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IonAudio unveils Bluetooth cassette adapter and more

Posted by Alan at 4:47 PM on January 20, 2014

ionaudioYes, you read the headline correctly. The cassette may be gone from today’s market, but it certainly is not gone from a number of cars that are still on the road. The company rep points out, correctly, that millions of these vehicles are still on the road and something needs to be done for all of those drivers.

So, IonAudio has designed a cassette with Bluetooth connectivity to play your music and also allow for hands-free calls through your car’s audio system. That wasn’t all the company showed off. There was also Flashcube, another Bluetooth device, but this one is an all-in-one sound system. It can even be controlled via a mini remote control. You can control the color of the lights coming out of it and even link two together for stereo sound.

The Cassette adapter will retail for $39, while the speaker will set you back $129. Both devices will be available this spring.

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Philips Golden Ears Challenge

Posted by Andrew at 10:34 AM on January 20, 2014

Philips Golden EarsThe mp3 digital music format has liberated music in a way that would be totally unthinkable to a previous generation. The Walkman made music portable and the CD digitised music but the revolution came as the mp3 format compressed music to fit into a fraction of its true size. Instead of music collections stretching from floor to ceiling, they could fit into a small box. However, audiophiles claim that this freedom has come at the price of sound quality, gradually eroding in the transition from vinyl to CD and finally to compressed digital, with serious deficiences in the sound output from mp3 music.

Are you one of the audiophiles or do you think that mp3 sounds just as good as vinyl? (C’mon, seriously?!) Do you want to put your hi-fi hearing to the test? If you do, the Philips Golden Ears Challenge is right up your street.

Philips has created a self-testing website that lets you find out “how good your ears are”. The Golden Ears sites educates you in everything anyone could ever need to know about sound, and helps to deepen the everyday listening experience, defining your own superior audio experience and understanding in what goes into creating quality sound equipment.

Golden Ears Legacy

The site takes the listener (you) through a number of challenges starting at basic then working up through bronze and silver before achieving Golden Ears!

Golden Ears Challenge

Each step explains the terminology and related effect before letting you hear the differences. For example, “Spectral Balance is the relative balance between the low and the high frequencies. A bright sound has more high frequency content, whereas a dark sound contains more of the low frequencies.

Timbre Training

After training, you then take a test to see if you can pick out the modified audio track from the original. The changes get progressively smaller over six samples to see how good you really are. It gets pretty tricky when there are only a few dB differences. It really helps if you have decent headphones or speakers on your PC – I wouldn’t recommend doing the tests with a Bluetooth headset!

It does take a little while to work through the exercises but it is educational and rewarding to understand the complexity of audio reproduction. You could easily spend a couple of hours going through it to get “Golden Ears” but the site remembers your progress so you can leave and return as you have time. It’s very satisfying too when you correctly select all the distorted tracks in a test. The Basic Level will take about an hour.

If you think that mp3 sounds as good as a CD or that bundled headphones sound as good as those costing $100, then take the Golden Ears Challenge and you’ll be both educated and surprised!

TGP #140 – myCharge Portable Power Bank 6000

Posted by Gadget at 8:58 PM on January 16, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #140 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

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The myCharge Portable Power Bank 6000 is the ultimate in portable & rechargeable power, keeping your favorite devices charged while you’re on the go. Whether it’s your smartphone, your tablet, your music player or your e-reader – the Power Bank 6000 is powerful enough to charge them all, and up to 3 at the same time. Leave that nest of cables and connectors at home because the Power Bank 6000 has built-in cables to charge your Apple and Micro-USB devices wherever you go. It even has a built-in USB port that allows you to charge devices with your own cables.
It has enough power to charge the average smartphone up to 3 times before it needs to be recharged. And recharging is simple – just plug the device into the wall.
The Power Bank 6000’s compact design makes it convenient while traveling, or simply going about your day – anytime you need that extra boost of power. Never be stuck without power again with the Portable Power Bank 6000.

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Smart Diabekit by Reunion

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 12:38 PM on January 8, 2014

DiabekitDid you know that diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in US. and cost $174 Billion US dollars in health care cost. There are 25 million diabetics and 79 million pre diabetics in the US. People with diabetes have to estimate the amount of sugar they eat and monitor the level of glucose in their blood. This can mean carrying around a large kit and sticking yourself with a needle to draw blood. It is messy and painful. Many people will just try to estimate their sugar intake which can lead to life threatening situations. Runware the maker of the Runalyzer a heart rate monitor is coming out with an all in one solutions for the diabetics called the Smart Diabekit System. It has a smart glucometer for measuring blood sugar and  sensors that communicates with the included scale and an activity tracker. Now the diabetic can easily keep track  the food they are eating, how active they are and of their glucose level.

The Smart DiabelKit System will be available in September 2014 at the Runware website, price is not available at this time. If you are attending CES 2014 Runware a company based out of the The Reunion Island will be in the Venetian Ballroom Hall D, level 2 Booth 7269.

Voice Bridge by Swissvoice

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 7:27 AM on January 7, 2014

Voice BridgeDoes your business require a landline number but you want the convenience of a mobile phone, well Swissvoice may have a solution for you.  Swissvoice is showing off the Voice Bridge at CES 2014. SwissVoice’s Voice Bridge links traditional land line telephones and mobile device. It allows you to carry on a call that comes in on your landline phone on your mobile device both smartphones and tablets. Now you can tell who is calling you on your DECT-phone . You can use your mobile device as a walkie talk for communication within a building at no additional cost. Employees can be added to conference calls by simply tapping on the app on their mobile device

The Voice Box is a small box like device which connects directly to any router and has an easy plug and play installation. Then you install the app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device and you are ready to go. You can assign a fixed line to up to five smart phones and tablet at one time. Perfect for a small office, allowing multiple employees to use one landline number, while having the convenience of using their mobile phone.

The Voice Bridge will be available in the U.S, South America and Europe during March or April 2014 for $79 USD or 79 euro. Swissvoice will be at Booth 31417 in the South Hall during CES 2014.

WakaWaka Makes it CES Debut

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 4:29 PM on January 3, 2014

WakaWaka WakaWaka, which means shine bright in Swahili is a company that is built around providing power and light in areas and situations where electricity is not readily available. Their products including the WakaWaka Light and the WakaWaka Power have been used around the world in both natural and man-made disasters in places as diverse as the Philippines and Syria. In areas where electricity is not readily available many people will use Kerosene lamps which are costly, inefficient and dangerous. The WakaWaka Light which is solar-powered can replace the kerosene lamp and provide a safer and more efficient light. The WakaWaka solar power charger will charge up a smart phone within 2 hours while still providing light. Perfect for power outages when your phone is your main communication device with the outside world.

WakaWaka is meeting its mission by selling the WakaWaka Light and the WakaWaka Power at competitive prices in the first world and taking those proceeds to sell the products at an affordable price in areas around the world that are off the grid. WakaWaka is making its CES debut in 2014 in the Venetian Ballroom at booth 70306. Camille van Gestel, the Founder & CEO of WakaWaka, will be attending Unveiled and International CES to present the WakaWaka portfolio, including several exciting new products. He will be available for interviews from January 5 – January 11.

iDevices Release Two New Devices in time for CES 2014

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 6:16 PM on January 2, 2014

iDevice iDevices is releasing two new devices in time for CES 2014, the iGrill2 Bluetooth® Smart Meat Thermometer and the iLP® BluetoothSmart Liquid Propane Monitor. These are app connected products and if you grill often they will make your job easier and more enjoyable.  Right now they work with iOs only, but an Android version is in the works.

The iGrill2 allows you to monitor the temperature of your food on the grill from up to 150 feet away with the free iDevices Connected App. The devices have a bright LED display with a proximity wake-up, magnetic mounting, four probe ports and 150-hour battery life. It is more rugged than the original iGrill. The magnetic backing allows you to mount it anywhere you want on the grill. If you want to mount it on a non-magnetic surface there is an optional magnetic disc. Due to the bluetooth capability there is no need for manual paring and the connection is more stable. You can track four different temperatures with a multiple probe monitor. You can check the temperature quickly and easily with the bright LED display. It has 150 hours of battery life on just 2 AA batteries. The iGrill2 will be priced at $99.99 and be available through the iDevice website

If you use a propane tank for your grill you know the feeling when you run out of propane in the middle of grilling. Admit it we have all done it at least once, well the iLP® Bluetooth Smart Liquid Propane Monitor can help to prevent this from happening. The device mounts to the bottom of any propane tank and can be used over and over again. It will automatically tell you when the propane is getting low. It uses patented technology using ultra-sonic sensors to get the most accurate reading. You can track it from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch using the 30 Ft. Bluetooth range. You can use one app to track multiple devices. The battery has 2 years of use in it. The pricing for the iLP will be released in 2014.

IDevices will be showing off the iGrill2, the iLp and other new products at CES 2014 at Booth #355866 in the Upper South Hall. They will be also having a press session by invite only on Monday, January 6 at 11:30 AM at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center.

Podcast Awards Ceremony Emcee Dr. Drew

Posted by geeknews at 3:12 PM on January 1, 2014

20825_001_0162_R-224x300The team at New Media Expo have been gracious to host the Podcast Awards Ceremony over the past couple of years. Last year they were able to get Leo Laporte, to emcee the event and this morning we are able to announce that Dr. Drew will be the emcee of the 9th Annual People’s Choice Podcast Awards. The NMX team has worked incredibly hard to have Dr. Drew be the emcee of the Awards Ceremony. I am especially grateful that they are a partner and I expect the Awards Ceremony

Dr. Drew is the host of The Dr. Drew Show, which is the #1 health podcast on iTunes. You might also know him from Loveline, the longest running nationally syndicated radio show. He’s also the host of television’s Dr. Drew On Call on HLN, and you may have seen him on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, Sober House, Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew, 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom. He’s a frequent guest on NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America and ABC’s The View, as well as various entertainment and talk shows such as the Dr. Oz Show, Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel Live, E!, EXTRA!, and Entertainment Tonight.

See you all at the Podcast Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas this coming Sunday, Jan 5th @ 6:30pm

CES 2014 Coverage Introduction

Posted by geeknews at 6:50 PM on December 30, 2013

As you all know I am the guy behind Geek News Central. I am also the CEO of RawVoice the parent company of TPN.tv and the Tech Podcast Network.

This will be my 9th year covering International CES, and as always I am excited to be going to cover the show. Take a few minutes and watch the video to get some background on what is planned and the team that will be their to cover CES.

TGP -#137 Rikomagic RKM MK802 IV Android Mini TV Dongle

Posted by Gadget at 9:20 AM on December 27, 2013

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #137 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

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Rikomagic RKM MK802 IV Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Quad Core Mini TV Dongle, RK3188 Cortex A9 CPU, 2GB RAM 8GB ROM, bluetooth

The little computer runs Google Android 4.2 and it’s designed to be plugged directly into the HDMI port on a TV. You can hook up a mouse and/or keyboard to navigate through the Android interface. Featuring the Rockchip 3188 chipset solution the MK802IV is capable of truly blistering performance for games and demanding apps, it also has the smoothest GUI you will find on any TV device, fully utilising the capabilities of Android 4.2.

Highlight:
Rockchip 3188 Quad core, 28nm, 1.8GHz Cortex-A9
2D/3D GPU,GPU Mali-400 MP4 @ 533MHz
GPU offers 3D graphic with OpenGL ES2.0 and OpenVG 1.1
Android4.1,(will update to Android4.2 with Miracast)
Use 2GB DDR3 8GB ROM high capacity memory
With WIFI 802.1b/g/n Wireless to get rid of the wire bond
Build in Bluetooth
Support the latest HTML5,Flash11,etc. network standard
ESD circuit design make sure the stable feature, support soft turn off
Strong Power Manage Unit (PMU)
There are more than 600,000 Google Play apps and games for a great experience
Extension ports support 2.4GHz wireless mouse, wireless keyboard with touchpad, etc, while a micro-SD slot lets you add more storage memory up to 32GB
Ports: HDMI(male),Micro SD slot, USB host*1,USB OTG*1, USB power port; LED(Blue)

Package includes:
1 x Mini PC device
1 x HDMI cable
1 x USB power adapter
1 x USB connector adapter
1 x manual.

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