Mac minis, SSDs and more
Right now at B&H.com, snap up a great deal on a Mac mini, which has seen a $80 discount -- from $999 down to $919. That discount makes this the best price we have seen on this configuration by about $20. It features a 2.8GHz Intel Core i5 Haswell processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB Fusion Drive. It is backed by Apple's standard one-year warranty on parts and labor.
Mac app gets demanded pinch-to-zoom option
Pixelmator Team has released updated Mac and iPad versions of its namesake image editor. The Mac update, v3.3.1, now supports pinch-to-zoom gestures on trackpads, fulfilling a popular demand. Resizing and scrolling options have been added to the Shapes, Gradients, and Styles palettes.
Quick movie editor makes it easy to send video to social media
Try as you might, you're not going to revolutionize how video is edited: whatever application you're using, the process has been roughly the same since we ditched celluloid and razor blades. Equally, you're not likely to easily replace Apple's iMovie for ease of use, nor Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro X for high-end professionals. Movavi Video Editor, an editor for Windows that has just made the jump to OS X, definitely aims at being very simple to use -- but it's also intended for the ever-growing number of us who just want to quickly get video out to people.
Format promises better images, smaller file sizes on future mobile devices
Fabrice Bellard, coder for the well-known FFMPEG video library and the QEMU virtualization hypervisor has unveiled the "Better Portable Graphics" (BPG) format. The new format, based on the HEVC open video compression standard, is intended to replace JPEG for mobile devices, or other utilizations where file size may be an issue.
Kodak hybrid device links smartphone with full-size optics
Smartphone imagery still widely varies. Large Megapixel counts don't make for a good image, and the optics in some devices are lacking. Kodak thinks they have a solution in the Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens camera. Kodak's clip-on camera is an independent all-in-one 16MP cylindrical-shaped digital camera that attaches to both Android and IOS smartphones. The concept is not exactly new to the market, as Sony has their similar versions. Does the PixPro SL10 stand out? Check our review to find out.
Battery-operated scanner helps users save time, space and effort while on the go
In this day and age, there's a significant amount of pressure to go paperless, and downsize the amount of things that one collects over the years. However, what is a person to do with years of receipts, tax documents, business cards and forms that could be needed in a number of urgent situations? Enter the ultra-smart scanner that promises to help users pair down their paper clutter while freeing up some space on their desks. But can a small scanner really live up to the expectations set by larger, more familiar desktop scanners? Find out in our review.
Proposed tool would help keep photographs taken while drunk away from Facebook
Pictures of drunk people on Facebook may lessen in future, if plans revealed by the social network's AI research lab come to fruition. Lab head Yann LeCun wants to create a digital assistant for Facebook which is capable of detecting whether photographs being uploaded to the service are being done while the user is under the influence of alcohol, with the aim of preventing anything the user would find embarrassing when they are sober from being shown to visitors.
Photo Suite 9 brings Adobe competitor in tight package
Thanks to the ever-improving cameras found in today's smartphones and less-expensive DSLR and mirrorless devices, both of whose work can increasingly be seen on popular social networks such as Instagram, more and more people are finding an interest in photography. Inevitably some will start looking for tools that can be used to manage and edit all of their images. While the most ubiquitous product in this field is Adobe's Creative Suite, with apps like Lightroom and Photoshop, it is far from the only option out there. The real question is, can any of the competition stand up to the quality that Adobe has become renowned for providing? Over the past few weeks we have spent some time with the latest version of OnOne's Perfect Photo Suite to test this very question.
Create high-quality time lapse videos with Time Lapse with HDR
Photography and filmmaking is becoming popular again, thanks to the era of "iPhonography." Now, thanks to apps that can control the frequency at which pictures are taken, time-lapse videos are also making a notable comeback. Time Lapse with HDR, by Lucky Clan, is one of the apps that is helping novice photographers create their own time-lapse videos.
32GB iPad mini 2 for $479
Right now at Walmart.com, get the iPad mini 2 with LTE+Wi-Fi for $479. That's a savings of $120 off the original price of $599, but only matches Apple's current price for this model. This iPad features 32GB of storage, A7 chip with M7 motion coprocessor, 7.9-inch Retina display, built-in Wi-Fi, 5MP iSight camera, FaceTime HD camera and a built-in battery that lasts for up to 10 hours on a single charge. It is available in space gray or silver. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.
Mirrored front of camera helps frame self portrait shot
Casio has launched another camera designed for taking selfies a few months after the Exilim TR50, one which features a hidden camera lens. The Exilim MR1, also known as the "Kawaii Selfie by Mirror Camera," hides a 14-megapixel sensor with a 21mm wide-angle lens behind a large curved mirror on the front of the device, allowing the user to accurately frame themselves for their self portrait shot.
Sellers of unregistered Bluetooth sticks face a maximum of three years in prison or $27,000 fine
In South Korea, the Ministry of Science is stepping in to regulate the market for "selfie sticks" on a technicality. The governmental action isn't prompted by competitive markets or public complaints, but by a subset of the small sticks that use Bluetooth. It turns out that many of the sticks that utilize the wireless functionality aren't registered, and therefore haven't been submitted for testing for radio interference.
Turn the selfie into an classic portrait
Most iOS photo enthusiests are familiar with Hipstamatic's first, eponymously named and most well-known app, which is designed to give a fun, vintage feel to photos taken with the iPad or iPhone. Recently, the company released TinType, their fourth app available for iOS. This time, they've taken aim at modifying the selfie.
iPad mini for $250, 4K monitor for $700, more
At Staples.com, get the Space Gray iPad mini with Wi-Fi on sale for $199. That's a savings of $50 off the regular price of $250, and the best price we have seen on this configuration by more than $20. This iPad features a 7.9-inch LED-backlit display, A5 chip, 5MP iSight camera, built-in Wi-Fi and 16GB of storage. Included is Apple's one-year limited warranty on parts and labor.
The avalanche has started, it is too late for the pebbles to vote!
While Turkey Day (for our US readers) is only now upon us, the sales period associated with the dreaded "Black Friday" has begun! We are listing various deals you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, can take advantage of now. As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but may not be valid or available at a later time, so check before purchasing. Also, check back on this post later today and on Thanksgiving Day, as more deals will be added as time goes on before our next post on Friday.
Report claims GoPro drones could cost between $500 and $1,000
GoPro may be supplementing its action camera range with a line of low-cost drones for consumers and business use, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Report sources claim the camera company is developing the multi-rotor flying machines and is planning to ship them for between $500 and $1,000, in order to let sports enthusiasts take advantage of drone photography.
Samsung NX1 with 28.2-megapixel sensor available to pre-order.
Samsung is finally releasing the NX1 mirrorless camera in the United States, one which is capable of recording 4K-resolution content. Launched in September, the NX1 has a 28.2-megapixel BSI APS-C sensor, with the updated NX AF System III's autofocus capabilities offering 205 phase-detection points and 209 contrast AF points, and a focusing speed of 0.055 of a second.
Lack of central team blamed
The introduction of new features in iCloud is being hampered by "deep organizational issues" at Apple, claims the sometimes-reliable The Information. The primary example is said to be iCloud Photo Library, which was announced in June and was initially expected to debut with iOS 8 in September. It missed that target, and even iOS 8.1 only ushered in beta support. It's also allegedly yet to be integrated with the upcoming Photos app for OS X Yosemite.
All-in-one video studio supports Mac, Windows
FXHome has released Hitfilm 3 Pro, a new edition of its combination editing/effects suite for OS X and Windows. The software's interface has been redesigned, for example gaining a new editing timeline intended to keep every tool close by. It should be possible to rapidly switch between the editor and and several 3D compositing timelines. Users have access to 20 new effects, a 16-bit OpenEXR pipeline, and background proxying for more complex effects work.
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.