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Los Angeles-based audio purveyor Audyssey has unveiled the Audyssey Wireless Speakers, the company's second foray into Bluetooth stereo audio. The seven-pound speaker set is capable of 106 dB SPL peak at one meter.
Audyssey took its high-end iOS audio wireless Wednesday through the Lower East Side Audio Dock Air. The monolithic design borrows the same unusually bass-rich technology from the South of Market speakers and adds AirPlay for iPads, iPhones, iPods, and iTunes-equipped computers to share their audio over Wi-Fi. Controls are kept to a minimum on the device itself, which relies on a passive bass radiator, two mid-range drivers, and two tweeters to produce a sound that's theoretically balanced and deep without using a subwoofer.
Audyssey unveiled its second district-themed speaker system on Wednesday with an unusual flexible focus. The Lower East Side is ostensibly a desktop speaker set for computers but has both analog and optical inputs to hook it up to virtually any platform, such home theater receivers and mobile devices. The company's experience in audio tuning comes into play with processing that reportedly delivers deeper bass and good low-volume quality without needing a dedicated subwoofer.
Home theater audio gear maker Onkyo has just introduced a replacement for its TX-NR808 receiver with the TX-NR809. The new model gets network compatibility, support 7.2 channels and is THX Select2 Plus Certified. Its highlight is Marvell's Qdeo video upscaling and processing circuits, enabling it to upscale 1080p videos to an almost unprecedented 4K (3840x2160) resolution for high-end projectors and future TVs.
Best known for its audio processing chips, Audyssey this morning brought out a dedicated sound system of its own, the Audio Dock: South of Market Edition. The design has both a Dock Connector for an iOS device as well as a stereo Bluetooth audio link to push music and calls wirelessly, either from Apple hardware or any A2DP device, like an iPad or Android phone. Audyssey's design reflects its experience and is bi-amped as well as given automatic EQ, voice and volume tuning to make the most of its woofer and tweeter pairs.
Best Buy on Friday introduced its own Insignia home theater sound system to its lineup. The 5.1-channel system has 110W per channel and a 120W subwoofer, along with Audyssey sound processing. Three HDMI 1.4 inputs support 3D video formats, and an HDMI output relays the
At its press conference at CES on Wednesday, Sharp announced it would release LED-backlit HDTVs with new QuadPixel technology that is said to increase the number of individual color reproduced by conventional sets from 1 billion to 1 trillion. Conventional TVs use red, green and blue, but QuadPixel adds a fourth, yellow subpixel. This is said to provide richer yellows, golds and light blues, while Sharpís X-Gen panels, which use the RGBY pixels, are also said to be more energy efficient.
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Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive,¬†Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk¬†Drive,¬†GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq
BlackBerry Canada, Florida hit with layoffs
The BlackBerry campus has reportedly been wracked with layoffs. Sources familiar with the company's Waterloo office staffing claim that close to 35 percent of the local workforce has been laid off, with the deepest cuts being made in the BlackBerry 10 OS and hardware teams. Additionally, the state of Florida has been officially notified that the company's Sunrise facility will see 75 people fired. Enthusiast site Mobilesyrup puts the layoffs at around 1000 total. http://bit.ly/1Pc1Rep
Instagram tests multiple account support for iOS
Instagram is trialling support for multiple accounts in its iPhone app with a small number of users. The Facebook-owned photo sharing service confirmed the reports of the tests to TechCrunch, which will allow a single user to manage more than a single account within the app, transferring between two or three accounts with a few taps. It is unclear when the feature will roll out to the public, but it has previously tested it with the Android version of the app since November. http://tcrn.ch/1SPKEKh
Foxconn CEO declares Sharp deal near done
The Foxconn bid for Sharp is allegedly only waiting on specific details of the deal. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has declared that his company has privileged negotiation rights for the Apple iPhone screen supplier, saying that "we have a consensus, the rest is a process ... I don't see a problem completing this process." Gou hopes the deal, worth up to $5.6 billion, will be formalized by the end of February. http://reut.rs/1SPEQjN