Technology based on open standard coming to in 4K monitors up to 31.5 inches
During the Future of Compute event in Singapore, AMD announced that it's working with Samsung to put the first monitors on the market that support its FreeSync technology in ultra high-definition (UHD) 4K monitors. To go along with the gaming-focused monitor technology, it was also announced that AMD is working with well-known game developer Capcom to implement Mantle support in the future.
Moleskine Smart Notebook uses app to turn sketches into Photoshop, Illustrator files
Where other companies are shifting drawing focuses to tablets or digital-capture methods, Moleskine is trying to keep the drawing experience analog. However, instead of foregoing digital workflows entirely, the company is offering a new notebook and app that works with Adobe Creative Cloud to convert hand-drawn sketches into digital files.
Exclusive client believed to be Apple
Foxconn's display unit, Innolux, will be spending about NT$80 billion ($2.6 billion US) during the next two years on a new Taiwanese factory meant to supply an exclusive but unnamed client, says Innolux PR representative Sophia Cheng. The statement was in reference to comments made by Innolux President Wang Jyh-chau at a press conference earlier today. Although Cheng says she isn't aware if such a deal has been signed, the client is elsewhere believed to be Apple, one of Foxconn's biggest contracts and possibly one of the few that could justify such an expenditure or demand such secrecy.
Improved image stabilization, autofocus speed touted in Sony A7 II
An updated version of the Sony Alpha 7 has been launched in Japan. The A7 II is a 24.3-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera and the first of its kind to have a five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system, one which is said to reduce shake by up to 4.5 CIPA-standard stops, and is capable of automatically combining it with the in-lens stabilization of an E-mount lens with OSS.
Briefly: AnyAngle iPad case, Red Giant Universe 1.3
Logitech has announced the introduction of a new protective case in its suite of tablet products, the Logitech AnyAngle for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini. Featuring an integrated, hidden hinge, the case holds an iPad at any angle within a 50-degree range, keeping that angle in place without tipping or sliding. The stand folds behind the iPad as to create a minimalist appearance, and magnets also secure the stand and assist in holding an angled position. The has a rubberized frame that protects the tablet from accidental bumps and drops, and its hidden magnets keep the case securely closed as to prevent scratches and cracks. Available in a variety of colors, the AnyAngle case will be available this month for $60.
New projector easy to install, features 2200 lumens of color brightness
Epson today announced the PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB, the newest addition to its high-performance line of 3LCD 2D/3D Full HD 1080p home theater projectors. The new projector delivers to home entertainment enthusiasts 2,200 lumens of color brightness and 2,200 lumens of white brightness, up to a 600,000:1 contrast ratio, and advanced image processing technology for a big screen experience.
Joined by Camera Raw 8.7
Adobe has released the final incarnation of Lightroom 5.7, an update to its photography workflow software. The most important addition is a promised migration tool for people switching from Aperture or iPhoto, though it does not bring in all data. Apple is slowly discontinuing Aperture and iPhoto in favor of a new Photos app for OS X Yosemite and iOS in 2015, and while Photos will be able to import Aperture libraries more fully, the program may not provide the professional-level features of something like Lightroom.
Device might allegedly reach 'DSLR-quality imagery'
The next-generation iPhone may represent Apple's "biggest camera jump ever," says Daring Fireball's John Gruber. In a recent podcast episode, Gruber explains that "a birdie of a birdie" tells him that the camera will adopt a "kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR-quality imagery." That could imply a camera similar to the one in the HTC One M8, which uses an extra lens to provide more image data and enable post-processed focus shifts.
Ecobee3 gains shelf space alongside Honeywell smart thermostat
Starting on Monday, Apple Stores are now carrying at least one rival to Google-owned Nest's self-titled smart Learning Thermostat. The Ecobee3 offers an advantage over the Nest in terms of multi-room support, utilizing sensors that can be bought separately to bring more intelligent energy management to the full home rather than relying on a single point of reference. Like Nest and Honeywell's rival entry, the smart device can be managed through a smartphone app from anywhere with a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. The Ecobee3 sells for the same price as the Nest, $250.
MacNN and Electronista deals for November 17, 2014
Welcome to the first instance of Monday Deals! As the holiday shopping period begins, we are doubling up on the posts where we find deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, games, and other items for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, to make your gift buying time easier. Just like the Friday deals, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but could be different if you are reading this later in the week, so check the deal before purchasing. We're going to keep adding to this until Friday, so check back often!
New 21MP Exmor RS sensor adds HDR still images, faster focus on moving objects
Sony has unveiled a new model in its Exmor RS imaging sensor range for smartphones and tablets. The Exmor RS IMX230 module is a 21-megapixel model similar in size to those used in the Xperia Z2 and Z3 ranges, but it is claimed to be the first CMOS sensor for smartphones to have onboard image plane phase detection autofocus signal processing, allowing for quicker focusing on fast-moving objects.
MacNN and Electronista deals for November 14, 2014
Slowly, like a creeping predator intent on a meal, Black Friday approaches -- but it is not this day! This Friday, like every Friday, we search the Internet for deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, apps, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, and may or may not be valid if you're reading this at a later date, so check before you buy. Be sure to check over the weekend, as it is likely more deals will be added to the list.
Move makes DirecTV the first video provider with 4k
This weekend, satellite television provider DirecTV will become the first multi-channel video provider to offer 4K Ultra HD programming direct to customers. At launch, the company will begin offering 19 movies and documentaries from both Paramount Pictures and Havoc, with more titles to be announced soon. Customers will need an Internet-connected Genie HD DVR model HR34 and above, and a Samsung UHD TV that is DirecTV 4K ready. Pricing for 4K movies will range from $4 to $16, and will be on a per-movie basis.
Bluetooth clock radio charges devices, uses ambient light, music to wake users
Audio company JBL has revealed a new clock radio that pairs the company's sound with a gentle way to wake up in the morning. The JBL Horizon is a compact alarm clock with an LCD display that uses ambient LED lighting that gradually brightens to wake users up. On top of the LED lighting, one of two alarms can be set to use a digital tone, music streamed from a smartphone, or an FM radio station to entice people to get out of bed. To keep with the basic needs of an alarm clock, the Horizon has a snooze/light bar.
New business-grade scanner capable of hitting speeds up to 30ppm, 60ipm
A new scanner was unveiled by Epson America this week, that looks to give businesses and professionals a new high-speed desktop scanning solution. The WorkForce DS-520 is a sheet-fed scanner that's capable of reaching speeds up to 30 pages per minute (ppm) or 60 images per minute (ipm) in black and white, color, and grayscale modes.
Guide to perfect picture taking encapsulated for the iOS
Let's face it, photography is daunting. With a slew of terms and techniques that are less than user-friendly, and an ever-increasing amount of gadgetry to attempt to master, it's not exactly something one can jump right into and do well out of the gate. However, The Great Photo App by Baglan Dosmagambetov is aiming to make sense of all photography has to offer, and pass this information on to the user -- with Apple's handheld devices as the teacher.
Camera to accompany Gear VR, captures and streams full high-resolution 3D video
To go along with a release date announcement of the Gear VR Innovator Edition virtual reality (VR) headset, Samsung teased a new ambitious camera project during its developer conference. Project Beyond is a 360-degree camera that captures a true 3D environment, using stereo cameras to mimic the type of view a human would have if they witnessed the scene themselves.
Adidas Photo Print app allows for customization of sneakers using photographs
Adidas is letting US sneaker enthusiasts customize a pair of shoes with a mobile app, something it has offered in Europe for a few months already. Pocket-Lint reports the Photo Print app for Android and iOS can take an image from the user's smartphone and apply it to a pair of ZX Flux sneakers. The custom shoes take between four and six weeks to ship, priced at $110.
Photo filter application tool excels at a low price
There's no doubt that iPhones are being used more for photography each and every day. This is especially apparent in the vast amount of photography apps that are available in the App Store. Users are sure to be overwhelmed, especially if they're looking for an app that promises to do it all, in terms of photo editing, filters, and camera tools. It's hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, but Faded, by Vintage Noir is definitely worth a look.
MacNN and Electronista deals for November 7, 2014
Once more unto the breach! Every Friday, we search the Internet for deals on gadgets, peripherals, accessories, apps, and games for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are verified at the time of publication, and may or may not be valid if you're reading this at a later date, so check before you buy. Be sure to check over the weekend, as it is likely more deals will be added to the list.
NASA, Department of Defense among first to access Lytro developer kit
Lytro, the producers of the light-field cameras of the same name and the Illum, is giving interested parties access to its technology. The company is releasing the Lytro Platform and its first Lytro Development Kit for enterprise users to try using the technology in other ways, with the first customers including NASA and the US Department of Defense.
Includes Handoff, iCloud Drive
The Mac version of Pixelmator has been updated to version 3.3, codenamed Limestone. The interface for the graphics editor has been lightly redesigned, in part to match the flatness and transparencies in OS X Yosemite, but also to support the 5K Retina display on new iMacs. Another key addition is support for two Yosemite features, iCloud Drive and Handoff, the latter of which allows work to be shuttled back and forth with Pixelmator for iPad.
Swype keyboard for iOS users now available in more than 20 languages
Nuance Communications has announced that its Swype keyboard app for iOS 8 has been updated, now featuring support for more than 20 languages. A keyboard app that learns how the user types, Swype now features QWERTY, QWERTZ and AZERTY keyboard layouts, as well as a new layout specifically designed for iPad. Its new intuitive emoji input predicts when to insert an emoji graphic where appropriate. Currently available for $1, Swype requires iOS 8 or later.
Could borrow concepts from Amazon Fire Phone
Apple is working on a form of glasses-free 3D display, and a matching set of "software ecosystems," supply chain sources tell the Chinese-language Economic Daily. The technology will reportedly force Apple to switch from its current in-cell display technology to new panels, likely supplied by TPK. Apple has filed patents for 3D user interfaces in the past, but this may mark the first rumor of the company actually putting ideas into practice.
Printers offer different options for traveling professionals, photographers
Epson announced two new printers recently, each focusing on a different type of task. The WorkForce WF-100 is Epson's entry for traveling professionals, offering one of the "smallest and lightest" mobile color inkjet printers currently on the market. Meanwhile, the SureColor P600 gives photographers a desktop solution for printing photos up to 13 inches wide, while also allowing paper roll printing over 10 feet in length.
Free storage applies to photos only, videos still count against storage
Amazon has unveiled another benefit for Amazon Prime purchasers. Effective immediately, the company has granted unlimited storage for personal photos in Amazon Cloud Drive for US Prime users. The benefit was previously only available to Amazon Fire Phone owners. Additionally, the photo storage doesn't count against Cloud Drive storage limits in any way.
Copy utility software makes dumping pictures, footage to drive, backup easier
Dealing with the aftermath of a day of recording video or snapping photos can be time-consuming. Videos and photos are often spread across different memory cards and storage devices, all of which require attention to transfer to editing stations and backup locations. Offload from Red Giant looks to make that a little easier. Like many of Red Giant's other pieces of software, Offload is built with videographers and photographers in mind. It makes it easier to transfer a bunch of files in one action, rather than taking two or more.
Over-the-air DVR is a user-friendly solution, but can be limited without subscription
With over-the-top content options growing past Hulu and Netflix, consumers may be finding it harder to justify paying a monthly fee for cable. An unfortunate casualty of severing these ties is the loss of convenient technology and local channels, keeping some television viewers from making the final leap. Thankfully, new options have hit the market for those that have access to an antenna and a USB storage device. The Tablo is one such digital video recorder (DVR) that captures free, over-the-air broadcasts, allowing people to watch their favorite time-shifted shows through a tablet or browser. But is Nuvyyo's Tablo a device that does the job with minimal hassle, or are consumers better off with the attachment to cable? Find out in our review.
Domed lens on Kodak action camera allows for panoramic video capture
Kodak has introduced an action camera that can take 360-degree photographs and video. The PixPro SP360 has a domed lens located on the top, allowing its imaging sensor to take pictures or capture video from all angles surrounding the camera, allowing for 1080p video to be recorded showing the front, rear, and side views from wherever it is mounted.
Perfection scanners aimed at professional crowd, features dual lens optical system
Epson is gearing up to release two new professional-level photo scanners in November, with the Perfection V800 Photo and Perfection V850 Pro. The scanners offer a number of scanning options, allowing users to scan photos and negatives -- including 35mm slides, medium format and film strips -- with the help of height adjustable film holders.
Web image search engine with built-in editing tools and multiple saving, sharing options
PicTrove 2 Pro is an app that has taken the time-intensive act of image-searching on the web and streamlined it. Users are able to search multiple websites, including Google, Bing, Flickr, Pinterest, and more all at once, and compare them side-by-side. Tapping and swiping through allows a user to browse images one at a time from a specific search site. There is also the ability to refine searches per site, allowing a user to specify whether they would like photographs or clipart, or decide on the size or quality of the image. Even animated GIFs are fully supported within PicTrove 2 Pro.
All-in-one PC meshes projector, scanner, sensors and camera for creation through touch
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is looking to change the desktop experience with its newest all-in-one PC, the Sprout. While costly at $1,900, the machine encourages the use of a PC outside of the traditional input means, using various pieces of imaging technology and sensors to give users a way to create in a "natural user interface." The Sprout is the first product from HP under its Blended Reality ecosystem.
Synchronization software removes headache from matching up video clips, audio recordings
DSLR shooters often have a troublesome workflow when trying to put together videos recorded with the dual-purpose cameras. While many consumers might look to a dedicated camcorder to produce a short film or conduct an interview, DSLR cameras provide the necessary technology needing only an external audio recorder to do the job. But how do users bring video and audio together? In the past, filmmakers entered into a time consuming process to match peaks in waveforms. However, that is no longer needed as Red Giant offers a supremely better solution with PluralEyes 3.5.
Large LG monitor opts for higher-resolution Digital Cinema 4K standard
LG has introduced another high-resolution monitor to its computer display range, one which is able to display a higher-than-Ultra HD image. The Digital Cinema 4K monitor offers a resolution of 4096x2160, higher than the 3840x2160 resolution of a standard 4K television or display, all packed into a screen measuring 31 inches diagonally.
Sony CyberShot, HDTVs and wireless routers
Amazon is currently offering a discount on the Sony CyberShot 18MP digital camera that drops the price down to $180 when added to your cart. That discount makes this the lowest price we have seen on this camera by $30. This camera offers 18MP resolution, 5X optical image stabilized zoom, 3.3-inch OLED screen, built-in flash, built-in microphone, 1080i video capture and is waterproof. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Sony.
Layer-based editor leans on 64-bit processing
Initially teased at Apple's iPad and iMac event last week, Pixelmator for the iPad has now been released. The app attempts to carry over many of the features of its desktop counterpart, including numerous brushes, effects, and adjustment options. Users can for instance control levels, curves, white balance, and hue and saturation. Individual sections of an image can be lightened, darkened, blurred, and repaired, or even distorted and transformed.
Highly-controllable flash and video light can be interlocked with other units
Originally funded through an IndieGoGo campaign, the Australia-based IC12 has now debuted its 5,000-lumen high-speed portable flash and video light, the LED Light Cube. Built with an interlocking design that allows units to be used in combination, the light offers no recycle time between flashes, and gives photographers a way of shooting with a continuous high-speed flash of up to 1/8000th of a second. The unit is compact enough to be easily portable, and doesn't require external battery packs.
Company taking advantage of Photos late debut to win converts
Following Apple's decision to cease development on its own pro photo organizer and editor Aperture in favor of a forthcoming hybrid photo manager aimed at consumers and pro-sumers called Photos (which will also -- eventually -- replace iPhoto), Adobe has seized on the opportunity to try and lure Aperture and iPhoto users to its own more advanced photo organizer, editor and manager known as Lightroom 5. After publishing a written guide to the process of converting Aperture libraries to Lightroom in August, the company has now codified the procedure in a new free plug-in.
Projector offers several display options, picture sizes, medical version can display x-rays
Canon announced a new projector today for professionals looking for a device with a variety of display options for presentations. The Realis WUX6000 Installation LCOS projector delivers native WUXGA 1920x1200 display resolution, brightness of 6,000 lumens and a contrast ratio of 2,000:1. For those in the medical field, Canon is also releasing a second version with an additional mode for viewing x-rays and CAT scans.
Akvis announces Charcoal image editing program, available as standalone and as plugin for OS X
Akvis has announced the release of its new image editing program Charcoal, allowing users to create charcoal, chalk and sanguine drawings from photo images. Photos can be converted into a rendition of a hand-drawn art piece with its variety of photo effects, including a selection of canvas textures to apply. Thirty-four preset options are available, with the ability to create one's own presets also featured. Available as a 10-day trial, a home license for Akvis Charcoal is priced at $50.
Suites gain Dynamic Blocks, previously Windows-only features
Autodesk is now shipping the 2015 Mac editions of its flagship design products, AutoCAD and AutoCAD LT. There are several major additions this year, including Dynamic Blocks, which can be used repeatedly in other design elements and simply tweaked in size and shape as needed. Improving parity with Windows, AutoCAD for Mac now also supports layer states, including data such as color and linetype.
Breach from either Android app or third party web tool SnapSaved
Some supposedly ephemeral messages sent through the SnapChat service have been leaked to the Internet. Private photos collected for years through the either the SnapChat archiving Android app Snapsave or the shuttered SnapChat web client SnapSaved have been stolen, and posted en masse to chat forum 4chan, and other similar locations.
Re camera brings features like a one-button approach, capacitive touch activation
During HTC's "Double Exposure" event in New York, that mixed elements of fashion together with technology, the company unveiled its entry into the consumer video camera market. The Re Camera, which was the previously rumored to be a sports camera from the company, takes a different approach for consumers by making it easier to pick up a camera and start shooting.
Latest 1Password improves Touch ID support, adds iPhone 6 Plus support
A new version of password manager 1Password has been released for the iPhone and iPad, offering support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the form of 3x higher resolution images and improved icons. The update also improves Touch ID support to be more reliable, and simplifies the app's security settings. A new option has been added to disable third-party keyboards inside the 1Password app (since theoretically such keyboard could transmit keystrokes), and users can now create tags to help sort data. The app itself is free, but a "pro" in-app purchase to unlock additional features costs $10.
Clip marks first attempt at iOS-based video editing
Adobe has updated its suite of iOS apps, launching several new ones in the process. The most significant of these may be Premiere Clip, the company's first effort at mobile video editing. The title can be used independently, or in tandem with Premiere Pro CC; projects started on iOS can be automatically synced with Premiere Pro by way of Creative Cloud.
High-definition LED monitor supports 3440x1440 resolution, screen splitting
LG Electronics announced this week that it would be bringing it first curved LED computer monitor to the United States this week. The LG Curved UltraWide Monitor (34UC97) offers an LED backlight, in-plane switching (IPS) screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio. LG says that the 34UC97 is built as a desktop replacement for dual monitor set-ups.
May make switch to AMD graphics cards
Apple is planning to unveil a 27-inch iMac with a 5120x2880 Retina display at its October press event, a new report claims -- citing an anonymous source. The computer will allegedly make a switch from Nvidia video cards to AMD, and offer a 4GHz Intel i7-4790K Haswell CPU as one configuration option. The 21.5-inch iMac isn't expected to make the jump to Retina graphics, at least not until Intel Broadwell processors launch -- which is most likely in early 2015.
Improved frame rates across new GoPro collection, Hero4 Silver includes touchscreen
GoPro has launched its first new additions to its action camera line after filing its IPO. The Hero4 range follows on from the Hero3+ collection, with the Black and Silver editions offering functionality better suited towards professional applications, while a new entry-level Hero is a budget-priced version for those wanting a cheap waterproof camera.
Seek Thermal Camera add-on has 206x156 sensor resolution
A camera add-on for mobile devices has opened to pre-orders, one which adds thermal imaging abilities to smartphones. The Seek Thermal Camera uses a 206x156-resolution sensor capable of detecting heat in the range of -40 Celsius to 330 Celsius, with the user able to switch between a normal image feed and a thermal version with a quick swipe.
Influential test bests Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z3
Backing up anecdotal evidence and tests by independent third parties such as the Wall Street Journal, high-end image software and optical lens testing company DxO Optics has issued its DxOMark ranking of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, finding that both models beat the formerly top-rated Samsung Galaxy S5 and Sony Xperia Z3. The company, which also ranks high-end DSLR lenses, proclaimed that the new iPhones "set the gold standard for smartphone image quality."