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Archive for April, 2014

Robot Underpants: 04.30.14 (151)

Posted by Langley at 10:56 PM on April 30, 2014

Mat “Langley” Luschek, Eric Rice and “Starman” Michael Gaines bring you this week’s topics, including: Donald Sterling, Bundy thing, Twitter rage, Star Wars news, ET Atari dump, Bob Hoskins and more!

* Clippers’ Don Sterling
* Star Wars News!
* ET Atari Games Found
* Bob Hoskins Dies
* Chase Bank Shutting Down Porn Accounts
* How the Pyramids Were Built
* Almost Human Cancelled

ReSound LiNX Hearing Aid at The Gadget Show

Posted by Andrew at 12:45 AM on April 30, 2014

Danish firm ReSound launched their iPhone-connected hearing aid, LiNX, at the Gadget Show. The world’s first “Made for iPhone” hearing aid uses both the technology and usability features of the Apple iPhone to bring hearing aids to a generation of users who expect more from their technology than the current generation of aids.

The hearing aid itself is discrete and fits neatly over the ear and pairs with the iPhone much like any other Bluetooth headset.

ReSound LiNXReSound LiNX In-Ear

Once this is done, the benefits of having a smartphone-connected hearing aid become apparent. Starting with the obvious, phone calls can be re-directed from the phone to hearing aid, again just like a Bluetooth headset. Similarly, audio from music and video apps will play through the hearing aid, giving the wearing a much better experience than they’re used to.

Moving on, an iPhone (or iPad) app lets the amplification level be adjusted from the iPhone without fiddling around the ear. Who thinks anything of anyone using their smartphone in a public place now? The frequency response can be adjusted too, suiting both the wearer and the environment that they find themselves in, whether at in the quiet at home or a noisy restaurant. Background noise can be filtered out and speech enhanced.

ReSound LiNX

This is where it starts to get really clever. By using GPS and geo-fencing to locate the user, previously saved settings can be automatically selected based on location. For example, if the wearer frequently goes to a local bar, the GPS location and hearing aid settings are saved so that the next time the wearer goes to the bar, the settings are reused.

ReSound LiNX app

David from GN ReSound takes me through the features of the ReSound LiNX in more detail. After the interview I had an “ears-on” trial of the LiNX and it was impressive with a well-designed app. I’m not hearing-impaired so can’t comment on the audio enhancing features, but I could hear the effects of the different frequency responses.

GNC #944 Don’t use IE!

Posted by geeknews at 1:12 AM on April 29, 2014

By the order of Homeland Security you are being advised to not use Internet Explorer until Microsoft gets it patched. Windows XP users at higher risk than normal! Ploy or the real deal?

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New Media Shows #44 with Robert Kernen of Jacapps

Posted by geeknews at 5:57 PM on April 28, 2014

In this episode with chat with Robert Kernen, CEO of Jacapps.com. We talk about whether you need an app or not and the trends in the app space. This is a great program for podcasters that are considering an app for their show.

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Payleven Mobile Payments at The Gadget Show

Posted by Andrew at 4:39 PM on April 27, 2014

Payleven Chip and PINOne of the common problems facing start-ups and small businesses are the costs associated with taking credit card payments. The transaction costs can be high for small turnovers and point-of-sale machines are expensive with a monthly rental fee. To counter this problem, Payleven offers a low-cost mobile payment solution for European businesses using a Chip’n’PIN card reader that uses Bluetooth to communicate with both Apple, Android and Amazon smartphones and tablets. The Chip’n’PIN unit costs only GB£60 (ex-VAT) with a transaction charge of 2.75%. Payleven have partnered with GoTab to offer a complete solution for around £250 including a tablet and the card reader.

The approach is similar to US-based Square, but as Chip’n’PIN is only beginning to be required across the pond, Square’s reader unit is a simpler card-swipe device that plugs straight into the smartphone. Having a full Chip’n’PIN card reader in Europe is a necessity but the independent unit makes the transaction look much more professional anyway.

Simon from Payleven tells me about their solution and takes me through some of the features.

Marshall Electronics Launches Family of Broadcast-Ready Products

Posted by JenThorpe at 8:03 PM on April 26, 2014

Marshall ElectronicsMarshall Electronics, is a privately owned American company. They recently released a family of products for broadcasters. Many were demonstrated at NAB 2014. They include a new encoder/decoder, some new hybrid broadcast cameras, a professional monitor with 4K display, and the Micro Studio.

The do-it-yourself Micro Studio allows anyone to record HD videos with high quality sound from their homes or businesses. It consists of the Marshall CV500-MB 2.2 Megapixel HD-SDI 1080i/59.94 Miniature Camera and CV340-CSB 2.2 Megapixel HD-SDI 1080i/59.94 Compact CS Tube Camera, MXL CR77 Dynamic and FR-355K Lavalier Microphones, an audio/video switcher, Marshall V-MD173 monitor, and PS-102-HDSI encoder (which is powered by the StreamVu content distribution network).

The V-4K 3110 is Marshall Electronics’ first true 4K professional display. This monitor is designed for cinema and broadcast professionals to provide an accurate and repeatable viewing experience. It has a true 4K IPS panel with a native resolution of 4096 x 2160. It also supports 3840 x 2160 (UHD), 1080p, 1080i and 720p.

The V-4K 3110 has a true 10-bit panel that eliminated “banding” and scaling artifacts. It also has 178 degree horizontal and vertical viewing angles. The monitor has an 850 cd/m2 maximum brightness, 450:1 contrast ratio, and a wide color gamut within 2% of DCI P3 specification. It has four modular 3G-SDI inputs.

The VS-104-3GSDI encodes and decodes all the popular HD resolutions up to 1080p 60fps and 1080/23.98PsF with embedded audio. This allows HD content to be sent and received as a real time IP stream. It is an all-in-one solution for broadcasters. Marshall’s VS-104-3GSDI Encoder/Decoder has configurable inputs and outputs: CVBS, HDMI, SDI, HDSDI, and 3GSDI. Unicast, multicast, push and pull streaming are supported and controlled by a common, easy-to-use browser interface that now features 4:2:2 Color Space.

Marshall’s VS-577-3GSI dome camera and VS-547-3GSDI box camera are true broadcast cameras with the hybrid function of live streaming. Each hybrid broadcast IP camera has an ultra low latency 3GSDI output together with four H.264 HD streams up to 1080p/59.94. Each can utilize the optional VS-TKC-100 Joystick/Keyboard control that can follow PTZ (Pan, Tilt & Zoom) action across the set. The cameras internally run at 120 frames, which allows them to offer Flickerless WDR (Wide Dynamic Range).

DJI Releases DJI Ronin Handheld Camera Stabilizer

Posted by JenThorpe at 9:06 PM on April 25, 2014

DJI RoninDJI is a global leader in aerial photography and cinematographers platforms. They have announced the release of their first handheld camera stabilizer. It is called the DJI Ronin.

The DJI Ronin has been designed to create smooth video while retaining control over camera movements for any camera lens and combination. It supports a multitude of cameras & lenses (from Micro Four-Thirds to Red Epic sized).

Using SmoothTrack technology, single camera operators can easily translate their movements into smooth gimbal movements. Filmmakers that require more precise camera movements can use a second operator to wirelessly control pan, tilt, and other gimbal functions. Or, you can attach an optional joystick to set camera angles using one operator.

The DJI Ronin is easy to set up. It only requires a few minutes of calibration when changing lenses or other camera configurations. After the camera has been balanced, tap on the auto calibration button on the DJI Ronin smartphone app. The gimbal will automatically tune all stabilizing motors. This ensures filmmakers that they will get the smoothest possible footage.

‘Batman: Attack on Arkham’ Official Trailer

Posted by Langley at 12:23 PM on April 25, 2014

Just as “Son of Batman” hits the public, DC is hard at work on the next animated Batman feature film.

The movie, entitled “Batman: Attack on Arkham” doesn’t have a release date as of yet, but the trailer will be included on the DVD combo pack of “Son of Batman.”

Here’s a first look at “Batman: Attack on Arkham,” with all your favorite baddies, including the Joker, Harley and more.

“Son of Batman,” the landmark 20th film in the ongoing series of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, is now available via Digital HD. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will arrive May 6, 2014 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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GNC #943 Roots

Posted by geeknews at 12:46 AM on April 25, 2014

Well I was gonna share how I trashed my computer, but I got wrapped around the axle on another topic at the beginning of the show. Bit of a vent tonight go back to my roots before we get into the tech..

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TGP # 154 The Roku Streaming Stick

Posted by Gadget at 8:59 PM on April 24, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #154 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

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