FCC Rules To Speed Up Wi-Fi Networks

FCC Rules To Speed Up Wi-Fi Networks

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 31 2014 - 3:31pm




Washington — The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted new rules that will accelerate Wi-Fi speeds in homes and in outdoor and indoor Wi-Fi hot spots.

The new rules, which apply to the 5GHz band and not to the 2.4GHz band, will also increase overall Wi-Fi-network capacity and reduce congestion at hot spots, the FCC said.

The new rules remove the current restriction on indoor-only use of 5.15-5.25GHz Wi-Fi networks and increase the permissible power available to Wi-Fi networks in the band, which represents 100MHz of spectrum.

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Olympus Adds TG-3, SH-1 Stylus Cameras

Olympus Adds TG-3, SH-1 Stylus Cameras

By Greg Tarr On Mar 31 2014 - 1:54pm

Olympus’ new Stylus Tough TG-3 all-weather camera features built-in Wi-Fi and GP
Olympus’ new Stylus Tough TG-3 all-weather camera features built-in Wi-Fi and GPS support with a 6.9x optical zoom lens.


Center Valley, Penn. — Olympus has introduced the Stylus Tough TG-3 all-weather point-and-shoot camera and Stylus SH-1 advanced super-zoom point-and-shoot.

The Olympus TG-3 will ship in June at a $349 suggested retail, and will be available in a choice of black and red.

The Stylus SH-1 will be available in May in black, white and silver at a suggested retail of $399.

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NPD: Home-Automation Awareness, Interest On The Rise

NPD: Home-Automation Awareness, Interest On The Rise

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 31 2014 - 1:44pm




Port Washington, N.Y. — More affordable home-automation options and the ability to use smartphones and tablets to control home systems are opening up the market “to younger, middle-class consumers who not only own, but rent as well,” The NPD Group said.

Growing adoption of smartphones and tablets has helped drive up interest and awareness of home-automation products and services because the mobile devices act as home-system remote controls, NPD said.

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Crestron Names Bargetzi CTO

Crestron Names Bargetzi CTO

By TWICE Staff On Mar 31 2014 - 11:14am

Fred Bargetzi
Fred Bargetzi


Rockleigh, N.J. — Crestron has promoted technology VP Fred Bargetzi to chief technology officer.

A 25 year-Crestron veteran, Bargetzi will continue to oversee the technology and engineering aspects of the business.

He has served in a number of key positions in the company, beginning as an applications engineer to going on to create and manage a wide variety of departments, including technical sales, training and R&D. 

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Sony Adds Two Soundbars, Sound System

Sony Adds Two Soundbars, Sound System

By TWICE Staff On Mar 31 2014 - 11:00am




San Diego — Sony Electronics has debuted two soundbars and a sound system, all set for April availability.

The audio introductions come on the same day as the SXRD-based FullHD 3D home cinema projector, the VPL-HW40ES.

The HT-CT770 and HT-CT370  soundbars feature a 2.1-channel surround-sound system.

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Samsung Adds UHD PC Monitor

Samsung Adds UHD PC Monitor

By Greg Tarr On Mar 31 2014 - 10:32am

Samsung’s 28-inch UD590 series Ultra HD PC monitor will ship next month at a $69
Samsung’s 28-inch UD590 series Ultra HD PC monitor will ship next month at a $699 suggested retail.


Ridgefield Park, N.J. — Samsung introduced Monday a new UD590-series PC monitor, featuring Ultra HD 4K resolution.

The company also revealed a new 390 series of FullHD monitors in the 23.6-inch and 27-inch screen sizes.

The 28-inch UD590 Ultra HD monitor’s high resolution will target customers requiring the highest resolution levels for work or play, such as gamers, photo enthusiasts and visual professionals, graphic designers and architects, among others, the company said.

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Sony Adds FullHD SXRD Projector

Sony Adds FullHD SXRD Projector

By Greg Tarr On Mar 31 2014 - 9:12am

The Sony VPL-HW40ES ($2,500 suggested retail) will offer FullHD resolution and 1
The Sony VPL-HW40ES ($2,500 suggested retail) will offer FullHD resolution and 1,700 ANSI lumens of brightness.


San Diego — Sony Electronics introduced Monday an SXRD-based FullHD 3D home cinema projector.

Sony’s VPL-HW40ES, which joins the VPL-HW55ES in the line, will be available in April in black for less than $2,500.

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Study: UHD Adoption Could Top Early HD Numbers

Study: UHD Adoption Could Top Early HD Numbers

By Greg Tarr On Mar 28 2014 - 3:55pm

Parks Associates
Source: Park Associates


Dallas – Ultra HD (or “4K”) TVs should follow a similar or faster growth pattern to the rollout of HDTVs within U.S. broadband-connected households, according to new research from Parks Associates.

The market research firm said in its “4K Today: Bringing Ultra HD To Market” report that Ultra HD should parallel or even surpass the rollout shipments of HDTVs, which reached 82 percent of U.S. broadband households after 15 years on the market.

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Shalam To Be Named CEA Digital Patriot

Shalam To Be Named CEA Digital Patriot

By TWICE Staff On Mar 28 2014 - 3:08pm

John Shalam
John Shalam


Arlington, Va.The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) reported that Voxx chairman and founder John Shalam, along with U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), will be honored as Digital Patriots for their support of technology innovation.

The 10th annual Digital Patriots Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, at the National Building Museum in Washington.

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AT&T Reveals PadFone X Specs, But Not Price, Availability

AT&T Reveals PadFone X Specs, But Not Price, Availability

By Joseph Palenchar On Mar 28 2014 - 2:39pm

The PadFone X from Asus is a 5-inch Full-HD Android KitKat smartphone that docks
The PadFone X from Asus is a 5-inch Full-HD Android KitKat smartphone that docks with a 9-inch FullHD tablet.


Dallas – AT&T revealed specifications for the Asus PadFoneX but no price or availability date.

 During International CES, the carrier announced plans to offer the device on an exclusive basis in the U.S. but revealed little else. It’s not clear if the device will be available only through AT&T’s direct channels.

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