21
Jun/11
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Huawei MediaPad on 7-inch 1.2GHz dual-core Processor

Huawei has made its MediaPad tablet official, billing the slate as the world’s first 7-inch Android 3.2 Honeycomb model. Built around an IPS capacitive touchscreen, the 10.5mm thick MediaPad runs Qualcomm’s 1.2GHz dual-core processor and has twin cameras – a 5-megapixel autofocus unit on the back, supporting HD video recording, along with a 1.3-megapixel webcam up front for video calls – together with HSPA+ 14.4Mbps connectivity and an HDMI port.

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There’s also WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, support for 1080p Full HD playback and a battery which, Huawei reckons, is good for over six hours of battery life. That should put it roughly in line with the HTC Flyer, though of course the Flyer runs Gingerbread not Honeycomb. Huawei has also confirmed that Flash Player 10.3 is supported and that there’s 8GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot.

The Facebook and Twitter apps will be preloaded, as will Document To Go and Let’s Golf. Huawei will also be throwing in support for its Hispace cloud system, though full details are yet to be confirmed. Unfortunately there won’t be a WiFi-only model, Engadget reports, with Huawei apparently prioritizing carrier distribution.

US availability is tipped for Q4 2011, with pricing yet to be announced. The key difference between Android 3.1 Honeycomb and this new 3.2 version is supposedly that Google has tailored it to suit 7-inch slates. That should help Acer feel more comfortable about releasing the delayed Iconia Tab A100 later in the year.

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23
May/11
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Nissho’s 52-inch, glasses-free 3D TV with Full HD resolution

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Remember Dimenco? A four-man splinter group of former Philips employees, the company has been hard at work refining its glasses-free 3D display tech and today some of the earliest fruit of its labor is going on sale. Nissho Electronics in Japan is beginning sales of a 52-inch LCD panel that can pump out full 1080p of 3D vision without requiring any headgear from the viewer. Initially, this big lenticular display will target businesses, who’ll be among the few to be able to afford the ¥1.7 million ($20,820) asking price. Other specs include a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, 8ms response time, 700 nits of brightness, and a 60Hz refresh rate. The 3D on this TV is actually described as a unique “2D + depth” implementation, which can also be used to convert 2D images in real time. Great, now take a zero out of that price, ship it westwards, and watch the sales really take off.

16
Sep/10
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Wireless 7.1 HDMI audio – Summit Semiconductor

Summit Semiconductor and Hansong Technologies have teamed up to offer the first full 7.1 complaint HDMI wireless audio hub to home theater fans. The device is a small HDMI audio hub that has AV receiver connectivity and high definition audio decode capability. The device is aimed at use with digital TVs, Blu-ray players, game consoles, and more.

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The device has optical and coax digital audio inputs and supports DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD audio format. It also has stereo analog inputs for devices like the Wii, iPhone, and MP3 players. The hub also has calibration features built in to optimize the sound for the room.

The hub is compatible with all Summit Wireless enabled speakers. Once set up and paired with the appropriate speakers the system can send audio wirelessly to speaker systems ranging from 2.0 to 7.1 so you don’t need to run wires all around your home.

14
Sep/10
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HDCP ‘master key’ unlocks HDTV copy protection permanently

Just as the MPAA is preparing to offer movies to customers at home while they’re still in theaters by limiting playback to DRM-protected digital outputs only, the HDCP protocol they rely on may have been cracked wide open. All devices that support HDCP, like Blu-ray players, set-top boxes and displays with HDMI inputs, have their own set of keys to encrypt and decrypt protected data and if keys for a particular device are compromised, they can be revoked by content released in the future which will then refuse to play. Now, posts have been floating around on Twitter about a supposed “master key” which renders that protection unusable since it allows anyone to create their own source and sink keys.

Who discovered this and by what technique isn’t immediately clear, but as early as 2001 security researcher Niels Ferguson proposed that it could be easily revealed by knowing the keys of less than 50 different devices. Hardware HDCP rippers like the HDfury2 and DVIMAGIC have been around for a while and various AACS cracks easily allow rips of Blu-ray discs but if this information is what it claims to be, then the DRM genie could be permanently out of the bag allowing perfect high definition copies of anything as long as the current connector standards are around. While it’s unlikely your average user would flash their capture device with a brand new key and get to copying uncompressed HD audio and video, keeping those early releases off of the torrents in bit perfect quality could go from difficult to impossible

14
Jul/10
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Could your HDMI cable soon be obsolete?

The HDBaseT cable combines audio and video signals, USB, network and even power into one single cable and is set to replace HDMI when it starts hitting shop shelves later this year.

The cable was designed by the HDBaseT alliance which represents a culmination of efforts from Sony, Samsung, LG and Valens. By combining all of the normal connections found in the home the companies hope to make the new industry standard. Most current generation displays will probably be incompatable due to their lack of an ethernet port which supports the cable. The HDBaseT alliance insists that new cables won’t need to be purchased due to the technology working with current network wiring, ethernet cables and an RJ-45 connector.

In an interview with ThinQ.co.uk a spokesman for the HDBaseT alliance explained that the cable allows “a network of sources – such as digital video recorders (DVR), Blu-ray disc players, game consoles, PCs and mobile devices – to be connected directly to displays in multiple locations”.

Current HDMI 1.4 cables allow sterescopic 3D signals to be sent to a TV as well as normal and high definition content. The HDBaseT is capable of doing the same but also adds the ability to use a 100Mb/sec ethernet connection and up to 100W of charging power.

The chairman of the HDBaseT Alliance, Ariel Sobelman hopes the cable will take over as the next generation TV standard.

“HDBaseT technology is poised to become the unrivaled next-generation home networking transport”

24
May/10
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Enjoy Full HD Through the Gefen USB to DVI HD Adapter

This adapter right here is built especially for those people who often use their laptops for way too many purposes, including entertainment. Whenever you want to watch a movie through the HDTV, from your HD-supporting laptop/netbook, difficulties may appear because your portable system did not come with a HDMI out. And here is where this USB to DVI HD adapter from Gefen steps in. Because it uses an USB port, it will be able to connect to all netbooks, a desktop computer, or any other gadgets that are able of supporting high-definition resolution.

The Gefen USB to DVI HD adapter allows for high definition video to be passed on to the large TV in the entertainment room easily, without any fuss or quality loss. You no longer have to sacrifice video quality because all you had was a VGA out at your disposal.

The Full HD 1080p resolution is supported by this very practical adapter, which means that you can forget about the frustrating times when you considered your notebook a piece of junk and wished you could exchange it soon. With the right adapter you can make any device do your bidding, no matter how old or affordable it was in the first place. From a PC for example, this new Gefen gimmick will support the 1,920 x 1,200 resolution without any difficulties.

Gefen’s USB to DVI HD adapter doesn’t even need a separate power supply, as the USB port is sufficient for it to draw the power needed in order to offer you a very good your home entertainment experience.

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12
May/10
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Apples 4g is out with hdmi?????????

It seems that somebody found another iphone 4G.The founded Iphone 4G it seems to be a better version of Iphone 4G.The railway policy of confidentiality of the company Steve Jobs was once again called into question, since a Vietnamese web video shows a prototype of a new Apple iPhone 4G. Why not connect the ipad with a 2m hdmi cable.

As reported by El Pais an executive purchased this device for $ 4,000 (about 3,000 euros at the exchange) in a recent visit to the United States.

The prototype is different than a few weeks ago showed Gizmodo. It houses the Apple 4G 1GHz processor using the IPAD and does not include screws that were at the bottom of the model that was lost in California.

“Apple will claim the return of that other device? Will I wear a nice shirt Steve Wozniak, one of the founders of Apple?

While clarifying the authenticity of the iPhone 4G we leave you with the video in which the executive Vietnamese shows the alleged prototype bought:

11
May/10
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Commercial HDMI Cable Installs Issue

HDMI is quickly making headway into commercial A/V with the proliferation of HDMI interfaces on displays and source devices including laptops, Blu-ray disc players, and digital satellite and DVRs.

End users of commercial A/V systems, well aware of HDMI in home A/V, are asking integrators to implement HDMI in commerical A/V installations. As a result, the industry is quickly transitioning toward digital video and adopting HDMI as well as DVI, DisplayPort, and SDI.

Integrators working with HDMI in commercial A/V face essentially the same challenges as residential custom installers – maintaining signal integrity, ensuring compatibility between devices, and working with HDCP.

However, there are special considerations for addressing these challenges in professional A/V integration, due to the much larger scope and complexity of commercial systems compared to a home system. Here, we tackle three major issues.

Signal Integrity

In a commercial A/V environment, audio and video signals typically have to travel much longer distances than in a residence. Cables usually have to be installed in tight, limited spaces, and integrators want to be able to terminate them easily. Transmission requirements can range from as little as 25 to 50 feet, to several hundred feet, and even up to several miles when sending A/V signals between corporate or university campuses. Standard HDMI cables may be sufficient in applications with relatively short distance requirements, but will not be adequate for longer distances, for which other mediums including twisted pair and fiber optic cable should be considered.

To help ensure signal integrity in short-range applications, select high quality 2 metres HDMI cables rated by the manufacturer for the distance required. When using long HDMI cables to cover distances significantly beyond 50 feet, a cable equalizer may be necessary, especially at high resolutions including 1920×1080.

A cable equalizer attaches to the end of a long cable run and restores HDMI signals by compensating for cable losses. To provide for advanced HDMI features and capabilities such as deep color and 3D, high-speed 2 metres Mackuna HDMI cable  should be selected if there is a potential for future system expansion or upgrades.

For distance requirements exceeding around 100 feet, an alternative to standard HDMI cables  is a transmitter and receiver set that sends signals over twisted pair cable. Twisted pair is a proven medium for extending digital video signals, and integrators often prefer twisted pair cable since it is inexpensive, easy to pull through conduit, and can easily be field-terminated to custom lengths. When very long transmission distances are necessary, fiber optic cable and fiber optic A/V devices are the solution. A/V signals can travel for miles over fiber with negligible loss.

Device Compatibility

HDMI and other digital video formats utilize EDID (Extended Display Identification Data) communication, originally developed for use with analog VGA ports. EDID communication is a two-way data exchange that allows a display to convey its operational characteristics, such as its native resolution and refresh rate, to the source device, which then generates the necessary video characteristics to match the needs of the display.

This automates and optimizes compatibility between the source and display, without requiring the user to configure them manually. In pro A/V applications where computers are the most common source devices, EDID communication can save significant time and effort in system setup.

EDID was intended for a single connection between one source and one display. The situation becomes considerably more complicated when a signal needs to be split or routed. Distributing a signal to multiple displays may not be a problem if they are identical, but what if they are different, at various native resolutions? An integrator may select one display to establish EDID communication with the source, and then roll the dice on the others.

With either approach, the switching or distribution device always maintains EDID communication with all connected sources, even with a signal switch or split. An HDMI matrix switcher may include more sophisticated EDID management, due to the fact that separate EDID communication is required for each input / output tie.

Content Protection

The first is that all devices in the system, from source to display, must be HDCP-compliant. That may seem obvious to a residential integrator, but commercial A/V integrators may not be fully aware that just a single, non-HDCP compliant device, such as a simple HDMI switcher, can disable Blu-ray disc playback for the entire system.

Second, commercial system designers need to be aware that HDCP rules allow for a maximum of 127 devices downstream from the source, with up to seven levels of repeaters allowed. A residential installation is not likely to approach these limits, but system designers may be concerned if they’re working on a large commercial project that calls for HDCP compliance throughout. Certain source devices including Blu-ray disc players have been known to allow for much less than 127 downstream products, often even less than 16.

Some residential and commercial A/V integrators have decided to work around the issues related to HDCP by deploying analog-based video signal routing. This is a temporary solution, since the ability to deliver to analog high definition video output may be impacted in the future by the AACS-mandated “analog sunset,” and possibly other content protection provisions that could limit or disable analog output on HDMI-equipped devices.

23
Apr/10
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Fujifilm’s Finepix HD Player

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Still monkeying around with that Finepix Real 3D W1 camera, somewhat confused about what exactly you bought it for? Take heart, bandwagon jumper — the bridge you’ve been searching for has just been constructed. Fujifilm has recently introduced a new card reader / HD player for use with its year-old 3D point-and-shoot, and judging by the topic of conversation at this year’s CES, it sure seems like the timing is far better this go ’round. Put simply, the HDP-L1 (¥4,000; $43) accepts both 2D and 3D content stored on SD / SDHC cards from your W1, and the HDMI output pipes that content directly onto your shiny new 3D HDTV for at-home enjoyment. We’re told that it’ll also work with that antediluvian 2D content as well, but let’s be honest — you didn’t buy a 3D camera just to shoot in 2D, now did you?

21
Apr/10
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Philips Wireless HDTV Link

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Just about everyone wants to mount an HDTV on the wall but most don’t wants to run wires to it. No way around running at least power, but as for the rest there are a few solutions if you have the cash. One of those solutions is the Philips Wireless HDTV Link. In addition to the obvious wireless functionality, It is also a 2 way HDMI and 2 way component switch. The way it works is that you mount a small, lightweight receiver around your TV with a single HDMI cable running tethered to your HDTV. Then you put the larger transmitter with all the inputs within 75-feet of your HDTV with all your source equipment connected to it. Then with a help from the included remote you can watch any one of the four HD sources on your remote HDTV. For the most part it works exactly as advertised, but we found that when we put the transmitter in a closet in the next room things took a little longer than they should to sync up. The good news is that we had no troubles sending 1080p60 from across a room and there was no noticeable lag. The bad news is that unless all your devices work in HDMI CEC harmony, you’re still going to need some way to get the remote IR to the source equipment. Speaking of a remote, the included remote is simple enough and luckily easily replaced with your programmable one. At the retail price of $799 Philips is crazy, but considering this can be had for less than $400 from some online retailers it might be just the thing you’re looking for if you can’t run HDMI cables between our equipment.