Codec wars – Apple drops the hammer on VP9, chooses H.265 and takes a decision for the industry

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Spread the love94     1 4 It seems funny, but this year’s Apple’s WWDC was one of the most import yet, but not due to something said during the 2017’s Keynote. Instead, this low profile presentation will have far reaching implications over the next 8 to 10 years on the video delivery industry, from Google to Netflix. As Apple decided to use H.265 and WebVTT, the whole industry will be forced to follow suit. The story started back in May 2010 when Google acquired On2 technologies, and specifically all the related IP to the VP8 video codec. Google was not happy with having to …

USB3 Gigabit Ethernet adapters on MacOS: Orico Vs KY-688

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Spread the love2         Edit: This is the first half of a 2 part port regarding USB3 ethernet adaptors running on MacOS. The second part looks at actual performance. There aren’t a lot of good reasons why one would care about getting an USB3 Gigabit Ethernet adapter, and all start with “I need an extra wired gigabit connection”. And this may not be as weird as it seems as most MacBooks lack a single embedded wired gigabit interface. As an alternative you get the Thunderbolt adapter (in it’s native Thunderbolt port, or using the new USB-C connectors), USB3 adapter or 802.11 WiFi connection. …

Netac P500 UHS-I U3 128GB Micro SD card

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Spread the love           On our previous MicroSD shootout, Netac’s offering was deemed as the best MicroSD card for smartphones and compact cameras due to it’s low cost per MiB and very decent read performance. However, write performance was underwhelming, landing on the middle of the pack. It was with great surprise an high capacity, high performance MicroSD card from Netac landed on my desk: the Netac P500 Smart Card UHS-I U3 128GB MicroSD card (brands need to try to shorten the MicroSD product names, this is getting ridiculous….). This card corresponds to the fastest and highest capacity offer from Netac, supporting …

HDR wars, battle 2: UHD Alliance Vs Ultra HD Forum – Maybe some sanity arrives at the TV Industry

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Spread the love          There are currently two industry groups fight for market standardisation what regards to HDR: UHD Alliance and Ultra HD Forum. Every time this happens is usually due to a fight over consumer awareness on something that doesn’t make sense. We’ve already seen what UHD Alliance brings (or doesn’t….), but know there is a new group trying to make your mind: Ultra HD Forum. A lot has happened for last couple of years in the TV industry due to fuss around Ultra HD, always surrounded by confusion, mishaps and all around caos and damnation. How we got here Starting with the …

iPhone 6s video decoding capabilities – Sometimes Apple underrates it’s products

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Spread the love          Although I’ve been an Apple heavy user for a number of years now, it always bugs me when companies misrepresent their products, event if the misrepresentation is a underrating of the actual product. For me, specifications must be as accurate as possible, no matter if it comes from Apple, and understating it’s video decoding capabilities it not on my list of expected weird things, but it does seem to happen.

MicroSD UHS-1 32GB cards shootout – Comparing MicroSD cards from a number of different perspectives

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Spread the love          After having reviewed a number of different microSD cards, the next step could only be compare then over a number of perspectives, each of them making sense to a significant number of users. Now, I believe it is quite obvious for everyone that there isn’t probably a best microSD card but it really depends on which parameters, or ratios between parameters are relevant for each one. Each of them will then represent an important benchmark by itself, so let’s detail each of them: Read Performance – The basic SD card benchmark, and targeted by most manufacturers. Although overlooked in …

Netac P500 Smart Card 32GB microSD

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Spread the love           Manufacturer Leapro Brand P500 Smart Card Announced Capacity 32 GiB Formatted  Capacity 29.53 GiB UHS Class 1 SD Bus UHS104 Price AliExpress – €7.34 Netac is a chinese company most known in Asia by its USB drives ever since the early 2000’s, but on the SD card market a virtually unknown name. On our desk there’s Netac branded microSD, officially named as P500 Smart Card, yes “Smart Card”. Why on earth would it be called “Smart Card” is something that completely baffles us. If you still can’t believe, check the package photo. Fortunately, on the newly manufactured products the …

Transcend Premium 400x 32GB microSD card review (TS32GUSDCU1)

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Spread the love           Manufacturer Jiaelec Corp Brand Transcend Premium 400x Announced Capacity 32 GiB Formatted  Capacity 30,01 GiB UHS Class 1 SD Bus UHS104 Price Amazon.com – Only TS32GUSDU1PE available. Avoid! Amazon.co.uk – £8.91 AliExpress – €10.45 Again, 32GB are not the same everywhere. Sometimes it’s bigger. Transcend is one of the tradicional SD card players ever since the transition between MMC and SD, always marked by a performance conscience, although not as known as SanDisk. As our baseline SD card review demonstrates it has been a sure option when performance is relevant, however, more often than not companies just lean back …

Samsung EVO MicroSD card 32GB

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Spread the love           Manufacturer  Samsung Brand  EVO Announced Capacity 32 GiB Formatted  Capacity 29,80 GiB UHS Class 1 SD Bus UHS50 Price Amazon.com – $11.50 Amazon.co.uk – £8.99 AliExpress – €8.19 This is what vertical integration means… almost. When it comes to memory devices, Samsung is the the undisputed king of the hill, leading both DRAM and NAND markets, and a very relevant player on all semiconductor markets, including NAND controllers. With this in mind, we expect nothing short of a very competent display of performance from any Samsung branded product. In this review we focus com Samsung EVO MicroSDHC 32GiB card …

Kingston SDHC MicroSD Class 10 32GB

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Spread the love           Manufacturer Kingston Brand MicroSDHC Announced Capacity 32 GB Formatted  Capacity 28,97 GiB UHS Class  1 SD Bus UHS104 Price Amazon.com – $9.45 Amazon.co.uk – £7.59 AliExpress – €11.92 Sometimes, a gigabyte is smaller than it should … Kingston is one of the old kids on the block for flash storage. Althogh known for price conscious SD cards and USB sticks, it has recently started moving into higher performance products. This movement was probably driven by two different forces: pressure from lower cost asian vendors, and the need to create a higher brand awareness in order to compete on the SSD …