Xbox Gamers Hear It Coming

Innovative Headset System Brings High-Definition, 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Experience

VIBRAS Five.One from Track Scan(TM) Is Named an Official Xbox 360(R) Accessory by Microsoft

Delivering sound so detailed and powerful that it puts users inside the game, the new VIBRAS Five.One Surround Sound Headset System has received Microsoft’s approval as an official Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system accessory.

The VIBRAS Five.One, designed specifically for Xbox 360 and Xbox Live(R), uses Dolby(R) Digital AC3 and special “sound-canal” technology to create a true 5.1 channel surround sound experience. With five individually encoded discrete audio channels pulsating through 10 speakers (five in each ear cup), gamers who use the VIBRAS Five.One enjoy unprecedented sound quality.

“It’s awesome!” said Rich Heinz, a professional gamer from Port Jefferson, N.Y. “I can literally hear everything and know exactly where each sound is coming from. The overall sound quality is excellent.”

VIBRAS Five.One was developed and manufactured by Track Scan, based in Mooresville, N.C., a leading provider of headsets and audio scanners for motorsports.

The company’s scanners that allow racing fans to listen to drivers, crews, officials, and radio and TV broadcasts are available for rent or purchase at every NASCAR Sprint Cup race and U.S. IndyCar Series events.

“Whether you’re playing games, watching movies, listening to music on Xbox Live or through the console with your Zune, you will find VIBRAS Five.One to be the best performing 5.1 surround sound headset system on the market,” said Glen Aikenhead, founder of Track Scan.

The $199 VIBRAS Five.One Xbox System includes the lightweight, comfortable headset, Dolby Digital AC3 Technology decoder box, detachable microphone with an in-line voice amplifier box, optical fiber cable, AC power supply and replacement ear pad covers. A USB surround sound system for personal computers is also available at $159.

Track Scan’s full line of products, including VIBRAS Five.One, can be purchased through the company’s online catalog (

The VIBRAS Five.One also will be displayed at the 2009 International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, in Las Vegas Jan. 8-11 at booth number 30927 in the South Hall.

Track Scan, Inc. is the premier supplier of scanners and headsets at all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, as well as U.S. IndyCar Series races. Founded in 1993, the Mooresville, N.C. based company serves thousands of race fans and corporate hospitality guests each weekend from trackside merchandise areas. In 2008, Track Scan launched VIBRAS, a high performance line of gaming and personal audio products.

Source: Track Scan, Inc.

Ultra-Cool Keyboard a Big Hit for the Holidays

Talking-key software popular with media and Web sites as OMG pink keyboard beats recession

The newly released, ultra-user-friendly Keyboard For Blondes(TM) is getting great reviews and a surge of orders despite sluggish holiday sales for many retailers. The buzz for the exciting keyboard keeps building, with coverage in major daily newspapers, popular Web sites and high-traffic technology blogs.

“The response has been overwhelming,” said Camilla Loveid, spokesperson for Keyboard For Blondes(TM). “The large spike in sales and the buzz that the roll-out has created proves that a fun and user-friendly keyboard with more functionality is needed in the U.S. marketplace.”

“Millions of hits on our Web site are turning into periods when we receive five to 10 orders per minute. At some points, the delivery company’s software had all it could do to handle the inflow of orders to our Web site,” Loveid added.

Playing off the overt humor of a bubble-gum pink keyboard for “anyone who has ever had a blonde moment,” the keyboard has keys that actually say things like, “Oops!” “Duhhh?!” “Yes! I want it!” “No way!!!” and “You are so smart!” The keyboard can even make a cash register ring for the dollar symbol.

The good news for text messaging enthusiasts is a series of special keys that type out “OMG,” “ALI” (Absolutely Love it!), “LOL” or “XOXO,” among others. And, finally, here is a keyboard that actually has the “any key.”

“The software and keyboard even let you tap out musical notes on the number pad,” Loveid said. “There are 64 renamed keys, plus 70 unique features in all. It’s very encouraging that even in a downturn economy people still remember how to have fun.”

With such strong Web traffic and sales, staffers at the company are suggesting that Black Friday be changed to Blonde Friday, and Cyber Monday to Uber-cool Keyboard Monday.

While people get the humor, they also see the benefit the keyboard offers to anyone who sees the computer environment as impersonal, boring or cold. Blonde, brunette, red, white or blue hair — it’s a totally functional keyboard with robust, easy-to-download software at a very affordable price.

Keyboard For Blondes(TM) and its Keynguru(TM) software is available now at

The keyboard and its unique software sell for an introductory price of $49.95, plus shipping and handling USA $9.99 (subject to change). Keyboard For Blondes(TM) is manufactured by European Trends Etc.

New Zealand’s first Combo Satellite/Terrestrial HD Personal Video Recorder (PVR) has been released from Hyundai and will be available from Freeviewshop from the 15th December. The AH-3110 has the unique advantages of being able to receive both the New Zealand Freeview satellite service and the HD UHF service, while also having the ability to record from either service by connecting to an external USB HDD.

While Personal Video Recorders for use with the Freeview Satellite service have been around for some time, the new Hyundai can now record from the Freeview High Definition UHF service also, allowing programmes to be recorded in high definition quality. High Definition TV delivers the highest quality picture available, together with surround sound.

The Hyundai has full EIT EPG support allowing programmes to be scheduled for recording from either the Freeview Satellite or the Freeview HD service. The receiver can be connected to an existing UHF aerial and/ or Satellite dish to start watching TV in crystal clear, digital quality. When connected to both, the satellite 7 day EPG can be used to schedule programmes to be recorded from either the satellite service or the terrestrial service.

The Hyundai AH-3110 also has time shift and live pause features which allows viewers to pause and rewind live TV then resume watching where they left off. Viewers no longer need be tied to the schedule and can now watch what they want, when they want, with unparalleled picture quality.

With some Freeview channels in New Zealand only being available on one or the other service such as Chinese TV 8 and TV Central only on the UHF service, and Stratos, CUE and Te Reo only on the satellite service, the new Hyundai is capable of receiving all Freeview Channels available along with channels from other satellites such as the Optus D2 satellite (30 + FTA channels). Freeview HD is available in nine major centres (Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, Hastings, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin).

The Hyundai is available for order from at an introductory price of $579

Outlook-Sync now includes a spam filter as free update

Using Microsoft Outlook on the desktop and notebook computer is the safe road to chaos. Murphy’s Law guarantees that the important contacts and the new e-mails are always stored on the wrong computer. The synchronization software Easy2Sync for Outlook solves this problem by detecting any change made in Outlook and transferring it to the respective other computer. This works with calendars, contacts, notes, tasks and e-mails.

For the latter, the new version 2.05 includes a unique feature: It’s the first sync program to include a spam filter. The filter is already trained and requires no configuration whatsoever. During the sync, spam e-mails are automatically recognized and skipped. This saves the user not only from viewing the thousands enlargement or gambling e-mails, it also preserves hard disk space and speeds up the synchronization, since less e-mails need to be transferred. Especially for the popular netbooks the big Outlook PST files can otherwise easily become a problem.

The new spam filter extends the long list of features in Easy2Sync for Outlook:

  • Sync of PST files of any size (and of Exchange accounts)
  • Synchronizes e-mails, contacts, calendars, notes and tasks
  • Synchronizes complete accounts or just selected folders
  • Filters by age, category, “private” flag or subject
  • Apart from synchronizing the program also supports copying, moving, etc.
  • Multiple calendars can be merged into a team calendar
  • All versions / combinations since Outlook 97 / Windows 98 are supported
  • This includes support for Vista and Outlook 2007

The update is free for all registered users of Easy2Sync for Outlook 1.x or 2.x

Pricing and Availability
Easy2Sync for Outlook 2.05 runs under Windows 98, MT, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista and costs $49 (USD) for a home edition license and $79 (USD) for a business edition. Registered customers are entitled to the unlimited functionality, free updates and lifetime technical support. More information on the product as well as its fully-functional freeware edition can be found at

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