Wednesday, September 23, 2015

TRENDnet's AC1200 WiFi Range Extender is now available

TRENDnet's AC1200 WiFi Range Extender is now available
Advanced amplifiers and external antennas significantly reduce wireless dead zones
TORRANCE, Calif. - Sept. 22, 2015 - TRENDnet® (, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, announced today the availability of its AC1200 WiFi Range Extender, model TEW-822DRE. TRENDnet's AC1200 WiFi Range Extender provides incredible coverage to significantly reduce wireless network dead spots.
TRENDnet's AC1200 WiFi Range Extender provides high performance wireless amplifiers and external antennas that broadcast concurrent Wireless AC and Wireless N. The 5 GHz Wireless AC band provides better performance with less interference and has additional non-overlapping channels. Targeted beamforming improves real-time performance by directing the strongest wireless signals to specific devices.
"More and more devices are equipped with Wireless AC capabilities, but one drawback to the 5 GHz Wireless band is its weaker reach," said Evan Davis, senior manager of solutions engineering at TRENDnet. "TRENDnet's AC1200 WiFi Range Extender, paired with an 802.11ac client, assists to improve the range of the less congested 5 GHz band by providing nearly whole-home Wireless AC coverage."
Users simply plug the TEW-822DRE directly into an electrical outlet; the extender blends into most home environments with its off-white housing. This extender offers both extender and access point modes, and it features a gigabit port to extend a high performance connection to any wired device.
Pricing and Availability
TRENDnet's AC1200 WiFi Range Extender, model TEW-822DRE, is available worldwide through major retailers and other authorized TRENDnet partners, with an MSRP of USD $84.99.

About TRENDnet
TRENDnet is a global provider of award-winning networking and surveillance solutions to small and medium-sized business and home users. Building networking solutions since 1990, TRENDnet enables users to share broadband access, multimedia content and networked peripherals for true anywhere connectivity. TRENDnet's diverse product portfolio includes Wireless, Internet Cameras (IP Cameras), Switches, Power over Ethernet (PoE), Fiber, Gigabit, Home Automation, Network Video Recorders (NVR), Keyboard/Video/Mouse (KVM), Print Servers, Powerline, NAS Media Servers, Multimedia Accessories, and more. To learn more about TRENDnet, please visit

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

KENWOOD Announces Release of Two New Multimedia Receivers With Apple® CarPlay®

LONG BEACH, CALIF. – September 17, 2015 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD USA announced it is set to ship two new smartphone-compatible multimedia receivers this month. The Excelon DDX6902S (MSRP $850.00) and DDX6702S (MSRP $800.00) expand the family of units equipped with Apple® CarPlay®, the Apple-produced in-vehicle interface for iPhone®.  

While the pair’s predecessors—the Excelon DDX9902S and DDX9702S—are equipped with both Android™ Auto (a smartphone interface made by Google to work with late-model Android-powered smartphones) and Apple CarPlay, the two new units focus solely on the iPhone. Siri®, Apple’s voice-activated and voice-responsive intelligent assistant, is the user’s primary interface to select entertainment options, open apps, reply to text messages and get turn-by-turn directions. 

“We are committed to enhancing the connected lifestyle,” said Tony Mercado, marketing manager for KENWOOD. “iPhone users have deeply integrated relationships with their devices, and extending the safe function of those devices in the vehicle is vital. Adding the Excelon DDX6902S and DDX6702S to our current flagship units lets us deliver that fun and functionality to more consumers at lower price points.”
Each multimedia receiver features a high-sensitivity, 6.2-inch screen bordered on the left by a physical knob and menu buttons. In addition to controlling the multimedia unit, the screen connects to an optional back-up camera to automatically show the view behind the vehicle while in reverse gear.
Onboard entertainment options include a full suite of content including digital channels via HD Radio®, CD and DVD, and terrestrial AM and FM. Both units are also SiriusXM-Ready™ and can connect to the optional SXV300 tuner (sold separately) to access hundreds of audio channels (subscription required). With a connected smartphone, the entertainment options increase with built-in control of Pandora® Internet Radio and iHeartRadio®. 
Built-in amplifiers enable each unit to power directly connected speakers, making them ideal drop-in replacements for factory radios. For custom applications, the Excelon DDX6902S includes three 5-volt pre-amp outputs and a 7-band equalizer. The Kenwood DDX6702S includes three 4-volt pre-amp outputs and a 5-band EQ. For more details please visit the Kenwood website at

About JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation
JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of JVCKENWOOD Corporation and is a leading developer of imaging, home and car entertainment, and navigation products for the consumer market, two-way radio communications systems for public safety, private industry and amateur users, and video equipment for the broadcast and professional markets. For detailed information, call JVCKENWOOD USA at 1-800-950-5005 or visit us at, and

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Thursday, September 10, 2015


September 9, 2015, El Dorado Hills, CA -- Kidz Gear™, the award-winning Grown-up Performance, Built for Kids! brand, announced today the New Kidz Gear Bluetooth™ Stereo Headphones for kids, the Bluetooth headphones designed specifically for children.  Delivering a high-quality audio experience for children, the Kidz Gear Bluetooth Stereo Headphones (Model BT68KGXX) support Bluetooth version 4.0, as well as the Bluetooth Profiles:  A2DP, AVRCP, HF and HS.  Available in blue and pink, the headphones also include a patented removable omnidirectional Boom Microphone, ideal for children’s foreign language studies, audio/verbal test-taking at school and at home gaming and online chatting.

Essential Audio Gear for Kids provides True Freedom from Wires for Music Listening, Gaming, Dance, & Exercise Apps

Essential audio gear for children everywhere, the Kidz Gear Bluetooth Stereo Headphones are compatible with all devices that support Bluetooth 4.0, including iPhones, iPads, Kindles, Nooks, Android smartphones and tablets, and computers (with a Bluetooth adapter).  The headphones will also quickly charge through USB with the included FREE cable.  Providingtrue freedom from cumbersome wires that kids can easily get tangled in, the Kidz Gear Bluetooth Headphones are perfect for everything from music, gaming, dance, and exercise apps that require movement, to watching movies and interacting with audio educational and entertainment apps.

Unique Removable Boom Microphone Design and KidzSync Audio-Syncing for Easy Setup

The Kidz Gear Bluetooth Stereo Headphones are designed with a one-of-a-kind removable Boom Microphone specifically designed for children that want to learn a language, play interactive games online and even use them in the classroom for audio/verbal test-taking.  The easy to use KidzSync audio-synching provided through a multi-button interface, the Bluetooth Stereo Headphones can be quickly setup and paired with a variety of audio/video devices.  The headphones also support wired usage if necessary and include high-quality audio components necessary to deliver an outstanding hi-fi audio experience.

Included with the Kidz Gear Bluetooth Headphones:

  • Removable Boom Mic
  • Audio cable
  • USB charging cord
“The Kidz Gear Bluetooth Stereo Headphones are designed to support the latest mobile devices in the market today,” said Jack Peterson, VP Sales and Marketing, Kidz Gear.  “Kids will love using the headphones to listen to music, learn a language or watch movies on their tablets, smartphones or computers.”

The Kidz Gear Bluetooth Stereo Headphones (Model BT68KGXX) are available immediately through the Kidz Gear site at, value priced at only $59.99 with Gear Up For Education! discounts available for schools and libraries. In addition, the standard Kidz Gear wired headphones are available immediately  through the Kidz Gear site and retail channel, including the Kidz Gear Deluxe Stereo Headset Headphones with Boom Mic, priced at $29.99 and Kidz Gear Wired Headphones (without Boom Mic) for $19.99.  For more information, see thewebsitewww.gearforkidz.comFacebook:, and Twitter: @GearForKidz.

About Kidz Gear -- Kidz Gear is the Brand Adults Want and Kids Love

Kidz Gear headphones are not “toys,” but adult products built for kids.  Manufactured with the same high-quality, high-performance consumer electronics components found in adult headphones, the Kidz Gear headphones are designed to solve the never-ending battle between a child’s desire for his or her parent’s things and the parent’s fear of them destroying an expensive item. 

Incorporated in 2001, San Ramon, California Supply and Beyond, LLC is the exclusive manufacturer of the Kidz Gear brand of products and accessories.  The Kidz Gear brand was created by founder and mother Laurie Peterson with the purpose of developing a line of products and accessories with adult features, performance and quality but with ergonomic sizes, styles and prices for children.  The Kidz Gear product line has received rave reviews and awards from various Mother’s Group Organizations and industry publications.  The company is continually focused on bringing more products to market that support the company’s mission – Grown-Up Performance, Built for Kids!  For more information visit, email: sales@gearforkidz.comor phone: (877) Kidz-Gear.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Creative SoundBlaster X7 High Resolution Audio Device Review

When it comes to computers and audio, it doesn't get much better than Creative's SoundBlaster line. If you are at least familiar with computer components, then you probably at least recognize the name SoundBlaster. And while the name SoundBlaster is synonymous with high quality audio, Creative has taken things to a whole new level with the SoundBlaster X7. While it provides stellar computer audio, which is the core of the SoundBlaster line, the X7 also provides a whole lot more!

The SoundBlaster X7 is an audiophile's dream! Whether it be for a desktop, laptop, portable device like tablet or even cellphone, it also works great with gaming systems. not only does it do gaming, it also works great with movies and music. The SoundBlaster X7 is a high resolution aural juggernaut that can take care of all your sound processing needs! With it's 24 bit/192 kHz high resolution 127dB processor, everything you listen to will sound better than it ever has before! There's even an app so you can control it from your iOS or Android device, whether you want to keep the sound untouched, or alter it to your personal preferences.

The SoundBlaster X7 really is designed for you, and your needs. Do you have your music stored on your cell phone? No problem. The X7 uses Bluetooth and NFC. It's other inputs also include RCA, optical and even USB. Its' outputs include the same. And with the built-in amp, it can be used as  a stand alone amplifier to power a pair of stereo speakers. For those of you that have studio quality headphones, the built-in headphone amp can handle impedences up to 600 ohm. And with audiophile grade components such as Nichicon fine gold capacitors, Burr-Brown ADC and PCM 1794 DAC and even swappable op amps to even further customize tonal qualities, you are ensured a pleasant audio experience.

Features and Specs:
SB-Axx1™ multi-core Digital Signal Processor (DSP)
Special patented EMU32 bus capable of processing up to 32 concurrent audio streams
Proprietary audio chip helps the Sound Blaster X7 achieve audiophile-grade audio playback from stereo to 5.1 configurations at up to 24-bit 192kHz.
Burr-Brown PCM1794 127dB 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
Texas Instruments TPA6120A2 headphone amplifier 
Nichicon “Fine Gold” capacitors
Class-D digital amplifier TPA3116D2
  • Audio ProcessorSB-Axx1™
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR)127dB (DAC)
  • Connectivity Options (Main)microUSB
    Microphone :
    Built-in Stereo Mic
    1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) Mic In
    Line / Optical :
    1 x RCA Aux/Line In
    1 x TOSLINK Optical In
    1 x TOSLINK Optical Out
    Speaker :
    2 x Binding Post Passive Speaker Out (L/R)
    1 x RCA Line/Front Speaker Out
    1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) Rear Speaker Out
    1 x 1/8" (3.5mm) Center/Sub Speaker Out
    Headphone :
    1 x 1/8" (3.5mm)Headphone Out
    1 x 1/4" (6.3mm)Headphone Out
    USB HOST :
    1 x Type A USB Host Port - Device Audio Stream & Charging
  • Headphone AmpUp to 600 Ohms
  • Max Channel Output5.1 Channels, Stereo Amplified
  • Audio TechnologiesSBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice, Scout Mode, Dolby Digital Technology

The SoundBlaster X7 came in a great color printed box with photos and features and specs of the device. It really helped to set the tone for the excitement that is to come. Opening the box revealed a well protected X7. While construction was mostly of plastic, with gold plated metal connections, the quality of materials used was very good. The fit and finish and quality of construction was also very good. The X7 appeared to be a very well made product. Holding it in hand, the X7 felt very solid as well. Another nice touch was the overall elegant look, so that the X7 would fit in well with almost any d├ęcor. Also included with the SoundBlaster X7 were the manual, multiple power cords for depending on where in the world you live, and audio cable for using a device with 3.5 mm cable. There was also a headphone holder that connects to the back of the X7.

When it came time to test the SoundBlaster X7, I was very impressed! It was easy to use to power computer system speakers for gaming. It also works great to power a pair of stereo speakers. And whatever location you have it, the X7 lets you easily access all of your content. I had a pair of bookshelf speakers that it powered beautifully.  Talk about making you computer gaming sound amazing!

This is actually what I enjoyed the most about the X7 and having so many inputs, to access a multitude of difference devices. My Ipod Classic connected with the included 3.5 mm adapter worked great. The built-in Bluetooth made it easy to access the music on my cellphone and tablet. The built-in headphone amp also worked well with my high impedance reference Sennheiser Momentum Wireless headphones. The only thing that could have been made easier is to provide an HDMI in/out to make it easier to connect to a current gaming system like PlayStation 3/4 or Xbox One.

The X7 does not just provide the hardware to listen to you music. It also provides the hardware to let you tweak the sound to preference. The built-in sound processor is a powerhouse! It can be customized through DSP for gaming, music, and even movies. There's also a 10 band graphic equalizer. And controlling all this was very simple by using a downloaded app for your smartphone or tablet.

The provided sound was also excellent. The built-in amplifier proved to be very transparent. The level of imaging I heard was astounding! I was not expecting that from this small device. The level of resolution and detail was also very good. The highs were crisp and clean, mids were smooth, and bass had nice depth and extension.  Vocals sounded very natural with nice timbre.  It didn't matter if it was piano, percussion, guitar, brass, strings, or vocals, the X7 provided great harmonics, dynamics, and detail with no noticeable coloration or decay.  I found myself getting lost in the music, going to my favorite tracks and singing along.  I had to remind myself to stay on task!  I guess that's probably the best compliment that can be given.  My teenage son fell in love with it!

The Creative SoundBlaster X7 arrived, and with Creative's reputation I had high expectation.  Those expectations were exceeded!  The SoundBlaster X7 had high quality connections, and felt like a well built product.  And it also performed in spades.  If you are in the market for a small receiver and/or computer soundcard, it should be on your short list, as the X7 can do it all!  Based on it's design, features, quality, and specs, the Creative SoundBlaster X7 has earned our Editor's Choice Award.  Kudos to Creative for such a great product!  With an MSRP of $399, it is also priced right.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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Saturday, August 29, 2015


Thousands of Limited Edition PAX Nabu X units to be given to expo attendees as part of Razer wearables celebration

For Release on Aug. 28, 2015:

SEATTLE (PAX Prime 2015)  Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the launch of its Razer Nabu smartband. A two-and-half minute zombie survival guide commercial produced by Razer will inaugurate a marketing campaign that highlights the benefits of “living smarter” with Nabu.

Interested parties may check out the “Five Rules of Zombie Survival” spot at

“When we originally announced the Razer Nabu at CES 2014, we received a ton of feedback on features that users enjoyed and aspects that needed improvement,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We re-designed the Razer Nabu with that feedback, including a change in the placement of the button for a more intuitive user experience. The zombie video we’ve made is a fun way for us to commemorate the re-launch of one of our most anticipated products with the fans who helped make it a reality.”

Razer will celebrate its next generation of wearable products at PAX Prime in Seattle this weekend by giving away 2,000 exclusive PAX Blue Nabu X smartbands to gamers at the expo.

Both Nabu and Nabu X will receive major updates through a new companion app that will be compatible with both devices. The new companion app comes with a vibrant UI for a clearer, more motivating picture of the user’s daily activity, as well as advanced auto-sleep tracking algorithms, amongst other new features. Current Nabu X users can download the beta version of the companion app at from today.

A unique band-to-band communication technology is built into the Razer Nabu. Users will be able to display fitness tracking and smartphone notifications directly on their wrist via a discreet OLED screen. To find out more about the Razer Nabu, please visit

PRICE: $99.99


Pre-order – Opens Sept 15th
Shipping – October 2015


Compatible with: iOS devices – iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 6 and Android 4.3-and-up devices
Lithium-polymer battery with up to 6 days life

Display and sensors:

OLED 128x16 single color
3-axis accelerometer
Cylindrical vibration motor


Pairing via Bluetooth Low Energy
Nabu companion app downloadable on Google Play Store and Apple iTunes

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

ASUS announces the Strix GTX 950

Fremont, California (20th August, 2015) - ASUS today announced the Strix GTX 950, a cool new graphics card for gamers that demand performance beyond the capabilities of reference designs. This new graphics card is packed with ASUS exclusive hardware and software technologies to get the most from NVIDIA’s latest GeForce® GTX™ 950 GPU.  Cooler, quieter and more reliable than reference, the Strix GTX 950 features boost clocks of 1329 MHz in gaming mode, and 1355 MHz in OC mode - delivering 11.5% faster gaming performance than reference cards in The Witcher® 3.
Cool, silent gameplay: DirectCU II with wing-blade 0dB fan design
The Strix GTX 950 is equipped with ASUS DirectCU II cooling technology, which features direct-GPU contact heat pipes that outperform reference designs and achieve up to 20% cooler gaming performance. A patented wing-blade fan design delivers maximum airflow and improved static pressure over the heatsink for efficient cooling. The Strix GTX 950 also features 0dB fan technology, which stops fan rotation completely during lighter gaming sessions — eliminating noise for undisturbed gameplay. In situations where active cooling is required, the Strix 950’s cooler is 3X quieter than reference designs.

Premium quality and reliability: Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II
To ensure stability under all scenarios, the Strix GTX 950 features Super Alloy Power II components for improved efficiency, current handling, and lower operating temperatures. However, there’s more to surpassing reference designs consistently than power delivery or cooling. Due to human fallibility, manufacturing processes are subject to a number of variables that lead to inconsistent performance or reliability issues. In order to eliminate these variables, the Strix GTX 950 is manufactured using ASUS Auto-Extreme technology. This is the industry’s first 100% automated manufacturing process, removing human fallibility from the production line — ensuring that every card is manufactured to exact standards. Auto-Extreme technology also eliminates the use of flux during production, and allows SMT components to be used in almost all locations, making the rear side of the graphics card totally smooth for easy handling.

Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with Xsplit Gamecaster
Redesigned with an intuitive, new user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking easier and more visual than ever. With one click, the new Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically. An included 14-day XSplit Gamecaster premium license lets gamers easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay. Additionally, the Strix GTX 950 includes a free 15-day World of Warships premium account together with an exclusive invite code for a Diana Cruiser ship.

The ASUS Strix GTX 950 lands with an MSRP of $169.99 and is available from ASUS authorized resellers and distributors now.
About ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,326 awards in 2014 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2014 was approximately US$14.5 billion.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

A new set of headphones for every day: The CUSTOM STREET from beyerdynamic brings individual sound and style to the streets

Heilbronn, Germany, August 2015: Do it your way, and in your own style. Thebeyerdynamic CUSTOM STREETheadphones, which will retail for $169, are perfect for customizing your audio experience. Interactive sound sliders allow the bass volume to be controlled in three stages. Changeable cover designs and rings on the ear cups give the on-ear headphones a totally new look in just a few simple steps.

Building on success
The CUSTOM STREET represents a continuation of the successful CUSTOM series from the audio specialist in Heilbronn. Just as was the case with the world's first interactive headphones - the CUSTOM ONE PRO - a great deal of importance is attributed to individuality. The user can decide how much bass he or she hears using the CUSTOM sound sliders. From the ear cups, you can gradually adjust the acoustic tuning of the headphones - making the CUSTOM STREET perfect for mixing SoundCloud tracks, as well as for personal listening preferences.

Flexible and robust design
The CUSTOM STREET headphones - available in black or white - are designed specifically for mobile use. Despite their robust design, they conveniently fold away into a compact size for easy transportation. The ear cups turn by 90 degrees, allowing the headphones to be worn comfortably around your neck. They are supplied with an EVA case- made from the same hard-wearing nylon used for laptop bags, to protect the headphones on the go. 

The detachable headset cable is compatible with most Android smartphones and tablets, as well as Apple devices. It is coated with Kevlar- a synthetic fiber that is five-times stronger than steel on an equal weight basis.

Another special feature of the cable is that its jack plug, which can be connected to either the right or left ear cup. This leaves the other 3.5 mm jack socket free for a second pair of headphones - ideal for listening to music or watching films with friends. The detachable cable also offers protection: if stepped on, only the plug will removed, meaning no pulling force will be applied to the connections in the headphones.

Extensive range of accessories
For those who want to personalize their CUSTOM STREET headphones further,HEADSET GEAR can be purchased to transform headphones into a gaming headset. A professional microphone is attached to the flexible gooseneck, which is suitable for making phone or Skype calls, and also records with crystal-clear quality for podcasting. An optional coiled cable also offers even greater flexibility for home recording, as well as for DJ use. 

The headphones come complete with 16 alternative cover designs to suit your every mood. For those wanting even more, an extensive selection of additional covers, rings and cables are available on thebeyerdynamic website.

About beyerdynamic
Over 90 years' experience in developing audio electronics
beyerdynamic GmbH & Co. KG, based in Heilbronn, is synonymous with innovative audio products with superior sound quality and pioneering technology.
Three divisions - Conference, Pro Audio and Consumer - provide tailored solutions for professional and private users. All products are developed in Germany and are largely made by hand - from hi-fi headphones and stage microphones, to conferencing and interpreting systems.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

ASUS Announces World’s First USB 3.1 Gen 2 Motherboard Certification

-- TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2/USB 3.1 motherboard first to be certified
for SuperSpeed USB 10Gbit/s (USB 3.1 Gen 2) --
Fremont, California (12th August, 2015) - ASUS today announced that the TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2/USB 3.1 is the world’s first motherboard to achieve SuperSpeed USB 10Gbit/s certification for USB 3.1 Gen 2 data-transfer speeds of up to 10Gbit/s — twice as fast as USB 3.0. This achievement highlights the company’s position as a global trailblazer committed to delivering the best technology to consumers before anyone else.

To achieve USB-IF certification, the TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2/USB 3.1 had to pass exacting tests set by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF), including signal-quality checks, stress tests and sustained transmission speed. As the world’s first certified SuperSpeed USB 10Gbit/s (USB 3.1 Gen 2) motherboard, the TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2/USB 3.1 successfully demonstrated wide compatibility with existing USB devices including printers, USB drives, video cameras, mice, headsets and many others —  providing proven interoperability for consumers. 
“USB-IF certification is a proven testing and evaluation process that is absolutely necessary for product interoperability and reliability,” said Jeff Ravencraft, USB-IF President and COO. “As the next generation of USB technology hits the market, we strongly encourage consumers to look for USB-IF-certified products, such as the ASUS TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2/USB 3.1 motherboard, to ensure the best possible user experience.”

Backed by a 5 year warranty, ASUS TUF motherboards are built with military-grade components to deliver incredible durability. ASUS TUF features include Thermal Radar 2 for intuitive fan tuning, the TUF ICe microchip to intelligently monitor and control system temperatures, ESD Guards for greater tolerance to static electricity, and a new 8+2-phase TUF Engine power design.  ASUS also provide the most comprehensive memory and device validation lists (QVLs) in the industry – for assured compatibility with thousands of devices. 

Other ASUS TUF motherboards will also be submitted to USB-IF for certification, allying the newest and best device compatibility to TUF’s world-renowned reputation for strength and build quality. 

Pricing & Availability

The ASUS TUF Sabertooth Z97 Mark 2/USB 3.1 is priced at $175, and is available from ASUS authorized distributors and resellers.
Full Specifications available at: WWW.ASUS.COM 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Amped Wireless Announces High Power AC1750 Wi-Fi Router with a 4” Touch Screen

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Amped Wireless Announces High Power AC1750 Wi-Fi Router with a 4” Touch Screen 
Get a blazing-fast, whole-home Wi-Fi network in minutes with a few taps of your finger
August 11th, 2015 - Chino Hills, CA – Amped Wireless, the leading manufacturer of high power, long range wireless solutions for the home and office, is shipping the next model in its TAP Series of Touch Screen Wi-Fi devices, the TAP-R3. The TAP-R3 is the first of its kind, a High Power Touch Screen AC1750 Wi-Fi Router. Designed to deliver whole-home Wi-Fi coverage, coupled with an incredibly fast and simple setup process that requires nothing but a few taps of your finger to complete. This addition to the Amped Wireless TAP series will transform the average consumers experience with Wi-Fi and the typical network setup process.
The TAP-R3 is effortlessly sleek and doesn’t take up much space, but it can outperform some of the biggest Routers on the market and is built with an incredibly simple setup process. With its high power components, the TAP-R3 can send a Wi-Fi signal to areas like upstairs rooms, out to the yard, or to the far den. Equipped with a total of 12 high power amplifiers and three high gain antennas (external and internal), the TAP-R3 delivers up to 800mW of Wi-Fi output power. More output power means more Wi-Fi coverage as it allows a signal to push through walls and eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots. The TAP-R3 is also built with a fast Qualcomm® Processor, enabling the most reliable connections. By fine tuning this advanced technology, the TAP-R3 can supply a home with more coverage than standard Routers and all with a few taps on the screen.
“Many homes and offices are settling for clunky, poor performing and slow Wi-Fi networks simply because they don’t want to wrestle with updating it,” stated Lacey Limbrick, Brand/Marketing Manager at Amped Wireless. “Our High Power Touch Screen line has changed the networking setup experience. Our customers can now upgrade their network with whole-home AC1750 Wi-Fi, frustration free, and in just a few minutes. The touch screen setup avoids headaches as it makes installation incredibly simple. Wi-Fi is an everyday necessity in today’s household, it shouldn’t take an engineer to install it.”
The Router’s setup is done entirely on the touch screen display. After powering on the Router, the user taps to begin the easy to follow Setup Wizard. The TAP-R3 automatically detects your Internet settings, the user gives the Wi-Fi networks names and passwords, and setup is complete. No laptops or other devices are needed. The touch screen also allows for quick access to many features of the Router including the setup and management of Guest Networks, the Wi-Fi Access Schedule, User Access Controls, the strength of the Wi-Fi signal in Signal Coverage Controls and many other settings.
This Router is designed for the minimalist household. Though the TAP-R3 can sit upright without stealing much cabinet or counter space, it can also be mounted onto any wall for an even less intrusive installation. Get rid of your switches and extra cable mess with the 4 Gigabit wired ports and USB sharing port. The TAP-R3 can be your hub for all of your network devices and storage drivers. With the USB port you can share files both locally and remotely. And you can set and forget the Router or turn on Clock Mode for a modern digital clock display, making it even more functional and appealing in any office or room.
The TAP-R3 is priced at $199.99 and is shipping to customers next week. It is available online and will be available at most major brick and mortar retailers and online etailers, in the weeks to follow. Visit to order today.

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About Amped Wireless
Amped Wireless is an award-winning provider of long-range, wireless consumer and business communication products for the home and office. Ranked 16th in the 2013 Inc. 500 and 1st in the Computer Hardware Industry, Amped Wireless’ mission is to develop the highest quality, long-range wireless products through experience, passion, innovation and advanced technology that exceed customers’ needs and expectations. For more information on Amped Wireless, The Leader in High Power Wireless Solutions™, please visit the Amped Wireless website at
Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Qualcomm Internet Processor, is a product of Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

KENWOOD Extends the Musical Experience Outside the Vehicle with New Headphones

LONG BEACH, CALIF. – August 5, 2015 (MEDIAWIRE) – KENWOOD USA invited key retailers to view a new product category in the enclosed meeting area of its booth during International CES. The premier manufacturer of connected multimedia systems and car audio components unveiled three sets of headphones—two in-ear and an over-the-ear model. This week, Kenwood announced that the three models are now available and shipping to retailers. 

Kenwood's new headphones are designed to fit diverse lifestyles. The contemporary KH-CR500 is built for everyday use with a comfortable, stable, in-ear fit. The waterproof KH-SR800, available in red (KH-SR800-R) or black (KH-SR800-B), is made to stay in place during rigorous physical activity, and the stylish KH-KR900 fits over the ear for an enveloping audio experience. 

"These headphones are part of a significant shift in our product philosophy, but it's not the beginning of that shift," said Dave Hoag, vice president of sales. "We understand that these days, on-the-go entertainment doesn't always start or end in the vehicle. That's why we've put so much into creating a connected in-vehicle environment, to allow consumers to enjoy streaming music services and digital downloads with a quality audio experience. These new headphones represent a continuation of that effort: letting drivers enjoy high-quality Kenwood audio wherever they go."
All three models feature high-grade neodymium driver units—40mm for the on-ear, and 10mm for the in-ear types—to create quality sound with rich bass and clear mid- and high-frequency ranges. Each is equipped with an in-line remote control and microphone for use with iPod®, iPhone®, iPad®, and Android™ devices. Users can easily play, stop or skip songs, or answer calls with a single button.
The KH-CR500 headphones (MSRP $80.00) feature an in-ear design that blocks ambient noise and provides excellent sound isolation. The package includes a set of memory foam earpieces and three sizes of silicone earpieces. 
The KH-SR800 sport headphones (MSRP $120.00) feature Pivot Motion Fit supports that keep them securely in the ear without interfering with glasses. The cord and clip can go behind the neck to prevent flapping during exercise. With an IPX5 rating, the KH-SR800 headphones can stand up to the elements. In addition to three sizes of silicone earpieces, the headphones include three sizes of open-type earpieces so runners and bikers can hear approaching cars or other potential hazards.
The KH-KR900 headband headphones (MSRP $200.00) come with soft ear pads, letting users enjoy hours of listening in comfort. The unique Quad Duct Engine on the housing consists of four ports, each tuned for specific frequencies, which work together to deliver natural and well-balanced bass across the low range. The headphones fold flat and include a carrying pouch and detachable four-foot, single-sided flat cord.
The new headphone line is only available at specialty retail stores. For more information on KENWOOD products and events, please visit

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