Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Powerplus for Nintendo 3DS at Amazon

Powerplus Doubles Nintendo™ 3DS Play Time with Additional 1800 mAH Battery Power

Newport Beach, CA – (*Media samples available upon request) Hyperkin, a recognized and trusted brand of video game peripherals, has announced that it’s the 3DS Powerplus is now available for purchase at

The Powerplus is designed to provide extra battery life for the Nintendo 3DS handheld video game system. Providing an 1800 mHA battery, the 3DS Powerplus more than doubles the playing time of the 3DS.

The 3DS Powerplus is a lightweight, sleek 1/4” design that slides onto the back of the 3DS while allowing full access to all of the systems original functions such as the cartridge port, stylus, SD card and all the control buttons. It also provides an excellent grip and includes a battery LED indicator.

“We are thrilled that gamers can have immediate access to the Powerplus through Amazon,” stated Leo Saleh, Hyperkin’s National Sales Director. “The 3DS Powerplus is a great way to charge your 3DS for marathon gaming. It doubles the battery life and it’s incredibly comfortable to use.”

•Available at
•1800 mHA
•Sleek, 1/4" Design
•Lightweight (2.2 Ounces)
•Battery LED Indicator
•Full Access to All 3DS Functions
•Improved Grip
•Retail Price: $19.99

About Hyperkin

Since its launch in 2009 Hyperkin has been quickly become a widely recognized and trusted brand of video game peripherals. Hyperkin is constantly searching for new product ideas, emerging technologies and innovative ways to enhance the video game experience. Hyperkin believes that its most important asset is its business partners and is dedicated to developing long and successful relationships with each client. The company’s executive office is located in Newport Beach, CA. For more information, please visit: or call 877-337-1238


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sceptre Redefines High Performance Affordability with New 32-inch LED HDTV

Perfect blend of crystal clear picture quality and lifelike audio in a slim, ultra-light, contemporary design

Superb energy efficiency with an estimated yearly energy cost of only $11

City of Industry, CA - August 30, 2010 – Sceptre, superior manufacturers of world class LED and LCD HDTVs and PC monitors, introduces their new 32-inch LED HDTV, a blend of high performance, modern design and affordability. Equipped with stunning picture quality and realistic audio experience, the new E325BV-HD is the ideal centerpiece for any setting, but still slim enough for smaller rooms.

Encased in a ultra light chassis weighing only 20 lbs with stand, this unit does not compromise on performance, featuring a flicker and static free 31.5-inch LED screen, 1366 x 768 resolution and 6.5ms response time. In addition, it swivels up to 30 degrees, is neck and base detachable, and wall mountable, making it versatile enough to double as a computer monitor or digital signage.

“The quality and affordability of this 32-inch LED HDTV embodies Sceptre’s goal of providing consumers with an alternative to name brand prices without sacrificing quality,” Cathy Chou, Vice President of Operations, Sceptre. “This new unit is also extremely energy efficient, resulting in long term savings for the user.”

Equipped with 3 HDMI ports, a USB port and a headphone jack, the new LED HDTV allows users to quickly and easily share pictures, listen to music or even connect their laptops. The unit also features 2x10 watt built-in speakers and multiple features to maximize audio quality, including noise reduction filer, surround sound mode, sound equalizer settings and auto volume level control.

The new 32-inch LED HDTV is currently available online at Wal-Mart. For more information or product images on this model or the entire Sceptre product line, visit


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Headquartered in City of Industry, California, the hub of the computer industry, Sceptre is an internationally certified manufacturer of world class LCD and LED flat panel monitors. Established in 1984, Sceptre is fully committed to maintaining its status as a leader in the industry by providing the latest advanced technology in LCD and LED displays at affordable prices with tailored service programs. For more information, please visit

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Samsung’s fastest selling smartphone in the world coming soon to AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile

DALLAS, August 30, 2011 — Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile)1, the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S., today announced the Galaxy S™ II will be available with AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile starting this fall. The U.S. launch follows the successful debut of the Galaxy S II in Europe and Korea, where consumers bought 5 million smartphones in 85 days, making the device Samsung’s fastest selling smartphone ever. The next generation Galaxy S II portfolio packs industry-leading hardware and software and the latest version of the Android smartphone platform into each device. The Galaxy S II portfolio is highlighted by Samsung’s own Super AMOLED Plus display technology, a powerful dual core application processor and a robust array of entertainment, messaging, social networking and enterprise experiences.

“The unveiling of the Galaxy S II is a landmark achievement for Samsung, our carrier customers and consumers,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Mobile. “Five million Galaxy S II smartphones have been sold around the world and that number increases every day. We believe the cutting-edge design, features and user experience of this innovative device will share the same level of success in the U.S.”

The three smartphones within the Samsung Galaxy S II portfolio are designed with an ultra-thin form factor and brilliant Super AMOLED Plus touch screen display. Recent independent studies showed that Samsung’s Super AMOLED Plus display technology was preferred 2 to 1 over any competing display technology in the market today2, thanks to touchscreen’s ability to deliver brilliant colors with the most contrast, providing a vivid and crisp viewing experience.

All three Galaxy S II smartphones are enabled with 4G3 service for fast connectivity speeds and dual core processors for seamless web surfing, console-like game play and rapid content downloads.

Personalized Customization

The Galaxy S II portfolio features an improved Samsung TouchWiz user interface, providing superior multi-tasking, application management, and customization and includes Live Panel which provides a magazine-like widget view for immediate access to weather, social updates, email, news, photo gallery and more, all of which can be customized on the home screen. All of the Samsung Live Panel widgets can be positioned and re-sized to create rich, visual home screens and provide one-touch access to the information consumers use most. Touchwiz UI also includes Quick Panel which allows instant access to commonly used device settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and other key device features. The TouchWiz UI notification service on the lock screen notifies users to the number of unread or new text messages, and missed calls that have been sent to you on your Galaxy S II. Users get direct access to missed calls and text messages from the lock screen by swiping the notification boxes without having to navigate through the applications menu.

Each of the Galaxy S II devices feature six-axis motion sensing using an accelerometer and gyroscope that support advanced touch screen gestures, including motion to zoom in on images, silence a ringing phone, and even move widgets on the menu screens.

Premium Content

Galaxy S II will also include Samsung’s popular Media Hub movie and TV content service. Media Hub features thousands of new release and top-grossing titles from major Hollywood studios and leading television networks, including NBC Universal, Paramount, MTV, Warner Bros., CBS and FOX. The content service has added a new feature called Media Hub Show, allowing the user to playback Media Hub content on a TV through an HDMI cable connected to a Galaxy S II dock or HDTV Smart adapter accessory. Users can share purchased to own film or TV content across up to five devices enabled with Media Hub at no additional cost. Alternate premium video options include Android Movies, Netflix, and others which are available to download from Android Market™.

Samsung’s Social Hub service on the Galaxy S II transfers email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections, including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, into “Feeds” and “Messages” folders that can be either separated into separate tabs or combined into comprehensive lists.

Samsung’s Galaxy S II portfolio is powered by the open and innovative Android Gingerbread platform, complete with full support of Google Mobile Services including Android MarketÔ with access to more than 250,000 applications, Google SearchÔ, Google MapsÔ, GmailÔ, YouTubeÔ, Google TalkÔ and more.

In addition, Galaxy S II and the Android Gingerbread platform support an array of cloud services including content sync across the Galaxy branded portfolio with Google services (Books, Music, Videos, Email, Calendar) Samsung Media Hub and cloud photo sync through Picasa Web Albums and Google+.

Uncompromised Convergence

The Galaxy S II portfolio offers a number of convergence features to share content in tethered and wireless formats. With Samsung’s All Share application, which enables inter-device connectivity through DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology, users can send user-generated video content wirelessly to other DLNA-enabled devices, such as TV’s, monitors and laptops, allowing for an interactive entertainment experience. The TV Remote App, also available through Android Market, transforms the Galaxy S II into a remote control for several top models of Samsung HDTVs. Smart Show and Media Hub Show enables the user to tether an HDMI over micro USB connection to an HDTV to play user generated or Media Hub DRM protected content respectively directly from the Galaxy S II device to the HDTV screen. Samsung Kies Air service allows users to connect their PC or Mac via WiFi without a preloaded application to easily view and manage your content. Users can transfer files, manage contacts and messages and send SMS from the PC.

Optimal Enterprise Solutions

Galaxy S II integrates a range of enterprise solutions that expand the business capabilities of the devices. The Galaxy S II portfolio provides support for exchange device management policies, offers increased security of data and services and enables mobile conferencing while on the go. Galaxy S II also features productivity enhancement capabilities such as the ability to create and respond to meeting requests, view, edit, and create Microsoft®-compatible documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, global address lookup (GAL), and more.

Additional enterprise solutions include:
•On-device encryption of user data
•Full support for Exchange ActiveSync® version 14
•Cisco VPN (Virtual Private Network)
•Sybase MDM (Mobile Device Management)
•Cisco WebEx mobile conference solution

Additional features of the Galaxy S portfolio include:

· 8-megapixel Rear-Facing Camera with Autofocus & Flash & 1080p HD Video Recording/2-megapixel Front-Facing Camera: The Galaxy S II portfolio features an 8 megapixel camera with flash and can record video in 1080p HD high profile offering the richest video content on a smartphone. Plus, the front-facing 2 megapixel camera provides video chat capabilities for personal and business communication on-the-go. Galaxy S II supports popular video conferencing services like Skype, Fring, Qik and Tango.

· Voice Talk: The Galaxy S II Voice Talk feature allows users to give their Galaxy S II device voice commands, including voice dial, text message, navigation, music, Web browsing and search. When docked into the car dock, the Galaxy S II automatically defaults into Voice Talk mode. Users can instantly activate the Voice Talk application by a long press on the search key.

· Task Manager: View and close the applications users have active, what items have been downloaded and check on memory usage via the Task Manager widget.

· Screen Capture Feature: Users can easily take a screen grab of the phone screen by pressing the power button and the home key simultaneously.

· Memory: All three Galaxy S II devices offer 16GB of on-board memory, as well as a microSD card slot that supports up to a 32GB memory card.

Premium Accessories Portfolio

A host of premium Galaxy S II accessories, including convenient solutions for docking, convergence, and backup battery charging will be available for each smartphone, providing users with an enhanced mobile experience. A multimedia dock is the perfect smart accessory, allowing users to transform their Galaxy S II into a home stereo by connecting speakers or plugging it into a home entertainment system via the 3.5mm stereo connector. Its ability to orient with the phone while docked makes it easy to view content in portrait and landscape mode, while the auto-launch of its Desk Dock UI makes for easy access to music, video and other applications.

Additional accessory solutions include:
•Vehicle dock: The dock charges the phone while docked to ensure uninterrupted GPS usage on long car rides. The dock is windshield or dashboard mountable and includes the sophisticated Vlingo Voice Talk, allowing users to enjoy hands-free control of their Galaxy S II.
•Battery charging stand with spare battery: This charging solution ensures a backup battery is always on hand, while providing a convenient kick stand for the Galaxy S II.
•HDTV Adapter: The HDMI adapter supports HD video up to 1080p from the phone to an HDTV, projector, or monitor. Use on the go to connect the Galaxy S II to a TV, monitor, or projector to view purchased Media Hub content, videos, presentations, games, or internet on a big HD screen, or listen to downloaded music from the phone on a home entertainment system.

1 Number one mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q2 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.

2 Super AMOLED Plus consumer preference claim based upon Q2 2011 independent study conducted by Strategy Analytics.

3This refers to the fact that such products are capable of operating on the applicable carrier’s 4G network, to the extent available.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets, wireless infrastructure and other telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit

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Autonomic New Products and Features at CEDIA 2011

Armonk, NY. August 30, 2011—Autonomic, supplying the custom electronics industry with premium cloud-based media server solutions, has announced that the popular Mirage Media Server MMS-2 is now available in a sleeker, more compact form factor and now offers a faster processor, Toslink and HDMI outputs. With an MSRP of $1995, the price of the MMS-2 incorporating these new features remains the same.

The MMS-2 represents a strong value for users seeking to converge content for multi-room distribution while gaining global access to their audio collections by leveraging cloud synchronization services. “We have taken the tremendously popular MMS-2 and enhanced both the form factor and the feature set without a bump in price,” explained Autonomic Co-founder and CEO Michael de Nigris. “We are excited to demonstrate our new products at CEDIA 2011 and unveil our new animated promotional video—a tool we have created for our dealers that simply explains the Mirage Media Server concept in 2-minutes,” de Nigris added.

Mirage Media Server functionality has also been enhanced by the addition of Amazon Cloud integration to go along with MP3 Tunes and iCloud compatibility. Additionally, Autonomic is working with Savant and their media server API (App Programming Interface) to implement richer integration within Savant’s control and automation environment. Mirage Media Servers already offer a vast array of control options with modules available for AMX, Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch.

The MMS-5 will become available in two versions—the MMS-5A (audio only) and the MMS-5AV (audio and video capability with a higher MSRP). The Mirage Media Server MMS-5AV will be capable of iTunes video playback. As promised, all existing MMS5’s will be field upgradable to adapt to this new functionality, making the currently available MMS-5 with field upgradability a very strong value while they last. The MMS-5A and MMS-5AV are expected to ship in Q4, 2011 including all new firmware updates.

Please visit Autonomic at CEDIA 2011, booth 231

It’s playtime.

Please join the innovators at Autonomic for an exclusive demonstration at CEDIA. See and hear the revolutionary Mirage Media Server MMS-5 in action, driven by a Bryston B-100 amp and THIEL SCS4T loudspeakers.
When: Wednesday, September 7th from 2:00PM to 3:30PM
Where: The Westin Indianapolis Grand Ballroom 1
50 South Capitol Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 262-8100

Autonomic Controls, Inc. ( introduced the world's first cloud-based media server, making audio and video consumption more reliable, easy and fulfilling. Exclusively engineered for custom installation, Autonomic products have become the standard for converging content for multi-room distribution from the most popular sources, such as iTunes, Windows Media, PANDORA® internet radio, TuneIn Radio (RadioTime) and SiriusXM Internet Radio.

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New iBike Dash CC Products Focus on Affordability & Making Selling Power Easy

Boca Raton, FL, August 30, 2011 -- Velocomp LLP,, a leading sports technology company and makers of the iBike® line of power meters and iBike Dash CC line of cycling computers and power meters, will announce two major product enhancements for itsiBike Dash CC line of cycling computer products made specifically for bike shops at the Interbike Expo, held September 14-16, 2011 at the Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, Booth #21099.

iBike Dash CC is the revolutionary iPhone/iPod touch based system that makes use of the full computer functionality of your iPhone or iPod touch to deliver a truly amazing complete cycling computer dashboard at your fingertips. Designed and packaged to make merchandising simple, the new line of iBike Dash CC products allows cyclists to turn their iPhone or iPod touch into a powerful cycling computer. The system includes the iBike app for iPhone or iPod touch, patented electronics that reside in the fully-enclosed, weather-resistant iBike Dash case, ANT+Sportsensors and iBike ride analysis software. The units are available in both cycling computer and power meter editions.

“iBike Dash CC has been incredibly well received by cyclists,” said John Hamann, CEO of Velocomp. “We know the demand for iPhone and iPod touch-based cycling computers and power meters is there. We’ve worked with bicycle dealers for the last 6 months to develop a system that would help them capitalize on this sales opportunity.”

New to the iBike Dash CC Line for Bike Shops:

· iBike Dash CC: an unparalleled bike computer with a compellingly attractive price point at $149 MSRP.

· iBikeDash+Power: featuring breakthrough pricing (MSRP to be announced at Interbike).

· iBike Dash Upgrade Kit: upgrades your iBike Dash CC or +Power Basic with heart rate, cadence, and longer battery life, for only $129 MSRP.

All iBike Dash CC products will be available for demonstration during the Interbike Expo in iBike/Velocomp’s Booth #21099.

About Velocomp

First to Deliver Advanced Power Measurement at a Consumer-Friendly Price

Velocomp, LLP is a sports technology company based in Boca Raton , Florida . The first in the bicycle industry to deliver advanced power measurement at a mainstream price, Velocomp is dedicated to product breakthroughs in the areas of performance, measurement, design, and value. Launched in June 2006, thousands of iBike® power meters are being enjoyed worldwide. In 2010, Velocomp introduced the iBike Dash, the first complete bicycle system for the iPhone and iPod touch. For more information, see

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Bowers & Wilkins Launches World’s First Social AirPlay® App: the Zeppelin Air App

Developed by the one of the most advanced performance audio brands, the Zeppelin Air app helps you air, share, and listen to tunes like never before

N. Reading, MA—August 29, 2011 Bowers & Wilkins today unleashes the new free Zeppelin Air App and revolutionizes how we experience music socially and wirelessly. The app brings iTunes music collections from multiple iOS devices together wirelessly so several iPad®, iPod touch®, and iPhone® users can build a customized, collaborative community playlist streamed to any AirPlay®-enabled music player like the Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Air speaker dock.

Planning a Labor Day weekend party at your place? Download the free app here to your Apple device, invite your party guests to do the same, and immediately begin streaming everyone’s favorite summer tunes to a playlist you manage on your device. You’ll have a chance to edit your playlist before you send tunes wirelessly via the app on your device to your music player. Now everyone can share the magic of AirPlay®.

“There are many fantastic mobile apps that allow you to stream music, but the Zeppelin Air App is the first of its kind that enables users to share music and create collaborative playlists with friends, mobile device to mobile device,” said Paul McCarthy, of app developer Aurnhammer. “Bowers & Wilkins has essentially created a wireless, virtual jukebox.”

Tyler Fairchild, Director of Strategic Brand Development for Bowers & Wilkins explains, “For nearly five decades, we have been committed to delivering the ultimate listening experience. This app takes that commitment to the next level by allowing music fans to share in the Bowers & Wilkins true sound experience with family and friends, in real-time, in a familiar setting. We hope that music fans will not only embrace this app as a fun way to share and learn about new music, but also learn about the many benefits of Zeppelin Air and Apple’s revolutionary AirPlay® technology from dynamic, engaging and informative content within the app.”

No Mac or PC is required to use the app; only a Wi-Fi network. If you already have AirPlay® set up on your wireless network, just download the app and give it a try. AirPlay requires iTunes® 10.1 or later and iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch® with iOS 4.2 or later.

About Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins has nearly 50 years of audio engineering experience. It makes the world’s most advanced home cinema, hi-fi and iPod® speakers, which are used by Abbey Road Studios and music lovers everywhere. Its New Media products redefine the audio experience for the digital consumer. Find us on, follow us on, and view us on and on Instagram as Bowerswilkins

Trademark acknowledgements

AirPlay®, iTunes®, iPod®, iPhone® and iPad® are registered trademark of Apple Inc. Zeppelin is a trademark of B&W Group Ltd.

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Samsung Droid Charge Review by Kirk Spencer

Let me take just a brief moment to introduce myself. I'll be the new cell phone review specialist here at I'm a software developer for Android and I participated in the original Android Developer's Challenge back in 2008. I've got a burning passion for anything dealing with smart phones. My main goal is to exponentially increase the coverage we offer for cell phone reviews and information here on, starting with the Samsung Droid Charge.

With that out of the way, today's review is of the Samsung Droid Charge. This phone is available through Verizon Wireless and it runs a customized version of the Android operating system (TouchWiz). Here's a list of the phone's specs:

Type Verizon
Operating System Android 2.2, Froyo
SAR value - Head (W/kg) SAR Value: Body 0.75 W/kg

Internal Display Size (inches) 4.3" Display
Touch Screen Yes
Color Mirror Gray
Battery, Standby (hours) Standby Time: Up to 280 Hours
Battery, Talk Time (hours) Usage Time: Up to 660 Minutes
Product Dimensions (inches) 5.11" x 2.66" x 0.46"
Weight 5.04 Ounces

Right now The Droid Charge is $169 on a two year contract through Verizon Wireless. That's not a bad price considering what you're getting.

Operating System

You might be wondering why I'm taking time to write about the operating system. Let me explain. Samsung has taken advantage of the open source nature of Android and they've customized it to provide a unique android experience. It is sometimes difficult to attract customers on the hardware alone, so most cell phone manufacturers that have android phones also have their own flavors of the operating system.

I'm personally not a huge fan of TouchWiz, but thankfully there are plenty of customizations that can help. LauncherPro, ADW, Go Launcher to name a few. The beauty of Android is the flexibility it gives to the users. If you don't like the dialer that came with the phone, there are plenty to chose from.

The one thing you're left with is software that can't be uninstalled. Applications installed in the system folder of the phone cannot be uninstalled without root access. Unfortunately Samsung/Verizon ship the Droid Charge with apps installed in the system folder that not everyone will want or use. The ones I noticed that can't be uninstalled are:

1. Amazon Kindle
2. Bitbop
3. Blockbuster
4. City ID
5. Lets Golf 2
6. Rock Band
7. Slacker Radio
8. TuneWiki
9. V CAST Media Manager
10. VZ Navigator

Lastly I would like to comment on the search feature. A previous Samsung phone (Fascinate) was shipped with the search button pointed to Bing rather than Google. It's nice to see despite the potentially unwanted additional software, users at least have a choice now for their dedicated search button.


Samsung is known for their beautiful screens. The Droid Charge's 4.3 inch display is no exception. If you've never seen how vibrant their screens are, you're missing out. The colors are extremely vivid and give it almost a glowing look because of how bright they are. The only negative thing I noticed about the colors had to do with white. White on the Droid Charge is not as bright as any of the other phones I compared it to. Honestly I don't think you will notice it too much unless you're holding the phone up next to another phone and both happen to have white screens being displayed. Having said that, everybody's tastes are different and I recommend you compare the screens of several phones if you're in the market for a new phone.

The Droid Charge comes with Corning's Gorilla Glass which is a really nice feature. Gorilla Glass is “lightweight, and highly damage-resistant” ( Another thing I noticed was the number of fingerprints on the screen...or should I say the lack thereof? I'm not entirely sure what the difference is between the Gorilla Glass used on the Droid Charge vs something like the original Droid. The screen doesn't suffer from finger print smudges anywhere near as bad as other phones I've used.


Benchmarks are a good gauge on how a phone will perform, but they cannot always be taken as gospel. There are times when a benchmark will run better on one phone with the same processor as another phone built by a different manufacturer. The performance difference usually has something to do with the drivers, or the benchmark being optimized for that phone/hardware. The benchmark results here demonstrate relatively well how the phone performs:

There are a few things here that I would like to talk about. The first thing that stands out to me is the 3D graphics capability of the phone. The score certainly reflects my experience with the phone. I played plenty games and the phone performed exceptionally well. One of my favorites is Dungeon Defenders. It's a rather demanding game but I was still able to play it. All of the 2D games I threw at it played perfectly.

For the Droid Charge's generation, most of the other scores are somewhat average, only slightly outperforming other phones in the 2D graphics. The SD write speed is only slightly slower as well as the CPU float-point score and the CPU integer score.

Call Quality

Having previously owned the Samsung Fascinate, I am glad to say that the call quality of the Droid Charge is improved. All the phone calls I've made had clear audio. I didn't have any trouble hearing the person on the other end and they could hear me without any trouble or distortion to the audio.


4G is definitely a strong point for this phone. I love seeing such fast internet connection speeds on such a small device. Being somewhat of a nerd and an internet junkie, it always puts a smile on my face knowing that I'm connected with speeds capable of downloading over 100 MBs in a very short amount of time. I use Audible frequently and as an additional test to the 4G antenna on the phone I downloaded several audio books. I was impressed with how quickly they downloaded. These speed tests back me up:

The only drawback to using 4G is the drain on the battery. The increased speeds do come at a bit of a cost. I was willing to accept the cost since it meant I was listening to my favorite audio books quicker than I would have thought possible and browsing the internet on my phone with the same speed I get at my house on a dedicated line.


A good cell phone camera is never going to replace a good DSLR, but they sure have come a long ways. The Droid Charge comes with an 8 mega pixel camera. I wasn't really concerned with how many mega pixels it was. I wanted to see how well it takes pictures and the quality of the video it takes. With plenty of good light, the camera takes stunning pictures for such a small lens. As with most cell phone cameras, the less light there is when taking pictures the more the quality will suffer.

The front facing camera is a nice feature if you know others that have front facing cameras. You can also use the front facing camera to take self portrait shots. I’ll spare everyone from the several self portraits of yours truly. Unfortunately we did not get to test any kind of face to face phone calls, but it’s another nice option on the Droid Charge.

Mirror Mode

The Droid Charge has a dedicated HDMI port that supports HDMI out mirror mode. Connect a Droid Charge up to a 1080p screen and you've got a multimedia device that can stream videos rented from the new Android Market, play games and show off pictures and videos to the family. It’s rather impressive to see some of the higher quality Android games up on the big screen, using the phone as a controller.


Most of the Android phones I've used have capacitive buttons for menu, home, back and search. I was slightly turned off by the fact that I had to press a button, however I can say that if you've ever accidentally pressed one of those capacitive buttons, you'll be glad to know that it doesn't happen with the Droid Charge. There is a slight bevel to the buttons and they have a slight brushed look to them.

The phone has standard rocker volume buttons on the left side and a power button on the right side. Sorry, no dedicated camera button for those of you that enjoy having a dedicated button for taking pictures.


Here are a few more pictures of the phone to give you an idea of its overall look. One thing I noticed is that the sides and back of the phone are extremely slippery. I tend to baby my phones. Having a phone that’s so slippery was quite scary. I was constantly concerned about it slipping out of my hands. You might want to consider getting a case that offers more grip for this phone.

The phone is thicker than other Samsung phones, but that's to be expected for now with any 4G phone.


Battery life of almost any phone is largely related to the usage of the phone. Heavy 4G usage will drain the battery quickly. Turning the brightness all the way up will drain the battery quickly. Thankfully the Droid Charge comes equipped with a moderate battery. The battery capacity is 1600 mAh. On top of the everyday usage (texting, phone calls and internet usage) I played games quite a bit and pushed the brightness all the way up for the entire time I was using the phone. I could last about half a day like this before I would need to charge the phone. If you're a power user you might consider looking into an extended battery; however for an average user you will probably get a full day out of a single charge.


Overall the phone's performance was about what I expected given the specs. There are plenty of next gen phones coming out towards the 4th quarter this year that will dominate any phones currently on the market. However, if you're looking for a snappy phone with a beautiful screen, fast connection to the internet, plenty of storage space and a reasonable price tag then you should consider taking a close look at the Droid Charge. We're awarding the Droid Charge our Recommended Award for its considerable list of features, performance, and the affordable price. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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Kingston Technology to Present, Exhibit at VMworld 2011

· Breakout Session Highlights Critical Role of Memory in Virtualized Systems

· “Guitar Hero” Champion Ready to Take on All Challengers

Fountain Valley, CA -- August 29, 2011 -- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it will exhibit as well as present a session (VSP2247) at VMworld 2011 on Understanding Virtualized Memory Performance Management. Kit Colbert, Principal Engineer in the Management Business Unit of VMware, and Dr. YP Chien, Information Intelligence Officer, Kingston® will co-present the session.

The session focuses on virtualized memory performance management and how VMware ESX® manages memory reclamation, as well as best practices for monitoring and sizing memory. The critical role that memory plays in a virtualized infrastructure will be discussed in order to keep data centers running smoothly and efficiently.

“We are proud to be selected as one of the few VMware partners to participate in the vSphere® 5.0 Activate Program with VMware,” said Chien. “This ‘high touch’ engagement with VMware helps reduce the learning curves of migration to vSphere 5. We are excited with the new and enhanced capabilities of vSphere 5 as it facilitates the virtualization of Kingston’s business critical applications and accelerates our company’s journey into cloud computing to achieve higher operational performance and business agility.”

Kingston will exhibit in Booth 640 at the Sands Hall B & C Solutions Exchange Level 2. Top Guitar Hero® champion Annie “Ecstasy” Leung will be at the Kingston booth to challenge all comers to beat her. Leung is one of the game’s top players in North America.

For more information visit

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About Kingston Technology Company, Inc.

Kingston Technology Company, Inc. is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Kingston designs, manufactures and distributes memory products for desktops, laptops, servers, printers, and Flash memory products for PDAs, mobile phones, digital cameras, and MP3 players. Through its global network of subsidiaries and affiliates, Kingston has manufacturing facilities in California, Taiwan, China and sales representatives in the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Australia, India, Taiwan, China, and Latin America. For more information, please call 800-337-8410 or visit

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Friday, August 26, 2011


Dallas, TX (August 28, 2011) - Kenwood USA Corporation announced the appointment of Ed Meenan to the position of Eastern Regional Sales Manager for Kenwood consumer electronics products.

Dave Hoag, Vice President of Sales for Kenwood’s Consumer Electronics Sector, said; “I am very pleased to announce the selection of Ed Meenan as Kenwood’s new Eastern Region Sales Manager for the Consumer Electronics Sales Sector. Ed will be a valuable addition to the Kenwood team; perfect for dealing with the unique challenges associated with driving business throughout the Eastern Region. He brings with him the confidence of many of our key retail partners and will integrate nicely into our mutual business goals. I am delighted to welcome Ed on board.”

Meenan comes to Kenwood with over 20 years of experience in the CE industry with the majority being in Regional and National sales manager positions, most recently with Eclipse by Fujitsu Ten where he established and launched that company’s expeditor sales program. Meenan also has sales management experience at Clifford, Code Alarm and Boomerang Tracking.

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Kenwood Corporate Information

Founded in 1961, Kenwood USA Corporation is a leading developer and manufacturer of audio and video products for home, car, and personal use. Offering more than 250 products, Kenwood is one of the three largest selling brands of audio and video entertainment products in the United States and is recognized by consumers and the consumer electronics industry for providing superior quality, reliability and value.

Kenwood Communications, based in Suwanee, GA, established in 1983, maintains a leadership position in North and South America for mobile and portable two-way radios and custom systems. Clients include prominent federal, state and local government agencies and first responders and private industry including manufacturing, contracting, security, hospitality and education. Kenwood USA Corporation, based in Long Beach, CA, is the largest subsidiary of Kenwood Corporation (Japan).

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Dallas, TX (August 28, 2011) - Kenwood USA Corporation will be offering highly informative sessions on the challenges of smartphone connectivity and integration of these devices in the car. These sessions, held at the 2011 MERA Knowledgefest in Dallas, TX will cover numerous topics related to the quickly-changing in-car electronics landscape and will offer insight on the future of aftermarket and OEM systems and solutions.

Scott Caswell, Senior Manager of Kenwood’s training initiative, said “We intend to have candid discussions on the challenges created by the use of smartphones in the vehicle today, how to gauge the impact of connected technologies and what solutions can be offered now and in the future. Smartphones are having an effect on how consumers bring content into the car which, in turn, changes their expectations on how they connect with in-car electronics. Kenwood has been at the forefront of these important issues and we will offer valuable insight to our dealers on what technologies to watch and how to meet the expectations of the newly connected consumer. We believe these sessions will be useful for installers, salespeople and dealer owners because these trends have a unique impact on all of them.”

Kenwood will be holding two sessions, one on Sunday, August 28 at 5:00 PM and one on Monday, August 29 at 5:00 PM. Both days’ sessions will be held in the Grapevine 4 meeting room of the Gaylord Texan Hotel and Conference Center alongside the 2011 MERA Knowledgefest. Show-floor attendees visiting the Kenwood booth (#817) can see some of Kenwood’s best-selling in-dash electronics and learn how to offer their smartphone customers the best possible in-car connectivity solutions.

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Kenwood Corporate Information
Founded in 1961, Kenwood USA Corporation is a leading developer and manufacturer of audio and video products for home, car, and personal use. Offering more than 250 products, Kenwood is one of the three largest selling brands of audio and video entertainment products in the United States and is recognized by consumers and the consumer electronics industry for providing superior quality, reliability and value.

Kenwood Communications, based in Suwanee, GA, established in 1983, maintains a leadership position in North and South America for mobile and portable two-way radios and custom systems. Clients include prominent federal, state and local government agencies and first responders and private industry including manufacturing, contracting, security, hospitality and education. Kenwood USA Corporation, based in Long Beach, CA, is the largest subsidiary of Kenwood Corporation (Japan).

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Dallas, TX (August 28, 2011) - Kenwood USA Corporation announced the conclusion of a six-month-long dealer incentive program, resulting in the qualification of over 190 dealers that will receive an all-expense-paid vacation for two with Kenwood to the Caribbean island of Jamaica.

Dave Hoag, Vice President of Sales for Kenwood’s Consumer Electronics Sector, said “We are extremely thankful for the support of this winning group of dealers and are pleased to reward them with an all-expense paid vacation to the spectacular, Grand Palladium - Lady Hamilton Resort and Spa, in Jamaica. Amidst this year’s tumultuous market, a record number of dealers placed their focus on Kenwood, achieved their individual sales goals and will soon be Jammin’ in Jamaica with Kenwood! During the getaway, dealers will enjoy the ultimate in relaxation, decadent cuisine and unlimited drinks! It’s like a gigantic family reunion; a wonderful time to catch up with old friends and make a bunch of new ones. Grab your shades and sunscreen because in just a few short weeks we’ll all be Jammin’ in Jamaica, mon!”

The Kenwood “Jammin’ in Jamaica” event will be held October 8 through October 16, 2011. More information on the trip can be obtained by visiting

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Kenwood Corporate Information
Founded in 1961, Kenwood USA Corporation is a leading developer and manufacturer of audio and video products for home, car, and personal use. Offering more than 250 products, Kenwood is one of the three largest selling brands of audio and video entertainment products in the United States and is recognized by consumers and the consumer electronics industry for providing superior quality, reliability and value.

Kenwood Communications, based in Suwanee, GA, established in 1983, maintains a leadership position in North and South America for mobile and portable two-way radios and custom systems. Clients include prominent federal, state and local government agencies and first responders and private industry including manufacturing, contracting, security, hospitality and education. Kenwood USA Corporation, based in Long Beach, CA, is the largest subsidiary of Kenwood Corporation (Japan).

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Dallas, TX (August 28, 2011) - Kenwood USA Corporation announced the September 1 launch of a consumer mail-in rebate program that focuses on its flagship in-dash DVD/navigation receiver, the DNX9980HD.

Dave Hoag, Vice President of Sales for Kenwood’s Consumer Electronics sector, said “Kenwood successfully drove dealer sell-through and increased average selling prices when we ran the consumer rebate program this summer in partnership with Garmin. We are now repeating the most effective area of this promotion by focusing on the flagship DNX9980HD and reinstating the $300 consumer mail-in rebate for a limited time. Considering the tough economy, this is a perfect time to drive consumer floor traffic to Kenwood Excelon dealers and increase ASPs in the process.”

Kenwood’s mail-in rebate program is in effect for consumer sales of the DNX9980HD that take place from September 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011. Consumers can qualify for a $300 mail-in rebate by registering their purchase as instructed in the program guidelines.

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Kenwood Corporate Information
Founded in 1961, Kenwood USA Corporation is a leading developer and manufacturer of audio and video products for home, car, and personal use. Offering more than 250 products, Kenwood is one of the three largest selling brands of audio and video entertainment products in the United States and is recognized by consumers and the consumer electronics industry for providing superior quality, reliability and value.
Kenwood Communications, based in Suwanee, GA, established in 1983, maintains a leadership position in North and South America for mobile and portable two-way radios and custom systems. Clients include prominent federal, state and local government agencies and first responders and private industry including manufacturing, contracting, security, hospitality and education. Kenwood USA Corporation, based in Long Beach, CA, is the largest subsidiary of Kenwood Corporation (Japan).

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Intel i3-2100 Processor Review by Kirk Spencer

When building a new computer one of the most important decisions has to do with which processor to buy. Most of this will depend on what the computer will be used for. However, we tend to want fast responsive computers. We're here to tell you that you can have a fast computer without breaking the piggy bank. Intel's i3-2100 which launched earlier this year is the perfect candidate:

Status Launched
Launch Date Q1'11
Processor Number i3-2100
# of Cores 2
# of Threads 4
Clock Speed 3.1 GHz
Intel® Smart Cache 3 MB
Bus/Core Ratio 31
DMI 5 GT/s
Instruction Set 64-bit
Instruction Set Extensions SSE4.1/4.2, AVX
Embedded Options Available No
Lithography 32 nm
Max TDP 65 W
Recommended Channel Price $117.00

Memory Specifications
Max Memory Size (dependent on memory type) 32 GB
Memory Types DDR3-1066/1333
# of Memory Channels 2
Max Memory Bandwidth 21 GB/s

Graphics Specifications
Processor Graphics Intel® HD Graphics 2000
Graphics Base Frequency 850 MHz
Graphics Max Dynamic Frequency 1.1 GHz
Intel® Quick Sync Video Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology, Yes
Intel® Insider™ Yes
Intel® Wireless Display No
Intel® Flexible Display Interface (Intel® FDI) Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology Yes
Dual Display Capable Yes

A major highlight here is the included graphics processor. The second generation i3 processors have an included Intel HD Graphics 2000 GPU. For only $117 you've got a GPU that can handle 3D gaming and it supports dual monitors. You'll probably have to turn down the special effects, but for the price it's quite capable.

The i3-2100 is clocked at 3.1GHz. It doesn't come with the Turbo Boost Technology we've seen in their other more expensive processors, but 3.1 GHz for such a low price is a bargain. The processor has 2 cores and comes with Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology.

3DMark Vantage:

We can see immediately that the i7 is still a force to be reckoned with in terms of CPU power. The Graphics score only suffered slightly from the processor.

The i3 holds its own for the rest of the 3DMark Vantage scores, only dropping behind slightly on the GPU Particles FPS.


The i3 trails behind again in rendering when put up against other quad core processors.

This score really says it all. The dual core i3 might not be as powerful as the other quad cores offered by Intel, but a single core from our i3 was capable of outperforming a single core from several other processors including the first gen i7. Now that's impressive!

Let's take a minute to talk about real world experience. If you're looking for a processor that is fast and responsive, the i3 is all that. With a GTX 470 graphics card, we were able to turn all our favorite special effects all the way up and play games without noticing any lag.


If you're looking to build a gaming computer and you're cash is limited you might want to consider going with one of these outstanding i3 processors. Put the extra money towards a better dedicated graphics card. For every day usage the i3 is an excellent choice and it comes with a very affordable price tag. You can build a very affordable computer with this processor taking advantage of its built in GPU. Based on it’s features and performance, the Intel i3-2100 has earner our Value Award. Keep up the great work Intel! For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Mobile DTV Crucial During Emergencies Such as East Coast Earthquake

Washington, DC -- Aug 25, 2011 / ( -- The Open Mobile Video Coalition today sent the letter below to Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission, in the aftermath of Tuesday's east coast earthquake regarding the crucial importance of Mobile Digital TV during emergencies:

August 25, 2011

The Honorable Julius Genachowski, Chairman
The Honorable Michael J. Copps
The Honorable Robert M. McDowell
The Honorable Mignon Clyburn

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20554

Re: Mobile DTV Responds to East Coast Earthquake

Dear Chairman Genachowski and Commissioners Copps, McDowell and Clyburn:

Tuesday's unnerving earthquake in the Washington, D.C., area provides additional evidence of the continuing crucial importance of free, over-the-air local broadcasting as a source of news, information and reassurance in times of emergency. Once again, as wireless networks failed under stress from predictably increased call volumes, broadcast television stations were on the air offering an uninterrupted real time service available simultaneously to anyone, and everyone, with a television set.

The Open Mobile Video Coalition, representing more than 900 of the nation's commercial and non-commercial television stations, is working to bring the ubiquity and reliability of broadcast television to viewers on the go -- on their mobile phones, tablets and laptops, and in their cars -- through broadcast Mobile DTV technology. Naturally, consumers value being able to access their favorite entertainment and sports programming wherever they go. But our experience and research, including in connection with last Fall's D.C. Consumer Showcase, demonstrate that above all viewers turn to broadcast Mobile DTV for news, weather and real-time emergency information.

During Tuesday's earthquake, OMVC test users received real time local broadcast services on their Mobile-DTV enabled phones and other hand-held devices even as they were evacuated from their workplaces -- and even as mobile phone users were unable to place or receive calls or, in some cases, to send or receive e-mails or text messages. Mobile DTV users stayed informed, without capacity constraints or service interruptions. Their experience mirrored that of viewers in Japan during last March's earthquake and tsunami, when public safety authorities relied on existing broadcast television and Mobile DTV infrastructure to disseminate real time information about evacuation plans, safety precautions and rescue operations simultaneously to an unlimited number of viewers throughout the country. Broadcast television and Mobile DTV were the only means by which first responders and other authorities could communicate with the public after point-to-point commercial wireless communication s services were completely incapacitated.

Wireless networks simply are not now, and never will be, in a position to deliver the sort of ubiquitous, bandwidth intensive information during a time of crisis that broadcast television and Mobile DTV stations delivered on Tuesday. Merely allocating additional spectrum to wireless networks will not enable them to do so. Cellular economics do not allow for the massive buildout of network infrastructure that would be necessary to support the large call and data volume that invariably is triggered by mass events of this nature.

Fortunately, Tuesday's earthquake was a minor event, involving no loss of life, minimal property damage and little more than temporary inconvenience for most Washington-area residents. Yet we can't help noting that even in these relatively benign circumstances, both network operators and the Department of Homeland Security were urging consumers not to use their mobile phones, and instead to rely on e-mail and text messages to stay informed and communicate with friends and family, because network congestion so severely limited the effectiveness of mobile networks. But broadcasters were on the air immediately and throughout the emergency with live video and reportage that was simultaneously distributed to multiple complementary platforms -- over the air to in-home sets, to broadcast Mobile DTV-equipped devices, to cable and satellite, and online. Our pictures and live reporting were worth many thousands of Twitter messages and RSS feeds, and they were delivered reliably, withou t interruption and without per-character usage charges.

With 96 stations already on the air and many more to come, we urge you to recognize and support the crucial importance of Mobile DTV in the evolving information ecosystem. Mobile DTV is one of the advanced applications being deployed by our nation's commercial and non-commercial digital broadcasters, and is just another example of their continuing commitment to service in the public interest.

Very truly yours,

Vince Sadusky
President, Open Mobile Video Coalition
President & CEO, LIN Media

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World Speed Record Breaking OWC Mercury Consumer/Prosumer SSDs with Capacities up to 480GB, Priced Starting at $129.99 Make any Mac/PC “Faster in a Flash” with Sustained Data Rates Over 500MB/s

August 25, 2011 Woodstock, IL -- Other World Computing (OWC®), a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, today announced the $129.99 MSRP 60GB capacity model to its award-winning, built in the USA OWC Mercury Electra™ 6G Solid State Drive line. Offering a lower starting price point to one of the industry’s fastest 6G SSD lines, the new SandForce Driven™ 6Gb/s 60GB capacity OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD utilizes the highest quality components available, including Tier 1/Grade A NAND, to deliver 556MB/s read and 523MB/s write sustained data rates for over 7X faster performance than a standard factory hard drive found in Mac and PC computers.

Two Consumer/Prosumer Models in Seven Capacities Starting at $129.99

OWC Mercury 6G SSDs come in two models (Mercury Electra 6G and Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G) offeringseven capacities from 60GB to 480GB, priced starting at $129.99:

· Mercury Electra 6G SSD: offers over 500MB/s sustained data rate performance of a 6G SSD for high speed personal computing, home office environments, gaming, and production workstations, but is aggressively priced like a 3G SSD. In addition to single drive use, it can be incorporated into a RAID 1 or SPAN configuration and is available for immediate ordering in 60GB, 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. For more information on the new OWC Mercury Electra 6G 60GB SSD, including reseller inquiries, visit:

· Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD: offers prosumers and A/V, photography, and graphic production professionals the ultimate in professional grade SSD performance with over 500MB/s sustained data rates and up to 479MB/s incompressible data rates. In addition to single drive use, it can be incorporated into a RAID 0, 1, 10 or SPAN configuration, and is available for immediate ordering in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities. For more information on the OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD, including reseller inquiries, visit:

“Our newest 60GB Mercury Electra 6G SSD is priced aggressively to offer one of lowest price points on the market for one of the highest performance SSD available,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “Then factor in our best in class warranty coverage and support services reputation and it’s safe to say this new model represents the best value on the market for a 6G based SSD”.

For more information on OWC’s existing line of performance leading, world speed record breaking Mercury SSDs for nearly every Mac and PC produced over the past decade available in capacities from 40GB to 480GB starting from $87.99, visit:

Maximizes Any Computer’s 1.5G, 3G, Or 6Gb/s Data Bus

Whether a consumer has a Mac or PC with the SATA Revision 2.0 (3Gb/s) data bus or the latest SATA Revision 3.0 (6Gb/s) interface, the OWC Mercury 6G SSD line is able to deliver near bus saturating speed when installed in either interface. OWC benchmark testing confirms OWC Mercury 6G SSDs delivers sustained data rates over 275MB/s in the “3G’s” 300MB/s max speed bus. Taking advantage of “6G’s” interface’s maximum bandwidth of 600MB/s, Mercury 6G SSDs provide up to 559MB/s sustained reads and 527MB/s writes.

Doesn’t Slow Down With Use Like Ordinary SSDs

Ordinary SSDs offer fast read/write performance during first initial uses, but can then experience significant write speed degradation over repeated, long-term usage. Independent simulation tests by leading drive performance experts confirm OWC Mercury SSDs’ ultra-efficient block management, wear leveling technologies, and real-time data redundancies enable incredibly high performance and extreme reliability, both of which are maintained over long-term intensive use.

Up To 100X Greater Data Protection

Thanks to SandForce® DuraClass™ technology, OWC Mercury 6G SSDs are able to provide up to 100X higher data protection than provided by ordinary SSDs as well as leading enterprise class hard disk drives. By combining the highest level of Error Correction Code (ECC) and SandForce RAISE™ (Redundant Array of Independent Silicon Elements) technology along with 7% over provisioning reserve/overhead flash allocation, OWC Mercury 6G SSDs provide RAID like data protection and reliability in a single drive application.

Risk-Free 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee

To ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction and confidence, OWC is extending its 30-Day Money Back Guarantee to include the new Mercury Electra 6G 60GB model. If a consumer is not completely satisfied with any OWC Mercury 6G SSD for any reason, they simply need to contact OWC’s award-winning Customer Service department – which offers 24/7 Live Chat support - to request a full, hassle-free refund.

About Other World Computing (OWC)

Other World Computing (OWC) has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988 and features one of the largest online catalogs of computer, iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad® enhancement products through its e-commerce portal As a member of the Apple Developer Program, OWC also provides extensive US based technical support for Macintosh users around the world as well as Internet access via and

OWC’s industry awards and recognition include: Crain’s Chicago Business 2009 and 2011 “Fast 50” List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Inc. 5,000 “Fastest Growing Privately Owned Companies in America” list honoree 2007-2011; Reseller Ratings Elite Member 2009-2011; Better Business Bureau Top Rating of A+ 2010-2011; Reflex Packaging Commitment to Excellence Recycling Award 2009; Computerworld Magazine Top Green-IT Companies for 2008; and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation 2008 Business Champion Award.

In March 2010, OWC’s corporate campus was designated as LEED®Platinum by the Green Building Certification Institute ( Platinum is the highest achievable LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program level, which began in 1998. Out of more than 14,000 LEED projects engaged worldwide since the program's inception, OWC is one of less than three hundred to achieve the Platinum standard. In September 2010, OWC’s headquarters earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® rating for building operations that perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.

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OWC is a registered trademark; and Mercury Electra are trademarks of New Concepts Development Corporation.

SandForce is a registered trademark and DuraClass, RAISE, and SandForce Driven are trademarks of SandForce, Inc.

Apple, Mac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad are the trademarks of Apple, Inc.

All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respectful owners.

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Samsung enhances its own mobile platform with the launch of ‘bada 2.0’

bada 2.0 SDK delivers improved performance and enhanced stability through its new features

SEOUL, Korea – August 25, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the bada 2.0 SDK (Software Development Kit), an application development tool for Samsung’s own mobile platform. bada 2.0 is expected to be a catalyst in expanding the global distribution of bada smartphones, which have already received significant global sales.

The expansion of the bada platform is led by the success of the seven existing Samsung Wave devices. The Wave smartphones have proven extremely popular in Europe, China and Southeast Asia, where consumers have been attracted to their affordability and functionality; the recognizable user-experience and touch interface has helped introduce existing Samsung feature phone users to Smartphone services and application experiences.

“Samsung bada and our Wave devices continue to succeed around the world, taking advantage of the mobile technology and brand awareness of Samsung’s leadership in the market,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business. “We have brought together our key mobile innovations in bada 2.0, setting the foundation for it to become a leading mobile platform.”

Unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February 2011, bada 2.0 includes many compelling, new features. Borne of Samsung’s heritage in innovation, bada 2.0 brings together a wide variety of new capabilities including multi-tasking, Wi-Fi Direct, Near Field Communication (NFC) and voice recognition. It enables smartphone users to experience advanced services such as mobile payment, transport pass-card recharge and file sharing without Internet networking.

In addition, considering the increased use of web using smartphones, bada 2.0 supports HTML5 and improved Flash functions thus offering enhanced usability and web experience. By supporting standard WAC 2.0, bada aims to greatly expand its developer community

“bada is a significant innovation and a key component in Samsung’s multi-platform strategy; we are committed to investing in its success. We are expanding our developer community and creating a strong ecosystem that benefits both developers and end-users. Developers have an opportunity to reach a significant customer base with new, entertaining and compelling applications while consumers will receive an outstanding smartphone experience.” added Shin.

A key feature for developer partners is the introduction of In-app Ads. Using the Ads API (Application Programming Interface) developers for bada 2.0 can easily insert advertisements, creating new revenue opportunities. Samsung has also upgraded and strengthened its application development environment, providing developers with increased support. An Emulator has been added to foster a development process suitable to the target environment. Tools such as Profiler optimize the device’s performance ensuring that resources like memory and processing power are used to their fullest capacity.

bada 2.0 SDK can be downloaded from the bada developer site ( Samsung has enhanced the ‘Samsung Apps’ retail store and expanded full availability through to 121 countries worldwide. With this 2.0 version, more differentiated functions will be offered from Samsung Apps, including new purchasing options and recommendations. Samsung Apps has proven a popular destination since the launch of the Samsung Wave, the first bada based smartphone in June 2010. It received 10 million application downloads in just 3 months and passed the 100 million-mark in March 2011. The store currently houses approximately 40,000 applications.

* All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, design, pricing, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Krell Industries to Introduce First Architectural Speaker at CEDIA 2011

Modulari Ion Extends Reference Sound Quality to Flat Panel TV Systems

ORANGE, CT, August, 2011 — Leveraging technology and build elements from the award winning Krell Modulari Series, the new Modulari Ion delivers audiophile grade sound to flat panel TV based installations. “The Modulari Ion brings a level of performance to the architectural market that previously has not existed.” said Bill McKiegan, Krell President. “A unique cooperative design and manufacturing effort with Leon Speakers exploits their mechanical and customization expertise and couples it to our crossover design and driver integration to produce a speaker that is unique in the flat panel TV world.
The Modulari Ion utilizes the same design principles and techniques that are the foundation of the Modulari series: acoustically inert low-diffraction cabinetry, high-power low-distortion crossovers, and high-performance drivers. When combined with Krell electronics, the Modulari Ion completes a Krell HEAT (High End Audio Theater) - a system of stunning dynamics and musical involvement.
Enclosure Highlights
Working with the engineers and craftsmen at Leon Speakers, the cabinets are constructed using 1” MDF and feature 3/4” billet Aluminum baffles. The curvature of the cabinets is designed to completely minimize the effects of internal standing waves. Internal bracing is aligned asymmetrically to increase cabinet rigidity while further reducing internal resonant modes.
“We are thrilled to be working with Leon Speakers on the Modulari Ion speaker.” Mr. McKiegan explains. “Starting with the expertise resident at Leon Speakers, we have achieved the most rigid enclosure possible insuring the sound emanating from the speaker is only from the drivers.
The drivers are identical to the ones used in the Modulari Duo Reference loudspeaker. A 1” ScanSpeak ring radiator tweeter provides flat frequency response to 64kHz. Two 7” aluminum-cone ScanSpeak woofers provide low frequencies. A proprietary suspension and extended voice coil assure high power handling and extremely linear performance. The woofers are positioned forward of the tweeter achieving time alignment of the drivers.
High Performance Crossover Networks
All network components are mounted on 1/8-inch thick glass epoxy circuit boards with oversized 4-ounce copper traces. This design ensures superior linearity by minimizing circuit resistance and inductance. It also eliminates microphonics and assures high current handling capability. “Typical crossovers act as funnels,” described Mr. McKiegan. “Power delivered by the amplifier is choked off before it reaches the drivers. The breadth and dimension of the music is compressed by the crossover.” Mr. McKiegan continues, “Our experience in designing and manufacturing high power amplifiers is the underpinning of our crossover design. The crossovers behave as if they were extensions of our amplifiers, directing the power to the drivers unimpeded.”
Network inductors are all air-core pure-copper designs. Multiple individually potted polypropylene capacitors are employed in parallel to minimize resistance and inductance while improving current handling.
Unprecedented Performance
All of this adds up to a unique listening experience from an architectural speaker. “Put the Modulari Ion speakers in a system with our music or home theater electronics, and you get sound that I can only describe as pure Krell—as explosive, delicate, and immediate as music itself.” Mr. McKiegan concludes.
Suggested retail price: $ 6,500 each, shipping November, 2011
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About Krell Industries
Krell Industries is the world’s premier manufacturer of high-end audio equipment. Its amplifiers, preamplifiers, SACD players, DVD players, surround-sound processors, digital-to-analog converters, and loudspeakers have won acclaim in countless magazine and website reviews, and among audiophiles worldwide.

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Cricket Enhances its Messaging Phone Line-Up with the Samsung Comment™

~ Multimedia Features and Stylish Design Provide Premium Experience ~

SAN DIEGO – August 23, 2011 – Cricket Communications, Inc., a leading provider of innovative and value-driven wireless services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Leap Wireless International, Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP), and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States1, today announced the launch of the Samsung Comment™ (SCH-r380).

Built with messaging in mind, the Comment is ideal for consumers looking for a fast and convenient way to stay connected on Cricket’s reliable data network. The Comment features a stylish bar design with a full QWERTY keyboard to send threaded/chat-style text messages. It is also preloaded with Cricket Navigator; mybackup which conveniently and safely backs up your contact list; and MyHomeScreen for one touch access to weather, news, sports, horoscope, myaccount, social networks, email and more. Users can expect a premium multimedia experience with the Comment’s built-in mobile web browser, MP3 music player, 3.5mm headset jack and a 1.3MP camera. Additional features include a 2.4” QVGA display, stereo Bluetooth, voice recognition and tools to organize your day. Users can personalize the Comment by using Cricket Storefront to download applications, games, ringtones and wallpapers.

“Cricket is excited to offer the Samsung Comment to our customers who are looking for an easy to use QWERTY bar phone with an impressive thin and modern design,” said Matt Stoiber, vice president and general management. “The Comment has everything the customer needs to quickly communicate and organize their day.”

At a suggested retail price of $89.99 plus tax, the Samsung Comment is available in Cricket branded retail stores, dealers and at The Comment is offered with Cricket's all-inclusive unlimited plans, including the basic $35 unlimited talk and text, and the robust $45 plan which provides users with unlimited talk, text, 411 information, navigation, international text, unlimited picture messages, unlimited web browsing and more. In addition, the $45 rate plan provides convenient access to MyHomeScreen, MyBackup, and Cricket Navigator, a platform that gives users turn by turn directions without ever having to upgrade new map features like other expensive navigation systems.

For more information about Cricket’s dynamic device lineup, please visit

About Cricket

Cricket is the pioneer of simple and affordable unlimited wireless services with no long-term commitments or credit checks required serving approximately 5.7 million customers in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Cricket offers wireless voice and broadband Internet services over the latest technology, high-quality, all-digital 3G CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO wireless network. Cricket’s nationwide wireless voice service plans include unlimited anytime minutes, unlimited U.S. long distance, unlimited text and picture messaging, unlimited text to Mexico, unlimited Mobile Web, unlimited directory

assistance, as well as a variety of calling features and feature-rich mobile applications such as popular games, ringtones and wallpapers. For more information on Cricket, visit Cricket is offered by Leap Wireless International, Inc., headquartered in San Diego, Calif. For more information on Leap, visit

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of eight independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit

1 No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Q1 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Report.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Kingston Digital Awarded Five-Out-of-Five Stars Rating from SC Magazine in Portable Device Security Review

· DataTraveler 4000-Managed USB Flash Drive Cited for Robust Security and Enterprise Ease of Policy and Device Management

Fountain Valley, CA -- August 23, 2011 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced that its DataTraveler® 4000-Managed (DT4000-M) received the highest rating available ― five stars ― from the prestigious SC Magazine in a review of Portable Security Devices.

The DT4000-M was considered a very secure choice for enterprises due to the USB Flash drive’s full range of features, ease of use, performance, documentation, support and value for the money. “The drive itself uses hardware-based AES 256-bit encryption to protect the data that is stored locally, but the real power comes by way of the console. Here, administrators can set policy for passwords and device use, device locking and auditing files,” the review stated.

In 2010, Kingston® partnered with BlockMaster® to leverage its SafeConsole® management platform to enhance the portfolio of DataTraveler solutions with managed data security and reliability of FIPS 140-2 validated USB Flash drives. The SC Magazine five-star award acknowledges the robustness of the Kingston DT4000-M along with the BlockMaster ‘SafeConsole for Kingston’ management solution.

The DT4000-M offers enterprises an easy way to manage USB Flash drive security and is an excellent value for the money, Peter Stephenson, Technology Editor, SC Magazine, said in the review. The product offers several policy options available and features full-file auditing and forensic capabilities in the event of possible data leakage, he said. “The Kingston-encrypted DataTraveler Flash drives have been a personal favorite for years. This one is no disappointment.”

Managed, secure USBs can serve as the cornerstone of an organization’s security policy procedures, education and enforcement. Kingston’s managed secure USB Flash drives combined with SafeConsole for Kingston software enable enterprises to audit, track and control the data residing on the Flash drives. Administrators can enable specific, managed features, configure password and device policies, remotely reset passwords, activate audit for compliance and other capabilities. The SafeConsole for Kingston server software is accessed through a standard Web browser and includes an option to reflect the corporate directory and the organizational unit structure.

“We’re pleased to receive this top ranking from SC Magazine,” said John Terpening, Secure USB Business Manager, Kingston. “Enterprises spend millions to deploy multi-layered security protections to defend against losing valuable data via hacks and other external forces. Complementing that, they must continue to educate employees and define policies that call for the use of secure and managed USB Flash drives to protect critical data and substantially minimize risk exposure. Kingston makes it easy for organizations to address this issue with a range of solutions at different price points to ensure that data on corporate USBs is secure.”

The family of Kingston/BlockMaster SafeConsole-Ready managed solutions includes:

· DT4000 ― Managed: Designed for high-value corporate deployments and provides FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certification, 100-percent hardware-based AES 256-bit encryption and a centralized management system SafeConsole for Kingston, all at an affordable cost.

· DataTraveler Vault Privacy ― Managed (DTVP-M): Optimal for non-FIPS required, sensitive enterprise environments offering 100-percent hardware-based 256-bit AES encryption, and the SafeConsole for Kingston centralized management system, which is fully customizable to meet an enterprise organization’s needs.

· SafeConsole for Kingston*: DT4000-M and DTVP-M drives require SafeConsole for Kingston management connection at first set up. The management software allows IT administrators control and visibility over the secure drives to safeguard data.

In addition to a full line of secure products, Kingston has access to a long-standing, high volume distribution and supply chain, shipping hundreds of millions of units each year to more than 100 countries worldwide. In a marketplace characterized by a continued shortage of parts, Kingston is able to meet any requirements quickly and cost effectively. Kingston’s secure USB Flash drives are backed by a five-year warranty and 24/7 technical support.

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* Kingston managed secure USB drives and SafeConsole for Kingston sold separately.

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About Kingston Digital, Inc.

Kingston Digital, Inc. (“KDI”) is the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s largest independent manufacturer of memory products. Established in 2008, KDI is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, USA. For more information, please visit or call 800-337-8410 .

About SC Magazine
SC Magazine provides information security professionals with the in-depth, unbiased business and technical information they need in today's fast-paced corporate world. Each month, SC Magazine delivers up-to-date news, comprehensive analysis, cutting-edge features, contributions from thought leaders, and the best, most extensive collection of product reviews in the business. Whether through its monthly magazine, its comprehensive website or live events – such as the SC Awards program, SC Congress New York or SC Congress Canada – readers gain all the relevant information they need to safeguard their businesses overall and meet specific IT security goals at the same time. SC Magazine was selected as 2010 Magazine of the Year by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Become a fan of SC Magazine on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Onkyo Unveils Top-of the-line Network Receivers

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ (8/22/11) -- Leading home entertainment innovator, Onkyo, announces the release of two flagship high-end network 9.2-channel THX Ultra2 Plus-certified A/V receivers—the TX-NR5009 and the TX-NR3009—to complete its line of precision audio-visual products for 2011. As the top models in Onkyo's line, these receivers deliver the power, performance, sophisticated processing, exceptional connectivity, and quality that audio-video enthusiasts have come to expect from Onkyo.

Both receiver models include major upgrades from last year, including the use of the latest HQV-Vida and Marvel Qdeo video processors, new DTS Neo:X dimensional surround processing, Dolby Volume, and new streaming internet radio channels. Onkyo receivers continue to offer more internet music options than any other brand in the industry.

When it comes to input options, the TX-NR5009 and TX-NR3009 are extremely versatile, sporting eight HDMI® inputs and two outputs, plus a full range of legacy analog and digital AV connections. New media connections include an Ethernet port, two USB ports, a Universal Port for Onkyo peripheral devices, and an RGB input for video content from a connected PC. Onkyo also offers an optional UWF-1 wireless LAN adaptor that turns the front panel USB port into a home internet access point. Users can also download and install free applications that turn their Android or iPod touch/iPhone into a full-function remote control to control the receiver.

Both receivers are designed to connect to the new generation of user-customized Internet radio stations and streaming music services, including those from Spotify, AUPEO!, Pandora,, Rhapsody, Napster, Mediafly, Slacker, Sirius XM, and vTuner. The receiver is also DLNA 1.5 certified; it can interface with USB-compatible portable music devices, such as iPods, and and play music straight off a USB thumb drive. Naturally, the unit can handle a wide variety of audio formats, including FLAC, WMA Lossless, WAV, AAC, Ogg, MP3, and, for audiophiles, Super Audio CD.

With terminals for 11 speakers, the nine amplifier channels can be tasked to power a wide variety of front, surround, height, bi-amped, or remote-zone loudspeakers depending on the users needs. Onkyo makes it easy to fine-tune all these speakers by providing the latest Audyssey MultEQ® XT32 room-correction and equalization technology, which perfects audio performance regardless of a room’s shape or acoustics.

Onkyo was the first AV receiver manufacturer to introduce DTS Neo:X™, the industry’s first 2.0/5.1/6.1/7.1-to- 9.1/11.1 conversion technology within a single algorithm. This technology allows users to augment a basic 5.1-channel set-up by adding speakers in various combinations of height, wide, and surround channels. As implemented on the TX-NR5009, Neo:X can bring out subtle ambient sounds or even work around the need to install rear speakers to deliver a cinema-like experience. Like last years' models, both receivers include the related surround processing of Audyssey DSX, and Dolby ProLogic IIz.

The next-generation video capabilities of these new receivers are the result of a tag-team effort from two extraordinary new video processors. The HQV® Vida™ VHD 1900 processor lies at the heart of the system, and brings standard video images to life in high definition. The chip employs multi-cadence tracking, expanded 12-bit color-processing, and smooth, motion-adaptive de-interlacing to optimize quality and detail. Marvell’s Qdeo™ technology upscales 1080p video to a full 4K (3840 x 2160), even from sources already upscaled by HQV Vida from lower resolutions to 1080p. This remarkable technology treats the viewer to spectacular images of unparalleled color and clarity, provides enhancement of low-resolution streaming video, and facilitates individual ISFccc video calibration capabilities for all video sources.

Onkyo's eye for detail extends to conveniently backlit remote controls and an overlaid graphical OSD for swift, seamless, and simple adjustment of settings during a program, game, or movie.

Both receivers use Onkyo's proven WRAT (wide range amplifier technology) power stages and three-stage inverted Darlington topology to deliver high power with low distortion and exceptional high current capability. Audio signals on are refined by PLL jitter-cleaning technology and Onkyo's VLSC™ contributes to an extremely crisp digital-to-analog signal conversion. Separate aluminum panels encase the low-resonance chassis to help eliminate vibration and microphonics.

Onkyo’s TX-NR3009 uses 24-bit TI Burr-Brown DACs for each channel and a high-current power supply with large 18,000 µF capacitors and a large EI transformer.

The TX-NR5009's amplifier takes the whole issue of amplifier and power supply performance up a notch. Power flows efficiently from a massive high-current toroidal transformer through two 22,000 µF capacitors, with dedicated transformers for audio and video. The digital audio section employs Powerful 192 kHz/32-bit TI Burr-Brown DACs on all channels, coupled to a 32-bit DSP chip. These contribute to the receiver achieving prestigious THX® Ultra2 Plus™ certification and a level of sound quality that rivals that of many separate component amplifiers.

These two new releases demonstrate Onkyo’s ongoing commitment to offering innovative, integrated, and high-performance home theater products to music and film lovers all over the world.

The Onkyo TX-NR5009 will have a suggested retail price of $2,899 with the TX-NR3009 will be offered for $2,199. They will ship to dealers in the beginning of September.

About Onkyo

Since 1946 Onkyo has been passionately committed to developing audio products that deliver uncommon performance, quality and value. Bundling proprietary technologies and innovations with other sound-enhancing exclusives, Onkyo continues to created award winning products that are lauded by many of the industry leading audio publications. The company's philosophy is to deliver products that are superbly designed and built to a consistently outstanding standard of excellence. The results can be seen in the obviously high quality of any Onkyo-manufactured product, even before it is turned on. For more information about this and other fine Onkyo products, visit or call 800-229-1687 .

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