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One Room: Two Systems – immersive Atmos + high-end audio

By | May 24th, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

The speakers on display are high-end hi-fi designs, backed by Bryston amplification, ready to deliver thrilling stereo music. But behind the screen lie Krix semi-pro LCR speakers, akin to the Series X, as part of a full Atmos cinema system. So this remarkable installation delivers…

ONE ROOM, TWO SYSTEMS

You can read the full story on this installation below, or read it as the original magazine pages by clicking right for the PDFs >>>

“It’s pure Bauhaus, what you’re sitting in here — the ‘Form Follows Function’ maxim,” says design engineer Ian McGrath as he leads us through this wildly impressive room.… Read the full article

Leica goes Bauhaus… and Lenny Kravitz

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Leica Camera AG has decided to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the German art and design school operational from 1919 to 1933, with a special edition of the Leica CL ‘100 jahre bauhaus.’

The set comprises a silver version of the Leica CL, a matching Elmarit-TL 18mm f2.8 ASPH. lens in silver, and a carrying strap. The leather trim of the camera and the carrying strap are embossed with the Bauhaus logotype.

To reflect the concept of plain and simple design advocated by the Bauhaus school, the Leica CL ‘100 jahre bauhaus’ has also gone with a restrained execution of the Leica logo, in black on the camera body.… Read the full article

Dolby and Universal Music Group are releasing thousands of songs in Dolby Atmos

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Dolby and Universal Music Group announced today that the pair will release ‘thousands of songs’ from the music label in the Dolby Atmos Music format. 

The new, remastered versions of these songs will include “a diverse list of artists across a wide range of genres, from hip-hop, pop, and rock through jazz and classical music”. In an email to TechRadar, a Dolby representative explicitly mentioned “What’s Goin On” by Marvin Gaye, “7th heaven” by Beck, “Drive” by R.E.M. and “Mama said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J.… Read the full article

AMD Navi RX 3080 specs leak ahead of Computex 2019

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Information on AMD Navi graphics cards keeps leaking out, and this time the specs for the AMD RX 3080 have been spotted online ahead of Computex 2019.

This leak comes via renowned leaker KOMACHI, and while the tweet was deleted, it was spotted by Wccftech. Despite the remarkably similar name, it doesn't look like the AMD Navi RX 3080 will go up against something like the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080

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HIGH END 2019: Arcam SA30

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: AV Hub|

Arcam showed its new flagship integrated amplifier from its HDA product range, the Arcam SA30, at HIGH END 2019. The SA30 uses Arcam’s tried and true version of Class-G amplification to deliver 120-watts per channel into 8Ω and 220-watts per channel into 4Ω. However, thanks to the Class G design, the amplifier operates mostly in Class-A, only switching to Class-AB when high power output is required.

The Arcam SA30 (pictured above, click on image for larger version) has five analogue inputs including a switchable MM/MC phono input and four digital inputs.… Read the full article

AMD is front and center in Acer’s latest Nitro 5 and Swift 3 notebooks

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

AMD may not have the strongest footing in the mobile computing space, with most (currently all) of the best laptops and best gaming laptops powered by Intel processors (CPUs) and Nvidia graphics processors (GPUs). But, Acer has turned to AMD to power its latest Nitro 5 gaming laptop and thin-and-light Swift 3 notebook.

AMD has seen its processor sales ramp up, thanks to the introduction of its Ryzen line. Naturally, the company has been going full steam ahead on Ryzen. 

While AMD's mobile CPUs have lagged behind its desktop counterparts, launching later than the desktop components, they may be on the rise.… Read the full article

Google Assistant just got smart enough to track the New York City subway

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Google Assistant and Google Pay are making navigating New York City a little easier this month thanks to new subway and bus integrations with the city's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

Starting today, millions of NYC residents and tourists can ask Google Assistant when the next subway and bus is coming. We tried it out and have some thoughts below.

And, starting May 31, Google notes that the MTA will launch its contactless payment system, OMNY (short for One Metro New York), at certain bus and metro stations.… Read the full article

Instagram website was leaking user details for months

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

A security researcher has revealed that Instagram's website leaked user contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses, over a period of at least four months.

Data scientist and business consultant David Stier discovered that the source code for some of the social network's user profiles included the account holder's contact information whenever it loaded in a web browser. He notified Instagram regarding the issue shortly after he discovered it earlier this year.

The desktop version of the Instagram's website did now show user's contact information in their profiles but it was used by the photo-sharing site's app for communication.… Read the full article

Nvidia teases something ‘super’ for GeForce graphics cards

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Nvidia already launched its Turing graphics lineup over the last eight months or so, but it looks like something new and 'super' is on the way.

Ahead of Computex 2019, it looks like Nvidia has a new graphics card in store, likely something that will compete with the AMD Navi cards rumored to be revealed next week. 

This comes by way of a cryptic video that appeared seemingly out of nowhere today. It's just a few seconds long, but Nvidia is certainly trying to build up the hype.… Read the full article

Nintendo at E3 2019: what we want to see from the special Nintendo Direct video

By | May 23rd, 2019|Categories: TechRadar|

Nintendo will be at E3 2019, once again opting to host a special Nintendo Direct E3 livestream rather than holding a live press conference.

Last year saw Nintendo dropping big announcements, such as the official reveal of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Super Mario Party, alongside news that Fortnite was coming to the Nintendo Switch. And we're expecting the House of Mario to have a bigger and better livestream at E3 2019.

So what are we expecting? Mainly, we're hoping Nintendo will offer more solid details on titles which have already been announced such as Pokémon Sword and Shield, Link's Awakening Remake and Luigi's Mansion 3 – not to mention Animal Crossing on the Switch

But we're also hoping there's a few unannounced titles on the way too, third- and first-party alike.… Read the full article