Vizio Begins Rollout of Passive 3DTVs – Vizio has ramped up national distribution of its passive glasses M-Series 3D LCD TV line to dealers. Passive 3D technology uses low-cost, light-weight polarized glasses, unlike most rival 3D sets that use battery-powered active-shutter glasses. The Full HD 1080p M-Series line includes 42-inch, 46-inch, and 55-inch screen sizes, with a 65-inch to start shipping in January. All use Vizio’s “Edge Lit Razor LED” backlighting, which the company claims produces a brighter image needed for optimal 3D. It also produces a wider horizontal viewing angle and improved fast motion. All models include Vizio Internet Apps and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. The company also offers a premium QWERTY Bluetooth keyboard to better navigate the various Net services.
Yamaha Launches First HTiB System with Blu-ray Player – Yamaha’s new BDX-610 combines an 80-watts-per-channel Blu-ray deck/receiver with a 5.1 speaker system plus Net connection, i-device-certified USB port, HDMI with ARC, and decoding of the Blu-ray lossless codecs. SRP is $700.
New CE Company Launches Wireless Speaker Line – SPAR, of Provo, Utah, has launched a product line designed to complement the myriad of portable mobile devices on the market. They are intended to solve problems of poor sound quality and rapid battery discharging, consolidating the portable speaker/speakerphone and cell phone charger into one unit. The Zephyr wireless speaker plays music, charges one’s mobile phone and facilitates phone calls. The inaugural series has three different models.
Electronic Fuses As Hot-Swap Power-Management Devices – Anew family of hot-swap power-management devices from STMicroelectrics will help reduce ownership costs for home electronics, appliances, computers, USB accessories and storage devices. The first two devices offered provide cost-effective over-voltage and over-current protection for electronics taking 5V and 12V. They are electronic fuses which replace larger conventional fuses or other protection devices. Unlike fuses, they do not cut power suddenly or require replacing after actuation. If a fault occurs, the electronic fuse restricts the supplied current, thus protecting the connected circuitry. If the fault persists, it turns off the protected equipment. Hot swapping allows faulty modules to be replaced without fully powering down the system.
New Version of ITunes – Version 10.5.1 of the popular software for managing music and video on all personal computers has become an indispensable part of our digital life. The newest update not only has the latest security fixes but also iTunes Match—the cloud-based music-matching service making your music available on all your authorized devices. The source menu has been slightly changed: the bright blue icons are now gray, and offer quick access to your media library, the iTunes Store, Genius features, and playlists. iTunes has now become the primary tool for managing content on all iOS devices. A new addition is Ping, a social music tool akin to Microsoft’s Zune Social. It started off slow, but is now a full-fledged service.
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