Friday, July 29, 2011


Long Beach, CA (July 29, 2011) - Kenwood USA Corporation announced the launch of a $15.00 consumer instant rebate program in partnership with the HD Radio Alliance that aggressively promotes HD Radio™ Technology and is centered on the Kenwood KDC-HD548U CD receiver ($220.00 Suggested Retail Price).

“This program is designed to showcase the performance attributes of HD Radio Technology through in-store demonstration,” said Keith Lehmann, Senior Vice President of Kenwood’s Consumer Electronics Sector. “Our promotional focus is on the

KDC-HD548U, a step-up model that incorporates many sound quality features as well as a wide, 13-segment display and a dedicated iTunes Tagging button. The HD Radio Technology performance of this model is remarkable and easy to demonstrate in-store, thus we are launching this $15.00 instant rebate program to incentivize customers to visit their authorized Kenwood dealer, hear the HD Radio Technology difference and buy a KDC-HD548U today.”

Peter Ferrara, President of the HD Radio Alliance commented, “Kenwood was the very first consumer electronics brand to adopt HD Radio Technology. Kenwood has maintained its position of leadership, and the KDC-HD548U is one of the best selling HD Radio receivers on the market today. We are delighted that this partnership will result in incremental sales volume of HD Radio products.”

The [700] HD Radio Alliance member broadcasting stations will drive awareness of the instant rebate program with an integrated web and national radio advertising campaign across the U.S. Thirty (:30) second spots will promote the KDC-HD548U while highlighting built-in HD Radio Technology along with the $15.00 instant rebate, which will be offered from July 31 through September 4, 2011, at participating Kenwood retailers. Consumers will be encouraged to visit the Kenwood USA website ( or the HD Radio website ( for more details on the promotion.

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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, and 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).

About the HD Digital Radio Alliance

The HD Digital Radio Alliance is a joint initiative of leading radio broadcasters to accelerate the successful rollout of HD Digital Radio. Current members include major radio groups and independent station owners: CBS Radio, Clear Channel Radio, Greater Media, Emmis, Entercom, Bonneville International, Beasley Broadcasting, Buckley Radio and WBEB- FM Philadelphia. For more information on HD Digital Radio, visit

About HD Radio Technology

HD Radio™ Technology is fueling the digital radio revolution in the United States and around the world. The digital technology, developed by iBiquity Digital Corp., enables broadcasters to offer new and unique FM content via HD2/HD3 channels, crystal-clear sound and data services on both the AM and FM bands – all free, with no subscription fee. Leading broadcasters, consumer electronics manufacturers, automakers and retailers are committed to HD Radio Technology. iBiquity Digital is a privately held company with operations in Columbia, MD, Auburn Hills, MI, and Basking Ridge, NJ. For more information, please visit and

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Amazing Accessories For Your Samsung Galaxy Tabs and Cell Phones

So now you have your portable device, such as a new cell phone or tablet PC. Are you done now? I would suggest not. After all, how much did you pay for it? Do you want to buy another one because you damaged it? Do you want to get the most productivity out of it? It is time to look at accessories.

When it comes to protecting your portable device, it needs a good case. And it doesn't get much better than Otterbox. For review is their rugged Defender Series cases for the HTC Evo 3D, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7. The case for the HTC Evo 3D features a snap-on Hand plastic shell with a clear plastic screen cover built-in. A rubber cover then fits over the hard plastic shell. The case also gives you full access to all the connectors and buttons for the phone. I really like the built-in protection for the camera sensors and LED flashes. The design of the HTC Evo 3D has the camera sensors sticking out just slightly, so they are easy to scratch. But that won't happen with the Otterbox case. There is also a third piece that is a hard plastic belt clip that the case snaps into. This case is amazing!

The Otterbox case for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 is also very good. It is the exact same type of design, featuring a hard plastic shell with built in screen protector and a rubber cover that fits over the hard plastic. And again, you have access to all of the buttons and connectors, such as headphone jack and charger. It has a hard plastic shell that it snaps into. This hard plastic cover also has a built-in mechanism that props up the tablet and acts as a stand. Very cool.

The Commuter Series for Samsung Epic 4G is also a great case. The Commuter Series does not have the same level of protection as it lacks the soft rubber of the Defender Series, but it still works well. It's a two piece case with a hard plastic bottom that snaps on, and a hard plastic top with built in screen protector. Quality of both the Defender and Commuter Series is all very good.

Samsung also has some great accessories for their Galaxy Tab 10.1, to further compete with the iPad. To start off, Samsung has a pair of cases for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. First is a simple Leather Pouch the Galaxy Tab 10.1 slides into. While it does not provide much protection against drops, it does protect against scratches, etc. They also have a nice hard Book Cover Case that also doubles as a basic stand to prop up the tablet. There are also cut outs for items such as the headphone jack and camera. And while it provides about the same level of protection as the slip case, I do like it. Next up are the Multi-Media Dock and Keyboard Dock. The Multi-Media Dock will not only allow you to charge your Galaxy tab 10.1, It also has an audio out and HDMI out. Now while you are charging your tablet, the Multi-Media Dock holds up your tablet making it easily viewable, allowing you to check email or do anything else on it. The audio out makes it easy to connect it to your stereo or a pair of powered speakers so you can listen to your music in a big way. And the HDMI out lets you connect your tablet to your HDTV with an HDMI cable. Now you can watch those movies or camcorder footage you recorded in your tablet on your HDTV. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 Keyboard Dock is also a charging dock with an audio output, like the Multi-Media Dock (without the HDMI output) only it also adds a full-sized soft touch keyboard for your use.

Quality, fit, and finish were very good on all of the Samsung accessories. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 did not seem like it would be very sturdy in the smallish slot the tablet slid into on both the Multi-Media and Keyboard Docks. But it surprisingly was. The keyboard had a great feel to it, and I liked the extra buttons for features control such as volume, home page, etc. Both products worked as well as advertised, but of the two I preferred the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Keyboard Dock. You can type on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the on screen keyboard, but the keyboard dock works so much better. And it makes it feel like you are almost transforming the tablet to a laptop, getting the best of both worlds. But for those of you that do a lot of multimedia on your tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Multi-Media dock is a great accessory that you can set next to your HDTV and connect right up to it with an HDMI cable. Just don't try to get DRM content from your tablet to your HDTV over HDMI. Home recorded movies work great.

Accessories may not be necessary, but if you want to protect your device, a case is the best way to do it. And accessories such as the keyboard dock also help to get productivity up. Both of the Otterbox Defender Series cases have earned our Editor's Choice award and the Commuter Series has earned our Highly Recommended award. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Bookcover Case and Multi-Media Dock has earned our Highly Recommended awards, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Keyboard Dock has earned our Editor's Choice award. Congrats! For more info and complete specs, check out their website at and

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Kingston Technology’s HyperX Memory Breaks TWO World Records!

Fountain Valley, CA -- July 29, 2011-- Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced that its fastest dual-channel memory kit, HyperX® 2544MHz (Kingston® part #: KHX2544C9D3T1FK2/2GX), was clocked at 2902MHz with CL6 and 3082 MHz with CL7 timings, during a heavy home overclocking session in France.

These are the fastest ever recorded frequencies for memory with CL6 and CL7 latencies. They were achieved by the renowned overclockers Benjamin Bouix aka ‘Benji Tshi’ and

Jean-Baptiste Gerard aka ‘Marmott’ using liquid nitrogen as a cooling aid. The sessions were run on a GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD6C (bios F10) motherboard with an Intel® Core i7™ 870 processor.

“This is the first time we have overclocked this module and the speeds achieved are very impressive,” said French overclocking champion Jean-Baptiste Gerard aka ‘Marmott’. “HyperX KHX2544C9D3T1FK2/2GX has the potential to go even faster but unfortunately we were restricted by CPU performance so we can’t wait until the next OC session to beat our own records!”

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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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Extra Long Range (ELR) KVM Extender from Gefen Delivers WUXGA Resolutions with USB Peripherals using Just One CAT-5 Cable up to 100 Meters

CHATSWORTH, CA – Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced that its DVI KVM ELR Extender (EXT-DVIKVM-ELR) is now shipping. Based on HDBaseT technology, Gefen’s ELR technology enables high resolution video in the DVI format to travel greater distances than ever before using a single CAT-5 cable.

With its ability to carry three USB 2.0 signals on the same CAT-5 cable alongside the DVI, the Gefen DVI KVM ELR Extender significantly reduces the amount of cables needed while increasing the length of extension to 330 feet (100m). At this distance, high resolution video is supported at resolutions up to 1920x1200 with a perfect signal delivery and zero signal drop-outs. USB data is sent at rates reaching up to 100 Mbps for a reliable, instantaneous delivery.

Installation is plug and play simple, requiring the connection of the computer to the sender unit. The receiver offers three USB outputs for keyboard/mouse, camera, hard drive, printer or scanner, and a display. One industry standard CAT-5 cable connects the sender to the receiver unit.

The DVI KVM ELR Extender comes with locking power supplies to prevent potential disconnects, is rack mountable and supports cross-platform computers.

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Advanced USB Foot Controlled Computing Now Available

for Medical, Automation, CAD, & EE Markets

July 27, 2011, Berkeley, CA -- Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) announced today that the world’s first Multi-Touch USB foot input controller, SoftStep, is now available to OEM partners in the medical, automation, electronic engineering, embedded systems, and computer aided design (CAD) markets. These OEM partners can now integrate the sophisticated SoftStep foot controller into their product offerings or include it in their catalogues for a wide variety of uses wherever hands-free computer access is needed, such as during medical procedures or surgery for sanitary foot-access to computers; for CAD engineers to manipulate products while using the computer; or for radiologists to scroll through x-rays, rotate 3D scans, or control cameras in real-time with their feet while their hands are occupied during a procedure.

With SoftStep, everyone, from dentists, CAD engineers, to automation workers, will be able to use a computer with their feet, while freeing up their hands to accomplish other tasks, refocus traditional input devices, or simply to rest. The Tron-blue backlighting makes SoftStep easily visible in any situation where lighting may be limited – in manufacturing plants, hospital settings, or underneath a desk.

Using the KeyWorx software application with SoftStep, you can remember up to 100 sets of unique commands. The cursor/click foot controls allow the user to keep their hands comfortably on a keyboard at all times or perform another task. A four character alphanumeric display and 10 multicolor LED’s provide status and visual feedback. Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter (UART) and control voltage inputs encourage expansion and modification. Each of SoftStep’s 10 fully customizable keys respond to pressure and X–Y-Z location providing significantly more control of data than a simple on/off switch. A four quadrant “Navigation Diamond” provides up/down and left/right movement as well as full cursor control. This multi-function versatility makes it easy for users to augment and customize Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and allows the feet to take on a multitude of tasks previously done solely by hand.

SoftStep - Most Capable & Sophisticated Foot-Input Device Ever Invented for Computers

“SoftStep is the most capable and sophisticated foot-input device ever invented for computerized systems and it will easily improve the efficiency and workflow in anybody’s HCI environment,” said Keith McMillen, CEO and Founder of KMI. “We have had numerous requests to supply SoftStep as an OEM product and are pleased to announce formal OEM pricing programs. For those desperately wishing a third arm, SoftStep is the answer.”

Rugged, Light-Weight & Portable -Weighs Just over 1 lb

Originally marketed to the music industry through Rock & Roll artists, such as members of Led Zeppelin and King Crimson, SoftStep is designed for robust treatment and ease of use. Made with advanced elastomeric and graphite composites for a super rugged, environmentally sealed, compact design, SoftStep is light-weight and portable, weighing just over a pound, with dimensions of 17.5” x 4.2” x 1” -- small enough to fit inside a briefcase or backpack. Full perimeter rubberized footing guarantees an anti-slip fit on any flooring surface.

SoftStep Features:

- Controls the mouse cursor, mouse clicks, drags, and other OS interface functions.
- Controls X-Y-Z and rotation from each of 10 keys.
- Opens, closes and switches between applications.
- Changes toolsets within design programs.
- Enters and edits full ASCII text.
- Automatically executes a series of commands.
- Scrolls through lists.
- Launches and uses programs.
- Zooms screens and images.
- Changes system settings, such as volume and screen brightness, etc.
- Dimensions: 17.5” x 4.2” x 1”.
- Weight: 1.3 lbs.

SoftStep is available immediately for OEM Partners, pricing available upon request. The class compliant SoftStep device comes with a developer’s kit for easy integration into any product-line. In addition, SoftStep is available immediately for end-users through the retail channel, priced at $289.95, available from ( more information on SoftStep, see: or the website at:

About KMI

Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) is a private company based in Berkeley , California that develops innovative hardware and software technology that connects and controls applications in the computer, music, gaming, video, ergonomic and assistive technology industries. Visit KMI on the web at

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Samsung Announces HM1200 Wireless Headset

A Solid Mono Bluetooth Headset for an Exceptional Value

Samsung Mobile introduces the Samsung HM1200, an easy-to-use mono Bluetooth headset that provides outstanding call clarity in a simple and straightforward package. Designed for budget-conscious consumers, the HM1200 offers convenient, user-friendly features at a competitive price point. Active pairing delivers no-fuss connectivity and multipoint technology allows users to easily pair the headset to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously. Additionally, the HM1200 wraps these features into an attractive, compact design with a modern, textured exterior finish. Overall, the Samsung HM1200 blends quality and simplicity to deliver a great mono headset at a tremendous value.

Productivity Easy-to-use, compact design Active pairing Multipoint technology LED battery status indicator Dedicated on/off switch

Specifications Dimensions: 49 x 20 x 11.5 millimeters; 10 grams Bluetooth version: 3.0 HFP version: 1.5 HSP version: 1.1 Talk time: Up to 8 hours Standby time: Up to 300 hours

Standard Package HM1200 Wireless Headset Two removable ear hooks Three ear gels Universal Micro USB charger User manual

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Swing Into Action! Olympus Unleashes The Highly Anticipated PEN E-PL3 Camera Featuring Tilting LCD And The New VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder

Price and Availability Announced for Compact PEN E-PL3 Camera That Delivers Maximum Flexibility, Innovation and Amazing Image Quality for All; New Accessory Viewfinder Expands Your Point of View

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., July 27, 2011 – Imaging enthusiasts will rejoice knowing that they can finally get their hands on the desirable Olympus PEN E-PL3 – a powerful camera designed for photographers craving a portable camera with pro quality and point-and-shoot simplicity. The PEN E-PL3 is an interchangeable lens camera offering a sleek, metal body packed with versatile controls and lenses with professional image quality.

Available in September, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 will be sold at the affordable price of $699.99 and will deliver amazing image quality and lightning fast speed for brilliant still images and high-definition (HD) video. It will ship bundled with either a wide-angle zoom M.Zuiko 14-42mm lens (28mm-84mm equivalent), optimized for fast autofocus (AF) and silent AF operation, or the M. Zuiko 17mm ultra-compact and portable wide-angle pancake lens (34mm equivalent).

The PEN E-PL3 is a member of the Olympus PEN family of compact system cameras that also includes the new E-P3 and E-PM1. Designed to help innovation seekers capture and share their unique visions, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 combines pro quality with the portability of a point-and-shoot and features found on bulkier DSLR-type cameras.

Olympus also expands the power of its PEN Micro Four Thirds system family today with the introduction of the compact VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder. Attractively priced at $179.99, the VF-3 easily attaches to Olympus PEN models with an accessory port, as well as the Olympus XZ-1 for eye-level convenience.

Packs a Powerful Punch in a Small Package
The E-PL3 offers something for everyone. Packed with the technology and image quality normally found in a DSLR, it’s the size of a small, portable point-and-shoot camera and can easily travel with you. Its 3-inch, tilting high-resolution LCD screen helps you see high above the crowd to capture amazing stills and HD video of live performances, sports events and more. Easily move to eye-level to capture superb detail of children at play or even lower to the ground to record baby’s first steps or a pet soundly sleeping. Never worry about missing a spontaneous moment because the E-PL3 shoots at 5 frames per second.

Offering the versatility of interchangeable lenses, excellent quality low-light shooting thanks to the camera’s AF Illuminator, a high ISO of up to 12,800, with a blazing fast autofocus system, a 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor and TruePic™ VI Image Processor, the Olympus PEN E-PL3 becomes the ultimate travel companion. Discretely document all of the color and pageantry of the city, even in low-light, as you make your way to your next destination.

Staying in for a more relaxed evening at home? Tech-enthusiasts will want to keep the E-PL3 ready by their side to capture friends and family, while showcasing their creativity. Easy-to-use technologies like in-camera Art Filters and image effects empower users to apply their unique artistic vision to images and videos so they can easily share professional-quality creations. Accessing all of the camera’s options is quick and easy with a new intuitive interface.

See the World through Your Own Eye
The VF-3 is perfect for photographers who like the option of holding the camera up to their eye to compose. With 100-percent field-of-view, none of the recordable subject area is cropped, making composition with the VF-3 easy and accurate. The magnification and built-in diopter adjustment of the VF-3 allow for easy viewing. The VF-3 can be rotated up to 90-degrees to accommodate more obscure shooting angles for additional creative control. Furthermore, if you are the kind of person who likes to tweak the settings on your TV, you’ll love the ability to adjust the brightness and color temperature to your own particular tastes.

“The Olympus PEN E-PL3 is designed to capture spontaneous, authentic moments in amazing detail without the need to sacrifice portability or quality,” said Katie Roseman, senior product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “We’ve packed the affordable E-PL3 with technologies and image quality normally found in bigger DSLR-type cameras. Now, with the new VF-3, consumers can get more of a DSLR-like experience from our cameras by looking through the viewfinder to compose the shot.”

The Olympus PEN E-PL3 kit will be available in black, white, red and silver, starting in September 2011. The kit includes the PEN E-PL3 body, lens, USB cable, video cable, BLS-1 Li-Ion battery pack, Li-Ion battery charger, shoulder strap, OLYMPUS [ib] software CD-ROM, manuals and registration card.

The updated Olympus Viewer 2 software is included with all new Olympus PEN cameras. The software helps users edit and organize photos and play back AVCHD video. Olympus Viewer 2 also enables users to experience new functions, including the application of new art filters, effects and variations.

U.S. Pricing / Product Configurations
Olympus PEN E-PL3 Body with MSC M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED m14-42mm II R f3.5/5.6 Zoom or 17mm Lens Estimated Street Price: $699.99

Olympus VF-3 Electronic Viewfinder Estimated Street Price: $179.99

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Bracketron Launches Dual USB Charger

Low-profile dual charger powers multiple mobile devices simultaneously in any vehicle and is compatible with iPad, iPhone, iPod, Android, Smartphones, MP3 players and more

Minneapolis, MN — July 26, 2011 — Bracketron, the leading manufacturer in mounting solutions and accessories for mobile consumer electronics, announces the launch of the Dual USB Charger, which allows you to charge or power two devices at the same time in any vehicle. The Dual USB Charger is available now for $24.95 at and will soon be available at many leading consumer electronics retailers.

The Dual USB Charger includes both high and low-current USB outputs, perfect for quickly and safely charging your tablet and handheld mobile device simultaneously while you're on the road. The pocket-sized device is compatible with iPad, iPhone/iPod, MP3 players, satellite radios, GPS units, smartphones and more. The Dual USB Charger fits into any 12v port and has a low-profile, snag-free design that complements your dashboard’s sleek look. It also features a handy LED light that indicates when power is being supplied to your devices.

"The Dual USB Charger is ideal for anyone who needs to power up while on the go," said Mark Mandel, Executive Vice President of Bracketron. "It charges two devices in your vehicle at the fastest possible speeds, ensuring that you can stay connected to friends, family and colleagues on the road."

Key Features
•Fast charging for multiple devices
•Low-profile charger fits into any 12v port
•2.1A and 1.0A USB ports
•Measures only 2¼" x 1"
•Power LED light
•Compatible with iPad, iPhone/iPod, MP3 players, GPS units, satellite radios and mobile phones

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4G LTE and Wi-Fi models Available

Only 8.6 Millimeters Thin and Weighing in at 1.25 pounds

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. –Verizon Wireless and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) today announced that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1™ with 4G LTE[1] will be available July 28 in either Metallic Gray or Glossy White in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at

Key Features:
•4G LTE– customers can expect download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G Mobile Broadband coverage area
•WiFi 802.11b/g/n
•Android™ 3.1 Honeycomb platform –Supports Google Mobile Services including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Search™, Google Maps™, Google Movies™, Google Books™ and Android Market™
•Adobe® Flash® 10.3 technology
•NVIDIA® Tegra2 dual core 1GHz application processor
•10.1-inch HD touchscreen display with WXGA 1280 x 800 resolution
•3 megapixel rear-facing camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat capabilities
•1080p HD video playback on an HD TV or other 1080p HD device
•Samsung Media Hub –Offering a vast lineup of critically acclaimed films and TV programs for rent or purchase. Media Hub has been redesigned allowing customers to playback Media Hub content on their TV through an HDMI adapter (sold separately). Purchased content can be shared with up to five devices enabled with Media Hub at no extra cost

Pricing and data plans:
•Verizon Wireless will offer two 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 models both priced with two year customer agreements: $529.99 or the 16GB model and $629.99 for the 32GB model.
•Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 customers will have the option to choose one of the following Mobile Broadband plans:
•$30 monthly access for 2GB monthly allowance
•$50 monthly access for 5GB monthly allowance
•$80 monthly access for 10GB monthly allowance
•A 16GB Wi-Fi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will also be available online at on July 28 for $499.99. The WiFi-only model will be available in Metallic Grey.

Samsung Media Hub Credit:
•For a limited time, Verizon Wireless customers will get a free $25 Media Hub credit from Samsung with their Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 purchase, good towards TV program purchases. Restrictions apply. See inbox insert for additional details or visit

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at

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

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Monday, July 25, 2011 Introduces the Future of Remote Controls, the VooMote One for iPhone and iPod Touch

Berlin, Germany (July 25, 2011) –, leading provider of user interfaces for home entertainment solutions, is proud to announce its latest creation-VooMote One. This device, when paired with the free app, effortlessly converts your iPhone and/or iPod touch into an impressively smart universal remote control, and offers additional features unlike any other on the market.

The VooMote One slides onto your iPhone with ease, while still allowing full control of the iPhone itself. Once the device is connected and the app loaded, it instantly transforms your iPhone into a fully functional universal remote for your TVs, DVD players, stereo systems, consumer electronics and more, ultimately eliminating the need to have several remotes to control your consumer electronics.

What sets the VooMote One apart from the rest is its innovative customization options, and easy setup. With VooMote One you can utilize the “One View” feature, which allows the user to create personalized and multiple device remote control layouts. Meaning you can easily lower the volume on the stereo while pressing play on your favorite DVD in a matter of seconds. By also using the “One Touch” feature you can create an entire chain of commands with a single click. So with the press of one button you can turn on your TV, turn on your DVD player, and hear all of the action on your surround sound speakers.

The VooMote One setup wizard only entails a few quick steps. Once setup is complete you have the option to further organize your universal remote with the “Room Control” feature. This groups all of your electronic devices by location, such as living room, kitchen, etc. Also, the “Teach-In” feature is accessible should the VooMote One need to “learn” some of your products, by simply pointing the device at your original remote control.

The VooMote One automatically captures more than 30,000 infrared codes and thousands of electronic devices. It recognizes 574 TV brands, 995 Top Box/DVR brands, and 151 audio and CD brands. The VooMote One code library is also constantly being update to ensure that virtually all IR (infrared) codes are available.

VooMote One is also especially easy to set up, no PC necessary. All settings can be adjusted using the software on your iPhone or iPod touch. The app itself also automatically updates via iTunes to add the most up to date infrared codes.

“With the abundance, and variety of consumer electronics, we wanted to offer consumers an incredibly simple and convenient means to control all of their devices with just ONE remote stemming from a device they likely already have in their pockets." said Alex Gruber, CEO, “Unlike our competitors, VooMote One is the only like-product on the market right now that makes set up effortless, reduces clutter, and streamlines the control of all of your devices with your iPhone.”

The VooMote One will be available on August 5th for $99 at and Additional retailers to be announced soon. The VooMote One app can also be downloaded for free at the iTunes® store.

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Onkyo Announces Remote App for Android

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ (7/25/11) -- Home audio specialist, Onkyo, demonstrates its ongoing commitment to greater convergence in home entertainment with the announcement of its first application for the Android mobile platform. Onkyo’s Remote App for Android will allow owners to integrate wireless audio from an Android-based device into their Onkyo home theater system, and provides a range of remote control functions.

Operating over a wireless local network, the application will allow Onkyo owners to stream music stored on an Android device to an Onkyo network audio system. Music played through an Onkyo system gains far greater power and fidelity.

Users will be able to browse networked content without needing to view on-screen menus on a connected display. Instead, they will use the touch-screen GUI on their Android device to navigate menus and control a variety of functions, such as selecting the input source or adjusting the volume and tone. Furthermore, users will be able to control output in individual zones in a multi-room distributed audio set-up.

Available in August as a free download from the Android market, the Remote App for Android will be compatible with all of Onkyo’s network A/V receivers released in 2011, as well as with the TX-8050 stereo network receiver.

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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New Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 delivers stylish aesthetics and portability to mainstream users

FREMONT, CALIF., USA – July 25, 2011 - Patriot Memory, a global pioneer in high-performance memory, NAND flash, storage and enthusiast computer products, today announces the Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive for mainstream users that combines portability and a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface for maximum performance at an affordable price.

The Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive features a stylish cap-less design that hides the USB 3.0 connector when not in use – simply push the drive like a pen to reveal the connector.

“We reached the perfect balance of performance and portability with the Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive. The cap-less design lets users carry the drive with them while never having to worry about losing the cap,” says William Lai, Patriot Memory’s Flash Product Manager. “The USB 3.0 interface enables maximum performance when connected via USB 3.0 as well as backwards compatibility via USB 2.0.”

The Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive packs plenty of performance into the lightweight form factor. The 2-channel memory controller delivers read and write speeds up to 60MB/s and 25MB/s on 32GB, and up to 50MB/s and 20MB/s on 8GB and 16GB Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drives.

Expect availability of the Patriot Supersonic Xpress USB 3.0 flash drive this month in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities backed by a 2-year warranty.

About Patriot Memory

Patriot Memory designs, manufactures and markets high performance, enthusiast memory modules, flash products, and computing technologies. Patriot products have become world renown for their extreme performance, reliability and innovation. Patriot Memory sells its products through original equipment manufacturers, retailers, e-tailers and distributors throughout the world with operations in North America, Asia and Europe. Patriot Memory LLC was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Fremont, California, USA.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Alpine CDE-123 Car Receiver Review by Jeff Roy

For review today is the Alpine CDE-123 Receiver. I never cease to be amazed at the improvements in technology. They always add additional features to make our listening experience more enjoyable. I remember when Satellite Radio and iPod connectivity were added. Now the new big feature is Pandora. It's all about allowing consumers to listen to what we want to listen to, whether it be radio, CD, iPod, or now Pandora. Alpine has been an innovator, and continues to bring these features in their products.

20 years ago, my first car stereo receiver was an Alpine tape deck with music search. It was a high quality deck that performed very well. I'm glad to see that things have not changed for Alpine. The Alpine CDE-123 Receiver appears to be a great mainstream level of product with an MSRP of $199.95. I'm glad to see the Pandora feature on a receiver at this price point.

It's features and specs include:

CEA-2006 Power Ratings CEA-2006 Power Rating: 4 I? @14.4 V Ƈ%THD+N, S/N 80 dBA (ref.1 W into 4 I?), 18 W x 4
Max Power Output Ratings Max Power Output: 50W x 4
FM Tuner Tuning Range: 87.7-107.9 MHz
Mono Usable Sensitivity: 9.3 dBf (0.8 I?V/75 ohms)
50dB Quieting Sensitivity: 13.5 dBf (1.3 I?V/75 ohms)
Alternate Channel Selectivity: 80 dB
Signal-to-Noise (S/N) Ratio: 65 dB
Stereo Separation: 35 dB
Capture Ratio: 2.0dB
AM Tuner Tuning Range: 530-1,710 kHz
Usable Sensitivity (IEC Standard): 22.5/27.0 (A?V/dBf)
Disc Player Frequency Response: 5-20,000 Hz (A?1 dB)
Channel Separation (1kHz): 85 dB
Dynamic Range (1kHz): 95 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): 0.008% (at 1 kHz)
DAC Type: 1-Bit DAC
Wow & Flutter (%WRMS): B.M.L.
Oversampling: 8x/352.8 kHz
Audio Signal-to-Noise (S/N): 105 dB
Connection for USB Requirements: 1.1/2.0
Max. Power Consumption: 500 mA
USB Class: Mass Storage
File System: FAT 12/16/32
MP3 Decoding: MPEG-1/2 AUDIO Layer-3
WMA Decoding: Windows Media' Audio
AAC Decoding: AAC-LC format ''m4a'' file
Number of Channels: 2-Channel (Stereo)
Frequency Response: 5-20 kHz A?1 dB (Frequency Response may differ depending on the encoder software/bit rate)
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.008% (at 1 kHz)
Dynamic Range (at 1 kHz): 95 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 105 dB
Channel Separation: 85 dB (at 1 kHz)
Sound Tuning Subwoofer Level Adjustment: 0 to +15
High Pass Filter: OFF/60/80/120/160Hz (Selectable)
Low Pass Filter: OFF/60/80/120/160Hz (Selectable)
Bass Level Control Range: -7 to +7
Bass Center Frequency: 60/80/100/120Hz (Selectable)
Bass Band Width Adjustment (Q): 4 choices (0.5 =narrow, 2 =wide)
Mid Level Control Range: -7 to +7
Mid Center Frequency: 500/1i??/1.5i??/2.5i??Hz (Selectable)
Mid Band Width Adjustment (Q): 4 choices (0.75 =narrow, 1.5 =wide)
Treble Level Control Range: A?7dB(1Step)
Treble Center Frequency: 7.5/10/12.5/15kHz (Selectable)
Treble Band Width Adjustment (Q): 2 choices (0.75 =narrow, 1.25 =wide)
Equalizer: User/Flat/Pops/Rock/News/Jazz/Elec
Remote Control Remote Control: Remote Control Ready
Dimensions Din Size: 1 Din
Chassis Size (W x H x D) mm: 178 mm x 50 mm x 161 mm
Chassis Size (W x H x D) in: 7'' x 2'' x 6-3/8''
Nose Piece Size (W x H x D) mm: 170 mm x 46 mm x 25 mm
Nose Piece Size (W x H x D) in: 6-3/4'' x 1-13/16'' x 1''
General Power Requirement: 14.4 (11-16) V.DC
Pre Output Voltage (Before Clipping): 4V
Operating Temperature (A?C/ A?F): 60 A?C (140 A?F) to -10 A?C (14 A?F)
Maximum Mounting Angle: 35A? from Horizontal
Weight: 1.6 kg (3 lbs. 8 oz)

Tuner Memory Presets: Memory Preset Stations (FM:12 / AM:6)
Memory: Memory Auto Memory
Bluetooth A Built-In or Ready: Parrot Bluetooth Ready
Connection: Alpine KCE-400BT/-250BT Required. Features may differ between phone model and service providers.
Hands Free: Hands Free Calling
Phone Book: Phone Book transfer
Phone Book Search: Alphabet Skip
Streaming Music: Streaming Music Playback (use with KCE-400BT)
Streaming Music Control: Streaming Music Control (use with KCE-400BT)
Steering Wheel Remote Control Ready: Call starts and Call finishes (Adapter Required)
Redial Function:
Call History (Dialed, Received, Missed):
Voice Dial Operation:
Connection for iPod A Made for iPod/iPhone: Made for iPod/iPhone
Connection Type: USB Connection
Connection for USB: Front and Rear
Connection: USB Connection Cable for iPod (KCE-442i Required)
Compatibility for iPod A: Made for iPod touch 4G/3G/2G/1G. iPod classic, iPod with Video, iPod nano 6G/5G/4G/3G/2G/1G, iPhone4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPhone
M.I.X. (Shuffle) Capability: Song, Albums, All
Music Control: Song Up / Down, Fast Forward/Backward, Repeat
Available Selections: Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, Audiobook
Percentage Search: Percentage Search Function
Alphabet Search: Alphabet Skip Function
Information Display: Artist name, Song name, Album name
Direct iPod/iPhone Contorol: Direct iPod/iPhone Contorol Function
Connection for USB Connection: USB Connection Cable Included
Music Playback: MP3/AAC/WMA Playback
USB Class: Mass Storage, MTP
Banking: MAX 20 Bank(20,000 songs)
Works With Nokia:
MTP Ready: Search music by Album, Artist, Song, Playlist, Genre, Composer, Folder, File
Disc Player Disc Type: CD Player
Disc Playback Type: CD/CD-R/CD-RW
Compressed Media Playback: Music Playback MP3/AAC/WMA Playback
Zero data Mute: Zero data Mute
Digital Servo: Digital Servo
Music Sensor: Music Sensor Scan, Repeat
Playback Control: Play, Pause, Fast Forward, Backward
M.I.X. Mode: One (Folder)/All (Random Play)/Random (CD Only)
Sound Tuning Subwoofer Level: Subwoofer Level adjustment
Subwoofer Phase Select: Subwoofer Phase Select
Subwoofer System Select (Stereo Mono): Subwoofer System Select
High Pass Filter: High Pass Filter adjustment
Low Pass Filter: Low Pass Filter adjustment
Bass Level: Bass Level Adjustment
Bass Center Frequency: Bass Center Frequency Adjustment
Bass Bandwidth Adjustment: Bass Bandwidth Adjustment
Mid Level: Mid Level Adjustment
Mid Center Frequency: Mid Center Frequency Adjustment
Mid Bandwidth Adjustment: Mid Bandwidth Adjustment
Treble Level: Treble Level Adjustment
Treble Center Frequency: Treble Center Frequency Adjustment
Treble Bandwidth Adjustment: Treble Bandwidth Adjustment
Loudness: Loudness Feature
Equalizer: Equalizer Feature
Source Tone Memory: Source Tone Memory
General Power Output: 50 W x 4 High Power Amplifier
Display: White LCD Display
Control Type: Rotary Encoder Knob
Face Color: Black
Illumination Buttons: Blue Illuminated Buttons
Playback: MP3/WMA/AAC
PreOut: 3 PreOuts (4V, Front/Rear/Subwoofer)
Auxiliary Input: Front AUX Input (3.5mm mini jack) /Full Speed AUX + (Required KCE-237B)
Steering Wheel Control: Steering Wheel Control Ready
Bass & Treble: Bass & Treble Controls
Fader & Balance: Fader & Balance Controls
Clock: Clock Built-In Clock
DIN Trim Plate: DIN Trim Plate Detachable Trim Plate
Detachable Face Plate: Detachable Face Plate
Dimmer: Dimmer Input
Power Antenna Lead: Power Antenna Lead Output
Remote Turn-On: Remote Turn-On Output
Audio Interrupt: Audio Interrupt Input
Remote Control: Remote Control Ready

Quality was very good. The Alpine CDE-123 was well packaged. It's accessories included the head unit, power cable, USB cable, iPod cable, user manual, faceplate case, mounting screws, mounting sleeve, and bracket key. Construction and fit and finish was on par for a car receiver. Cables were also well labled as is standard on car receivers. The faceplate comes off easy enough with a push of a button. And putting it back on with a snap in place has a secure feel. The display was also easy to read. Navigation through the settings was also similarly easy.

Running through he menus were simple and easy to understand. And I was impressed with the level of control you have over your sound at this price point. You had your typical adjustments for treble, bass, and subwoofer, but you also had midrange as well. Also included were the typical balance, fader, and loudness, but you also got defeat. Defeat will adjust the sound adjustments back to factory default.

I was again surprised at the level of customization of the sound. You basically have a 3 band parametric EQ. Your bands are treble, midrange and bass. With each of these bands you can choose the center frequency, the level of curve, and the amount of the boost. There were also II DSP presets, such as rock and jazz, for example. For subwoofers you have control of the crossover frequency, level of boost and phasing.

Other features are fairly typical with Radio, CD, iPod and XMSirius control (with optional tuner), front and rear auxiliary inputs, as well as front USB input. I also can't forget Bluetooth and Pandora Radio. For and MSRP of $199.95, that's quite a mouthful.

The radio features were as I would expect. There were 12 FM presets as well as 6 AM presets. Tuning was done either seek of manual. CD transport functionality provided play, mix, repeat, and search. And it could also handle MP3/WMA/AAC formats. And of course iPod control is complete, which is almost a necessity these days.

From looking at the deck, it was also obvious that Alpine took a lot of thought into making Pandora Radio listening user friendly, such as New Station, Bookmarks, and of course the big buttons with the backlit thumbs up and thumbs down.

And all of this engineering came together really well when actually using the receiver. The display was bright and easy to read, even in daylight. All of the buttons were responsive. The CD mechanism worked well, with loading and ejecting CD's. Radio sensitivity and sound quality was not the greatest, but sufficient. Going into the menu's and custom tailoring the sound to my liking was pleasantly simple. Playing and switching to different tracks was also done without any problems.
Hooking up and controlling my iPod was also very easy, and my music came out loud and clear. It was nice to see the necessary cable for the iPod was also included.
Pandora Radio was also a joy to use. I was able to hear songs I like come there, which I gave the appropriate thumbs up as well as the occassional thumbs down, to help Pandora better figure out what my taste in music was. And being able to bookmark a song I really like was a bonus! For those of you who already use Pandora...well, you already know. For those of you who don't know, jump on board! It's really cool!! I was surprised that after several songs, and skipping ahead a few commercials. Although I am not sure that is an Alpine feature, I enjoyed it! I kept skipping tracks until I could not skip anymore, trying to get a commercial to come on, and then changed channels. Still no commercials. And I liked the mix feature that mixed up songs from all my stations. Pandora Radio worked very well on the deck! But just so you know, it is designed on the CDE-123 for the iPhone and iPod. Pandora listening through my wife's android phone did not work. It requires the iPhone or iPod Touch for Pandora Radio.

This again was one of those pleasantly unsurprised product reviews. After all, it is an Alpine. And it performed like one. And for what you get under the hood, so to say, it is a fair price to pay. Based on it's quality, features, and performance, the Alpine CDE-123 has earned our Highly Recommended award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at Reference gear used included Vibe Audio Space 6 3D components, Alpine Type-X SPX-13PRO component speakers, dual Diamond Audio D6 12" subwoofers, Vibe Audio LiteBox Stereo 4 and Vibe Audio BlackDeath Bass 1 amplifiers, AudioControl DQXS Six Channel Electronic Equalizer/Crossover.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bowers & Wilkins Introduces New CI 300 Custom Installation Series and ISW-3 Subwoofer

N. Reading, MA—July 2011—Just a little over a year ago, Bowers & Wilkins launched the CI600 and CI700 in-wall and in-ceiling loudspeaker systems which ushered in levels of performance, visual appeal and ease of installation that set new standards at their price points.

Now, B&W announces the CI300 series, an entry-level priced range designed for installations for which budgets are a consideration. "Our high-value, high-performance in-wall and in-ceiling CI 300 speakers are entry-level in price only," says Doug Henderson, V.P. Sales & Marketing. "The same acoustic and industrial design teams that created the higher-end ranges, led by Dr. John Dibb, developed the CI 300 models. From sound quality to installation mechanics, the CI 300s are extremely well-executed designs that have no peers at their price points."

There are three models in the CI 300 series: the CWM362, CCM362, and CCM382. The CCM362 ($300/pr) is an in-ceiling model with a 6-inch polypropylene cone bass/midrange driver and a 1-inch soft-dome tweeter. The CCM382 ($400/pr) is a larger in-ceiling speaker with the same 1-inch soft dome tweeter but with an 8-inch bass/midrange driver to provide deeper bass and higher sensitivity. The CWM362 ($400/pr) is a two-way, in-wall speaker based on the CCM362’s driver set. (Pictured is the model CCM362)

The CI300 models feature the same thin bezeled frame as the CI600 models, and the ceiling models can be used with optional square grille adapters designed to match popular in-ceiling lighting designs. They share the same cutout sizes, so PMKs and backboxes can be used interchangeably. Swing-out dogs and spring-clip wire terminals keep installation simple and easy.

The CI300 models have been designed with high moisture resistance for use in bathrooms, indoor pool areas, and more. Shallow in depth, the CCM362 is only 3.2” deep, and the CWM362 is 3” deep, to fit in 3” stud bays (assuming at least ½-inch Sheetrock.)

“While the new 300 Series has been designed for budget applications, the performance is clearly first rate.” continues Henderson. All drivers, crossovers components, and construction materials have been specified and evaluated by the best ears in the business. The sound is unmistakably B&W.”

The CI300 Series is the latest step in the revamping of the entire Custom Installation line.

Versatile Subwoofer: The ISW-3

The ISW-3 was born out of input from custom installers, particularly in the U.S., who were looking for an installation subwoofer with as close to a “zero visual footprint” as possible.

The ISW-3 features a unique forward-facing vent with a slotted grille that allows for installation into millwork and kitchen cabinets while venting through the base or toe kick, or it can be installed in walls, floors, or ceilings.

The subwoofer’s two 6.5” long-throw drivers vent through a 2 x 12” HVAC-type slot. Thanks to the balanced driver design, mechanical energy is not transmitted to the enclosure, thus eliminating any rattling of glassware or dishes even as plenty of deep bass is pumped into the room. The ISW-3 can vent directly through its slot facing forward, at which point it is only 9.25” deep (by 18.5” tall), or it can used with a unique right angle adaptor for placement on its face, taking up minimal height inside a cabinet. Placement choice is optional depending on the installation requirement. It is only 13” wide, designed to fit within many truss-style joists.

The ISW-3 is powered by a MkII version of the existing SA-250 rack mount amplifier. The SA-250MkII offers an external EQ switch setting for either the ISW-3 or ISW-4 in-wall subwoofer, plus a stereo summing input for distributed audio applications. A single SA-250MkII can power two ISW-3 or two ISW-4.

Of course, the ISW-3 had to be more than clever to please the Bowers & Wilkins engineers. With usable, low-distortion bass output down to a very respectable 21Hz, it is a true subwoofer. No energy is lost through pliable “vent hoses” and the like—the box is as solid as a rock, for clean output. Whether for distributed music or for stealth media-room applications, the ISW-3 will allow consumers to see nothing while hearing everything.

Availability & Suggested Retail Pricing: The ISW-3 and SA-250MkII will be available in mid-summer 2011. Both will retail for USD $1,000 each.

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V-MODA Debuts True Blood® REVAMP Metal High-Fidelity In-Ear Headphones

Los Angeles – July 21, 2011 – V-MODA, the true music lifestyle brand and manufacturer of award-winning headphones, announces the availability of the REVAMP metal in-ear headphones, part of the V-MODA for True Blood line developed in partnership with HBO. The pulse-pounding synthesis of sound, style and comfort is designed for mobile beings whose lives begin at night.

“Our heritage is founded upon true rockers, DJs and producers,” said Val Kolton. “Whether itʼs starting a gig at midnight, hitting the dance floor until break of dawn, or producing all night in a dark studio, when you put on a V-MODA headphone you instantly escape to the pulsating sensations of the night life.”

Elegant nuances added to these headphones make them worthy of the V-MODA for True Blood line. From the aircraft-grade aluminum silver bullet microphone that doubles as a necklace pendant, to the subtle Japanese symbols of the Tru Blood beverage seen on the show that are emblazoned on the headphones, this museum-quality art reflects the iconic imagery of the Emmy award-winning show.

Designed for seductive styling and supernatural sound, REVAMP is a testament to V-MODA's dedication to quality and innovative designs. A masterfully tuned 9mm V-MASQUE driver, verified to strict consistency standards delivers vibrant bass, vivid mids, and vivacious highs. Additionally, the BEATPORT delivers a 3D soundstage, invoking the sense of a live music experience.

After years of research, V-MODA discovered that The Fit is the Sound as everybody’s ear is shaped differently. REVAMP’s re-mastered BLISS 2.0 (Bass Level Isolating Soft Silicone) noise-isolating fittings are precisely shaped to create greater sound, stability and comfort for the greatest amount of people.

Immortal durability was achieved through relentless engineering of every component in REVAMP to pass strict MIL-810-STD test guidelines. The foundation of this quality is it’s lightweight all-metal construction and Kevlar® reinforced fabric cables. The durable, fabric cable also reduce tangles while the gold-plated steel plug feature a 45-degree extended strain relief to withstand stress. The detachable sport earhooks feature patent-pending ACTIVE FLEX technology, allowing the headphones to adjust independently to each ear and minimize cable noise.

REVAMP features:

• ACTIVE FLEX detachable sport earhooks for a secure fit and consistent sound for gym, running and sport use

• Re-mastered BLISS 2.0 (Bass Level Isolating Soft Silicone) fittings reduce outside noise and enhance stability, sound and comfort. Includes four pairs of black silicone fittings (XS, S, M, L)

• One-button microphone universally compatible with all iPhone®, iPad®, iPod®, AndroidTM, BlackberryTM, tablets, notebooks, audio devices and smartphones with a 3.5mm port

• Two-year V-MODA premier warranty

• Immortal Life Replacement Program – 50 percent off lifetime discount to replace consumer-damaged headphones

• Carrying pouch

The REVAMP and the entire “V-MODA for True Blood” line is now available at select retailers,,,, and the HBO Shop® located at 42nd St. & 6th Ave. in New York.

The MSRP for REVAMP is $120 but will be offered for a discounted price of $99.99 throughout Season 4 of True Blood.

For more information, visit,, and

V-MODA is the true music lifestyle brand that is distinguished by its fashion-forward design, unparalleled quality and unequivocal passion for music and materials. Led by professional DJ and Chief Visionary Officer, Val Kolton, V-MODA products blend the spirit of Italian design, the essence of music, and the charisma of Hollywood. Together with design extraordinaire Joseph Bucknall, the worldʼs most influential producers, musicians and DJs, V-MODA is constantly challenging the norm and forging the remix revolution. For more information, please visit V-MODAʼs website,

HBO Licensing & Retail officially licenses the HBO® brand for the development and merchandising of innovative product lines inspired by the network’s award-winning programming. With products created around classic series like the The Sopranos® and Sex and the City® to current hits like True Blood® and Entourage®, items include fashion apparel, jewelry, digital and CD soundtracks, games, books as well as exclusive, premium collections in partnership with upscale, designer brands. Merchandise can be purchased in retail stores nationwide, at, and at the groundbreaking HBO retail hub, the HBO Shop®, located at 42nd and 6th Avenue in New York City. HBO Licensing & Retail products are also sold internationally across Europe, Asia and Australia.

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Integra now available with Spotify in the US

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ (7/21/2011) -- Integra is pleased to announce that award-winning digital music service Spotify is now available through its entire line of network home theater receivers in the US.

Over a million Spotify Premium subscribers in seven countries (UK, France, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, and Norway) already use Spotify to expand their musical horizons. Now they will also be able to listen to the service via their Integra home entertainment equipment in the United States.

Spotify is simple and intuitive to operate via the television screen connected to Integra home theater receivers. With a few simple clicks on your remote control you’re given quick,scrolling onscreen access to your own and collaborative playlists as well as Spotify’s 'What's New?' and 'Starred' features. Album cover art is displayed onscreen and subscribers can explore further to browse artists, albums and tracks.

A soon-to-be-released firmware update will enable Integra’s 2011 receivers to support Spotify. Forthcoming products from Integra will also be capable of supporting the Spotify service. A Spotify Premium account and a network connection is all you need to enjoy Spotify on your Integra products.

The addition of Spotify offers Premium subscribers instant access to one of the world’s biggest music libraries in excellent sound quality, courtesy of Integra’s seamless integration of Spotify’s high quality streaming.

About Integra

Integra designs and manufactures premium Home Theater receivers, processors, amplifiers, and Blu-ray players that are specifically designed to meet the needs of custom audio/video systems installers. Systems integration and convergence technology protocols include RS-232, IR and on-board Ethernet for network connectivity and TCP/IP control. Integra has access to vast technical resources, and bears a proud heritage of over 60 years of audio engineering excellence. For more information about Integra and its many fine products, visit or call 800 225-1946 .

About Spotify

Spotify is an award-winning digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the biggest music libraries in the world. Our dream is to make all the world’s music available instantly to everyone, wherever and whenever they want it. Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage and share music with your friends, while making sure that artists get a fair deal.
Spotify is available in 8 countries: USA, UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, France, The Netherlands and Spain.

Detailed features lists, specifications, and owners manuals can be found at

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Bowers & Wilkins is proud to announce C5 in-ear, noise-isolating headphones.

C5 in-ear, noise-isolating headphones offer pristine sound quality on the move. The innovative Secure Loop design keeps the C5 comfortably in place, and aids fit and performance. Plus the proprietary Micro Porous Filter enables the C5 to produce a wonderfully open, natural performance, perfect for longer listening sessions.

N. Reading, MA—July 11, 2011—Bowers & Wilkins’ debut of the C5 in-ear headphones brings the option of amazing clarity of sound, innovative design and high-quality materials for the discerning customer who demands premium performance from in-ear headphones.

Best in class sound quality is an attribute long associated with Bowers & Wilkins products. From the 800 Series Diamond to Zeppelin Air to the highly-regarded P5 mobile hi-fi headphones, Bowers & Wilkins products have stood out within their respective categories for 45 years. C5 takes this quality to a new arena: in-ear headphones.

As with all Bowers & Wilkins products, C5 is a mixture of long-held acoustic principles and technological advances. Key among the advances is the Micro Porous Filter. This acts as a diffuser, enabling C5 to deliver pristine, natural audio, while also providing a more spacious performance than previously possible from in-ear headphones. It also has the advantage of limiting noise bleed, and together with the noise-isolating properties of the sealed fit, this allows users to lose themselves in flawless audio.

Almost as vital as performance in the in-ear headphone arena is comfort and quality of fit. C5 addresses this with the introduction of the proprietary Secure Loop design, an ingenious innovation where a cushioned loop fixes quickly and comfortably in the inner ridge of the user’s ear. This solution holds C5 in place for improved sound, and also makes it ideal for use on the move and during activities. The Secure Loop is infinitely adjustable, so it works perfectly with anyone’s ears.

Adding to this sense of comfort is C5’s Tungsten Balanced design. Here, high-mass material is located closer to the user’s ear, for an improved seal for better sound and noise isolation. Elsewhere C5 is crafted from high-grade aluminum for a premium-quality finish.

C5 comes supplied with a Made For iPhone compatible cable, which is ideal for making calls on the move, and a quilted pouch for easy storage.

For additional information visit::

C5 is available August 2011 and will cost $179.95 (U.S. & Canada)

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Samsung Mobile announceS availabilty of NEXUS S on AT&T

Nexus S hits Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores, as well as online on July 24; pre-sale begins July 21

DALLAS – July 21, 2011 – Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.1, today announced the upcoming availability of Nexus™ S from Google™ through Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and

Optimized for AT&T’s network, and powered by Android™ 2.3, Nexus S offers an experience with uniquely powerful technology. Nexus S is designed with Samsung’s special Super AMOLED™ touch screen technology providing a premium viewing experience. Nexus S runs off of a 1 GHz Samsung application processor, producing rich 3D graphics, as well as faster download and upload times. With Nexus S AT&T customers will now have access to the latest and greatest Google applications and Android updates first.

Nexus S will be available at Best Buy in stores on July 24 for $99.99 with a new, two-year activation. In addition, the phone is available for pre-sale in Best Buy, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores and online at beginning July 21.

Key Features:

· Pure Google experience

· 4” Super AMOLED™ Contour Display

· 3G Network Speed and 1GHz Processor

· Latest Google Mobile Apps

· Full HTML Browser with Pinch to Zoom

· Android 2.3 Gingerbread

· Multitasking

· Front-facing VGA camera

· Rear-facing 5.0 Megapixel Camera and Camcorder

· Voice-enabled Keyboard

· Text-to-Speech

· Wi-Fi

· Bluetooth 2.1

· 3D Motion for Gaming

· Business and Personal Email, Contacts, and Calendar Sync

· Tethering

· NFC Support

· Internet Calling

· Google Voice

· Access to more than 250,000 apps in Android Market™


• Frequency: GSM850/900/1800/1900 UMTS 850/1900/2100

• Dimensions: 123.9 x 63 x 10.88(mm)

• Weight: 129 grams

• Display: Super AMOLED™, 480 x 800 pixels

• Battery: 1500mAh Li-ion standard battery

• Talk Time: Up to 6.5 hours

• Standby Time: Up to 450 hours

1Number one mobile phone provider in the United States claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics, Q1 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Reports.

Battery power consumption depends on factors such as network configuration, signal strength, operating temperature, features selected, vibrate mode, backlight settings, browser use, frequency of calls and voice, data and other application usage patterns.

Nexus S, Google, Google Voice, Android and Android Market are trademarks of Google, Inc.

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 2009 consolidated sales of US$116.8 billion. Employing approximately 188,000 people in 185 offices across 65 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, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit

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Fractal Design and Enta Tech Announce UK Availability of Fractal’s Award Winning PC Cases

Fractal Design Inc., a leading manufacturer of cases, power supplies, and cooling products for desktop computers, announces the highly anticipated availability of its products in the UK. EntaTech will be the UK distributor to offer Fractal Design’s award winning products.

The Define Series family of cases delivers unparalleled value to the UK market in the premium, Silent Case Category. Designed in Sweden, these cases offer a striking minimalistic, yet elegant style, while providing premium features and build quality rarely seen at these price points.

The minimalist styling, innovative design, and the patent pending ModuVent TM System, make these cases extremely versatile, while the unique design and noise dampening materials dramatically reduce noise to levels not typically seen in this price category.

Because of this rich and unique combination of features, Define Series cases can be used in applications ranging from gaming and enthusiast systems, to silent home theater and corporate applications.

Fractal Designs Graham Dark commented “Our products have been well accepted in the market both by the media and more important by the end user. This has been achieved with what has been a limited but successful product portfolio. We are pleased to announce that we will expand this portfolio over the coming months and very much look forward to working with the team at EntaTech”.

EntaTechs Jon Atherton commented “We are extremely pleased to announce Fractal Design as the latest addition to our portfolio. They supply high quality products at a great price point which enables us to offer some fantastic margin opportunities to our resellers”More information about Fractal Design products is available at Fractal Design.

About Fractal Design
Fractal Design, based in Gothenburg, Sweden is one of the leading manufacturers of PC cases, power supplies and cooling products in Europe. The company was founded in 2007 by a team of Swedish engineers who have carefully listened to the needs of customers. The company’s PC cases have won multiple awards and are renowned for combining high quality workmanship with striking design features, superior performance and excellent value.

About EntaTech

Enta Technologies Ltd is a leading UK IT Distributor of components, networking, peripherals, retail, security, software and systems who provide a wide range of choice, quality and service to its customers. With over 20 years experience within the IT industry and an award winning sales team you can be sure EntaTech have a detailed understanding of your requirements.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Soul Electronics Reveals First Official Retail Partners for SOUL by Ludacris® Premium Headphone Line

Lake Mary, Fla., July 20, 2011 – Soul Electronics, a global leader in pro and consumer audio manufacturing, has revealed the first official retail partners for its SOUL by Ludacris headphone collection made in collaboration with Grammy award winning artist and newly released Fast Five star, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. Nationwide retailers include:,,, Brookstone,,, AAFES,, InMotion, MacMall, Microsoft Store, Huppin’s OneCall, Ovation, and Vann’s.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce this robust list of prominent retailers. It further solidifies the confidence we have in the SOUL® brand and establishes us as a huge player in the high-performance audio arena,” said Bob Bonefant, Founder of Soul Electronics. “Much like buying a luxury vehicle or an investment piece of jewelry, our customers are looking for world-class performance with seductive stylish appeal – and we’re here to deliver.”

The SOUL® brand is comprised of an initial 5-model line-up of high definition headphones that offer the elite sound caliber of a professional headphone with a distinct flair for self-expression and style.

“The feedback we’ve received so far on the SOUL line has been impressive,” commented Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. “Working so closely with the team has been a great experience, and we’re finally ready to give audiophiles and music mavens what they’ve been craving – sound so pure they feel it in their SOUL.”


The SOUL by Ludacris line features the elite High Definition SL300 Powered Noise Cancelling headphone, High Definition On-Ear models SL150 and SL100, and the SL99 and SL49 High Definition In-Ear headphones.

The SL300 model offers superior noise cancellation technology combined with sleek style and professional sound. The comfortable over-ear design seals in sound and blocks out ambient noise, for a truly private listening experience. It boasts powerful sound amplification for studio quality balance of deep bass and crystal clear mids and highs. The convenient foldable design and hard protective case makes these the ideal headphones for the on-the-go music professional or tasteful traveler. Plus, it comes with 3.5 mm to ¼ inch adaptors for easy transitioning from MP3 players to amps. The premium Gold or Black/White color combinations add stylish and unique flair.

The SL150 model features an on-ear design for professional sound and distinct personal style. Engineered for powerful deep bass with mid and high clarity, these foldable headphones feature a Chrome-on-Black color combination as a well as a White-on-Black option.

The SL100 model is a more compact on-ear headphone option. But don’t let the smaller size fool you. These high-definition headphones deliver big sound with stylish urban aesthetics, engineered with the perfect balance of bass, mids and highs. Plus, the Red-on-Black and Blue-on-Black combinations bring a splash of color to the line.

For in-ear music enthusiasts, the SL99 and SL49 models offer high-definition sound in a tangle-free design. Both in-ear headphone models feature high-precision audio balance for the perfect blend of sound characteristics. They also include small, medium and large replacement ear tips for the ideal fit. The SL99 offer supreme sound isolating qualities for extra privacy.

The entire SOUL by Ludacris line contains professionally voiced sound technology with advanced circuitry and drivers designed by a team of engineers who have developed some of the most notable acoustic breakthroughs in the audio industry. All models feature gold-plated connectors for seamless signal transfer and come iPhone® Ready, which means they work with iPhones, iPads and iPods.

SOUL by Ludacris® products are now available at,,, Brookstone,,, AAFES,, InMotion, MacMall, Microsoft Store, Huppin’s OneCall, Ovation, and Vann’s.

Pricing is as follows: SL300 - $299; SL150 - $199; SL100 - $149; SL99 - $99; SL49 - $69, and product assortments and availability varies with each retail partner.

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About SOUL by Ludacris®
Expression, Passion and Superior Sound are at the core of the SOUL by Ludacris ®experience. Here to prove that style and sound quality can coexist, the SOUL line offers an array of personal audio products that masterfully balance elements such as world-class noise cancellation technology with superior sound quality, allowing you experience the full range of your music. Pair that with an award winning design team and the expressive vision of world renowned artist Ludacris, and you get the first headphone that effectively merges style with professional acoustics.

About Chris “Ludacris” Bridges
Boasting a collection of hits that spans over a decade, Ludacris has sold more than 12 million albums domestically thanks to the blockbuster success of such singles as "Stand Up," "Get Back," "Number One Spot" and "Money Maker.” 2010’s acclaimed “Battle of the Sexes” album release brought more chart topping hits, including “How Low" and "My Chick Bad.” With an unrivaled match of lyrical acumen, wit and imagery, Ludacris has solidified himself as one of music’s premier entertainers. Although he’s best known for his infectious tunes, Ludacris has shown that he’s equally adept at writing powerful songs with serious subject matter, including runaways on "Runaway Love." This versatility and artistic complexity enabled Ludacris to make a seamless transition to acting. His global popularity soared with his work on the Fast & the Furious motion picture series, and his acclaimed performances in films such as Crash and Hustle & Flow plus noteworthy television roles (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) have Hollywood and critics alike buzzing about his increasingly impressive screen resume. The SOUL by Ludacris audio line joins Ludacris’ Straits Restaurant and Disturbing Tha Peace Records as yet another successful venture of the business mogul.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

D-Link® Home Networking Solutions Now Offer Leading Parental Controls

D-Link Integrates OpenDNS on Select Routers to Offer Cloud-Based

Parental Controls on Network-Connected Devices

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – July 19, 2011 – D-Link today announced the integration of OpenDNS technology into select D-Link® routers, enabling households to block unsafe and inappropriate Web content such as adult and phishing websites – all right at the source of the home network – the router. With OpenDNS technology, D-Link routers offer consumers Web content filtering and security services, ensuring that all connected devices in the household, from laptops to gaming consoles, are guarded from unsuitable online content via the built-in and fully customizable OpenDNS parental control solution.

“As more children gain access to the Internet through computers, mobile devices and gaming consoles, parents are in need of an easy security solution to protect against unwanted Internet content and threats,” says Daniel Kelley, associate vice president of consumer marketing, D-Link North America. “D-Link routers featuring OpenDNS offer easy-to-use parental controls for all your network-connected devices right at the router – delivering comprehensive, family-safe network security and performance without the need for setting controls on each device.”

Featuring D-Link’s superior connectivity performance, the company’s routers with OpenDNS technology offer an easy way to filter unsafe or inappropriate materials with faster and more reliable access to the Internet, making Web pages load faster and ridding households of annoying intermittent Internet outages. OpenDNS parental controls divide websites neatly into more than 50 categories, allowing parents to choose their desired filtering level from “high” to “minimal.” Households can further customize Web filtering to include certain categories of websites like “social networking” or “gambling” and even block specific sites that they view as a threat to online safety. In addition, OpenDNS parental controls are constantly updated to keep up with the growing amount of new websites, ensuring continued protection against offensive Internet content 24 hours a day.

With OpenDNS, D-Link now delivers the same favorite and trusted security solution used by one in three schools nationwide, and in millions of households. The integration of OpenDNS on D-Link routers makes it easier than ever before for D-Link customers to use OpenDNS and keep their families safe online.

“Integrating OpenDNS on D-Link consumer routers is a win for households everywhere as it makes securing your home Internet from any content you deem unsafe extremely fast and easy. Just enable OpenDNS when you install your router and every Internet-connected device in your household is instantly protected,” said OpenDNS CEO David Ulevitch. “D-Link is a world-class brand and we’re proud to partner and help bring OpenDNS technology to millions more people.”

More information about OpenDNS-ready D-Link devices is available online at


D-Link routers featuring OpenDNS parental controls are available throughout D-Link’s vast network of retail and e-tail outlets in North America and at the company’s online store, Additional products will be available in the coming months. Detailed availability and MSRP pricing is as follows:

· HD Media Router 1000 (DIR-657) – available now for $149.99

· Whole Home Router 1000 (DIR-645) – available in August for $119.99

About D-Link

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environment, and service providers. An award-winning designer, developer and manufacturer, D-Link implements and supports unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, storage, IP surveillance, and cloud-based network management. For more information visit or connect with D-Link on Facebook ( and Twitter (

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