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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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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

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HTPS-Panel

Seiko Epson Corporation today announced that it had shipped its 100 millionth high-temperature polysilicon (“HTPS”) TFT liquid crystal panel for 3LCD projectors, enough for more than 33.3 million projector units.

Epson began developing HTPS, the core devices at the heart of 3LCD projectors, in the 1980s and introduced its first 3LCD projector in 1989. Since then, shipments of Epson HTPS panels have grown in tandem with the projector market, reaching 50 million in 2008, and now, 25 years since the launch of the first 3LCD projector, achieving 100 million.
Applications for projectors have now expanded, for example, for business presentations in offices, for home theaters, for education, and for commerce. By continuing to develop products that fulfill the demands of these markets, Epson has maintained its position as the world’s No.1*

Epson will continue to expand and enhance its HTPS lineup with panels for 3LCD projectors that boast outstanding color brightness, natural images, and which are easy on the eyes.

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WorkForce Pro WF-8090

Epson, a leading provider of business imaging solutions, today announced expansion of its portfolio of workgroup printers with its two new A3 printing solutions powered by PrecisionCore – the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 and WF-8090. The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series printers are designed to deliver affordable color printing with low intervention for small and medium companies and corporate workgroups.

The WorkForce Pro 8000-Series features black and color print speeds up to 24 ppm1, a duty cycle of up to 75,000 pages2, and cost savings up to 40 percent lower than printing from color lasers3. With the WorkForce Pro WF-8590 (multifunction) and WF-8090 (single function) color printers, workgroups will benefit from versatile media handling to print up to 13” x 19” on a variety of media, including envelopes and labels. With ultra-high yield cartridges to print or copy up to 7,000 color pages4 and total paper capacity of up to 1,830 sheets with optional paper trays, small and medium businesses (SMBs) can maximize work productivity by reducing the frequency of supplies replenishment.

“Business decision-makers and their solutions providers are moving A3 printing closer to the knowledge workers who print a high volume of color pages,” said Larry Trevarthen, director, Business Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “This move not only minimizes workflow disruption, but with the new WorkForce Pro 8000-Series, it can also optimize the costs of color printing.”

“These new Epson models are designed to augment traditional ‘big iron’ machines – not replace them – to more conveniently deliver the wide-format color documents produced by companies in sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare and financial services,” Trevarthen added.

Additional WorkForce Pro 8000-Series features include:

  • Drivers & utilities – universal printer driver; PCL* and PostScript® 3 support.
  • Security features: PIN number certification for job release; user control access, printer and network settings via Web configuration with printer’s IP address, SSL/TLS security, IPSec.
  • Efficiency – automatic duplexing plus auto media size detection; WorkForce Pro WF-8590 adds auto two-sided copying, faxing and scanning, including Scan to Cloud5, scan to email and Epson Document Capture Pro software.
  • Built-in connectivity – includes Ethernet, USB, wireless b/g/n6 and Wi-Fi Direct®6; easily print from tablets and smartphones7, including remote printing and access to Cloud.
  • Enabled for remote printer data collection – Compatible with MPS software solutions from PrintFleet®, ECi (FMAudit®) and others.

Availability

The WorkForce Pro WF-8590 and WF-8090 will be available in January 2015 through the Epson ImageWaySM Partner Program to channel partners and through authorized commercial channel resellers.

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Airbus A330 MRTT

Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by the French Ministry of Defence to supply 12 A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the French Air Force. The first delivery is foreseen for 2018, followed by the second in 2019, and then at a rate of one or two per year.

The contract agreed between the French procurement agency, la Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), and Airbus Defence and Space is now ready for the official award. The contract covers the development and qualification of the specific French configuration as well as the associated support and training systems, such as spares, ground support equipment, training devices and five years of in-service support from first delivery.

France’s choice of the A330 MRTT makes it the sixth nation to order the type following Australia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom which have ordered a total of 34 aircraft. In addition, India and Qatar have selected the MRTT and are in the final stages of contractual negotiations for six and two aircraft respectively. A total of 22 aircraft are currently in service and the aircraft has been battle-proven in recent coalition actions.

The A330 MRTT has won every major tanker aircraft procurement competition outside the USA since it has entered the market.

Airbus Defence and Space Executive Vice President Military Aircraft, Domingo Ureña Raso said: “The French Air Force has enormous experience in the field of air-to-air refuelling. It knows the factors which are critical to success and its selection of the A330 MRTT is a real honour for us. In addition it is a long-standing operator of our transport aircraft and as always we are particularly proud in gaining the further confidence of an existing customer.”

In French service the A330 MRTT will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, be equipped with a combination of the Airbus Refuelling Boom System and underwing hose-and-drogue refuelling pods, and can be configured in a variety of layouts carrying up to 271 passengers as well as medevac arrangements including the French MORPHEE intensive care module carrying up to ten patients as well as 88 passengers.

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Simatic-IFP1500

Siemens is launching 15″ widescreen devices for gesture and multi-touch operation onto the market. The flat panel monitor Simatic IFP1500 and the two panel PCs Simatic IPC477D and IPC677D with a 15″ display will complement the existing portfolio of 19″ and 22″ devices. Outstanding features include industrial-standard anti-glare for easy legibility from wide viewing angles, high image resolution for precise operation, and automatic detection of spurious touching and operation caused for example by catching the screen with the ball of the hand, or soiling. The continuous glass front is scratch-proof and resistant to chemicals, while a metal surround protects the glass edge from mechanical damage. Machinery and plant manufacturers benefit from the multi-touch devices from Siemens for modern operating concepts featuring zooming, scrolling and context-sensitive displays. Multi-touch user interfaces can be implemented easily and efficiently thanks to the industry-specific device design, the practical functions and the supporting engineering tools.

The new flat panel monitor Simatic IFP1500 and the new panel PCs Simatic IPC477D and IPC677D with a 15″ display are ideal for the intuitive, efficient operation of machinery and plant using one or more fingers as well as gestures or two hands. They can also be operated while wearing protective gloves, and can be used for single-touch applications. The new devices with projected capacitive touchscreens (PCTs) designed specifically for industrial applications are splash-proof and dirt-resistant. The special design, which features a continuous glass front and keyless operation, makes the new products ideally suited to applications with rigorous cleanliness and hygiene requirements, for example in the food and beverages industry. The devices with an aluminum housing are designed for 24-hour continuous operation, and comply with high-temperature, vibration, shock and EMC requirements.

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IGABYTE FORCE H1

GIGABYTE, the world’s leading premium hardware brand, today releases the FORCE H1 wireless gaming headphones designed for mobile gaming and entertainment. Via Bluetooth 3.0 technology, the sleek FORCE H1 provides hassle-free, wireless mobility for gaming enthusiasts who long for experiencing high-fidelity sound quality while playing their favorite game titles on the go.

With the explosion of mobile games in all their genres nowadays, the game content is rapidly getting more sophisticated, and it is no surprise that mobile gamers are also expecting much enhanced audio performance in their games. Catering to such needs, the FORCE H1 is specifically tuned to offer a comprehensive mobile gaming experience, delivering the optimized multi-dimensional comfort in sound, wear and control for mobile gamers.

No cable getting in the way, the FORCE H1 can be cordlessly connected to any Bluetooth enabled device. The on-ear design padded with ultra-soft ear cushions perfectly blocks all outside noise. Plus, the built-in 40mm gold-plated driver creates rich and clear all-around stereo quality, allowing gamers to get immersed in their favorite games anytime, anywhere.

The lightweight design with the unique hexagonal structure evenly distributes contact pressure to ensure wearing comfort, especially for long gaming or jam sessions. The swiveling ear pad with memory foam wrapped in breathable leather offers superior ergonomic fit to add extra comfort, while the stainless steel reinforcement provides both durability and flexibility for the optimized fit.
In addition to gaming, the FORCE H1 is also perfect for listening to music, watching videos/movies, and communicating on mobile devices. The integrated volume, call answering, and playlist controls on the ear cup bring users with easy and intuitive control navigated by touch. The prolonged battery life is good for 10 hours of uninterrupted wireless play/music time and up to 300 hours in standby with microUSB charging on the side. The headphones can be folded and stored in the supplied durable case ideal for commuting or long-distance travel.

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LG-Door-in-Door-Refrigerator

LG Electronics once again demonstrated its leadership in home appliances by announcing sales of more than 10 million refrigerators with its patented Inverter Linear Compressor around the world since 2001. In 2001, LG introduced the world’s first refrigerator powered by an Inverter Linear Compressor, continuing to improve the technology ever since. In 2007, LG sold one million of its Inverter Linear Compressor-equipped refrigerators and increased that number to five million in 2011 and 10 million earlier this month. With strong results in premium refrigerator markets such as Korea, North America, Europe and the CIS region, LG is expected to sell more than two million Inverter Linear Compressor refrigerators in 2014.

Earlier this year, the Inverter Linear Compressor was tested by one of Europe’s largest and most respected scientific and technical bodies, the Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE). LG’s technology employs a straight piston drive instead of a conventional reciprocating drive, resulting in less internal friction than conventional motors. This increases the refrigerator’s reliability and durability while also generating less noise while running. LG refrigerators featuring Inverter Linear Compressor technology proved to be approximately 32 percen more energy efficient than those equipped with conventional reciprocating compressors, contributing significantly to lower electricity bills. VDE also noted that LG’s refrigerator was up to 25 percent quieter compared to another refrigerator powered by a reciprocating compressor and reduced internal friction by 64.2 percent, causing less wear to the refrigerator and helping it to achieve a 20 year life-span, a first in the industry.

In addition to its versatile Inverter Linear Compressor, LG’s Door-in-Door feature has also contributed to strong refrigerator sales. Door-in-Door™ makes it easier for users to reach frequently accessed food and beverages, helping to prevent cold air escaping when the fridge door is opened. It is this passion for innovation that has made LG a household name in the premium refrigerator market around the world. And to maintain its industry leadership, LG has filed approximately 3,100 patent applications in 16 different markets related to its Inverter Linear Compressor. And LG is so confident in its technology that the Inverter Linear Compressor has been covered under a 10-year warranty since 2009, a first in the industry.

“LG has always strived to offer consumers the most advanced, highest performing appliances in the industry,” said Young-il Park, head of LG’s refrigerator business unit. “Our Inverter Linear Compressor is the result of our commitment to excellence and technological innovation and demonstrates LG’s desire to lead the global premium refrigerator market.”