Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Verizon 4G LTE network expands in Alpena, Cheboygan, Gratiot and Lenawee counties

Verizon Wireless is continuing to enhance and expand its 4G LTE network, which is currently available to customers in 491 markets, reaching 287 million people across the nation. The company recently rolled out its high-speed wireless network across portions of four counties in Michigan: Alpena, Cheboygan, Gratiot, and Lenawee.

— In Alpena County, 4G LTE now extends between Alpena and Long Lake along US-23.

— In Cheboygan County, 4G LTE expansion provides coverage along I-75 from Mackinaw City to the Mullet Lake area, and along US-23 across the entire county.

— Customers in the Gratiot County communities of Alma, Carson City, North Star, Pompeii, and St. Louis can now enjoy the speed and capabilities available on Verizon’s 4G LTE devices.

— In Lenawee County the company rolled out its network to Adrian.

The expanded 4G LTE coverage will allow customers in more parts of these Michigan counties to take advantage of the speed and capabilities available on Verizon’s 4G LTE devices to manage their local businesses and access entertainment on the go.

For additional details on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network visit http://verizonwireless.com/lte, or to see how the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is impacting customers and businesses across the country, visit the Verizon Wireless News Center.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bose announces new stereo AE2w Bluetooth headphones

Bose has introduced the AE2w Bluetooth headphones, its first stereo Bluetooth wireless headphones. The AE2w headphones let you enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows, and music from an iPad and other mobile Bluetooth devices with immersive Bose sound and wireless convenience -- in an around-ear headphone that stays comfortable for hours.

The AE2w headphones deliver improved audio performance over conventional stereo wireless headphones using exclusive Bose technologies.  Bose TriPort technology and proprietary active equalization create deep lows and more natural, lifelike sound when listening to music or watching video.

The AE2w Bluetooth headphones maintain the comfort and lightweight fit of Bose’s AE2 and AE2i headphones.  They leverage the same durable design elements and soft cushion materials, and the detachable, battery-powered Bluetooth module on the left earcup weighs no more than the cable it replaces.

The AE2w headphones are optimized for use with an iPad, and are compatible with most mobile Bluetooth devices that support the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP).  The user interface is intuitive and straightforward, making it easy to operate certain iPad functions directly from the headphones, with no disruption to listening or viewing.

Pairing is simple.A device connects wirelessly by pressing two buttons on the headphones’ Bluetooth module, and two sources can be connected simultaneously.  So a user can seamlessly switch between videos or music on an iPad and taking calls on a smartphone via the headphones’ microphone.

The wireless signal works up to 30 feet from the device for an unplugged experience, and an integrated rechargeable battery provides at least seven hours of listening, or over 200 hours in standby mode.  If the battery power runs out or there is no Bluetooth connectivity, an included audio cable replaces the detachable Bluetooth module. 

The AE2w headphones charge via a USB cable, and LED and audio indicators provide power, battery life and connection status.  When using an Apple iOS device, an iOS battery meter will display the battery level of the headphones on the source device itself.  For added convenience, a fold-flat earcup design fits neatly into a custom travel bag for protected transport while on the go.

The new Bose AE2w Bluetooth headphones will be available from Bose in Black beginning May 7, 2013, for $249.95.  They join the Bose AE2 and AE2i headphones, available for $149.95 and $179.95, respectively.  All headphones are sold at authorized Bose dealers, Bose retail stores, online at Bose.com and toll-free at 1-800-444-BOSE (2673).

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sony introduces new VAIO Fit laptop, ultrabook updates

SAN DIEGO – Sony today introduced the brand new VAIO® Fit laptop built with Sony’s innovative digital imaging, sound and display technologies. Alongside the new Fit laptops are enhancements to VAIO’s All-in-One Tap 20 and L Series PCs and Sony’s top-selling VAIO T Series 15 Ultrabook™ incorporating all around excellence in productivity and entertainment with rich touch experiences powered by Windows 8.

“We built the brand new VAIO Fit line from many of the same features as our amazingly thin and powerful ultra-premium models but at an entry-level price point,” said Pedro LaFargo, SVP, Sony VAIO & Networked Products Division. “Our entire new Fit lineup is optimized for Windows 8 and incorporates the best technology that only Sony can provide from our innovative digital imaging, sound and TV divisions. The new Fit family is providing students and professionals’ on-the-go with advanced performance and design.”

VAIO Fit and Fit EFor students and business users who are looking for a step up and want more of a premium design but still at an entry-level price point, the new VAIO Fit and Fit E product lines are an excellent portable companion. With a major focus on design, the VAIO Fit 14 and 15 models and the VAIO Fit 14E and Fit 15E models are super thin and light. Crafted in tough, aluminum materials, the VAIO Fit 14 and 15 models feature Sony’s signature sparkling diamond cut VAIO logo.
Developed by the same people who engineer amazing TVs, the VAIO Fit line features high resolution displays, Full HD (1920 x 1080) on the Fit 15 model and HD+ (1600 x 900) on the Fit 14 model, as well as color enhancement technology for an unbelievably crisp picture so you can see your games and movies in detail. The optional capacitive touchscreen allows for a snappy and responsive touch experience and the LED backlight ensures a bright display while conserving battery life.
Featuring Exmor R® CMOS Sensors developed by Sony, users experience impressive web camera functionality even when chatting in low light.
By implementing Sony’s ClearAudio+ supreme sound quality into the VAIO Fit line, users experience louder and clearer sound for a virtualized surround sound experience. Listeners hear dynamic bass and soaring highs with less distortion for an unmatched music and movie experience. In fact, the VAIO Fit 14E and Fit 15E models include big box speakers while the Fit 15E model features a subwoofer for powerful audio quality.
High Level of Standard Features
Additionally, the Fit models include standard Sony features such as a full-size backlit keyboard with integrated number pad (Fit 15 model only), large touch pad designed for a comfortable computing experience, quick charge functionality and Sony’s own Rapid Wake technology for instant PC resume.
With NFC (Near Field Communication technology) users can now quickly exchange website URLs and enable Bluetooth and WiFi direct connections by simply touching a compatible NFC device to the new VAIO Fit.

Create Something worth SharingAlso included with VAIO Fit is ArtRage® Studio, the premiere digital arts software. ArtRage Studio offers natural painting tools such as oil paints and watercolors, along with utilities to make painting easier for anyone who wants to paint or draw on their computer regardless of skill level.
For those that want to try their hand at video creation and music recording, the Fit family includes a pre-installed version of Sony Imagination Studio™ VAIO® Edition software, about a $170 value, including four powerful Sony applications: Movie Studio Platinum, ACID™ Music Studio, Sound Forge™ Audio Studio and DVD Architect™ Studio software - so you can create music and movies like never before.

Accelerated PerformanceThe Fit models offer the best combination of mobility and performance. The Fit 14 and Fit 15 models feature everything students and performance minded users need including a 15-inch Full HD Display (1920 x 1080) or 14-inch HD+ Display (1600 x 900), optional NVIDIA® Graphics with up to 2GB of VRAM, faster boot-up and data access with Hybrid Hard Drive and Solid State Drive options for Fit 14 and Fit 15 models, and optical drives (including Blu-ray Disc™ writing options as well).
With third generation of Intel® Core™ processors, the Fit 14 and 15 and Fit 14E and 15E product lines will be available with up to Core™ i7, delivering even more performance automatically when users need it.

VAIO Tap 20The family tabletop VAIO Tap 20 PC continues into summer and is even more entertaining with pre-loaded Sony Imagination Studio™ VAIO® Edition software and Intel® Wireless Display (WiDi) that lets you easily stream your computer screen directly to your compatible big screen HDTV.

VAIO T Series 15Sony’s top-selling stylish aluminum brushed touch-enabled VAIO T Series 15 Ultrabook continues into summer as well. VAIO T Series 15 is the perfect laptop for users looking for a powerful, easily portable solution with a larger screen. Featuring a beautiful Full HD (1920 x1080) 15-inch touchscreen with backlit keyboard and integrated number pad, users can create presentations, edit and watch videos and surf multiple windows without sacrificing mobility.
Packing high performance with Intel’s 3rd generation processors with Hybrid Hard Drive options, the
VAIO T Series 15 is ideal for college students and business professionals who demand speed at all times.

VAIO L SeriesPowered by Sony’s BRAVIA® Engine with the X-Reality™ chip for amazing picture quality, the VAIO L Series All-in-One high-definition PC/TV will also continue into summer. The VAIO L Series All-in-One offers intuitive touch access to the Internet, movies, music and photos. Built for multi-tasking, the L Series includes a TV Tuner with picture in picture functionality, allowing users to watch TV while on the PC.

Pricing and AvailabilityThe Fit 14 and 15 are available beginning mid-May in Steel Black, Steel Pink and Steel Silver for about $649 and $699. The Fit E 14E and Fit 15E are available in Black, Pink and White for about $549 and $579.  The VAIO Tap 20, T Series 15 and L Series are also available mid-May for about $899, and $849 and $1,249 at Sony retail stores and other authorized dealers nationwide. For images and information, please visit www.sony.com/news.