Onset Unveils HOBO Wireless Temp/RH Monitoring Kit

Onset, a supplier of data loggers and weather stations, launched the HOBO Wireless temperature and humidity monitoring kit, a wireless system that facilitates environmental monitoring cost-effectively.

The HOBO Wireless Temp/RH Monitoring Kit includes three wireless temperature/RH data nodes, a data receiver, HOBOware Pro software and sensor mounting accessories.

Officials explained that the monitoring process involves three easy steps to monitor critical temperature and humidity conditions and log data for trend analysis besides keeping oneself informed of alarm conditions via text or e-mail. The system eliminates the need for wires or manual data offload.

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The HOBO Wireless Temp/RH Monitoring Kit features a centralized monitoring facility for easy monitoring from the desktop. Besides delivering alarm notifications via text or E-mail it also features automated data delivery to remote locations via e-mail or FTP and a flexible design for expanding the system according to use.

“Customers in a variety of industries are looking to track critical building temperature and humidity conditions easily and wirelessly,� said Kory Wagner, product specialist for Onset.

This monitoring kit comes in handy for users working in different facilities such as food processing plants, office buildings, laboratories and warehouses.

“Adding measurement points to building automation systems can be expensive, and chart recorders tend to require a lot of maintenance. The new HOBO monitoring kit overcomes these limitations, enabling users to start monitoring their most important assets right out of the box,� Wagner added.

The instant alert system sends users a text message via phone or e-mail when temperature/RH conditions go beyond set limits or when one of the temperature/RH sensors gets disconnected from the network. Besides, the system also gives a visual notification on the PC when an alarm has tripped.

The wireless monitoring includes HOBOnode Manager software, a component of Onset’s industry-leading HOBOware Pro software. This software lets users view near real-time energy and environmental data, set alarm notifications and also have a holistic view of the system on the Network Map feature.

Onset’s HOBO data loggers and weather station products are useful in various applications, including building energy performance monitoring, water resources management, and ecological and agricultural research. 

Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) recently selected Onset’s HOBO U24 Conductivity Data Loggers for their accuracy, reliability and affordability. When gas development begins, the DRBC can quickly identify any changes and react if a problem arises.

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey

Celeno Communications Bags $24M Funding from Prominent Industry Players

September 28, 2012

By Shankar Pandiath, TMCnet Contributor

Celeno Communications (News - Alert), a manufacturer and supplier of superior performance Wi-Fi chips, HD multimedia software and home networking applications, recently announced that it will soon expand its current technical and market position through the whopping funds worth $24 million received from its benefactors.

The funding comes from its new and existing investors namely Cisco (News - Alert), Greylock Partners, Liberty Global, Pitango Venture Capital and Vintage Investment Partners. The latest financial support adds to the company’s total subsidy of over $68 Million.

Celeno caters to the requirements of 75 telecommunication companies across the globe, such as Liberty Global (News - Alert), China Telecom, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom,   Bouygues Telecom and UPC. Founded in 2005, Celeno boasts of $100 million in revenue and offices at multiple locations in Asia-Pacific, EMEA and the U.S.

According to the company, the funds will be used to swell its 802.11ac development program, its brilliant engineering teams and superior marketing and sales departments for supporting the bulging customer pipeline.

Gilad Rozen, the chief executive officer of Celeno, said in a statement, “The new subsidy arrives at a thrilling time, when our industry is progressing towards the new technology of 802.11ac. Our latest and superior Wi-Fi OptimizAIR technology will capitalize on the accelerating demands of the operators seeking to render premium quality video experience, and supersonic Wi-Fi speed to their consumers.� 

The OptimizAIR technology from Celeno optimizes the standard Wi-Fi for offering top-notch video and data networking for the residential areas. The patented technology will enable the distribution of 1080p HD resolution video streams across eight mediums. The technology will operate processes like power adaptation and antenna selection for optimum output, channel-aware scheduling, low packet error rate, extended range, and rate selection.

This solution drastically favors the end consumers by delivering superior quality of HD performance across client’s Wi-Fi client devices and third-party vendors. The company hopes to revolutionize the video and TV viewing experience of the dwellers. The technology would allow people to distribute their HD videos to any screen wired on the home Wi-Fi network. It would include tablet computers, laptops, digital video recorders, set-top boxes, media streamers and wireless TVs.

Rozen further added that Celeno will prolong to expand its global footprint, by rendering excellent Wi-Fi networking technologies for homes, and thus guaranteeing an advanced HD quality in homes. The endowment is gripping evidence to our robust pipeline of premium operators and manufacturers and our market leadership on the planet.

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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LG Files Claim Against Samsung’s OLED Patents

Trouble is brewing once again for Samsung (News - Alert) as it comes under fire for patent infringement. Now Korean company, LG, has filed a lawsuit against Samsung’s use of OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology it has been using in its mobile phones.

Just a few months ago, Samsung faced one of the largest patient lawsuits from Apple (News - Alert) Inc. who sued for over $2 billion for alleged infringement of the iPhone and iPad with Samsung’s Android (News - Alert) technology smart phones. At the time, Apple claimed that Samsung owes “substantial monetary damages� for copying its technology. That lawsuit is still pending.

Now, LG filed a claim against the technology company claiming that it infringed on multiple patents it owns including the design of Samsung’s OLED panels, driver circuitry, and overall device design. The three devices that allegedly infringe the patents are Samsung’s Galaxy S3, the Galaxy Note phone/tablet, and the Galaxy Tab 7.7 tablet.

“The company filed a damage suit to protect its indigenous technologies that took an enormous amount of money and people to develop over a long period of time,� an LG official said at a press conference.

“Samsung has been using our patented OLED technologies without paying royalties. Then it spread rumors that LG Display has been failing to produce small-sized OLED screens used in mobile devices, which we through was unacceptable and intolerable,� added senior vice president of LG Display, Lee Bang-soo.

Although LG has not officially announced how much it’s seeking in damages, the company is reportedly suing in the billions. This lawsuit from LG comes only a few weeks after Samsung filed its own injunction against LG insisting that the company “consistently acquired [their] OLED technologies and other business secrets by inducing our researchers to transfer.� Basically, Samsung accused LG of stealing its technology and wanted an apology. Now it seems LG is fighting back with a lawsuit of its own.

Samsung has not released a comment regarding LG’s newly filed legal action or the status of its own lawsuit again LG.

Want to learn more about patents in the telecom industry? Then be sure to attend Synopsis Under IP/Patents Telecom Sourcing Conference (SUITS), collocated with ITEXPO Austin 2012 taking place Oct. 2-5, in Austin, TX.   Stay in touch with everything happening at SUITS. Follow us on Twitter.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

Research in Motion’s New Leaked Video: A Brighter Future for BlackBerry?

For the third quarter in a row, Research in Motion is struggling against net losses. Still, the underdog smartphone retailer is not going down without a fight, and is slowly but surely making moves to turn its luck around.

Though overall the going has not been good, Research in Motion’s stock has been inching back up, recently coming back by a good twenty three percent—certainly better news than anyone on Wall Street expected to hear from the company that has been in not-so-great shape, recently.

The real heartening news to take away from Research in Motion’s recent lucky streak is that these numbers aren’t even taking into account their new biggest item. The company is still months away, rumored to be January 2013, from releasing the device that they are hoping will help them get back on top. When the BlackBerry 10 hits the market, Research is Motion is counting on it to improve business overall.

In a video leaked via Crackberry.com, it appears there will be two different styles using the Blackberry 10 operating system. There had been previous leaks of the new BlackBerry 10 only coming in a touchscreen model like so many of the Android and iPhone models, but, now, it appears that there will be a QWERTY keyboard model that BlackBerry has been known for years.

The video also shows a bit of the marketing approach that will be used to sell the new model by using celebrities like Lady Gaga, J.K. Rowling, and Ridley Scott to show the features of the new software. It is evident the Blackberry intends to catch up with the rest of the market with its new software; utilizing audio, video, photography and other editing procedures, RIM believes that they have a winner in the smartphone wars.

Even with the release of the new BlackBerry in 2013, it is still very likely that things will get darker for Research in Motion before the dawn. It’s very possible that the company will have a few more quarters of net losses, but it is still optimistic about the overall fate of the organization. It is sure to be a gradual rebuilding for the company, but hopefully over time, things will begin to look up again. Executives at the company believe that the new smartphone will help them through this less than ideal time, profit wise, and turn things around before long.

The BlackBerry, which has mostly fallen out of favor with North American customers, due to its emphasis on business rather than entertainment, is still very popular abroad. Executives from Research in Motion are making the rounds around the globe, promoting the new model and maintaining ties with still loyal customers. The BlackBerry 10 may just prove to be the gateway to bigger and better things for the stalling company.

Want to learn more about today’s powerful mobile Internet ecosystem? Don't miss the Mobility Tech Conference & Expo, collocated with ITEXPO Austin 2012 taking place Oct. 2-5 2012, in Austin, TX.  Stay in touch with everything happening at Mobility Tech Conference & Expo. Follow us on Twitter.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

iPhone 5 First Weekend Sales Top Five Million

It doesn’t seem possible. That an iPhone with so much — a larger display, a faster chip, ultrafast wireless technology, an 8MP iSight camera — could be so thin and so light. But it is. In fact, iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever.

Learn more about the design of iPhone 5

The 4-inch Retina display lets you see more of everything. And everything you see is vivid and lifelike. It’s a larger, more beautiful canvas made the right way. Because even though the display is bigger, iPhone 5 is the same width as iPhone 4S. So it’s just as easy to use with one hand.

Learn more about the features of iPhone 5

With support for the latest wireless technologies, iPhone 5 connects to more networks all over the world.* And Wi-Fi is faster, too. So you can browse, download, and stream content at remarkable speeds, wherever you happen to be.

Learn more about the features of iPhone 5

The all-new Apple-designed A6 chip in iPhone 5 is powerful but not power hungry. CPU performance and graphics performance are up to twice as fast as on the A5 chip. But even with all that speed, iPhone 5 gives you outstanding battery life.

Learn more about the features of iPhone 5

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iPhone 5 Pre-Orders Top Two Million in First 24 Hours

It doesn’t seem possible. That an iPhone with so much — a larger display, a faster chip, ultrafast wireless technology, an 8MP iSight camera — could be so thin and so light. But it is. In fact, iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever.

Learn more about the design of iPhone 5

The 4-inch Retina display lets you see more of everything. And everything you see is vivid and lifelike. It’s a larger, more beautiful canvas made the right way. Because even though the display is bigger, iPhone 5 is the same width as iPhone 4S. So it’s just as easy to use with one hand.

Learn more about the features of iPhone 5

With support for the latest wireless technologies, iPhone 5 connects to more networks all over the world.* And Wi-Fi is faster, too. So you can browse, download, and stream content at remarkable speeds, wherever you happen to be.

Learn more about the features of iPhone 5

The all-new Apple-designed A6 chip in iPhone 5 is powerful but not power hungry. CPU performance and graphics performance are up to twice as fast as on the A5 chip. But even with all that speed, iPhone 5 gives you outstanding battery life.

Learn more about the features of iPhone 5

Use the Apple Store app to shop, make appointments, and more. Download now

Going to Extremes with Aperture

After running Palouse Falls, a 189-foot waterfall in southeast Washington State, 24-year-old extreme kayaker Rafa Ortiz of Mexico described experiencing part of the descent in what felt like slow motion. But for photographer Lucas Gilman, who covered the attempt, the drop was very much in real time.

“Rafa was actually visible for only three frames of the 4-second free fall, because after he got over the tongue, he was engulfed in white water,� says Gilman. “That’s just a split second basically to make the shot. And there would be no second chance to shoot it, no take two, because I couldn’t really ask him to go up and do it again.�

To capture the wild ride, Gilman — a go-to adventure and travel photographer for some of the top magazines and companies in the world — deployed an arsenal of well-tested gear, including several state-of-the-art Nikon cameras. And in the headlong rush to get the photos published, he used a MacBook Pro running Aperture to jump-start his editing process before he even left the site. “My client, Red Bull, wanted to see the images as soon as possible,� he says. “They didn’t want some tourist with a point-and-shoot camera to post it first and steal the fanfare. So being able to use the fast browsing feature in Aperture to process those images onsite was critical.�

Chasing Waterfalls

Because waterfall runs are so difficult to photograph, Gilman typically plans those shoots for several weeks with the athlete, plotting angles and figuring logistics. But for the Palouse attempt there was next to no planning. “I got a call from Rafa right before this all went down, and he asked if I could be in Washington State the next day. I said, ‘How about Tuesday?’ He said, ‘Tuesday’s no good. You need to be here tomorrow.’�

Gilman flew from his home base in Denver to Portland the next day, arrived at the river late on a Sunday night, scouted the falls on Monday, and photographed the descent on Tuesday.

Conditions for rigging the shoot were difficult. Palouse is the highest waterfall ever run by a kayaker — it happened only once, in 2010. And the danger of Ortiz’s attempt to equal the earlier successful descent influenced Gilman’s setup. Anticipating that concern for his friend’s safety might cause his hands to shake, Gilman decided to mount and lock down several cameras on tripods with prefocused exposure sets so they could be fired remotely. The cameras fired perfectly. But after Ortiz successfully navigated the face of the falls, he was launched — uninjured — from his kayak on impact, and his attempt to match the record was disqualified.

Editing, Instantly

After confirming that Ortiz was safe, Gilman returned to his car to download his images into Aperture using a MacBook Pro. “Because I was shooting in a massive gorge, it was going to take Rafa and his support crew a couple of hours to climb out,� he says. “We had no cell phone service or Internet. So it was critical to be able to download the images onto a couple of drives to make sure the data was safely backed up.�

Gilman’s Nikon D800 camera produces super-high-resolution 36.3-megapixel RAW images — “the largest image that a DSLR has ever produced,� says Gilman — so they typically download slowly. But using fast import browsing in Aperture, Gilman was able to inspect sharp, clear preview images of his huge RAW files even before they had finished copying from his memory cards.