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FireCore unveils Infuse 2 media player, adds formats

12/04, 2:01am

App gets iOS 7 makeover, in-app 'Pro' upgrade, more

Video software maker FireCore has debuted a major upgrade to its Infuse multi-format video player for iOS, now at version 2.0. The update introduces an iOS 7-compliant UI redesign, network streaming from almost any drive or device without syncing, additional supported media formats, integrated Dolby Digital Plus mobile surround sound, and better 1080p and AirPlay support. The app is free but many of the new features are only available with a new "Pro" upgrade that costs $5.

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FireCore's Infuse for iOS adds multi-format AirPlay streaming

08/07, 11:00pm

Streaming app saves having to transcode video formats

Media appmakers FireCore have issued a major update to their multi-format media player Infuse for iOS ($5), which allows users to play normally unsupported video and audio file types by transcoding them on-the-fly. The new version 1.3 offers AirPlay streaming, Wi-Fi transfers of media from network-connected computers or drives, social sharing and one-button subtitle downloads. The program supports 14 different video formats, and features automatic artwork and metadata fetching, Dolby Digital Plus surround sound and full 1080p.

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Lightning adapter teardown reveals flaw, future-proofing

03/05, 12:52am

'HDMI' signal is actually compressed, but will improve with OS update

The teardown of Apple's Lightning-to-HDMI iPad mini adapter done by developers at Panic has revealed a bit of misleading advertising from Apple's product page for the adapter: while the adapter does indeed produce a 1080p image on a television, it has been compressed using H.264 -- resulting in some compression artifacts. While inferior to the previous (and cheaper) 30pin-to-HDMI adapter Apple still sells for older iOS devices, the problem is expected to be resolved in a future software update -- thanks to the Lightning adapter's future-proofing.

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BenQ rolls out a pair of 1080p 3D projectors for home

01/11, 5:09am

BenQ delivers high-performance DLP 3D projectors competitively priced

BenQ has rolled out two new 1080p 3D projectors, the W1070 and the W1080ST. The headlining feature may be the prices, rather than the outright specifications. The W1070 uses a high-end DLP Dark Chip 3 and comes in at $1099, while the W1080ST is a short-throw type allowing it to project large images in confined spaces for $1299.

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Sony LT30p gains Bluetooth certification, specs leak

07/06, 2:39pm

Bluetooth Special Interest Group reveals more on Sony handset

A rumored "premium product line" Sony smartphone has surfaced in a Bluetooth Special Interest Group posting. A phone with the model number LT30p will have a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, capable of recording at 1080p, joined by a front-facing camera supporting 720p. 13MP is well beyond the rear cameras on most phones; likewise, 720p is a higher resolution than most front cameras allow.

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Acer ports freshly-styled desktop LCDs to US

03/13, 1:00am

LED-backlit TN panels in a variety of sizes

Acer has imported four of its European LED-backlit LCD monitors to the US, a total of five models that range from the 20-inch S200HL to the 27-inch S271HL, which sports full 1080p HD resolution (1920x1080). The monitors, all using TN panels, range from $139 to $329 and will be available in April. All five feature eColor management buttons, have tilt bases and sport a 1,000,000:1 contrast ration and a 5ms response time, all while using 68 percent less power than florescent-backlit LCD displays.

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Zeal Optics intro 1080p, 8MP iON ski goggles

01/19, 6:30pm

Features 170-degree lens, built-in viewfinder

Snow sports accessory maker Zeal Optics has expanded its sports google line with the debut of the iON Google, a visor that also includes a 1080p HD camera that can capture video and sound, or 8MP still images. The camera features a 170-degree wide angle, fixed "infinity" focus and automatic light-level adjustment, storing its media on a micro-SD card. It also has an in-goggle viewfinder.

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Hands on: Acer Iconia Tab A700

01/08, 5:50pm

Brilliant display paired with fast hardware

Following Acer's special event ahead of CES, Electronista had a chance to try out the company's upcoming flagship tablet. The Iconia Tab A700 touts a 1080p display paired with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, which combine to raise the bar in Android tablet hardware.

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Onkyo to offer A/V receivers with InstaPrevue, MHL support

12/21, 8:55pm

Mobile devices charge while playing HD content

Onkyo has announced that it is set to introduce several new A/V receivers that are claimed to be the industry's first to support InstaPrevue and mobile high-definition link (MHL) technologies. The MHL standard, which is already utilized for a variety of tablets and smartphones, enables devices to transmit 1080p video with 7.1-channel digital audio across a dual-purpose Micro-USB port.

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Swann intros wearable, waterproof 1080p video camera

11/07, 4:40pm

Case tested to 65-foot submersion

Swann has introduced the the Freestyle HD, the company's first wearable video camera that shoots in HD resolution. The camera allows users to capture eight-megapixel still photos or 1080p video at 30fps, with options for stereo audio, digital zoom and single or continuous shooting in still mode. Content can be previewed on an integrated 1.5-inch LCD on the backside.

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Epson to offer new 2D and 3D 1080p home theater projectors

09/09, 8:10pm

Split-screen allows TV, internet use together

Epson will be bringing a new line of 2D/3D "Full HD" home theater projectors and one new model of pro cinema projector to dealers and outlets in October and November. The units feature extremely high refresh rates and 2,400 lumen brightness to help combat the main complaint with 3D television: lowered brightness and picture quality. The units can also "split the screen" allowing for two inputs (such as TV and internet) to be used at the same time.

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Cirago unveils USB2-to-HDMI adapter for Mac, Windows

08/23, 12:15am

Extends number of possible monitors

The UDA2000 is a new USB 2 to HDMI display adapter from Cirago International that allows both Mac and Windows users to easily connect to HDMI monitors, projectors or HDTVs without having to add internal video cards, external breakout expanders or separate audio and video connections in order to increase the number of monitors they can work with. PCs can add up to six 1080p-compatible monitors, while Mac users can add up to four, each using a USB port and adapter.

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Sony intros two new superzooms: HX100V and HX9V

01/31, 11:50pm

Offerings range from 16X to 30X optical zoom

Sony has introduced two new superzoom point-and-shoot cameras, the CyberShot DSC-HX100V and DSC-HX9V. Both models integrate 16.2-megapixel Exmor R sensors capable of recording 1080p video, 3D content, and 42.9-megapixel "Sweep Panorama" stills when the user rotates the camera. The new cameras also allow users to capture three-megapixel still pictures while shooting movies.

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OmniVision intros 1080p sensor for integrated webcams

05/17, 7:15pm

Mass production expected to begin in June

OmniVision has unveiled its latest electronic component, the OV2720 image sensor with support for 1080p video. The compact design is claimed to be the first 1/6-inch, native 1080p/30fps CMOS sensor capable of fitting into the thin housings of netbook lids, netbooks, or other video conferencing devices.

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JVC intros flagship ProHD GY-HM790 camcorder

04/05, 6:50pm

Modular design connects to CCU or ASI encoder

JVC on Monday introduced a new flagship camcorder in its ProHD line, the GY-HM790. The latest offering builds upon features of the company's GY-HM700 device, integrating three 1/3-inch CCDs capable of shooting in 1080p, 1080i, 720p, or 480i formats. The camera is said to offer improved picture quality, reaching beyond the GY-HD250 model.

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Panasonic intros 1080p 3D camcorder system

01/07, 8:45pm

Twin lenses allow adjustable convergence point

Panasonic at CES introduced a 1080p 3D camcorder designed for professional applications. The system utilizes twin lenses, eliminating the need for complex 3D rigs with several cameras and separate recorders. Both lenses, the camera head, and memory card recorder are all integrated into a single body, with the entire unit weighing less than 3 kg.

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LaCie intros 1080p LaCinema Classic HD media server

11/24, 1:45pm

Device available with 1TB disk

LaCie on Tuesday introduced the LaCinema Classic HD, a media server capable of full 1080p video playback. Users can connect an HDTV using a standard HDMI cable, while Composite connectors are also available. Multichannel DTS audio is supported, sent via HDMI or a dedicated S/PDIF optical port. A 1TB hard drive is integrated for storing movies, music or photos, while a USB 2.0 connection is provided for interface with a computer.

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Creative to show Zii smartphone platform in December

11/16, 9:55pm

Device marks Creative's foray into cellular market

Creative subsidiary ZiiLABS has announced that it will unveil the Zii smartphone platform at the upcoming Zii Summit event. The ZMS-05 system-on-a-chip (SOC) components are claimed to be the first to offer 1080p video playback capabilities on a handheld device. The Media Rich Processor also boasts OpenGL ES 3D graphics with acceleration for web browsing, video playback and imaging.

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YouTube to add support for 1080p video content

11/12, 9:30pm

Users will be able to upload full HD next week

YouTube has announced that it will allow users to upload 1080p HD video content without limiting playback to a lower resolution. The web-based interface will provide a choice between the current maximum, 720p, and full 1080p. The change brings YouTube up to speed with the limited number of video portals, such as SmugMug, that support the higher resolution.

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Dell intros ST2210 and ST2310 LCD monitors

09/17, 7:35pm

Displays boast 1080p resolution, 50,000:1 contrast

Dell has quietly introduced several new monitors, the 21.5-inch ST2210 and the 23-inch ST2310. Both displays feature 1080p resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio, along with an anti-glare coating on the panel. The company also lists a 50,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 250cd/mē brightness and 5ms response time.

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Sharp adds new AQUOS HDTVs for North America

09/04, 12:50am

Sharp AQUOS LCD TVs

Sharp on Wednesday unveiled several new AQUOS LCD high-definition televisions to the North American market, including two limited-edition models. Sharp's D65U lineup offers a native 1080p resolution, and spans between 42- and 52-inches, featuring a 6ms response time. Sharp touts the energy-saving features of the line, saying it is Energy Star-compliant, with active backlight and contrast controls to reduce energy consumption while the set is in use.

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DVDO outs six-HDMI 1080p upscaler

08/29, 4:15pm

DVDO EDGE video processor

Anchor Bay Technologies on Friday announced it will soon release its DVDO EDGE 1080p upscaling video processor for home theaters. The audiovisual hub includes six HDMI 1.3 Deep Color inputs, two HDMI 1.3 outputs and a full complement of various other analog and digital A/V connections. It upscales video content thanks to Anchor Bay's Video Reference Series technologies, which include 10-bit de-interlacing and progressive reprocessing of files that would otherwise deinterlace poorly.

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InFocus launches X10 1080p home theater projector

06/19, 5:25pm

InFocus' X10 projector

InFocus on Thursday introduced the X10 Full HD 1080p projector in the UK. Part of the company's Home Theater range of offerings, the X10 features a 16:9 native aspect ratio, and a contrast ratio of 2500:1, which can be boosted with a button push to 7500:1 via the company's Active Iris in the lens.

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Westinghouse unveils several new HDTV LCD models

06/04, 12:25am

Westinghouse HDTV models

Westinghouse Digital on Tuesday unveiled four new 1080p-capable LCD TVs, as well as several other multi-purpose LCD TVs, including its portable and all-in-one units. New to the 1080p TX lineup are the 42-inch TX-42F430S, the 47-inch TX-47F430S, and the 52-inch TX-52F480S, which feature an integrated ATSC/NTSC/ClearQAM Tuner, and 1080p resolution through all high-definition connectors, including component and VGA.

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