Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA7500)

LINKSYS EA7500 MAX-STREAM™ AC1900 MU-MIMO GIGABIT ROUTER

Linksys, the first to sell 100 million routers globally and a leader in networking solutions for the home and business, today announced the availability of its Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA7500). The new Linksys AC1900 MU-MIMO router leverages the 802.11ac Wave 2 MU-MIMO (Multi-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output) technology, which helps ensure uninterrupted Wi-Fi connectivity to multiple devices in the home and functions as if multiple devices have their own dedicated router. With MU-MIMO, the whole household can enjoy 4K and HD TV streaming to multiple devices as well as play video games, listen to music, check email, shop, and more – all at the same time.

Perfect for families with multiple users with their own streaming devices, the Max-Stream AC1900 leverages MU-MIMO functionality which helps make Wi-Fi networks more efficient when delivering high bandwidth 4K streams to multiple devices at the same time. Market research firm DisplaySearch/IHSrecently reported shipments of 4K Ultra HDTVs reached 6 million in North America in 2015 and forecasts to double to 12 Million in 2016.

Linksys smart wifi
Linksys smart wifi

“If you have or are planning to purchase a 4K TV you will need a Max-Stream router to ensure you have a seamless 4K online streaming experience,” said Justin Doucette, director product management, Linksys. “A single stream of 4K content takes a minimum of 20 Mbps to maintain a consistent stream, and when you combine that with multiple streams plus normal Wi-Fi use from gaming, internet surfing, IoT connectivity and music streaming, it adds up fast. Max-Stream will enable multiple streams of Wi-Fi to occur so users can have the ultimate 4K and networking experience.”

The Next-Gen Max-Stream AC1900 can provide users with combined speeds up to 1.9 Gbps* and the range they need to connect all their devices in the home and at the same time. Also included is Smart Wi-Fi technology which makes it easy to set up and control your home Wi-Fi from anywhere using the Smart Wi-Fi app on your mobile device.

The EA7500 features:

·         Next-Gen AC Wi-Fi – 802.11ac Wave 2 with MU-MIMO Technology for uninterrupted Wi-Fi connections to multiple devices at the same time

·         Qualcomm IPQ 1.4GHz Dual Core Processor

·         Dual-band AC1900 Wireless speeds up to 1300 Mbps 5 GHz + 600 Mbps 2.4GHz, which is a combined speed up to 1.9 Gbps*

·         Four Gigabit LAN Ethernet ports One Gigabit WAN for wired speeds up to 10x faster than fast Ethernet

·         One USB 3.0 and One USB 2.0 ports for connecting printers, storage and more

·         Three external and adjustable antennas for maximum coverage

·         Manage and monitor your network and easily control Wi-Fi devices remotely on a smart phone with the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi app

·         Advanced WPA/WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall helps keep the network safe

 

 

The Linksys AC1900 MU-MIMO router will help address buffering issues customers are having today and into the future with 4K content. Check out the MU-MIMO video on the Linksys product page found here.

 

Pricing and Availability

The Linksys Max-Stream AC1900 MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router (EA7500) is available this week in-store and online at leading Canadian retailers at an MSRP of $249.99 (CAD).

 

About Linksys

The Linksys brand has pioneered wireless connectivity since its inception in 1988 with its leading innovation and engineering strategies, and best-in-class technology, design and customer service. Linksys enables a connected lifestyle for people at home, at work and on the move, and with its award-winning products, simplifies home control, entertainment, security and Internet access through innovative features and a growing application and partner ecosystem. For more information, visit linksys.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or watch us on YouTube.

 

 

* The standard transmission rates—1300 Mbps (for 5 GHz) and 600 Mbps (for 2.4 GHz)—are the physical data rates. Actual data throughput will be lower and may depend on the mix of wireless products used and external factors.

 

Specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual performance may vary, and might result in lower wireless network capacity, data throughput rate, range, and coverage. Performance depends upon many factors, conditions and variables, including distance from the access point, volume of network traffic, environment building materials and construction, operating system used, mix of wireless products used, interference, and other adverse conditions. An active, customer-purchased Internet Service Provider broadband account is required for connection of this router and other connected computers and devices to the Internet. Maximum performance for wireless products derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. An 802.11ac adapter may be needed to achieve 11ac data rates.  To achieve maximum performance, routers must be paired with coordinating adapters/and or computers in both the 2.4 and 5.0 GHz band such that the maximum performance can be maximized for each GHz band.

 

shomi streaming service available to Canadians this fall

LG Electronics USA Launches 100-Inch Class Laser TV

shomi, a new subscription video-on-demand service, ups the ante in entertainment with the latest, rogerslogomost exclusive shows and selections personalized for you. Available initially on tablet, mobile, online, Xbox 360 and set-top boxes, shomi will launch in beta first to Rogers and Shaw Internet or TV customers. shomi will be available starting the first week of November at a suggested retail price of $8.99 per month.

shomi was created for entertainment lovers by entertainment lovers. It features earlier seasons of the most popular shows on TV today, iconic series from the past, cult-classic and fan-favourite films, as well as a library of family-friendly kids programming. With exclusive past-season streaming rights to titles – such as Modern Family, Sons of Anarchy, Sleepy Hollow, Shameless, 2 Broke Girls, Vikings, New Girl, 24: Live Another Day, Chicago Fire, The Strain, and American Horror Story – along with first-window premieres, it’s more bang, less blah. shomi combines a team of programming experts with algorithmic technology to help you pick what you actually want to watch – whether it’s finding hidden gems, rediscovering old favourites, or remembering why you fell in love with a title in the first place.

“We’ve taken the time to talk with Canadians to find out what they want and to create an unbelievable user experience,” said Keith Pelley, President, Rogers Media. “They told us loud and clear – they want all the past seasons of the most popular, current TV shows and they want it to be easy. shomi takes the guesswork out of finding what to watch, acting like a new-age video clerk serving up all the best content based on personal viewing habits.”

“We keenly understand the media landscape is rapidly changing and that viewers are looking for greater flexibility when it comes to what they watch and how they watch it,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media. “shomi is our first step into the new world of content streaming and we’re so pleased to be able to bring this made in Canada service to the market.”

shomi the numbers (and this is just at launch, with much more exciting content to come!):

  • 14,000 episodes and titles
  • 11,000 hours of TV shows
  • 1,200 movies
  • 340 TV series
  • 30% of content is Canadian, including TV shows and classic films

Enhanced features include trailers and factoids for movie titles to help customers make their selections, while a visually appealing interface delivers a theatrical experience. With up to six profiles per account, shomi offers a great solution for the connected home, as customers can watch on two devices and their set top boxes – all at the same time.

Additional details about the product, programming, and distribution will be announced in the coming weeks.

shomi is a joint venture owned equally by Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications. shomi will run as a standalone entity with its own management structure.

About shomi

shomi is the only subscription video-on-demand service created for entertainment lovers by entertainment lovers, and makes getting video content nearly as enjoyable as watching it. Curated by people who love popcorn and magic, shomi is a video entertainment concierge that offers recommendations from real people because no computer will ever “get” movies and TV like a human does. Now shomi something good to watch. shomi is a joint venture owned equally by Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications.

Lightspeed Design Announces New 3D Projector

3d projector

Lightspeed Design Inc., a worldwide leader in stereoscopic technology, today announced a new addition to its line of patented DepthQ Projectors that deliver amazing 3D, the DepthQ HDs3D2.

In 2005, Lightspeed Design invented the world’s first portable 3D single-chip projector: the DepthQ 3D Projector. It was the culmination of years of 3D knowledge and experience a projector designed by 3D professionals for 3D professionals.

“In 2011 and 2013 we received our first two US patents for this unique 3D technology. DepthQ is the only single-chip 3D projector on the market that is currently authorized to use our patented 3D system and method.”

New to the HDs3D2 is HDMI 1.4 connectivity, full HD resolution 1080P 2D and 3D (for 24 or 30 image-pairs/sec input), plus superior contrast, synchronization and crosstalk  to deliver the highest-quality, most satisfying and hassle-free 3D experience possible right out of the box.

3d projector

Product Features

Professional: Outstanding 10,000:1 Contrast and Synchronization

Digital: Digital HDMI 1.4 or analog VGA input

Bright: 2500 ANSI Lumens

Quality: Flicker-free, 120Hz 720P 3D and 120 & 144Hz 1080P 3D;Supports HDMI, Blu-ray, 3D broadcasting, video games and NVIDIA 3DTV PC connectivity; Uses Texas Instruments DLP® Dark Chip 3 technology; Incorporates 3D Triple Flash at 144Hz for 24fps input; Includes a 3D 6-pin DIN sync port

Portable: Small & only 7 pounds, fits in the overhead bin and takes less than 5 minutes to set up

Versatile -Work live in 3D-enabled applications; quality control 3D film or video game development; bring 3D movies and games into your home

 

Availability

Now shipping. Lightspeed Design is the exclusive worldwide distributor of the DepthQ HDs3D2 Projector. To purchase or for more information please use our Contact Form: (http://www.depthq.com/projectorcontact.html) or call +1 (206) 784-1385.

 

The Company

DepthQ/ Lightspeed Design, Inc. has been a worldwide leader in stereoscopic 3D for twenty-one years, developing landmark hardware and software technologies such as the DepthQ Polarization Modulator for 3D digital cinema (over 1500 screens),  the DepthQ stereoscopic projector, and the DepthQ family of 3D media software.

DepthQ is a respected stereoscopic technology brand trusted by the most discerning clientele, and assisting in a wide range of disciplines – from 3D digital cinema…to screening rooms…to pharmaceutical visualization…to surgical support systems…to 3D film production.

Lightspeed is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, USA. For more information, visit us at lightspeeddesign.com or contact the company directly at 425-637-2818.

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SOURCE Lightspeed Design, Inc.

 

Kidoodle.TV offers great programming for Canadian and U.S. kids

Last September Vancouver Gadgets sent out a Tech News piece about a new TV service for kids called Kidoodle.TV. kidoodle.tv

This week I got a chance to take a look at Kidoodle and am happy to note its available for iOS and for Android. Android functionality became available last week.

While in Beta Test last year the service was only available via the web and I had to view it on my Mac. That’s not so bad but being able stream shows and watch them on multiple devices that is a better option. Beta versions of services such as this take a while to work out bugs and improve so its good to see Kidoodle has made steps in the right direction.

After downloading the app to my iPad, I’m on a 4 with iOS 7, I noticed they have incorporated Airplay capability into Kidoodle as well so I can send programs to my Apple TV which is even better.

Cost

Families on a budget will want to know the cost of such a service and rightly so. Kidoodle costs $4.99/month for unlimited streaming and families can have up 5 profiles access Kidoodle.TV on multiple devices. This follows the same model of other streaming type services like Netflix.

Content

Kidoodle.TV features content designed for kids 12 and under. Parents can restrict content based on age, viewing habits, and family values.

A quick view of Netflix, I’m on the Canadian version, points to a potential rivalry between the two services. When I asked Kristen Marion, Kidoodle PR Rep at Pitch Public Relations, she told me they don’t have any direct comparison with Kids programming on Netflix.

They do have over 5,000 episodes between Canada and the United States. They will also continue to build their content library and get more content based on user feedback. Depending on your budget, you may find Netflix is enough if you need shows for your kids to watch but Kidoodle has a lot of merit as well. You can view their current content library here.

Users of Netflix also know about the huge difference between the number of titles found on the U.S. and Canadian services. I was curious to know if Kidoodle was the same. Currently content offered by Kidoodle.TV is available in both Canada and the United States. However, some titles are exclusive to each country and are geo-targeted to the subscriber’s IP address per country.

User Interface

kidoodleKidoodle allows you to customize up to 5 profiles by name, avatar and background color. I choose Grey the penguin. I didn’t bother to filter anything else but it will allow you to filter titles for each profile by age as well as on a title-by-title selection basis. You can also impose time limits on the amount of programming your kids can consume as well as locking profiles from the parent room.

Accessing the parent room requires a four digit pass code which is great for security purposes. Here is where I was able to edit any of the 5 profiles as I saw fit. Once you lock a profile it requires the passcode to open it.

Scrolling the library of available programs, I chose a favourite of mine as a kid, Inspector Gadget. Kidoodle has categories such as New Shows and Episodes, Popular, Heroes of the Day and Girl Power.

Calgary based a Parent Media Co. Inc. developed Kidoodle.TV. This company is a family-oriented corporation that understands the concerns and needs of today’s parents, grandparents and caregivers who want to make sure the safe media viewing practices of their children. Kidoodle.TV provides a safe viewing environment for children and a value-enriched experience for families.

Using Kidoodle was an enjoyable experience. Availability across multiple platforms such as iOS and Android and on multiple devices really piqued my interest. The interface is easy to download and use and to navigate and make changes to locked profiles. This is definitely a service to keep an eye as they add more content and functionality for a great user experience!

Destiny Media Technologies Launches Clipstream Video Cloud Service

Destiny Media Technologies announced Clipstreamtoday the commercial launch of its Clipstream® video cloud service. Clipstream will enable any non-technical corporate user to upload videos that will play on all modern browsers including TVs, tablets, phones, ebook readers and computers devices. Users can use the service at Clipstream.com and my.clipstream.com.

“We are excited to introduce our new Clipstream Video Cloud Service,” said Destiny Media Chief Executive Officer, Steve Vestergaard.  “Clipstream offers a number of technical and financial advantages to both corporate users and consumers.  The technology reduces costs by eliminating the need to transcode into multiple video formats and the need to host multiple versions of the same video file on specialized video content servers.  Because there is no need for player plug-ins, videos encoded via Clipstream ‘just play’ in any modern browsers and will reach up to 50% more users than current delivery methods.  In addition, videos in the Clipstream format will not expire or need reformatting.”

Visitors to clipstream.com and my.clipstream.com are able to download the free uploader software and use Clipstream’s “drag, drop, and done” technology to upload their videos in a range of playing formats. The service automatically converts videos to the Clipstream format and uploads it to the cloud.  Users will then receive a link that is embedded into websites and/or distributed through email.

Customers may buy Clipstream video cloud service packages, which include storage and transfer minutes, similar to a cell phone usage plan.  Plans range in price from $4.99 to $4,999 monthly. An extra fee is charged for usage above the limits allowed. “We have priced our Clipstream packages to encourage users to upgrade their plans as their usage goes up over time,” explained Mr. Vestergaard.

“Our initial targets are broad-based content providers, including advertising agencies, marketing professionals and web developers.  We are very excited about the prospects for our Clipstream service to disrupt the $5 billion transcoding and storage industries, and believe we are at the beginning of a significant growth stage for our company,” Mr. Vestergaard concluded.

About Destiny Media Technologies, Inc.

Destiny Media Technologies (DSY.V) (DSNY) provides services that enable content owners to securely display and distribute their audio and video content digitally through the internet. The Company’s two major services are Clipstream and Play MPE®. Clipstream (www.clipstream.com) is a video format that plays on any modern smart phone, tablet, internet, TV, or computer. With Clipstream, there is no player to configure or install, and videos never go obsolete.  Play MPE (www.plaympe.com) provides a standardized method to securely and cost effectively distribute pre-release music to radio stations and other music industry professionals, before it is ready for sale.  More information can be found at www.dsny.com.

Built for Kids Kidoodle.TV Launches in Beta in North America

Kidoodle.TVA Parent Media Co. Inc. (“APMC”) is pleased to announce the launch of its North American beta test for its children’s subscription video on-demand service, Kidoodle.TV. Offering early access across the United States and Canada, APMC is giving families the ability to influence the shape and content of Kidoodle.TV from the start!

Families can to sign up at www.kidoodle.tv for the free beta service, initially available through Mac and PC environments, and expanding to iPhone and iPad in a few weeks’ time. Over the coming weeks of beta, extra content and features will be rolled out and tested, along with access through the different devices.

Parental feedback and ideas will be an part of the evolution of Kidoodle.TV! “During the beta test phase, it is our goal to use real parents to help us grow a better product by giving them the opportunity to test out Kidoodle.TV and give their constructive feedback,” said Mike Lowe, APMC Co-Founder and President.

Kidoodle.TV Beta Test Process

During the beta test, select moms from across North America will also be asked to review the service. Their advice will shape the next round of development and content acquisition for Kidoodle.TV.

Built for kids, not just for them, Kidoodle.TV is designed specifically for the use and navigation of kids (ages 12 and under), ensuring an age-appropriate viewing experience.

Featuring a brightly colored, easy-to-use user interface, customizable Kid Profiles for up to 5 kids, and great entertainment and educational content from a variety of sources, Kidoodle.TV is child oriented and convenient, with no adult content and with robust controls for parents. Once logged into Kidoodle.TV, parents simply select a Kid Profile and hand off the navigation to the child.

According to Lowe, consumers in our on-the-go society are mandating a different format for television and video entertainment. “They demand the freedom and diversity offered by Internet access – watching what they want, when they want, but with parameters built-in to aid with child safety”. APMC will feed the demand for accessibility by offering Kidoodle.TV in a mobile format, with the first formats being tested in phases over beta (initially Mac and PC and later expanding to iPhone and iPad). Access through Android and Gaming Consoles will also be available over the coming months.

Lowe also acknowledges the demand for customized service. “We know and appreciate that every family’s values are different. What may be acceptable content for one family may not match the values of another. Kidoodle.TV allows you to vet the content, giving you the ability to cancel out titles and allowing you to tailor viewing within Kid Profiles to match family values or to restrict content access based on age.”

Children are particularly vulnerable to the messages conveyed through television. The Kidoodle.TV service is right for its audience and is free of advertising within its Kid Profiles. APMC has focused on delivering a service that provides a positive growth experience for kids, combining educational and enriched content components with popular entertainment.

Once the beta test is complete later this year, the service will be commercially available for only $4.99 per month for up to five household users.