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Introducing the Polaroid Travel Tripod and Polaroid Varipod Two-in-One Telescoping Monopod

August 4, 2016 Comments off

PolaroidRIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – August 4, 2016Complementing its growing collection of camera accessories, Polaroid has recently added the Polaroid pro series 55” carbon fiber travel tripod and the Polaroid varipod two-in-one telescoping camera monopod to its repertoire. Available today through Amazon, the Polaroid travel tripod and monopod are ideal for everyone from the casual photographer or videographer to the serious prosumer looking for extra stability and versatility to capture that unforgettable shot.

Travel TripodAbout the Polaroid Travel Tripod
Designed for the on-the-go photographer and videographer, the Polaroid travel tripod offers intelligent features like a fluid pan-head, braced center columns and adjustable spider legs with non-slip foot grips that handle uneven and rugged terrain. Thanks to its carbon fiber body, the Polaroid travel tripod is up to 50% lighter than its metal counterparts, with rugged durability to withstand the rigors of shooting on the go. The fully articulating ball head and removable plate offer photographers and videographers the ability to capture the perfect shot from just about any angle.

Polaroid travel tripod feature highlights include:

  • A 100% carbon fiber body, 50% lighter than metal yet just as durable
  • An extension height of over 55”
  • A compactable size of just 12.5”
  • Weighs less than three pounds with the ability to hold up to 20 pounds
  • An included travel tripod carrying case

MonopodAbout the Polaroid Varipod Monopod
The Polaroid varipod two-in-one telescoping monopod can be used as both a monopod and a tripod, both of which offer incredible extended reach. Its rugged form-factor makes it ideal for shooting in any condition. With a removable four-inch tripod base, the Polaroid varipod monopod provides camera height where it is needed the most. Professional photographers and videographers will love this tool for its inclusive features, fine positioning controls and ability to stabilize difficult-to-capture shots.

Polaroid varipod monopod feature highlights include:

  • A two-in-one monopod and tripod base that can be used independently or together
  • Locking tripod feet with rubber grip pads
  • An extension height of 65”
  • A base tilt angle, rotation and telescoping section locks for secure positioning
  • An included removable wrist strap and shoulder carrying bag

Pricing and Availability
The Polaroid travel tripod is now available via Amazon for 99.99 USD and ships with a fully articulating ball head with removable plate and travel tripod carrying case. The Polaroidvaripod monopod is now available via Amazon for 54.46 USD and ships with a removable wrist strap and a shoulder carrying bag.

Request a Media Review Kit
Members of the media are invited to review the Polaroid travel tripod and the Polaroidvaripod monopod. To request a media review kit sample, please contact Mariah Stein atmariah@zazilmediagroup.com.

The Polaroid Brand
Polaroid is one of the most trusted, well-respected and recognizable brands with a rich 75-year history beginning with Polaroid instant film. Our range of products include instant and digital still cameras, high-definition and mountable sports video cameras, tablets and flat-screen TVs that deliver the fun, instant gratification and value for which the brand has long stood. Today, the Polaroid Classic Border Logo rooted in our beginnings of instant photo sharing serves to designate genuine Polaroid branded products.  For more information, visit http://www.Polaroid.com.

Polaroid, Polaroid & Pixel, Polaroid Color Spectrum and Polaroid Classic Border Logo are trademarks of PLR IP Holdings, LLC, used under license.

IK Multimedia launches iKlip A/V – The first smartphone broadcast mount for capturing pro-quality audio for mobile video

June 23, 2016 Comments off
IK Multimedia. Musicians First.

June 23, 2016 IK Multimedia is pleased to announce that iKlip® A/V, the first broadcast mount for professional audio and video recording with smartphones is now shipping. iKlip A/V now gives broadcasters, videographers and digital storytellers the ability to capture and monitor professional-quality audio for their videos on the go using its integrated high-quality XLR mic preamp with phantom power and built-in wireless receiver support. It also helps deliver a steady picture thanks to its secure smartphone holder and ergonomic handgrip. iKlip A/V gives everyone the power to use their smartphone or compact video camera as a full-featured broadcasting solution with professional quality audio.

IK Multimedia launches iKlip A/V

Exceptional audio
Until now, getting pro quality audio while shooting video on a smartphone had been a challenge. Developed in Italy with input from professional field reporters and broadcasters as a cost effective – and more readily available – alternative for field reporting, iKlip A/V is designed to help videographers capture professional quality audio for their mobile video productions. iKlip A/V is also perfect for mobile reporting through online media outlets or social channels like Facebook, Periscope or Snapchat, or smartphone filmmaking for YouTube, Vimeo or Instagram. It features an integrated microphone preamp with gain control that lets users record with high-quality external microphones thanks to its XLR input. iKlip A/V also delivers 48V phantom power for high-end condenser mics using two AA batteries and features a built-in support bracket that can hold most popular wireless microphone receivers. Its input gain control, headphone monitoring output and 1/8″ TRRS audio output ensure a great signal no matter what microphone or device is used providing streamlined recording experience.

Steady and secure
iKlip A/V features a large ergonomic handheld grip and an expandable smartphone holding bracket that shares the same technology as IK’s iKlip Xpand Mini and the iKlip Grip for ultra-steady shooting. It can securely hold any iPhone, iPod touch or Android device with a screen size from 3.5″ to 6″. iKlip A/V can also be attached to a monopod or tripod thanks to the standard female threads on the underside. Its smartphone holder bracket can be detached and replaced with a compact video camera thanks to its standard camera mount. No matter how it’s used, iKlip A/V delivers an effortlessly stable picture quality.

Completely connectible
iKlip A/V works with any smartphone or camera that accepts a 1/8″ (3.5mm) TRRS (CTIA/AHJ wiring standard) audio input. With an optional iLine Camera Adapter cable, iKlip A/V can be used with any camera that has an auxiliary microphone TRS input, meaning that it can deliver great broadcast-quality results with any compatible device that can either fit on its grip or fit on iKlip A/V’s standard camera mount.

Pricing and availability
iKlip A/V is available now from photo/video, music and electronics retailers worldwide, and from the IK online store, for only $/€179.99 (excluding taxes).

For more information, please visit www.iklipav.com

Join Adorama, Intel and Canon for 6th Annual Sunday Family Funday Street Fair in Manhattan on June 5th

May 31, 2016 Comments off

Odell Beckham, Jr.New York, NY – May 31, 2016 Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio, imaging and electronics retailers, is taking over 18th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) once again for the 6th annual Adorama Sunday Family Funday Street Fair on June 5th from 10 AM to 4 PM. Free for all to attend, the Street Fair is the perfect summer kickoff for families, sports fans and tech gurus alike. Join hosts Adorama, Intel and Canon for carnival games, meet and greets with superstar football players like New York Giants’ wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., complimentary photography workshops and more – and enjoy a free serving of popcorn* to celebrate! Attendees 18 and up will even have the chance to win a Samsung 55” Class 4K SUHD Smart LED TV simply by registering online. Don’t miss a packed day of fun in Manhattan!

Get a sneak peek of this year’s Adorama Sunday Family Funday Street Fair

*Coupon available on Adorama Street Fair landing page

Exclusive Meet and Greet Opportunity with Odell Beckham, Jr.
What better way to memorialize the day than a photo opportunity with New York Giants star Odell Beckham, Jr.? Be sure to arrive early for a special chance to meet and get a photograph with the NFL wide receiver between 1 PM and 3 PM.

Also in attendance will be a number of other New York Giants players, who will be joining in on the festivities in the afternoon. Meet and greet players include:

  • Joe Morris, NY Giants (1982-88), member of the 1987 Super Bowl XXI Champions; 12 PM – 2 PM
  • David Diehl, NY Giants (2003-2013), 2X Super Bowl Champion (XLII & XLVI); 12 PM – 2 PM
  • Chris Snee, NY Giants (2004-2013), 2X World Champion; 11 AM – 1 PM
  • Shaun O’Hara, NY Giants (2004-2010), 2007 World Champion; 11 AM – 1 PM

Shop the Latest Photo, Video, Audio and Electronics Gear from Top Industry Vendors
Visit vendor tables up and down the block to sample the latest offerings in photo, video, audio, electronics and more at the Adorama Street Fair. Attendees will also be privy to news on Adorama deals and discounts on products available that day at the Adorama superstore, located at 42 W. 18th Street.

Street fair vendors will include AdoramaPix, Adorama Trade, Alienware, Apple, Asus, Audio Technica, Bose, Canon, Dell, Fender, Fuji, Intel, Lenovo, Lexar, LG, Manfrotto, Nest, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pelican, Polk, Ricoh, Samson, Samsung, SanDisk, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Tamron, Tascam and Wacom.

Enter to Win a Samsung 55” Class 4K SUHD Smart LED TV
Street Fair attendees aged 18 and older are invited to enter Adorama’s Samsung 55” Smart LED TV raffle giveaway. The Samsung 55” Smart LED TV features revolutionary Quantum Dot nano-crystal technology, sharp high dynamic range, 4K ultra high definition and smart features for the optimal viewing experience. For more contest details, please visit the Sunday Family Funday raffle giveaway page.

Help in the Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis with Boomer Esiason
Looking to give back to the NYC community? Join Boomer Esiason of WFAN’s Boomer & Carton Show at the Street Fair, who will be there to raise money to help in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. Stop by the WFAN booth between 1 PM and 3 PM to meet Boomer, and any time between 10 AM and 4 PM to make a donation to the Boomer Esiason Foundation.

Learn Photography from the Experts in the Adorama Learning Center Tent
Throughout the day, Adorama photography experts will be on hand to give complimentary workshops and tutorials on the latest photography techniques, tips and tricks. From novice to professional, every Street Fair attendee will walk away with a new perspective on the craft. Stop by the Adorama Learning Center Tent to meet with and hear from the following photographers:

  • Al Espinosa – 11 AM
  • Miguel Quiles – 12 PM
  • Tamara Lackey – 1 PM
  • David Bergman – 2 PM
  • Daniel Norton – 3 PM

ADORAMA: More Than a Camera Store
Adorama is more than a camera store – it’s one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio and computer retailers. Serving customers for more than 40 years, Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to include the leading online destination for imaging and consumer electronics. Adorama’s vast product offerings encompass home entertainment, mobile computing, and professional video and audio, while its services include an in-house photo lab, AdoramaPix; resources and gear for photographers, filmmakers, production studios, broadcasting and post houses, and recording artists through Adorama Pro; pro equipment rental at Adorama Rental Company; and the award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free creative education in online channels such as the popular Adorama TV.

Adorama is listed as one of the top five electronics retailers by Consumer Reports, “Best of the Web” by Forbes.com, Internet Retailers Top 100, and is the official Electronics Retailer of the NY Giants.

Visit ADORAMA at www.adorama.com.

The Sixth Flag Named a 2016 Gartner Cool Vendor in Endpoint Computing

May 20, 2016 Comments off

TheSixthFlag Gartner AnnouncementRaleigh, N.C. – May 18, 2016 The Sixth Flag, Inc. announced today that the company has been included in the “Cool Vendors in Endpoint Computing, 2016”report by Gartner. This report examines innovators in endpoint computing. Companies recognized in the report were selected because their technologies or solutions are innovative, impactful and intriguing.

Each year, Gartner identifies new “Cool Vendors” in key technology areas. Cool Vendors are reviewed in a series of research reports evaluating their products and services.  The Sixth Flag was specifically recognized for its Desktop-as-a-Service as a true cloud- based solution. The Gartner report states “products that require no special software on the endpoint and are OS-neutral are especially better in that they can enable CYOD and BYOD — and effectively allow users to pick the device of their choice.” By using standard web browsers, The Sixth Flag (TSF) actively supports growing organizational mandates for BYOD.  Furthermore, TSF’s patent-pending watermarking technology known asdewdrop.tsf offers strong protection for organizations concerned about the loss of intellectual property.

“We are honored to be selected by Gartner as a 2016 Cool Vendor for Endpoint Computing. We believe it validates our vision of delivering a true cloud orchestrated and delivered Desktop-as-a-Service,” said Pete Kofod, Founder and CEO of The Sixth Flag. “We will continue to raise the bar by adding groundbreaking capabilities to our offering, extending a solution that is simple, secure, easy to manage and that won’t break the bank.”

The ability to securely deliver Windows(tm)-based applications to a distributed and dynamic work force continues to challenge technology leaders.  According to Gartner, technology leaders should “plan to provide Win32 applications virtually or remotely in a container to users, or as part of DaaS to enable more agile management and diversity for user endpoint devices.”  Pete Kofod agrees with this assertion and states, “the ability to confidently and securely deliver legacy applications to remote users is a recurring problem facing our customers.”

Gartner points out “Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) is maturing; I&O leaders can now run DaaS in HTML5 browsers without additional software and there are now options to purchase short-term DaaS services leveraging pay per use and accelerated speed of deployment for temporary or seasonal needs.”  From its inception, The Sixth Flag has recognized this need.  Darren Witmer, Vice President of Business Strategy, concurs.  “We are seeing requests for short term and dynamic pricing in DaaS solicitations, particularly from mid-market and enterprise customers.  We believe that The Sixth Flag is uniquely well suited to meet such demands.”

Since its debut, The Sixth Flag has been transforming DaaS with its award-winning solution. Easy to integrate and deploy, the company’s clients have reported great results in delivering legacy applications to remote users where uncompromised performance, global availability and ground-breaking security is paramount.

Reference: Gartner Cool Vendor Endpoint Computing, May 11, 2016

Gartner Disclaimer: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About The Sixth Flag, Inc.

The Sixth Flag Inc, is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based  Desktop-as-a-Service firm for global teams and organizations in need of Remote Desktop Management solutions.  Launched in 2015, TSF provides a web-based, cost effective and secure throw away desktop for today’s global, mobile teams. Its cloud-based, HTML-rendered Desktop-as-a-Service requires no dedicated hardware, thereby eliminating the need for organizations to spend on capital outlay. With nothing more than a browser, users can access their corporate desktop from anywhere in the world, whether from a laptop, desktop, or tablet.  Because user data is not stored on the local device, loss of a device does not represent compromise of sensitive organizational data. For more information, visit www.thesixthflag.com

K Multimedia releases T-RackS Saturator X for Mac/PC Analog saturation magic for digital recordings

May 17, 2016 Comments off

May 17, 2016 – IK Multimedia, a global leader in music production software and hardware, is pleased to announce the release of T-RackS Saturator X – a new T-RackS digital signal processor module that imparts the color, flavor and saturation effects of classic analog audio processing gear to digital recordings.

T-RackS Saturator X for Mac/PC from IK Multimedia
T-RackS Saturator X is a plug-in that can be used on individual tracks or on the master fader in a user’s favorite DAW. It provides simple controls that let users select from 10 modes of saturation effects that span the panorama of classic analog gear. It also features a Brickwall limiter and oversampling options.

 
Comprehensive Warmth and Growl
From tape to tube to transformer to transistor, T-RackS Saturator X provides options – 10 individual styles of saturation and distortion from the gentle, subtle hint of drive from a slightly overdriven transformer to the full-on, aggressive “in-your-face” mayhem of tubes driven beyond their limit… and everything in between.
 
Saturator Operator
T-RackS Saturator X is intuitive and extremely easy to use.  It can be used as a plug-in on the individual tracks in a mix or as part of the T-RackS signal processor chain. It works by imparting distortion into the digital signal path which by its nature doesn’t typically change or alter the linearity of the frequency response and harmonic pattern of a signal. The introduction of distortion simulates the way analog circuitry behaves especially when pushed beyond its limit.
 
The controls on the Saturator X are straightforward and intuitive: Input Gain, Output drive (can be independent or inverse linked controls), Saturation Mode select, Brickwall limiter engage and Oversampling select.
 
10 modes of Analog
T-RackS Saturator X provides users with 10 saturation modes that accurately deliver the behavior of the analog hardware component and circuitry or medium, selected for their special or unique character. The modes include replicated models of classic analog processors; there are 2 “tape”, 2 “master soft saturation”, 2 “tube”, 2 “solid state” and 2 “transformer” modes from which to choose. This comprehensive offering covers a full palette from the very subtle “color” of the transformers to the more pronounced and downright “nasty” distortion from tubes and solid state circuit designs.
 
Magic Eye Metering
Saturator X also features a “Magic Eye” VU meter that quickly gives users a vintage-looking, visual indication of the amount of saturation being applied to the incoming signal.
 
Brickwall Limiter
T-RackS Saturator X also has a built-in Brickwall Limiter feature. When engaged, the Brickwall Limiter ensures that the saturation level never overdrives the signal to the point of harsh digital distortion that can ruin a recording.
 
T-RackS Modeling – in a class of one
Saturator X is part of the growing family of T-RackS signal processors, the leader in digital signal processors for professional audio production used in recording studios around the globe. All T-RackS processors are available from the T-RackS Custom shop, a free plug-in and standalone audio processing workstation, and can be taken for a test drive as a full featured demo without restriction for a 14-day period.
 
Pricing and Availability
T-RackS Saturator X is available now from the IK online store for $/€79.99, or from within the T-RackS Custom Shop for $/€79.99 or 80 Custom Shop Gear Credits. T-RackS Saturator X may also be downloaded from the T-RackS Custom Shop and operated as an unrestricted demo for a period of 14 days before purchase.
 
*All prices excluding taxes
 
For more information, please visit:
 
To watch T-RackS Saturator X in action, please watch the video:
http://www.ikmultimedia.com/trsaturatorxvideo
 
To download a free version of the T-RackS Custom Shop, please visit:

Crucial Announces Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 SODIMMs

May 17, 2016 Comments off
Boise, ID, and Glasgow, UK, — May 17, 2016 – Crucial, a leading global brand of memory and storage upgrades, today announced the availability of Ballistix® Sport LT DDR4 SODIMMs. Ideal for gamers and performance enthusiasts, the new modules accelerate gaming laptops and small form factor systems by packing faster speeds into every memory slot, enabling users to run demanding games and applications with ease.
 
With speeds starting at 2400 MT/s, Ballistix Sport LT SODIMMs offer better latencies, reduced load times, and improved frame rates with integrated graphics. The new modules also feature a sleek black PCB and digital camo design and support Intel® XMP 2.0 profiles for easy installation.
 
“We’re constantly seeking ways to empower gamers with affordable, easy-to-use products that help them gain that competitive, performance edge,” explained Jeremy Mortenson, product marketing manager, Crucial. “With new platforms supporting faster DDR4 SODIMMS coming to the market, the newest Ballistix SODIMM module does just that.”
Key Messages:
  • Increased performance and enhanced integrated graphics frame rates with speeds starting at 2400 MT/s
  • Easy plug-and-play installation with Intel® XMP 2.0 profiles for simple configuration
  • Black PCB design with digital camo features and limited lifetime warranty1
  • Up to 16GB on a single SODIMM
 
Multimedia Elements:
The Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 SODIMM modules will be available for purchase at www.crucial.com and through select global partners. All Crucial memory is backed by a limited lifetime warranty*
*Limited lifetime warranty valid everywhere except Germany, where warranty is valid for 10 years from date of purchase.
For more information about Ballistix memory, visit crucial.com/ballistix.
 
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About Crucial
Crucial is a global brand of Micron Technology, Inc. Crucial solid state drives (SSDs) and memory (DRAM) upgrades are compatible with over 100,000 new and old desktops, laptops, workstations, and servers. Available worldwide at leading retail and e-tail stores, commercial resellers, and system integrators, Crucial products enhance system performance and user productivity. Learn more at crucial.com.
 
About Micron
Micron Technology, Inc. is a global leader in semiconductor systems. Micron’s broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies – including DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash – is the basis for solid state drives, modules, multichip packages, and other system solutions. Backed by more than 37 years of technology leadership, Micron’s memory solutions enable the world’s most innovative computing, consumer, enterprise storage, networking, mobile, embedded and automotive applications. Micron’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit micron.com.
 
©2016 Micron Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Information, products, and/or specifications are subject to change without notice. Micron and the Micron logo are registered trademarks of Micron Technology, Inc. Crucial, Ballistix, and the Crucial logo are trademarks of Micron Technology, Inc. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Products and specifications are subject to change without notice. Neither Crucial nor Micron Technology is responsible for omissions or errors in typography or photography.

Flashpoint Announces New R2 Radio Remote Lighting System

May 4, 2016 Comments off

New York, NY – May 4, 2016 Flashpoint, a leading manufacturer of professional photography and video equipment, has just has just announced the new Flashpoint R2 lighting line, featuring its R2 wireless radio flash system. The Flashpoint R2 system consists of five new products, compatible with Canon, Nikon and, coming soon, Sony: XPLOR 600, Streaklight TTL, R2 TTL Remote Transmitter and Receiver, Zoom Flash and Zoom Li-on Flash. Also new are Flashpoint R2 bridge units, which introduce R2 compatibility to older Flashpoint Streaklights and Zoom Li-ons.

Shop the brand new family of XPLOR studio lights from Flashpoint

Flashpoint’s R2 wireless flash system utilizes an advanced 2.4GHz radio to control a range of Flashpoint lighting products. The system unifies these products and allows for remote controlling with easy-to-use buttons, reliable channel triggering, group mode selectivity, HSS and LCD panels that clearly display the status of all remote R2-compliant lighting tools being used. It is the latest in remote lighting innovation and is the perfect solution for any photography situation.

Flashpoint XPLOR 600 All-in-One HSS Studio Flash
For the ultimate freedom in lighting exploration, choose the Flashpoint XPLOR 600 TTL all-in-one HSS studio flash with built-in R2 2.4GHz Radio Remote System (Bowens Mount) as a portable lighting solution controlled by remote, with no need for power cords and generators. This monolight is a 600ws strobe powered by an interchangeable, high-energy 11.1-volt Lithium Ion 8700mAh battery and is capable of over 450 full-power flash bursts on a single charge. With advanced settings like FEC, rapid stroboscopic flash, first or second curtain sync, LED modeling, a clear LCD display, upgradable firmware and new camera system compatibility, and 11 advanced options, the XPLOR is a portable powerhouse.

The compact XPLOR 600 TTL can be adjusted to a wide 9 stop range of power levels from 1/256 to full power in 1/3 stop increments. Recycle speed is exceptionally fast, from .01 to 2.5 seconds, with a built-in cooling fan to keep the unit cool and stable. The XPLOR 600 TTL can be triggered in four different ways: via the built-in wireless receiver that speaks with the R2 Transmitter, Optical Systems of Canon and Nikon Speedlights, corded sync, and optical slave.

Also available is the Flashpoint XPLOR 600 all-in-one HSS studio flash, a manual power only model with built-in R2 2.4GHz Radio Remote System (Bowens Mount).

Flashpoint R2 Streaklight 360 TTL
The R2 Streaklight 360 TTL is available in both Canon-compatible and Nikon-compatible models and is a hot shoe, portable bare-bulb flash suited for professional performance. It is also cross-compatible with all on-camera Canon or Nikon TTL controls through the Flashpoint R2 radio system, including automatic TTL exposure control, exposure bias, bracketing, second curtain sync, high-speed sync (HSS), EXIF recording, modeling flash and flash exposure lock. With a 270-degree swivel and a 105-degree tilt head, it provides powerful lighting at every angle.

Flashpoint R2 TTL Transmitter and Receiver
The R2 TTL Wireless Remote Receiver connects all strobes to any tool in the R2 family, including older Flashpoint monolights and strobe lights. The R2 TTL Transmitter attaches to the body of anyCanon, Nikon or Sony camera for full lighting control as well as TTL pass-through.

Flashpoint R2 Zoom Li-on Flash
The R2 Zoom Li-on Flash is powered by a revolutionary internal Lithium Ion battery pack and features TTL connectivity compatible with Canon, Nikon and Sony TTL systems. The strobe features exposure compensation, FV lock, HSS and an automatically zooming flash head to illuminate any situation. With a full power recycle time of less than 1.5 seconds and an advanced Li-on polymer battery, it is quick and powerful, and lasts approximately 650 full-power flashes per charge. A 360-degree rotation and 90-degree tilt makes it perfect for on- and off-camera use at any angle.

Also available is the Flashpoint R2 Zoom Flash, which is powered by AA batteries for flexibility while on the go.

Flashpoint R2 Bridge Receivers
With the R2 Bridge Receiver, any existing non-R2 Flashpoint Streaklight and Zoom Li-on Speedlights can be upgraded to receive signals from the new R2 Radio Remote System. Simply plug into the dedicated port and control remotely.

Pricing and Availability
All new Flashpoint R2 lighting tools are now available for preorder through Adorama:

  • The Flashpoint XPLOR 600 TTL All-in-One HSS Studio Flash is now available for preorder for $749.00 USD
  • The Flashpoint XPLOR 600 All-in-One HSS Studio Flash is now available for preorder for $599.95 USD
  • The Flashpoint R2 Streaklight TTL for Canon, Nikon or Sony is now available for preorder for $519.95 USD and ships with the BP-960 Power Pack
  • The Flashpoint R2 TTL Remote System is now available for preorder for $79.95 USD
  • The Flashpoint R2 Zoom Flash is now available for preorder for $119.95 USD
  • The Flashpoint R2 Zoom Li-on Flash is now available for preorder for $179.95 USD
  • The Flashpoint R2 Bridge Receiver is now available for preorder for $19.95 USD

About Flashpoint
Used by industry professionals who want superior results, Flashpoint produces the highest quality pro lighting and video equipment our market has to offer while maintaining true value, to help our partner photographers in today’s competitive market. Flashpoint’s most popular products include traditional and wireless/portable strobes and monolights, reflectors, flash modifiers, softboxes, light stands, on-camera video lighting, power packs, and camera and lighting accessories.

Flashpoint’s Power Station was recognized by Professional Photographer magazine with a 2014 Hot Ones Award. Available exclusively at Adorama, customers can visit the Flashpoint brand store online to shop: http://www.adorama.com/brands/flashpoint, or visit the Adorama Learning Center to learn more about Flashpoint products: http://www.adorama.com/alc/searchresults/flashpoint.

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Internet of Things Survey: IT Professionals Say Wearables will be the Top Source of Security Breaches

April 29, 2016 Comments off

SpiceworksAUSTIN, Texas — April 26, 2016 — Spiceworks, the professional network for IT, today announced the results of a new survey exploring the prevalence and challenges of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) in the workplace and the steps IT professionals are taking to prepare for the impact. The study “2016 IoT Trends: The Devices have Landed” found that a majority of IT professionals (53 percent) believewearables are most likely to be the source of a security breach among IoT devices connected to their network, followed by video equipment at 50 percent, physical security at 46 percent, and appliances at 45 percent. The independent study was sponsored by Cox Business, a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions.

The results show while nearly 90 percent of IT professionals believe the influx of connected “things” creates security and privacy issues in the workplace, only one in three organizations is actively preparing for the impact IoT could have on their business.

“The Internet of Things includes everything from smart appliances and wearables to industry-specific devices such as connected medical technologies and sensors in server rooms,” said Matt Olan, IT professional at Pharmacare Specialty Pharmacy. “The problem is that many of these devices have little to no security, and in many cases, they’re even more vulnerable to attacks and misuse than your typical PC. We allow certain IoT devices on our network, but security is always taken into account when planning an IoT deployment.”

Security concerns grow as more devices are connected

Since Spiceworks’ 2014 IoT report “The Devices are Coming,” organizations connecting wearables to their network have nearly doubled, increasing from 13 to 24 percent. IT professionals surveyed acknowledged the presence of connected video equipment, electronic peripherals, sensors, and appliances has also increased.

However, as more devices are connecting to corporate networks, the results shows IT professionals are facing a different mix of challenges. Two years ago, insufficient bandwidth was the number one barrier to keeping users connected to corporate networks and the data they need, but security concerns are now the top barrier at 65 percent, followed by equipment issues at 42 percent. The challenge of insufficient bandwidth was listed third, decreasing from 45 percent to 37 percent in the last two years.

IT professionals were also asked to reveal their biggest security concerns about IoT devices in the workplace. Eighty-four percent said more entry points into the network was most concerning while 70 percent said some IoT manufacturers are not implementing sufficient security measures. Additionally, 68 percent of IT professionals said default passwords and 66 percent said the lack of IoT standards was concerning.

Few organizations are preparing for the impact of IoT

Despite security concerns, a majority of organizations are not actively preparing for the impact of IoT in the workplace. In terms of the top reasons IT professionals are not preparing, 47 percent said the value of monitoring IoT devices is still unclear, 38 percent said they lack the time and staffing resources, and 37 percent said they lack budget.

However, among organizations that are preparing to support IoT, 68 percent are educating end users about risks, 47 percent are investing in security solutions, and 43 percent are investing in infrastructure. While only 12 percent of organizations are investing in new management tools for IoT devices today, nearly 50 percent plan to in the next 12 months.

CIOs and IT lead the IoT discussion in organizations 

When asked to reveal who decides whether or not to support IoT devices, 50 percent of respondents said the CIO and IT department lead the discussion and six percent said the CTO, senior tech leaders, and development. However, 31 percent of IT professionals said adding IoT devices isn’t led by one individual or group.

IT professionals were also asked to indicate how the IT department handles the connectivity requirements of internet-enabled “things.” Forty-one percent of organizations have a separate network for IoT devices, but 39 percent are putting them on their corporate network. Notably, 11 percent of organizations don’t allow any IoT devices on their network.

“As the demand to put more IoT devices on corporate networks increases, IT professionals’ security concerns are increasing in tandem,” said Sanjay Castelino, VP of Marketing at Spiceworks. “IT pros are well aware that more end points into the network puts their organization more at risk, but many businesses still aren’t equipped to manage IoT devices and identify potential threats.”

Methodology

The survey was conducted in March 2016 and included 440 respondents from North America and EMEA. Respondents are among the millions of IT professionals in Spiceworks and represent a variety of company sizes including small-to-medium-sized businesses and enterprises. Respondents come from a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, non-profits, education, government, and finance. For more information and a complete list of survey results, visithttp://www.spiceworks.com/marketing/iot-trends/report/.

About Spiceworks Voice of IT

Spiceworks’ Voice of IT shares statistics, trends, and opinions collected from millions of IT professionals on the global technology issues that are important to them.

About Spiceworks

Spiceworks is the professional network millions of IT professionals use to connect with one another and thousands of technology brands. The company simplifies how IT professionals discover, buy and manage an estimated $600 billion in technology products and services each year. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Spiceworks is backed by Adams Street Partners, Austin Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Goldman Sachs, Shasta Ventures and Tenaya Capital. For more information visithttp://www.spiceworks.com.

Follow Spiceworks on Twitter: http://twitter.com/spiceworks and connect with Spiceworks on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Spiceworks.

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Spiceworks Cloud-Based Help Desk Application Goes Mobile

April 28, 2016 Comments off

SpiceworksAUSTIN, Texas — April 28, 2016 — Spiceworks, the professional network for IT, today announced IT professionals can deploy and manage its cloud-based help desk solution on smartphones and tablets via the Spiceworks Help Desk mobile app. Today’s announcement also includes new features to the cloud-based help desk, including service level agreement (SLA) ticket alerting, an IT Knowledge Base, and Spiceworks App Center integration. Collectively, Spiceworks provides a feature-rich help desk solution that can be deployed and managed in a way that works best for the IT professional.

 

“The IT professionals in my department are often running around the office supporting employees so it’s historically been difficult to address urgent user requests when we’re not at our desks,” said Brad Everts, IT supervisor at TW Garner Food Company. “The mobile app for Spiceworks’ cloud-based help desk gives us the flexibility to open, respond to, and close tickets from wherever we may be.”

 

Mobile support for Spiceworks’ cloud-based help desk builds on existing capabilities for the on-premises version and provides the same capabilities IT professionals need to support their growing businesses, including unlimited admin and end-user seats, no hosting or storage costs, ongoing updates, and free support. With the mobile app, IT professionals can also receive push notifications on their mobile devices to stay on top of help desk tickets while on the go.

 

In addition to the push notifications, new features for the cloud-based help desk solution include:

 

  • SLA ticket alerting allows IT professionals to create rules that will notify them when tickets are not responded to in a timely manner or closed in a pre-determined amount of time.
  • User portal updates include Active Directory integration to automatically add end users, authenticate users in the portal, and tag them to tickets.
  • IT Knowledge Base integration with the Spiceworks Community will be available soon for the cloud-based help desk, enabling IT professionals to easily access and share critical how-tos and tech tips with their colleagues.
  • Spiceworks App Center integration enables IT professionals to customize and extend their help desk with more than 150 third-party apps to add new features and functionality.

 

“We’re focused on helping IT professionals become more efficient by enabling them to run their help desk entirely from their phones or tablets,” said Sanjay Castelino, VP of Marketing at Spiceworks. “With a tool that’s easy to deploy and use on the go, IT professionals can now support their growing business in a way that works best for them.”

 

The Spiceworks Help Desk mobile app is available for download today on iOS- and Android-based smartphones and tablets.

 

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About Spiceworks

Spiceworks is the professional network millions of IT professionals use to connect with one another and thousands of technology brands. The company simplifies how IT professionals discover, buy, and manage an estimated $600 billion in technology products and services each year. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Spiceworks is backed by Adams Street Partners, Austin Ventures, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Goldman Sachs, Shasta Ventures and Tenaya Capital. For more information, visit http://www.spiceworks.com.

 

Follow Spiceworks on Twitter: http://twitter.com/spiceworks and connect with Spiceworks on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/Spiceworks.

 

Spiceworks is a registered trademark of Spiceworks, Inc. All other names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

No Starch Press Teams Up with Humble Bundle to Present the Humble Book Bundle: Hacking

April 27, 2016 1 comment

No Starch PressSan Francisco, CA (April 27, 2016)—No Starch Press, arguably the most widely respected publisher of books for hackers, teams up with Humble Bundle to offer a pay-what-you-want collection of ebooks called the Humble Book Bundle: Hacking. The bundle includes a selection of the company’s finest—such as worldwide best seller Hacking: The Art of Exploitation; classics like Hacking the Xbox; and more recent best sellers like Automate the Boring Stuff with Python, Black Hat Python, and Practical Malware Analysis. This bundle is a true bargain—valued at over US $350—and with Humble Bundle’s pay-what-you-want model, customers can pay whatever price they think is fair.

“Many people call themselves hackers, but few have the strong technical foundation needed to really push the envelope,” says Bill Pollock, founder of No Starch Press. “True hackers never stop learning, never stop pushing boundaries. Our core mission is to produce the books that hackers really want and need, and we’re not pulling any punches here. We’ve included several of our best sellers to make this bundle right for just about anyone.”

Hacking Bundle 1Readers can pay any amount to receive:

Hacking Bundle 2Readers who pay more than the average also get:

Hacking Bundle 3And readers who pay more than $15 will get all of the above, plus:

The hacking bundle benefits the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an organization dedicated to defending civil liberties online. EFF defends free speech, fights illegal surveillance, advocates for users and innovators, and supports freedom-enhancing technologies.

As with all Humble Bundle promotions, customers choose how much of their money goes to the publisher, Humble Bundle, and the benefiting nonprofit. The Humble Book Bundle: Hackingruns for two weeks and ends May 11.

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