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Panasonic PT-VMZ50 Mini Projector

Panasonic has unveiled the world’s smallest and lightest portable LCD laser projectors, the PT-VMZ50 series mini projectors,. They are designed for consistent brightness and easy installation, which make them ideal for temporary setups in places like small classrooms and boardrooms.

Click through to read about how the projector throws a large image, even when projecting close to a wall, and to see the specifications.

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With a brightness range of 4,500 to 6,000 lumens, and a choice of WUXGA (1920×1200) or WXGA (1280×800) resolutions, the PT-VMZ50 Series features “Solid Shine” laser technology. Panasonic claims this technology enables 20,000 hours of consistent brightness and accurate colour reproduction, while reducing conventional protector lamp replacement hassles.

All projectors in the range feature 1.6x zoom lenses for short throw-distances, which works well for close range projection. The projectors support wide V/H lens-shift to achieve flexible installation in limited spaces where multiple screens are required in one room. This allows participants to share documents or videos on a big, bright screen even in small classes, conferences, work groups and discussions.

“Panasonic’s history of innovation continues with the expansion of our new series of high brightness portable LCD laser projectors,” says Scott Wellington, Projector Senior Product Manager, Panasonic Imaging and Visual Systems. “The new PT-VMZ50 Series sets a new standard in portable LCD laser projectors. Its small, compact and lightweight body make it easy to move from classroom to classroom, or between various meeting rooms, without sacrificing clear, crisp, vivid images. Our new portable laser projectors will enhance any classroom and meeting room experience by delivering great picture quality, flexible installation and reliable operation.”

Additional versatility is made possible with several features that have been built into the PT-VMZ50 Series, including 4K signal input via HDMI and Panasonic’s DIGITAL LINK connection, based on HDBase-T, which transmits video, audio, and control signals through a LAN cable for distances of up to 150 metres.

Wireless projection gives users the ability to share documents or images from their own devices regardless of seating location and without cable hassle, while the PT-VMZ50 Series laser light-source cuts the time needed to quickly display images after switching on the projector. This Quick Start/Quick Off feature makes it possible to project images in just one second from Standby so the presentation can start immediately.

The PT-VMZ50 Series of portable LCD laser projectors will be available March 2019.

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Garmin announces USB fast-charger for aircraft

Garmin has launched a small, lightweight USB charger designed for a wide range of aircraft. The GSB 15 contains two USB ports and supports simultaneous 18W (up to 3A) high-speed charging.

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The Garmin GSB 15 has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification, as well as European approval, and is expected to be available next week.

“Tablets and mobile devices have become a mainstay in the cockpit and it’s essential to ensure they’re powered and available throughout an entire flight,” says Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The GSB 15 is the smallest installed dual-port USB charger ever designed for aircraft use that allows owners and operators to economically add USB power capability to their aircraft.”

Designed specifically for aircraft installations, the device includes two powerful 18W (up to 3A) USB Type-A charging ports that allow pilots and passengers to charge tablets and mobile devices in the cockpit and throughout the cabin in the aircraft. The device is capable of charging two full-size tablets while using them at full backlight. Optional halo lighting around the exterior of the ports allows pilots and passengers to connect to the charger during night time conditions.

Two versions of the GSB 15 are available and allow for installation in space-constrained areas. One version contains a connector on the back of the unit, which is perfect for panel mount installations. A second variant has a connector on the bottom of the device and is suitable for installations in depth-constrained areas, such as near cabin sidewalls. Installation can take the place of an existing aircraft instrument hole with an optional adapter plate. A slim, lightweight design makes it suitable for installation in any cockpit.

Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, military, and government customers. For more information about Garmin’s full line of avionics, go to www.garmin.com/aviation.

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Nokia 1 gets slice of Android 9 Pie

Keeping to its promise of a smartphone experience that keeps getting better, says Nokia phone maker HMD Global, it has announced that Nokia 1 can now upgrade to Android 9 Pie (Go edition).


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Nokia 1 is the final phone in the Nokia smartphone portfolio to receive an upgrade to Android 9 Pie, which means that the entire range now has an option running the latest Android OS from Google.

“For too long consumers have had to accept older OS versions as the norm on entry-level smartphones,” says Shaun Durandt, general manager at HMD South Africa. “We are living our promise to deliver a phone that can keep getting better over time through the latest experiences and always being up-to-date. And with the Nokia 1 upgrade to Google’s latest OS, fans can get up-to-the-minute software experiences and innovations from Google in the most affordable segment.”

Over the past two years, Nokia phones have received over 300 security updates and have successfully upgraded handsets to the latest OS twice as fast as competitors, says HMD. This means that users always potentially receive a “just-out-of-the-box-fresh” feeling throughout the phone’s lifecycle. 

Android 9 Pie (Go edition) comes with a new range of apps from Google designed to run faster while consuming less data. Optimised to be smooth and fast, these include Google Go – a web search app, Google Maps Go, YouTube Go and Google Assistant for Android (Go edition), to send messages, make calls and set alarms by using voice.

With fewer pre-installed and much lighter apps, users are promised get two times more available storage compared to standard Android version. 

Availability

The Nokia 1 is available at major retail and network operator stores in red and blue, starting from R799.

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