TECHNOLOGIES, MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
Amazon | September 29, 2022
Amazon announced upgrades to its industry-leading Fire TV family, including the next generation Fire TV Cube—Fire TV’s most powerful streaming media player yet—and Alexa Voice Remote Pro, a premium remote with an all-new Remote Finder and customizable buttons.“The all-new Fire TV Cube is a big step forward for Fire TV—it’s the fastest, most powerful, and most versatile streaming media player we’ve ever made,” said Daniel Rausch, vice president of Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services. “This Fire TV Cube’s powerful processing and Wi-Fi 6E support deliver an incredibly smooth streaming experience, and HDMI input means you can instantly extend the simplicity of Fire TV and hands-free Alexa control to your home entertainment system. With Alexa Voice Remote Pro, we’re making it easy to find a misplaced remote and get to the apps and content you love.”
Fire TV Cube—Enhanced Power and Speed
The third generation of Fire TV Cube is Amazon’s best Fire TV streaming media player yet, with a new octa-core 2.0 GHz processor that makes it 20% more powerful than the previous generation. The supercharged processor increases app launch speeds, making this Fire TV’s smoothest and most fluid streaming media player experience to date. Fire TV Cube can be controlled entirely hands-free with Alexa and includes support for cinematic 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and immersive Dolby Atmos audio. Plus, it offers a range of new features, including an HDMI input port, Wi-Fi 6E support, and Super Resolution Upscaling.
An industry-first, Fire TV Cube includes an HDMI input port, giving customers the flexibility to bring their entertainment devices together by directly connecting compatible cable boxes, Blu-ray players, and more devices. Now, customers can just say, Alexa, tune to ESPN on cable” instead of manually changing inputs to get to the content they want. With Fire TV Cube, customers can easily control live TV, cable boxes, and on-demand streaming via Fire TV’s Alexa Voice Remote or hands-free with Alexa. Fire TV Cube also features an additional USB port for easy connection to compatible webcams for video calling with Alexa Communications—simply say, Alexa, call mom” to connect with family or friends from the largest screen in the home.
Fire TV Cube is the first streaming media player in the industry with Wi-Fi 6E support, giving customers with a compatible router the ability to enjoy a smooth entertainment experience with less interference from other Wi-Fi devices in the home. It also features a new Ethernet port if you need a wired network connection.
New to Fire TV Cube is Super Resolution Upscaling, which provides enhanced picture quality by seamlessly converting HD content into 4K for greater detail, contrast, and clarity. With Super Resolution Upscaling, content—from movies originally made in HD to grainy family photos—will look sharper on a 4K display.
Alexa Voice Remote Pro—Remote Finder Feature, Customizable Buttons, and Backlighting
Alexa Voice Remote Pro is a new premium remote built to help customers spend more time streaming and less time searching for the remote. It introduces a Remote Finder feature to help customers find misplaced remotes more easily. Simply say, Alexa, find my remote” or use the dedicated Remote Finder button in Fire TV app, and Alexa Voice Remote Pro’s built-in speaker will emit an audible ring to attract your attention.
Two new customizable buttons make getting to your favorite content and Alexa commands quicker and easier. You can personalize your remote by programming these buttons to create one-touch shortcuts to favorite apps, channels, and anything Alexa can do. For example, you could choose to program a button to have Alexa dim the lights, check the weather, or start an Alexa Routine for movie night. Alexa Voice Remote Pro also includes motion-activated backlighting that automatically illuminates the buttons when the remote is picked up in low-light settings.
Alexa Voice Remote Pro is compatible with most Fire TV streaming media players, Amazon Fire TV smart TVs, and Smart TVs with Fire TV built-in.
Accessible and Sustainable
Fire TV Cube supports Audio Streaming for Hearing Aids (ASHA), allowing customers to directly connect compatible Bluetooth hearing aids. Both Fire TV Cube and Alexa Voice Remote Pro’s product and packaging are designed with sustainability in mind. Fire TV Cube is independently certified to use less energy and cause fewer of the emissions that contribute to climate change, earning the ENERGY STAR certification. As a part of Amazon’s commitment to helping preserve the natural world, Fire TV Cube and Alexa Voice Remote Pro both qualified for the Climate Pledge Friendly badge by achieving the Carbon Trust’s Reducing CO2 certifications, showing that their carbon footprints have been reduced year over year. To achieve this, both products used more-sustainable materials and implemented design changes to reduce their overall lifetime energy consumption. Fire TV Cube and Alexa Voice Remote Pro’s packaging is 100% recyclable in the U.S., made of wood fiber-based materials from responsibly managed forests or recycled sources.
Pricing and Availability
The all-new Fire TV Cube is available for pre-order today in the United States for $139.99. Alexa Voice Remote Pro is available for pre-order today on Amazon.com for $34.99 in the United States. To see which Fire TV devices are compatible with Alexa Voice Remote Pro, check the compatibility checker.Amazon today also announced the new Fire TV Omni QLED Series with the new Fire TV Ambient Experience.
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Wristcam | September 13, 2022
At last week’s Apple Park event, Apple announced Apple Watch’s most significant upgrade since its 2015 debut. The all-new Apple Watch Ultra, Series 8, and SE, and the imminent release of watchOS 9 on September 12 will add fresh tailwinds to growing wearables adoption and the #1 selling Apple WatchApple Watch Ultra x Wristcam
The Wristcam camera system for Apple Watch is compatible with all previous and newly announced models. Wristcam elevates the Apple Watch experience, adding the only major features it still lacks: high-definition photography, video capture, and video calling.
The Wristcam camera band was inspired by the most extreme activities and has already been put through the paces in the world’s biggest waves. This summer, WSL surf phenom Noah Beschen caught Wristcam footage riding monster waves in Tahiti.
“I was towing into a 60-foot Code Red swell and going for the biggest wave of my life,” said pro-surfer Beschen. “I don’t even remember turning on my Wristcam; it was recording, and I pretty much just forgot about it. I caught the wave and was completely present and locked in. It was incredible; I didn’t even think about the Wristcam recording. That’s something special to be able to look back on, and that’s shot on…an Apple Watch.”
Apple Watch Ultra’s 2X performance bumps on battery, speaker, mic, brightness, GPS, and water resistance make Wristcam’s go-anywhere, sci-fi-worthy camera experience that much better and more accessible.
Wristcam is available for order today, shipping immediately and in time for the first Apple Watch Series 8, Ultra, and SE deliveries later this month.
Introducing a New Technological Breakthrough: Video Calling for All Apple Watches
Wristcam has worked with Apple’s Developer Relations team to integrate the new CallKit and ShareKit APIs for WatchOS 9, and newly available VoIP frameworks with its own proprietary technology and communication protocols to bring video calling to all Apple Watch users. Now, with the Wristcam App, all WatchOS 9 users can video call on Apple Watch with iPhone and other Apple Watches. No camera band is required, although iPhone users only receive voice unless the Apple Watch on the other side is equipped with a Wristcam camera band. Wristcam’s video calling experience for all Apple Watches is expected to be available on the App Store alongside the public release of watchOS 9 today, September 12th, 2022.
“Our partnership with Apple has enabled the ultimate wearable experience - something straight out of science fiction - and now we are bringing a truly transformational capability to an estimated 150 million Apple Watch users across the globe,”
-Wristcam Co-Founder and CEO, Ari Roisman.
Announcing the Upcoming Launch of Wristcam Protect
Later this Fall, Wristcam will release another transformational capability to provide personal safety and protection in stressful and dangerous situations. The new feature will leverage Wristcam’s video streaming technology to empower users to securely capture and rapidly connect with close contacts when they need it most. Protect will leverage Apple Watch complications and Siri Shortcuts to make camera capture and sharing more accessible than ever before.
Wristcam powers computer vision for wearables and IoT devices, beginning with the first and only camera system for Apple Watch. In 2021, Wristcam was named as one of TIME’s 100 Best Inventions and Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas. Wristcam is certified by Apple as Made for Apple Watch, and is compatible with Apple Watch Series 4 and up. To learn more, visit wristcam.com.
TECHNOLOGIES,MEDIA AND BROADCASTING
Qumu Corporation | November 21, 2022
Qumu Corporation (Nasdaq: QUMU), the leading provider of cloud-based enterprise video technology, announced the global availability of Qumu Live, a suite of managed live streaming and production services that enables organizations of all sizes to deliver engaging live-streamed events to internal and external audiences anywhere in the world. With Qumu Live, Qumu experts oversee all aspects of planning, hosting and managing broadcast quality live-streamed video on a platform that is scalable, secure and incorporates the full range of analytics, interactive capabilities, social media integrations, captioning, transcription, translation and related services available through Qumu and its broad network of technology partners.A Turnkey Offering for High Stakes Events
Powered by a leading enterprise video platform, Qumu Live is an end-to-end managed services solution that dramatically simplifies delivery of live streamed video, from event registration and production, to hosting and streaming, and post-event analysis and measurement. With this suite of managed services, users can focus on perfecting their content and messaging, and are freed from the complexity of ensuring a reliable, secure, high quality and glitch-free streaming experience for their targeted audiences.
“Qumu has a history of successfully supporting our customers with live streaming best practices and solving complex streaming problems,With this new offering, this white glove service is now available on an as-needed basis to everyone.”
-Rose Bentley, Qumu’s president and chief executive officer.
Bentley said that for high stakes events such as all-hands meetings, town halls, sales kick-offs, product launches, user conferences, investor presentations and more, Qumu Live offers a comprehensive and worry-free path to flawless execution. “This offering combines our proven platform, team of experts and rich array of partners to manage all the details of your live stream, recommend best practices and consult on format and interactive aspects to optimize viewer engagement, and do all this in full compliance with your brand look and feel, Bentley added.
A Tested and Proven Solution
Qumu Live builds on Qumu’s history of successfully supporting complex live streaming needs for organizations of all sizes, all over the world. In a recent engagement for a U.S. government agency, sourced through Qumu’s partnership with GovSmart, Inc., Qumu produced and hosted live streams originating from Dakar, Senegal, incorporating both pre-recorded and live video, as well as simultaneous translation into French, Portuguese and Arabic.
Qumu Live’s production and creative services offerings include single- and multi-camera shoots, professional video, lighting and sound equipment and video editing. Through seamless integrations with its multiple technology partners, Qumu Live can also incorporate into live streams interactive elements such as chats, polls and surveys. Auto captioning, auto transcription and translations are also available.
Qumu Live also provides comprehensive analytics encompassing viewer metrics, poll reports and more to inform post-event follow-up and future event planning.
Available on As-Needed Basis Worldwide
Live streams powered by Qumu Live are delivered to any screen with internet connection. In addition, at venues without reliable internet service, Qumu Live can stream live video via a bonded cellular network. Qumu Live’s services are available to customers on an as-needed basis; a subscription to Qumu’s cloud-based enterprise video services is not required. For further information about Qumu Live’s capabilities, please visit www.qumu.com/qumu-live/.
About Qumu Corporation
Qumu (Nasdaq: QUMU) is a leading provider of best-in-class tools to create, control, deliver, experience and analyze live and asynchronous video at scale. Backed by an experienced team of software and video experts, Qumu’s software enables globally distributed organizations to drive employee, customer and partner engagement, modernizing business by providing more efficient and effective ways to communicate and collaborate.