Isn’t it just annoying when you go away on Holiday or spot something and sit there for five minutes wondering what the text even says? Microsoft is looking to make it a little easier on us with a Translator that won’t just do text but can also translate text from images.
While it was available on the Windows Phone since 2010 and managed to provide quick and accurate translations from just looking at a menu. Now the feature is coming to Android (with iOS getting the feature back in February), giving you the ability to quickly load and understand any of the 21 languages the app supports.
The Android app is getting a few other boosters alongside the new feature, with inline translations giving you the ability to hover over text and translate to any of the 50+ online libraries while an additional 30 libraries bring the offline language count to 43 in total.
You either love them or you hate them. No, I am not talking about Marmite sandwiches, but rather theme park rides. From the ones where you walk through and experience jumps and scares to the rides where your legs dangle as it throws you through twists and turns. However, even if you don’t like theme parks, but you do enjoy Nintendo, you may want to start planning a trip to Nintendo Land in 2020.
Universal Studios was granted the rights to use some of Nintendo’s many rights for theme parks a while ago, but aside from these hints, there was not much else to go by except rumours. It has now been confirmed that “Nintendo Land” will be “on par with the likes of Universal’s Harry Potter-themed zone but focus entirely on everyone’s favorite Italian plumber”. That is correct, you could soon see Mario, Peach, Luigi and Yoshi on a series of rides and experiences that will please adults and children alike. The location of this attraction is going to be a little bit of distance for some people, opening in Mario’s backyard of Tokyo. With its initial opening timeline set for 2020, you will get to experience the Olympics and Mario all in one fell swoop. If this seems like a gimmick then you might be wrong given that Universal have put up ¥40 billion (roughly £247 million pounds) to the venture.
Gaming is a lot of fun and small computer systems are a joy because they are easier to carry around, but what if you want the graphics performance to be optional? For that to be an option we need some proper external graphics card support and it looks like AMD is working on just that, again.
We have seen multiple external graphics card solution over time such as Alienware’s Graphics Amplifier or MSI’s Gaming Dock that solve the problem with lack of graphics power in portable systems without increasing the size and weight of the ultrabook or laptop itself, but they’ve been limited to specific devices and that can be an issue that holds the adoption rate back.
AMD’s Robert Hallock teased us with something new via Facebook that indicates that AMD could be working on just such a solution. This isn’t the first time that AMD’s graphics department wants to do something like that, although they still were called ATI at the time. Some might remember the ATI XGP (eXternal Graphics Platform) from 7-years ago that already attempted this, but it never gained the large traction due to its natural limitations.
Ultrathin notebooks are awesome for their portability, but nobody in their right mind would use them as a gaming notebook. Those are some heavy items that while still portable, weigh as much as a stationary mITX system. This is where external graphics solutions come into play and we’re able to get the same graphics performance from a small portable system when needed while keeping it light enough to take everywhere for normal usage.
“External GPUs are the answer. External GPUs with standardized connectors, cables, drivers, plug’n’play, OS support, etc.”
AMD is a big believer in open and free standards and the way everything is worded points in the same direction rather than a single locked down product with an AMD branding. Standardization could make a huge difference here as long as the manufacturers adopt it and bring it to the market. Oh and just to clarify, none of the shown examples of external graphics solutions here is the new deal. Robert himself teased with a Razer Core graphics enclosure equipped with an AMD Radeon Nano card.
The teaser ends with the words “More info very soon”, maybe GDC? Only time will tell, but we’ll stay on the ball and keep you informed.
Wireless networks are great and they allow us to enjoy the world with fewer cables and restraints, but they still pose a very real limitation and that is the range. There are several ways that you can combat this and increase range, coverage, and performance and one of them is through Wireless Range Extenders. Today I’m taking a closer look at Tenda’s A301 Wireless N300 Universal Range Extender that is a solution for just such a scenario.
The Tenda A301 wireless N300 Universal Range Extender is designed to optimize and extend your existing wireless network to the furthest corner of your home. It delivers transmission rates up to 300Mbps, it features a wall-mounted design, smart signal indicators, and two external antennas.
The plug design allows you to place the Tenda A301 directly in any power outlet and enhance your wireless signals from there on. Whether your home is too big for your current routers coverage or you’ll want to enjoy your WiFi in the garden or on the porch, a range extender is a good idea.
You are already half way done with the setup when you have plugged the A301 range extender into a wall socket or extension cord. The built-in WPS button is the only thing that’s left to press once it’s ready. You’ll have to press the WPS button on your router first tho, but the setup guide explains all that in case you don’t already know it.
Tenda also included a manual setup option for the rare instances where the WPS should fail or your router doesn’t feature a WPS button and function. The sticker on the rear of the unit will tell you how to connect to the setup interface where you manually can connect it to your WiFi network as well as define various settings.
Tenda also added an LAN port to the bottom of the A301 and that allows you to extend the functionality of the device even more. For example, you could have a PC system located at the far end of your home that doesn’t have any wireless network card. Running a cable that far could be troublesome for several reasons and with the A301, you don’t need to.
Connect the PC’s LAN port to the A301’s LAN port and the system is connected to your wireless network without any further setup. For the PC, it is seen as a normal wired connection and the Tenda A301 takes care or the rest.
The Tenda A301 will work fine with any standard WiFi router and is capable of HD video streaming and gaming alike. I would, however, say that it’s mostly for web surfing due to the older standards used. The wireless range extender is using the 2.4GHz band and it is compatible with 802.11 b, g, and n devices. With just 300 Mbps at our disposal with maximum coverage, the N300 standard surely isn’t the fastest.
The WPS button is located directly on the front and it is surrounded by an LED field with four sections. The LEDs have two colours to show more details and are easy to recognize. It will show whether it has power, is connecting, how good the wireless signal is and also show when the LAN port is being used.
The two external antennas help with a better coverage over those who only have internal antennas. You can angle them up to 90 degrees, but they can’t be turned nor replaced with aftermarket antennas. It would have been nice if that would have been possible too.
The wireless performance of the A301 is rated for a max EIRP to route of 58mW and max EIRP to device of 98mW. The range is rated for up to 100 meters indoor and up to 300 meters outdoors. It is compatible with 64 and 128-bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, Mix WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK wireless encryptions of AES, TKIP, and TKIP&AES types. Wireless Access Control is also included and so is MAC filtering.
Wireless transmission rate up to 300Mbps
Compatible with 802.11b/g/n devices
Supports WEP, WPA, and WPA2 encryption mechanism to enhance security level
Wall-mounted design makes it easy to deploy and move flexibly
2 External antennas & Range Extender Mode boost WiFi to backyard, porches, and garage
Smart Signal Indicator helps to find the most accurate location to place the range extender
Easily expand wireless coverage at a push of Range Extender button
Packaging and Accessories
The Tenda A301 comes in a small packaging that shows the basic information such as product name and image as well as transfer speeds on the front. We also see the Broadcom logo indicating that it uses one of their chips on the insides.
The rear of the package explains how easy it is to set up and you can also see which plug version it is at the bottom. Make sure you get the right one for your location or it might not fit into your outlets, at least not without adapters.
Inside the package is an install guide, wireless declaration an LAN cable and a small disk with a PDF version of the manual.
For today’s review I’m venturing a little bit out of my normal area of storage, network, and server components and take a closer look at a very useful gadget for everyone that has a laptop of some sort. Kensington might be most known for their locking system that is present on almost any electronic device, but they do make a lot of different products too. Today I’m taking a closer look at the SD4000 Universal USB Docking Station for laptops.
While a docking station like this would work with any system and as such isn’t limited to portable ones, it will be a rare scenario that someone will connect it to their desktop. That said, it could still provide some beneficial uses there too.
While most laptop manufacturers also provide docking stations for some of their models, they are usually very expensive and only compatible to very few models. The use of a universal docking station like this opens a lot more options and best of all, you can take it with you to any other system that you might upgrade to in the future.
The Kensington SD4000 Universal Docking Station connects to your system via a single USB 3.0 host port and in return it offers you three USB 3.0 connectors, a DVI port, a DisplayPort or HDMI, a Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 port, and headset connections. Those are all useful connections to have, especially on ultrabooks and netbooks that barely have any native connections at all anymore.
The Docking Station doesn’t just serve as USB hub, it also enables 4K Ultra HD resolutions, even when your laptop doesn’t have a graphics card that supports these resolutions. You can connect a single 4K monitor or TV via an HDMI or DisplayPort connection for Ultra HD resolution at 3840 x 2160 pixels.
4K Ultra HD resolution sadly only works with one monitor connected, but you can run up to 2K when using dual monitors. Ideal for users not ready to make the transition to 4K, this option can support the typical two-monitor setup with 1920 x 1200 and 2048 x 1152 resolution for each screen.
Speedy charging for power hungry devices such as tablets is also supported thanks to the 2.1 AMP fast charging USB port labeled with an extra lightning character. The Gigabit Ethernet port is also one that’s often missing on netbooks as they rely solely on wireless.
4K Ultra HD resolution (3840×2160) to one monitor via an HDMI cable or DisplayPort connection
Enables 4K UHD even if laptop does not have 4K graphics card
2K resolution (1920×1200/2048×1152) for two-monitor setup via DisplayPort or HDMI/DVI
3 universal USB 3.0 ports for seamless productivity with your accessories
2.1A fast charging port to power up a tablet or smartphone
Gigabit Ethernet port for wired connectivity to the Internet
Includes speaker port, microphone jack, Kensington Security Slot
Compatible with Windows 8.1/8/7
Best For: Convertible and 2-in-1 Laptops, Laptops, Ultrabooks, Windows Tablets
Compatibility: Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
Connections: 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) Female, Host Interface: USB 3.0, Host upstream link: USB (B Type)
Female, HUB downstream link: USB (A Type) Female
Features: Extended Display, Kensington Security Slot, Mirrored Display, Power Indicator (Blue), USB Hub Link
Dimensions: 7.71” x 3.34” x 1.08” (19.5 cm x 85 cm x 2.75 cm)
Packaging and Accessories
The package of the SD4000 Universal Docking Station comes in s a simple yet elegant wrapping. It shows what it does on the front without much extra.
The rear of the package explains what type of connectors it has, what’s in the box, and what it is compatible with. Everything you’ll want to know before you purchase.
Inside the box, we find a power supply with both an EU and UK replaceable plug, a setup guide, a USB cable to connect it and the docking station itself.
Two aerial photographers lost their lives in a plane crash in Medelin, Colombia during the filming of Tom Cruise’s latest movie, Mena. The two casualties have been identified as Alan David Purwin and Carlos Berl. Jimmy Lee Garland, who was also on-board the flight, was left with severe injuries and is being treated in a Medelin hospital; Cruise was not involved in the crash.
Purwin, founder of aerial surveillance company Helinet Technologies, was recently showcased during Variety’s Artisans video series, where he discussed aerial photography and his desire to “de-risk” filming in dangerous conditions.
The plane involved in the crash was a twin-engine Aerostar, which was brought down in the Alto de la Clarita mountains due to severe weather.
“An aircraft carrying crew members crashed while returning to Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport in Medellin following production wrap on the film ‘Mena’ resulting in two fatalities,” a statement from Universal reads. “Further details are not available at this time. On behalf of the production, our hearts and prayers go out to the crew members and their families at this difficult time.”
Mena, directed by Edge of Tomorrow and The Bourne Ultimatum helmer Doug Liman, has been filming in Colombia since August. The film tells the story of real-life American pilot Barry Seal, played by Cruise, who flew for Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar before turning spy for the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Thank you Variety for providing us with this information.
We have had the keyboard and mouse as input devices for quite a while, and while they are some of the best and optimal ways, they are somewhat outdated and could use a refresh. There have been many attempts on new input methods, but none really stuck. We do have touch screens now, but let’s face it, they still suck big time in response times and don’t offer any improvement to productivity.
A new KickStarter project has set out to change that with a reinvention of known technologies into a new form of input device. The Sensel Morph is the first pressure-sensitive, multi-touch input device that enables users to interact with the digital world in a way that wasn’t possible up until now.
The Sensel Morph is using a patented pressure grid technology and with its high dynamic range of force sensitivity, the Sensel Morph can detect not just your fingers but any object from a paintbrush to a drumstick. One of the great things is that it works as it is out of the box with most devices and applications. It is further hackable for those who wish to get more out of the device and use it for completely new scenarios.
It comes with a micro USB to normal USB cable for use with computers, it can connect to tablets and smartphones with Bluetooth, and you can even connect it to Arduino developers boards to create completely new and ingenious devices with input options that just weren’t possible up until now.
The Sensel Morph got its name for a good reason as it can morph into almost anything. Drum computers, musical keyboards, normal keyboards, design interfaces; it is all changeable with smart overlays. The overlays are automatically detected and completely optional to use. The Overlays are physical apps made of a thin, flexible layer that you can place over the device to provide a visual map and tactile feedback for each modes unique functionality.
It is basically old techniques that were refined and morphed together for a new product that is hard to describe. I think the introduction video below can do that a lot better thanks to the visual aid; I know that I’d sure like a couple of these.
You can also check out how various professionals can use the Sensel Morph in the videos below. Use it as paint surface, turn it into a music creator, or build you completely own devices. There aren’t many limitations for the Sensel Morph.
The project has already been successfully funded, but there are still 37 days left to get in on the Kickstarter. Early bird specials are gone and a single Sensel Morph and three overlays of your choice will set you back $249. There are also multi-packages available for those who wish to extend with more than one. Check it out and start dreaming of all the amazing things you could do with this new input device.
FSP Group has some great power supplies, although they’re mostly used as OEM models by system builders. But they range from off-size tiny and specialized ones onto full-fledged ATX power supplies for high-end systems. This time around they bring out something a little different that very well could be considered the most powerful USB hub.
Okay, all the power isn’t really used for the USB hub, but it’s rather a universal power supply for notebook and ultrabook users and it has a built-in USB 3.0 hub.
There will be two models of the new NB H series of power supplies, the NB H 110 with 3 USB 3.0 ports and a 110W total output and the smaller version called the NB H 65 with two USB ports and 65W power output.
One could argue that it’s an irrelevant feature as one just could get an over-the-counter random USB hub, but when you’re on the go you want to have as few devices with you as possible. Having the power supply and USB hub in one saves you half the load and space in your backpack or purse.
The NB H 65 and NB H 110 are scheduled to be available in stores this October 2015 for the suggested retail price of €54.99 and €69.99 respectively.
Streacom is not know to launch anything ordinary and this time it is no different. The brand new F12C Chassis is anything but usual and it looks amazing at the same time.
The new chassis is built to accept all standard ATX hardware inside while being wrapped in an ultra-minimalistic exterior.
The F12C is made from 4mm thick premium grade aluminium panels with a sandblasted finish. A timeless design that will fit anywhere and anytime.
The unique design continues inside the chassis where Streacom developed a new drive and fan mounting system that does away with traditional fixed location bays.
This gives you even more configuration abilities as drives and fans can be mounted anywhere along both sides of the case and at virtually any orientation. Mix and match to fit your needs.
The additional upper mounting rail is designed for fans and water cooling radiators to increase the cooling potential even more. The Fan grills are built dust filter to keep everything inside as clean as possible and running optimally.
The open structure allows you to use graphics cards and other expansion cards with up to 310mm length, oversized PSUs and 140mm and 120mm water cooling setups.
The simple and elegant look together with a 420 x 320 x 184 mm footprint could make this case a perfect choice for a high-end home entertainment system.
Pacific Rim, Robots vs Aliens on an unholy level; has made waves in the Sci-Fi genre since its release back in 2013. Well its sequel, Pacific Rim 2, has been pushed back a few months; from its initial release date of April 7 2017 to August 4 2017. This delay is only a tiny amount in the grand scheme of things and a delay can only mean good things for the final product quality.
PR2 Director Guillermo del Toro stated that the film will be a direct sequel to the events of the first movie, continuing its focus on the main characters of Raleigh and Mako, Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi respectively.
“The characters I love will return. Raleigh, Mako, Newt, Gottlieb and who knows, maybe even Hannibal Chau – but we are taking them into a fresh territory that will display amazing sights and battles. The first film set the stage and now we’re ready to have a blast,” del Toro said last June.
The news follows an update from Universal that it’s Warcraft movie is facing a delay from March 2016 to June 2016. I personally can’t wait for the release, I loved the original film; I kept talking myself into the new Godzilla installment was a prequel. Are you looking forward to the film? Let us know in the comments.
Thank you to IGN for providing us with this information
Premature release of new material, or material never intended for release, is considered some of the most damaging by artists and record labels, and while it can create a buzz, it robs the artists of their choice of when and what to release. Such leaks can happen anywhere in the supply chain and usually they happen at the end, during mass production of the physical disks and close to the release date.
The current case against a Swedish man is a little bit different as the accused man didn’t work in the industry like so many other leakers, but rather hacked the email addresses of major record labels including Sony, Warner, and Universal and obtained unreleased songs. Some of the named artists include Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and Mary J Blige.
The accused then sold the stolen tracks to DJs around the world, after which they started to turn up in the public. The FBI got involved in the case and they tracked the money wires and IP tracks to Sweden where the local authorities arrested the 25-year-old man.
The prosecution claims that the man, who denies the charges, made around $12,000 from sales of the tracks. He will go on trial in Sweden next month and will face fines and up to two years in prison. There isn’t really any doubt that the record companies will be back after the trial seeking damages they believe has been done to them.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing us with this information
CRYORIG is a relatively new name in regards to cooling products and most of you won’t have seen the R1 Ultimate that was released last year. It was quite an impressive product especially as it was their first, however, it wasn’t very common in the UK. Most of the people from CRYORIG have previously worked for other large companies such as Phanteks and Thermalright so they do have a lot of experience even though they only officially founded in 2013. We hope that this experience isn’t wasted and that they bring us some more products that can bring even more competition to the cooling market.
CRYORIG have released two new coolers, the H5 and the H7. We have them both ready for our test bench and the first one we are going to look at is the CRYORIG H5 Universal.
The Box for the CRYORIG H5 is quite simple yet effective, it is a large picture of the cooler against a white background. It is clean, simplistic and a really nice design, it has product information on the sides of the boxes as well as links to their website which is actually very good. It has video tutorials on how to install the cooler as well as everything else you would expect to find.
Inside the outer box, we get this second box that protects the cooler and fan entirely. This is some excellent packaging from CRYORIG and shows how much they want to make sure the customer gets their product in good condition. It’s always nice to see products that are well packaged as if they care enough to pay for the extra, generally they will have the same mentality elsewhere.
Other information that can be found on the box includes the specification. What isn’t shown on our spec below is the socket compatibility. This cooler supports the following sockets – 2011, 1366, 1150, 1155, 1156, 775, FM1/2, AM2+ and AM3+. This means it fits all of the popular sockets that we will see on the current market.
Inside the box we get a nice bunch of fittings to allow us to mount the CPU cooler, the fittings are for both AMD and Intel. What is really useful is the really long screwdriver that is at the top of the following picture. This allows you to install the cooler without any problems as you do need to put the cooler through the central holes. This is an excellent idea and it shows that CRYORIG have certainly thought about the end-user.
With the H5 we get a XT140 fan, this is an all-black fan with the CRYORIG logo in the center. It is interesting to see that this fan is 140mm x 140mm x 13mm. Yup, that’s right, its 13mm thick, this means that the overall width of the cooler is kept to less than 100mm meaning it shouldn’t cover any ram slots.
The actual cooler is beautiful, the CRYORIG design department deserve a pat on their backs, it’s gorgeous. It has a range of design features that we will look at in a moment, but as a whole package it just looks amazing. Sleek, clean, simplistic, beautiful; I think you get the picture!
The top of the cooler has a white plastic cover to hide any unsightly heat pipes. This is a nice change from most coolers and actually suits the cooler perfectly, the bottom of the cooler has matching covers to ensure that it looks universal.
Something else worth mentioning is CRYORIGs “Hive Fin” technology, again this looks great, but it is there to increase performance. CRYORIG claim that these fins compress the air making it move through the fins faster and increasing the rate that the heat moves away from the CPU. This is the first time I have seen this kind of technology so it will be interesting to see if it works as they say.
The contact plate for this cooler is nickel-plated copper and this along with the 4 heat pipes will help to ensure the heat is taken from the CPU and moved into the fins and then removed by the fan.
The installation method for this cooler is excellent. It is probably one of the easiest towers I have ever fitted. They use a patent pending “MultiSeg” quick mount system. This consists of a back plate that you add to the motherboard, you then just add 2 mounting bars and screw the 2 mounting screws that are already connected to the cooler into these bars. Below is a picture of the screws connected to the cooler which ensures you won’t lose them and as CRYORIG have included a 15cm screwdriver they are easily accessible; you should have this cooler fitted in minutes.
One of the big issues that people have with large coolers is that they usually overhang RAM slots meaning that you generally have to use low profile RAM. Due to the 13mm fan on this cooler though, there is no such worry, you have plenty of room to use large RAM such as Corsair Dominator Platinum.
So, we have seen how this product looks, let’s see how it performs!
Universal Pictures posted a cryptic tweet on Wednesday that has left many Back to The Future fans giddy with excitement. “The Future is Coming” it says, leading many to wonder whether a new movie could be on the horizon.
Well, it is 2015 – the actual future according to second movie in the series. So could it really mean that Marty McFly is back? Maybe. While it could be a whole new movie, it’s unlikely they would have been able to keep it under wraps so soon before the crucial date of October 2015.
So what could it be? Maybe a short film or a TV special perhaps? Or maybe it’s just an event to celebrate the arrival of ‘the future’? Who knows.
If we could get in the DeLorean and find out right now, we would, but it seems that we’ll just have to wait and see.
Universal Pictures has announced that the Steve Jobs movie will be released on October 9th 2015. This news follows the appearance of the first pictures depicting the movie’s stars in their roles.
Earlier this week we saw Fassbender and Rogan as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, dressed in 70s/80s attire – most likely centring around the Macintosh launch in 1984. Aside from making that connection based on their clothing, writer Alan Sorkin has said that the movie will look more closely at Jobs’ earlier years, rather than the more successful years later on. It will also apparently feature heavily his family life too, with reference to his lovechild Lisa, a daughter he previously disowned, but later reconnected with, something that flourished into what would then be a lifelong relationship with her.
Besides those paparazzi shots, we’ve also seen a number of images from extras who have been assembling at the Flint Center for Perfuming Arts – the very place the Mac was released in over 30 years ago.
As predicted, Universal Studios have picked up the Steve Jobs biopic that Sony Pictures dropped just days ago.
Sony apparently dropped the movie due to a schedule clash, with Fassbender being unable to shoot the movie at the time Sony wanted to. The film has already been written by Alan Sorkin, the same writer behind The Social Network, and is to be directed by Danny Boyle of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire.
The film is said to cover 3 different stages in Jobs’ career and life – the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984, his time at NeXT in the 80s/90s and the introduction of the iPod in 2001.
There’s no doubt Apple fans will be looking forward to the movie, but with such a great writer and director, along with Jobs’ colossal impact upon technology, this may just appeal to quite a few more people.
Cryorig has unveiled its latest cooling solution, the H5 Universal tower heatsink, boasting the Hive Fin design that allows for turbulence reduction of airflow, as well as the Jet Fin Acceleration used for faster hot air exhaust.
The manufacturer states that the H5, which is similar to the high-class R1 Universal, will be equipped with Cryorig’s XT140 slim profile fan for zero ram interference on Intel and AMD platforms and fits perfectly in the mainstream range of cooling solutions.
The H5 Universal tower heatsink uses the XL Surface Area, having its surface area extended to the back, achieving the best cooling ration compared to other dual-tower coolers and heatsinks. Also, with a height of just 160 mm, it is stated that the cooling solution will fit perfectly into almost any mainstream PC chassis rig.
Four pure copper heatpipes having 6 mm in diameter form the heatsink, while the nickel-plated baseplate consists out of pure solid copper and uses the Heatpipe Convex-Align technology which focus the heatpipes on the center of the CPU.
Cryorig is said to be introducing the industry’s first step-by-step video guide, helping users easily install their cooling solution correctly and effortlessly. The animated guide is said to be separated into individual steps for easy viewing and access, allowing users to watch and repeat each step as required. The guide is said to also be available for mobile devices through Cryorig’s website.
The H5 Universal tower heatsink is said to be released in August in Asia and September in North America and Europe, having Cryorig stating a €34,00 / $46,99 recommended price tag for the cooling solution.
Thank you Guru3D for providing us with this information Images courtesy of Guru3D
According to Variety, Universal is aiming to create a complete “re-imagining story” to bring new life to the franchise that primarily consists of multiple TV series. A writer has already been chosen and none other than Jack Paglen, writer of “Transcendence”, is the right person to bring everyone this re-imaging of this amazing series. Jack Paglen was also recently announced as assisting Ridley Scott with the sequel to the 2012 sci-fi file Prometheus which will be starting production this fall. Apparently in late 2009 Bryan Singer was speculated to be helming the movie, which to be completely honest, I’m glad never happened.
As most fans are well aware of, Battlestar Galactica has seen three different TV variations since the late 1970’s. While the story has been primarily based on humans vs a cybernetic race called Cylons, the latest TV franchise that ended in 2009, starring Edward James Olmos, bounced around many different story lines that included Cylons and humans working together towards a coexistence that left fans with an ending almost on par with that of the hit series “Lost”.
Thank you to Variety for providing us with this information.
According to researcher Laurina Zhang from the University of Toronto, it is more profitable to sell music online without digital rights management protection. Higher revenue would benefit both the record labels and artists in addition to making it more convenient for legitimate music buyers to manage and consume their digital purchases. Now there is a matter of putting theory into practice, which does not always go as planned.
The researcher used 5,864 albums from 643 artists in her study, comparing sales before and after each of the four major record labels, the EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner decided to remove their DRM. She found a 10% increase in revenue after the protections had been removed which also accounts for other factors like release date, music genre and typical sales variations.
Looking deeper into the study, not all albums were affected the same. Zhang found that older releases selling less than 25,000 copies saw their sales increase by 41% while overall lower-selling music saw an increase of 30%. When we get to top-selling albums however, Removing DRM appears to not have any effect on revenue whatsoever.
When it comes to DRM and its function, it appears that it did exactly the opposite, meaning it did not stop people from illegally acquiring music through piracy and instead lowered legitimate music purchase due to its restriction. Fortunately a lot of labels are now realizing this mistake and are dropping traditional DRM.
Bluetooth audio streaming devices are a common sight amongst many homes and even in cars where stereos handle hands free connections through the technology. Now in its fourth version, the capabilities and quality of Bluetooth has improved drastically and rather than the somewhat grainy on poor quality audio that we used to experience, the standards have improved drastically with high quality audio now the standard and connectivity much easier.
More recently there has been a newer technology being incorporated in to the likes of mobile phones, making wireless streaming, sharing and connections so much easier than before. NFC or Near-Field-Communications is a wireless standard that allows mobile phones to establish connections with other NFC enabled devices, simply by bringing it within close proximity of the device (around a few centimetres depending on the device). NFC itself is not used to stream audio to the StreamPort as it has a very low transmission range and its top speed is 424kbps. The integration of NFC is more to make the task of connecting a mobile device to the StreamPort much more simplified and quick with the process done purely by sitting the NFC enabled phone on top of the StreamPort to establish the Bluetooth connection without any further interaction required.
We’ve taken a look at one of Bayan Audio’s products before, namely the Bayan 7 iPod Speaker Dock and it won us over with its great looks and great audio that had definition and clarity right through the range, which for us at eTeknix is a key factor – we love clear sound. I’m not a massive audiophile, however I like my sound to be good with definition clarity and volume at both the high and low ends of the scale. These factors may not play the same major part in a product of this nature as it does not reproduce the audio itself, leaving that to a third party system, but more importantly decoding the audio signal that it receives over Bluetooth to give a good source feed to the playback system.
Inside the box alongside the StreamPort that we’ll look at a little closer on the next page, Bayan Audio include a USB mains adaptor with UK and EU plugs, along with a USB cable to power the unit as well as a 3.5mm to 3.5mm and 2ch RCA cable for flexibility in connecting the unit to a variety of audio systems. A user manual also gives information on getting the system working and how to pair it with Bluetooth and NFC enabled devices.