Friday, April 25, 2008

Taylor Weekend Warrior Digital Grill Thermometer

• Digital meat thermometer alarms you when your meat’s reached a target temperature (between 32–212°), or preset taste-level from rare to well done
• Features backlit LCD for easy reading, a timer and auto-off
• Gives readout in either Fahrenheit or Celsius
• Made of 18/10 stainless steel
• Includes AAA battery

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Digital Cameras

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

Our concise review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5. The successor of the popular TZ3 is the latest addition to Panasonic's family of compact long zoom cameras. It comes with the same versatile 28-280mm equiv. 10x zoom lens as its predecessor but now offers a slightly higher resolution, an improved LCD and High Definition video capture. Nice new features indeed but has Panasonic also managed to sort out some of the image quality issues that we found on previous TZ generations.

Ricoh G600
Ricoh, living up to its reputation for interesting niche digital cameras, has launched the G600 water and dust resistant model. The G600 is smaller than the 500G Wide it replaces but still offers a versatile 28-140mm equivalent lens with 1cm closest focusing distance. Its rugged casing conforms to all manner of US defense and Japanese standards (including the ability to survive being immersed in water for half an hour), meaning you should never have to worry about carrying it with you.

Nikon D3
Nikon's first full frame D-SLR features a 12.1MP CMOS sensor, high speed continuous shooting (up to 11 fps in DX crop mode), the same 3-inch high resolution LCD (with live view) as the D300, a headline-grabbing ISO 100-25,600 expanded sensitivity range, beefed-up 51-point autofocus and a raft of upgrades andenhancements.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

New line of OPUS No4 digital music servers

Olive Media today introduced a complete home audio solution that provides music lovers with the easiest to use, most convenient way to enjoy high-quality sound in every room of their home. The centerpiece of Olive's latest product innovation is the new line of OPUS No4 digital music servers, storing up to 3,000 CDs in original CD quality, and delivering them in breathtaking sound. Music stored on the OPUS No4 can now be accessed and played anywhere in the home with Olive's new MELODY No2, wirelessly and in up to ten different rooms simultaneously. Both the OPUS and the MELODY come with a high-resolution color touch-screen and an innovative new interface to allow users to quickly and conveniently find the right music.

"Until today, the experience with your fine, unique music collection has been merely fractional," says Oliver Bergmann, Ph.D., CEO and President of Olive Media Products, Inc. "Instantaneous access to all your music, everywhere within your home and in pristine quality has been an either or choice. With the new OPUS and MELODY product line the combination of all of these benefits, which opens up revolutionary new ways to enjoy your music, has finally become reality."

To allow users to navigate even the largest music libraries with ease both the OPUS No4 and the MELODY No2 feature a new high-resolution color touch-screen, driven by Olive's MusicAwareTM user interface. MusicAwareTM leverages 4 patent-pending innovations to provide unprecedented depth and ease to music listening. One of the key innovations is a genre-dependent playback screen, allowing the OPUS and MELODY to display music information that is particular to each music genre, e.g. showing orchestra, composer and composition date for classical music. Music genres are also color-coded for fast and easy recognition.

Following the principle of "store once, enjoy everywhere," the OPUS No4 accommodates even the largest libraries with up to 3,000 CDs in original quality. To allow seamless music streaming to Olive's MELODY the new OPUS uses a high-speed processor and high-range WiFi and Gigabit Ethernet, delivering music to up to ten different rooms simultaneously.

The MELODY No2 also plays music off other home audio sources such as media servers or computers that support the common UPnP standard. Users can enjoy private or shared playlists depending on their preferences, e.g. "wake-up-gently" and "lullaby-lane" in the baby room, or "classical chill" in the living room.

Set up of Olive's new audio solutions is a snap. Like a standard CD Player they are both connected directly to an amplifier or receiver via their analog or digital outputs. No software installation is required. If connected to the internet users can enjoy a wide range of pre-selected high-quality internet radio stations, which, similar to digital or satellite radio, provide more detailed music information such as artist, album and song. However, they are freed from any subscription fee. To address the popular market of portable players Olive has equipped its OPUS and MELODY with a USB interface. In combination with a special connector (optional) they allow users to play back music directly form their Apple® iPodTM. If connected to the OPUS No4, users can access their Apple® iPodTM from any MELDOY within their home, adding de facto multi-room capability to their portable player.

Based on Olive's long-standing experience in engineering high-quality audio solutions the new OPUS and MELODY have been designed to support HD audio playback in 96kHz/24bit, corresponding to 250 times the resolution of CD music. Other sound-critical components such as a high-resolution Digital-to-Analog converter, a low-noise power supply, and, in the OPUS No4, a family of ultra-quite hard drives cushioned in 8 layers of padding further enhance their astounding sound reproduction capabilities. Besides its engineering excellence Olive has received wide press recognition and numerous awards for providing customers with a convenient one-stop solution to moving their CD collections to a high quality music library. As one of a kind Olive offers a free Preload service that frees users of the time consuming process of manually ripping their CDs. Olive continues to lead the music industry in digital home audio products that deliver amazing quality sound at affordable prices.


The new OPUS No4 is available for pre-order immediately for a suggested retail price ranging between $1,499 and $1,799 depending on hard-drive sizes delivering 320GB up to 1TB of storage. The new MELODY No2 is also available for pre-order immediately for a suggested retail price of $599. Olive's products are made available worldwide through a network of Olive Certified Resellers, within the Unites States they are sold exclusively through Olive (

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new version of SnapTouch 2.60

AccentSoft Team announces the release of new version of SnapTouch 2.60 - the most popular photo editing solution for those fond of digital photography. Apart from being very user-friendly SnapTouch includes a wide variety of image editing tools you can use to create, edit, and touch-up your digital images. Use tools such as red-eye reduction, batch-mode processing, semiautomatic lossless crop with adjustable proportions, stamp date and time properties.

Has any landscape ever impressed you so deeply or any woman captured you with her beauty or has your child's grimace got you ever so excited that you wished that moment stand still? You couldn't resist taking a shot. But how deep the disappointment is when you browse you photos and realize that the one with the landscape is totally spoiled with a dirty car in the background, the pretty woman is accompanied by a cyclist that came out of nowhere, and there is a whole bunch of kids behind your child's back. Looks like you've wasted it all. But you're wrong. Just shift the accent.

The new edition of SnapTouch features an improved cropping function. It no longer reduces the quality of your images while cropping them. SnapTouch does not recompress the photo - it just crops the selected area and saves it as part of the original image. As usual it all goes in semiautomatic mode shifting from one snapshot to another with regard to the selected proportion. All you've got to do to revive you photo is just pick the best part of an image and push the button.

SnapTouch stays the same photo editing solution with just enough functions for batch photo processing. It presents the needed minimum of functions necessary and sufficient for an unsophisticated user to edit his or her digital photo albums. The user interface is easily changeable and lets you choose among eleven possible languages. Visit the official site of SnapTouch, find out more about the whole list of its features and get free trial version of the software.

Pricing and Availability
SnapTouch runs under all versions of Microsoft Windows and costs $24.95 (USD) for a single-user license. Licensed customers are entitled to the fully-functional version of the product, free technical support and free upgrades. Further information on SnapTouch, as well as a free trial copy is available free of charge from SnapTouch.

About AccentSoft Team:
The company was founded in 1999. So far, it has created a series of password recovery tools for Microsoft Office documents and SnapTouch, a universal solution for digital camera owners.

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Adobe Lightroom 2.0 - Beta version

Adobe released a new public beta version of its Lightroom photo editing and workflow management software on Wednesday.

Lightroom 2.0 adds support for 64-bit environments on both Mac OS X and Windows Vista. It also adds non-destructive editing of localized areas within images, so you can adjust the exposure of the background of a photograph, for example, without altering the foreground.

There are other, smaller enhancements. The new Smart Collections feature helps you organize your photo library by automatically sorting images based on ratings, keywords or date -- just like Smart Playlists in iTunes. Lightroom 2.0 also adds support for multiple monitors, a must for a serious digital darkroom. Photoshop guru John Nack has the details on his blog at

While Adobe Photoshop has long been the killer app in the professional photog's toolkit, the growing culture of photo sharing on the web plus dropping prices on high-end digital gear has led to the emergence of a new breed of hybrid software applications which act more as workflow managers.

Lightroom, along with Aperture, Apple's competing "digital darkroom" application, have gained momentum with the prosumers who gather at websites like Zooomr and Flickr. These apps are stripped-down versions of their heavyweight big brothers, made more for organizing, editing and processing dozens of photos on the fly than fine-tuning all the details of the images.

(Be sure to read Wired's previous take on this phenomenon, "Major Photoshop Upgrade Is Overkill for the Flickr Crowd").

There's been a lot of activity around these apps just recently, as well. Last month Apple debuted Aperture 2, a revamped version of its workflow tool, adding support for popular photo-sharing sites, opening up the application to third-party plug-in developers and dropping the price from $300 to $200. Just last week, Adobe debuted the lightweight, browser-based version of Photoshop. Adobe also recently pulled a major update to Lightroom because of support problems with newer cameras.

Those interested in testing all of the new features can download the free beta of Lightroom 2.0 from Adobe Labs, which will work for 30 days. If you have a license for Lightroom 1.x, you'll be able to keep testing it until the end of August, 2008. The full version of Lightroom 1.0 costs $300. While the beta for 2.0 is free, there's no word yet on how much the final version will cost.

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Parrot DF7700 Digital Photo Frame

Parrot, a leading provider of wireless peripherals around the mobile phone, today announced a new "global" 7-inch digital photo frame that accepts photos sent to it from a GSM cell phone via MMS - just like a text message -- from virtually anywhere in the world.

How it works

Sending photos from a cell phone to friends is as simple as 1-2-3: take a picture with your cell phone: dial the frame "phone" number; send the photo via MMS. No log-in or password is required.

The new PARROT DF7700 digital photo frame has an integrated SIM card with a dedicated call number (just like a cell phone) so that users can send photos across a room or around the world using the cell phone's Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) capability. This is the technology standard used by cell phone messaging systems that allows a multimedia message to be sent as easily as a text message. MMS also supports multimedia objects such as images, audio, video, rich text and is mainly deployed in cellular networks with SMS, Mobile Instant Messaging and Mobile E-Mail.

What You Need

There are only two requirements for being able to use this innovative feature of sending pictures from any MMS cell phone to the Parrot DF7700 picture frame. First, the cell phone sending the picture must support MMS whether it is a CDMA, GSM or 3G phone.

Second, the photo frame must be located in an area which supports MMS over a quadband network. GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) is a digital system that allows you to use cell phones in five different continents around the world. Different regions of the world use different frequency bands. GSM quadband uses 850/900/1800/1900 frequencies that allow full cell phone coverage in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

Real, practical benefits

Now, newly weds can send photos instantly back from their honeymoon abroad or families can share photos of new babies with parents and grandparents wherever they are in the world. The possibilities are endless.

Transfers Photos the Traditional Way, too

The new PARROT DF7700 frame also features a USB connection and an SD card slot for more conventional methods of photo transfer. Whatever the source of your photos, the PARROT DF7700 is a real electronic photo album.

It automatically resizes photos to optimize memory and has a capacity of storing over 500 photos in its internal flash memory. These can be displayed on its high-resolution TFT screen in slideshow mode, or as a single picture.

Since the PARROT DF7700 requires a SIM card, it can only be sold by cell phone service providers. Currently, the Parrot MMS digital photo frame is available in France, but Parrot is in discussions with cell phone operators in the U.S.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Pandigital Touch Frames

Pandigital®, the leader in the U.S. digital photo frame market, today debuts its new PanTouch® line of digital photo frames that greatly simplifies and enriches the way customers enjoy their digital images.

The cornerstone of the new PanTouch line of frames is its user-friendly, touch-operation interface. Clear, convenient icons on the screen direct customers where to touch and swipe on the surrounding matte for completely intuitive control and access to digital images, MP3 music and video clips. Plus, the touch-operation matting resists fingerprints in the viewable area, so the frame always looks great.

PanTouch frames feature touch and slide motion controls, allowing customers to quickly and simply tap or swipe icons to access digital content and functionality. For example, photos can be viewed as if they were pages in a photo album with a convenient page turn effect by simply using a forward or backward swipe motion on the touch matte.

Pandigital has patents pending on the touch sensor that works through multiple mediums and on the page turn effect in its PanTouch line of frames.

Our goal in designing the new PanTouch line of frames was to make them so simple to use that the consumer would never have to refer to a user manual, said Dean Finnegan, CEO and founder, Pandigital. The new PanTouch user interface is incredibly intuitive and user-friendly. Its the perfect complement to the frames sophisticated, upscale look, incredible image quality and popular extra features such as ample internal memory, multimedia support and WiFi compatibility.

Each of the frames also comes with a remote control, so the frames can be controlled from a distance.

All PanTouch Models Boast Advanced Features for More Enjoyment

Pandigitals new PanTouch line is comprised of three models that all tout leading-edge multimedia features and innovative extras to deliver more value to customers. The frames utilize unique software that optimizes the image resolution of photos copied onto the internal memory, so more photos can be stored on a frame while maintaining excellent image quality.

In addition, Pandigitals new PanTouch line of frames are WiFi and Bluetooth-compatible, so consumers can simply insert their WiFi or Bluetooth adapter into the USB 2.0 port, then download photos to the frame via a WiFi connection from Google's photo sharing site, Picasa Web Albums. Also, customers can sync their Pandigital frame with a Bluetooth-enabled device, such as a mobile phone or PDA, to enjoy even more images.

Details on the three new frames follow:

  • The Pandigital 7-inch PanTouch Digital Photo Frame has a 482x234 resolution and a widescreen 15:9 aspect ratio. It has 128MB of internal memory and can store up to 800 images with the image optimization software. It has a manufacturers suggested retail price of $119.99.
  • The Pandigital 8-inch PanTouch Digital Photo Frame has a 4:3 true photo resolution so it does not crop or distort images. As such, it displays photos in the most popular format for photo viewing and digital camera image capture. It has 512MB of internal memory and can store up to 3,200 images with the image optimization software. It has a resolution of 800x680 and a manufacturers suggested retail price of $169.99.
  • The premiere model of the new line is the new Pandigital 10.4-inch PanTouch High Definition Digital Photo Frame, which will appeal to photo enthusiasts and those who want the ultimate in clarity and quality. With an incredibly clear 1024x768 HD resolution, customers can view their digital images in lifelike detail. Consumers who have purchased newer high resolution digital cameras can use this new frame to view their digital photos as intended. It has 512MB of internal memory and can hold up to 2,000 photos with the image optimization software. It is sized in the popular 4:3 true photo aspect ratio and has a manufacturers suggested retail price of $249.99.

All three models feature a 6-in-1 memory card reader for accepting images from the most popular digital media. In addition, they include standard and mini USB 2.0 ports for a direct connection to a PC or digital camera. PanTouch frames are multimedia ready, enabling them to play MP3 music files to provide background music for a photo slideshow. They can also play full motion video clips.

Additional features such as programmable on/off times, clock, calendar and alarm clock functions let customers enjoy their frames in even more ways. Images stored on the frame and rotated to the proper orientation will be saved that way for future viewing.

Pandigitals new PanTouch line of frames will be available in May at leading retailers across the United States.

Pandigital is the leading provider of digital photo frames in the United States according to IDCs August 2007 report on the digital frame market. The company has established a significant market share lead by developing well-designed, traditional looking frames that are simple and enjoyable to use.

Pandigital currently sells its Digital Photo Frames at more than 21,000 retail storefronts of a variety of retailers, including department stores and mass merchants, in addition to office supply and technology retailers. Pandigital frames are also available at many leading online and catalog retailers in the United States.

(a) Note A spec sheet and photos are available to media upon request.

About Pandigital

Privately held, Pandigital® develops and markets digital entertainment products. The company recognizes the growing digital lifestyle market in the U.S. as well as the convergence of media such as MP3, digital photos and digital video and is delivering high quality products to the consumer market that provide the latest in technology combined with contemporary style. Pandigital is headquartered in Dublin, Calif. For more information, please visit

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C200 HD - Live Broadcast Applications

Solid State Logic, the world`s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for film, audio, video and broadcast professionals, is pleased to showcase the C200 HD Digital Production Console with an enhanced feature set, along with its entire C Series product portfolio at NAB 2008, April 14-17, at the Las Vegas Convention Center (booth #N4031). Of particular interest to broadcast clients is the remote I/O capabilities that are ideal for live broadcast applications.

"The new features on the popular C200 HD console reflect the continuing refinement process SSL engages in to meet industry needs," comments Niall Feldman, Solid State Logic Director of Product Marketing. "The expanded remote digital I/O capabilities are the perfect example of how the C200 HD addresses the future of Digital Broadcast."

Managing a vast array of input and output sources is a daily occurrence in the broadcast industry. The expanded C200 HD feature set now includes routing system expansion to over 5,600 inputs and outputs to yield flexible management of huge audio I/O resources. Coupled with the SSL Stagebox system expansion with modular, hot-swap I/O, the routing capabilities yield a cost-effective system with a wealth of broadcast related configuration options for mic, line, AES and SDI I/O.

The C200 HD now offers full support for Tri-level sync with solid internal clocking for the highest audio stability and performance to picture. This is an important capability as the broadcast world is moving into an all High Definition production model that relies on Tri-level sync to link various high definition components such as cameras and audio recorders. The C200 HD also supports HD playback machine control and dynamic automation at both SD and HD frame rates.

SSL`s proprietary Centuri core contains all audio and control processing, I/O options and GPI interfacing within a single, robust chassis. Up to 512 inputs and outputs may be handled directly from the Centuri core. Card options include Analogue, AES/EBU Digital and MADI, all operating at 24-bit with sample rate conversion for digital I/O as standard. A 60-channel GPI card may be fitted to provide programmable machine starts, cue lights and the like.

The C200 HD provides the latest adaptation of SSL`s popular in-line console heritage with a dedicated ?knob per function` control surface. The C200 is suitable for creative mixing applications, such as music or live entertainment, where ?hands on`access to a large numbers of controls is essential. In-line versatility and the provision of both Snapshot and Dynamic automation make the console ideal for both live-to-air and post production mixing applications. With options for 48 or 96kHz operation, the C200 delivers superior audio performance. All channels provide 4-band parametric EQ, high and low pass filters, and independent compressor/limiter and gate/expander sections. Processing is dedicated to every channel so there's no need to assign resources at the start of the setup, and emulations such as the SSL ?E` and ?G` Series EQ, and ?Quad` compressor, provide familiar and great sounding audio tools.

A special ? Mobile` configuration is also available for compact studio or mobile installations where space and weight restrictions apply. The single width center section of the C200 HD Mobile configuration enables a 48 channel strip (105 fader) console to fit across a width of 2.34m (92"). This version is very successful in remote trucks around the globe.

Solid State Logic is the world`s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit:

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Next Generation Digital Pressure Sensor

Lionax Inc. and Semefab Ltd. (Scotland) announce a collaboration to develop a next-generation digital pressure sensor for tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Semefab and Lionax have collaboratively reviewed a product design and defined a MEMS process for production at Semefab, Glenrothes, Scotland.

This project aims to produce a higher performance, lower cost product compared to existing technologies; pressure sensor technology has traditionally used either Piezo-resistive or capacitive MEMS technology, whereas the new Lionax patented digital pressure sensor will use a revolutionary Ring Oscillator technology.

The TPMS market has become even more lucrative since the introduction of the T.R.E.A.D. Act in America, which mandates that all new passenger vehicles and light trucks manufactured after September 2007 be equipped with TPMS. This has opened up a potential EUR4 billion OEM TPMS marketplace.

Allan James, Joint Managing Director of Semefab said, "We are very excited to work with Lionax on this project. Ring oscillation is a unique design that is not currently available in the market. Semefab will dedicate resource and expertise to make it happen in 2008."

James Yang, CEO Lionax Inc. said, "It is a great honour to work with a renowned company like Semefab to commercialise our technology. We are confident that this new digital pressure sensor will enhance our leadership position in the TPMS market and will bring additional applications beyond the automotive industry."

About Lionax:

The Company, listed on Euronext, the Paris stock exchange with stock symbol "MLION", designs and develops innovative Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); navigation integrated product with GPS, TPMS and rear view camera; and digital pressure sensor for automotive industry. Lionax's products help its customers to enhance safety, save money and meet regulatory requirements affordably. LIONAX makes this possible through technology innovation, manufacturing excellence, research leadership and best-in-class team of scientists, engineers and management based in China and the USA.

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