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Inform, Entertain and Educate: Two-Way Radios in Broadcasting

So to resume my run of articles on this website, I have decided to share one of my favorite articles this week. I was cautious to include it to this blog because I actually didn’t want to offend the initial author, but I hope he/she is happy that I enjoyed reading their article and planned to share it with my readers.

The disparity between how easy it is to watch a television program and how difficult it is to make one is truly staggering.

Outdoor shoots are often rushed, always difficult and dependent on a number of factors completely outside of any Human control (principally: the weather). Managing a live broadcast outdoors is a difficult job that only highly trained professionals are properly equipped to deal with.

Mistakes can cost huge sums of money and even jobs to be lost in an instant. As a result, it is of absolutely paramount importance that an outdoor shoot runs as smoothly as possible. It is not possible to control all the variables in this equation, therefore the factors that are controllable need to be handled with a great deal of care and attention.

Before we even get to the problems presented by demanding talent, caffeine-addled directors, technical hiccups (and anything else you’ve heard discussed in exasperating terms on a variety of DVD commentaries), producers need to consider the health and safety of all participants. Keeping so many varied lines of communication open requires a technology that is proven, reliable, affordable and easy to use. As a result, two-way radios are a mainstay of the broadcast industries.

Two-way radios help to keep a shoot or set running smoothly and efficiently, whilst at the same time ensuring that the production team, guests and everybody else involved are safe and secure. Without an instant method of communication, a large amount of today’s TV programming would simply cease to exist (of course, some may say that isn’t too bad a thing!).

Live broadcasting is like catching lightening in a bottle; all conditions need to be as close to perfect as Humanly possible. Two-way radios help to make such a demanding task achievable.

For directors, producers and assistants, the ability to speak directly to the assembled professionals is completely indispensable.

Ultimately, co-ordination of talent, equipment and staff coupled with effective time management and supreme professionalism on all fronts makes broadcasting what it is. However, two-way radios make it all a lot easier and create many more opportunities for better work to be done.

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Price of Ps3 Bluetooth Headset Was Cut to 29.99 Euro at Gameyeeeah

This website is a classic one, but still very relevant. Without saying i told you so…. but it was always inevitable!

The Bluetooth Headset leverages advances in voice technology to bring next generation features to the PS3 system.
It features High-Quality mode which provides wide-band and dual microphone input to enable accurate speech recognition required to support “voice command” and “voice animation” features that will be offered in select games on the PS3 system. Easy pairing with the PS3 system, in-game Headset status indicator, included charging cradle and easily accessible microphone mute button makes it user-friendly.

Designed specifically to enhance the game play experience, this is a must have Headset for the intense multiplayer gaming only available on the PS Network.
Official Bluetooth Headset for the PS3 system. Includes advanced features which may not be currently available with any other Bluetooth headset.
– Designed and optimized specifically for gaming use
– Compact, sleek and ergonomic design fits comfortably on either ear
– Easily accessible Mute button makes it gamer-friendly
– The included charging cradle allows for convenient charging and storage of the headset

– Compatible with any PLAYSTATION 3 system game which supports headset functionality
– Bluetooth 2.0 compliant. Compatible with devices with Bluetooth 1.1 or higher specification
– Supports Bluetooth headset and hands-free profiles for compatibility with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones and audio devices
– 30 feet (~10 meter) operating range
Review from the professional review platform:
Pros:
– Surprisingly fast and easy to pair up with your PlayStation 3 and most new phones.
– The inclusion of a Mute button is brilliant.

– The sound quality is superb to the point that you’ll notice when other gamers are using the same Bluetooth headset.
– It doesn’t take too long to charge.
– I clocked in about 8 hours of use before recharging the headset.
– In its charging cradle, you can use the headset as a desktop microphone.
– Headset comes included with the $59.99 retail version of SOCOM: Confrontation.
Cons:
– It’s powerful enough to occasionally pick up conversations in nearby areas … that might confuse other players during matches.

– It can become just a tad uncomfortable for very long periods of use.
Verdict: 9.5 out of 10
It’s no surprise that Sony made this Bluetooth headset the Official Bluetooth Headset for the PlayStation 3 seeing as it easily surpasses other recently released headsets already available. You’ll immediately notice the difference in sound quality and including a mic mute button is a stroke of genius.
In short, if you’re shopping around for a headset for your PS3 (or phone) then this is definitely the headset you must buy.

Where to buy:
PS3 Bluetooth Headset (Official Wireless Headset) is currently available at GameYeeeah with the price 29.99 euro.

Now, headset that screens movies straight into your eyeballs

headphonesWhat is your favourite feature of the earphone? Personally, I much like the design job – It is cooler than an Inuits underpants!

Researchers have created a headset due to be released this year, which promises to beam movies, video games or even video calls directly into your eyeballs.

The Glyph headset, from Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Avegant, will create visuals that don’t need a screen-just your retinas and your brain, CNN reported.

A Kickstarter campaign was launched last month and set out to raise 250,000 dollars to bankroll the project. It blew past that mark with ease and, with half a month left, was on the verge of breaking the 1-million-dollar mark Wednesday.

The technology that powers the Glyph centers around a set of 2 million microscopic mirrors — 1 million per eye-that reflect visuals, including 3-D, into the user’s eye.

Avegant says the Glyph that will ship this year will be smaller and lighter than current test versions.

Users will be able to play the video content on their mobile or entertainment device but watch it on the Glyph instead of their device’s screen. The Glyph has a battery life of about three hours.

Glyph looks like a pair of headphones sitting on the user’s head when not in use. In fact, it doubles as a pair of high-end headphones with noise canceling that compares with some of the leading brands on the market, according to Avegant. To add visuals, the user flips down the band over their head, making it an eyepiece.

Iron-Man earpiece and smartwatch unveiled

headset. earphonesIron-Man earpiece and smartwatch unveiled
The basis of the post is to make you consider what in life is important and what does getting the up-to-date earpiece really mean to people

This week we get closer to the Iron Man dream with Intels Jarvis technology, enjoy extended music streaming from Spotify, learn of Samsungs 2014 plans and report the announcement of two new exciting gadgets.

CUTTING EDGE: Intel Releases Their Smart Earpiece Jarvis

Well you Iron Man fans will be happy as Intel has just introduced Jarvis, their smart earpiece designed to rival Apples Siri and Google Now.

Jarvis performs commands that can be carried out by your phone, it can even make suggestions and interrupt you with relevant information you might want to know.

What might be slightly disheartening to you die-hard Iron Man fans though is that Jarvis actually speaks with a female voice not that of Paul BettanyStill, Intel provided a live demonstration of the product at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

On request, it recommended a restaurant, arranged a call to make a reservation and even re-scheduled calendar events. Of course, digital assistants are nothing new; Siri in particular has been with us for some time now.

However, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich believes the competition cannot yet match the conversational and hands-free elements of Jarvis. It is always-listening and can seamlessly integrate with your calendar, interrupting politely with the information you need.

APPLE: Spotify Introduces Free Shuffle-play Feature for iOS

The music streaming service Spotify has recently unveiled an update for its iOS app that allows users to play an artists whole music catalogue without a paid subscription.

The limitation is that this can only be done through shuffle mode but now all user and Spotify created playlists can be listened to as well.

Advertisements will still play every now and then, which is to be expected but on iPad, users can listen to any song at any time, without the shuffle-play limitation.

It had previously been the case that Spotify users must pay a subscription to stream music on their mobile devices as per the companys licensing agreements with music labels.

However, recent pressure from the ever-growing US service Pandora and Apples iTunes Radio has caused the Swedish company to make changes as it struggles to maintain market share.

It would be a shame to see Spotify fall behind its rivals; it offers a fairly comprehensive music catalogue and its iOS apps for both iPhone and iPad are slick and intuitive. This recent change is a definitely a step in the right direction.

ANDROID: Samsung Unveils its Plans for 2014

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Samsung has outlined its plans for various Android devices to be released this year.

The biggest revelation is that the Galaxy S5 may come out as soon as April, potentially with new iris-scanning technology in response to Apples fingerprint reader on the iPhone 5S.

Samsungs Galaxy S range has long been considered their flagship so its good to see they might be pushing some technological boundaries here.

Samsungs mobile executive Vice President Lee Young-Hee also revealed that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch is set for a makeover, improving on the somewhat bulky design of the original and increasing its functionality.

Finally, the Note 4 might emerge in the second half of 2014 with a three-sided display to allow for multiple viewing angles.

That could really be something to see, excuse the pun Lee went on to say that significant improvements will be made to their flagship Galaxy S5 after a somewhat lacklustre consumer response to its predecessor.

As a result, Samsung will be going back to basics focusing on hardware, screen and the overall feel of the phone. It has been rumoured that we may see an overhaul of Samsungs user interface as well.

Previous iterations of its Android based Touchwiz UI have not always been well-received so it would be good to see some improvement. This hasnt been confirmed yet so fingers crossed for now.

GADGETS: Pebble Steel High-end Smartwatch Announced

If you cast your minds back you might remember us writing about the Pebble smartwatch, arguably one of the better wearable tech pieces of last year.

Well now they have stepped into the high-end market with the introduction of the Pebble Steel. It will be available in both a brushed stainless steel and matte black finish with the choice of a matching or leather strap.

The Steel also uses Corning gorilla glass to protect its face, which should make it quite durable. If this wasnt enough, it even gets a brand new Pebble app-store with six main categories: daily, fitness, remotes, tools and utilities, notifications and games.

The addition of a dedicated app-store means developers no longer need to rely on the iOS notification centre to relay information so can create a smoother user experience.

If you have the original Pebble, dont worry you wont be missing out as a firmware update is due to allow you use of the new app store as well.

However, if you dont yet have a smartwatch, the Steel retails for $249 over at getpebble.com with pre-orders shipping globally from January 28th.

GAMING: SteelSeries Unveil the Stratus Bluetooth Gaming Controller

Gaming peripheral creator SteelSeries has recently unveiled its new Bluetooth gaming controller the Stratus.

The new product is MFI-certified, which means it has been signed off to work with all Apple devices.

It differs from the competition by acting as a standalone controller and uses Apples extended control layout featuring: a directional pad, four action buttons, four shoulder buttons and dual analog sticks.

The Stratus has a built-in battery providing around ten hours of game time from a full charge and can be topped-up by USB charging in just two hours.

Up to four Stratus controllers can be connected to a single iOS device at once, with LED lights showing which controller is which.

This rather exciting new device can be purchased in a not quite so thrilling choice of black or white colours and is available for pre-order from the companys website.

It costs just under 85 and is set to ship on March 2nd.

The best noise cancelling headphones

headset. earphonesAnyway ladies and gentlemen, i have a different excellent radio earpiece article for you to read, i know, you do not have to thank me all, just add a social like to the piece to demonstrate your appreciation.

Many people love listening to music and if you are one such person, then you will certainly want to only be let in on the best noise cancelling headphones out there.
Walking on the street or being at your workplace, you might hear sounds that will perturb your listening experience and that is why these headphones are the way to go. There are many of them to choose from on the market, but how will you be able to know which of them are the best?

Well, first of all, the noise filter is an important detail you must not overlook. The filter needs to be a good one, as it will practically affect directly the noise that will be blocked out from the exterior. Some headphones out there have really good filters and some of them will be able to have up to eighty five percent of the noise canceled out.

That is nice to be honest.

One more detail you will need to account for when you are buying such headphones number the audio driver of the headset. You will of course not want to make sure that you will get a one hundred percent noise canceling headphone, for as much as noise can be annoying, without it, you will also feel kind of pressured in the long run.

If you want to be let in on very good audio drivers, then there are the more expensive models that can be bought for around one thousand dollars a piece and they feature three drivers in each phone, which is amazing.

The next thing you will have to be sure of checking out is the power capacity of the phones. Some of them, will allow you to play music on your iPod for 5 hours, while others for 10 hours, so if you unlike to listen to music for a long time without being interrupted by blackouts to say so, then buy headphones that don’t need too much power to function.

As we have seen, the noise cancelling headphones can be quite expensive and that is why you will need to make sure that they are also very much durable. You will never want to spend let’s say one thousand dollars for a set and then have it break in just 6 months.
It will certainly make you very angry. Account for the comfort of the phones as well, so you don’t feel uncomfortable using them.

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Nano Earpiece – A Most Popular Gadget to Communicate Hassle Free

With very little information on the internet about radio earpiece’s, it is very rare when we get a chance to re post, with permission, an article from this industry.

Now a day when we are living very busy life we need some time to feel relaxed but as we are not able to go out and relax our mind we use some electronic items to entertain us such as mobile phone, i-pad, i-phone etc.
Now the problem is how to talk on your mobile phone and at the same time doing something else by using your hands. To sort out this problem, very effective nano earpieces come out on the market and many people are enjoying its unique and exclusive features and safety it provides.

Mostly wireless earpieces that are available in the market are small speakers that are placed in the ear, or you hook over the ear with a special attachment. These ear pieces have natural color that is very similar to the color of skin. These earpieces are invisible and undetectable when you put it in your ear.
The main reasons why a number of people, use the Nano earpiece is due to its hands free feature.
These Bluetooth earpieces are designed to keep in mind the convenience of users; the mechanism enables cell phone users to access their phones distantly. Through the mechanism; the user can pick and make calls, listen music and share information with other devices.

The Small Bluetooth Earpiece uses a wireless network to send information from one device to other connected device. In order to connect to the earpiece, the other devices have to support the Bluetooth efficiently. Through this Bluetooth connection, the user can access and control the phones functions integrated on the earpiece.

The Bluetooth earpiece is Very small in size, lighter in weight and easier to use when we compared to other mobile devices. These devices are also suitable to use in professional environments such as boardrooms as opposed to cell phones.

One other feature of these earpieces is that they have some rubber or foam to improve the sound and to drown out any disturbing noises. People who fond of music can find these earpieces very appealing. Sometimes to hear better sound users tend to increase the volume to hear their call or music which can harmful for their ears.
These nano earpieces remove this risk.
The demand of these earpieces is ever increasing in the market so compare prices and specifications before choosing your earpieces, there are so many mobile phone accessories are available in the market. Reviews and price comparisons will help you to find the item as per your needs.

To narrow your searches follow the advice of experts.
Nowadays mobile phone is everybody’s need and plays very important role in our life. With the right nano earpieces, you’re finally ready to call anytime, anywhere, conveniently. As there are several new designs exist in the market now it’s in your hand to choose the best one for you.

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Walkie Talkies – The Old Ways To Communicate Can Still Be The Best

headphonesWhat would you do if i stated I have found a radio accessory short article that is not only interesting but informative also? I knew you wouldn’t believe me, so here it is the informative, excellent and fascinating editorial

Walkie Talkies are portable communication devices consisting of low-level radio transmitters and receivers.

Walkie talkies are often pictured as that black bulgy transistor with a big antenna that one has to hold near his mouth before he speaks.
However, design and technology has really changed the look and feel of Walkie Talkies. In addition, they are just an amazing toy for kids, it lets them have a lot of fun while playing around and communicating at the same time.
Walkie Talkies – A Little History

The first walkie-talkies were developed for military use during World War II, and spread to public safety and eventually commercial and job site work after the war. Typical walkie-talkies resemble a telephone handset, possibly slightly larger but still a single unit, with an antenna sticking out of the top.
Early Handie-Talkies had tubes and ran on 4, 45-volt dry cells or 12V Nickel-Cadmium batteries. Surplus Motorola Handie Talkies found their way into the hands of ham radio operators immediately following World War II. Walkie-talkies are widely used in any setting where portable radio communications are necessary, including business, public safety, outdoor recreation, and the like, and devices are available at numerous price points.

Walkie-talkies, thanks to increasing use of miniaturized electronics, can be made very small, with some personal two-way UHF radio models being smaller than a pack of cigarettes (though VHF and HF units can be substantially larger due to the need for larger antennas and battery packs).

The lowest cost devices are very simple electronically (single-frequency, crystal-controlled, generally based on a simple discrete transistor circuit where “grownup” walkie-talkies use chips), may employ super regenerative receivers. They may lack even a volume control, but they may nevertheless be elaborately designed, often superficially resembling more “grown-up” radios such as FRS or public safety gear.

An unusual feature, common on children’s walkie-talkies but seldom available otherwise even on amateur models, is a “code key”, that is, a button allowing the operator to transmit Morse code or similar tones to another walkie-talkie operating on the same frequency.

Motorola
The first radio receiver/transmitter to be nick-named “Walkie-Talkie” was the backpacked Motorola SCR-300, created by an engineering team in 1940 at the Galvin Manufacturing Company (fore-runner of Motorola). Handie-Talkie became a trademark of Motorola, Inc.

The abbreviation HT, derived from Motorola’s “Handie Talkie” trademark, is commonly used to refer to portable hand held ham radios, with “walkie-talkie” used to designate more specialized commercial and personal radios. Motorola also produced the hand-held AM SCR-536 radio during World War II, and it was called the “Handie-Talkie” (HT).

Motorola’s public safety radios of the 1950s and 1960s, were loaned or donated to ham groups as part of the Civil Defence program. Motorola is forever introducing new models, so don’t get bogged down looking for any particular model, since the model numbers change frequently.

Today, GMRS radios such as Motorola’s T5950 can reach several miles.
Product
While FRS walkie-talkies are also sometimes used as toys because mass-production makes them low cost, they have proper super heterodyne receivers and are a useful communication tool for both business and personal use. Motorola has a huge chunk of the market and consistently receive high marks from consumer products testing groups.

Kids
Your kids will get as much of a kick out of it as we did as children. Another difference from cell phones is that there’s no air time charge (at all, ever), so you can give one to your kids without worrying. The kids loved having them around since it gives them more independence and freedom, especially on out door trips and camping.

Walkie Talkies are a fun way to communicate with your friends and is a pretty good deal considering how cheap they are. Whether you are on the slopes, hiking or simply mucking around in your own house or garden, Walkie Talkies are an absolute must.