Audio News for June 15, 2012

by | Jun 15, 2012 | Audio News

TiVo Teams With PayPal for TV Commerce – TiVo and PayPal have joined forces to provide users of TiVo with the ability to purchase products featured on the TiVo user interface thru PayPal. A representative said, “”TiVo’s interactive ads allow advertisers to grab the attention of viewers in unobtrusive ways and on the viewer’s terms…with just a few clicks of the remote.”  Products purchased thru PayPal will be charged to the TiVo user’s PayPal account thru a secure transaction and shipped to the user address registered with PayPal.
Harman Kardon Re-Enters Headphones – After a lapse of eight years, Harman International has introduced a line of Harman Kardon headphones, including both over-the-ear and in-ear models and a noise-canceling model. All feature rectangular housings meant to mimic the back case of iPhones. The BT model has both Bluetooth and Apt-X technology, plus an in-line mic. Though normally wireless, should the battery die they can be operated as standard headphones with the supplied cable.  Harman’s marketing director stated, “The way in which people are consuming music has changed in a big way. More and more consumers are using headphones as their primary loudspeakers connected to a variety of portable devices.”
Android Phones Connect to Newer Mazdas – Grom Audio has integrated Android phones in the factory sound systems of 2009 thru 2012 Mazdas with their GROM-USB2-MAZ8 interface kit ($129).  A USB-connected Android device does not have to be in mass-storage mode to enable song selection using the controls of a factory sound system. Users can also select music stored on the device by playlist, artist and album after installing the firm’s free Android app from Google Play. The kits feature MP3, WMA, AAC and OGG decoders to play back from Android devices and USB sticks.
Kodak Theatre Now the Dolby Theatre – Down came the Kodak signs and up went the Dolby signs at the Hollywood theatre that is the home of the Oscars, as Dolby installed a high-tech 3D cinema system in the venue that now bears its name.  The 3400-seat live-show theater is now a state-of-the-art performance space with new audio technology and 3D visual systems. Designers added a 60-ft. b6 32-ft. screen, two digital projectors, 164 speakers, and two trusses over the audience with 22 more aligned speakers on each. The new 3D design employs a three-color system that mimicks the human left and right eye to provide sharper images and color. The theater is of a size that dwarfs most movie theaters.

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