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ASUS X302
ASUS X302

ASUS today announced the X302, an affordable, high performance 13.3-inch notebook powered by up to a 5th-generation Intel Core i7 processor and gaming-grade NVIDIA® GeForce® GT™ 900 Series graphics. Ideal for work or play, X302 features a Full HD display for exceptional visuals, and features ASUS IceCool technology to keep the palm-rest cool even after extended periods of use. X302 boasts sleek lines and features a spun-metal-effect top cover — with the iconic concentric-circle pattern — finished in dark blue, and is designed for those looking for a stylish all-rounder notebook.

Geared for fast, responsive computing

ASUS X302 is powered by up to a 5th-generation Intel Core i7 processor for fast, responsive performance for multi-task computing or multimedia entertainment. X302 delivers exceptional visuals as well, thanks to discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 900 Series graphics – giving users silky-smooth video playback and fast, fluid gaming. The 900 Series gives X302 a significant visual boost over normal notebooks; giving it photo and video editing capabilities, as well as the ability to play the latest games.

X302 can be optioned with a solid-state drive (SSD) for faster data access and application loading times.X302 also features a 38W lithium-polymer battery, with an enhanced battery lifespan that allows three times the number of charge cycles of the traditional lithium-ion batteries used in most notebooks.

ASUS IceCool technology and Full HD 1920 x 1080 visuals

ASUS X302 features ASUS IceCool technology that uses a unique internal component layout to address palm rest heating issues. This keeps palm rest surface temperatures between 28 and 35 degrees Celsius, significantly lower than body temperature so users stay cool and comfortable.

X302 has a 13.3-inch panel which is the ideal size for watching movies, surfing the web, or working on spreadsheets. X302 is available with up to an LED-backlit Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution display, as well as in-plane switching (IPS) display technology. The latter gives X302 wide 178-degree viewing angles, allowing users to view the screen from virtually any angle without distortion, so colors stay true and lifelike.

ASUS Splendid technology ensures accurate color reproduction, incredible detail and vibrant, lifelike colors, ensuring X302 offer users a stunning visual experience for work, movies and gaming.

Sleek modern design with ASUS-exclusive technologies

ASUS X302 has a seamless one-piece keyboard for a solid typing feel, and has a 104 x 76mm touchpad – the same size as those found on larger 15-inch laptops. ASUS Smart Gesture technology supports a range of Windows 8.1 touch commands for quicker, responsive input.

X302 boasts sleek minimalist lines, gently-rounded edges, and the signature concentric-circle pattern on the dark blue top cover gives it a premium, high quality feel. It has portable dimensions measuring 328 x 234 x 25.6mm, and weighs less than 1.6kg. For detail information, visit www.techologie.com.

 

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Penclic’s wireless workspace

Penclic, the award-winning Swedish company known for creating ergonomically functional and sleekly designed computer accessories, announces the ultimate wireless work station for the home, office and the road. With the launch of the Bluetooth numpad, the Penclic team has added to their growing portfolio of ergonomic, yet beautifully designed computer accessories to deliver a modern twist on the wireless workspace.

Penclic’s journey began in 2011 with the launch of their pen-shaped mouse that brought innovation to a category that hadn’t seen a true design change since the world was introduced to the PC mouse more than 30 years ago. Since then they have introduced a wide range of ergonomic computer accessories that incorporate sleek Scandinavian design, including the next-generation Bluetooth Mouse B3 and their Wireless Mini Keyboard K2. With the newly introduced numpad, they have completed the wireless set up, just in time for New Year’s resolutions to get heathy at home and at work. Fitness may start at the gym, but work wellness begins at the office, where the average worker spends more than six hours in front of a computer screen.

Working together, the compact size of the keyboard and numpad centralize your position, while the design of the mouse allows you to utilize your fine motor skills intended for mouse operation, resulting in a healthy lifestyle, increased productivity and reduced chances of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The size and feel of the products keep your desktop clutter-free, helping you stay organized during your work day.

Stina Wahlqvist, Penclic CEO and one of the youngest female CEOs in the tech industry, knew that she had a daunting task when she had a dream of helping people by producing ergonomic computer accessories, while still making them aesthetically pleasing.

“We started creating a new standard, Design and Ergonomics, to fit into the consumer market. It goes without saying you know you are in for a big challenge. Traditionally, ergonomic products are not praised for their “beautiful” design-just for the purpose they serve. We wanted to change that,” says Wahlqvist. “We saw huge potential to help people and still provide fantastic looking products that are functional. We wanted to find that balance. To me this vision is clear.”

The Penclic wireless workstation has found that balance with a nod to sleek, Scandinavian style, while still packing tons of function, health benefits and practicality into the design. With growing trends of health in the workplace and employees working remotely, Penclic strives to provide a space where people will feel comfortable and enjoy working, whether it’s in an office, at home or on the go.

Penclic’s wireless workspace will be on display at the 2015 CES in Las Vegas, January 6-9, in South Hall, Booth #32012.

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ZTE-Star-2

ZTE, a global manufacturer of smartphones and mobile devices, held an official launch today in Guangzhou, China for the ZTE Star 2, its latest 4G LTE flagship voice controlled device. Key highlights of the ZTE Star 2 include intelligent system-level voice control, an enhanced mobile entertainment experience, and a brand new customizable UI.

“ZTE is pleased to announce the launch of the ZTE Star 2, which offers superior voice control functions that redefine the smartphone experience,” said Shi Lirong, Executive Director and President of ZTE Corporation. “Building on the success of Star 1, Star 2 represents the latest product from our biometrics voice integration strategy. ZTE is committed to changing people’s lives and how they interact with mobile devices in the connected world era via mobile broadband internet.”

The innovative ZTE Star 2 is supported by more than 1000 patents, of which 158 are related to voice control, further demonstrating the strength of ZTE Star 2’s intelligent voice technology in the industry.

In China, ZTE Star 2 is one of the few devices to support China Mobile’s new RCS service, representing a significant milestone for smart devices. ZTE Star 2’s voice control technology will integrate with RCS voice messaging and call features, offering an advanced and seamless voice experience across different platforms within China Mobile’s RCS service.

Smarter Voice Control 

ZTE Star 2 features the industry’s first system-level voice and speech recognition solution that is fully functional even when the device is offline and without a network connection. Its improved recognition technology offers a rapid response rate of just 1.2 seconds, with a 90% success rate even in abnormal noise ambience conditions. ZTE Star 2’s wide array of voice control functions allow users to unlock the device with their own unique voice tone, make phone calls, open third-party apps, play music, take photos and much more. The device also offers a number of smart voice functions for both business and entertainment purposes, such as real-time voice-to-text input and a function that allows users to play music using voice commands.

Star 2 also comes with ZTE’s newly improved driving mode, which offers a safer and more convenient hands-free driving experience. Its driving mode features a range of voice control functions, such as automatic GPS navigation, message replying, call answering, and music control.

ZTE Star 2’s voice control functions are complemented by an array of motion sensing features that offer added convenience to users. For instance, a user can simply hold the device by their ear and say the name of a contact to call them, without having to activate the touch screen or unlock the device.

Customizable UI – MiFavor 3.0

ZTE Star 2 is the first device to come with the latest MiFavor 3.0 UI, which offers customizable and pre-defined color schemes for a vibrant, fashionable and flat user interface. With over 100 different combinations to choose from, MiFavor 3.0 features a variety of icons, wallpapers and color options, taking personalization to a new level.

Minimalist Design 

Designed for optimal voice control, the beautifully crafted ZTE Star 2 comes with thin bezels (1.18 mm) and a thin body (6.9mm) that offers comfort for everyday use. It is built with an aircraft-grade aluminum alloy frame and a 5-inch dual-layer Gorilla Glass 3 screen for durability and scratch resistance.

Enhanced Entertainment Experience 

For photography enthusiasts, the ZTE Star 2 is equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera, with f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash, offering powerful camera performance. Its 5 megapixel front camera comes with an 88° ultra-wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture, which is perfect for capturing group selfies. The cameras can be controlled by voice, smile, timer and touch, and users can launch the camera application by drawing a ‘C’ on the screen.

ZTE Star 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with a 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, a premium tier processor that offers sharper image capture, improved performance and outstanding battery life. It comes with 16GB ROM + 2GB RAM internal memory and a 2300mAH battery.

Availability  

ZTE Star 2 will be available for purchase via a number of online platforms in China from December 18, 2014, priced at 2499 RMB. More information about its availability in additional markets will be announced at a later date. ZTE is looking forward to showcasing an array of flagship devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas.

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Nissan-License-Autonomous

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced that it has licensed its Around View Monitor and Moving Object Detection (MOD) technology, jointly developed with Clarion Co., Ltd., for use by Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. These two  innovative systems are the building blocks of autonomous driving technology that will operate commercially viable Nissan Autonomous Drive vehicles by 2020.

The Around View Monitor (AVM) is a parking support system that offers the driver a bird’s eye view of the vehicle’s surroundings in real time using four exterior cameras. MOD is a driving assistance technology that analyses the images from the AVM cameras to detect moving objects around the vehicle and warn the driver with visual and audio alerts. Since the market launch of AVM in 2007 and MOD in 2010, both firsts for any automaker, Nissan has steadily expanded its safety technology offerings, which have become a cornerstone of autonomous drive technology development.

The licensing agreement enables Hitachi Construction Machinery to provide AVM and MOD technology to its massive haul trucks and hydraulic excavators working at large open-pit mines. When drivers start operating the vehicle, drop cargo, back up to load cargo, or when a hydraulic shovel is used in close proximity to the vehicle, the AVM-MOD technology detects any movement or workers in the area around it in real time, enabling the driver to work with greater situational awareness which enhances safety.

Nissan will contribute to the growth of technology through the application of its unique technologies and know-how for its own use as well as in a variety of fields. Profit generated through the effective use of these intangible assets will be invested in new technology development, further contributing to Nissan’s technological competence. Autonomous Drive is being developed to help lower the element of human error during driving and contribute to a reduction in the number of accidents and injuries related to automobiles. The licensing of this technology is an example of Nissan’s intention to offer the AVM and MOD technology to other industries beyond the automotive sector. Through the wider application of its safety technologies Nissan aims to do its part in contributing to the development of society.

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ROG Poseidon GTX 980

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the Poseidon GTX 980 with DirectCU H2O, a new graphics card with a hybrid thermal solution that enables efficient cooling by either air or water. Armed with a host of exclusive ROG features, the Poseidon GTX 980 is for gamers that want superlative performance without compromise.

Cooler, Quieter and Faster with DirectCU H20

The ROG Poseidon GTX 980 is fitted with exclusive DirectCU H2O technology, which employs a combined air and water channel to provide complete flexibility for the user.

A custom vapor chamber is in direct contact with the card’s GPU for faster heat dispersal, while copper heat-pipes and extended cooling fins further transfer heat out and away from the card to keep it running cool. With water cooling, the ROG Poseidon GTX 980 achieves up to 27°C-lower running temperatures than reference designs — translating to gaming performance that’s up to 10% faster in Watch Dogs™ and 7% faster in Battlefield 4™.

What’s more, with standard G¼-inch threaded fittings, the ROG Poseidon GTX 980 easily accommodates existing cooling equipment, so users can get going with water cooling right away.

The new card also features dust-proof fans that are both quiet and help keep the card free of particulates, reducing the need for routine cleaning or maintenance.

Built to Last

ASUS engineers have designed the ROG Poseidon GTX 980 for longevity. The card includes Digi+ VRM with Super Alloy Power technology. Black metallic solid-state capacitors,10-phase Super Alloy Power chokes and hardened MOSFETs all withstand much greater stress and heat due to the application of specially-formulated materials — increasing reliability and overall card lifespan. Digi+ VRM provides clean and stable voltage, ensuring ample room for experimental performance tuning – to levels unmatched by other graphics cards.

The ROG Poseidon GTX 980 also benefits from a tough back-plate that’s made from an aluminum alloy and a unique die-cast thermal armor with thermal pads — preventing bending and further improving cooling in the crucial power MOSFET and memory areas.

Attention has also been given to aesthetics – the ROG Poseidon GTX 980 features LED lighting that glows red and pulsates when the card is active, making it ideal for showcasing in an enthusiast PC build.

Tweaker Friendly

ASUS GPU Tweak software is also a part of the ROG Poseidon 980’s repertoire, an exclusive tuning tool that allows quick, simple and safe control over video-memory clock speeds, cooling-fan speeds and power-consumption thresholds — allowing the GPU to be pushed to its limits.

The GPU Tweak Streaming tool lets users share on-screen action over the internet in real time, so others can watch live as games are played. It’s even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

The ASUS ROG Poseidon GTX 980 will be available soon from ASUS authorized resellers and distributors with an MSRP of $639.99

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LG’s 4K ULTRA HD TV

LG Electronics will unveil a new 4K ULTRA HD TV with quantum dot technology as a new component of its expanded TV lineup at the 2015 International CES, Jan. 6-9 in Las Vegas. LG’s 4K ULTRA HD TVs with quantum dot technology will offer a wider color palette and improved color saturation than conventional LCD TVs and will be available in 2015 to complement LG’s other ULTRA HD TV and OLED TV offerings.

LG’s quantum dot technology displays an extremely wide color gamut, making it ideal for 4K content. The technology works by harnessing nano crystals that range in size from 2 to 10 nanometers. Each dot emits a different color depending on its size. By adding a film of quantum dots in front of the LCD backlight, picture color reproduction rate and overall brightness are significantly improved.

Since the nano-sized dots emit extraordinarily vivid colors, quantum dot technology is able to enhance the already stunning capabilities of LG’s 4K ULTRA HD In-Plane Switching (IPS) displays. The color reproduction rate in LG’s IPS panels, which offers high color accuracy and extra wide viewing angles, is increased with the addition of the quantum dot film by more than 30 percent compared with conventional LCD/LED TVs.

LG’s 4K ULTRA HD TVs with quantum dot technology will employ technology designed with the environment in mind as they contain no cadmium or any other toxic heavy metals.

“Quantum dot’s vibrant and vivid color reproduction capabilities brings LG’s LCD TVs to the next level when it comes to picture quality,” said In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV and monitor division at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “The addition of ULTRA HD TV with quantum dot technology to our TV lineup positioned under our award-winning OLED TVs further establishes LG as a leading provider of the most diverse and innovative TV display technologies in the industry.”

Visitors to LG’s booth at CES 2015 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204) from Jan. 6-9 will have the opportunity to see LG’s stunning 4K ULTRA HD TVs with their own eyes.

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BenQ SW2401PT

BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned digital lifestyle solutions provider and LED monitor expert, today introduced its all-new SW2401PT photography monitor.Featuring a 24-inch QHD display, 99-percent Adobe RGB color space, and IPS technology, BenQ’s latest addition to its creative design monitor seriescombines a selection of high-end features for incredibly reliable color accuracy, fidelity consistency, and seamless compatibility with today’s DSLR cameras. Designed to facilitate the way photographers work with color, the SW2401PT also enables easy hardware calibration, 14-bit 3D, LIT, Delta E<2 capabilities, a Black-and-White mode, and more.

“BenQ is proud to introduce the world’s first monitor specifically engineered for today’s professional photographers and enthusiasts,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “Loaded with advanced features to support the color editing process, our latest RevolutionEyes monitor displays a larger spectrum of color reproduction while hardware calibration allows users to adjust the monitor’s image-processing chip without changing the graphics card output data. Powerful, intuitive, and extremely advanced, the SW2401PT lets photographers blend colors with incredible accuracy to bring more creative integrity to their work.”

Designed specifically for today’s digital photographers, BenQ’s QHD 2560×1440 SW2401PT professional photography monitor includes a 99-percent Adobe RGB color gamma to provide a greater range of color reproduction for shades of blue and green, while hardware calibration allows users to fine-tune the device’s image-processing chip without replacing the graphics card output data — ensuring that every photo is displayed smoothly and consistently, exactly as it was taken. Equipped with two preset calibration modes, the SW2401PT provides a 14-bit 3D Look Up Table (LUT) and DeltaE<2 in both Adobe RGB and sRGB color spaces, enabling a more authentic view of original images. The SW2401PT also comes with BenQ’s Palette Master calibration software, which can be used with a calibrator to optimize color performance.

Featuring four times the pixel resolution of FHD devices and nearly 77-percent more working space, the 24-inch SW2401PT gives photographers an incredibly versatile screen area while the monitor’s OSD controller puts easy remote configuration directly onto the user’s hand. As a result, the SW2401PT can be customized to click through display settings for applications such as photo editing, web surfing, or word processing software. To facilitate the photo editing process even further, the SW2401PT comes equipped with a Black-and-White mode which allows users to easily edit and view black and white photos without losing any facets of the details or tones of the original photograph.

To increase viewer comfort during long periods of computer use, the SW2401PT integrates BenQ’s RevolutionEyes™ technology. Featuring ZeroFlicker™ capabilities, the monitor uses a new direct lighting system engineered to eliminate flicker issues caused by backlight controllers. As a result, the eye-comfort technology enhances productivity and reduces visual fatigue by eliminating monitor flickering at all brightness levels.

The BenQ’s SW2401PT is available now and retails at $499. More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.us.

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All-New Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Motor Company, South Korea’s largest automaker, today unveiled its all-new Sonata Hybrid in Seoul, Korea. The all-new Sonata Hybrid features a unique hybrid design, advanced safety and convenience features, a spacious interior and trunk, and an upgraded powertrain that delivers class-leading fuel economy of 18.2 km/ℓ.

The launch event, held at the Grand InterContinental Seoul Parnas hotel, was attended by around 250 media members and company executives including Jin Kwak, Hyundai Motor’s Executive Vice President, responsible for sales in the domestic market.

“The launch of our all-new Sonata Hybrid, with its class-leading fuel economy and powerful driving performance, comes at a time when eco-friendly vehicles are becoming established as a mainstream car,” Mr. Kwak said during his welcome speech today. “Our latest offering, based on one of our best-selling models, underscores our efforts to meet the growing popularity of eco-friendly vehicles around the world.”

The all-new Sonata Hybrid, the result of 27 months of development and an investment of approximately 180 billion Won (KRW), is scheduled to launch in major markets outside Korea, starting in the first half of 2015. Hyundai Motor targets to sell a total of 55,000 units (Korea: 18,000 / Overseas: 37,000) next year.

In line with Hyundai Motor Group’s target to become a global top 2 automaker in the eco-friendly car market by 2020, Hyundai Motor will expand its eco-friendly line-up in all segments by this time, all launched under the Blue Drive™ sub brand. As part of this initiative, the all-new Sonata Hybrid will be joined next year by a Plug-in Hybrid variant of the Sonata, which will be Hyundai Motor’s first Plug-in Hybrid. The company also plans to introduce its first dedicated Hybrid model in the second half next year.

With the addition of the Plug-in Hybrid version, Hyundai Motor will offer a complete range of eco-friendly models, further boosting the model’s popularity. While the all-new Sonata Hybrid will make its North American debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, detailed information of the Plug-in Hybrid version will be also released at the show in Detroit, U.S.

Upgraded Hybrid Power System

The all-new Sonata Hybrid is powered by an efficient Nu 2.0-liter GDI hybrid engine mated to a 38 kW electric motor. The gasoline engine delivers maximum power and torque of 156 ps and 19.3 kg.m, up 4 percent and 5.5 percent respectively, compared to the previous model. The 38 kW electric motor also delivers 8.6 percent improved maximum power, with maximum torque of 20.9 kg.m (205 Nm).

With the upgraded engine and electric motor, the new model achieves a significant improvement in fuel consumption: a class-leading combined rating of 18.2 km/ℓwith 16-inch wheels (17.7 km/ℓ with 17-inch wheels).

This engine transfers power to the road via Hyundai Motor’s innovative six-speed automatic transmission. The new unit – launched in October 2014 at the company’s annual International Powertrain Conference – houses almost all of the hybrid powertrain components within the transmission, minimizing energy losses and maximizing fuel economy.

The transmission is fitted with a highly-efficient traction motor, while the torque converter has been removed. A lighter torsion damper, and new engine clutch, which features fewer clutch discs, reduce drag and contribute to a more efficient transfer and use of power.

The most significant change to the new transmission to improve fuel efficiency is within the oil pump system. By removing the mechanical oil pump, which causes hydraulic losses, and replacing it with a new electric oil pump, the transmission automatically optimizes operation according to the driving conditions.

The all-new Sonata Hybrid continues to utilize a lithium-polymer battery pack – which in 2011 made Hyundai Motor first automaker in the world to incorporate such efficient battery technology into production cars – now with a 13.3 percent higher capacity of 1.62 kilowatt-hour (versus 1.43 kWh). The battery has been relocated under the floor of the trunk, allowing for a flat trunk floor, creating a more useable cargo area, 10.5% larger than that of the previous model, with 60/40 split-folding seats.

As implemented in the first Sonata Hybrid, the new model is based on a full parallel hybrid architecture. The advantages of a full parallel system allow Sonata Hybrid to generate electricity captured during low engine loads and regenerative braking system to power the electric motor. When the vehicle comes to a stop and the electrical load is low, the engine will shut down to eliminate idle fuel consumption and emissions.

Unique Hybrid Design

Compared to other mid-sized hybrid variants, the all-new Sonata Hybrid features a number of unique exterior design characteristics that distinguish it from non-hybrid Sonata models. As well as creating a unique design, these changes have a functional outcome, an exceptionally low drag coefficient of 0.24 Cd* for the all-new Sonata Hybrid, aiding fuel efficiency and stability (* Hyundai Motor’s own estimates).

At the front, the larger, more sharply-edged hexagonal grille has a unique inner-grille pattern. The hexagonal grille, a hallmark of Hyundai Motor design, aids cooling and aerodynamic efficiency, while the new, slimline LED daytime running lights and HID headlamps echo the high-technology image.

A distinctive chrome molding at the bottom of the doors helps to accentuate the Hybrid model’s sleek shape. At the rear, the revised, voluminous rear fenders flow into new, high-visibility LED rear lamp clusters. The design upgrades are completed with a unique, low-drag rear diffuser. New, streamlined 16-inch and 17-inch alloy wheels, together with a full underbody cover contribute to reduced airflow resistance.

Compared to the previous-generation Sonata Hybrid, the all-new Sonata Hybrid is longer (+35 mm) and wider (+30 mm), with a longer wheelbase (+10 mm), allowing more interior space for occupants. The belt line that runs the length of the car has been lowered, with a more sharply raked A-pillar to emphasize the generous proportions.

Like its base model, the all-new Sonata Hybrid benefits from improved interior ergonomics, resulting in a completely driver-focused cabin, intuitive interfaces and premium soft-touch materials to ensure a pleasurable journey.

Safety & Convenience Features

The all-new Sonata Hybrid also benefits from new, advanced safety systems including Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Parking Sensors, Blind Spot Detection and Lane Change Assist. In addition to the full suite of passive safety technologies, the car also incorporates a new knee bag to prevent injury in the event of a collision.

Access to the cabin is keyless thanks to a Smart Key, while the trunk can be entered ‘hands-free’ thanks to the Smart Trunk function. In addition, systems have been fitted to optimize driver comfort, including a powered and ventilated seat that has a four-way lumbar support, as well as Heated Steering Wheel and Smart Cruise Control for enhanced driving comfort on longer journeys.

All-new Sonata Hybrid Specifications

The below figures of both models are Korean specs. Specs may vary depending on the regions.

All-new
Sonata Hybrid
Change Previous Sonata
Hybrid
Overall Length (mm) 4,855 +35 4,820
Overall Width (mm) 1,865 +30 1,835
Overall Height (mm) 1,475 +5 1,470
Wheelbase (mm) 2,805 +10 2,795
Driving
Performance
Engine 2.0 Nu GDI 2.0 Nu MPI
Electric Motor 38kW 35kW
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Maximum Power Engine (ps) 156 +6 150
Motor (kW) 38 +3 35
Maximum
Torque
(kg.m)
Engine 19.3 +1.0 18.3
Motor 20.9 +0.0 20.9
Fuel Economy (km/ℓ) 18.2 (16-inch)
17.7 (17-inch)
+1.4
+0.9
16.8
(16,17-inch)

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Synology Surveillance Station 7.0 Beta

Synology Inc. today announced the beta availability of Surveillance Station 7.0, the latest version of its popular video management system. Surveillance Station 7.0 Beta delivers a completely redesigned interface, customizable event linking rules, integration for physical access controllers, as well as support for more specialized IP cameras and ONVIF 2.4 compliance.

“With Surveillance Station 7.0, we aimed to create the most flexible, yet easy to use version of Surveillance Station ever,” said Alex Wang, CEO of Synology Inc. “Users can enjoy a familiar desktop experience with the redesigned interface, while also taking advantage of more camera features and built-in support for physical access controllers. These features significantly boost versatility and installation options.”

Surveillance Station 7.0 Beta introduces new and advanced features, including:

Brand new design emphasizing ease-of-use: The user interface in Surveillance Station 7.0 has been redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up. The intuitive design emphasizes ease-of-use, multitasking, and handy organization. Design tweaks deliver the smoothest and most responsive experience yet. The new Alerts Panel for Live View Analytics lets users easily review, play back, or save suspicious events.

Automated event linking for dynamic surveillance environments: To facilitate task automation, Surveillance Station 7.0 significantly expands the functionality of action rules, making it possible to automatically perform a wider range of tasks, either according to a schedule or when pre-defined events occur. For example, if one camera goes offline, another camera can start patrolling a specified area in response.

Physical access control and video monitoring in a single pane: Surveillance Station 7.0 moves beyond video surveillance and into the real world of physical access control. When paired with the AXIS Network Door Controller solution, surveillance personnel can monitor, lock and unlock, or view access logs of connected doors — all from the familiar Surveillance Station interface.

Ever-expanding integration for specialized IP cameras: Surveillance Station 7.0 delivers even more integration for specialized camera features, such as object tracking, digital output, and two-way audio, allowing users to deploy a flexible surveillance system perfectly tailored to their individual environment. In addition, Surveillance Station 7.0 includes expanded, software-powered dewarping for wall mount and ceiling mount fisheye cameras.

ONVIF 2.4 compliance: With support for ONVIF 2.4, users and system integration can take advantage of boosted interoperability and more flexible installation with standard features like multiple stream, in-camera motion detection, digital input/output, audio output, NTP synchronization, or day/night exposure modes.

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Elecom Introduced GrandBass System

ELECOM will  launch new products in mid-January in their lineup of TRS mini-plug AV stereo headsets for smartphones that feature the “GrandBass System” for intense, powerful bass in new color variations.

This is the debut of the “EHP-CS3570” series of stereo headsets for smartphones, featuring ELECOM’s proprietary “GrandBass System” allowing for deep rumbling bass and high resolution sound.

In addition to featuring a special sound driver unit with a large diameter of 13.6mm for detailed and accurate sound across a wide range, the headsets have two uniquely designed air chambers, that simultaneously maintain a large volume of sound and improve density, achieving intense bass that is both deep and sharp. Also, thanks to their “front-oriented magnet construction”, which places magnets on both sides of the trembler, loss of magnetic flux from the drivers is minimized, and vibration speed maximized, resulting in a more powerful sound.

The ear caps come in three sizes so you can pick the perfect fit. They are newly designed “deep fit ear caps” with inflated ends that make them more airtight, keeping in that powerful bass sound. Also, the hardness of the ear caps has been changed, both inside and out, improving not just the sound and fit but increasing air tightness as well, thanks to a two-stage depth-adjusted construction.

Regarding comfort, both lines use “earplug type” earphones that fit snugly in the ear and have good noise-canceling, meaning that sound will neither spill out nor will users be bothered by surrounding noise. The flat cables are easy to wind up and prevent tangles, and the cable length is a comfortable 1.2m. A cable keeper for the excess cable is included, as well as a handy pouch for carrying.

The “EHP-CS3570 Series” for smartphones connects via a 3.5mm TRRS mini plug. Not just for enjoying music, the headset also includes a condenser microphone for phone calls. The remote control switch that houses the microphone includes a slide switch for volume control, as well as a switch for answering or ending phone calls.

The headsets come in luxurious white and pink and both feature a stylish design with flat cables that shows off the quality of the metal and rubber materials.

Model number On-sale date Countries and regions
EHP-CS3570WH-G
EHP-CS3570PN-G
Mid-January 2015 Korea, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore,
Saudi Arabia, EU, Japan