Proficient ZERO™ Wireless Music System

NEW YORK, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Since its introduction to the marketplace at last year’s CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) Show, the Proficient ZERO Wireless Music System has left a significant footprint on the Wireless Whole House Audio market. The basic system consists of two components: the Proficient ZERO transmitter and an amplified receiver which features onboard Bluetooth® technology, and greatly expanded functionality.

According to Proficient’s Keith Marshall, “The Proficient ZERO Wireless Music System is our purpose-built solution for homeowners who want a whole-house sound system but don’t want the expense of hard-wired multi-room systems.” Designed primarily for retrofit solutions, the Proficient ZERO Wireless Music System will transmit high-quality stereo sound over a distance of up to 90 feet for up to eight rooms, reducing labor charges for speaker wire and cable runs through walls in existing homes and buildings.

Applications include wireless multi-room/multi-zone audio; wireless stereo speakers; wireless surround speakers; flat panel TV audio amp; wireless subwoofer for home theater; and computer/video game/mp3 players.

The Proficient ZERO Transmitter and Amplified Receiver with supplied remote will have a MSRP of $680. Additional amplified receivers will be priced at a MSRP of $430. The product will be available to ship in Q3 2012.

IOGEAR 3D TV Converter Box

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — IOGEAR, a leader in convergence through connectivity, launches the new 3D Complete+ (GHDSSW4), meeting consumer demand for high quality 3D content and the ability to control the amount of 3D effects with its advanced 2D-to-3D converter, enabling real-time user-defined controls that also enhances video resolution and upscales it to full HD quality for the 3D TV.
The 3D Complete+ is a 4-port HDMI switcher that can upscale standard 2D digital videos and photos into high definition content and convert into vibrant 3D viewing with user-defined 3D effect controls for “3D Level,” “pop out” and “depth” for a custom tailored 3D experience for your 3D TV.
In addition to enabling 3D viewing from any 2D content, the 3D Complete+ can enhance the video quality of virtually any HDMI device. The HD upscaling capabilities allows consumers to literally “upgrade” the video to 720p HD on up to Full 1080p HD quality (e.g., source with 480p quality is viewed at 720p, and source at 720p is enhanced to Full HD 1080p).  The 3D Complete+ not only enables any digital videos streamed from the Internet to be converted to 3D, but also enhances the poor video quality usually associated with online streaming content. Advanced video processing implements de-blocking, reduces noise and corrects bad lighting, which creates extra crisp, more vivid, sharper and brighter videos.

The 3D Complete+ has an MSRP of $199.95 and will be available at all major consumer electronics retailers.

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint™ Launches

AUSTIN, Texas, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The Wi-Fi® industry has delivered a major milestone in the technology’s evolution as an operator-grade network. The Wi-Fi Alliance® is now testing mobile devices and infrastructure equipment for its Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint™ program. Passpoint mobile devices can automatically discover and connect to Wi-Fi networks powered by Passpoint-certified access points, delivering the true mobile broadband experience that users want.

The specification behind Passpoint was defined by service provider and equipment maker members of the Wi-Fi Alliance to address critical business needs for mobile data, streamlined access and subscriber loyalty. As mobile users continue to increase their use of data-intensive applications, Passpoint eases service provider data traffic offload to Wi-Fi networks.

In addition to making it easy for end users to connect, hotspots equipped with Passpoint-certified equipment automatically enable enterprise-grade WPA2™ security. The Passpoint certification program is based on technology defined in the Wi-Fi Alliance Hotspot 2.0 Specification.

More information, including a full report on the results of user polling in six countries, a list of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Passpoint products, the Wi-Fi Alliance Hotspot 2.0 technical specification, white paper, FAQ, and more is available at www.wi-fi.org/passpoint.

Ortigra Family Friendly Search Engine

LONDON, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –Ortigra.com the New Search Engine Launched on 11th June is gaining popularity rapidly. The family friendly search engine has surpassed over 300,000 searches in just over 7 days. The threshold has meant that Ortigra has sponsored 3 children in the third world with Child Hope and searches continue to take place. The platform takes advantage of specialized features which include family safe browsing, social search and quick view which allows users to view up to 10 webpages in one.

Launched into public beta on the 11th June 2012 the search engine has experienced a large user base in Europe and the US. The search platform is considered family friendly as web indexes are filtered out from the results. The Search & Sponsor campaign was set-up by Ortigra whereby every 100,000 searches Ortigra will sponsor a child in the third world. Children sponsored will benefit from education fees & books, food, medical treatments and security for the next year.  Child poverty is still a major issue, with one in six children die before the age of 5, 10million are on the brink of starvation, and over 4 million are living with HIV/Aids. The recent milestone in popularity of Ortigra has meant that 3 children to date are sponsored by the search platform.

For details visit: - http://www.ortigra.com.

Fujitsu Portable ScanSnap Scanner

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Fujitsu, the market leader in document imaging scanners, today introduced the newest addition to its portable ScanSnap product lineup for PC and Mac users. The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i is enhanced with faster scanning speeds, the ability to send and store scanned documents to Android and iOS compatible devices, and new functionality allowing users to easily upload scans to cloud-based services such as Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs, SugarSync and Salesforce Chatter.
ScanSnap S1300i comes with software for PC and software for Mac so users who use both can optimize their ScanSnap for either platform, making the scanner even more portable and versatile when space is an issue.

The next generation ScanSnap S1300i can be powered by USB (USB cables and AC power adaptor included) and provides the rich intelligence and productivity capabilities that have made the ScanSnap line an award-winning device.

Pricing & Availability

The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i is available now for $295 (U.S. list) through Fujitsu authorized resellers and mail order catalogs.

Brookstone Virtual Keyboard for Smatrphones

MERRIMACK, N.H., June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Brookstone, the multichannel specialty retailer and product development company, today introduced the Brookstone Virtual Keyboard, a full QWERTY laser keyboard for easier typing on smartphones and tablets.

Small enough to fit on a keychain, the Brookstone Virtual Keyboard connects to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth and projects a laser keyboard onto any flat surface.  CTX patented laser technology and built-in laser optics make composing emails and blog posts on a smartphone or tablet simple and fast.

The Brookstone Virtual Keyboard will be available in Brookstone stores and online in August, 2012 for $99.99.

Sony Set-top Box With Google TV

SAN DIEGO, June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Sony Electronics Inc. today announced the availability and pricing of the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player with Google TV™, originally introduced in January at CES. Powered by Google TV, the Internet Player will be available at retailers nationwide on July 22, priced at $199. Pre-orders begin on June 25, 2012 at www.sony.com/sonygoogletv.

“Expanding the reach and interoperability of the powerful Android platform with Sony’s smartphones, tablets and renowned Audio & Video products, we are proud to continue our relationship with Google through the introduction of the new Google TV set-top-box,” said Phil Molyneux, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics. “Entertainment content is available through so many channels and sites, and Google TV helps consumers easily find what they want to watch, listen to or play using familiar search engine technology, enhancing the viewer experience. TV will never be the same.”

In addition to the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player, Sony’s newest Internet Blu-ray Disc™ player with Google TV, the NSZ-GP9, will be available at retailers in time for the holiday season, priced at $299. The NSZ-GP9 player features Sony’s proven Blu-ray Disc technology coupled with the robust Google TV platform.

AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 GHz Edition

SUNNYVALE, Calif. —6/22/2012

Today AMD (NYSE: AMD) launched the world’s fastest graphics processing unit (GPU), the AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 GHz Edition. The AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 GHz Edition uses AMD’s innovative Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture to deliver astonishing performance and breathtaking image quality1,2, providing world-class gameplay at the highest resolutions in the most demanding games such as Battlefield 3, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and DiRT Showdown.

“The AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition rounds out our award-winning GCN family, providing world-class gameplay thanks to the industry’s fastest single GPU,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, GPU Division, AMD.1 “Gamers have been hungry for our AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series since our launch last December. We have been able to meet that growing demand as we expanded our AMD Radeon HD 7000 offerings and brought the industry’s most advanced graphics across a complete family of leading-edge desktop and notebook graphics cards.”

The AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition provides ground-breaking GPU compute functionality through advanced AMD App Acceleration technology, allowing users to enjoy lightning-fast gameplay and realistic physics effects3. AMD App Acceleration technology also optimizes common tasks like encrypted file compression and speeds up demanding digital content creation suites, while providing exceptional online video and Blu-ray video experiences3. No other graphics card comes close to the performance and features of the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.

The AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition comes fully equipped with 3GBs of ultra-fast GDDR5 frame buffer, AMD Eyefinity 2.0 technology, and support for PCI Express 3.0 and multi-GPU configurations with AMD CrossFire™ technology4,5,6.

Flipboard Launches Its Social Magazine On Android Phones

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Today Flipboard™, the place to see everything that is happening around the world and right at home, is coming to Android phones worldwide, NOOK® and Kindle Fire in the U.S. Flipboard lets people keep up with the latest news around the Web, flip through updates from friends on social networks or sit back and enjoy great stories and photos from people and publications they love. Designed with beautiful, magazine-like pages that are easy to flip through, Flipboard is a new way to experience the Web on smartphones, popular mobile devices and iPads.
For the first time Flipboard is available to the hundreds of millions of Android users as a free download in Google Play. In addition, Flipboard is now available in the Amazon Appstore for Android, the Barnes & Noble NOOK Store™ and in Samsung Apps. For people in the United States, Flipboard will come pre-installed on the new Samsung Galaxy SIII via leading U.S. carriers.

NASA Finds Ice in Moon Crater

 

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has returned data that indicate ice may make up as much as 22 percent of the surface material in a crater located on the moon’s south pole.

The team of NASA and university scientists using laser light from LRO’s laser altimeter examined the floor of Shackleton crater. They found the crater’s floor is brighter than those of other nearby craters, which is consistent with the presence of small amounts of ice. This information will help researchers understand crater formation and study other uncharted areas of the moon. The findings are published in Thursday’s edition of the journal Nature.

“The brightness measurements have been puzzling us since two summers ago,” said Gregory Neumann of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., a co-author on the paper. “While the distribution of brightness was not exactly what we had expected, practically every measurement related to ice and other volatile compounds on the moon is surprising, given the cosmically cold temperatures inside its polar craters.”

The spacecraft mapped Shackleton crater with unprecedented detail, using a laser to illuminate the crater’s interior and measure its albedo or natural reflectance. The laser light measures to a depth comparable to its wavelength, or about a micron. That represents a millionth of a meter, or less than one ten-thousandth of an inch. The team also used the instrument to map the relief of the crater’s terrain based on the time it took for laser light to bounce back from the moon’s surface. The longer it took, the lower the terrain’s elevation.

For an image of the crater, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/MlzloW

For more information about NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/lro