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Analyzing the iMac 5K Retina display: How do you squeeze 5K out of a last-gen GPU? (updated)
October 24, 2014
Last week, Apple announced a new 27-inch iMac that packs an impressive 5K Retina display. As we've already detailed, these new 5K displays are thinner, cheaper, draw less power thanks to a more-efficient LED backlight, and, perhaps most importantly, Apple is selling the whole 27-inch iMac system at a mind-blowing price of $2500. That's the same price tag on Dell's 5K monitor. One of the major questions regarding Apple's 5K display is whether or not it would be a 30Hz or 60Hz panel. We've had an opportunity to see some demonstrations of gaming on the 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display and can confirm that it's a 30Hz panel when operating in 5K mode. Below 5K, the panel shifts to 60Hz, though we couldn't confirm exactly when the 60/30 shift occurs. It's a 60Hz panel up to at least 2560×1440.

Osram develops brighter LED for car headlights
October 24, 2014
SPIE has issued the following news release: Output of 1400 lm and 200 Mcd/m2 achieved in the laboratory. Every headlight function but from a unit smaller than a box of matches - says Osram. Every headlight function but from a unit smaller than a box of matches - says Osram. Osram Opto Semiconductors (OS) took the opportunity offered by last week’s car industry Vision Congress in Paris, France, to showcase its new LED for car headlights.

Larson Electronics Releases 150 Watt Explosion Proof LED Light Fixture that operates on 347/480V AC.
October 24, 2014
  Kemp, Texas (PRWEB) October 24, 2014         This Class 1 Division 1 & 2, Class 2 Division 1 & 2 explosion proof light fixture provides 12,500 lumens of high quality light while drawing only 150 watts. The copper free aluminum alloy body is powder coated for added durability and an attractive aesthetic appearance. Special heat dissipating design in conjunction with LED technology helps this fixture to achieve an excellent 60,000 hour rated lifespan with 80% lumen retention. Light weight and a low profile make this unit an attractive alternative to larger and heavier older fixtures and require much less hardware to install.           This light is multi-voltage capable and can be operated with 347-480 VAC, 50/60Hz without any modifications.

Microchip unveils MCP19118 and MCP19119 DEPA controllers
October 23, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Microchip Technology Inc., a provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and flash-IP solutions, has unveiled the MCP19118 and MCP19119, its new Digitally Enhanced Power Analog, or DEPA, controllers.

Zvox SoundBase 570
October 22, 2014
If you want to add quality sound to your HDTV, you have a few options. You can get a separate set of speakers to arrange around your screen and living room. You can get a soundbar to place in front your HDTV. Or you can get a speaker slab that serves as an unobtrusive stand for your screen while providing the power and clarity you need. The Zvox SoundBase 570 is one such slab, and while it's not quite as thin or invisible as some others we've seen, its sound quality more than makes up for it, earning our Editors' Choice award. The $399.99 speaker system puts out excellent audio for movies and music without the need of a separate subwoofer, and sports built-in Bluetooth on top of the usual wired inputs. It's a scaled-up, wireless-capable successor to the Zvox SoundBase 555, which itself was one of the first speaker slabs to come out.

Vizio M322i-B1
October 22, 2014
Small HDTVs don't have to boast small feature sets. Vizio's M-series of LED-backlit 1080p screens boast generous online services through Vizio Internet Apps Plus (VIA Plus) and well-designed and functional remotes. Unfortunately, for all of its features, the $299.99 32-inch M322i-B1 we tested doesn't satisfy where it counts: picture quality. It also doesn't present a very good deal; $300 might seem inexpensive for an HDTV, but for $330 you can pick up the 40-inch version of the Editors' Choice TCL FS4610R Roku TV which boasts a superior picture and just as much connectivity. Design Vizio's M322i HDTV has a thin, quarter-inch black plastic bezel surrounded by a silver-gray plastic band. Apart from the small silver-gray plastic tag with the Vizio logo protruding from the bottom right, the M322i's front is featureless.

Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2
October 22, 2014
Wacom's Intuos Creative Stylus 2 performs about as well as our previous Editors' Choices, the Adonit Jot Touch and Adobe's Ink and Slide combo. Yet, it's a little more comfortable, and it's not as easy to accidentally press the shortcut buttons, either, which are minor, but important factors to consider. For $40 less than the Jot Touch and $120 less than the Ink and Slide, combined with an impressive library of compatible apps, the Intuos Creative Stylus 2 is our new Editors' Choice for iPad styli. Design and Features Wacom's Intuos Creative Stylus 2 is a 5.6-inch stylus with a 0.4-inch diameter at its thinnest point at the top. It tapers down to about a 0.8-inch diameter at the grip, which makes it very comfortable to use. The top half of the stylus is made of a dark gray-colored plastic, while the bottom half is a slightly rubberized black plastic, with a chrome ring towards the tip to accent the design. At 0.7 ounces, it's exactly the same weight as Adonit's Jot Touch, but the Adonit is a bit top-heavy compared with the Wacom, which feels more balanced and adds to its comfort.

Casio Slim XJ-A257
October 21, 2014
The Casio Slim XJ-A257 ($1,509.99) is the brightest projector in the company's Slim line, and like other models in the series, it features the company's hybrid LED/laser light source. Notable features include a 2x zoom ratio, standard Wi-Fi, and an exceptionally long lifetime for its light source. The XJ-A257 is a WXGA (1,280-by-800) DLP projector, rated at 3,000 lumens. However, instead of producing red, green, and blue using a standard lamp and a color wheel, it gets red light with LEDs, blue with lasers, and green by shining the blue laser light on a phosphor. Its optical system directs the red, green, and blue light to the DLP chip, and out the front lens.

Acuity Brands enhances P Series family of LED recessed lighting
October 20, 2014
HIGHLIGHT: Acuity Brands, Inc., a manufacturer of electronics, has enhanced its P Series family of LED recessed lighting from Lithonia Lighting.

BMW promises more distinct styling for next-gen models
October 20, 2014
New versions of the 1, 3, 5 and 7-series will looks more visually different say officials, as BMW plans to evolve its design language Following the launch of the upcoming BMW M2 in 2015, the firm's designers and engineers will focus their attention on creating the next generation of mainstream models.


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