Creative Technology Ltd today unveiled a limited edition of its latest Sound Blaster X7 at CES 2015. Recently named a double 2015 CES Innovations Awards Honoree in both the ‘Home Audio/Video Components and Accessories’ and ‘Computer Hardware and Components’ categories, the feature-packed Sound Blaster X7 which is an ultra high-resolution external USB DAC and powerful audio amplifier now comes in an exclusive pearl white color, includes a 144W power adapter that is capable of delivering up to 100W output to passive speakers, and has a very low headphone amplifier output impedance of 1 ohm to effortlessly drive even the more sensitive in-ear monitors (IEMs) on the market.
The Sound Blaster X7, showcasing at the 2015 International CES, is designed to connect with a range of gaming and entertainment systems as an ultra high-end external Sound Blaster audio solution with an impressive 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution 127dB digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and a powerful 100W audio amplifier. It provides a superior, pure and lossless listening experience for games, music and movies – meeting the most discerning demands of audiophile listeners and enthusiast gamers alike.
Toshiba Corporation today announced the launch of "TJM35420LT", the industry’s first TransferJet adapter for iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod that is compliant with TransferJet close proximity wireless transfer technology. Sales of the adapter by mass marketers and online stores are scheduled to start from spring 2015 in Japan, followed by Europe, the Americas and Asia.
TransferJet is a close proximity wireless transfer technology standard promoted by the TransferJet Consortium. The technology provides simple connections and ultra-high speed data transfers with low power consumption, and works simply by bringing the two devices in the transfer into close proximity. Maximum data throughput is 375Mbps, and 100 MBytes of data can be transmitted in approximately three seconds.
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ASUS today announced the Xonar U3 Plus, a pocket-sized USB-powered sound card with a 150-ohm headphone amplifier, studio-grade vocal effects and a full suite of audio enhancements. The Xonar U3 Plus is designed for PC and notebook users who are looking for an easy-to-use solution that caters to their high-fidelity audio playback and home recording needs.
Pocket-sized soundcard with incredible sound
Xonar U3 Plus has a high-performance headphone amplifier with adjustable gain levels that can drive up to 150ohm-impedance headphones and headsets. It enhances treble and bass to add dynamic details to low and high frequency sounds like explosions and footsteps in movies or games.
Studio-grade effects and specially-tuned audio
The pocket-sized Xonar U3 Plus supports real-time microphone audio recording, with a digital signal processor (DSP) that provides extremely-low microphone latency. Xonar U3 Plus features a suite of studio-grade vocal effects including a dedicated 10-band equalizer, precision low- and high-frequency filters, as well as reverb adjustment to add a sense of environmental space.
Stereo Mix allows users to mix vocals and music tracks easily, while the DJ Mix tool features a ducking effect that automatically reduces (‘ducks’) the volume of a background audio track when vocals are present, allowing users to create professional-sounding podcasts.
Addonics Technologies today announced the Addonics UDD25, a family of four reader/writers for 2.5-inch HDD / SSD, M2 card, mSATA SSD, CFast card or CF cards. The series provides fast data transfer rates of up to 6 Gbps in both internal and portable versions, including write-protected models that support read only.
The portable Addonics Pocket UDD25 and Addonics Internal UDD25 can Read/Write to 2.5" SATA HDD/SSD or storage media with same dimension and connectors of a standard 2.5" SATA HDD. The Internal UDD25 is designed to mount directly into a standard 3.5-inch drive bay. Both models can connect to any system via a SATA or USB 3.0 / 2.0 port.
Cloud based video startup SpotCam announces today the first home monitoring Wi-Fi video solution that offers free 24 hour cloud-based HD video playback – SpotCam.
Cloud-Based Video Playback for Free
With SpotCam, users can view live or recorded video of their home or office directly from their smartphone, tablet, or computer, and have the peace of mind that in the event of an incident there is 24 hours of cloud stored video evidence. The real-time alert system allows users to stay aware of motion or audio activity with instant notifications sent via email or the mobile app. Longer loop recording is available at reasonable monthly/annual fees.
High Definition Recording and Clear Night Vision
The 720p High Definition resolution and 110° wide angle view ensures a detailed view of the entire intended area. In low-light conditions 12 automatically-activated IR LEDs provide clear night vision.
Users are able to share SpotCam videos and streams to specific people or even to the general public through the easy to use included software and app.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today a bundle deal with Assassin’s Creed developer Ubisoft, which will include a download of Assassin’s Creed Unity with the purchase of the Samsung U28D590D (UD590) monitor or the Samsung 850 PRO solid state drive (SSD). The UD590 is an optimal monitor for PC gaming, with an ultra-high definition screen, one millisecond response rate and one billion color gamut, while the award-winning 850 PRO SSD offers the lag-free performance and blazing-fast load times gamers need. Paired with Assassin’s Creed Unity, these products offer gamers the ultimate gaming package.
“Our monitors create a one-of-a-kind, immersive gaming experience and our SSDs ensure quick load times and robust performance for drastically improved gameplay,” said Ron Gazzola, vice president of marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “The UD590 premiere monitor and the 850 PRO SSD will bring Assassin’s Creed Unity to life and allow players to experience the game in a completely new way. We’re happy to be providing this extremely popular offering to our customers.”
SanDisk Corporation, a global leader in flash storage solutions, today unveiled significant upgrades to its SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 memory card and announced that the SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD has been qualified for 4K capture. These two products expand SanDisk’s extensive portfolio of high-performance products designed for the professional broadcast, cinematography and photography industries.
“The performance demands for media and broadcast professionals continue to rise and SanDisk is committed to delivering leading-edge capture and storage technologies,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “The new SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 card and SanDisk Extreme PRO SSD will help produce the highest quality content possible, and significantly improve workflow efficiency.”
Seagate Technology plc today announced it has further strengthened its position as a trusted storage solutions leader by delivering cloud systems and solutions for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), “do-it-yourself (DIY)” and other organizations. Seagate is building on its position as a steward of digital information, and its acquisitions of Xyratex and EVault, to deliver an Intelligent Information Infrastructure system to help organizations manage the massive growth in digital data and deliver on next generation workloads.
“Industry research firm IDC estimates that the overall volume of digital bits created, replicated, and consumed across the United States alone will hit 44 zettabytes by 20201. That represents a doubling of data volume every two years,” said Jamie Lerner, President of Cloud Systems and Solutions at Seagate. “Organizations are looking for cost-effective ways to harness data and create actionable information. Seagate is bringing an open approach to the Intelligent Information Infrastructure program. We are applying our experience working with cloud service providers worldwide to create systems and solutions that manage next generation workloads with the scale, performance and economy aligned to business needs.”