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Samsung brings Wireless 360 speakers to SA

Samsung its Wireless Audio 360⁰ speakers to the South African market. The speaker uses the company’s Ring Radiator technology to to deliver crisp and clear sound quality wherever you are in the room.

Unlike traditional audio products that project sound from one direction, the Wireless Audio 360⁰ delivers sound evenly in all directions thanks to the Ring Radiator. This ring-shaped structure synthesises the different audio components such as passage of sound, acoustic lens and the location of the speaker units to evenly spread the music coming out of the speakers. While it does this, Samsung’s state-of-the-art Compression Driver simultaneously compresses and reflects sound that travels forward, emitting sound in all directions. Add to this Samsung’s optimal acoustic lens that amplifies sound like a loudspeaker and the result is the highest quality sound dispersed evenly throughout any room, of any size and shape, without distortion and noise.

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“The Samsung Wireless Audio 360⁰ was created through rigorous research and development, based on the way people consume music,” says Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director and Head of Consumer Electronics at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “Samsung wanted to make listening to music in the home more seamless and the Wireless Audio 360⁰ accomplishes this by combining exciting new sound technology with a premium look and feel to offer an unrivalled immersive audio experience.”

Last year, Samsung’s release of a portfolio of Curved SoundBar and Multiroom Audio products created an entirely new category in the audio market by providing the flexibility to connect and listen to music uninterrupted through wireless networks. The Wireless Audio 360⁰ continues Samsung’s immense innovation in audio products and is available in two models: the WAM7500, a standing model with a deeper bass and the portable WAM6500, a location free speaker that delivers unmatched sound balance and quality inside and outside the home.

The Wireless Audio 360⁰ range seamlessly connects to Samsung TVs, sound bars and mobile devices to create the ultimate in-home entertainment experience. Samsung’s new Multiroom App 2.0 makes it possible to share music across connected devices in the home, while its user interface simplifies and transforms the listening experience. The new and upgraded version of the Multiroom App is available on both Android and iOS, so that users can enjoy their favourite music on multiple Wi-Fi-connected devices. The new App boasts an improved user interface with a new central dial wheel for more intuitive navigation and custom queue lists can now be browsed easily with just the touch of a finger. The Multiroom App 2.0 makes it possible to centrally control speakers, music sources and playlists while simultaneously browsing your music library.

In addition to these highly advanced features, another benefit of this incredible product, is its sleek and ground-breaking design. The beautifully designed speakers not only eliminate the placement restrictions common to conventional audio systems, but will complement and enhance your home creating an impressive centrepiece in any room.

“Samsung continues to create pioneering, cutting-edge technology that provides consumers with industry-leading solutions. The Wireless Audio 360⁰ speakers deliver an immersive listening experience that is quite unlike anything else in the market,” Thackrah concludes.

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Planet Radio TV tune in on any device

Planet Radio TV plans to be Africa’s first online broadcaster that allows its listeners to watch via Internet and satellite TV as well as listen via FM or Internet radio. SEAN BACHER visits its studios.

Planet Radio TV (PRTV) is broadcast much like any other terrestrial radio station, allowing its users to tune into it with a standard FM tuner. But its owner, Planet Image Productions, is about to launch two other means of tuning into the station.

In the coming month, MultiChoice will place a new satellite in orbit that will, by the new year, allow Planet to broadcast to subscribers via the satellite. Planet has also announced the PRTV app, which can be downloaded to Apple, BlackBerry, Android and Windows Mobile devices, allowing users to stream the content to their phones and tablets.

‚”What makes this unique though is that our systems will automatically detect a user’s connection speed and stream content in a format that suits that speed, says Planet Image CEO Wale Akinlabi. ‚”For example, someone connecting through 3G will be able to view high-definition video and hear high-definition audio. A user with a slower connection will still be able to view and listen to the station, but at a lower quality.‚”

This, he believes, will eliminate the buffering issue which discourages many users from streaming video and audio to their devices.

The radio station comprises 80% African music, with the remainder being international, and is targeted at Africa’s youth.

‚”At PRTV we intend to change the way consumers view, listen and interact with television, radio and Internet mediums,‚” says Mabel Mabaso, chief operations officer and director at Planet Image. ‚”It is an exciting platform that synchronises three mediums, providing opportunities for consumers and advertisers alike.‚”

Planet RadioTV differentiates itself from other local broadcasters with its clever use of software and hardware. Planet Image uses a high-definition video-graphics (HDVG) rendering program, designed by Orad, an Israeli company specialising in TV production software. This software suite, combined with four Panasonic high-definition cameras, is able to detect and focus on a person’s voice. When the camera fixes on a voice, that camera is automatically activated and begins broadcasting. Should someone else begin talking, a separate camera will detect the voice and focus on that person.

The software controlling the cameras also performs basic video editing. Mabaso says that, although the initial cost of the equipment was more than that of standard cameras, it will prove well worth it, as it eliminates the need for a dedicated cameraman filming the show in the studio.

‚”Another payoff is that we don’t need that much office space,‚” she says.

Based in Randburg in Johannesburg, the studio is small in comparison to most others and the control room is just big enough for one person.

‚”The control room merely serves as a back-up should one of the cameras fail. It also allows us to control when and where visual adverts appear.‚”

The system is also tightly integrated with applications like Skype.

‚”We can interview someone overseas without having to send a crew there to perform recording. We simply communicate via Skype, making the interviewee’s Internet camera an extension of our own in-studio cameras.‚”

Besides featuring local and international music, the station has regular fashion, food and cooking, music and culture segments, which are broadcast to around 30 000 listeners around Africa.

Rounding up the technology aspect, PRTV has integrated Twitter and Facebook, allowing its listeners to interact with DJs.

Listeners can tune into Planet Radio TV by logging onto www.planetradio.co.za

* Follow Sean Bacher on Twitter on @SeanBacher

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Canon EOS M – small and simple

Canon has extended the EOS range with the EOS M, its first compact system camera. Although not yet available in South Africa, the EOS M offers DSLR quality images and full HD recording in a compact, easy to use device.

Canon has expanded the EOS range with the launch of the EOS M. The company’s first ever compact system camera (CSC), the EOS M offers DSLR-quality imaging and full HD movie creation in a compact and easy-to-use model.

The EOS M is available in sleek black, glossy white, stylish silver or bold red colours, and condenses Canon’s EOS imaging heritage into a stylish, compact design. The model launches alongside two new lenses, the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake and the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom, as well as a new compact EX Speedlite the Speedlite 90EX. For those who want to push their images even further, the EOS M can also use Canon’s range of EF lenses with the new Mount Adapter EF-EOS M, for even more creative freedom.

The quality of a Canon DSLR

The EOS M’s high-resolution, 18 megapixel APS-C hybrid CMOS sensor also allows you to blur the background for beautiful portraits, or for close-ups with impact.

With the inclusion of Canon’s DIGIC 5 processor, colours ‚’pop’ and skin tones are beautifully natural, while a super-fast shutter allows you to capture split-second action.

Shoot what you see and easily express your creative vision

Every aspect of the EOS M has been designed to make it simple to capture high-quality images. With the high-resolution, 7.7cm (3.0‚”), Clear View LCD II Touch screen, the EOS M gives you as much or as little control over your photos as desired. Simply select different shooting modes and settings via the on-screen icons, or let Scene Intelligent Auto adjust the camera settings according to the subject and shooting conditions, leaving you free to focus on composition and selecting the perfect moment to hit the shutter release button.

Turn film-maker with EOS Movie and Video Snapshot

When a moment calls for more than a still image, the EOS M lets you switch to Full HD video with stereo sound.

Extending the EOS System with dedicated accessories

In addition to compatibility with Canon’s existing EF lenses, accessories and Speedlites, the EOS M launches with its own range of accessories. Two new EF-M lenses offer portability and high performance when using the new model the EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom and the EF-M 22mm f/2 STM pancake lens. Both feature new stepper motor technology for exceptionally smooth AF performance, as well as precision Canon optics, while their compact designs offer the perfect form-factor to complement the camera’s pocket-sized body.

Additionally, the EOS M will ship with the new Speedlite 90EX flash unit as standard. Lightweight and highly-compact, it offers a maximum guide number of nine and supports wide-angle lenses, making it an ideal general-purpose flash for everyday use. A wireless master function also allows the control of multiple flash guns wirelessly, allowing more advanced users to experiment with a range of creative lighting effects.

EOS M key features

· The quality of a digital SLR in a compact body

· Scene Intelligent Auto

· Be versatile with interchangeable lenses

· Create out-of-focus backgrounds for high impact

· Easy-to-use touch-screen

· Atmospheric photos in low light

· Full-HD video with Video Snapshot Mode

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