Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Audio-Technica ATH-DSR5BT Wireless In-Ear Headphones with Pure Digital Drive Review


Cell Phones do so much for us. Not only to communicate, but they allow us to enjoy our music. Headphones help us do this. They are really helpful with hand free calling. The around the neck design is getting more popular for this. Up for review today is the Audio Technica ATH-DSR5BT

 Features and specs:

Type
Dynamic
Driver Diameter
9.8 mm, 8.8 mm
Frequency Response
5 – 45,000 Hz
Sensitivity
102 dB/mW
Impedance
10 ohms
Battery
3.7V rechargeable lithium polymer battery
Battery Life
Approx. 8 hours continuous use (500 hours standby)
Charging Time: Approx. 3 hours (for 0-100% charge)
Depending on environmental conditions 
Weight
63 g (2.2 oz)
Accessories Included
30 cm (1') USB charging cable, eartips (XS, S, M, L), protective pouch
Type (Microphone)
Condenser
Sensitivity (Microphone)
-42 dB (1V/Pa at 1 kHz)
Frequency Response (Microphone)
100 – 10,000Hz
Polar Pattern (Microphone)
Omnidirectional


Input jack: Micro USB Type B 
Communication System: Bluetooth Version 4.2 
Output: Bluetooth Specification Power Class 2 
Maximum Communication Range: Line of sight - approx. 10 m (33') 
Compatible Bluetooth Profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP 
Support Codec: aptX HD, aptX, AAC, SBC 

The Audio Technica ATH-DSR5BT came in a nice looking printed box, with features, specs and photos printed on the box. Opening the box showed a wall protected headphone, sitting in soft cloth covered molded plastic. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic with some metal. Quality of materials used as well as fit and finish was very good. They felt well made in hand. The buttons also had a good feel and feed back. Also included was the owner’s manual, charging cable, and soft neoprene case, and extra sized ear tips.

I love the around the neck design. It is absolutely convenient when you aren’t using your in ear monitors, the little earbuds just hand there on your neck. The one thing that I didn’t like about them, is that the cord did not retract into the housing. Samsung must have a tight patent on that design, as I haven’t seen another manufacturer have a neckband style where the wire retracts into the housing when not in use. I would think there would be another design that would do something similar, but not yet. But having the earbuds just dangle a little is not a big deal. And having much better sound over the basic sounding Samsung is much better. Maybe someday others will come up with some other design to hold the cable when not in use. But until then it’s not a big deal. Enjoy the better sound. Now it’s time to hear how it sounds.

ACDC-Back in black; cymbals were crisp, clear, and very dynamic. Kick drum had very good punch with great pitch definition and low end extension, play in with authority. Guitar sounded nice and raw. Vocals were very natural with very nice texture.

Justin Timberlake – Sexyback; snaps were extremely crisp and clean with excellent dynamics. Bass beats were deep, hit hard and played with a lot of authority. The vocals were extremely natural with great texture and harmonics, throwing a huge soundstage that was both wide and deep. Imaging was spot on.

Christina Perry- A Thousand Years; piano sounded very natural with nice harmonics. The cello was very warm and smooth with excellent texture and pitch definition. The acoustic guitar was crisp and clean with excellent resolution and detail, being able to hear the plucking of the strings. Vocals were very natural sounding with great timbre and texture, being able to hear the articulation. Soundstage was both wide and deep, with imaging spot on, feeling like I was in the recording studio.

The Audio-Technica ATH-DSR5BT was more of a pleasure to review than expected. While I would have loved to see a retractable cable, I quickly forgot all about it once I started listening to them. The sound was natural, smooth and resolution I have come to love from more expensive IEM's, with a neutral sound signature and big soundstage. Based on their design, features, quality and performance, has earned our Editor’s Choice Award. For more information and complete specs, check out their website at www.audio-technica.com.




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Monday, August 6, 2018

Sennheiser PNX 550 Wireless Adaptive Noise Cancelling Headphone Review

If it’s time to look for a pair of headphones, but you don’t have much experience with headphones, it would be easy to turn to a well known company, like Sennheiser. Sennheiser not only makes a great headphone, but they have been doing so for several decades. No matter what style of headphone you are looking for, Sennheiser has one for you. Up for review today is their Senheiser PNX 550.


Features and specs:

Wearing Style:                                    Headband
Impedance:                                         Active 490 ohm/ Passive 46 ohm
Frequency Response (Headphones):   17 - 23,000 Hz
Bluetooth Version:                              Bluetooth 4.2
Supported Profiles:                             HSP v.1.2, HFP v.1.6. A2DP v.1.3, DIP v.1.3
Sound Pressure Level:                                    110dB
THD, total harmonic distortion:         <0 .5="" 100db="" kh="" p="">
Contact Pressure:                                3N
Ear Coupling:                                      Circumaural
Transducer Principle:                          Dynamic Closed
Charging Time:                                   3 hours (full charge)
Pick-up Pattern:                                  3-mic Beamforming Array
Operating Time:                                  Up to 30 hours
Weight w/o Cable:                              227g

The Sennheiser PNX 550 came in a great looking color printed box with photos of the headphones and it’s specs. Opening up the box revealed a well protected headphone sitting in a zippered soft case sitting in custom molded foam. Materials used in the construction was mostly plastic with some metal. The quality of materials was very good, as was the fit and finish. Sennheiser is known for making a quality product, and that reputation continues. Also included is the audio cable, charging cable, airplane adapter, 1/4” adapter, and owner’s manual.
 
I love the design of the Sennheiser PNX 550. They have more of an oval ear cup shape, to give a great comfortable fit over your ears. They collapse to fit well in the soft zipper case for travel. And traveling is where they are designed to excel! They are equipped with both Bluetooth and NFC, for easy connection to your smartphone. The aptX help provide great sound quality of your music. And with the 4 built-in microphones, it is designed to perform well for Adaptive Noise Canceling, and answering calls.  Now let’s see how they perform!

First up is the Bluetooth and hands free testing. The built-in antenna did extremely well! In open air, I was able to go just over 100 feet before I lost signal. Inside, with multiple walls, I did not lose signal until I had gone just over 50 feet. Inside of 50 feet, multiple walls between me an my HTC smartphone didn’t pose a problem.

The built-in mics for hands free calling performed just as well. Phone calls were a cinch. With the Sennheiser PNX 5500 synced, all I had to do was press the answer call button. Calls came through loud and clear. And even better than that, they provided a deep soundstage. My call experience was excellent. The same was also true for the person on the other end of the call. For them, the 4 built-in mics picked up my voice perfectly, as if I was speaking to them with my phone held up to my ear. And even better, the mics didn’t pick up any background noise, such as my TV.

Now it’s time for the Adaptive Noise Canceling. Here the mics did their job equally as well. The Sennheiser PNX 550 was designed for the commuter/traveler. Whether it’s by bus, train, or airplane, that low rumble engine noise can be fatiguing. The PNX 550 performed very well here. Any low bass or rumble was almost entirely gone, by around 90%. Just know that based on the design, it won’t block out background noise completely. So if you’re on a plane and there’s a crying baby in the row behind you…The engine rumble will be gone, but the crying baby will not be.

Last but not least is the music performance. AC/DC: Back in Black- cymbals were crisp and clean. Kick drum was tight with good pitch definition and played with authority. Guitar sounded nice and raw as I’m used to hearing. Vocals were very natural sounding. Soundstage was bigger than expected. Kansas: Carry On Wayward Son – vocals were extremely natural with excellent definition for texture and timbre. Kick drum had great impact with tight bass that also had good low end extension and authority. Drums had good dynamics, the cymbals were crisp and clean. Piano sounded very natural with good harmonics. Soundstage was wide and deep and imaging was very good as well. Fleetwood Mac: Hold Me – Piano was very natural sounding. Vocals were very smooth with nice texture. Percussion was crisp, clean and very dynamic. The cow bell came out loud and clear. Imaging was spot on.

I was very pleased with the Sennheiser PNX 550. They feature a great design, are well built, and the buttons worked well. One was to turn Bluetooth on and off, one was for the Adaptive Noise Canceling, and one was for the sound modes.  The swipes were also simple to use. Thanks to an adequately sensitive side panel, it was easy to pause, play, fast forward or rewind to the songs, as well as adjust the volume. All aspects performed well, and they also sounded great too. It was nice to see Sennheiser is not just sitting on their laurels. They take pride in continuing their positive reputation. With an MSRP of $349, they are worth every penny. Based on their design, features, quality and performance the Sennheiser PNX 5500 has earned our Highly Recommended Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.sennheiser.com.



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Thursday, July 26, 2018

AudioControl Introduces CP1 Cover Plates for High-Performance ACM Micro Car Audio Amplifiers

AudioControl Introduces CP1 Cover Plates for High-Performance ACM Micro Car Audio Amplifiers

New cover plates enable installers to sell any ACM multi-amp modular and configurable system with a super-premium single-chassis presentation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Seattle, WA, July 26th, 2018 – AudioControl (audiocontrol.com) makers of innovative high-performance audio solutions for the residential, commercial and automotive markets has introduced the CP1 series of powder-coated steel cover plates for their ACM Micro family of compact high-performance car audio amplifiers. The CP1 cover plates physically connect two ACM amplifiers together, enabling installers to create a seamless and attractive single-chassis appearance from a modular multi-amp system.

AudioControl’s patent pending modular, configurable system concept enables installers to bring together a number of amplifiers in various configurations, allowing a greater number of audio channels to be created and neatly housed beneath a CP1 cover plate.

The CP1 cover plates are available in three models; the CP1-2.600 (combines two 1.300), the CP1-3.600 (combines the 1.300 and 2.300) and the CP1-5.600 (combines the 1.300 and 4.300). Now installers can sell multiple ACM amplifiers featuring the channel configuration that best suits each customer and offer an elegant, seamless cosmetic finish.

“Now that all of our ACM models are shipping, these sleek cover plates really give our dealers the ability to adapt a highly flexible modular approach to system design, combining different models seamlessly to best suit each customer,” explained Chris Bennett, National Sales Manager – Mobile at AudioControl. “It is our goal to offer the right mix of products for 12-volt dealers, and the ACM amps with the CP1 cover plates give them a range of high-performance amplifiers at a price point and form factor for every customer.

The AudioControl ACM Micro Amplifiers Available Now
The AudioControl ACM amplifiers are loaded with features and deliver superb sound quality for any system design, yet amazingly are only 1 ½ -inches in height and compact overall footprint measuring 8-inches by 3-inches. ACM Series amps can be mounted with controls oriented up or down, and reversible cover plates allow flexible mounting options when paired with AudioControl DM series DSP processors or when using multiple ACM Series amplifiers in confined spaces. All ACM models have been engineered to deliver critical features such as separate speaker and preamp level inputs, giving installers the option to use any aftermarket head unit or their customer’s factory installed system without the need for additional adapters. Each ACM amplifier is 2-Ohm stable and features a 12dB/octave Linkwitz-Riley Crossover and AudioControl’s GTO signal sensing circuitry for the utmost in system flexibility and ease of installation. The ACM-1.300 also includes AudioControl’s patented AccuBASS®circuitry. Based on this outstanding feature array and superior performance, the AudioControl ACM Micro lineup delivers audio entertainment euphoria even in the most confined automotive setting. ACM amplifiers range in MSRP price from $279.99 (ACM-1.300), $349.99 (ACM-2.300) and $349.99 (ACM-4.300).


The AudioControl CP1 cover plates are available now with a US MSRP of $24.99 each


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Thursday, July 5, 2018

AKG N5005 Reference Class Hybrid 5-Way IEM Review


If you're looking for a good pair of headphones, it's easy to turn to generations of experience. AKG has been making high quality headphones for almost 70 years. When they want to bring out the top of the line headphone, they know how to do it right. And that’s just what they have done with the AKG N5005. It is a premium top of the line IEM that satisfies the most demanding consumer.

Features and specs:
System:  Hybrid technology
Driver size:   9.2mm + Quad Balance Armature
Dynamic frequency response range:  10-40kHz
Sensitivity:   116dB SPL/V@1kHz
Impedance:   18 ohm
Bluetooth transmitted power:   0-4dbm
Bluetooth transmitted modulation:   GFSK, π/4 DQPSK, 8DPSK
Bluetooth frequency:   2.402 - 2.480GHz
Bluetooth profiles:   A2DP V1.2, AVRCP V1.4, HFP V1.6, HSP V1.2
Bluetooth version:   V4.1
Battery type:   Lithium-ion
Polymer rechargeable battery:   120mA/3.7V
Charging time:   <2 hours="" span="">
Music playtime with BT on:   8 hours
Talk time with BT on:   8 hours
Weight (g):   11.4g








The AKG N5005 came in a great looking color printed box, with photos and specs of the product. Opening the box revealed quite the presentation! There were two levels to discover. The first provided the IEM ‘s, sound filters, hard zipper case, and serial number badge. The second level showed the additional ear tips, charging cable, and three different cables. All were held in place with custom cut foam. The actual IEM’s were made of a highly polished metal with a black finish on the first half, and a plastic finish on the back. Materials used in the construction was metal and plastic. Quality of materials used, as well as the fit and finish, was excellent! The owner’s manual was also included, as well as a cleaning tool and airline adapter.


When I opened the box, I was blown away by the presentation. Everything had its spot in the custom cut foam. With the filters, you can tailor the sound to your liking, with options for reference, bass boost, mids boost, or high boost. And there is a black polished metal holder for all of the filters that was clearly labeled. The hard zipper case had pockets on both sides to hold all of the accessories. There are six sets of ear tips to give you the best fit. And just so they didn’t leave anything out, there are three sets of cables. You read right…three sets! One is a 2.5 mm cable, one is a 3.5mm cable, and the last is a Bluetooth cable. So you have all of your options covered for any source player, and for either wired or wireless listening. And of course there is also a charging cable.

The design of the AKG N5005 is also spectacular! For low bass, a balanced armature is harder to get the performance as you would from a dynamic driver.  So I have seen many companies use a hybrid design, incorporating a dynamic driver for the lows, and a balanced armature for the mids and highs.  But as with everything else in the design, AKG has taken it to a whole new level! AKG has come up with a 5-way hybrid design which utilizes quad balanced armatures, and a dynamic driver. So there are 2 balanced armatures for the highs, 2 balanced armatures for the mids, and the dynamic driver for the lows. So there are high quality components to provide the best sound, and there’s also the multiple sound filters so you can also customize the sound to your liking. If this aural bliss which the AKG N5005 is poised to deliver is not good enough, AKG also has the looks covered as well. With their exterior black polished metal finish, they will also look like jewelry. Now let’s hear how they sound!

Eric Bibb: Why are People Like That-vocals were silky smooth with very good texture and timbre. Piano was very natural, more so than expected. Bass had very good low end extension and played with a ton of authority. Percussion was really crisp and clean with very good resolution and impact. Harmonica was really dynamic.  Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue- clarinet was incredibly smooth with excellent resolution to hear the woodiness of the reed and tonguing technique. Piano was very natural sounding and extremely well articulated. Brass was extremely dynamic, without appearing brassy. Bassoon had great extension in the midbass and excellent texture. Flute had extremely good air. Imaging was very good, soundstage was big with good depth.  Earth, Wind and Fire: Let’s Groove- vocals were silky smooth like honey, with excellent timbre and pitch definition. Bass was extremely full, deep, clean and hit like a sledge hammer. Percussion was extremely crisp and clean and very dynamic. The claps were also really crisp and dynamic. There were tons of instruments, and they all came through loud and clear. Imaging was spot on, with a big sound stage.  Katy Perry: Dark Horse-vocals were smooth like honey, with excellent resolution of the timbre and texture. Bass was very full, very deep, hit hard and did so with a ton of authority. Claps were also crisp and very dynamic.

When it comes to In Ear Monitor's, AKG didn't just hit it out of the park.  It went past the parking lot as well!  The AKG N5005 provides killer aural candy for your ears, with its 5-way hybrid design, and hardware sound tuning with its custom sound filters for any preference. Add to that the multiple cables to enable use with virtually any source player, including a wireless cable for Bluetooth!  And if that wasn't enough, they have the polished metal finish for a jewelry look.  Excellent build quality, sound, looks, and plethora of accessories, the AKG N5005 is the whole package.  At $999 MSRP, it's a bargain for what you are getting.  No matter your sound preference, AKG has you covered.  based on their design, features, quality, and performance, the AKG N5005 have easily earned our Editor's Choice Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at www.akg.com.




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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

James Loudspeaker™ Unveils Two Compact High-Performance Boundary Speakers

James Loudspeaker™ Unveils Two Compact High-Performance Boundary Speakers
    
New W-Series models leverage new woofer and Quad Tweeter to deliver astonishing detail and clarity from a smaller, fully customizable form factor

Napa, CA, June 26th, 2018 – James Loudspeaker (www.jamesloudspeaker.com), designers and manufacturers of the highest quality décor-friendly entertainment products for both residential and commercial applications, has introduced two smaller versions of their popular W-Series wedge form factor boundary speakers designed for integration where walls and ceilings converge. The unobtrusive 42Qw and 43Qw offer superb performance for multi-zone audio, height channels for immersive theater systems (Atmos, Auro3D and DTS:X) and outdoor audio applications as well. Both new models are constructed of aircraft grade aluminum for strength, sonic performance and durability. An aluminum perforated grille is included to provide years of trouble free use. 

New Technology
The 42Qw and 43Qw employ a new version of the high-excursion 4-inch woofer originally used in the 42AT landscape loudspeaker, designed using a Santoprene™ surround and aluminum cone. The 42Qw combines a single 4-inch woofer with James Loudspeaker’s legendary aluminum Quad Tweeter array, providing superior dispersion and dynamic capabilities verses conventional speakers. The 43Qw utilizes two of the 4-inch drivers with the Quad Tweeter for additional output capability. 

“Though our larger boundary speakers have been very popular, we received feedback from both residential and commercial integrators that a more compact version of the W-Series speakers would be useful,” reported James Loudspeaker CEO Mark Schafle. “Our goal is to provide the highest performing entertainment solutions that deliver superior sound with minimal visible intrusion into the space.”

Both W-Series models come with a wall/ceiling bracket featuring a unique mounting system that is ultra-secure but easy for custom integrators to work with and achieve a gapless fit every time. Like all James Loudspeaker products, both standard and custom colors are available.

Beautifully Made in USA
James Loudspeaker W-Series speakers are built from elegant aircraft-grade aluminum for strength, sonic performance and durability when used for outdoor or marine applications. Each speaker features a proprietary aluminum cone woofer and an aluminum dome Quad Tweeter for unsurpassed dispersion and musicality. All W-Series speakers can be custom painted to match any décor and each speaker comes with a matching aluminum perforated grille. Like all products from James Loudspeaker, W-Series speakers are fully customizable to suit any commercial or residential application.

The James Loudspeaker 42Qw and 43Qw are available now through authorized James Loudspeaker integrators. MSRP pricing is $900USD (42Qw) and $1100USD (43Qw) each.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

New Energizer Hardcase H500S : the rugged smartphone with a 3,000 mAh battery and a sleek design

Introducing the Energizer® HARDCASE H500S: the rugged smartphone with a sleek design and a 3,000 mAh battery
  • Tough and stylish : ultra slim with soft, rounded corners and curves
  • Powerful 3,000 mAh battery for up to 22 hours of talk time
  • IP 68 rating: dust proof and waterproof
Avenir Telecom, under the Energizer licence, announced the launch of its new addition to the HARDCASE range of rugged and waterproof phones: the HARDCASE H500S.
Where power and resistance meet style
Boasting a large capacity 3,000 mAh battery, the HARDCASE H500S allows for hours of entertainment and phone calls, with up to 22 hours of 2G talk time, up to 5h30 of uninterrupted video playing time and up to 19 days on standby.

IP 68 certified, the new smartphone supports immersion to 1.2 metres depth for 30 minutes and is completely dust-proof, meaning you can take pictures underwater and bring it along with you in all your adventures. Built with reinforced materials, it withstands being dropped from a height of one meter. Its screen is protected by a damage-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3, set apart by its finesse and strength.

“At a time where we spend on average more than 3 hours per day on our smartphones, there is nothing more frustrating than a dead battery or a broken phone caused by a shock. The look of a device is also important as it is highly valued in purchase decisions. That’s why we decided to design an Energizer smartphone that would look stylish while being extra resistant and with great battery autonomy” comments Julien Emard, Product Development Director for the Energizer’s three ranges of phones. “The Hardcase H500S is only 10mm thin, which is quite slim for a rugged phone”, adds Emard.

Far from the aggressive and rugged design of most hard-wearing phones, the HARDCASE H500S has soft, rounded corners and curves. The metal finish on the sides and the non-slip back cover ensure a reliable, secure and comfortable grip.
 

Bright and performant

The HARDCASE H500S features a 13MP main camera with the “beauty face” function for perfect portrait pictures and a 5MP back camera. Both offer crisp, bright and vibrant photos and videos, to be watched over and over again on the large 5.0” high definition screen.

The Mediatek MT6737 Quad Core 1.3 GHz processor allows for using all the smartphone’s functionalities with fluidity. As a 4G LTE device with VoLTE technology, the Energizer® Hardcase H500S is able to reach up to 150/50 Mbps and offers a high-speed connection.

It supports two SIM cards or one SIM card and one SD card (up to 32GB) to increase storage memory or to benefit from two separate lines in a single mobile.

A bold packaging for a solid phone
The HARDCASE H500S, as well as all the other Energizer phones, comes in a bold looking aluminium package that reflects the DNA of the brand: long lasting, powerful and innovative.
The packaging can be reused and customised, and takes part in an effort to reduce plastic consumption in packaging.


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Friday, June 15, 2018

Atari E3 2018 Press Kit Featuring New Assets for this Year’s Line-Up of Games is Now Available!

E3 2018 has concluded, leaving us with dozens — if not hundreds — of games to anxiously await throughout the remainder of 2018 and beyond.

Atari®, one of the world's most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, took to the show this year to showcase another impressive line-up of multi-platform video game titles — from reimagined revivals of beloved Atari hits to new takes on current popular franchises and completely original titles.



For those that couldn’t make the show, Atari has released today all-new assets for their E3 2018 line-up. We invite you to view, download and share these assets and new information on the following Atari titles straight from E3 2018:
  • Tempest 4000™ (Xbox One, PS4, PC) - Developed by Llamasoft and legendary game designer Jeff Minter, Tempest 4000 is an action-packed arcade shooter that remains faithful to the original, while adding exciting new features and gorgeous 4K graphics. Tempest 4000 is set to energize your platform of choice this summer!
     
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon® Adventures (Nintendo Switch) - Atari’s first Nintendo Switch game is an all-new entry in one of the best-selling franchises in PC gaming history, designed from the ground up to take full advantage of Nintendo’s unique portable console. Whether on-the-go or at home, adventure awaits in the theme park of your dreams!
     
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon Joyride™ (PS4/PSVR) - Atari’s first virtual reality title finally lets players fully experience what it's like to be a customer in one of their own theme parks. Hop in, strap up and experience a thrill ride like never before!
     
  • Transit City Touch™ (iOS, Android) - As an all-new city-building and transit-management simulation game, Transit City Touch allows you to grow and advance your city by creating, refining and upgrading your infrastructure. Open packs of cards to find rare and epic items such as towering skyscrapers, new buildings, transit stations, vehicles and more.
     
  • Atari® Flashback Classics (Nintendo Switch) - Experience the excitement of 150 of the greatest Atari arcade hits of all time – including Centipede®, Asteroids®, Missile Command® and Yars’ Revenge® – on the Nintendo Switch!
     
  • Night Driver™ (iOS, Android) - Go full throttle in this fast-paced endless driver that honors the classic and offers a re-imagined update to the legendary racing genre hit.
     
  • Atari® Flashback Classics Volume 3 (Xbox One, PS4) - The latest remastered collection of 50 fan-favorite Atari platform and classic arcade titles is headed to current-gen consoles with HD support, online functionality and leaderboards!
     
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon® Touch™ (iOS, Android) - The incredibly popular mobile title that lets you build and manage your very own theme park continues to get better. With major content updates and new features added every few weeks, it’s no surprise that RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch is frequently at the top of the respective app stores!


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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

TRENDnet introduces its first business router, featuring dual-wan, VPN, and VLAN support

TRENDnet introduces its first business router, featuring dual-wan, VPN, and VLAN support
New wireless business router is integrated with enhanced network management controls, WAN load-balancing and fail-over modes, and Router Limits advanced web content filtering and productivity tools
TORRANCE, Calif. – June 12, 2018 -- TRENDnet® (www.TRENDnet.com), a global leader in reliable SMB and consumer networking and surveillance solutions, has announced the launch of its first business router, the AC3000 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Dual-WAN VPN SMB Router, model TEW-829DRU. The new business router features dual-wan ports, support for VPN and VLAN applications, and it is integrated with advanced web content filtering and productivity tools powered by Router Limits™.
The advanced features on TRENDnet’s business router provide optimal performance, scalability, and protection for your business network. TRENDnet’s wireless business router supports three concurrent WiFi bands to maximize device networking speeds. There are two separate high-performance AC networks (up to 1733Mbps and 867Mbps respectively), and a 400Mbps wireless N network. The router features VPN for encrypted remote LAN access, inter-VLAN routing, and QoS. In addition to dual-wan ports, the TEW-829DRU WiFi business router also features eight gigabit LAN ports, one USB port, and one console port.
“Businesses can help create an environment for a more efficient workforce by improving network controls and connectivity with the TEW-829DRU wireless business router. Dual-wan ports help to balance network traffic or provide a backup for WAN failure,” said Evan Davis, senior manager of solutions engineering at TRENDnet. “With Router Limits integrated into the router, business owners can gain full control and management of company internet access.”
TRENDnet’s wireless business router intelligently manages your office’s web access with content filtering and productivity tools by Router Limits, increasing employee efficiency and reducing unnecessary distractions. TRENDnet will later integrate Router Limits content filtering and productivity technology into their wireless home router, the AC2600 MU-MIMO WiFi Router, model TEW-827DRU.
“We’re excited to offer our world-class network productivity management and filtering tools on TRENDnet's new routers,” said Tyler Phillips, director of business development at Router Limits. “By integrating our network user management tools with TRENDnet’s hardware, we are creating a best-in-class solution, and we are aligning ourselves with a great company that is already a leading provider of routers and other network equipment in the business and home networking sectors. Our goal is to make this the first of many integrations with TRENDnet hardware.”
The AC3000 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Dual-WAN VPN SMB Router, TEW-829DRU, is currently available online on the TRENDnet Store, and through select authorized distribution and retail partners.
AC3000 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Dual-WAN VPN SMB Router, TEW-829DRU
  • 8 x Gigabit LAN ports, 1 x Console port
  • Dual-WAN ports support load-balancing and fail-over modes
  • SSL, IPsec, PPTP, and L2TP w/IPsec VPN support
  • IEEE 802.1Q inter-VLAN routing
  • Three concurrent WiFi bands maximize device networking speeds
  • AC3000 Tri-Band: 1733Mbps (5GHz1) + 867Mbps (5GHz2) + 400Mbps (2.4GHz) bands
  • Pre-encrypted WiFi for your convenience
  • Wireless client isolation
  • Web browser and CLI management
  • Online firmware notification and upgrade
  • QoS for VoIP and media streaming applications
  • Advanced web content filtering service powered by Router Limits
  • Product page: www.trendnet.com/products/TEW-829DRU
  • MSRP: USD $339.99

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 www.trendnet.com


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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

DJI And Axon Announce Drone Partnership To Strengthen Law Enforcement Tools For Public Safety

June 5, 2018 – DJI, the world's leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, and Axon (Nasdaq: AAXN), the global leader in connected law enforcement technologies, today announced an exclusive partnership, within the digital evidence management industry, to sell DJI drones directly to public safety and law enforcement agencies worldwide through the new Axon Air program. The partnership was announced at the third annual Axon Accelerate conference for more than 1,500 police, security, legal and technology professionals from around the world.

More than 900 American public safety agencies use drones to improve officer safety, support tactical actions, reconstruct traffic collisions, support public safety at large events and perform search-and-rescue missions. At least 130 people around the world have been rescued from peril by drones, proving their value in life-or-death situations.

The Axon Air program allows law enforcement agencies to purchase drones from a trusted partner and links DJI’s drone technology with Axon’s connected data network and Evidence.com services – the same platform that more than 200,000 public safety professionals use today. Evidence.com provides the same rigorous data management system, chain-of-custody controls and security protocols that law enforcement agencies rely on to preserve and protect data from body cameras and in-car video systems. Within Evidence.com the integrity of drone videos is preserved for the protection of police agencies and the public they serve. Drones currently available for sale through the Axon Air program include: Phantom 4 Pro and Matrice 210.

“As the requirements and demands of unmanned aircraft programs grow, Axon is partnering with agencies to build out solutions that meet the complexities and requirements of public safety,” says Axon's EVP of Worldwide Products, Todd Basche. “Together, we will focus on creating situational awareness, advanced evidence collection and program management tools that will allow agencies to manage their drone program alongside their body camera and in-car video systems.”

“DJI’s partnership with Axon allows law enforcement agencies to add drone capabilities and data services through the same trusted provider they rely on for the tools, data and support they need to do their jobs safely and effectively,” said Michael Perry, Managing Director of North America at DJI. “Law enforcement agencies are rapidly adopting drones for their work, and often need guidance on how to establish a drone program and integrate it into their departments. DJI’s Axon Air partnership will strengthen and enhance law enforcement’s ability to protect public safety, respond to emergencies and save lives.”

Axon will partner with public safety agencies to identify the solutions that meet the demands of their communities and will bring drone video into the Axon Network of people, devices and apps. Interested agencies should reach out to their Axon sales representatives to learn more about how they can adopt this technology today.


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