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HDMI v1.4a official with standard 3D formats & specs

HDMI v1.4a official with standard 3D formats & specs

Hot on the heels of spotting at least a few HDMI v1.4 compatible devices from Onkyo, HDMI Licensing - the group responsible for the A/V connectivity standard - have officially announced HDMI Specification Version 1.4a.  Most notably, the new standard adds in extra support for 3D content, including a number of mandatory formats that devices must support for video and gaming, together with the new inclusion of the Top-and-Bottom 3D format.

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Redpark serial cable for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad outed

Redpark serial cable for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad outed

Back when Apple made the iPhone OS more flexible with how it works with third party accessories, it brought various gaming, PND and even medical companies on stage with it to show off their wares.  Now things look to be getting a bit more serious; peripheral connector firm Redpark have announced their DB9 and RJ11 serial cable reference designs, both approved by Apple, and which will work with not only the iPhone and iPod touch but - Redpark reckons - the iPad too.

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3D portion of HDMI 1.4 specs available to public

3D portion of HDMI 1.4 specs available to public

HDMI Licensing, LLC announced a few moments ago that the three-dimensional portion of HDMI 1.4 specifications is now available for public download at the official HDMI site.  With HDMI specs for 3D already out, we may see 3DTVs come to market even sooner than we may think.

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AmazonBasics threatens to undercut with own-brand cables & media

AmazonBasics threatens to undercut with own-brand cables & media

After pretty much changing the face of online shopping, Amazon have given themselves a new challenge in the shape of AmazonBasics.  A range of "essential accessories", including A/V and computer cabling and blank media, AmazonBasics all come in the company's "frustration-free packaging".

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Microsoft yank Xbox 360 Elite bundled HD cables

Someone needs to take Microsoft aside and tell them that sometimes the obvious penny savings still aren’t the ones to make.  According to several GameStop employees, Microsoft have not only changed the packaging of the Xbox 360 Elite, but yanked the HDMI cables out of there too.  In fact, they’ve made changes to the included accessories that – out of the box at least – limit new users to SD resolution graphics.

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Atlona HDMI extenders for up to 825ft between HDTV and source

Atlona HDMI extenders for up to 825ft between HDTV and source

Atlona Technologies have unveiled their next high-end AV connectivity gadgets, and if you've ever lamented the limitations of lengthy HDMI cords then the AT-HDS100SR and AT-HDS250SR may appeal.  Each can take an HDMI input, stereo audio and RS-232 control signal and shuttle it over ethernet cable for up to 825ft.

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Hawking Easy-Link data share cable throws in USB hub

Hawking Easy-Link data share cable throws in USB hub

With most people having regular access to more than one computer, especially with the growing popularity of netbooks, we're all for anything that lets you easily share files.  USB file transfer cables are nothing new (if still under-rated) so Hawking Technologies have gone one step further with their Easy-Link Data Sharing Hub by adding a three-port USB hub to the middle.

 

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HDMI 1.4 adds ethernet, bi-directional audio, 1080p 3D

HDMI 1.4 adds ethernet, bi-directional audio, 1080p 3D

Internet-connected TVs and other home media devices could soon see a boost, as the new HDMI 1.4 standard bundles not only video and audio support but data capabilities too.  HDMI 1.4 can support data rates of up to 100MB/s, effectively replacing a standard 10/100 ethernet cable, as well as introducing bi-directional audio (aka "upstream audio") and HD support up to 4096 x 2160.

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Virgin Media tests 200Mbps DOCSIS broadband in UK

Virgin Media tests 200Mbps DOCSIS broadband in UK

A lot of talk is going around today about Internet connection speeds and networks, have you noticed? And Virgin Media is not one to be left out, so they've started up a trial in Ashford, UK that will be testing the fastest cable Internet service. Ever.

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iStubz from CableJive eliminates all that useless slack

iStubz from CableJive eliminates all that useless slack

I don't know about you, but my iPod sits close to my computer for syncing and charging. Rarely do I need the slack of the included cable, which often provides something for my clumsy self to trip over whenever I sit down at my desk. Behold, iStubz is the answer.

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Time Warner Cable to offer “unlimited” package for $150 in light of capping plans

Time Warner Cable to offer “unlimited” package for $150 in light of capping plans

Time Warner Cable announced that they will be introducing an unlimited package (0f sorts) for $150 a month once their new data caps are put into effect. The company received harsh criticism for this decision to implement data caps and Landel Hobbs, COO of TWC, took to the web to clarify their services and what users can expect under the policy change.

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Hitachi’s InfiniGreen InfiniBand cables, more bandwidth, less power consumption

Hitachi’s InfiniGreen InfiniBand cables, more bandwidth, less power consumption

Consumers are seeking out more green and power-saving products, and frankly, there aren’t any different in IT industry. Hitachi new optical active cables solution, promised to cut cost by reducing power consumption while increase productivity, is the exactly what the IT, data communication and telecommunication industries are looking for right now.

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