Audea Launches New Smart Speakers!

Press Release – September 16, 2020

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SALT LAKE CITY, September 4, 2020 – AUDEA®, the world’s first voice controlled “Ultra Smart Speaker” that runs thousands of music and video Apps has begun shipping. AUDEA® is a new class of “Ultra Smart Speaker” that unlike simple streaming “smart speakers”, incorporates an App processor and display that allows you to run any App such as Spotify®, Apple Music® and YouTube® so you can browse and play your music and videos with or without a phone. 

The AUDEA Ultra Smart Speaker is the only smart speaker that allows you to browse, play and access the features of any App directly on the speaker.  “Smart speakers” or “smart displays” only stream wifi or bluetooth® music and show cover art with voice commands respectively. Only AUDEA allows you to browse your music and videos, create playlists, socially interact plus enjoy dozens of other unique App features, all with or without a phone.  In comparison, conventional smart speakers like the Amazon® Echo or Sonos® One require you to use voice commands without a display so you can’t browse and play music without a phone or desktop computer.  

AUDEA is the world’s highest quality smart speaker because it is not just a wifi streaming speaker but a complete high res 96 kHz 24 bit music player system that incorporates the first adjustable 13 band equalizer (EQ) with digital signal processing (DSP) and supports optional add-on powered speakers that dramatically enhances the spatial, immersive listening experience. 

AUDEA is the first truly universal smart speaker.  Because AUDEA runs any music App, you can play any online streaming music or downloaded music from any music store, in any music format.   For example, you can play purchased music on Apple Music, play auto curated music on Spotify, listen to Sirius XM® radio and watch YouTube music videos, all with or without a phone. 

You can run virtually any App on AUDEA including music, movies, games, news, weather, Google Assistant® home automation control, phone and video calls, email, texting, social media like Facebook®, cooking, karaoke, broadcast radio, among many others.  AUDEA is perfect for custom home integrators who want to customize a home entertainment system for their clients.

“Music lovers just want to browse and listen to their music with or without their phone” said Douglas Kihm, CEO, Founder. “Audea offers for the first time the freedom to instantly browse and play your favorite music with or without a phone.  It’s not just a wifi speaker, it’s a complete intelligent, HD quality, music and video entertainment system.”  Mr. Kihm continued, “People naturally want to visually browse by artist, genre, personal and daily curated playlists or their stored collection of high res music to choose the music they want to listen to.  Conventional voice controlled smart speakers don’t allow you to browse your music while “smart displays” only display cover art.  Audea reduces the time and effort to play music directly on the speaker”.      

Since music services such as Spotify®, Apple Music® and Pandora® offer virtually the same music, the primary value of the music service is the App’s Graphic User Interface (GUI) and unique features.  Only AUDEA gives you full control of the Apps GUI and features without requiring the use of a phone.  Only AUDEA plays high res music you own from your own cloud storage such as Google Drive® or Dropbox® so you don’t have to pay monthly subscription storage fees.  AUDEA is the only universal solution that plays all SD and HD formats of music including Apple AAC and ALAC, FLAC, WAV, MP3, Ogg Vorbis/Opus, WMA, DTS and music from its local storage or from any music store so you are not locked into one music store or streaming service.     

AUDEA is the first to play music wirelessly over Wi-fi, Apple Airplay®, DLNA and over the world’s first “2-way” Bluetooth wireless interface which allows you to both stream Bluetooth music to AUDEA from your phone and stream music to a Bluetooth speakers or headphones.

AUDEA’s “4-Play” allows you to play music 4 ways including it’s built-in 7-inch color touch display, a hand-held remote control, voice commands and with a phone, Mac or PC. AUDEA supports Google Assistant® voice control via a 4 microphone far-field array. Four touch keys on the front panel provides easy volume control, muting and a Google Assistant wake key. Its programmable 48 LED light ring indicates volume level, Google Assistant and other events.  

AUDEA is based on patented VOXXI® voice control technology.  AUDEA’s unique “private remote voice control” only turns on the microphone when the Remote’s Wake Key is pressed which prevents any potential online eavesdropping of private conversations.  

AUDEA includes a convenient hand-held remote that allows you to easily control music and video playback including play, pause, skip and volume plus 6 buttons that give you “one-click” selection of your favorite App.  AUDEA’s “EasyUp” periodically updates new software features.            

AUDEA features Android® 9 running on a 1.5 GHz Quad-core A7 processor, a 7-inch color display, 2GB’s of RAM and 10GBs of storage plus an HD 96 kHz/24-bit DAC and a 13 band Equalizer (EQ) online music player. 

AUDEA has an Aux Input for connecting a TV or phonograph plus an Aux output to connect to a stereo receiver or amplified speakers including the company’s “SoundMate 60”. AUDEA’s unique 2-way Bluetooth transmits and receives music to and from a Bluetooth device. A 48 LED, 360-degree Light Ring provides visual indication of volume, system status and system notifications. AUDEAs onboard storage and optional rechargeable battery pack plays stored music without Wifi or AC power. AUDEA incorporates dual class D amplifiers that drives a 5-way speaker system including a 4-inch high excursion, neodymium sub-woofer, two 2-inch mid-range drivers and two 1-inch tweeters. Users can customize AUDEA’s Apps, Graphic User Interface, Light Ring and system sounds to create their own personalized entertainment system that supports music, video, email and smart home Apps.  

AVAILABILITY

AUDEA is currently available online and shipped worldwide.  

PRICING

AUDEA® has a retail price of $399 MSRP.

AUDEA® TRIO, a bundled AUDEA with two SoundMate Speakers, has a retail price of $749 MSRP.

SoundMate, a 60-Watt ultra high-quality 2-way active speaker, has a retail price of $179 MSRP.

CUSTOM SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT KIT

AUDEA is based on an open architecture that can be customized for a multitude of applications.

Custom personalized features include custom home automation Apps, graphic user interfaces and LED light ring control, custom VOXXI® voice control commands plus complete customized hotel in-room and in-vehicle smart entertainment systems.

Audea Inc. is planning to release a custom Application Programming Interface (API) software developers kit for developers who want to develop custom AUDEA’s for in-home, hotel and in-vehicle applications. The “My Audea User Interface” (MAUI) software developers kit will be available at no charge to qualified developers Q4 2020.

ABOUT

Audea Inc.’s mission is to dramatically simplify and enhance people’s entertainment experience with a revolutionary, patented, voice controlled, intelligent app processor speaker that is based on patented technology. AUDEA is the world’s first “ultra smart speaker” that runs apps on its integrated app processor and display so you can browse and play music, videos and other apps with or without a phone.  It is the first smart speaker to incorporate a 13 band equalizer and optional add-on high fidelity speakers which dramatically enhances the listening experience.  Its unique Remote allows you to easily launch apps, control playback and remotely wake Google Assistant voice control with a wake key that prevents online conversational eavesdropping. 

Audea is a spin-off of Mozaex® which over the past 35 years has shipped hundreds of thousands of smart entertainment products to world class companies including IMAX® plus thousands of dealers in 24 countries. Audea’s VOXXI® voice control technology is patent protected. It’s founders are avid musicians, artists and scientists that are passionate about simplifying and enhancing entertainment. 

Audea Inc. © 2020.  All rights reserved. All product and company names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. 

Learn more at: www.myaudea.com            

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf: All-new computer game allows users to design, create and play custom golf courses

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf: All-new computer game allows
users to design, create and play custom golf courses

May 3, 2016

North Palm Beach, Fla.—Acclaimed golf course designer Jack Nicklaus—known for his record 18 professional major championship victories in addition to his global portfolio of award-winning courses and host venues for the game’s most significant events—once famously said, “The game is meant to be fun.” And now, the Nicklaus Companies is upping the ante to an all-new level, with the launch of Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf, the most realistic golf computer game the market has ever seen. Golfers, non-golfers and gaming enthusiasts alike will have hours of enjoyment designing and playing golf courses just like the Golden Bear himself has done for the last 50 years.

“We have developed a number of innovative technologies bringing together the virtual and real worlds into a seamless environment,” said Robert Samuels, the Chairman and CEO of Perfect Golf. “We are proud to team with the Nicklaus Companies once again and look forward to our shared mutual success.”

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf features an integrated online multiplayer with an in-game lobby for matchmaking. The game includes a fully integrated tournament function that allows external community sites to host their own tournaments in-game, using the publically available Application Program Interface. There is also an Integrated Control API, which can be used to connect external equipment to the game to provide a vast array of different simulation options.

The physics engine, built specifically for golf, implements true skid and roll bounce physics, as well as accurate green speed measurements. Inside the game, users can select different swing mechanics, including full controller support; various time-of-day and weather options, including real-time integrated weather; customize their players and golf clubs; and select from multiple difficulty options to play the courses they’ve designed. There are more than 20 modes of play, including the innovative hazard golf and a fully customizable Method of Play Creator, containing over 50 events that can be used to create custom game play modes.

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf also gives players a completely customizable experience, bringing forth the expertise that Jack Nicklaus and world-leading Nicklaus Design have gleaned from designing nearly 400 golf courses worldwide over parts of six decades. Now, users can become expert golf course designers and architects too. Nicklaus Design Course Forge, the in-game course designer, is the same platform used internally by Nicklaus Design for its global projects. Not only can players dabble in golf course design—they can completely customize the surrounding landscape, selecting from a large array of camera angles, tracers, and graphics quality settings. The courses are also fully geo-referenced for future integration of real-world data and accurate sun angles, based on location.

Perfect Golf has a global reputation in 3-D modeling and simulation for entertainment uses. Perfect Golf’s graphics have set the benchmark and have been used during worldwide broadcasts of the most notable tournaments on the PGA TOUR to digitally depict golf course ball flights, playing conditions, and design elements on some of the best-known golf courses in the world including The Presidents Cup 2015 at Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, and will soon be featured in the return of golf to the 2016 Olympics.

Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf is currently available on Steam for Windows, OSX and Linux (www.jacknicklausperfectgolf.com). The game will be offered soon on a variety of other platforms, including consoles and Android TV.

About Perfect Golf, Inc. (Perfect Golf®)

Perfect Golf is a sport technology venture specializing in advanced virtual 3D Games, Broadcast Technologies and simulation. All of Perfect Golf’s software products—including Terrain ForgeTM, Course ForgeTM, Broadcast SuiteTM, and now Jack Nicklaus Perfect Golf—incorporate fully geo-referenced terrains and create a seamless environment between reality and virtual reality for the sports enthusiast.

As the consumer and commercial markets surrounding broadcasting, gaming and mobile continue to battle for user time, Perfect Golf is leading the push to integrate these three platforms into a single experience that will bring the user closer to the action and much more integrated into it.  The future of sports simulation is not just in making the experience more realistic, it is in making the user an integrated part of it and empowering users to compete against the professionals that are on television at their gaming console, PC or mobile device. Further, Perfect Golf is currently developing real-world technologies, such as GPS Golf Ball design, which can be fully integrated to the existing suite of products, and provide users with both quantitative data and their own qualitative 3D Broadcast SuiteTM for social media and re-integration back into the game via cloud-based technologies.

Perfect Golf, Inc. is incorporated in Delaware, with headquarters in Buffalo, NY, and satellite office locations in Washington, DC, and Manchester, England. For investment, shareholder information, or more information, please visit www.perfect.golf.

About the Nicklaus Companies

The Nicklaus Companies is dedicated to promoting excellence in the game of golf, preserving its great traditions and growing the game.  For nearly 50 years, the mission of the Nicklaus Companies has been to enhance the golf experience, and to bring to the national and international consumer, golf-related businesses and services that mirror the high standards established in the career and life of Jack Nicklaus.  In 2007, Jack Nicklaus partnered with Howard Milstein to help further the growth of the company and to realize the full potential of the brands and branded businesses.  Howard Milstein is Chairman of New York Private Bank & Trust, and is actively involved in the Nicklaus Companies as Co-Chairman along with Jack.

Products and services include golf-course design, development of golf and real estate communities, and the marketing and licensing of golf products and services. Nicklaus-branded products have been marketed worldwide since 1962.  The Jack Nicklaus and Golden Bear-branded lifestyle collection of products include: golf academies; ice cream; restaurants; beverages; wine; home appliances; flooring; cabinets; apparel; footwear; and golf equipment.

For more information on the Nicklaus Companies, please visit www.nicklaus.com.

Preview of the Yezz Monaco 47 Windows Phone

THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF ELEGANCE AND PERFORMANCE
Equipped with the latest version of the operating system Windows Phone 8.1 combining a 1.2 GHz QuadCore processor , with two SIM cards slots and a 13.1 million pixels camera to render the best of the image, Monaco 47 smartphone will appeal to the most demanding customers , through its unique design.
A touch of elegance to this exceptional case with its interchangeable battery covers ” Leather Touch ” branded MONACO , available in 3 colors in addition of your case portfolio that ensures you take your smartphone anywhere with discretion.

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“We are extremely proud of our Monaco officially licensed 47 smartphone which, thanks to our agreements with Microsoft , makes this the thinnest and lightest Windows Mobile range . It is particularly refined to meet the requirements of the brand of the Principality of Monaco with 3 battery cover and case portfolio , all manufactured with “Leather Touch” design. It will be equipped with all the applications partners MONACO Brand companies. ” said Robert Schiano, CEO of Avenir Telecom, the exclusive licensee of Monaco World Brands for smartphones and exclusive distributor of the brand Yezz in Europe, Africa , Middle East and Russia.
The latest smartphone in the Microsoft range under license from Monaco Brands world exclusive , the Monaco 47 manufactured by Yezz combines elegance and performance. Extremely light , weighing only 120 grams and 8.1 mm thickness making it the thinnest Windows Mobile, the Monaco 47 is a concentrate of technology
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Press Release Marseille October 23rd 2014
Package Contents
1 Monaco 47 Smartphone 1 Flat Ear cable pedestrian kit 1 Plug Adapter multi-sector ( EU, UK , US, AUS) 1 Micro USB cable 1 Start Up Guide 3 Interchangeable Battery Covers ” Leather Touch ” 1 Case Portfolio ” Leather Touch ”
Main Technical Characteristics
3G HSPA 850/900/1900/2100 dual SIM Windows OS 8.1 QuadCore processor Snapdragon 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 8GB ROM RAM 1 GB Micro SD up to 128 GB Dimensions 135.8 * 67.2 * 8.1 mm Weight 120 g Size 4.7 inches HD resolution Photo 13.1 MP Camera + Front 5MP Flash with integrated torch function Bluetooth 4.0 Micro USB 2.0 Port
About Yezz
Yezz is an international manufacturer of mobile devices , designed with the goal that every consumer can freely choose a smartphone or tablet corresponding to his lifestyle. Founded in 2012 in Miami , it took a little less than two years of innovation and perseverance in Yezz to become a leading brand in Latin America. Thanks to its partnerships with leading software vendors and telecommunication Yezz offers its customers more and more design and performance. As the creator of the philosophy of ” Freestyle Mobile ” Yezz designs appliances ultrathin design, cutting-edge fashion, thus combining all consumer needs in entertainment or professional use it all with Freestyle * . Yezz offers a wide selection of phones running Android and Windows Phone operating systems, and a wide range of colors and screen size. Yezz has distinguished itself by running in February 2014 the first phone to less than 19 euros with WhatsApp integrated in March 2014 the first mobile octocore Europe and in September 2014 the thinnest Windows Phone in the market, for the first time. To always satisfy its customers , Yezz includes accessories with most of the mobile such as: charging bases , protective cases, interchangeable covers to personalize your phone .
To learn more about Yezz visit: http://www.sayyezz.com/ , https://www.facebook.com/YezzMobile , instagram.com/yezzmobile , or Twitter YEZZMobile
About Avenir-Telecom
Avenir Telecom is one of Europe’s leading distributors of products and services for mobile phones. The Group distributes mobile phones, accessories ( Energizer Beewi , Oxo ) , directly through its network of own stores and the Internity from hypermarkets and independent retailers . Avenir Telecom employs nearly 2,000 people in 6 countries: France , UK , Spain , Portugal, Romania and Bulgaria. Avenir Telecom is listed on Eurolist – Compartment B (Euronext Paris ) . The Avenir Telecom is part of the CAC All shares , CAC Mid & Small 190 , CAC Small 90 , CAC IT , Next 150, SBF 250 and Next Economy
ISIN: FR0000066052 Reuters: AVOM.LN Bloomberg: AVT: FP
For further information, please contact : Mme JACOULOT Peggy Tel. +33-4-88-00-61-23 contact@yezz.pro www.sayyezz.com www.avenir-telecom.com
About Monaco Brands
MONACO BRANDS – Brand of the State of Monaco S.A.M. Monaco is a limited company whose majority shareholder is the state, and whose mission is to protect, enhance and control the proper use of trademarks in the Principality. ” Monaco ” and ” Monte Carlo” are the most famous brands in international management , and MONACO BRANDS is committed to the protection of the country’s image and its brands . For further information, please connect www.monacobrands.mc or email monaco@groupe-ipanema.com

We are intrigued by Yezz’s devices and would love to test and review some of them!!

 

Apple Announces iOS 8 Available September 17

Introduces New Messages & Photos Features, QuickType Keyboard, Extensibility, iCloud Drive & New Health App

CUPERTINO, California―September 9, 2014―Apple® today announced iOS 8, the biggest release since the launch of the App Store℠, will be available starting Wednesday, September 17 to iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch® users as a free software update. iOS 8 delivers a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType™ keyboard and Family Sharing. iOS 8 also includes the new Health app, giving you a clear overview of your health and fitness data and iCloud Drive℠, so you can store files and access them from anywhere. With more than 4,000 new APIs, iOS 8 allows developers to further customize the user experience with major extensibility features and robust frameworks such as HealthKit and HomeKit.

 

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Apple Announces IOS 8, it is a new, improved iteration of ios.

“We’re excited for hundreds of millions of users to begin experiencing iOS 8, with incredible features that offer new ways to use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “iOS 8 also creates an extraordinary environment for developers, providing them the ability to create amazing new apps like never before.”

Messages in iOS 8 makes conversations more immersive. Simply Tap to Talk to share your voice. The same gesture also works for sharing photos and videos. Users can now share several photos and videos at once and easily browse through all of them within a conversation from one place. Group messaging gives you the ability to add and remove contacts, and the option not to be disturbed or to leave a conversation entirely. You can also choose to share your current location from within Messages for an hour, a day or longer.

In iOS 8, the Photos app brings powerful editing to your fingertips. Photos automatically straightens horizons, and with smart editing tools you can quickly adjust light and color with a swipe. For deeper fine-tuning, you can access individual tools to adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, highlights, shadows and more. Developers can tap into the same robust framework as the built-in Photos app using PhotoKit, and with extensibility APIs, can make their own filters and editing tools available to users within the Photos app.

New predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard is smarter, more personalized and intelligently takes context into account, such as who the recipient is and in which app you’re typing. QuickType understands the way you communicate, suggesting favorite phrases, so you can write entire sentences with just a few taps. What the QuickType keyboard learns is kept private, encrypted on your device and never sent to the cloud. Third-party keyboards are also available, so developers can offer additional layouts and input methods system-wide, providing users more choice.

The new Health app gathers the information you choose from your various health apps and fitness devices, and provides you with a clear and current overview in one place. HealthKit APIs offer developers the ability for health and fitness apps to communicate with each other. With your permission, each app can use specific information from other apps to provide a more comprehensive way to manage your health and fitness. Users will be able to gather and monitor their own fitness metrics using apps such as MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper and Strava. Healthcare providers can now monitor the data their patients choose to share through apps such as Mayo Clinic or Epic’s MyChart app that will be used by Duke Medicine and Stanford Children’s Health/Stanford Medicine, among others.

HomeKit connects your home devices safely and seamlessly so you can better manage accessories like lights, thermostats, door locks and garage doors. By delivering a common protocol, HomeKit securely pairs and allows easy control over individual or groups of devices throughout the house. With Siri® integration you can say, “Good morning,” and have the lights turn on in specific rooms, the thermostat adjust the temperature and the garage door open.

Family Sharing with iOS 8 makes it easier than ever to communicate and share purchases. It automatically keeps everyone connected by creating a shared family photo stream and calendar, and provides an option to locate family members and their devices. Family members can also now browse and download each other’s eligible iTunes®, iBooks® or App Store purchases. Up to six family members can participate, each with their own Apple ID. Parents can create Apple IDs for children and, with Ask to Buy, require online parental permission for Family Sharing purchases.

iCloud Drive allows you to safely store, access and edit documents of any type. Make edits on one device and the most up-to-date version of your documents will be available across all devices, whether an iOS device, Mac®, Windows PC or on www.icloud.com. iCloud Drive brings new collaboration between apps, providing seamless access and the ability to work on the same file across multiple apps.

Continuity features in iOS 8 and OS X® Yosemite bring your Mac and iOS devices together like never before. When your iPhone or iPad is near your Mac, Handoff lets you start an activity on one device and pass it to the other. Instant Hotspot makes using your iPhone’s hotspot as easy as connecting to a Wi-Fi network. Now the SMS and MMS messages that previously only appeared on your iPhone appear in Messages on all your devices. You can even send SMS or MMS messages directly from your Mac and make or receive iPhone calls using your Mac as a speakerphone.*

Additional iOS 8 features include:

  • expanded security and management improvements for Enterprise, with new productivity features, including an extended level of data protection for key built-in apps and support for configurable Thread Notifications in Mail. Improvements in the way users are informed of how their devices are configured and managed further support the new mobilized workforce IT model;
  • design enhancements that build off the stunning interface of iOS 7, bringing interactive notifications, quick access to key contacts, intelligent suggestions and the ability to quickly switch back and forth between the Inbox and Drafts in Mail; and
  • Spotlight® suggestions beyond what’s on your device, including Wikipedia entries, places nearby and news articles.

The iOS 8 SDK, with over 4,000 new APIs, gives developers the ability to create amazing new apps like never before. The SDK delivers major iOS extensions, including new sharing options, widgets, custom actions and document APIs. Touch ID™ APIs enable developers to securely authenticate users within apps. Gaming on iOS 8 gets even better with Metal™, a new graphics technology for game providers to bring console-class 3D games to mobile devices. iOS 8 includes CloudKit, offering developers a complete and scalable back-end solution, eliminating the need for writing server code and maintaining servers. Swift™ provides developers with a powerful, next-generation programming language for iOS and OS X that’s fast, modern, interactive and helps them write safer and more reliable code.

iPhone, iPad and iPod touch customers have access to the revolutionary App Store, which offers more than 1.3 million apps in 155 countries around the world. The App Store receives more than 300 million visitors each week.

Pricing & Availability
iOS 8 will be available as a free software update starting Wednesday, September 17 for iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina® display, iPad Air™, iPad mini™ and iPad mini with Retina display. New iCloud pricing includes 5GB free, 20GB $0.99/month, 200GB $3.99/month, 500GB $9.99/month and 1TB $19.99/month. Continuity features and iCloud Drive will be available on Macs running OS X Yosemite. In October, SMS Continuity will be available as a free update to iOS 8 and iCloud Photo Library will be available as a beta. Starting in October, with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Pay™ will be available in the US as a free update to iOS 8. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions or all languages.

* Check with your carrier for hotspot availability; some cellular data charges may apply.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

TRIDENT CASE® JOINS MICROSOFT’S ‘DESIGNED FOR SURFACE’ PROGRAM AS THE STAND-ALONE RUGGED TABLET CASE PROVIDER

TRIDENT CASE® JOINS MICROSOFT’S ‘DESIGNED FOR SURFACE’ PROGRAM AS THE STAND-ALONE RUGGED TABLET CASE PROVIDER

Trident Case®’s Cyclops Series offers superior protection for the Microsoft Surface 2.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, September 11, 2014 – Trident Case®, a leading manufacturer of rugged mobile and tablet device cases, announces today that it has joined Microsoft’s Designed for Surface (DFS) program to develop accessories for the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 3. Trident kicks off the partnership by providing exclusive Cyclops Series tablet cases for Microsoft’s Surface 2. The announcement was made at CTIA 2014 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada in the North Hall, Booth #1639.

Trident joins Microsoft’s DFS program along with a select group of preferred, top-quality brands. Microsoft included Trident Case because of its high level of premium mobile and tablet protection cases, in addition to its commitment to sustainability and USA-based manufacturing initiatives.

“Microsoft customers need great protective solutions for protecting their mobile devices,” says Trident Vice President of Marketing, Vickie Achee. “Trident Case is the perfect fit for the Surface’s immediate and long term case solution needs. We are honored to be part of such a prestigious program.”

The Cyclops Case for Surface 2 works with the device’s integrated Kickstand, will feature a PET screen protector and a removable cover port, allowing for the use of a keyboard. In addition, impact-resistant TPE corners the case to ultimately protect the tablet from any accidents.

Overmolded with TPE and polycarbonate, Trident’s Cyclops Series protects against drops and other impacts while simultaneously boasting an ultra slim and adaptable design. The Cyclops Series, classified under the “Brute Strength” protective category, meets the Military Standard MIL-STD-810G for vibration, dust, sand, rain and drops. All bio-enhanced polycarbonate is recyclable, degradable and compostable, making it entirely eco-friendly.

The Cyclops Case for Surface 2 is available in White and Pink with a MSRP of $89.95.

To receive updates on the availability of Trident’s Microsoft Surface cases please reach out to marketing@tridentcase.com.

Steel Series announces THE SIBERIA ELITE WORLD OF WARCRAFT® EDITION HEADSET

THE DRUMS OF WAR DRAW NEAR – STEELSERIES INTRODUCES

THE SIBERIA ELITE WORLD OF WARCRAFT® EDITION HEADSET

FOR WARLORDS OF DRAENOR

CHICAGO, July 31, 2014 – SteelSeries, the global leader in premium gaming peripherals, in collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment, today announced the upcoming release of the Siberia Elite World of Warcraft® Edition Headset. Gamers will soon be able to experience epic quests, intense raids, and endless adventure across Azeroth and Draenor while wielding a premium headset with jet-black ear cushions, illuminated runes, and a lightweight over-the-head suspension style designed for hours of comfortable gameplay.

“Our partnership with Blizzard Entertainment to create unique gear for the World of Warcraft community has culminated in this bold new version of our premium and award-winning headset—a perfect complement to Blizzard’s upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion,” said Tino Soelberg, SteelSeries CTO. “Players deserve the best quality audio to experience the music and sounds of Draenor; this exclusive edition of the Siberia Elite headset delivers epic audio quality in a beautiful World of Warcraft-themed design.”

 

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ILLUMINATE YOUR PATH TO VICTORY

The ring of runes is where gamers can see the power of the headset. Players can choose from millions of color options that can also be saved in an endless number of audio profiles. In addition to color, there are options for a pulsating glow, dynamic lighting based on your in-game actions, or no illumination at all—the choices are endless.

 

HEAR THE ROAR OF BATTLE

The headset is equipped with multiple Dolby® technologies and a closed-type earcup design that provides listeners with a virtual 7.1-channel surround sound experience. Players are able to create and save their own unique audio profiles through the SteelSeries Engine 3 software by tuning their own equalizer settings, microphone functionality and much more. Gamers can control their microphone mute as well as speaker volume from directly on the headset by turning the easy-to-find dials on each earcup, making quick adjustments simple and convenient.

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The SteelSeries Siberia Elite World of Warcraft Edition headset is available for pre-order now on the SteelSeries Web Shop for $209.99 MSRP. For more information about the new headset and the rest of SteelSeries’ official Blizzard Entertainment licensed products, please visit www.steelseries.com/worldofwarcraft.

 

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® series, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes seventeen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

 

About SteelSeries
SteelSeries is a leading manufacturer of top quality gaming peripherals from headsets, keyboards and mice to controllers, surfaces and software. For more than a decade, SteelSeries has been on the forefront of designing and creating gear for gamers. The company’s continued innovation also comes in collaboration with the world’s leading professional gaming teams and partners. SteelSeries is a global brand that continues to support the growth of competitive gaming tournaments and electronic sports leagues through professional team sponsorships, partnerships and community support. For more information, please visit www.steelseries.com.

We are working on testing and reviewing a few Steel Series Products and are so far very impressed by their products!

Broadcast Pix Part of New Video Call Center Solution for New Genre of Production Workflow

Billerica, Massachusetts – July 15, 2014 – Broadcast Pix™ announced today that its integrated production switchers are being used with the new Video Call Center (VCC) automated production solution to bring the caller-based talk radio show format to television. By utilizing Broadcast Pix’s application programming interface (API) and file-based macros, the VCC system essentially creates a video-driven version of talk radio using Web-based video sources.

Inventor Tom Wolzien company received a patent for VCC on July 1. A 45-year television veteran, Wolzien serves as a consultant for large media organizations through his company, Wolzien LCC, and is the lead independent director for TiVo, Inc. Since last year, Wolzien and his team have been testing the VCC system by producing TalkCenterAmerica®, a series of call-in shows covering a variety of topics.

“VCC is right at the intersection of social and mass media, TV and the Web,” said Wolzien. “What’s unique is that the system doesn’t just handle a single IP video call, but it’s designed to handle multiple video calls simultaneously, each with the power of its own computer – essential for any live caller-based TV program.”

With VCC, the on-camera host produces the call-in show without a traditional control room. Broadcast Pix API and Fluent™ Macros allow the VCC software to provide the host with a great deal of production flexibility, such as triggering sequences of individual key/shot combinations that can be modified based on available callers. As a result, with no content costs for callers and minimal staffing requirements, VCC is a cost effective approach to producing live programming.

Using Skype and similar technologies on various devices, multiple Web video callers can connect to the show. Viewers can see the callers and whatever the callers want to show. Proprietary CAT™ Caller Acquisition Software assists screeners with incoming calls, audio metering, video cropping and conversion, and return video. Plus, a patented Text Overlay superimposes caller names and locations over the caller’s picture at the screener’s position and remains on-screen when the caller is added to the live production.

“The innovative technical team at Broadcast Pix has been supportive every step of the way as we implemented the Video Call Center,” said Wolzien. “As an inventor, I have appreciated their readiness to help us solve the challenges of integrating the complex aspects of television automation in a way that appears simple to the host who solely controls the air.  And on the technical side, I have appreciated their rapid and creative support when we have run into problems.”

“Video Call Center utilizes today’s Web-based video technologies to adapt the caller-based talk radio format for TV,” said Steve Ellis, CEO of Broadcast Pix. “It’s truly an innovative way to produce high quality programming with minimal staff, and Broadcast Pix is proud to be part of the process.”

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Fluent are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Sennheiser builds MOMENTUM with the world’s longest goal celebration launches awesome new headphones!!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!

Sennheiser builds MOMENTUM with the world’s longest goal celebration

 

Old Lyme, Conn., June 11, 2014 – The passion, the rhythm, the sound: As everyone is looking forward to a summer of football excellence, Sennheiser is inviting the world’s most vocal fans to join the biggest goal celebration. Inspired by the sheer football mania of Brazilian commentators who are legendary for their passionate goal celebrations, the audio specialist is calling on football fans to create the longest-ever online ‘goal’ shout in its Goooooool celebration chain. By joining the shout with their video clips, participants get the chance to win a limited-edition pair of MOMENTUM Samba headphones that feature the colors of the Brazilian flag. The Samba headphones will be available in the U.S. and in other regions for a limited time.

 

Just like Samba and Carnival – the passionate goal celebrations of football commentators such as Cleber Machado, Galvão Bueno or Luiz Roberto represent something distinctly Brazilian. Luiz Roberto became a legend around the globe when he seized the mic after his team had scored and shouted “gooooooooaaaaal” for a full 20 seconds. By building the longest goal shout, Sennheiser now aims to bring together the voices of fans from all over the world.

 

Inspired by their country’s incredible football commentators, the celebration will be kicked off by a group of Brazilian fans. Then fans from around the world can upload their own videos that take up the goal shout, each continuing the “ooooooooo” section for as long as possible. By uploading a video to www.sennheiser-momentum.com, it will automatically be linked to sections from other fans to make the ‘Goal-Celebration-Chain’ the world’s longest goal shout. If you are a passionate supporter of your team, it is time to be heard! Get your friends together, dress up in your team colors, and make it LOUD!

 

 

“We want to reflect the energy, the unstoppable football enthusiasm in Brazil and bring fans from around the globe together in celebrating the world’s longest goal shout,” said, Uwe Cremering, Head of Global Marketing. “Of course, while the fans will be coming together, I think we’ll also be able to enjoy the huge diversity – team colors and mascots. As part of the fun, we also want to see which country has the most fans in the shout. We are excited to see enthusiastic people joining in rooting for their team”, added Anaseth Martínez, Marketing Manager at Sennheiser Latin America.

As well as showing support, fans joining the goal shout have the opportunity to score a pair of MOMENTUM Samba headphones. Sennheiser will select ten winners from the teams and individuals taking part in the chain. The limited edition features a unique color scheme inspired by the Brazilian flag. The headphones with vibrant yellow ear cups and green detailing provide an incredible sound experience on the move. The MOMENTUM Samba will only be available in selected markets for a limited period of time.

 

The football-themed video chain will be part of Sennheiser’s “What’s Your MOMENTUM?” project. Together with Spotify, the audio specialist is presenting inspirational sound stories from all over the world, short films that showcase the life and work of some of the world’s most inspirational people, sharing their projects and unique achievements. The project is an invitation for others to share their own inspirational stories and to start video chains such as the ‘Goal-Celebration-Chain’. To learn more about the “What’s Your MOMENTUM?” project visit www.sennheiser-momentum.com. The MOMENTUM videos can also be found on www.youtube.com/sennheisermomentum.

 

 

About Sennheiser

Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at http://www.sennheiserusa.com.

 

 

 

Contact:

Jeff Touzeau

Public Relations

Hummingbird Media, Inc.

(914) 602-2913

jeff@hummingbirdmedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

IK Multimedia ships iRing, the first motion controller for iPad

IK Multimedia ships iRing, the first motion controller
for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch music apps and more


IK Multimedia pioneers affordable motion-tracking technology
to control music apps using iOS devices with simple hand gestures


May 8, 2014 – IK Multimedia, the innovator in mobile music-creation apps and accessories for iPad and iPhone, is proud to announce that iRing™, the first motion controller for music apps and more, is now available from music and electronics retailers worldwide.

First presented at CES 2014, iRing is an affordable, wearable technology system that gives users a new level of gestural control over their favorite music apps, in real-time, using hand positioning for unprecedented music expression.

The iRing system consists of two double-sided “rings” to wear comfortably on the fingers along with a series of apps that are able to detect the iRings’ accurate positions in space using the device’s camera. Through the recognition of the dot patterns printed on the rings, the device’s camera picks up the movement and translates it into MIDI information. Users can then interact with music apps by simply moving their hands in front of their device through the precise reading of the ring position, which is converted into music commands or MIDI control messages to operate various app parameters without touching the device.


iRing includes two identical double-sided ring controllers plus two free apps for various music applications designed for everyone from music lovers to knowledgeable DJs and musicians: iRing Music Maker and iRing FX/Controller.

iRing Music Maker is a free app that gives music lovers and DJs a fun new way to create music and grooves using hand gestures, no matter what their skill level. iRing Music Maker utilizes music “loops” that always sound good together and can be remixed in virtually limitless combinations by simply waving the hands with the iRing controllers in front of the device’s camera. Users can change beats, control rhythmic elements, play synth parts and control effects providing hours and hours of quality musical entertainment. Plus, iRing Music Maker also includes lead and bass synths with respective pattern players that can be independently operated for hours of error-free musical improvisation. Creating music has never been so much fun!

iRing FX/Controller is the app for skilled musicians and DJs that is both a real-time audio effects processor and a MIDI controller with fully assignable parameters. It can be used as a touch-less outboard audio effects processor, or can be fully configured to send multiple simultaneous MIDI parameters; such as control changes, notes or any other MIDI messages.

As an effects processor, iRing FX/Controller uses the analog or digital input of the device for processing external audio sources. FX/Controller can also be used with Audiobus and Inter-App Audio compatible apps to process the audio stream from music apps running on the device to add stunning and brilliant audio effects. The iRings can control up to six effects parameters at a time. iRing FX/Controller operates two simultaneous effects, selectable from up to 16 powerful and creative effects, including: Delay, Stutter, Phazer, Flanger, Compression, Fuzzy, Reverb, AutoWah, Crush, Twist Up & Down, Brake, Spin and Tail. 

As a MIDI controller, iRing FX/Controller can transmit MIDI messages to other Virtual MIDI compatible apps running on the device or to external devices using compatible MIDI interfaces (like IK’s iRig MIDI). iRing FX/Controller can send out the complete set of MIDI messages (control change, notes, program change, pitch wheel, aftertouch, MIDI system real-time, and MMC, MIDI Machine Control) with up to 3 assignable parameters corresponding to the X, Y and Z axis positions for each of the 2 detectable rings for a new level of touch-less control. Additionally, MIDI messages can also be sent to a computer application via Wi-Fi (using MIDI network). Users can configure the app to control effects, filters, notes, patches and more for creative and dynamic “never before seen” performances.

iRing computer vision technology is also directly incorporated into the entire line of IK Multimedia DJ apps like Groovemaker® and DJ Rig™ and will soon be included into other popular IK apps such as AmpliTube®SampleTank®VocaLive™ and more so that DJs, guitarists, vocalists, bass players, producers, keyboardists and engineers will have a new level of control to deliver powerful and unique performances.

For third-party developers who want to incorporate and implement iRing technology directly into their apps, IK is offering a free SDK (software development kit) and licensing program which makes it easy to take advantage of this new breakthrough technology. iRing can also be easily utilized beyond music for a wide variety of applications including gaming, health & fitness, utilities and more. Developers can take advantage of the technology and improve the functionality of their apps by contacting IK via the link provided on the iRing product page.

iRing features

  • Advanced motion-tracking technology provides remote control of iOS apps using hand positions and gestures
  • Includes two identical, double-sided reversible rings allowing for numerous control combinations and control of up to 6 effects’ parameters simultaneously with two hands
  • iRings are unique looking, light, comfortable and provide a universal fit
  • Free Apps are available on the App Store: iRing Music Maker app, which gives the ability to make music using hand gestures with no previous musical knowledge, and also the iRing FX/Controller app, which lets musicians and DJs create custom MIDI control setups, plus add and control audio effects, using compatible apps or external devices
  • iRing computer vision technology can be licensed and incorporated into other third-party apps including gaming, health & fitness, utilities and more


Pricing & Availability

iRing controllers cost only $24.99/€19.99 (excluding taxes), are available in three colors (white, green and grey) and are now shipping from music and electronics retailers worldwide and from the IK Multimedia online store.

iRing FX/Controller and iRing Music Maker apps are available as free downloads from the App StoreSM.







Fairlight Launches EVO.Live – A New Paradigm In Audio Live Production

Image EVO.Live 36 Faders (1)

SYDNEY, Australia – At NAB 2014, Fairlight will introduce EVO.Live – a new generation digital audio mixing system for the most demanding on-air and live productions. Built on Fairlight’s leading-edge audio processing and control surface technologies, this new system comes with true live credentials, offering the best possible price/performance value and unique operational features.
The mixing console’s compact, modular design creates the perfect mixing environment for OB trucks, performing arts venues, house of worship and broadcast facilities. The console is available in different chassis or table-mount configurations from 12 to 60 faders. The ergonomic control surface design with touch TFT monitors offer immediate access to all critical live functions with excellent visualisation. The system maintains full redundancy with automatic takeover on any component failure.
Fairlight’s interactive control surface includes unique Picture Keys which self-label instantly for each task performed, displaying the right commands and functions at the right time. In addition, Fairlight’s new iCan (Integrated Control Across Network) technology provides the operator with an easy to use editor to design fully customised layouts.
The console incorporates complete Dual-Operator functionality allowing each audio engineer to independently access their own set of faders, solos, channel selections and monitoring controls.
Audio processing takes place in Fairlight’s FPGA-based Crystal Core audio engine ensuring very high channel and bus counts, lowest latency and purest sound quality. Comprehensive Mix-Minus, advanced comms, extensive metering and flexible bussing are meticulously implemented. The compact 2U Live Audio Processor includes an extensive range of built-in I/O. Adding a second hot-swappable FPGA- based engine with dual-input power supplies guarantees the highest system reliability. A wide choice of modular remote I/O is also available to meet the demands of any application.
The power of EVO.Live reaches beyond live production, with full recording facilities, off-line preparation via laptop, a built-in cart machine for flying in sound effects, and control extensions to lighting systems, third party DAW and sound library databases.
After the live event has completed, EVO.Live can be entirely reconfigured, turning into Fairlight’s industry- leading post production system featuring audio editing, full video integration, plug-ins, automation and sophisticated 3D surround panning.
Jean-Claude Kathriner, CEO of Fairlight commented “Fairlight, as the brand trusted by high-end audio professionals for over 30 years, is proud to extend its state-of-the-art technology to the live production industry. EVO.Live includes an array of innovations that will benefit customers in terms of productivity gains, reliability and especially value for money. The intuitive level of customisation of the user interface and its unique ability to switch between live and post modes will change audio production forever”.
EVO.Live will be on display at the Fairlight booth C1459 at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas (April 7-10).