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  Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:45:46 +0000
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Safe Games for Kids by Toca Boca at The Gadget Show
Category amazon, Android, Apple, application, Gadget Show, Gaming, google, Interview, iOS, IPAD, iPhone, Kindle, smartphone, tablet, applications, Apps, children, IOS, kids, Kindle Fire, Tablet, Toca Boca
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Description: As a a parent with a tablet-loving daughter, I’m always worried that she’s either playing inappropriate games or else building up whopping a credit card bill via in-app purchases. Being tech-savvy, I can easily rectify the latter by controlling the password to my account, but this doesn’t always negate pester-power. The former is still a […]  more...

Toca BocaAs a a parent with a tablet-loving daughter, I’m always worried that she’s either playing inappropriate games or else building up whopping a credit card bill via in-app purchases. Being tech-savvy, I can easily rectify the latter by controlling the password to my account, but this doesn’t always negate pester-power. The former is still a concern and I’m not alone as these two issues are relevant to parents everywhere.

To help mums and dads, Swedish outfit Toca Boca, “a play studio that makes digital toys for kids” have created a range of open-ended, non-competitive games that appeal to children where the initial purchase cost is the only time you need to flex the credit card. There are over 20 apps available for Apple, Android and Amazon devices, and include games for young hairdressers, chefs, doctors, vets, chemists, scientists and drivers. The themes are very similar to some of the popular “free” games that are out there; the Toca Boca versions usually cost US$2.99 but there are no subsequent in-app purchases.

I chat to Sonia about the Toca Boca apps and how parents can be more confident in what their children playing on their tablets without the worry of an enlarged credit card bill.

Optical Cables by Corning has Rebate Program with LaCie and Magma
Category NAB, lacie, Magma, Optical Cables by Corning, rebate
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Description: Optical Cables by Corning offers the first all-optical fiber cables for the Thunderbolt community. They are available in lengths spanning up to 60 meters. The cables enable broadcasters and A/V professionals to connect computers and peripherals at speeds up to 10 Gb/s through Thunderbolt technology and up to 20 Gb/s through Thunderbolt 2. Optical Cables […]  more...

Optical Cables logoOptical Cables by Corning offers the first all-optical fiber cables for the Thunderbolt community. They are available in lengths spanning up to 60 meters. The cables enable broadcasters and A/V professionals to connect computers and peripherals at speeds up to 10 Gb/s through Thunderbolt technology and up to 20 Gb/s through Thunderbolt 2. Optical Cables by Corning are 50 percent smaller, 80 percent lighter, and stronger than comparable copper cables.

At NAB 2014, Optical Cables by Corning announced a new rebate program with LaCie and Magma. With the purchase of a Thunderbolt enabled device from LaCie or Magma and a Thunderbolt Optical Cable by Corning, users can save up to $150.00.

Qualifying devices include: the LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 3, LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series, LaCie d2 USB 3.0 Thunderbolt Series, LaCie 2big Thunderbolt Series, LaCie 5bigThunderbolt Series, LaCie eSATA Hub Thunderbolt Series, Magma ExpressBox 1T, Magma ExpressBox 3T w Storage Bavs and the Magma ROBEN-3 Rackmount Expansion Chassis. Purchases must be made between Apri 1, 2014, and July 31, 2014. Follow the directions on the Optical Cables by Corning website.

EditShare Provides Shared Storage Integration for NewTek Customers
Category NAB, storage, video, EditShare, Newtek
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Description: EditShare is a leader in shared media storage and end-to-end tapeless workflow solutions for the post-production, TV, and film industries. They have announced their participation in the NewTek Developer Network. NewTek, as you may know, is the provider of the TriCaster multi-camera live video production solution and the 3Play slow-motion instant replay servers. The new […]  more...

EditShare logoEditShare is a leader in shared media storage and end-to-end tapeless workflow solutions for the post-production, TV, and film industries. They have announced their participation in the NewTek Developer Network. NewTek, as you may know, is the provider of the TriCaster multi-camera live video production solution and the 3Play slow-motion instant replay servers.

The new EditShare-NewTek workflow features EditShare shared storage (Xstream, Energy and Field 2). It also features Flow media asset management and Ark backup/archiving. All of this is integrated with NewTek live production systems.

This combined solution lets users capture media directly to central storage and immediately begin editing collaboratively on any industry-standard NLE with EditShare’s advanced project sharing capabilities. The integrated Flow MAM tools for tagging, managing, browsing, and retrieving video as well as non-video assets allow users to better organize and locate content for production.

EditShare shared storage provides industry-leading throughput and stream counts. A 16-drive EditShare shared storage system can sustain over 700 MB/second in any combination of reading or writing (when working in uncompressed HD or 2K).

Optional SSD and 15,000-RPM SAS drive configurations are available for even greater performance. This provides more than enough bandwidth to accommodate the live event captures from NewTek direct to EditShare central storage, while a number of NLE workstations simultaneously edit the material.

Fitbit Activity Tracking at The Gadget Show
Category Gadget Show, health, Interview, smartphone, wearable, Fitbit, fitness, Flex, Health, tracker, zip
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Description: Fitbit is well-known in the activity tracking space with their diminutive gadgets which monitor the wearer’s every move and snooze. It’s a busy space, with competitors hot on their heels, Fitbit has been expanding its portfolio with new colours, swappable wrist bands, wireless syncing with more devices and pre-installing its app on new smartphones. I […]  more...

Fitbit is well-known in the activity tracking space with their diminutive gadgets which monitor the wearer’s every move and snooze. It’s a busy space, with competitors hot on their heels, Fitbit has been expanding its portfolio with new colours, swappable wrist bands, wireless syncing with more devices and pre-installing its app on new smartphones. I chat with Peter from Fitbit about the company’s recent activity and the direction of travel for activity watchers.

Fitbit Range

Teradek has 3 New Transmitters in the Bolt Pro Line
Category NAB, video, Bolt Pro, Teradek
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Description: Teradek has announced that they now have three new transmitters for their Bolt Pro line of wireless video products. They featured the Bolt Pro 300, the Bolt Pro 600, and the Bolt Pro 2000 at NAB 2014. The Teradek Bolt is a latency-free wireless transmission system that sends 4:2:2, 1080p60 video at up to 300ft […]  more...

TeradekTeradek has announced that they now have three new transmitters for their Bolt Pro line of wireless video products. They featured the Bolt Pro 300, the Bolt Pro 600, and the Bolt Pro 2000 at NAB 2014.

The Teradek Bolt is a latency-free wireless transmission system that sends 4:2:2, 1080p60 video at up to 300ft or 2000ft. Both the Bolt and Bolt Pro transmitters are housed in a milled aluminum chassis with multiple 1/4” mounting holes. The receiver is enclosed in a durable ABS plastic shell. The transmitter requires 4W of power, while the receiver consumes only 6W.

The Bolt Pro 300 is short range. The Bolt Pro 600 is middle range, and the Bolt Pro 2000 is long range. All three can transmit uncompressed 10bit RGB video at less than 1ms of latency. They now all come with both an HDMI and 3G-SDI input on the TX. Each system is multicast capable up to 4 fan-less receivers. This allows you to send your feed to multiple destinations at the same time.

The Bolt Pro 600 and the Bolt Pro 2000 each have the new receiver with GRAB engine. It offers both 3G-SDI and USB 3.0 outputs. This enables you to ingest Bolt’s uncompressed 10bit RGB video feed directly into a DIT Cart, NLE computer, or live production switcher with no added delay.

The GRAB engine supports the USB3.0 Video Class. That means your Bolt Pro receiver with GRAB engine appears like a built-in video source to your software and will work in any Windows or Mac applications that support video.

GNC #941 Total Eclipse
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Description: I hoped to have a camera on the eclipse tonight but the clouds did not cooperate. Had a great time in the North West but glad to be back in the stucio here. Send your comments about the show or any other info to geeknews (at) gmail.com Download the Audio Show File Geek News Central […]  more...

I hoped to have a camera on the eclipse tonight but the clouds did not cooperate. Had a great time in the North West but glad to be back in the stucio here. Send your comments about the show or any other info to geeknews (at) gmail.com

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Show Notes:
What Light we do not see a Light NASA.
Dragon Space Craft Payload.
Landing a rocket in the ocean what are the odds.
Log Analysis peers into phone calling patterns.
Don’t buy a scale on Amazon DEA may come knocking.
Idiot Teen gets arrested for insane Tweet to American Airlines.
Google Patent for Camera in Contact Lenses.
Sound Cannon to be used by Missouri DOT.
Police use Live Google Earth to track criminals?
Get Glass on the 15th only good luck.
FBI to catalog 52 million faces in database.
Office Online is now Available in Chrome Web Store.
Sony Walkman Baffles kids using it.

HHI Offers Real-Time Encoding and Decoding Solutions
Category audio, NAB, video, decoding, encoding, HHI
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Description: The Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) featured solutions for high-efficiency real-time video encoding and decoding at NAB 2014. They also showcased their Hybrid 3D camera and ASP. The Fraunhofer HHI Full HD 60Hz HEVC real-time software encoder provides a significant bitrate reduction for full HD video input at 60 Hz. They demonstrated the entire encoding […]  more...

HHI logoThe Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI) featured solutions for high-efficiency real-time video encoding and decoding at NAB 2014. They also showcased their Hybrid 3D camera and ASP.

The Fraunhofer HHI Full HD 60Hz HEVC real-time software encoder provides a significant bitrate reduction for full HD video input at 60 Hz. They demonstrated the entire encoding chain at NAB. The real-time input comes over SDI from an ARRI Alexa camera and also from file play out together with audio. The HEVC encoded video output, packaged as a MPEG-2 transport stream, is fed over IP to the Fraunhofer HHI player system (which decodes it).

The Fraunhofer HHI 4K 60Hz HEVC real-time decoder offers real-time decoding of video content at resolutions up to 4K 10bit at 60Hz. A demonstration of it was also presented at NAB. The player takes the MPEG-2 transport stream input over different interfaces. Those interfaces include: Fast/Gigabit Ethernet (UDP/TCP/multicast), DVB-ASI, or from a file. Audio and video output is over HDMI 2.0 on an 84” 4K TV.

The Hybrid 3D is a cost-effective 3D production with trifocal camera material. It features the first After Effects plug-ins for generation of stereo content from trifocal film material. Fraunhofer HHI’s trifocal camera system enables stereo material to be produced just like a classic 2D production. It eliminates the need for special 3D camera expertise. The After Effects plug-in streamlines the post-production process.

ASP stands for Automated Stereo Production. It is a mirrorless side-by-side camera system with integration of high-end zoom lenses and compact smart cameras. Highly complex algorithms enable real-time correction and configuration of key parameters for stereo quality (like color matching, stereo geometry, stereo baseline and convergence).

DesignMi Stands at The Gadget Show
Category amazon, Android, Apple, Gadget Show, google, Interview, IPAD, iPhone, smartphone, tablet, Kindle Fire, Tablet
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Description: Over the years, I’ve seen lots of innovative ways to hold tablets and smartphones at just the right angle for viewing movies or reading tweets and DesignMi continues that tradition with a great range of stands for all tablets and smartphones, plus a couple of models only for the iPhone. I chat with Bhupesh about these […]  more...

Over the years, I’ve seen lots of innovative ways to hold tablets and smartphones at just the right angle for viewing movies or reading tweets and DesignMi continues that tradition with a great range of stands for all tablets and smartphones, plus a couple of models only for the iPhone. I chat with Bhupesh about these solid UK-made stands.

DesignMi Tablet and Smartphone stands

Machined from aluminium, the stands use microsuction pads to both keep the stand stuck to the table and to hold the tablet on the stand. The larger MiStand has a magnetic ball joint that allows the tablet to be positioned at almost any angle and orientation. There’s a range of colours and the Gadget Show stand had exclusive gold- and platinum-plated versions. POA, as they say.

Platinum MiStand

For iPhone 5 owners, the MiDock is incorporates the Lightning connector so the phone can be charged and synced while in the dock. The stands are currently on pre-order for shipping in May 2014. The larger MiStand is £55 and the smaller MiStand Mini is £18. I’m tempted….

Boosty Your Broadband at The Gadget Show
Category Gadget Show, mobile, Network, smartphone, USB, wireless, 3G, 4G, ADSL, Boosty, broadband, mobile data
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Description: While many of us are fortunate enough to be served by fibre connections to our homes, many of us are still stuck on copper ADSL circuits with single digit download speeds. This isn’t great, especially with the rise of on-line gaming, movies-on-demand and second screening. Most of us have a another high speed data connection […]  more...

Boosty BoxWhile many of us are fortunate enough to be served by fibre connections to our homes, many of us are still stuck on copper ADSL circuits with single digit download speeds. This isn’t great, especially with the rise of on-line gaming, movies-on-demand and second screening. Most of us have a another high speed data connection in our smartphone and this is where Boosty comes in, seamlessly adding a 3G / 4G mobile data connection to your home network.

I talk to Paul about how easy it is to add the box to your network and the accompanying service which lets you control who uses the mobile data and how much data is used. The Boosty box can use a WiFi connected smartphone or a 3G/4G USB dongle.

Boosty will be available in the next few weeks for £69.99 which includes the cost of the Boosty box plus a year’s subscription to the service. Pre-order at the Boosty site now.

DTS Gave Demo of DTS-HD Layered Audio on Mobile Device
Category Android, iOS, NAB, Streaming, DTS, DTS Headphone: X
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Description: DTS is a premier audio solutions provider for high-definition entertainment experiences. They brought an exciting lineup of audio streaming innovations to NAB 2014. Many solutions were presented at NAB, including a first time ever showcase demo of DTS-HD Layered Audio on a mobile device. The DTS-HD Layered Audio enables online services like Netflix, Watch ESPN […]  more...

DTS Headphone X logoDTS is a premier audio solutions provider for high-definition entertainment experiences. They brought an exciting lineup of audio streaming innovations to NAB 2014. Many solutions were presented at NAB, including a first time ever showcase demo of DTS-HD Layered Audio on a mobile device.

The DTS-HD Layered Audio enables online services like Netflix, Watch ESPN and HBO Go to efficiently stream audio at various bit-rates from a single encode. This enables it to provide a better viewing experience.

The DTS Headphone: X allows mobile devices to turn any ordinary pair of headphones into an impressive personal surround sound system. One demo showed the DTX-HD Headphone: X streaming content via Microsoft Smooth Streaming from Windows Azure to castLabs media player on Android. Another demo showed the DTS-HD Headphone: X streaming content via HLS from Windows Azure to NexStreaming’s NexPlayer on an iOS device.

DTS-HD Headphone: X can also stream content via MPEG-DASH from Akamai CDN to castLabs media player on an Android device featuring DTS-HD Layered Audio seamless adaptive bit-rate scaling from a single encode. It’s very versatile!

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