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."
Help page, error message point to new tech
Apple appears to be working on a Photos app for iCloud.com, two pieces of evidence suggest. The first is an official help page, which shows the app as an option. Perhaps more significantly, visiting beta.icloud.com/#photos triggers an error message stating that the site "can't load Photos" because "there was a problem loading the application." No other URL string triggers a similar message.
Launches Elements Live portal for online learning, tips and tricks
On Tuesday, Adobe released major upgrades to its two consumer-oriented "Elements" programs -- the image-editing program Photoshop Elements, and the video-editing program Premiere Elements, now both at version 13. In addition, both programs now feature a new help and instruction portal called Elements Live that offers various tips, tricks and tutorials on using the programs. Both programs boast several new features.
Update for Evernote for Mac includes rebuilt note editor, image resizing
Evernote has announced the release of its updated productivity software for OS X. Offering users the ability to write, collect, find and present information in a centralized workspace, Evernote assists in organizing data and making it accessible across devices. The update focuses on improving its existing features, one being a rebuild of its note editor.
Mode could use four data lanes for 5K video, adapters for older technologies
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced today that it has been working with the USB 3.0 Promoter Group to create a new DisplayPort mode that works in conjunction with USB Type-C. The new mode, dubbed DisplayPort Alternate Mode, could be used to drive monitor resolutions to "4K and beyond," as well as delivering up to 100 watts of power and USB 3.1 data over a single Type-C cable.
Monitor said to have less blur, faster response times, sharper images with Nvidia technology
Display manufacturer AOC announced today that it's releasing a new monitor for the gaming market with the 24-inch G2460PG. The Full HD monitor supports a 1920x1080 resolution up to a 144Hz refresh rate, but also features Nvidia's G-sync technology that helps to eliminate screen-tearing and display lag. The company is positioning the monitor specifically to gamers.
Sony cameras, 3D TVs, Harman Kardon earbuds and more
Right now at Amazon, save 44 percent on the Sony NEX-6L/B compact interchangeable lens digital camera in black. It was $898, but has been reduced to $500 and is eligible for free two-day shipping. That discount makes this the best price we have seen anywhere by about $230. This digital camera features 16MP resolution, with 10fps burst shooting, Full HD video, interchangeable e-mount lenses, fast hybrid auto focus, Wi-Fi sharing, multi-interface shoe, built-in HDR mode, dual format media card slot, and tons more.
Said to reduce blue light by 90 percent, first series to receive technology is AOC 76V
Display manufacturer AOC is introducing a technology that is said to protect users from alleged damaging effects associated with blue light from backlit LED screens. The patent-pending innovation is dubbed Anti-Blue Light (ABL), offering protection against the prolonged effects of exposure to shortwave light in the blue spectrum.
Official iPhone User Guide updated on iBooks for iPhone 6 line, iOS 8
Following the arrival of iOS 8 on Wednesday, Apple has updated its official iPhone User Guide (a free e-book download available from the iBookstore) to cover its release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as offer a tour of all the new and changed features of iOS 8. The e-Book can be read on the iBooks app for iOS, or on the OS X version of iBooks for Mavericks and later. The guide covers all iOS 8-compatible iPhone hardware, from the iPhone 4S to the latest iPhone 6 models as well as offering iOS 8 tutorials, including the new Health app.
Despite half the megapixels, iPhone 6's sensors and phase-detection win the day
The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler has had a chance to take the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung's Galaxy S5 on a test run from a photographic perspective, comparing the built-in cameras on each. On paper, the iPhone models were at a serious disadvantage: the photo modules are only 8MP, compared to the 16 megapixel units on Samsung's flagship smartphone. Nevertheless, Fowler's photos make clear that Apple's combination of lenses, camera, sensor and post-processing technologies create consistently better pictures.
Epson brings Mopria Android printing to seven printer models
Epson America today announced its first Mopria-certified printers for home and business -- the Epson Expression Photo XP-860, Epson Expression Premium XP-820, XP-620, XP-520, and Epson WorkForce WF-2660, WF-2650 and WF-2630. The new printers will, after a firmware update, support the Mopria Alliance's Print Service, and the Printing Framework in Android 4.4 and later, in addition to other connectivity technologies like AirPrint.
Plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom now offers revamped UI, 2x speed increase
Image correction software specialists Athentech have updated their flagship product to a new major version. Perfectly Clear, a pair of plug-ins for Photoshop and Lightroom, has been updated to version 2.0. The new version offers major speed improvements and is now twice as fast as previously, and now includes an extensive "Beautify" module. The upgrade also features better noise removal, full resolution zoom, a new split view, and a lower price.
Compact all-in-one prints borderless photos, includes wireless printing functions
A new all-in-one printer was recently released by Epson, positioned to be useful for families and photographers that want a device that doesn't take up much space. The Epson Expression Photo XP-860 Small-in-One offers a number of features to consumers, including borderless photo printing, scanning and sharing to Facebook, a wireless connection, copying, scanning, two-sided printing and faxing.
Music streaming service comes to Amazon's set-top box with Spotify Connect
Spotify announced this week that the music streaming service has made it to one of the products under Amazon's expanding lineup. Amazon Fire TV owners will now be able to use Spotify Connect to access the millions of songs the service offers on a subscription basis. The company notes that users can navigate Spotify Connect using a smartphone or a tablet as the remote, also seamlessly handing off the sound to the Fire TV. Spotify notes that a premium subscription is required to use the service on the Fire TV, which runs $10 a month.
new Mac Pro for $3,199
This week at MacMall.com, get the new Mac Pro for the sale price of $3,149. That's $150 off the list price of $3,299, and $100 less than the lowest price offered anywhere else. Free US shipping is included, but sales tax applies for residents of California, Tennessee and Wisconsin. This Mac Pro offers a 3.7GHz Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage, dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics, and comes with OS X Mavericks (10.9) pre-installed. As always, Apple's one-year warranty on parts and labor applies.
Panasonic announces firmware update for Lumix DMC-GH4
Panasonic has announced the release of a new firmware update program for its Lumix Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera, the DMC-GH4. Intended to enhance performance and controllability of the camera, the update features a new 4K Photo mode. The 4K mode allows users to crop out a designated frame from their 4K video; recording format, picture quality setting and brightness level are automatically set to the optimal parameters for photo shooting.
New version drives 25.9Gbps of uncompressed video
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 standard. An update to the widely-used DisplayPort 1.2a standard, this latest version increases the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4Gbps, with each of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1Gbps per lane -- a 50 percent increase from the previous version of the DisplayPort standard. Allowing for transport overhead, DisplayPort's 32.4Gbps combined link rate delivers 25.9Gbps of uncompressed video data.
OM-D E-M1 update adds USB tethering, extra shooting options
Olympus has revealed two changes to the OM-D E-M1 it launched last year. The company is releasing a silver-colored version of the professional-grade camera, with a pre-installed firmware upgrade which adds a number of changes to the device's software, as well as enabling more functionality from within its companion smartphone app.
Leica V-Lux, D-Lux rebranded versions of Panasonic FZ1000, Lumix LX100
Leica launched a number of other digital cameras at Photokina, alongside the M Edition 60. The Leica X and Leica X-E are high-end compact cameras, while the Leica V-Lux and Leica D-Lux are snappers best described as rebranded versions of Panasonic cameras, a process the manufacturer has undertaken a few times previously.
Anniversary version of Leica M removes electronic assistance in retro camera design
Leica has unveiled a new limited-edition M-series digital camera to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Leica M3. The Leica M Edition 60 is a classically-influenced M-P Type 240-style camera which possibly takes its retro design too far, using an old-fashioned viewfinder rather than an electronic version, and replaces the typical rear display with a single ISO selector dial.
New projectors offer three-chip, 3LCD technology with brightness, contrast ranges
Epson announced two new projectors at the CEDIA Expo 2014 last week, adding entries to the Home and Pro Cinema lines. Pro Cinema entries include the LS9600e and LS10000, both utilizing Epson's 3LCD reflective laser technology. Three entries are now available in the PowerLite Home Cinema line, with the 3600e, 3500 and 3000 covering a range of prices above $1,000.
SX60 brings 64x optical zoom, small-format N2 appeals to creative photo sharing
Canon continues its release wave of new digital cameras at Photokina, bringing two additional cameras to the PowerShot SX and N series. The PowerShot SX60 HS brings a large built-in zoom lens featuring some of Canon's advanced technology. The pocket-sized PowerShot N2 looks to give consumers a camera an easy to use camera with creative features, photo sharing and a "selfie" mode.
Camera with one-inch sensor grants creative functions with modern comforts
Canon is now creating cameras that straddle the line between DSLR and consumer point-and-click cameras with today's announcement of the PowerShot G7 X. The new PowerShot contains a number of features found in the company's more expensive digital counterparts, but keeps the cost lower by including everything in a single user friendly package. The new G7 X is Canon's first camera to sport a one-inch sensor.
Boinx Software releases update for FotoMagico, optimized for 4K video
Boinx Software has announced the release of an update for its slideshow creation tool, FotoMagico. Now optimized for the production of 4K video, FotoMagico v4.5 can now better accommodate later versions of OS X, from Mountain Lion to the upcoming Yosemite. Users can quickly preview special scaling animations when using 4K clips, and overall software performance and stability is improved. Priced at $100, FotoMagico v4.5 is available as a free update for existing v4 users.
Compact Lumix LX100 capable of creating photographs from 4K video recording
Panasonic has unveiled a compact camera which uses a Micro Four Thirds sensor, one that is physically five times larger than the sensor used in the Lumix LX7. The Lumix LX100 packs in a 12.8-megapixel MOS sensor combined with a new quad-core Venus Engine processor, which the company claims helps achieve a shallow depth of field and a dramatic reduction in noise at high ISO levels.
New generation comes more than five years after first model introduced in 2009
Canon had some big news at Photokina, as it brought out a new version of its elite model crop frame camera. The EOS 7D Mark II was announced today, bringing an update to the previous 7D model more than five years later. The new 7D Mark II brings a number of improvements over the first model that are aimed at the prosumer photography and video markets.
High number of AF points gives Samsung NX1 15fps continuous shooting capability
Samsung has launched its rumored mirrorless camera at Photokina. The NX1 extends the NX range with a 28.2-megapixel BSI APS-C sensor combined with an updated NX AF System III, an autofocus system using 205 phase-detection points and 209 contrast AF points, with the camera able to perform continuous shooting at up to 15fps while tracking focus.
Large 1-inch camera sensor on back of Panasonic Lumix smartphone
Panasonic has used Photokina to launch an Android smartphone with a high-resolution image sensor powering its rear camera, similar to the Nokia Lumia 1020. The Lumix CM1 boasts a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor paired with an f/2.8 Leica lens, capable of recording 4K video, with the camera functionality supported by a mechanical shutter and manual controls.
Gaming monitors feature next generation BenQ technology, G-sync coming in the future
BenQ brought two new 24-inch monitors to Penny Arcade Expo at the beginning of the month for consumers to get their hands on, the XL2430T and XL2420G. While the XL2430T is a new entry that's available now as a part of the gaming line of monitors featuring RevolutionEyes technology, the company also had the LED XL2420G model on display to showcase what is possible with Nvidia's G-sync technology.
Features relegated to October
Two key iOS 8 features -- SMS Continuity and iCloud Photo Library -- have been pushed to October. The delay was quietly mentioned in a press release from earlier this week. Even when Photo Library does appear, it will only be in beta form. The feature has meanwhile been removed from Apple's iCloud marketing page, and it can't be found in the iOS 8 gold master.
4K monitor resolution more likely
Apple may be prepared to launch a 5120x2880 monitor later this year, says an LCD market research firm, WitsView. That would however be beyond the limits of the DisplayPort 1.2 standard used in Thunderbolt 2; when limited to a single cable, even a Mac Pro can only support a 4K display at specific refresh rates. A more likely resolution would therefore be 4096x2160, DisplayPort's current maximum. At the same time, Dell has announced a 5K display, and whatever technology that uses could presumably be adopted by Apple.
Action camera allegedly being produced by HTC
HTC may be looking into producing a camera, as it attempts to fix its financial standing, a report claims. The smartphone manufacturer is said to be working on its own action camera, similar to those produced by GoPro, with the camera believed to have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, allowing it to work with both Android and iOS devices.
Coolpix S6900 includes glamor modes, front-facing shutter button
Nikon's second camera launch of the day is a new device in its Coolpix compact camera range aimed at "selfies." The Coolpix S6900 is a 16-megapixel shooter with a wide-angle 12x optical zoom lens, with Nikon pitching it as a camera for impromptu self portraits and sharing on social networks, thanks to its display, stand, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Similar 51-point autofocus system as D810 used in D750
Nikon has unveiled a new full-frame DSLR ahead of Photokina, one that effectively replaces the D700. The Nikon D750 has a 24.3-megapixel FX sensor combined with the Expeed 4 imaging engine, the same as the D810, though its weather-sealed carbon fiber thermoplastic and magnesium alloy body gives it a weight of just 750 grams (1.6 pounds), lighter than its stablemates.
Rugged WG-M1 can be submerged for up to one hour
Ricoh's latest addition to the WG sports camera range is a ruggedized shooter capable of being taken to a depth of 32 feet for up to one hour. The WG-M1 is also capable of surviving a 6-foot fall and resistant to temperatures as low as -10 Centigrade (14 Fahrenheit), all without requiring any form of protective housing or waterproof casing.
X-T1 Graphite Silver includes Natural Live View mode, quieter electronic shutter
Fujifilm has launched a second retro-inspired camera, as a marginally-upgraded version of the X-T1 from January. The X-T1 Graphite Silver adds a triple-layer coating to the camera, giving it a graphite appearance to its weather-sealed magnesium body, with the external alterations also accompanied by a number of internal improvements on the original model.
Fujifilm X100T compact camera has unique viewfinder, retro appearance
Fujufilm has announced an update to the X100 compact camera, ahead of Photokina. The X100T is similar to its predecessor in being a premium compact camera with a fixed lens, though the shooter notably has a hybrid viewfinder with an electronic rangefinder, allowing the camera to add an overlay showing a small area to aid in keeping focus on the subject.
Unobtrusive camera documents daily life, but photo quality, return rate needs improvement
With the advent of social media technology, people have been searching for new ways to share the events of their daily lives -- be it an exciting event or a normal day, there is a need to share words or pictures with friends. When it comes to pictures, people don't always take the opportunity to snap a picture as things happen with a camera or smartphone. A possible solution is to always wear a camera to catch events as they happen, even those moment one didn't plan on happening. Once such device is called the Narrative Clip, a small camera that takes a photo every 30 seconds. Does it fit the need for sharing, or does it get in the way? Find out in our review.