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Cedia Expo 2012 Indianapolis

 

CEDIA EXPO is the show to attend if you are working with technology in the home. Re-energize your revenue at this year’s CEDIA EXPO 2012 where every overlapping technology within the integrated home connects.

The leading tradeshow in the residential electronic systems industry, CEDIA EXPO is the only show that serves every home technology professional, no matter their service focus.

Attending CEDIA EXPO gives you an advantage over the competition by providing:

  • Exposure to up and coming technologies
  • Exclusive FREE training on the latest product lines
  • The industry’s most comprehensive education with CEDIA University courses

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IFA Newsticker 3 September 2012

IFA International Keynote: Noel Lee on the fusion of entertainment, sport and fashion

LG with OLED and the largest 4K televisions
NewTV app offers sightseeing flights around 6,000 coastal hotels

Cuckoo wristwatch provides wireless contact to smartphone
Sennheiser gets sporty

United Navigation puts emphasis on innovations

Intenso with new tablets and a turbo hard drive

Developed for Nokia and which have active noise suppression and Bluetooth to provide the best possible enjoyment of music from a mobile phone.

Television sets are becoming intelligent, along with refrigerators and washing machines. Yesterday’s branchenforum@IFA at IFA t also the Smart Home , all the components of which are now available
Homes that are networked and can therefore be described as ‘smart’ now start with the television sets, which are acquiring growing internet capabilities and are capable of providing and distributing more programmes than ever before from a variety of sources. technology.

World debut for the Philips Homecooker from Jamie Oliver

Video robots and musical light bulbs from Hong Kong

Last year Germany was the largest European importer of electronic goods from Hong Kong, with a value of 4.44 billion US dollars, and is the sixth largest market in the world for these products. A total of 41 companies are represented this year at IFA 2012, 24 of them under the auspices of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council . A variety of products are on display, including the prototype of a miniature robot from iReach Technology , whose built-in video camera with zoom and night viewing capability can transmit images to the screen of the cordless remote control unit and store them on an SD card. Introduced two years ago, the “Singing Bulb” is now in regular production. It is being exhibited by Sensor Industries and consists of an LED lamp with a conventional E-27 screw fitting and built-in loudspeaker, which is supplied with a signal by a mini-transmitter connected to a smartphone or music player.
LG with OLED and the largest 4K televisions

The display by LG at this year’s IFA offers some fascinating technology. One of the main exhibits is the 55 inch OLED television, which is due to be launched onto the market this year at a cost of less than 10,000 euros. The technology is based on WOLED s, i.e. white OLEDs, generating brightness by using four identical, white, organic light diodes. The colour is produced by a filter known as the Colour Refiner.t passive 3D. It is also possible to screen two programmes simultan-eously.
NewTV app offers sightseeing flights around 6,000 coastal hotels
Sennheiser is exhibiting its new range of sports headphones at IFA 2012. These five models have been developed in collaboration with the sports goods manufacturer adidas and have been tested by professional athletes. The new sports models can be worn in the ear canal, in-ear, with an ear hook, with a neckband or with a headband. All of them have been designed to be highly resistant to water, perspiration and cold. Three of the five new models are also provided with a control unit and microphone built into the cable. After completing one’s training session the headphones can be simply rinsed under a tap.

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Hong Kong – Article written by Steven Hawley

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Hi – A week ago, from April 24-27, I was in Shenzhen China on business, but stayed on for two extra days to play tourist in Hong Kong, which is adjacent.  HK feels like a cross between San Francisco and London, but all the signs are in Chinese (and English).  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_kong    It is the Western-facing financial center of Asia.  In 1997, the UK ceded HK to China, making it a “Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, and beginning a 50-year process of integration into China.  Most of HK’s currency is still produced by three of its banks: , Standard & Chartered, the Bank of China and HSBC (yes, the same HSBC, Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, owner of HFC Household Finance).  The coinage and the HK$10 dollar bill (which is plastic, not paper) are produced by the HK government.
If you set aside the 30-minute-each-way ordeal of crossing the China-HK border, the public transit in both cities is excellent.  The trains are almost new, wide and spacious.  Each train consists of 10-15 cars, each of which are about 12 feet wide and 40 feet long.  So each train (and each station platform) is nearly a block long.  They have to be – they have to move a volume of people that most Westerners have no experience with.  Since this is my fourth time in HK, I’ve become pretty familiar with the drill.  My Shenzhen hotel was literally 20 yards from the Shenzhen Metro (underground – subway), which, after one transfer, gets you to the border crossing.  The fare was RMB4 (4 Yuan, equivalent to about 60 cents).
Exiting and re-entering China by foot is not too different from exiting and re-entering any country on any other form of transit.  You fill out the immigration form, get your passport stamped, clear customs, but instead of finding your plane, you walk across the bridge.  On the other side of the bridge, you have to clear HK immigration, passport control, etc.  Then, a short walk to the HK MTR (metro).  A two-day unlimited pass is HK$120 (equivalent to about US$18).  From the Futian checkpoint to center of Kowloon (the mainland half of the city of Hong Kong) is about 25 minutes by MTR.  You can change trains there and continue to Hong Kong Island, which I did on my 2nd day.
On Friday 4/28, I visited the Ladies market, Flower market and Bird Garden (market) in the Monk Kok section of Kowloon – which were blocks apart from one another; then took the MTR south to the Hong Kong Art Museum, also in Kowloon.  Then back to the hotel in Shenzhen – Metro, border crossing, metro, hotel.
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On Saturday 4/29, I made it my mission to visit several temples; and visited three: Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple in Kowloon and Hung Shing Temple on HK Island, both open; and Tin Hau Temple on HK island, which was closed.  You have to take a metro train between them, since they are in different sections of the city.  The walks between the nearest station and the temples were always interesting.  At the end of the day, I went back to the Kowloon waterfront to watch the lights of Hong Kong turning on as it got dark.  Just after dark, back to the hotel in Shenzhen – Metro, border crossing, metro, hotel.
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Shenzhen is difficult to describe unless you’ve been to China.  30 years ago, Shenzhen was a swamp.  Now it is a city of 4 million with a metropolitan area over 10 million.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shenzhen  – and not much of it is more than about 10 years old.  Unlike other cities of its size, there is no ‘here’ in Shenzhen.  Instead, it is a uniform and spanking-clean mixture of high-rise residences, 7-11 stores, neighborhood shops and restaurants.  The residents commute to the outskirts every morning to work in huge campuses, mostly electronics companies (including Apple’s manufacturing).  Most of Shenzhen’s residents are from the provinces, lured there by the opportunity to work and live in a modern economy.  Therefore, you can never predict what you will get in the restaurants, unless you eat at your hotel or go to Hong Kong.  Tip: take the extra 10 minutes to walk from your hotel to a 7-11.  If you buy a Tsingtao beer at the hotel, it is RMB40 per can.  In a local store, it is RMB6 for a liter!

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