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Sources call for Yosemite in late Oct., Retina MacBook, Mac with 4K

07/23, 2:59pm

4K tech could come to iMac or new monitor

OS X Yosemite -- which is going into public beta tomorrow -- should eventually ship in late October, sources claim. The present plan is reportedly to keep releasing new developer betas every two to three weeks through September 29th. Work should then shift to a gold master build, due October 10th. Final details, including a launch date, may be announced at Apple's October media event.

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Sony puts $345M towards boosting mobile image sensor production

07/23, 11:12am

Apple could be key client

Sony has announced plans to invest 35 billion yen, or about $345 million, on scaling up production of image sensors for phones and tablets. Manufacturing of stacked CMOS sensors will increase at two factories in the southern Japanese island of Kyushu; meanwhile, the company is planning to complete work on a factory in northwestern Japan that it bought from Renesas. The hope is to boost wafer output 13 percent to 68,000 per month by August 2015, moving towards a longer-term target of 75,000, itself just a mid-term goal.

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Wacom's Bamboo Paper app now available for Android, Windows 8

07/22, 3:23pm

Previously released for iOS in August, turns tablets into notebook, sketchpad

Those looking for a note-taking solution or a sketchbook for Windows 8 and Android-based tablets have a new option to look at today. Wacom has expanded the availability of Bamboo Paper, adding tablets beyond the iPad, including the Kindle Fire, Surface 2 and Galaxy Tab 4, to the mix. Bamboo Paper was originally launched for iOS devices in August.

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DealNN: 11.6-inch MacBook Air cut to $950

07/22, 1:20pm

11.6-inch MacBook Air cut to $950

This week, BestBuy.com is offering sale prices on a variety of Mac models, one being the 11.6-inch MacBook Air, which has seen a $150 discount from $1,099 down to $949. That discount makes this the best price currently available on this Mac model by $50. Free US shipping is included, and sales tax applies for residents of most states. This MBA features a 1.4GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 256GB of solid state storage. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from Apple.

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Briefly: BlackMagic Design's new Apple ProRes formats, Typinator 6.1

07/19, 7:16pm

Blackmagic Design adds Apple ProRes file formats for Camera 1.8.2 software

Video software maker Blackmagic Design has announced the availability of Camera 1.8.2 software, adding three new Apple ProRes file formats for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. The new Apple ProRes file formats include ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT and ProRes 422 Proxy, and their inclusion means that Blackmagic Design camera can have significantly smaller video file sizes with longer recording durations, while preserving 10-bit 4:2:2 quality. Camera v1.8.2 is available now for download from the Blackmagic Design website, free for all Blackmagic camera customers.


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Adobe debuts release candidates for DNG converter, Camera Raw plug-in

07/18, 8:45pm

New versions for Photoshop CS 6 and CC add new camera support, bug fixes

Adobe has made available release candidate versions of its upcoming Camera Raw 8.6 plug-in and DNG Converter, also at version 8.6, for final testing by users before an official release. As is now official policy with Adobe, users running Photoshop CS6 are limited to only receiving any new camera support and bug fixes; only Photoshop CC subscribers will receive any new feature updates. The release candidates a number of all three additions in the latest version.

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Google adds Google Earth aerial photos to Maps for Business imagery

07/17, 7:25pm

Google Earth aerial images can be purchased, previously only viewable with API

Google opened up a new path for businesses looking for aerial photography this week, with an addition of Google Maps for Business imagery. The service now grants customers the ability to purchase aerial photos used in Google Earth from the continental United States, reducing the need for business to collect and store their own.

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TV clips posted to the Internet require closed captioning in 2016

07/15, 5:38pm

FCC approves rules to cover clips under Communications of Video Accessibility Act

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously to extend the provisions of 2012 closed captioning rules to further cover Internet video clips from television shows. The new rules expand provisions of the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010 in the process. As a method of ensuring equal access to all programming forms to parties that suffer from hearing impairment, the FCC opted to require all Internet TV show clips to have captions in place, starting in January 2016.

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DealNN: 4K monitors, cameras, PCs and more

07/15, 2:57pm

4K monitors, cameras, PCs and more

This week at NCIX.com, get the Samsung 28-inch 4K LED monitor on sale for the reduced price of $530 with free shipping. That's $170 off their regular price of $700, and about $90 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This monitor features 28 inches of 4K resolution (3840x2160) with a contrast ratio of 1000:1, 1ms response time and a brightness of 370cd/m. It is compatible with both Windows and Mac, with HDMI or DisplayPort connectivity options.

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Ricoh launches 16MP Pentax XG-1 bridge camera with 52x zoom

07/15, 7:57am

Optical zoom in Pentax XG-1 extends to 208-times magnification with digital assistance

Ricoh has launched a new bridge camera with a long optical zoom and similar physical styling to DSLR cameras. The Pentax XG-1 houses a 16-megapixel back-illuminated 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 3200, behind a 52-times optical zoom lens giving 35mm-equivalent focal lengths from a 24mm ultra-wide-angle to a 1,248mm super telephoto lens.

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Briefly: Wunderlist 3 preview, Getty Images' redesigned iOS app

07/14, 6:03am

Wunderlist 3 announced, to premiere in coming weeks

Task management app Wunderlist has announced the upcoming release of its third version, due in the coming weeks. Featuring a new design, Wunderlist 3 includes 60 new improvements, which centre around improving the app's versatility in curating and sharing lists. Those interested in being one of the first users of Wunderlist 3 can sign up, and news updates can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Google+.

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Eyes-on: Google Cardboard virtual reality experience

07/13, 5:18am

Google Cardboard offers an incredibly good VR experience

One of the highlights of the Google I/O developer event for 2014 was the debut of the experimental Google Cardboard project. With the dawn of mass market virtual reality finally upon us thanks to the arrival of the Oculus Rift (at least in early beta hardware form), Google Cardboard seems decidedly low-tech by comparison. Seemingly a little odd at first, the Cardboard premise is a simple one: bring a virtual reality experience to an even wide audience, on the cheap, to anyone who owns a relatively recent Android smartphone. Made from its namesake cardboard, could it possibly be any good?

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Briefly: Akvis SmartMask 5.0, ClickInstall 4.0

07/12, 5:59pm

Akvis updates SmartMask, adds compatibility with Photoshop CC 2014

Akvis has announced the release of its newest version of SmartMask, an image selection tool for photo editing. The software handles a selection of objects, and processes both soft and sharp edges. Available as a standalone program as well as a plug-in for photo editors, SmartMask v5.0 includes a new Share option for publishing images on desired social networks, with background color options availble prior to uploading. The maximum size of the Eraser and History Brush tools has been increased, and the Magic Brush has been improved.

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Review: Samsung SmartCam HD Pro

07/11, 3:10pm

Internet camera looks good on paper, runs into problems in everyday use

Keeping an eye on the home while out and about these days is common practice. Internet cameras have become popular due to the ease of scanning for intruders or checking on the welfare of a child. Selecting the right model can be challenging, based on the number of cameras on the market. Brands like Dropcam and Foscam are generally trusted, but larger companies like Samsung offer alternative solutions. Attempting to bring a Dropcam competitor to consumers, Samsung released the SmartCam HD Pro. But does it offer the features a user needs without hiccups? Find out in our review.

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Google updates Camera app with Android Wear shutter trigger

07/10, 5:53am

Android Wear devices can take photos using paired smartphone camera

Google has updated its Camera app, allowing it to work in tandem with a smartwatch running Android Wear. Version 2.3 of the app, slowly rolling out on Google Play, adds the ability for Android Wear devices to remotely control the camera app's shutter function, though the update also introduces a few other new additions to the software at the same time.

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Briefly: Akvis' Pastel image editor, Popjam kid-friendly platform

07/05, 9:40pm

Akvis Pastel released, available as standalone app and Photoshop plug-in filter

Akvis has announced the release of Pastel, a photo-to-painting image editor available for both Windows and OS X. Offering a variety of presets as well as detailed setting options, users of Pastel can create images that appear as though they are paintings from digital or scanned photographs. Its adjustable effect parameters function as an artistic filter, with advanced brush tools that assist in refining the result.

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Microsoft, Canon announce cross-licensing patent agreement

07/02, 5:49pm

Each gains access to a 'broad range' of products and services under agreement

Software giant Microsoft and camera specialists Canon announced today that the two companies have signed into a cross-licensing agreement for intellectual property (IP) patents. The agreement gives each company the ability to license numerous patents, from mobile phones to digital imaging. Contents of the scope and scale of the agreement, as well as monetary considerations, were not disclosed in the announcement.

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OS X 10.9.4 makes unannounced fixes to Mac Pro rendering problems

07/02, 4:21pm

Solves issues with video editors, multiple displays

This Monday's OS X 10.9.4 update appears to have made undocumented fixes to rendering problems with the 2013 Mac Pro, users say. Under v10.9.3, people running video editors like Adobe Premiere Pro and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve were encountering problems such as crashes, freezes, pink and green lines in exported clips, and videos stalling during the export process. Posts on Adobe and Blackmagic's forums indicate that after updating OS X, video output is back to normal.

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Review: DXG IronX 5G9V HD action cam

07/02, 1:25am

Cheaper alternative to GoPro 3 delivers good picture, but lacks shock resistance

Since the introduction of the GoPro, numerous action cams have come out of the woodwork to tackle the consumer need for camcorders that can take a beating. Even though they existed prior to what's now the staple camera on the market, the small-form HD cams have now become the target to shoot for. DXG has entered the market with the IronX 5G9V HD action cam, bringing a number of accessories and a lower price to compete with the GoPro. But is the IronX worth $350, or is that money better spent towards a GoPro 3? Find out in our review.

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Briefly: Yahoo Mail updates for iPad, ConceptDraw Pro improvements

07/01, 8:45pm

Yahoo Mail adds existing iPhone features for iPad

Yahoo has released an update for its Mail app for iOS, featuring enhancements for iPad users. The service includes 1TB of free storage space, and one's inbox can be personalized with Flickr themes that sync across devices. Yahoo Mail v3.1.0 aims to offer more access to information in a consolidated space, with news, search, and snapshots of weather, sports scores and more now available. Filters can be created, edited and deleted for one's mail, and various performance and bug fixes. Free to download, Yahoo Mail requires iOS 7.0 or later, and a mail account through Yahoo.

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E-on now offering Ozone 2014 atmospheric 3D plugin

07/01, 5:50pm

Creates environments for 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage, Cinema4D, Lightwave

Oregon-based 3D software maker e-on has announced that its Ozone 2014 atmosphere generator plug-in for popular 3D programs is now available. The company says the produce produces "ultra-realistic" environments with volumetric clouds, accurate light dispersion and "natural phenomena such as 'Godrays'." The accurately-simulated environment can affect other scene elements and flows organically in accordance with natural behaviors. The new version offers a number of improvements.

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Apple promises 'professional-grade' features in OS X Photos

07/01, 4:40pm

App will support third-party extensions

In the wake of Aperture's demise, the upcoming Photos app for OS X Yosemite will incorporate professional-level features, an Apple representative claims. These include functions related to editing, effects, and image search, and support for third-party extensions. The spokesperson didn't go into any further details however.

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Apple encouraged infringement of live streaming tech, Emblaze claims

07/01, 4:05pm

Services like MLB At Bat, WatchESPN under the gun

Apple pushed organizations like Major League Baseball and ESPN to adopt its HTTP live streaming (HLS) technology, and in so doing caused them to infringe on an Emblaze patent, a lawyer for the latter party claimed today at the start of a federal trial. The patent in question was issued in 2002; Emblaze says that it covers delivering live-streaming video over wireless networks. Apple began work on HLS "no earlier than 2007," according to the Emblaze attorney, and asked services like MLB At Bat and WatchESPN to switch to the format to improve sales of iOS devices, since they can't handle other standards like Flash.

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DealNN: MacBook Pro, SSDs, cameras and more

07/01, 2:51pm

MacBook Pro, SSDs, cameras and more

This week at Adorama.com, get the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro for the sale price of $2,749. That's $250 off the list price of $2,999, and the lowest price we have seen on this MBP by the same price margin. This MacBook Pro features a Retina display, a 2.0GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Macphun offers Mac 'Snap Pack' photo-editing bundle sale

07/01, 9:12am

Includes usable SD memory card, four apps, CanvasPop gift card, more

Photo- and image-editing software maker Macphun has launched a bundle deal on four of its OS X consumer photo apps -- Snapheal, Focus 2, FX Photo Studio and ColorStrokes -- delivered on a reusable SD memory card during the first week of July. Dubbed the "Snap Pack Bundle" the $25 offer also includes a $20 gift certificate for CanvasPop, which specializes in turning photographs into wrapped canvas prints, and a chance to win one of three $50 Amazon gift cards.

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Corel extends competitive cross-grade discount following Aperture news

06/27, 10:06pm

Promotion cuts price of AfterShot Pro 2 by 25 percent for Aperture or Lightroom users

Following Friday's surprise announcement by Apple that it will cease developing Aperture -- a rare acknowledgement of this by the company -- Corel has joined the growing number of companies that are or are planning to woo the photo-enthusiast and creative pro crowd displaced by Aperture's discontinuation. While the program will continue to operate as expected in both Mavericks and Yosemite and possibly beyond, most users are expected to eventually migrate to alternatives -- including, Corel hopes, its own AfterShot Pro 2.

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Adobe moves to reassure Aperture users, recommits to OS X, iOS

06/27, 7:51pm

Apple planning comprehensive replacement for iPhoto, may have some 'pro' features

In the wake of Friday's earlier announcement that it has ceased development of Aperture, Adobe has moved quickly to further reassure users of the pro photo management and editing program that it is working with Apple to offer a transition path, that it plans a "rich roadmap" for future Lightroom development and that it is "doubling down" on its existing and future products for OS X and for iOS. Lightroom 5, Adobe's Aperture alternative, is available as a standalone app or as part of a Creative Cloud subscription.

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Apple posts Final Cut 10.1.2, Compressor 4.1.2, Motion 5.1.1

06/27, 3:06pm

Final Cut Pro gets numerous workflow enahncements

Apple has issued updates for all of its professional video-related Mac apps. Leading these is Final Cut Pro 10.1.2, which has received dozens of workflow improvements and bugfixes. Optimized, proxy, and rendered media can now be stored in any location outside of the library, or deleted from within Final Cut. A standard (Rec. 709) look can be applied in real-time to HDR and wide-color video from ARRI, Blackmagic, Canon, and Sony hardware, and the software newly supports Apple's ProRes 4444 XQ format.

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DealNN: 27-inch iMac cut to $2,699, 21-inch iMac for $999

06/27, 2:23pm

27-inch iMac cut to $2,699, 21-inch iMac for $999

This week, Adorama has slashed the price on the 27-inch iMac by $200. It carries an MSRP of $2,699, but has been reduced to $2,499. That discount makes this $200 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. This iMac features a 3.5GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 3TB Fusion Drive. Included is a wireless Magic Mouse, wireless Apple keyboard, and one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.

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Apple kills work on Aperture, shifts efforts to Yosemite's Photos app

06/27, 1:36pm

Software has struggled in competition with Lightroom

Development of Aperture has halted, and is instead shifting to the editing tools in OS X Yosemite's Photos app, Apple has announced. Photos -- which will actually miss the launch of Yosemite, and ship in early 2015 -- will include an option to import Aperture libraries. Compatibility updates should let Aperture run in Yosemite, but no further support is planned. Apple and Adobe are cooperating to help some users migrate to Lightroom.

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YouTube reveals new tools, donation system for video creators

06/27, 6:14am

Videographers provided with YouTube Creators mobile app, sound effect library, 60fps video support

Google has added more tools to YouTube, to help creators with their video productions. Presented at Vidcon, YouTube Director of Product Management for Creators Matthew Glotzbach and Vice President of Engineering for Creators Oliver Heckmann showcased upcoming features to the video service, including a new mobile app, and support for 48fps and 60fps video.

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Nikon D810 introduced as upgraded version of D800

06/26, 6:50am

Nikon D4S features appear in new D810

Nikon has launched a follow-up DSLR to its D800 digital camera. Having the same resolution as its predecessor, the 36.3-megapixel sensor in the new D810 is an FX-format version which leaves off the optical low pass filter and works with the Expeed 4 image processing engine found in the D4S, allowing it to improve image detail for both still shots and for video recording.

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Google IO: Android TV coming with L, Chromecast functionality boosted

06/25, 2:00pm

New platform integrates with Android Wear controllers, Bluetooth controllers

Google is taking yet another shot at the set-top box industry. Announced today, Android TV is a new software platform with similar functionality to the Chromecast or Apple TV. The platform will be made available on a wide array of 2014 and 2015 4K television models, bringing Android integration into the living room for those investing in the new HDTV platform.

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Analysts forecast OIS to be limited to 5.5-inch iPhone

06/25, 10:15am

Cost, supply issues may hurt 4.7-inch model

It's likely that only the 5.5-inch iPhone will get optical image stabilization for its camera, several analysts are predicting. The most substantial claim comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. "Differing from market consensus, we don't expect the main camera of the 4.7" iPhone 6 to use OIS VCM due to production capacity restraint at iPhone 6 VCM suppliers Mitsumi (JP) and Alps (JP)," he writes. "Rather, we predict it will use a middle-mount type of open-loop VCM updated from the one used in the existing iPhone 5S. The 5.5" iPhone 6 is more likely to be equipped with OIS VCM due to lower estimated shipments and the need for more product features to differentiate itself from the 4.7" iPhone 6." It is however expected that the 4.7-inch iPhone will still get faster focusing and better power efficiency than camera in the iPhone 5s.

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HP announces two new Officejet Pro printers for small businesses

06/24, 5:56pm

Printers produce 'laser-like prints' at a lower cost, pricing starts at $99

Printer specialists HP announced two new Officejet Pro printers today, each positioned for small business owners searching for quality on a budget. The Officejet Pro 6830 e-All-in-One and the Officejet Pro 6230 ePrinter are designed to deliver expensive-looking prints at a low cost to customers. On top of a lower printing page cost, consumers can save money on ink, as each printer is eligible for HP's Instant Ink service.

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Briefly: Red Giant Universe 1.1, PhotoMatte for OS X

06/24, 5:56pm

Red Giant releases update for Red Giant Universe, includes new effects

Red Giant has announced the release of an update for its new multi-host app library of GPU-accelerated tools, Red Giant Universe. Red Giant produces tools for filmmakers, editors, visual effects artists and motion designers; this release of Red Giant Universe allows its members to access a wide variety of tools and effects for creating visual projects that run on multiple host apps. The update (v1.1) includes nine new free and premium effects, as well as updates that add new features and functionality to several existing Universe tools, expanding the toolset to a total of 59 effects and transitions.

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Photos show alleged LCD panel for 5.5-inch iPhone

06/23, 11:10am

First such part leak

Photos of what's claimed to be an LCD panel for the 5.5-inch iPhone were leaked over the weekend, reports note. The two images came from Sonny Dickson, a well-known source of Apple parts leaks. In both instances, the photos use a ruler for scale.

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Panasonic 2014 Life+ Screen AS650 televisions hit the streets

06/22, 2:08pm

Three 1080p models from 50 to 60 inches, feature 'Beyond Smart' concept

Consumer electronics company Panasonic has announced that the latest televisions in its Life+ Screen series are now available. Ranging in size from 50 to 60 inches, the AS650 model 1080p LED televisions feature Panasonic's "Beyond Smart" concept. Users can see personalized content and applications set on the home screen in an easy-to-use interface.

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Hands-on: Sony RX100 Mk III

06/20, 1:00am

Sony RX 100 Mk III improvements make the best compact camera even better

Electronista has had the opportunity to go hands-on with the third incarnation of Sony superb RX100 compact point-and-shoot camera. The hotly anticipated RX100 Mk III model has added some additional refinements to Sony's already-winning formula, including a new Zeiss lens and a built-in TruView OLED viewfinder. Sony continues to sell the original RX100, and its improved sequel, the RX 100 Mk II. The RX100 Mk III now sits atop the range, and while slightly more expensive, offers new features normally found on A-Mount or E-Mount cameras at a very reasonable price point for what you're getting. Most importantly, it produces very high quality photos with a special emphasis on low-light performance.

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Air Stylus for iOS converts iPad into tablet for computer drawing apps

06/19, 4:02pm

New app utilizes pressure sensitive styli, including new Adobe Ink stylus

Developer Avatron software, known for display extender Air Display 2 has launched a new app called Air Stylus. The app lets artists use an iPad or Android tablet as a wireless drawing surface for Mac- or PC-based graphics software programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Apple Aperture. With Air Stylus and a pressure-sensitive pen, users can draw directly on the iPad's screen into almost any computer-based creative software that supports pressure sensitivity.

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Near-full manual control allowed in iOS 8 for third-party photo apps

06/19, 2:21pm

Should bring iOS 8 up to par with Android, Windows Phone

Third-party photography apps should get near-total camera control with iOS 8, reports note. The firmware's new AVCaptureDevice APIs are said to let apps manually adjust focus, shutter speed, ISO levels, white balance, exposure compensation, and even several different forms of exposure bracketing. Of those, iOS 8's stock Camera app is only due to receive exposure compensation as an exclusive option.

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Adobe releases 2014 suite of Creative Cloud apps, adds new Photo plan

06/18, 11:30am

Every app refreshed

Adobe has officially revealed the 2014 update of its Creative Cloud desktop suite. Every app has been updated; the suite's core software, Photoshop CC, has gained new Blur Gallery motion effects, as well as a tool called Focus Mask, which makes it possible to highlight individual sections in photos with low depth-of-field. Other changes include new Content-Aware functions, Smart Object linking across documents, and the ability to sync settings for one layer across all others.

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Adobe outs Ink and Slide iPad accessories, new iOS apps

06/18, 11:30am

SDK will enable third-party apps based on Adobe tech

Previously teased in concept form, Adobe has formally announced its first two hardware accessories, the Ink pen and Slide ruler. The former is a pressure-sensitive aluminum stylus designed around iOS 7, while the latter is a companion designed to help with more precise drawing, including straight lines and perfect circles. To provide initial software support, Adobe has released two iPad apps, Sketch and Line.

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Will-i-am, Coca-Cola team for Ekocycle Cube 3D printer

06/17, 7:55am

Devices uses filament spools with post-consumer recycled plastic

Coca-Cola and 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems have debuted the Ekocycle Cube 3D printer. Based on the company's Cube 3D printer, the new device uses specially-formulated spools of raw material that use 25 percent post-consumer recycled materials unique to this printer line.

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Briefly: DarkLight iOS image editor, Tidy up Version 3

06/17, 1:50am

Darklight Version 2.0 now available on iTunes

Image editor for iOS Darklight has received an update, bringing the latest release version to 2.0. Featuring a range of enhancements, adjustments and effects, DarkLight offers image-editing tools with preset attributes as well as customizable options. The latest release of Darklight includes an updated home screen layout, minor bug fixes and improved rendering of images. Free to download through iTunes, Darklight requires iOS 6.0 or later.

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Foxconn looking to tap Sharp tech for iPhone, iPad displays

06/16, 10:06am

Could make Sharp more integral to Apple supply chain

Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, is in talks to use Sharp technology to help build iPhone and iPad displays, says Taiwanese publication the United Daily News. Sharp is one of several companies already involved in producing displays for Apple products; if Foxconn itself can build displays, though, it could reduce supply bottlenecks, streamline development, and/or reduce Apple's dependence on other panel suppliers, which include LG Display, Japan Display, and Samsung.

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Canon picks up Milestone Systems for push into video surveillance

06/15, 3:17pm

Milestone to remain standalone company, will utilize Canon's business channels

Digital camera maker Canon announced Friday that it is acquiring open platform video surveillance software company Milestone Systems. Canon Europe picked up the Denmark-based startup to diversify its offerings, specifically carving out a niche in the surveillance market. The company said that buying Milestone will "significantly enhance Canon's software capabilities" in the sector.

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BMW, GoPro debut sport camera integration with on-board electronics

06/14, 12:21pm

Free iOS app and iPhone 4 or greater required for remote control

The BMW Group Technology Office and GoPro have announced the first mass-produced integration of a GoPro camera with an automobile's on-board infotainment system. In BMW Group vehicles equipped with the BMW Apps or MINI Connected option, a GoPro camera may now be configured and controlled using BMW's iDrive controller and high-resolution screen. The updated GoPro App is now available for free in the iTunes Store.

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Sony curved CMOS image sensor boasts higher light sensitivity

06/13, 4:15pm

Curved image sensor still in development, mimics human eye

Sony has shown off a new style of camera sensor for the first time, one that has a curved surface. The unnamed curved CMOS sensor is said to offer a number of benefits when compared to normal, flat sensors used in modern cameras, with engineers claiming it to be 1.4 times more sensitive to light than flat equivalents at the center of the sensor, and twice as sensitive at the edges.

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Hands On: Chunky Comic Reader for iOS 7

06/12, 12:28pm

Chunky Comic Reader blazes a path in a crowded iPad comic consumption field

For every file format, there are a hundred iOS apps that will read them. We've already discussed what we feel is the pre-eminent reader for PDFs: GoodReader. What about comic books? Sure, many of them are distributed as PDFs, making GoodReader a solution, but there are other formats. For that, we're examining one of the best reader apps out there -- the free Chunky Comic Reader (CCR).

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