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Sennheiser focuses on wireless at CES 2015

Every year we try and meet with Sennheiser at CES to see what they have that is new, refined and better and this year their big focus was on wireless. Many companies can put a Bluetooth receiver in a set of headphones, but they don't all sound alike. Sennheiser takes they excellent Momentum line and puts basic Bluetooth features in this great product and manages to keep the audio quality they are known for.

The other wireless set they were showing off was the Urbanite. These have been around in a wired version for a while, but they have joined the wireless world as well and include touch sensitive controls for play, pause, forward, back and to answer and end calls. Take a look at the video below for more details.

 

To check out more of our CES 2015 coverage, please check here and of course you can check out more pictures from the Day 2 of CES 2015 right here.

Linksys @ CES 2016

Linksys always has a good presence at CES and this year was no different. Things on the Belkin side of the business were really busy as they were putting on high quality screen protectors for people as they brought their devices by. On the Linksys side of things, they seem to be aiming toward the consumer enthusiast once again as they have resurrected some of their WRT routers that are DD-WRT compatible.

On the super-fast side of things, they have just announced their new Max-Stream Next-Gen Tri-Band router. This is the EA9500 and they claim it can push as much as 5400Mbps through the 802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies while ramping up the 802.11ac and stacking it on top for crazy speeds. You will need a client device that has at least six antennae to maximize the power of your router.


 

One feature of the EA9500 is the MU-MIMO capability. It supports multiple users on the multiple-input, multiple-output protocol. This means that you can stream 12 4K streams at once over a wireless connection. It looks impressive, but we'll have to see how it performs in the real world and not in a theoretical environment.

Please check out more of our CES images here.

BlackBerry Shifts Focus to Software

BlackBerry is starting to see the light. There is very little money to be made in phone hardware - especially when you're a third, or fourth place company. As it stands, BlackBerry has recently purchased a company called "Good" and they have used this little leverage to make a bunch of money in software and services. BlackBerry finally is starting to see the light and they are pushing more toward enterprise software. It will probably be the best move they've made in the last few years - if it's not too late.

I'm sure their $2.6bn pile of cash will sustain then for the next quarter.

To this BlackBerry is gradually adding its own acquisitions. Such as the secure document system BlackBerry picked up, WatchDox, which can geofence documents: very handy if some employee leaves a thumb drive on a train. The “crisis squawker” (there’s no better description) AtHoc which provides crisis management for emergency services, is also swapping its HazMat suite for a white collar, and will be offered to enterprises.

Source: TheRegister

WTU Episode #355 - Chrome OS Gets to (Google) Play

We have just posted up Episode #355 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing Chrome OS adds Android Apps, Steam adds movies and Intel subtracts 12,000 employees. Check out those and lots more tech stories at the link below.

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Raspberry Pi Gets a Hybrid Tube AMP

I like the Raspberry Pi idea. I have several of them - all commissioned for different projects and I'm a fan. I do love all the stuff that can be done on one of these little units, and I'm really wanting to take my Raspberry Pi 3 and use it as a media streaming hub - complete with a Tube Amplifier and hooked to some nice speakers. This project looks pretty slick and I could get behind it for sure.

Pi 2 Design is excited to introduce the first Tube Amp specifically designed for any of the 40-pin versions of the Raspberry Pi SBC Family. The 503HTA Hybrid Tube Amp HAT, designed and manufactured by Pi2Media (a division of PI 2 Design), is a High Quality I/O Shield designed to bring “Sweet Tube Sound” to the Raspberry PI ® family of Single Board Computers. This HAT allows the Raspberry Pi ® SBC to drive Headphones from 32 - 300 ohm with ease and fidelity.

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Source: Kickstarter

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