Friday, December 31, 2010

Red Flag for Skype in China ?

WorldWideTech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.

The popular Internet telephone service Skype could be dealt a major setback in one of the world's largest markets as the Chinese government cracks down on what it called illegal Internet telephone providers.

A Chinese government circular from the powerful Ministry of Information and Industry Technology called for a crackdown "on illegal VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) telephone services" and said it was collecting evidence for legal cases against them. It did not name any phone companies.

Skype was still available in China on Friday evening through its joint venture partner TOM Online.
Skype had not yet been contacted by Chinese government officials, a Skype spokesman said on Friday in the United States.

The timing of a ban in one of the world's fastest growing markets could dampen investor enthusiasm for Skype as it prepares a 2011 initial public offering. The Luxembourg-based company, which has about 124 million users worldwide, is expected to be valued at about $1 billion in the IPO.

The Chinese move appeared to be aimed at protecting three government-controlled phone carriers -- China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile -- that provide the bulk of China's telephone services.
The South China Morning Post quoted an unidentified ministry official on Thursday as saying VoIP services could only be provided by the big three Chinese operators.

China has been known to play hardball with foreign businesses. After a months-long stand-off over censorship, China finally gave Google approval in July to keep operating its Chinese search page.
Skype has 20 million users in Asia Pacific, or 16 percent of the company's total users as of the end of June, according to a U.S. regulatory filing. The filing did not break out China's user numbers and a Skype spokesman in the United States said he did not know how many Chinese users it had.

No single country other than the United States represented more than 7 percent of Skype's average monthly user, according to the filing.

The latest news is another setback after Skype's global service outage last week, which cast doubts on the reliability of the service.

In 2005, Skype was blocked in parts of China as the government sought to ban phone calls made over the Internet.

Skype, partly owned by Web retailer eBay Inc, has been growing in popularity among Chinese users and businesses to make cheap or free international phone calls over the Internet.

"Nearly 1 in 6 people in the world live in China, and a great many of them rely on Skype to connect with families and friends, run businesses, and call people around the world," wrote Skype's Josh Silverman in an October blog post about Chinese privacy.

The Chinese circular, dated December 10, did not say what amounted to illegal services and did not name any VoIP providers it considered to be breaking the law.

Representatives of the ministry and the ministry's office gathering information for the campaign did not answer telephone calls on Friday.

Representatives of China Telecom and China Unicom did not answer phone calls on Friday. A spokeswoman for China Mobile, reached in Beijing, referred calls to the firm's Hong Kong office. Attempts to reach the Hong Kong office were not successful.

VoIP calls allow users to make international calls for much less than commercial providers, or even for free if both parties are using VoIP. Many businesses that use VoIP services to cut down on their international telephone costs could lose access to the cheaper alternative.

CES 2011: LG to unveil new TV adapter at CES that will bring all the “Smart TV” fun currently offered with LG’s latest wireless HDTVs.

WorldWideTech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.

LG Smart TV Upgrader makes every TV smarter
ST600 Smart TV Upgrader Lets Users Enjoy Web Browser and Premium Content on Their Regular TV Sets
At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling the Smart TV Upgrader (ST600) that makes it easy for viewers to transform their regular TVs into Smart TVs at an affordable price. Embracing all the benefits of internet connectivity, the Upgrader gives regular TV owners access to all of LG’s Smart TV functions including premium online content, Smart Share and the full range of LG Apps.

“The market for Smart TVs is set to take off this year, and the ST600 offers a perfect entry point,” said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Home Entertainment Company. “With the LG Smart TV Upgrader, we’re taking the excitement and convenience of Smart TV and adding in LG’s trademark ease-of-use because we see a significant audience who are interested but not interested enough to buy a whole new TV.”

By connecting the ST600 to a regular TV set, users can access a vast range of premium content from global providers, as well as the best locally sourced shows and movies to cater to different tastes around the world. The ST600 also connects users to the growing range of LG Apps, which are custom designed for use on TVs and offer everything from language classes to games.

LG makes the viewing experience more compelling still with its superb compatibility, which lets users simply and wirelessly transfer content from their Digital Living Network Alliance(DLNA)-compatible PCs and other compatible devices for viewing on the big screen.

LG’s Smart TV Upgrader will be unveiled at CES 2011 in Las Vegas and rolled-out to TV owners in the second quarter of 2011.
Main CPU: BCM7615
DDR 384MB, 1GB Flash
LG Add-on Architecture + Web Browser
AC 100-240V, 50/60 Hz
Wi-Fi, Ethernet, DLNA (DMP)
USB: 1EA (USB mouse, external storage)
Input Devices
- Finger Touch RCU
Premium Content
LG Apps

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

HP webOS: Astraware Mahjong Game for Palm Pre now available

WorldWideTech & Science. Francisco De Jesús..

Astraware Mahjong is a full-featured Mahjong Solitaire game with gorgeous 3D graphics and these unique features: AutoZoom - optional feature which zooms in or out from the play area automatically based on the number of tiles remaining; Mahjong of the Day daily challenge - play the featured day's puzzle at your chosen difficulty level and once completed, submit your time to compare with other players worldwide; and truly solvable puzzles at Easy, Medium and Hard difficulty levels, as well as Classic - traditional Mahjong puzzles where a straightforward solution is not guaranteed. Astraware Mahjong also includes full tutorial, 30+ puzzle layouts, optional adjustable tile highlighting, shuffle and undo moves, the ability to manually zoom in to the board using pinch/zoom, fun achievements, and a choice of decorative tile sets and traditional backgrounds.

Download link for your Palm Pre: Astraware

CES 2011: Mitsubishi will showcase the Diamond 3D Projector At CES

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This 3D projector is capable of full 1080p display. Since it's a projector, you'll be able to alter the display size to fit your own preferences. Mitsubishi gives 100" as the maximum size. The Diamond is powered an SXRD liquid crystal optical engine.

It brags image contrast of 120,000:1 and uses something called extra-low dispersion glass into the lens in order to avoid the weird color distortion projectors occasionally see. The Diamond has a 120 Hz refresh rate and an independent management function that gives you control over hue, intensity and individual color brightness.

This is a quiet projector too. It puts out only 19 dBa of noise and has two HDMI 1.4 outlets. The lamp comes with a 1-year warranty and the bulb is good for 4,000 hours.

The really nice thing about a projector is that it allows you to have a high-end entertainment set-up, something you can use to wow a room full of people. At the same time, turning your living room back to normal just requires the touch of a button. You get all the benefits of a giant HDTV without turning a big slab of LCD into the focus of your hearth.

Intel® Anti-Theft Technology Demo Video.

WorldWideTech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.

Find out how laptop security measures can help protect your data,

CES 2011:Copia: Social eReading Platform will be Featured, Available on Multiple Tablets and Mobile Devices

WorldWideTech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.

Today, Copia announced that at CES 2011 multiple top tier OEMs will feature its platform on their tablets and mobile devices.

By combining social networking and eBooks sales, Copia expands the parameters of the book as we know it. Readers can purchase books, highlight passages, take notes and share them, as well as comment on other users' entries. A book can exist both in its original published form and become a mutating work as comments are added and different views are expressed.

Powered by its unique patent-pending collaborative annotation tool, Copia is redefining how the world interacts with books, allowing readers - regardless of location and on multiple devices - to instantly share thoughts and create discussions in the margins of their open eBooks.

"As the eReading trend continues to grow, top tier OEMs are looking for the best way to attract readers to their devices, and they recognize that only a Copia eBook lets people have a fully interactive experience with the book, their friends and literary community at large," said Ben Lowinger, Executive Vice President of Copia Interactive, LLC. "And we are pleased that top tier OEMs are featuring Copia on their upcoming tablets and mobile devices."

For students, the note-sharing functionality coupled with Copia's accessibility across multiple digital touch points is nothing short of a revolution in studying. Professors can highlight books for their class, students can share notes, and authors can release special annotated editions.

"It doesn't matter what type of device you have. Copia's device agnostic platform lets students study efficiently with others, anytime, anywhere," Lowinger added.

Copia will be located at CES Booth 9828. To set up an appointment please contact Trey Ditto ( or 212-896-1248).

Currently, Copia is available for Android, Mac, PC and iPad. Visit to learn more, or tour Copia features at

Read better. Together.

About Copia Interactive, LLC

Copia ( a social media and content delivery platform that brings together content, community and commerce to create an environment where users collaborate, socialize and buy content. Copia will be accessible across a broad array of digital devices and platforms including Mac, PC, Android, notebooks, netbooks, iPads, slates, smartphones and eReaders. Copia OEM solutions are available for partners who want to benefit from the value of Copia's social commerce engine. Copia Interactive, LLC is a DMC Capital Funding, LLC portfolio company (

CES 2011: Midland Introduces High Def Ear Warmer Headsets. SubZero and BTSKI

WorldWideTech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.

Midland Radio Corporation is proud to introduce two earwarmer headsets, the SubZero and BT SKI. Now, listen to your favorite music, or talk on a cell phone or Midland 2-way radio all while your ears stay warm.

These headsets, sporting a faux fur lining, comfortably hug your neck and adjust to snugly fit any size head. Key to these products is the high sensitivity, noise cancelling microphone allowing you to clearly hear your music or caller without background noise interference.

Delivering a high quality stereo surround sound, both headsets are easy-to-use. Press once to answer an incoming call or once to pause/resume playing music. Press twice to advance to the next song. Both come with a 3.5 stereo plug compatible with iPhone®, Droid® and other types of cell phones. The cable is also compatible with iPod® and MP3 players or easily connects to Midland’s 2-way radios.

“The SubZero is a corded headset and is perfect for individuals who spend time outdoors in the colder weather,” said Charlie Speights Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Midland. “Now you can enjoy your music or talk on the phone while working outside or participating in outdoor sports activities.”

Speights continued, “Designed primarily for skiers, the BT SKI can be comfortably worn with or without a helmet. It’s one of the best solutions for Bluetooth® communications, and can be used as an intercom, stereo, phone or with a Midland2-way radio.”

Both products are available in two colors – black and camouflage.

For over 50 years, Midland has been at the forefront of radio technology and is one of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and distributors of consumer and commercial communications products. Midland is the leading supplier of NOAA All Hazards Weather Alert radios and a market leader in a wide range of consumer 2-way radios including: FRS/GMRS, CB and marine radios. 

Additionally Midland competes in the emerging sports video camera market. Midland’s professional radio products division is a leading supplier of commercial mobiles, portables and base station/repeaters products to private commercial enterprises and to federal, state and local government agencies. Midland Radio Corporation is the U.S. affiliate of an international group of companies with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information contact Midland at 5900 Parretta Dr., Kansas City, MO 64120, on the web at, at 1-816-241-8500 or follow Midland on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Dated: December 30, 2010
Booth #31114
Contact: Sarah Breshears
Marketing Communications Manager

CES 2011: Samsung AMOLED Mobile Display Unveils Next-generation Displays at CES

WorldWidetech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.

Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) will be demonstrating leading-edge, next generation AMOLED displays at Pepcom’s The Digital Experience! press event during the Consumer Electronics Show, at the Caesars Palace Hotel on Wednesday, January 5th from 7 to 10pm.

1. A 4.5-inch WVGA Flexible AMOLED offering world’s highest flexible display resolution
SMD is presenting a prototype of the most advanced flexible AMOLED display. Only 2mm thick, the 4.5 inch flexible AMOLED runs at a WVGA 800 x 480 resolution and can be rolled down to a one centimeter radius.

At WVGA, this new concept prototype offers a display resolution four times that of the previous most flexible AMOLED prototype in the industry, thanks to the use of a new plastic substrate that can withstand the 450-500 degree temperatures required in the manufacturing process.

Typically, flexible displays use plastic substrates instead of glass substrates because this helps the display become lighter and thinner. Furthermore, the new plastic substrates are not prone to breakage during manufacturing. Previously, plastic materials melted at temperatures over 400 degrees during the manufacturing process, making commercialization difficult.

Development of the 4.5 inch Flexible AMOLED prototype, designed for smart phone and tablet PC displays, is a major step on the road to mass production.

2. A 19-inch qFHD Transparent AMOLED for TVs and monitors: World's first large-screen transparent AMOLED production prototype
SMD is showing the world’s first large transparent AMOLED Display prototype, designed for use in applications from PC monitors to TVs.

Whether the prototype AMOLED display is turned off or on, it maintains up to a 30% transparency. The average amount of transparency elsewhere has been below 10 percent.

SMD’s transparent AMOLED prototype provides the highest resolution on a transparent large screen TV (over 19 inches) or monitor display.

Uses may include searching the Internet while watching TV, or watching TV on windows, including car windows for backseat passengers.

SMD will also be exhibiting a 14-inch qFHD transparent AMOLED for notebook PCs.

About Samsung Mobile Display
Samsung Mobile Display Co., Ltd (SMD) was established in January 2009 as a joint venture between Samsung Electronics and Samsung SDI. Bringing together Samsung’s cutting-edge technological capabilities in LCD and AMOLED, SMD is committed to providing a comprehensive range of display solutions including AMOLED, LCD in one convenient channel. As a total solution provider, SMD is striving to light up the future with next-generation technologies such as flexible, foldable and transparent displays.

AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode) displays can go far beyond LCD and plasma with distinct advantages such as vivid color, widest viewing angles, low power consumption, high contrast and extremely fast response times.
1. Vivid colors: Outstanding color reproducibility that will not change in relation to the gray scale;
2. Widest Viewing Angle: Offering extremely clear viewing regardless of viewing angle;
3. Low Power Consumption: Excellent energy efficiency, with minimal power usage;
4. High Contrast: Bright, vivid and remarkably clear viewing with the highest display contrast and wide color reproducibility;
5. Fast Response: Incredibly fast response speeds. Because there is no change in temperature, moving images appear natural, virtually eliminating eye fatigue.

You can also watch an amoled webtoon here: samsung amoled webtoon

For more information, visit

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Skype Video Ad for iPhone and iTouch

WorldWideTech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.

The video is available for some countries.That is the Youtube policy.Nice commercial A little crazy but nice.

Related post: Skype for iphone and itouch now available

Official: Skype for iPhone and iTouch is available now

WorldWideTech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.

The Skype app for the iphone and itouch is avaliable on the Apple app store.

Skype for iPhone FAQs


With Skype on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, you can make and receive calls, and instant message anyone else on Skype, wherever they are in the world.
 You can also save on international calls and text messages to phones. Skype is free to download and easy to use.
 With the latest version, you can now call over 3G*, and keep Skype running in the background.

• Call Skype-to-Skype, wherever you are

Call your Skype contacts wherever you may be, either on 3G or WiFi, with near CD quality sound. It's completely free to call people on Skype over WiFi or 3G*.

• Great value international calls and text messages

If your contacts abroad aren't on Skype, you can still reach them and save with Skype's great rates. Call and text phones anywhere in the world directly from your phonebook.

• Instant message for an instant response

With Skype for iPhone, you can instant message one or many people on Skype at the same time, wherever, and whenever the mood strikes.

*Operator data charges may apply

- This version works on iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad and iPod touch. Skype requires iPhone OS version 3.0 or above.
- Calling functionality is available on iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad and 2nd generation iPod touch onwards. iPod touch requires a compatible headset with a microphone.
- Near CD quality sound for Skype-to-Skype calls using wideband audio (SILK codec) on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad and 2nd & 3rd generation iPod touch.
.What's New in Version 3.0
• Make Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G*
• Call Skype desktop users (Mac OS X or Windows) and other iPhone users.
• Two-way video calls supported on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen.
• Receive only video supported on iPad and iPod touch 3rd gen, with no camera.
• Make video calls in portrait and landscape.
• Skype video calling requires iOS 4.0 or above.
*Additional Data charges may apply
Source: skype

Apple is expected to release three versions of iPad 2. A CDMA version to Verizon ? and taking on Kindle with anti-smudge and anti-reflective treatments.

WorldWideTech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.

“Apple is expected to release three versions of iPad 2, supporting either or a combination of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA, for 2011 with mass production to start as early as the later half of January. Apple will ship about 500,000-530,000 units to channels in January with shipment ratio of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA models at 3:4:3, according to industry sources, citing upstream component makers.”

The iPad 1 is currently offered in two configurations: WiFi only and WiFi+3G — and the 3G is exclusively with AT&T. If the rumor pans out it would mean that iPad 2 would be available on Verizon Wireless (and other CDMA networks) in addition to AT&T’s current offering.

The sources pointed out that about 60-65% of current iPad shipments are 3G models, indicating that consumers prefer models that are able to connect to the Internet all the time, therefore Apple is aiming to work even more closely with telecom carriers by offering more wireless solutions for iPad 2 to satisfy market demand.

In addition to wireless functions, Apple is also working on strengthening the iPad 2's anti-smudge and anti-reflective treatments in order to compete against Kindle and attract more consumers, the sources noted.

Since Apple's upstream supply chain is estimated to ship about 16 million iPads in 2010, the sources expects about 2-3 million iPad units of inventory will remain in the channel rolling over into 2011. Since Apple will gradually stop the production of iPad after January and launch iPad 2 by the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second, the remaining iPad inventory should be able to satisfy demand during that period of time.

As for iPad 2, the sources estimate that the device's shipments in 2011 will reach 40 million units, accounting for 65-75% of the global tablet PC market.

Apple prepares three versions of iPad 2 for 2011, says sources.

Source: zdnet

Apple is forecasting 65 millions iPads sold for 2011-2010 (ipad2 and ipad)

Steve Jobs while introducing the iPad in San F...Image via Wikipedia
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Shipments of 9.7-inch iPad panels from LG Display reached 1.5 million units in November 2010, and fellow supplier Samsung Electronics' shipments reached 1.2 million units for the month.

LG Display is estimated to land orders for 35 million iPad panels in 2011, and Samsung and Chimei Innolux (CMI), who is scheduled to join Apple's iPad supply chain in the first quarter of 2011, will each receive orders for 15 million units.

Based on these estimates, iPad panel shipments (including first and second generation models) will reach 65 million units in 2011, which is significantly higher than market estimates of 45-48 million units for the year. Market players noted that the 65 million unit shipment goal indicates that Apple is very optimistic about the tablet PC market in 2011, and it may also mean that Apple is overbooking panel capacity.

According to Digitimes Research, Taiwan suppliers supply all touch panel modules for iPads, and touch panel shipments for iPads are expected to reach 16.76 million units in 2010. Including other tablet PC products, touch panel shipments from Taiwan are estimated to reach 66.38 million units in 2013.
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Archos 70 tablet now with 250GB HDD

WorldWideTech & Science. Francisco De Jesús.

The Archos 70 tablet is equipped now with a massive 250GB HDD.

The ARCHOS 70 features the industry-standard 1 GHz processor and a 3D Graphics accelerator. Running Android 2.2 Froyo, the tablet supports Flash 10.1 and 720p HD video playback.

Where the Archos 70 steps ahead of the competition beyond the storage capacity is the screen. Measuring in at 10.1 inches, the capacitive touch screen takes both gaming and multimedia to new highs.

Unique Android™ Multimedia Applications
On top of Android’s latest version, ARCHOS, still at the forefront of innovation, brings you exclusive applications: The internet tablets feature music, video and photo applications, developed by ARCHOS, that enrich the user experience with smooth browsing through the album covers and with widgets added to the home screen to give instant access and control to media. These unique Android™ applications allow users to amplify their digital experience. One of these functions, 3D album cover application, allows you to glide through your music by album covers. You can also make your own music playlists or browse your songs and music by favorites, recently played or recently added.

Because you want to enjoy your videos and TV shows without re-encoding them with complicated software, ARCHOS makes your life easier by supporting audio and video formats beyond the standard ones of Android™. It can even display subtitles and alternate audio tracks, all you have to do is drag, drop, and play!

What other functions were created for you? An internet connected Photo frame application with 3D transitions, and the ability to sync your pictures with your Facebook©, Picasa© or Flickr© account.

Up to 250GB* : the best portable HD** video playback experience anywhere
The ARCHOS 70 internet tablet has a wide 7” high resolution touchscreen and thus guarantees an unequalled comfort of view for movies and TV shows in HD quality.

* 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity is less.
** Maximum resolution = 1280 x 720 pixels

Good vibrations
The ARCHOS 70 internet tablet boasts a new music application adding 3D cover animation support and the ability to add a mini music widget to the home screen, in order to control your music at any time. And as it is an ARCHOS music player, the ARCHOS 70 internet tablet plays all the music formats you’ll need to keep your digital music experience as simple as it should be.

Sublime quality for your pictures
If you’re more into personal photos, why not open the new Gallery application and show your latest vacation to your friends or even share them via a wireless network.

Source: Archos

CES 2011: Mobile web activity measured for first time by GFK

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Press Release:

Mobile web activity measured for first time

Research tool produces insights into daily usage of mobile internet

Mobile internet behavior has been quantified for the first time thanks to a ground-breaking research tool. Detailed insights on the mobile activity of over 200,000 mobile internet consumers in three European countries have already been produced, thanks to GfK Retail and Technology’s unique ‘Network Intelligence Solution’ (NIS). The pioneering research method analyses mobile behaviour via operators’ IP traffic.

“NIS allows us to provide both operators and the media industry with relevant and reliable information, enabling them to fully monetize mobile traffic for the first time” states Fredrik Hallberg, Managing Director of GfK NIS. 

Mobile internet activity naturally takes off in the morning and by 10am high traffic is visible. The peak occurs just before 4.30pm as people leave to return home from the workplace. The usage differs considerably during the day and sometimes even within the same hour.  For example, 7.45am can have up to 30-40% more traffic than 7.15am on the same day.

A key driver for the usage of mobile internet is clearly the smartphone market and GfK research has seen a dramatic increase in sales during the past year. GfK NIS has revealed that the average smartphone user makes up to 24 web sites visits per day, and a vast majority of these are to traditional websites and not just mobile specific sites.

The NIS tool measures all websites visited using mobile internet regardless of the device; mobile phones, Smartphones, PC tablets and 3G Cards are all monitored.

The long tail of internet is obvious; the Top 50 websites only constitute about 40% of all visits.   In every country measured, the popularity of Facebook is consistently remarkable.  GfK has identified a cluster where Facebook is almost the exclusive site visited. “At GfK we call these ‘Facebookies’,” explained Fredrik. “They currently account for between 10-15% of all users and it will be very interesting to follow the development of this segment.”

GfK NIS will be rolled out globally during 2011.

GfK at 2011 CES

Date: 06 - 09 January 2011
Place: Las Vegas Convention Centre, USA
GfK Markets: Consumer Electronics, Imaging/ Photo, IT, Telecom
GfK Booth: South Hall 3, 30366

For information on all GfK activities at CES 2011 please ask a representative at the GfK booth or visit GfK at 2011 International CES.

The GfK Group
The GfK Group offers the fundamental knowledge that industry, retailers, services companies and the media need to make market decisions. It delivers a comprehensive range of information and consultancy services in the three business sectors Custom Research, Retail and Technology and Media. The No. 4 market research organization worldwide operates in more than 100 countries and employs over 10,000 staff. In 2009, the GfK Group’s sales amounted to EUR 1.16 billion. For further information, visit our websites: and

CES 2011: Bracketron Introduces Innovative New Apple® iPad® Lift Desktop Solution

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Bracketron, the leading manufacturer in mounting solutions for mobile consumer electronics, today announced a versatile new desktop stand for the popular Apple iPad. The ultra slim iPad Lift features eight convenient viewing angles and the ability to collapse flat for easy portability when you’re on the go. The nonslip feet and sturdy design securely hold your iPad in both portrait and landscape modes for ultimate flexibility.

“The iPad continues to grow in popularity and has turned the portable computing business on its head,” said Mark Mandel, Executive Vice President. “We believe the iPad Lift is the ideal companion accessory to take with you wherever you go.”

The iPad Lift will soon be available at many leading consumer electronics retailers and on the Bracketron website at

About Bracketron
Founded in 2001, Bracketron's successful first product offering, the custom bezel mount, was engineered for the professional installer looking for custom mounting solutions.

Today, Bracketron is the leading manufacturer and supplier of mounting solutions and accessories for GPS, satellite radio, cell phone, iPod/iPhone/iPad, BlackBerry, laptop & netbook computer and other mobile electronics. Our robust product line includes innovative mounting solutions for your window, cup holder, dash, vent and visor.

For more information about the company, visit or call 1.866.237.4443 begin of the skype highlighting            1.866.237.4443      end of the skype highlighting. Visit Bracketron in Booth 2434 at 2011 International CES!

Source: Bracketron

CES 2011: Phoenix Gold® to Unveil World's First OEM Integration Car Audio Amplifier & Subwoofer Combo at 2011 CES

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Phoenix Gold ( has long been seen as a trailblazer in the field of car audio, offering amplifiers, subwoofers and speakers that push the limits of engineering, technology and contemporary style. 

At the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January, the company will take that legendary reputation one giant step further with the introduction of its Innovations Award winning i-Series "OEM integration" amplifier/subwoofer kit. Designed in conjunction with the Pacific Accessory Corporation (PAC), the Phoenix Gold i-Series amplifier represents a synergy of state of the art engineering and applied technology philosophy.

Installing an amplifier into today's technologically complex vehicles is not an easy task. One not only has to deal with a maze of wires, but also needs to splice into data and computer control systems, often with a patchwork of black box solutions. This leads to a high possibility of damaging vehicle components and the loss of factory-installed communication, safety and convenience features.

Over the last several years, the level of sophistication of OEM audio, communications and electronics systems has advanced exponentially. However, real innovations in the field of aftermarket car audio amplifiers and subwoofers are few and far between. The new Phoenix Gold i-Series amplifier shatters this trend by allowing for a seamless installation into today's most complex vehicles while also offering outstanding performance and power.

Installation of an i-Series amplifier is fairly straightforward: one simply removes the stock amplifier, plugs the i-Series amplifier into the OEM wiring harness, and connects the main power and ground wires. The amplifier automatically retains all the OEM functions such as steering wheel controls, radio functionality, Bluetooth, OnStar and navigation functions, just to name a few. Once installed, it can put out more than 800 watts of power, and features a dedicated subwoofer output and a 10-inch Phoenix Gold subwoofer for deep, hard hitting bass. And, if all that weren't enough, the i-Series amplifier also includes a pre-amp and remote turn on output that make introducing additional amplifiers simple.

Phoenix Gold will demonstrate the i-Series amplifier and subwoofer kit in a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro at the upcoming 2011 CES Show in Las Vegas (North Hall, Booth 809). For more information about Phoenix Gold, visit

SOURCE Phoenix Gold

CES 2011: New Verizon Home Monitoring and Control Service Will Make the Concept of the 'Connected Home' a Reality. Demos at CES

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New Verizon Home Monitoring and Control Service Will Make the Concept of the 'Connected Home' a Reality. Demos at CES
Service, Being Tested in New Jersey, Offers Home Owners Anytime, Anywhere Access to Lights, Thermostats, Appliances and Monitoring Systems, via Smartphones, Computers and FiOS TV

You're miles away from home when you realize that you've forgotten to lock the front door. With a new, fully integrated and customizable home monitoring and control service developed by Verizon, you won't have to panic and frantically call a friend or neighbor. The service, now in the trial phase and expected to be available in the first half of 2011, will enable customers to lock doors remotely; see what's going on at home via networked cameras; and set, adjust and control lights, smart thermostats and appliances -- all by using a smartphone or a computer or through FiOS TV.

Verizon will showcase the new service, Home Monitoring and Control, and many other new technologies, at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, from Jan. 6-9. Verizon's demo will be available in the press room and blogger lounge, located in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center and will be among the demonstrations in Verizon's booth (LVCC, South Hall #35215) on the show floor.

Beginning in January, a pilot program for Home Monitoring and Control will be conducted in New Jersey. The homes selected for the program will be outfitted with an energy reader, smart appliance switches and thermostats, a smart power strip, a smart door and window locks, motion sensors, an advanced pan-and-tilt camera, and a fixed indoor and outdoor camera.

"What we'll be testing in these homes is just the beginning," said Eric Bruno, vice president of product management for Verizon. "We're giving customers a remote control for their homes that they can use to cut CO2 emissions and their energy bills and give them anytime, anywhere access and control of their homes. The concept of the connected home has been discussed for many years, and now Verizon's high-IQ networks are making that concept a reality by converting customers' homes into bandwidth-rich ecosystems that enable a wide variety of customizable options."

High-IQ Networks Like FiOS Are Platforms for Innovation
Since launching FiOS, Verizon has pushed the boundaries of TV and broadband speed by introducing innovations that have spurred the industry's evolution.
Verizon is the only major provider to offer ultra-high-speed symmetrical Internet service to customers, and earlier this year the company began offering 150/35 megabits per second Internet service, the fastest speeds available on a mass scale. Consumers can choose from various FiOS Internet downstream and upstream options including 15/5 Mbps, 25/25 Mbps, 35/35 Mbps and 50/20 Mbps.

Verizon also offers a Media Manager, available to all HD customers, that enables them to access PC-based personal photos, videos and music – as well as search and enjoy online videos from YouTube, and Dailymotion. DVR customers can remotely access their DVRs from any broadband connection or Internet-enabled phone. And in November, Verizon launched Flex View, a new feature that allows customers to take their video content with them and purchase, rent or watch videos on TV, online and on select mobile devices.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 93 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 195,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion. For more information, visit

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