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NEWS Clouds Media bring vuMobile to Africa L eading OTT solutions provider Visual Unity Global is expanding its vuMobile platform into Africa after signing a new partnership agreement with Tanzanian media conglomerate Clouds Media. Designed to rapidly mobilize mobile businesses and empower partners and resellers, the vuMobile platform will be white labelled, allowing subscribers to create mobile optimised websites in a fast and effective way, under the Clouds Media brand. In a country where nearly 80% of all internet access is carried out via a mobile phone, this partnership between Visual Unity Global and Clouds Media will bring significant benefits to the local business community. Thanks to the vuMobile platform, local companies will now have access to mobile optimized websites offering a highly intuitive and user friendly experience. www.visualunity.com New wireless microphone a perfect fit S ony’s new Hybrid Digital Processing UWP-D wireless microphone series delivers the perfect combination for electronic newsgathering, field production and DSLR users, in a compact and professional series. The new UWP-D wireless microphone series are small and lightweight, making them suitable for a wide range of needs, and are available in three packages: UWP-D11: Belt-pack Transmitter, Portable Receiver UWP-D12: Handheld Microphone, Portable Receiver UWP-D16: Plug-on Transmitter, Belt-pack Transmitter, Portable Receiver Sony’s unique Hybrid Digital Processing feature on the UWP-D series offers users the sound quality of digital audio processing combined with the reliability of analog FM modulation. This also improves the transient response performance between the UWP-D transmitter and receiver, which will provide impressive natural sound quality. The new series employs fantastic wide frequency coverage, with a bandwidth of up to 72 MHz available. As a result, the UWP-D series covers 33 TV channels across Europe (272 MHz, between 470 and 790 MHz) and users can select from up to 2880 operating frequencies The new UWP-D series is planned to be available in March 2014. www.pro.sony.eu/proaudio See the UWP-D series on the Sony stand at BVE (stand number F32) and watch this space to see a full review. iPhone 5s Smoothee now available T he Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning digital imaging accessories, have announced that Steadicam® Smoothee® is now available for Apple® iPhone® 5s, GoPro® HERO®3/3+ and DRIFT® action cameras, Ghost-S and HD Ghost. Developed by Steadicam, the leader in camera stabilization, the patented Smoothee® eliminates shakes associated with handheld video recording, letting users fly through their video capture moments up and down steps, indoors and outdoors, through crowds almost anywhere, with precise, elegant control and ease. www.tiffen.com 16 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 86 FEBRUARY 2014