Monday, July 20, 2015


ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA, July 16, 2015 – Dedicated to providing customers with ultimate mobile device protection, Trident Case™, designer and manufacturer of innovative and rugged education, business and lifestyle case solutions, today announced their all-new Athena Series™ of HD Tempered Glass and Privacy Glass screen protectors – the industry’s toughest and thinnest. The Series uses a highly durable, ultra-tough glass that protects screens from scratches, smudges, and glare, all without compromising clarity or function. What’s more, thePrivacy Glass screen protectors, specifically, offer an Exclusive Privacy coating that keeps “prying” eyes from viewing the device’s screen. 
“We leveraged the knowledge and technology accrued over the last five years developing industry-leading device cases and applied it to screen and privacy protectors,” said Trident Vice President of Marketing Vickie Achee. “The end result, our all-new Athena Series, is the market’s toughest and thinnest screen protector!”
The Athena Series, which includes both HD Tempered Glass and Privacy Glass screen protectors, has a 9H-rated surface hardness, meaning they’ll prevent against scratches from virtually all materials, and their enhanced touch sensitivity means you won’t have to sacrifice functionality for protection. What’s more, the anti-glare screen coating makes outdoor reading on your smartphone or tablet far more feasible.
The HD Tempered Glass and Privacy Glass product lines differ only in that Privacy offers an additional coating that prevents screen viewing from an angle of 60 degrees or less.
“Business travelers, students, and commuters often use their mobile devices for either work or entertainment while on-the-go,” continued Achee. “Because of this, it’s critical they protect their screens not only from scratches and smudges but also from wondering eyes and distracting sun-glare. The Athena Series offers this complete protection all without degrading screen sensitivity.”
For smartphones, the .2mm thick Athena Series is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S6, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.  MSRP ranges from $24.95- $29.95 for the HD Tempered Glass screen protector, and $29.95-$34.95 for the Privacy Glass screen protector.
For tablets, the .3mm thick Athena Series is compatible with the Microsoft Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3, Apple iPad Air, and Apple iPad 2/3/4.  MSRP ranged from $39.95 - $44.95 for the HD Tempered Glass screen protector, and $44.95- $54.95 for the Privacy Glass screen protector.
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About Trident Case™
Founded in 2010, Ontario, California-based Trident Case™ ( designs, engineers and manufactures the world’s toughest, most heavy-duty cases for mobile devices of all makes, models, shapes and sizes. With six series of protective cases that offer unparalleled protection from drops, scratches, water and dust in environments ranging from classrooms to construction sites, the company manufactures the ideal protection solution for every mobile device. The cases also offer bio-enhanced plastic which are degradable, compostable and recyclable. Trident Case has been committed to manufacturing in the USA since its inception, with plans to grow this program in the coming years. 


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Monday, July 13, 2015

Sennheiser adds MOMENTUM In-Ear Black Chrome to its MOMENTUM range

MOMENTUM sound in a new look: Sennheiser adds MOMENTUM In-Ear Black Chrome to its MOMENTUM range

Old Lyme, Conn., July 9, 2015 – At IFA 2014,Sennheiser expanded its MOMENTUM range with premium ear-canal phones unveiling the MOMENTUM In-Ear. At this year’s IFA Innovations Media Briefing, the audio specialist introduces the new color variant MOMENTUM In-Ear Black Chrome. Beautifully crafted from the highest quality materials, the ear-canal phones feature class-leading proprietary transducer technology that delivers the acclaimed MOMENTUM sound performance in the smallest, most compact form.The MOMENTUM range is inspired by people who follow their visions without compromises: people with MOMENTUM. They take things further and push the world ahead. When it comes to headphones, they demand the uncompromising sound quality, progressive technology and high-quality materials in a product that is built to last. “Answering the needs of those who refuse to make compromises, the MOMENTUM headphone series represents the ultimate fusion of style and substance,” said Charles Cha, Product Manager at Sennheiser Consumer Electronics. “The MOMENTUM In-Ear brings the same level of passion and innovation to ear-canal phones, delivering the ultimate portable MOMENTUM experience.”
Iconic MOMENTUM design language
In line with the iconic, elegant design language of the MOMENTUM range, form follows function with the choice of materials and design of the ear-canal phones. On the outside, the MOMENTUM In-Ear Black Red and the new color variant MOMENTUM In-Ear Black Chrome feature eye-catching good looks which sets them apart – from the premium stainless steel components to the mirror chrome detailing and the silhouette of the elliptical cable which ensures a tangle-free listening experience.

Within, the ear-canal phones feature class-leading proprietary transducer technology newly developed by Sennheiser which carefully replicates the sound signature that characterizes the MOMENTUM range: a powerful bass response, detailed vocal projection and a great sound stage. A custom-machined stainless steel acoustic pipe and high-quality dynamic speaker system support the MOMENTUM In-Ear’s accurate and powerful sound. A perfect fit in the ear canals is ensured through a set of ear adapters in several sizes that provide excellent attenuation from ambient noise.

Using tough impact-resistant polycarbonate and stainless steel for the MOMENTUM In-Ear, Sennheiser has developed very durable ear-canal phones – ensuring that the ultra-portable design can go anywhere and is also robust enough to take the demands of a life on the move.

The MOMENTUM In-Ear features a three-button in-line remote with an integrated mic for controlling music and taking calls. The MOMENTUM In-Ear Black Red is available since September 2014. The new color variant MOMENTUM In-Ear Black Chrome which is introduced at this year’s IFA Innovations Media Briefing will be available starting in September 2015. Both models are available in two variants which are optimized for either Apple iOS or Android and Windows smart devices such as Samsung Galaxy models. Peace of mind is also included with a premium carrying case for safe storage and a 2-year warranty.

About Sennheiser
Audio specialist Sennheiser is one of the world's leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, Sennheiser operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is active in more than 50 countries. With 18 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company supplies innovative products and cutting-edge audio solutions that are optimally tailored to its customers' needs. Sennheiser is a family owned company that was founded in 1945 and which today has 2,700 employees around the world that share a passion for audio technology. Since 2013, Sennheiser has been managed by Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, the third generation of the family to run the company. In 2014, the Sennheiser Group had sales totalling €635 million.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ASUS Announces the Strix GTX 980 Ti

ASUS Announces the Strix GTX 980 Ti
Fremont, CA (7th July, 2015) - ASUS today announced the Strix GTX 980 Ti , a super-cool new graphics card with pumped gaming performance, perfected manufacturing, and strong fortification for extreme reliability and longevity.

Powered by the latest GeForce® GTX™  980 Ti graphics-processing units (GPUs), the Strix GTX 980 Ti features GPU boost clock speeds of up to 1291MHz in gaming mode and 1317MHz in OC mode, delivering up to 24% faster gaming performance than reference cards in The Witcher® 3. It is packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU III with a patented triple wing-blade 0dB fan designed to deliver maximum airflow for cooler and quieter performance.
Cool, silent gameplay: DirectCU III with triple wing-blade 0dB fan designEquipped with ASUS-exclusive DirectCU III cooling technology, the Strix GTX 980 Ti heatsink features two exclusive 10mm direct-GPU-contact heat pipes — outperforming reference designs for gaming performance that’s up to 30% cooler. It has three fans engineered with a patented, new wing-blade design that delivers maximum airflow and static pressure over the heat sink — giving a 105% improvement over fans without wing-blades. This exclusive triple wing-blade design operates at noise levels three times (3X) quieter than reference cards, making DirectCU III the coolest and quietest graphics card-cooling solution available to date. The Strix GTX 980 Ti also features 0dB fan technology, which stops fan rotation completely during lighter gaming sessions — eliminating noise for undisturbed gameplay.

The numerous benefits of ASUS Auto-Extreme technology
ASUS-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology is also utilized on the Strix GTX 980 Ti, the industry’s first 100%-automated manufacturing process that removes human fallibility from the production line – providing a new level of consistency, for improved reliability and guaranteed performance.

Improved overclocking and stability:
 This new manufacturing process allows us to eliminate through-hole components from manufacturing - freeing up space to utilize POSCAP decoupling capacitors, for extended lifespan and improved stability.

Painless installation:
 The absence of through-hole components also makes installation painless for the consumer, as there are no sharp protrusions at the rear of the card.

No dust build up:
 Auto-Extreme technology, negates the need for flux and harsh cleaning chemicals during manufacturing, so there is no sticky flux residue on the graphics card - this helps prevent dust buildup and oxidization on the PCB when the cards is installed in a PC case.

Environmentally friendly:
 Auto-Extreme technology is also environmentally friendly, reducing manufacturing power consumption by up to 50%.

Super Alloy Power II components

The Strix GTX 980 Ti features Super Alloy Power II components that enhance efficiency, reduce power losses, decrease buzzing noise under load, and provide lower temperatures for unsurpassed reliability. The card features a 12+2-phase power design, for improved regulation and lower power noise compared to reference cards built with 8+2-phase power designs.

Complementing its amazing reliability, the Strix GTX 980 Ti is built to be incredibly tough. It comes with a GPU-fortifier and strengthened backplate that provides GPU protection and also prevents the PCB bending over time.

Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster

Redesigned with an intuitive, all-new user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking easier and more visual than ever, while still retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the new Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically. An included 1-year XSplit Gamecaster premium license — a $99 value — lets gamers easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay.

The final must-have flourish for Strix GTX 980 Ti is the Strix LED that lends a style statement to any system, with pulsating light effects.

ASUS Strix GTX 980 Ti will be available soon at ASUS authorized resellers with an MSRP of $679.99.

  • 1216MHz base clock in OC mode
  • 1317MHz boost clock in OC mode
  • DirectCU III with Triple Wing-Blade 0dB Fan design
  • Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II
  • GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster
  • 6GB GDDR5 memory
* Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at
About ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2012 was approximately US$14 billion. 

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3 In-Ear-Monitor Review by Jeff Roy

If you like music, you like good sound. And I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like music. Most of us also take our tunes with us on the go. This usually translates into needing a good pair of earbuds, or IEM’s (In Ear Monitors). You will want to turn to a company who knows audio. Enter the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3. Their Aurvana series is designed for good sound!

Features and specs:
  • Wearing StyleIn-ear
  • Weight15g (0.5oz)
  • Main FeaturesInline Control, Volume Control
  • Driver SizeDual Balanced Armature
  • Frequency Response10Hz ~ 17kHz
  • Cable Length1.3m / 4.2ft

 The Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3 came shipped in a nice looking printed box with its specs and features listed. And I really liked the clear plastic enclosure on the top so you can see the product. They are mostly made of plastic, and the housing has a shiny mirror finish that almost looks metallic. The cables covered in a braided nylon for durability,, helps to keep them from getting tangled and has in line controls. The tip at the end is gold plated.  The quality of materials used appeared very good, as was the fit and finish. They seemed to be a well made product. Also included in the box were owner’s manual, carry case, additional sized tips, was loop and airline adapter.

I really liked the design and functionality of the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3. They feature dual balanced armatures for improved sound. One of them handles the highs and the other one handles the low frequencies. And the tip comes out of the housing at an angle for an improved fit in your ears, and it really works well! The in-line mic and volume controls are designed to work with Android, iOS and Windows. I also liked the inclusion of multiple sized tips, so you can get the best fit. The better the fit, the better the sound. They advertised 98% noise isolation. That seemed high for a passive product, but a good fit did give great isolation that was closer to that than I expected.

They have an MSRP of $149. With that aggressive of a price point, I was excited to hear how well they sound. That is a great price for having dual drivers. Especially with in line controls, and all of the included accessories. Let’s see how well they sound.

Fresh Aire's: Going To Another Place, the percussion and strings were extremely crisp and clean.  The flute was smooth with good air. Piano sounded natural, drums had good kick and dynamics.  The soundstage was quite large and imaging was good as well.  Michael Jackson: Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, the vocals were smooth, percussion was crisp and clean.  Horns were natural and not overly brassy.  The guitar had very good resolution.  There was A LOT of different instruments going on, and they all came thru wonderfully!  No Doubt: Hella Good, the kick drum had real punch with nice depth.  Percussion was crisp and really dynamic.  Vocals were natural and smooth.  There was a lot of energy and it all came out.  Junior Wells: Why Are People Like That, the vocals were natural with good texture and harmonics.  Harmonica was dynamic with nice resolution.  Bass had nice low end extension.  The piano sounded very natural as well.  

I was very impressed with the entire package that you get with the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3. They are a well made product, and include all the accessories you need to get the best use of them. And the sound they deliver was very good. Based on their design, features, quality and performance the Creative Aurvana In-Ear 3 has earned our Recommended Award. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at

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