand name is the one most associated with the wildly popular wireless LAN technology. The group has already jumped ahead of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to set de facto standards such as Draft 802.11n.

The role of the Wi-Fi Alliance is to make sure products from different vendors work together in all the ways they claim to when a consumer gets them home and tries to make them communicate, Figueroa said. Thus, if WiGig were made part of Wi-Fi and products got a special certification for that capability, consumers would know they could smoothly hand off a session from 60GHz to other Wi-Fi bands, he said.

If WiGig were offered as part of mass-market, relatively low-cost Wi-Fi chips, consumer electronics vendors could include the standard without investing in a separate processor, which is an important consideration in a price-driven market, according to industry analysts.

For its part, WiGig has already written into its specification procedures for handing off sessions to the existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi frequency bands. But the Wi-Fi Alliance can afford to take its time considering what else it might tap into for the high-frequency standard, said Parks Associates analyst Kurt Scherf.

“Why commit at this point? They’ve got all the power,” Scherf said.

Monday’s deal may not be exclusive for either side. Interoperability with Wi-Fi would probably begin with basic functions such as LAN connectivity and Wi-Fi Direct, a peer-to-peer form of data communication, Sadri said. To certify WiGig products for other uses, such as wireless HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface), WiGig may turn to other standards bodies such as HDMI Licensing, he said.

Meanwhile, the tie-up would be unlikely to bear fruit in the form of consumer products until the second half of 2011, in the estimation of Scherf.

But a partnership between WiGig and Wi-Fi could be a turning point in the 60GHz market, analysts said.

“It is potentially a game-changer,” said In-Stat analyst Brian O’Rourke. The partnership gives WiGig more credibility and Wi-Fi a path to higher speeds than the 100Mbps to 600Mbps that 802.11n offers, he said.

Given this deal, SiBeam probably will have to find a way to interoperate with Wi-Fi, analysts said. But SiBeam’s LeMoncheck thinks there is little need for a handoff capability from WirelessHD to Wi-Fi because WirelessHD is designed primarily for video streaming within a room.

Integration with Wi-Fi probably would be a gradual process, O’Rourke said. For one thing, there are special challenges to adding 60GHz capabilities to a chip. “The higher the frequency, the more difficult the manufacturing issues,” he said. “As the frequency goes up, the interference issues are multiplied.”

Yet even late next year won’t be too late to capitalize on demand that is still nascent, Scherf of Parks Associates said. Users simply don’t need 7G bps to link a laptop to a nearby monitor or storage device, he said. The first application that will really demand such a technology probably will be streaming or copying movies from Blu-Ray discs wirelessly rather than over an HDMI cable, he said.

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Home Wi-Fi Networks embraces Sling Receiver 300 Streams 1080i Video

As far as we’re concerned, Sling Media was one of the most surprising companies at CES 2010, providing a very large number of interesting products that slightly move away from the classic Slingbox design and tackle some other segments of the home entertainment and television service delivery markets.

And since pretty much everyone’s come up with some sort of device capable of streaming HD-grade video without wires from a set-top box or player to an HDTV, SlingMedia did the same with its new Sling Receiver 300, which is meant to deliver a full 1080i video stream from an HD DVR to any other HD television in a home using the viewer’s wireless home network, practically allowing them to enjoy the same HD programming that they experience on their primary HDTV on a secondary HDTV in their home without the need to run additional cables or purchase a second DVR.

Working in conjunction with a SlingLoaded set-top box, the Sling Receiver 300 connects to a second HDTV via its built-in HDMI, component or composite video connectors. Depending on the connection method, multiple video formats up to 1080i can be delivered. Audio is delivered to the second TV using HDMI, digital audio or analog audio outputs. The Sling Receiver 300 is small enough to be mounted behind an HDTV.

“HDTV viewers often want to extend their main set-top box experience to another HDTV with minimal hassle and expense,” said John M. Paul, executive vice president of Products at Sling Media. “The Sling Receiver 300 can extend the full quality of a primary HD DVR experience to any secondary HDTV in the home, while eliminating the cost and problems of running cable.”

Unfortunately, similar to all of the company’s new releases at this year’s International CES, the Sling Receiver 300 is also targeted directly at television service providers rather than end-customers, which means that it’s up to your cable operator whether this product will enter its lineup of provided accessories or not.

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The Rapid Deployment Wi-Fi Kit – For When Aliens Attack

You wake up in the middle of the night startled by sounds of explosions coming from outside. You look out the window and see that aliens are invading. You try to phone but no one is answering. The Internet is down as well. Thank God you bought that Xirrus Wi-Fi Kit for Disaster Response and Temporary events you had read about some time before.

Sounds like an unlikely scenario? Well, you’d better hope it isn’t since that is about the only time when you get to use the Xirrus Rapid Deployment Wi-Fi Kit. This self contained Wi-Fi deployment kit includes a mounting Tripod, the actual Array (four or eight access points, controller, switch, antennas, DHCP server, firewall and management), data and power cables, as well as a rugged carrying case.

Bruce Miller, Vice President of Product Marketing at Xirrus, had a few things to say regarding the product, “We designed the Xirrus Rapid Deployment Wi-Fi Kit for deployment simplicity. The Wi-Fi Array, around which the kit is based, integrates all the elements needed to deploy a Wi-Fi network into a single device. […] The kit comes with all the necessary mounting hardware and cabling and is pre-configured to work out of the box. A Wi-Fi network for hundreds of users can literally be set up in less than 10 minutes. With a range well over 1,000 feet line-of-site outdoors and 200-500 feet indoors depending on environment, the Array is the only solution of its kind for setting up a pervasive wireless network with such simplicity.”

Although at first the device is pretty interesting, in order for the average consumer to purchase it, he/she would need to spend around 3.999 dollars for the XRD Kit 100 or about 5.999 dollars for the 200 version. Which is why this device will see only professional use, with the average user needing it only in case aliens attack. But if you have nothing against cables, you could DIY a much cheaper network.

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet

Archos has gone all official with its new Archos 5 Internet Tablet. The tablet has a large screen that supports HD resolution for media and has a built-in TV recording function. GPS is also built into the device and it runs the Android operating system. The screen is a 5-inch high resolution unit with a full internet browser to rival the surfing experience you get on a computer. The Archos 5 is available with up to 500GB of storage capacity for movies and apps.

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Archos has also announced its own app store called AppsLib Store that provides access to free and paid applications developed specifically for the 5-inch screen device. The tablet will also ship with several apps preinstalled as well. The tablet also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for accessing the internet via a mobile phone.

The processor is an ARM Cortex A8 from Texas Instruments and the screen has a resolution of 800 x 480. The tablet will be available in late September starting at £199.99 and going up to £349.99 depending on the configuration.

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Hooks up to your HD TV via ASUS Ultra Wideband HDMI Eee keyboard

asuskeyboardhdAsus is set to release its new Eee keyboard later this summer, with the first review samples scheduled for August and the new Eee-branded device soon set to feature wireless streaming of high-definition content to your TV.

While Asus is still to confirm exact specification and pricing on the new Eee keyboard, the company’s UK Marketing Manager John Swatton informed TechRadar today that, “technology improves so much that, even in six months [since the unveiling of the wireless version at CeBit], the specification may well be better than even we originally thought.”

Ultra wideband HDMI

As for the promise of being able to wirelessly stream your high definition content from your lovely new slim Eee keyboard to your telly via Asus’ ultra wideband HDMI tech, that has also still to be confirmed for a late 2009 launch.

“It is not a proven technology yet, so our engineers are still testing it out,” added Swatton.

The Eee keyboard is, as he noted, the “first product of its kind in its segment, so it is imperative that we get it right.”

Whether the first batch of Eee keyboards feature wireless HDMI streaming or not, they are definitely set to feature the standard Wi-Fi as well as an in-built speaker, microphone, a 5-inch touchscreen display and a 32GB SSD to store your high def movies on.

TechRadar cannot wait to get our mitts on the first review samples heading our way in August, mainly because it will mean we need never leave the comfort of our couch ever again!

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