Evutec Kevlar iPhone 6 Case

evutecWith Bendgate on everyone’s mind everyone is taking a lot closer look at the quality of the cases they buy.   So when I saw that the folks at Evutec have came out with a case embedded with Kevlar fibers I knew they where on to something big.  The Karbon S Series cases are slim yet tough as nails an yet stylish. They come in 4 different colors that are visibly lined with Dupont™ Kevlar®.

When I look at cases today for the iPhone 6 series I look for durability, in the dozen or so cases I have looked at the Evutec line strikes the best balance of toughness and style. Priced at $39.95 they are a little more than other iPhone 6 cases, but in my opinion you are getting your moneys worth.

Be sure to check out their full line of cases @ Evutec.com

Sennheiser has New Portable Speakerphones

Sennheiser SP 20 SpeakerphoneThe Sennheiser Speakerphone Series features portable, stylish, speakerphones that can easily be used by business professionals who need to attend online conferences. It can also be used for personal communication. Each speakerphone comes with its own protective carrying pouch. Plug it into your computer and you are ready for a conference call.

The SP 10 and the SP 20 enable business professionals to easily make personal or small group conference calls. Each model features “plug in and talk” simplicity. The SP 10 connects to the PC/softphone. The SP 20 connects to the PC/softphone via a USB cable, or to a mobile phone or tablet via a 3.5 mm jack plug. The SP 20/20 version lets call participants connect via mobile phone and PC.

Both speakerphones use Sennheiser’s high definition sound quality, voice clarity, and echo cancellation. The “dual talk” button lets users interrupt a conversation more naturally. Together, these features ensure better call interactions.

The interface on the speakerphones is intuitive. There are buttons that you can use to control the volume and to mute the mic. It gives you “hands free” control. When you aren’t on a conference call, the speakerphones can be used to play music.

The Sennheiser Speakerphone Series is compatible with all UC providers. They are also optimized for Microsoft Lync on both Microsoft Windows and Mac. They are also compatible for use with UC providers like Avaya, IBM, and Cisco. Both speakerphones are available now. The SP 10 is $179.95 and the SP 20 is $199.95.

Sorenson Squeeze Desktop 10 Review

I have used Sorenson Squeeze for a number of years and the upgrade to Version 10 takes the software that was a little rough around the edges from a GUI standpoint and really ups the game.. What is already a world class video encoder, media processing application has really been refined. They have loaded this version with a lot of new features I get into later. For those of you looking at this product as a production solution there are many compelling reasons to upgrade and or purchase the software.

What I love most about this software is that it is simple to operate,  upon install you do not need to be a rocket scientist to figure it out. But as you dive into the feature sets and possible customizations / job processing you will soon realize how powerful the application really is as a complete end to end solution.

Sorenson Squeeze 10 is a professional encoding product that can be used by a non-pro. Encoding with Sorenson Squeeze is simple, you select a source video or audio file.  Then choose encoding presets or per-configured global setting  and click “Squeeze it”. Want multiple versions of your media encoded in different resolutions, no problem just queue up the encodes you want and walk away.

sorensonOne of the use cases for me is taking a 720p .mp4 media file and using the encoder to convert it to 720p .webm format, it does a beautiful job and my master video quality is maintained. The number of conversion formats that Sorenson Squeeze supports is incredible, I really don’t think they miss anything.  For the full list review their website. Each of these supported formats have a selection of per-programed presets tested by the Sorenson team for best results.. Want a YouTube optimized video encode just pick the preset. They make it easy for you to get you up and running very quickly. If you do not like one of preset parameters, you can clone and change or add a preset and customize your own encode.

The Preference menu in Sorenson Squeeze 10 allows you to setup all the standard settings, export locations, VST plugins, set system loading parameters. GPU qualification etc. With Sorenson Squeeze 10 you can apply filters like watermarks, time-code, converting color to black and white, noise removal to name just a few. Within the preview window you can crop the video, select in and out points.

The GPU integration allows to use CUDA supported video cards, to encode media with the GPU on select presets at a much higher rate than using the CPU alone..

sorenson2Version 10 now comes in three version Lite, Standard & Pro with slight feature deltas between versions. There is cost delta between the three so review the options you will need carefully. Their is also upgrade paths for existing customers.

New Codec support includes the new  HEVC/x265  High Efficiency Video Coding,  also new now you can encode and decode with the VP9 codec. New is also Multi-Rate bundle encoding feature that lets setup one preset to output up to 4 presets with one click. Automatically packages files for Apple HLS, Adobe Dynamic Streaming, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, MPEG DASH, and MP4 downloads by only encoding each data rate once and then packaging everything into multiple formats.

Another new feature is the ability to link closed caption files with your media. Squeeze also now supports 4k

sorenson3As in past versions you can automatically push media that has been encoded to content delivery networks like Amazon S3, Akamai, YouTube or a FTP site you customize. If you are working for a client Squeeze also has a notification and review feature that allows automated emails with review and approval forms included to speed up your media production.

One thing I like is that I can take a production quality video recording from Wirecast or my Tricaster and I can import the raw master.  I can then set the in and out points on the video and very quickly encode a full show or break out some highlight segments.

Squeeze 10 can also be used to capture video. It worked with my digital video camera and few other devices, but I could not get it to work with my Black Magic Design Video card.

The option I like the best, is that it has some automated features that you can setup to watch a folder. As soon as the media is put in the folder squeeze will start encoding media based on what you have set in your Global Job Settings. What this allows you to do is produce your master recording in your favorite video editing program and as soon as it is finished squeeze will start building the additional media files automatically that you have designated. With the auto publish feature it will then upload to your cdn etc.

Lets talk about cost.. The pro version brings you an incredible feature set that you will want, I looked at both the lite version and the standard version but really knew I would need the HEVC/x265 encoder. This alone was worth the price of the product. The Lite version is $199, Standard $549, Pro $749. While the pro price may scare you this is a nuts to bolts video encoder that is going to save you a ton of time. Automated Uploading to you CDN or YouTube, Automated processing of watch folders, review and approval management, CC support, VP9 the list goes on. Sorenson Squeeze 10 is a serious piece of my software arsenal.

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Raise App Makes Exchanging Gift Cards Easy

Raise app photoGift cards are the “go-to” gift for friends and family. Pick a store, choose how much you want to put on the card – and you have an instant gift. Sometimes, despite the best intentions, people get “stuck” with a gift card for a store that doesn’t match their personal tastes or style. Raise has launched a brand new app that will make it easy for you to exchange an unwanted gift card for one that you will like better.

Raise.com has a gift card marketplace that you can browse from their website. They recently launched an iOS app that is an extension of the full Raise.com marketplace. (There isn’t an Android version of the app at this time). Now, you can exchange gift cards on-the-go. You can also use the app to buy a gift card while you wait in line to make a purchase at a “brick and mortar” store.

Use the Raise app to find a gift card from thousands of brands and stores. Sellers list their gift cards at a discounted price, and this enables users to purchase them at a discounted price. Raise does not charge sales tax, shipping costs, or processing fees. The price you see is the price you will pay for the gift card.

It takes 3 – 14 business days for a physical gift card to be delivered. An eGift card can be delivered to your Raise account within the hour. (It might take up to 24 hours if further verification is needed.)

Want to use the Raise app to sell a gift card? They accept gift cards from any brand, retailer, or restaurant. Physical gift cards must have a minimum of $10.00 on them. The eGift cards must have a minimum balance of $1.00 on them. You can sell a partially used gift card.

If your gift card sells, Raise will deduct a 15% commission from the selling price. Physical gift cards will also have either $1.00 or 1% of the value deducted (whichever is greater). Electronic gift cards won’t have any additional fees added (beyond the 15% commission). None of this happens until and unless your gift card sells. There is no charge placed upon gift cards that do not sell.

At this time, Raise does not support international transactions. The app (and the Raise marketplace) is useful for those who live in the United States. There is potential for that to expand in the future.

Overall, it seems to me that the Raise app provides people with a hassle-free way of exchanging an unwanted gift card without requiring them to stand in a “returns” line at the store the gift card was from. It also provides a unique way for people to buy a gift card, at a discount price, while they are shopping. A gift card on Raise could cost less than buying one from the store itself.

Robot Underpants: 11.12.14 (177) “Probing Kim K’s Assteroid”

Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, “Starman” Michael Gaines and Kathy Hopkins bring you this week’s riveting recap including topics like: Kim Kardashian’s ass, Comet probing, Interstellar, DARPA flying aircraft carriers, Aunt May movie news, Cosby memes, KKK loves everyone, and more!

* Comet Probe Guy Boobs 
*Kim K Breaks the Internet
* DARPA Flying Aircraft Carriers

* Spiderman without Spiderman
* Bill Cosby Fail
* KKK Opens to Ethnic Groups
* Evil Dead TV Series
*Thrift Store Art

Devolo Launches Gigabit Powerline with 11ac WiFi

Devolo LogoPowerline networking is a great way to spread data connectivity around a home via electrical sockets instead of Ethernet, and today Devolo announced the UK availability of its first gigabit Powerline adaptor with built-in 11ac WiFi: the dLAN 1200+ WiFi ac. The gigabit speeds make it perfect for households that stream 4K and 3D content to multiple wired and wireless devices.

At 1200 Mb/s, the dLAN 1200+ more than doubles the speed of the previous generation 500 Mb/s Devolo dLAN WiFi adapters. The new high speed adaptor features two gigabit Ethernet ports allowing users to hardwire multiple devices to one unit, from games consoles to NAS home servers, while the adaptor is also a wireless access point for laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Borrowing techniques from the wireless industry, the gigabit speeds are achieved using MIMO technology (Multiple Input Multiple Output) which simultaneously uses the live, neutral and earth connectors in the electrical cable. On the WiFi side, the dLAN adaptor uses both the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies which is great if the lower frequency channels are busy. Transmission rates are 300 Mb/s on the 2.4 GHz band and 867 Mb/s on 5 GHz.

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Heiko Harbers, CEO of devolo AG said:  “We have launched the dLAN 1200 WiFi ac to accommodate the multiple internet compatible devices people have in their homes today, and in response to the increasingly widespread availability of superfast broadband. All connected devices can now work to their full potential regardless of where they are located in the house. We placed particular emphasis on easy installation when designing the 1200 WiFi ac including the ability to establish a WiFi connection at the push of a button.

The dLAN 1200+ WiFi ac is fully compatible with previous Devolo products from the dLAN 200 onwards and all Powerline adapters that comply with the HomePlug AV(2) standard.

Available now, the dLAN 1200+ WiFi ac is available to order online with a starter kit priced at GB£159.99. A single dLAN 1200+ WiFi ac adapter to expand an existing dLAN Powerline network costs GB£109.99 RRP.

Celebrating 10 years of CES Coverage

toddodnCelebrate with us during our 10th year of covering CES. The Tech Podcast Network has provided independent non-biased coverage of 2,500+ plus companies the past decade, with coverage reaching between 30 million to 45 million consumers annually. From humble beginnings covering the show walking the floor to our incredible broadcast studio location outside of North Hall, no independent team has provided more coverage of CES than the Tech Podcast Network.

Our broadcast studio will double as a communications lounge for our coverage team and our partners. It  will be the nexus of top product coverage at CES 2015.

Booking applications for companies with new and innovative products are now being accepted. We’ll create 40 hours of product coverage from our broadcast booth. We are limited to 90 interview slots across the four days of the show, so only the best products in each product category will be featured at our broadcast booth. Chosen vendors will sit down with our team on camera to demonstrate / show off their product to our worldwide audience.

Throughout the show, our teams will be cruising the floor finding products and services that are new and noteworthy. We expect to interview 150+ companies from the show floor.

Promotion Opportunities for Your Clients and Company

In addition to guest interviews — and since we are an advertiser-supported network — we have limited partner opportunities. A comprehensive promotion package starting at $1,000 offers your client extra exposure at the show and online during a 90 day period. Contact us for details.  Note: Companies do not have to sponsor or be a partner to be interviewed by the Tech Podcast Network Team on the floor or in the broadcast booth..

Corner to Corner Coverage

New this year, companies can arrange for us to do corner to corner coverage of their entire booth. Post produced, these videos can be used by your sales and marketing team. The booth tour will be produced and edited by our production team and ready for your marketing team starting at $1,500. Contact us for details. Note: Companies do not have to sponsor or be a partner to be interviewed by the Tech Podcast Network Team on the floor or in the broadcast studio.

Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 12.28.27 PMTPN Picks Awards Ceremony

The second annual TPN Picks Awards Ceremony will be live on the last day of the show. Our team will pick up to 20 of the best products of CES and present the awards during a special two-hour broadcast.

Gear Giveaways

Every year vendors donate thousands of dollars of products to be given away to our audience. Vendors do not need bring any gear to the show, only commit to a set quantity and then ship to the winners post show. We will promote each vendor’s giveaway across our network and to our network partners before the show. Your product will also be promoted in pre-show mailing list sent to our family of audiences.

Team Coverage

2015 is going to be an incredible year for the Tech Podcast Network. Our on-site coverage team includes, Geek News Central, Health Tech Weekly, The Gadget Professor, Ido Notes, Tech Ranch and our 140 affiliate members at TechPodcasts.com.

Contact us for our Partner Package or Corner to Corner booth coverage. ceo@rawvoice.com

Toys for Christmas 2014

Minecraft FiguresOnce Hallowe’en is over, the holiday seasons begins in earnest with both children and parents thinking about Christmas presents and toys. Unsurprisingly, the Toy Retailers Association for the UK and Ireland is happy to give some advice on what it considers to be the likely favourites for Santa Claus’ sack and in the festive spirit, here are their top twelve toys of Christmas.

  • Bop-It! Beats from Hasbro
  • Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa from JAKKS Pacific
  • Disney Frozen Sparkle Doll from Mattel
  • Kidizoom Smart Watch from VTech
  • Little Live Pets Bird Cage from Character Options
  • Minecraft Figures (Assorted) from Character Options
  • My Friend Cayla from Vivid Toy Group
  • Nerf Demolisher 2-in-1 from Hasbro
  • Benny’s Spaceship, Spaceship, SPACESHIP! from LEGO
  • Toot-Toot Animals Safari Park from VTech
  • Transformers Stomp & Chomp Grimlock from Hasbro
  • Zoomer Dino – Boomer from Spin Master Toys

KiddiZoom SmartWatchAside from the fact that Disney’s Frozen features twice, the other item that stands out is the VTech’s Kidizoom SmartWatch. Smartwatches are hardly mainstream items, yet here they are. At a retail price of less than GB£40, these have to be the cheapest smartwatches available, with some great features, including lots of different analogue and digital clock faces, a colour touch screen, built-in camera, voice recorder (with effects), games and a rechargeable battery. I think there are some adult smartwatches with fewer features!

 

Robot Underpants: 11.05.14 (176) “The Fifth of November”

Baron Mat “Langley” Luschek, “Starman” Michael Gaines and Kathy Hopkins bring you this week’s latest, including: Comikaze, Emoji news, Star Wars news, MST3K news, video game news and more!

* Comikaze Photos
* New Emojis
* Star Wars VII Wraps
* Internet Archive Brings Video Games
* Alien Base on Moon?
* MST3K Thanksgiving Marathon
* Most Recognizable Pop Song
* Guy Fawkes Day
* Surface is a Good iPad Stand