Samsung Launches the Galaxy Camera 2, a Powerful Successor to the Galaxy Camera

Featuring an Android platform and a lightweight retro design, the Galaxy Camera 2 allows avid photographers to capture and share even more, with superior quality and speed

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd announced the Galaxy Camera 2, a successor to the award winning GALAXY Camera which combines the quality imaging of a high end camera with sharing capabilities and an intuitive design to match the most up-to-date smartphones. The Galaxy Camera 2‘s revolutionary technology, which includes an upgraded 1.6GHz Quad Core processor and the Android platform makes it faster and easier than ever for users to shoot, edit and share high quality images with friends and family. With a lightweight, retro design, the Galaxy Camera 2 is the ideal option for photographers who do not want to sacrifice style for technology.

(Please visit their booth at the 2014 International CES to experience this future technology firsthand. Samsung’s product line will be displayed from January 7-10 at Booth #12004 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.)

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Consumers love the Galaxy Camera, and this next-generation version was designed to improve on the successful predecessor, with upgraded and new features that will enhance the photography experience,” said Myoung Sup Han, Executive Vice President and Head of the Imaging Business Team at Samsung Electronics. “The result is a more powerful and portable device which continues to embrace the public’s passion for the social features of smartphones, yet also provides superior image control and quality. We are dedicated to making it easier for more people to achieve great results and with the Galaxy Camera 2’s host of creative features, anyone can capture stand out images.”

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Fast and Superior Performance
The Galaxy Camera 2 lets users enjoy the full benefits of the Android platform. Intuitive to use and faster than ever before, users can navigate the Galaxy Camera 2 functions with ease-of use and focus on capturing the perfect shot rather than having to filter through complex settings. With an enhanced battery life (2000mAh), avid photographers can enjoy the photography experience for longer period of time and have the ability to take even more beautiful pictures.

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A high performance camera, the Galaxy Camera 2 produces images of exceptional quality, unrivalled by smartphone photography. Its 16M BSI CMOS Sensor produces vivid images which are both rich in color and sharp in detail, allowing memories to be captured and reproduced in perfect clarity. With a huge 21x Optical Zoom, photographers can get closer than ever to their subjects. Featuring an upgraded 1.6 GHz Quad-Core processor, supported by a massive 2.0 GB of RAM, the Galaxy Camera 2 operates at ultra high speed so that the array of intuitive features can be accessed without delay. This internal memory is supplemented with the pre-loaded Dropbox app, an exclusive offering which provides 50GB of free cloud storage for CES-Logoup to two years, so that passionate photographers need never worry about running out of memory ever again.

Simple Sharing and Easy Use
Sharing is made simple with advanced Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities that accompany the Galaxy Camera 2. The all-new innovative ‘Tag & Go’ feature makes it easy to connect the Galaxy Camera 2 to NFC-enabled smartphones and devices. All it takes is a simple tap of the smartphone and camera and devices will be  automatically paired and transter images swiftly using a host of clever functions. With Photo Beam, the picture being viewed on the camera is automatically sent to the paired smartphone, while Mobile Link, allows photographers to select images they wish to transfer to their smartphone at their leisure. For more creative shooting, Remote Viewfinder lets photographers control the camera using the smartphone, providing greater freedom for setting up and snapping shots.

The Galaxy Camera 2’s 121.2mm (4.8-inch) HD Super Clear Touch LCD provides users with a beautiful way to view and edit images. Shots are displayed in intense color and detail, while its large size makes it easy to navigate the many apps and features available on the camera. With a lightweight design, the Galaxy Camera 2 is a highly portable option making it the perfect choice for both day to-day, as well as special occasion photography.

Creative Capture
With Smart Mode, users can choose from 28 different pre-set modes all designed to address different shooting scenarios, which will allow a professional touch or creative twist to any image. For those unsure which mode they want to select, the Smart Mode Suggest feature provides a helping hand in securing those winning shots. It analyzes the scene at hand; recognizing lighting conditions, scenery, objects, and then instantly recommends the optimal Smart Mode to ensure that the perfect shot is always captured. New Smart Mode Selfie Alarm guarantees that self-portraits receive the attention they deserve. It takes five consecutive, high resolution images so that users can select their best angle and share immediately on their favorite social media site.

Videos can also be given a unique twist with features such as Multi Motion Video, which allows users to set the speed of capture and create speed up or slowed down movies. Ranging from eight times slower than normal speed up to eight times faster, this feature adds visual flair to footage which can be enjoyed time and time again. The Galaxy Camera 2 also makes it easy for photographers to use their favorite applications, such as Paper Artist and Xtremera, to personalize their shots straight from the camera so that images can be edited and shared without delay.

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Stream TV to Present Consumer-Ready 4KTVs with Glasses-Free 3D at CES 2014

Stream TV Networks will be showcasing its consumer-ready 4KTVs featuring breakthrough Ultra-D™ glasses-free adjustable 3D technology during CES 2014. Of the various sizes to be brought to market by the company’s brand partners in 2014, the 50″ and 55″ models will be on display.

Ultra-D displays have real-time conversion technology that converts 2D or 3D source content into 4K glasses-free 3D.  (PRNewsFoto/Stream TV Networks, Inc.)

Ultra-D displays have real-time conversion technology that converts 2D or 3D source content into 4K glasses-free 3D. (PRNewsFoto/Stream TV Networks, Inc.)

Some of the TVs will be accompanied by the seeCube-4K™, an external device that converts a wide range of content – 2D or 3D stereoscopic sources – to 2160p glasses-free 3D in real time. Stream TV has successfully ported its realtime conversion technology to the new Qualcomm 8074 processor, and a second version of the TV will carry the conversion technology built into a chip, significantly reducing costs. Using complex algorithms, the Ultra-D technology converts 1080p/2 million pixel content into a 4K/8 million pixel viewing experience. Users can connect their satellite or cable service, VOD, Blu-ray player, Xbox or PlayStation, as well as watch Internet content from Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Baidu TV, PPStv, iQYi tv, Totou TV and other video sites with ease.

Qualcomm’s latest 8074 processor features the new Krait 400 CPU in quad configuration, with speeds of up to 2.3 GHz per core for best-in-class performance per watt, so processor performance can hold up to the more demanding processing. The new Adreno 330 GPU delivers more than 2x performance for compute applications over the current Adreno 320 GPU, capturing playback and display in 2160p video.

Ultra-D presents a never-before-seen glasses-free 3D viewing experience,” said Mathu Rajan, CEO of Stream TV Networks. “There’s a lack of 4K content out there, but by generating millions of new pixels with depth information, we truly take advantage of what a 4K screen can offer.”

Ultra-D will be on display at CES 2014 from January 7-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall Booth 14032, and during a press conference on January 8, 2PM at the Venetian Hotel, Marcello Ballroom 4503.

Experience the future of 3D today, not years from now. To schedule an Ultra-D demo, contact press@ultra-d.com. Additional information, supporting images and interviews with CEO Mathu Rajan and other Stream TV executives are available by request.

LG ANNOUNCES ADVANCED AUDIO VIDEO LINEUP WITH CONVENIENT SMART FEATURES AND EXPLOSIVE SOUND

With Newest AV Products, LG to Offer Breathtaking Auditory Experience, Enhanced Versatility and Stylish Aesthetics at CES 2014

 In less than three weeks, LG Electronics (LG) will be showcasing its latest audio video lineup at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The premium selection of products includes the latest iteration of the much acclaimed, space-saving SoundPlate (Model LAB540W), innovative Wireless Audio System (Model NP8740) and the sleek, aesthetically striking Sound Bar (Model NB5540). These systems, along with a number of other head-turning products,offer rich, deeply satisfying sound along with the plethora of convenient smart connectivity features that make LG’s systems so versatile.

TV screens may get the majority of consumers’ attention in the showroom but the unsung heroes of great home entertainment is sound,” said Byung-hoon Min, Senior Vice President of the AV Division of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “At LG, we devote a significant portion of our TV research and development on the audio experience because we believe this will be the next battleground for winning the hearts and minds of home entertainment aficionados.”

Combining Smart TV with Astonishing Sound

The LAB540W, better known as the SoundPlate, is the latest arrival to a new category of slim audio devices to accompany today’s flat screen TVs. Rising a mere 39.5mm above its base, this stylish device is impressively space efficient and can be placed directly underneath a variety of 32- to 55-inch TVs to minimize clutter. The new model is equipped with a robust 4.1 channel, 320 watt sound system and an external wireless subwoofer. This compact unit projects full-bodied audio in multiple directions, delivering an immersive, breathtaking auditory experience.

The SoundPlate also serves as a connectivity portal and features a built-in 3D Blu-ray player along with LG Smart TV functionality, transforming any flat screen TV into a Smart TV with powerful sound performance. Additionally, customers can use a second screen device to wirelessly stream content to the LAB540W overa local Wi-Fi network or via Bluetooth.

Streaming High Quality Music to Multiple Rooms

LG’s Wireless Audio System, winner of a 2014 CES Innovation Award, gives users the power to choose from virtually limitless home audio configurations. This is possible because the NP8740 runs the latest mesh network technology, which includes dual band Wi-Fi support (2.4/5GHz) to deliver high quality streaming music throughout the home. Each wireless speaker not only produces rich sound with clarity and depth, but also sends the sound out in multiple directions.

Several speakers can be set up in any combination of rooms, connecting an entire house under a single system. The embedded mesh network technology also makes it possible to choose between playing the same song throughout the home (Party Mode), or different songs through each speaker (Personal Mode). What’s more, the NP8740 can connect to other audio systems for an integrated experience with greater output and control.

The Wireless Audio System allows digital audio collections to be accessed without a home network while a downloadable app turns a smartphone intoan easy-to-use master control unit. The interface even lets users seamlessly stream audio from online sources. Overall clarity is enhanced by a dual-tweeter arrangement and 24 bit/192kHz offers studio-like sound quality.

Compelling AudioSophistication in Minimalist Design

LG’s numerous Sound Bar options are the perfect complement for a wide variety of TV sizes and styles.The NB5540, for instance, is a beautiful match for modern thin-bezel TVs thanks to its minimalist design and polished dark silver finish. A particularly stunning accompaniment to LG’s premium flat screen TVs, the system features 4.1 channels and 320 watts of powerful output. Despite its low profile body, the NB5540 delivers rich, room-filling audio thanks to two forward-facing and two rear-facing channel configuration. The unit also employs a Hi-Fi DAC and Analog Class D amp to ensure superior HD audio quality, minimizing the loss of detail and producing clean, natural sound.

The NB5540 supports HDMI with Audio Return Channel (ARC), enabling it to connect to a TV with a single cable. The system is also Bluetooth enabled, facilitating wireless audio streaming from smart devices such as a Smart TV or smartphone. The NB5540 can be wall-mounted or placed anywhere in the room, giving homeowners an array of installation options.

Winning Track Record

LG’s audio visual products have a track record of winning awards and accolades. The Micro Audio System (Model CM3430) was an EISA 2013 Award recipient, the NB5530A Sound Bar was honored with a Red Dot Design Award and the NB4530A Sound Bar received an iF Design Award along with five stars from What Hi-fi for its excellent features and ease-of-use.

The 2014 lineup includes a number of other premium products to deliver convenient wireless connectivity and an unforgettable auditory experience. Visitors to LG’s booth at CES 2014 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204) from Tuesday, January 7 through Friday, January 10 will have the opportunity to see LG’s newest Smart Blu-ray players, home theater systems, Pocket Photo 2.0 and the Mini AUDIO for themselves.

LG TO UNVEIL WORLD’S FIRST 105-INCH CURVED ULTRA HD TV AT CES 2014

LG Electronics (LG) announced it will be unveiling the world’s first 21:9 aspect ratio CURVED ULTRA HD TV (Model 105UC9) at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. LG’s newest premium TV is also the company’s very first CURVED ULTRA HD model. The award winning groundbreaking 105-inch (measured diagonally) 105UC9 is officially the largest curved TV ever made.

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This awe-inspiring TV offers magnificent picture quality and a wide viewing angle with the ability to render the minutest detail in breathtaking clarity to create an unprecedented level of viewer immersion. The 105UC9’s cinematically proportioned 21:9 CinemaScope screen is ideal for enjoying movies as they were meant to be enjoyed. Another advantage of the extra-wide screen is that it enables users to access viewing information on the side of the screen without blocking any of the ongoing action.

Boasting an 11 million pixel (5120 x 2160) screen resolution, the 105UC9 represents the successful collaboration between LG Electronics and LG Display. In order to realize the TV’s curvature, new technology was introduced to resolve a number of issues, such as maintaining structural integrity and delivering uniform color and brightness across such a large screen. Until now, OLED panels were preferred for curved displays due to their ability to generate their own light. LG Display overcame the challenge of uneven backlighting by refining its Thin Film Transistor (TFT) pixel circuit technology to prevent color leakage and to ensure a superior viewing experience from virtually any angle.

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LG Display has kept its dominant position in the display market with innovative and differentiated technologies,” said Yong-kee Hwang, Senior Vice President and head of LG Display’s TV Business Unit. “With a resolution of 11 million pixels, the 105-inch curved LCD panel is proof of our continued leadership in the next generation display market, offering exceptional world-class value to our customers.”

We’re proud to reveal our 105-inch CURVED ULTRA HD TV at the world’s largest technology event,” said In-kyu Lee, Vice President and head of the Home Entertainment Company’s TV division at LG Electronics. “Claiming the world’s first and the world’s largest titles, LG’s 105UC9 employs cutting-edge technology to provide a truly unique viewing experience. We will continue to drive the next generation TV market and demonstrate that with LG, it’s all possible.”

 

STREAMZ Introduces World’s First Smart Streaming Headphones

 STREAMZ™, a Mozaex® spin-off company, announced today it has released the world’s first smart streaming headphones called STREAMZ™. STREAMZ ($549 MSRP USD) are breakthrough headphones that allow you to play music and audio from multiple sources, including onboard stored music, streaming online radio, streamed phone music, plus audio from your TV, movie, and game player.

STREAMZ - WORLDS FIRST ANDROID 36GB WIFI STREAMING SMART HEADPHONES.  (PRNewsFoto/STREAMZ)

STREAMZ – WORLDS FIRST ANDROID 36GB WIFI STREAMING SMART HEADPHONES. (PRNewsFoto/STREAMZ)

STREAMZ was founded with the goal of introducing wearable entertainment or “exotainment” products that dramatically simplifies and enhances people lives and entertainment experience. STREAMZ Headphones, are the first “smart headphones” that allow people to listen to high fidelity music and audio from multiple audio sources without requiring a separate music player. STREAMZ plays audio from online streaming music services, stored music, smartphones, gaming consoles, PCs and AVRs.

The company will be demonstrating STREAMZ and their BLUWAVS 7.1 HDMI Surround headphones during the 2014 CES Expo, held in Las Vegas from January 7–10, booth #54009 (inside the iLounge of the LVH Hall).

With its built in Android processor, WIFI, Bluetooth, and storage, STREAMZ simplifies and enhances the entertainment experience when enjoying streaming or stored music, movies, games and TV shows.

“When it comes to entertainment there is only one thing more valuable than free, and that is simplicity,” said STREAMZ CEO Douglas Kihm. “You no longer need to bother with a separate player since it’s all built inside. Many people don’t want the hassle of carrying, connecting, and draining the battery of their phone or music player. STREAMZ replaces multiple headphones so that you can enjoy all of your entertainment from any device with one simple-to-use pair of headphones.”

STREAMZ makes listening to any source of music and audio fast and easy. STREAMZ incorporates both Smart WIFI and Bluetooth interfaces that auto detect and connect to your WIFI internet hotspot, a Bluetooth device such as a Smartphone, or with an optional module your Bluetooth enabled AVR receiver.

With STREAMZ, people can now enjoy the ultimate in simplicity and uncompromised sound quality. STREAMZ are based on patent-pending Smart Headphone technology that uniquely delivers higher fidelity music and audio than traditional headphones. STREAMZ are the first headphones to incorporate a music player, a 48 kHz/16 bit CD quality Digital Analog Converter (DAC) plus individual 3 Watt vibration drivers and 160 mWatt dynamic amplifiers.

With its built-in DAC and AMP, STREAMZ delivers CD quality sound with optimum dynamic range, equalization, and amplification which results in incomparable clarity and fidelity. The two vibration speakers uniquely deliver high power and low frequency range audio that you can literally feel.

Since most phones and mobile music players have sub-par quality DACs and amps, they are unable to play true FLAC, ALAC, and WAV CD quality music without adding cumbersome external components. To address this problem, the company built the finest quality audio components inside the headphones.

Traditional headphones require an uncomfortable amount of pressure on your head and ears to achieve optimum sound quality. STREAMZ’s vibration speakers achieve the same or better sound quality than traditional headphones with little or no head pressure being applied, which results in exceptional comfort. The four speakers are arranged as bi-amped, two-way speakers with two vibration speakers, and two 50mm dynamic speakers. STREAMZ has soft over the ear leather cushions with collapsible frames and are designed for active, mobile use.

STREAMZ Patent Pending Technology Addresses a Unique Fast Growing Premium Niche Market

STREAMZ addresses an un-served market in the “premium” ($100+ USD) headphone niche, where people want simpler “in-line play controls” to listen to their music, wherever they are and from any device. The market for headphones continues to experience high growth, especially in the premium sector. Global headphone sales in 2013 were $7B (USD) with a growth of 20 percent per year. According to The NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service, “U.S. sales of premium stereo headphones ($100+) grew 25 percent in units in Q1 2013 year-over-year, accounting for 95 percent of the revenue growth for the total headphone market.”

According to NPD , “more than one-in-three premium buyers cited in-line play controls as ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ important in their decision to buy…“. As Ben Arnold, director of industry analysis at NPD explains, “Consumers are looking for ways to get the best audio experience no matter where they are or what device they are using.” Continued Arnold, “In fact, features designed to enable easier mobile playback are impacting premium headphone purchase decisions more heavily.”

STREAMZ meets these needs with the ultimate in simplicity, in-line controls, device compatibility and quality.

STREAMZ is 30 years in the making since founding my first company in 1983,” explained Kihm. “We are all visionaries of sorts here at STREAMZ, with a passion to invent and share something amazing with consumers and other developers who share in our desire to design products that will make people’s life simpler and more entertaining. To that end we plan to release a STREAMZ App Software Developers Kit (SDK) on Kickstarter along with a specially priced development model of STREAMZ. We anticipate that the SDK will spur the development of dozens if not hundreds of new STREAMZ Smart Headphone Apps, including voice activated Apps and interactive social and informational Apps.”

An SDK and a Kickstarter STREAMZ for App Developers Will Soon be Announced soon.

SHOP MACYS.COM FOR THE BEST CYBER MONDAY DEALS ONLINE

Beginning with a preview on Sunday, December 1, customers can shop the most spectacular deals on thousands of items to kick off the online holiday shopping season

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Macy’s is kicking off the biggest online shopping holiday of the year with spectacular specials on hundreds of items for him, her and the home online at www.macys.com and in select stores nationwide. With a preview beginning Sunday, Dec. 1, customers will find amazing deals on popular gifts including designer fashions and accessories, beauty items, electronics, home décor and more. Macy’s will offer free shipping for any online purchase of $75 or more, beginning Sunday, Dec. 1 through Cyber Monday, Dec. 2 (promo code CYBER, offer excludes furniture, mattresses and rugs).

Customers can shop www.macys.com this Cyber Monday for holiday specials including:

30 percent off select impulse denim

50 percent off select impulse dresses, sweaters and tops

40 percent off fashion boots from Vince Camuto, Nine West, I.N.C. and more

50 percent off select gloves and cashmere scarves from Charter Club and more

50 percent off select coats from Kenneth Cole, Calvin Klein, DKNY and London Fog

50-60 percent off select sweaters from Tasso Elba, Club Room and more

50 percent off tech gloves

60 percent off coats for girls, boys and infants

60-70 percent off comforters from Hotel Collection, Calvin Klein and more

$149 sterling silver ring; your choice of black diamond stackable ring (1/2 ct. t.w.) or white diamond stackable ring (1/2 ct. t.w.)

Select macys.com Cyber Monday deals will be available online and in-store starting Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 through Monday, Dec. 2. Visit www.macys.com for more information on special store hours, in-store deals and online sales to find the best value and savings this holiday season.

Lands’ End Standardizes Free Shipping in Time for Holiday Shopping

Lands’ End Adds Free Shipping on Purchases over $50 to Its Long List of Unbelievable Customer Offerings

Lands’ End has announced it will be offering free shipping to all customers on purchases over $50 as part of its standard customer offerings. U.S. customers will also have the option to upgrade to 2-day UPS shipping for only $5, a competitive offering in the marketplace.

Lands' End.  (PRNewsFoto/Lands' End)

Lands’ End. (PRNewsFoto/Lands’ End)

At Lands’ End we are very in tune with our customers and are always listening to their wants, needs and frustrations,” said Edgar Huber CEO and President of Lands’ End. “Based on our research, we learned that the cost of shipping is very important to our customers and decided to make the necessary changes to ensure we are providing our customers with the exceptional customer service they have come to expect.”

Previously, Lands’ End only offered free shipping on purchases over $50 as part of yearly promotions, and customers were required to enter a code in order to redeem the discount. Not only will customers now save money on shipping, but the site has also been updated to simplify the checkout experience. Customers will no longer have to enter a promotion code, and shipping preferences can be easily selected.  Additionally, the $5 upgrade to 2-day shipping provides expedited shipping to customers at an unbelievable value.

This also marks the beginning of Lands’ End’s annual Friends and Family sale, offering 30% off site-wide through November 12.

Customer service is engrained in our company culture, and we are proud to add another service to our portfolio of customer offerings,” said Huber.

Lands’ End customer care specialists are available 24 hours a day, 364 days a year and are all based in Wisconsin.  Lands’ End also makes in-person returns easy by allowing customers to return online purchases and gifts free of charge at any Sears store nationwide or by simply using the Easy Return shipping label in the packaging for a low, flat fee.

This holiday season especially, Lands’ End customers are able to check off their shopping list with ease. Customers in the continental U.S. can order by Thursday, December 19 for delivery of in-stock items at standard shipping and handling by Christmas.  Procrastinators can order in-stock items by Sunday, December 22 and have them delivered in time for Christmas for a $15 upgrade charge. Additionally, monogrammed items only add an additional 2-3 days to the delivery time and start at just $6, and all pants are hemmed free of charge to a customer’s desired length. In-stock monogrammed or hemmed items will make tree time when ordered by Wednesday, December 18 with standard shipping. www.landsend.com/