Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hauppauge Live TV Streamer for iOS Devices

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Hauppauge has announced a new live TV streamer for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Called "Broadway", this new stand alone "box" from Hauppauge's PCTV Systems division allows live TV to be watched on an Apple device in the home through a WiFi connection, or anywhere in the world via an Internet connection.

Broadway can be used in the home, for example, to watch a football game or a news program on your iPad. Your iPad will display a list of Broadway provided TV channels from your cable TV network, and once you have chosen a TV channel, touching the iPad screen with your finger will prompt the live TV program to fill the entire screen.

If you travel and have an Internet connection on your iPhone or iPad, you can watch live TV from your home anywhere in the world. Broadway connects to your home network router and transmits the TV signal through your network router over the Internet to your Apple device.

Hauppauge's WinTV Extend software provides the same capabilities as Broadway, but requires a PC to operate. Broadway is completely stand alone, and is low power so it is always ready to send live TV to your Apple device. Broadway works with any standard home wired or 802.11g or 802.11n wireless router.

One of the key technologies within Broadway is a high-quality, high definition H.264 video compressor, which can take TV programs from clear QAM digital cable TV or ATSC over-the-air TV and "shrink" these programs into a form which can be displayed on an Apple device. Broadway also has a built-in multi-format TV receiver which can tune to digital cable TV channels and ATSC over-the-air broadcast TV channels, and then compress those TV channels and rebroadcast them over both WiFi and the Internet so that the TV programs can be watched on an Apple device. In addition to HD TV, Broadway can also receive and convert analog TV into a form which can be watched on Apple devices.

Broadway will have a suggested retail price of $199 and will be available in North America in about six weeks.



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iPhone charger uses electroluminescent lights to show charging speed

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iPhone chargers are a dime a dozen, so what makes Dexim's Visible Green Charger different? It has a special cord that uses electroluminescent light to show you how fast your iOS device is charging.

The Visible Green Charger is one of the greenest chargers we've ever seen. Dexim's goal with the charger is to reduce standby power by up to 85% when your iOS device is not in use. The charger's EL light cord will flow rapidly to indicate that your iOS device is charged up to 65% and will slow down as the device battery starts to fill up.

A Dexim representative told us that some competitors use LED lights in its charger cords for the sake of appearance, but at the expense of function. The Visible Green Charger is not like that, its EL light is on only when it's charging. It automatically shuts off when your iOS device is fully charged — completely cutting all power from the charger to the outlet to be as eco-friendly as possible.

The Visible Green Charger is $40 and will be available by the end of the month. The charger currently only supports most iOS devices, but hopefully Dexim will expand it to other smartphones and portable gadgets that charge through USB.













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Kevin Rose: iPad 2 in 3-4 weeks, Retina Display, dual cameras (updated)

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On his blog today, Kevin Rose claimed on good authority that Apple’s second generation iPad will debut in “3-4 weeks” and will feature a Retina Display in addition to dual cameras. An iPad 2 announcement within a month would not fit Apple’s typical yearly product cycle (for devices of iPad’s class: iPhone, iPod etc.) as the first iPad went on sale early April 2010. The iPad 2 also having a Retina Display seems unlikely as the term “Retina” (in Apple’s case) means the doubling of pixels.

I have it on good authority that Apple will be announcing the iPad 2 in the next “3-4 weeks”, possibly Tuesday February 1st. The iPad 2 will feature a retina display and front/back cameras.
Apple doubling the pixels of the current iPad (1024 x 768) would make the iPad 2 have a screen of a 2048 x 1536 resolution. That resolution seems way too high for Apple to put in a 9.7 inch display while keeping costs down. A higher resolution display does make sense though, and this could be what Rose is referring to. Of course we have heard many rumors about the next iPad including two cameras including some evidence from case leaks and physical iPad 2 mockups.

Rose has been very hit-and-miss over the years in terms of his Apple predictions. Prior to the launch of the first iPhone he incorrectly predicted the device having a physical keyboard and most recently, Rose claimed the new Apple TV would be called the “iTV” and would include an App Store as well as ad supported TV stations. On the other hand, Rose was correct about the Apple TV’s September launch date, iPad remote feature, and $99 price point and was also correct about the fourth-generation iPod nano’s features and even posted a photo of it. Rose was also correct about copy/paste in iOS 3.0 as well as new iTunes features.

Update: Rose updated his blog post to say it’s not a Retina Display but instead is higher resolution screen with more dots per inch (DPI).



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iRig Mic for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

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IK Multimedia has announced iRig Mic: the first handheld quality condenser microphone for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

iRig Mic is ideal for the singer, vocalist and songwriter on the move, but also perfect for recording speeches, instruments, performances or any other sound sources in the studio, on stage or in the field.

The iRig Mic features a highly unidirectional electret-condenser microphone capsule that provides quality recording, in both close mic and long distance mic conditions, and real-time monitoring with its dual mini-jack connector.

A three-level gain switch makes it instantly adjustable for any sound pressure condition - from soft speaking to loud playing. Its familiar form is perfect for handheld performance, plus it can be mounted on any mic stand leaving the iOS device free for app operation. Its rugged metal body is road-ready for the mobile musician.

iRig Mic also comes with VocaLive free, IK's new real time effects processor app suite for the singer and vocalist, iRig Recorder, the new IK free audio recording app and AmpliTube Free, the best selling app for guitar players and songwriters. iRig Mic also works with a multitude of other vocal and audio recording or processing apps for the iOS platform.

iRig Mic features:
· Ideal for all vocal applications from singing to speech
· Great for all types of sound recording or processing in music or any other audio application
· Quality electret-condenser unidirectional capsule
· Dual mini-jack connector allows real-time monitoring on headphones, speakers, mixers and PAs
· Rugged, durable metal housing
· Easy to set-up for any sound source
· Can be handheld or placed on a standard mic stand
· Comes with apps for singers, speakers and songwriters
· Can be used with a multitude of other apps
· Compatible with any iPhone, iPod touch (with mic input) and iPad

The iRig Mic is available to pre-order now for $59.99.




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Apple Removes VLC From the App Store

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Apple has removed VLC from the App Store after receiving a formal notification of copyright infringement from VLC developers.

The notification of infringement was filed because Apple’s iTunes Terms and Conditions don't allow users to install both free and paid apps on more than 5 devices. This goes against the original GNU license VLC's code is based on.

VLC developer RĂ©mi Denis-Courmont said, "At last, Apple has removed VLC media player from its application store. Thus the incompatibility between the GNU General Public License and the AppStore terms of use is resolved - the hard way. I am not going to pity the owners of iDevices, and not even the MobileVLC developers who doubtless wasted a lot of their time. This end should not have come to a surprise to anyone."





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