Black Violin Breaks Stereotypes of Classical and Race – The two-violin duo Black Violin is doing their part of get a bit of racial diversity into classical music. They play a fusion of classical and hip-hop to mesmereized audiences.  They are not the only string players fusing genres: cellists like the Portland Cello Project and Zoe Keating layer rock and violinist Lindsey Stirling uses dubstep, but Black Violin’s being African American while blending hip hop and classical may be unique.

DVIGear UHD Multiviewer Switcher/Scaler Allows Various Presentation Environments – The new DVI-3580a provides a comprehensive solution for conference rooms, training facilities, classrooms, auditoriums and other presentation places. It allows a wide variety of devices, signal formats and resolutions, meeting the challenges of AV signal distribution. It has seven video inputs and supports a broad range in input signal formats and resolutions. It has four possible layouts: single, double, triple or quadruple. Cost is $2195.

Microsoft’s Xbox Chief Says Their Games Console Will Be Upgraded Regularly – Like Other Digital Products – Games-playing hardware have been frozen in time during its seven or so years. Towards the end it’s shelf life, the hardware seems noticeably slow and ancient. Now the Xbox OS will be aligned with the latest PC OS: Windows 10. Xbox consoles will receive iterative and even annual component upgrades like PCs and smartphones.

Smart Audio Provides Automated Audio Production for Telecasters – Telecasters face ever-increasing consumer demand for more content on more devices. With a studio production, the many techniques of good audio can be observed with proper mic placement, post production and various software tools. But with a live environment, there may be no time to fix the sound, and one can’t always assume that levels will be consistent. Smart Audio, from Junger Audio, uses a collection of adaptive processing algorithms to give a higher grade of efficiency and automation in audio production. Their D*AP processors pre-condition the audio, combined with auto up-mix to maintain a constant surround experience and also auto EQ. They make various products for loudness control, audio monitoring, metadata management and Dolby decoding, encoding and transcoding.

The Economic Times of India Recommends Eight Tech Upgrades – Among them are the Fluance Fi70 wireless loudspeaker ($500), the Samsung curved screen UHD TV, the TP-Link Archer C7 Wi-Fi distributor, and the SnapPower USB charger outlet.