Upgrade offer extended to previous owners for $249
Today Quark Software announced that QuarkXPress 2015, the next major version of Quark's design and layout tool for print and digital publishing, will be available on April 28. The company claims that QuarkXPress 2015 will deliver increased performance with a new 64-bit architecture, efficient print and digital production, and many of the most user-requested features. The new version of QuarkXPress will continue to be sold as a perpetual license.
MacNN and Electronista deals for March 31, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the regular post where we scour the Internet for discounts, offers, and deals for our discerning MacNN and Electronista readers. Today, we recap the still-active deals from yesterday, and the new additions to the list this time includes a 960GB SSD for under $300, discounted Mac minis and MacBooks at Micro Center, and a Fujifilm FinePix bundle at Best Buy.
Take combined photos to get one gorgeous one
You can't make a camera be better than it is, but you can have a good go: Hydra 1.0.2 for iOS aims to create high-resolution images by taking and combining many, many shots in quick succession. The results depend gigantically on what you're photographing, and how steady your hand is, but it can work well and even when it fails, it can be rather pretty.
Unique app offers photography filters not found elsewhere
Photography apps are our bread and butter here, and we've taken a look at quite a few of them -- so we consider ourselves experts in some regard. One of our favorite types of apps are analog photography filter apps, especially those that offer unique effects. We took a look at Lo-Mob, an app that promises to help lend an authentic feel of experimental analog photography to your digital pictures.
Daily deals for Friday March 20, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where we scour the Internet's major retailers to uncover the finest price cuts and discounts on technology and software for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader. Today's recap of deals from earlier in the week is accompanied by a bunch of new additions, including a heavily discounted gaming laptop, a waterproof HTC digital camera, and a MSI mini-PC!
New scanner features 4800DPI scanning, robust software
Earlier this week, Epson America added the Epson Perfection V39 scanner to line of Epson Perfection scanners. Featuring 4800 dpi optical resolution for high-quality scanning, no warm-up time and buttons to scan directly to e-mail and PDFs, the compact Perfection V39 has been designed to simplify scanning, restoring and sharing content.
One comprehensive app for photo editing on a mobile platform
Enlight by Lightricks wants to be your one-stop-app for editing, manipulating, and applying filters to your photos on iOS devices. We're pretty sure everybody can agree that the application of sweet filters and presets is certainly the easiest way to liven up an image, and Enlight certainly has its share of those. However, the app is also a full-featured image manipulation package with a clean-looking and easy-to-use interface.
Early 2015 MacBooks, MacBook Pros get separate version
Apple on Thursday has updated OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 (only) with a new security update. While details are not available, the update could possibly be the first to address an https vulnerability known as FREAK, which can compromise secure web browsing on a variety of systems and applications. In addition, the company has issued an update for iPhoto to further help with the eventual transition to Photos, as well as clear up a few bugs.
Speed-boosting update to image editor free to existing users
The Pixelmator Team today released Pixelmator 1.1 -- a major update to its image editor for the iPad. Pixelmator 1.1 comes with a unique watercolor painting technology, a collection of artist-designed watercolor brushes, a new Color Picker, and stability and speed enhancements.
NVLink, higher memory bandwidth expected in Pascal release next year
Nvidia has outlined what to expect from its graphics cards in 2016, by detailing its upcoming GPU architecture refresh. Following on from the Maxwell architecture used in today's graphics card launches, Pascal promises to provide a performance increase of up to ten times that of current generation cards, making it more useful for supercomputing and intensive processing tasks.
High-end graphics cards formally revealed at GTC
Nvidia has revealed more details for two high-end graphics cards at the GPU Technology Conference earlier today. The GeForce GTX Titan X, initially unveiled as the company's new flagship card for PC gaming at the Game Developers Conference earlier this month, was joined by a new professional card in the Quadro range called the Quadro M6000.
Printing much more rapid, material strength much greater with new tech
Carbon3D today emerged from stealth on the main stage of the TED conference with a new approach to polymer-based 3D printing that the company promises will advance the industry beyond basic prototyping to 3D manufacturing. The new Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) harnesses light and oxygen to continuously grow objects from a pool of resin instead of printing them layer-by-layer.
New Acer monitor has 2560x1440 resolution, slim bezels
Acer has started to ship a new high-resolution WQHD monitor in the United States. The Acer H257HU IPS display has a resolution of 2560x1440, with the manufacturer packaging the 25-inch panel inside what it describes as a "zero-frame" design, namely using a slim bezel on the sides and top of the panel, and a thin brushed-metal strip at the bottom of the screen for controls.
Pared-down app offers stunning black and white results
There's something about black and white photography that we really admire. Maybe it's the boldness, maybe it's the implied vintage feel, or maybe we're just photography snobs at heart. Whatever the reason, we decided that we'd check out Black + White Camera HD by SixAxis, which is an app solely devoted to taking only black and white pictures.
Chrome, Android app users can view 360-degree videos, iOS Android app support incoming
Google has added support for 360-degree videos to YouTube, allowing users of the video-streaming service to select their point of view. The new addition will give video producers and viewers a new way to watch videos, as well as giving content creators and developers more content which could be used by virtual reality headsets in the future.
MacNN and Electronista daily deals for March 13, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the weekday post when the staff of MacNN and Electronista search for discounts and deals on hardware, software, games, gadgets, and other tech for you, our discerning readers. Today, in a particularly storage-heavy edition, we've got the 1TB Samsung 850 Pro SSD, a bare 4TB hard drive intended for network-attached storage, and an inexpensive Epson WorkForce desktop printer.
New Eyefi release allows for selected photographs to be transferred over Wi-Fi
Eyefi has revealed the latest in its line of memory cards with built-in Wi-Fi, to help cameras without wireless connectivity share their images. The Eyefi Mobi Pro builds on top of the existing wireless transfer functionality offered by its predecessors, with the card able to send RAW files over Wi-Fi to host devices alongside JPEG files, along with a few other useful functions that photographers may welcome.
Stylus SH-2 has same five-axis stabilization, 16MP sensor as SH-1
Olympus has launched an update to the Stylus SH-1 it revealed last year, with relatively few changes. The Stylus SH-2 compact camera has the same classic retro stylings as its predecessor, as well as a similar 16-megapixel sensor combined with the TruePic VII image processor and a 24x optical zoom providing a 35mm equivalent of 25mm to 600mm, but this time Olympus has added more functions related to night photography.
Command line tools also updated for 10.10.3 beta testers
Alongside a recent update by Apple to its Digital Camera RAW Compatibility plug-in, the company on Monday updated iMovie for OS X to version 10.0.7. The latter update, along with a minor update for command-line tools, allows iMovie to work with Photos for OS X, which is unreleased but available to testers in the current 10.10.3 beta update, and adds support for Sony's XAVC-S format. The RAW update brings compatibility for a number of cameras to Apple's current three photo programs.
Macphun's retro video app is Instagram for video
Vintagio by MacPhun takes video and images from an iOS device, and lets the user apply filters to give them a retro look. As an example, here's a very dull video where one of our reviewers stupidly crosses a river by walking along something that isn't meant to be used as a bridge while it's raining. Directly below it, is a slightly more amusing version of the same video with a built-in effect and soundtrack from the app applied.
Imgur releases second iPhone, iPad app
Imgur, the image hosting service, has launched a new app for iOS devices. The free app provides quick access to popular images on the service, as well as voting and commenting on individual photographs, and managing the user's own image collection. This is Imgur's second attempt at the mobile app, as the original iOS version wasn't "native to the platform," founder and CEO Alan Schaaf told The Verge. An Android app is currently available, but Imgur is apparently planning to update it, bringing it in line with the iOS version.
Action camera from Xiaomi records 1080p at 60fps
Not content with making mobile devices, Chinese smartphone producer Xiaomi revealed a new action camera at Mobile World Congress. The Xiaomi Yi is a compact camera in a similar style to GoPro Hero devices, taking the form of a small unassuming white box, with the device offering a 16-megapixel camera sensor capable of 1080p H.264 video recording at 60 frames per second.
Latest PlayStation 4 VR headset prototype has bigger OLED screen
Sony is bringing its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset to consumers in the first half of 2016, the company has advised at the Game Developer Conference. Sony has also revealed a new prototype for the VR headset at the event, with the device exchanging the five-inch LCD panel used in the previous version for an OLED-based 1080p screen measuring 5.7 inches.
New camera can shoot up to 7 frames per second, or record 1080p video
Alongside the new Nikon D7200 DSLR shown at the Mobile World Congress yesterday, the imaging company announced the Coolpix P900, a point-and-shoot camera with a 83x optical zoom. The 16MP shooter also includes built-in GPS, and the Nikon Snapbridge technology, allowing users to pair the camera with an iOS or Android device over NFC or Wi-Fi for image sharing and camera control.
Full specification and details expected later in the year
The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, today announced the availability of technical previews of the new Vulkan open-standard API for high-efficiency access to graphics and computing on modern GPUs used in a wide variety of devices. This ground-up design, previously referred to as the Next Generation OpenGL Initiative, provides applications direct control over GPU acceleration for maximized performance and predictability, and uses Khronos' new SPIR-V specification for shading language flexibility.
Brother's high yield printer offers practical solutions for small businesses
When it comes to selecting a printer, the process is not exactly something most people put a lot of thought into. Printers are often touted as fragile, fickle devices that break at the drop of the hat -- and in our personal experience, most home printers are this way. But what if someone owns a business, and is looking to replace their small, slow printer with something a little more substantial? That's the moment the market suddenly becomes quite a bit more intimidating. We're here to help, though, as we offer up our thoughts on the Brother HL-L8250CDN Color Laser Printer, a laser printer that promises to change your opinion about printers as a whole. Did it change ours? Check our review to find out.
First public release of Photos does not replace iPhoto, Aperture
A little over a week after the second developer beta of OS X 10.10.3, which includes the first public peek at the forthcoming Photos app, Apple has made a new version public for pre-registered beta testers. Build 14D87p is the first public beta of 10.10.3, and includes the Photos app for public testing for the first time (developers had been able to to use the application in the previous two betas). The public version appears to be identical to the second developer beta, numbered 14D87h.
New model features 10-point multitouch in conjunction with pen input
Earlier today, drawing tablet manufacturer Wacom announced the latest in its line of artists' peripherals, the Cintiq 13HD touch. The Cintiq 13HD touch is designed to offer a natural pen and touch experience. Wacom's pen display offers characteristic touch and pen capabilities, providing a digital workflow that emulates drawing or painting on paper or canvas.
New camera features faster image processing, larger shooting buffer
Nikon today expanded its DSLR range with the D7200. The new model, aimed at the enthusiast and professional market, has a 24.2MP CMOS, boasting no optical low-pass filter. Due to improvements in hardware and software, the company claims 30 percent faster image processing with the new model over the now-replaced D7100.
Vibe Shot is smartphone with heavy focus on photography
Following on from yesterday's tablet launches, Lenovo has unveiled another trio of mobile devices at Mobile World Congress. The Vibe Shot is a smartphone with a focus on photography, the A7000 is claimed to be the world's first smartphone to use Dolby Atmos, and the Pocket Projector is a compact accessory for Android devices.
Accident automatically detected, relevant footage locked on camera
Do-it-yourself security monitoring company Swann has introduced the ultra-compact DriveEye Ultra, a portable 1080p HD dashboard vehicle recorder. The camera can be dash-mounted, but isn't limited to car installations, as it can be taken outside the vehicle as an on-the-go action camera.
RAID arrays push up to 440MB/s, intended for 4K work
Storage company G-Technology has launched a pair of hard-drive based storage solutions at Britain's broadcast and production event BVE. Shown today are the G-RAID with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0, as well as a model with USB 3.0 only. The Thunderbolt model pushes 440MB/s, with the USB 3.0 model hitting 400MB/s, easily supporting multi-stream HD, 2K and compressed 4K video workflows. Also released is an extension to the Evolution ruggedized series, with a pair of models in both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.
Let this app figure out what filters look best on your photos!
We've checked out quite a few photo filter apps, from apps like Tintype which give the user very little control, to apps like Alayer, which give the user total control. Still, most filter apps generally require the user to pick out the filters they want to use. This isn't quite the case with Shift by Pixite, an app that might just know your photos better than you do.
Commercial itself was created using iPad Air 2, showcases student works
During the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Apple debuted a new minute-long TV commercial that features the iPad Air 2 -- not only as the subject of the ad, but also as the creative tool that created the spot. Appropriately called "Make a film with iPad," the entire commercial was shot using the built-in camera of the iPad Air 2, and combines the work of students using the tablet to make their own films with behind-the-scenes footage and a voice-over from director Martin Scorsese.
Sony aiming for $4.2B annual profit within three years
Sony's survival could involve Sony pulling out of more business areas, in order to concentrate on its imaging and entertainment divisions. Seemingly confirming earlier reports, CEO Kazou Hirai's new strategy will now depend on its camera sensor sales and the success of the PlayStation gaming arm to increase its operating profit 25-fold within the next three years, at a cost of minimizing its other businesses.
Bloomberg, citing sources, points to six-year development timetable
Adding more fuel to the fire, reports are circulating today that Apple is aiming for a 2020 delivery of its rumored electric car. The six-year timetable for commencement of work to delivery is about par for experienced manufacturers, but industry analysts say that Apple may be jumping the gun on release a bit, with them expecting that a newcomer to the industry generally takes up to 10 years for the first models to roll off the production line. It is worth noting that all reports on the matter -- and subsequent quotes from others -- are speculative in nature, as the company has not confirmed anything.
Original review called the printer a solid choice, with uninspired photo printing
Editor's Note: today launches our "Living With" series, where periodically we'll revisit products that we've been privileged to live with for a while, and see how they've held up over time.
Printers are funny -- they generally have a much longer lifespan than the computers that they connect to, and a popular model may stick around for a decade or more: we still see Apple LaserWriters on active duty now and again. One of the complaints that was levied against us at the time of our original review of this printer was that we didn't have any significant cost-per-page metrics, or any comment on the longevity of the printer itself. In the limited time we generally spend with a product to assess, reviews don't (and can't) often address this. Electronista has been living with the Brother HL-3170CDW color laser printer for nearly two years now, though, so now we can comment on this.
Sleek camera app aims to replicate DSLR experience
Digital photography is becoming more accessible, especially with the availability of affordable, high-quality digital cameras to the average consumer. Even with this development, that doesn't always mean that everyone can afford a DSLR camera, or that it's always convenient to carry one around to every occasion. We took a look at ProShot by Edward Kezeli, a camera app that mimics the feel and features of a DSLR in a more portable device.
SmartEyeglass headset shipping in march, costs $840
Sony is continuing where the Google Glass headset left off, by putting its own augmented reality headset on sale. The developer edition, model number SED-E1, of SmartEyeglass has become open to pre-order in the United Kingdom and Germany with sales in Japan the United States, and six other countries coming soon, with Sony expecting to ship the $840 head-mounted device in March.
Visual guide to the basics of photography
There is only one critical lesson in the burgeoning field of "iphoneography:" hold your iPhone horizontally. Do that one thing, and we will love you forever. If you should need a little bit more, though, then Understanding Photography is an iOS app that takes you through the basics rather well.
Initial camera components for modular smartphone have 2MP, 5MP, 13MP sensors
Project Ara, Google's quest to create a modular smartphone, has received two significant boosts. Toshiba has revealed a trio of camera modules that can be inserted into the back of the smartphone and exchanged for other modules, while smartphone manufacturer Yezz has confirmed it will be creating its own modules for the project, with its first modules set to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress.
SpotCam HD Pro launched; gives 24 hours of cloud-based storage free
Cloud-based video solutions startup SpotCam, today announced its latest addition to the SpotCam product range with the SpotCam HD Pro. The SpotCam HD Pro features a water and dust proof design that is fully IP65 certified. The SpotCam HD Pro uses motion and audio detection to instantly wake up. Once triggered, SpotCam HD Pro immediately kicks into surveillance mode, capturing and transmitting crucial events happening outside your home. Up to 24 hours of video playback is free with purchase. SpotCam HD Pro will be available on Newegg and Amazon at the end of February for the suggested retail price of $200.
Malware not suspected, flaw in driver or buffer likely the culprit
Some Apple Thunderbolt displays either in line with a Thunderbolt Ethernet adapter or connected through the wired Ethernet port on the display seem to be flooding networks periodically with junk packets. A series of user submitted threads on the Apple customer self-support forums are demonstrating that periodically, a Thunderbolt display manifesting the issue is broadcasting 800mbit/s of data to every port in the local area network, effectively knocking fast Ethernet (100mbit/s) users off the network in an inadvertent denial of service attack launched by the display.
Remove duplicate photos quickly and easily
We're starting to think we were clever, turning our Aperture database into a gigantic mess -- because PhotoSweeper is the third recent app to come across our desk that is aimed at fixing it. It isn't specifically for fixing our problems, and it isn't only for Aperture, but we set it loose on our 33Gb hellstew -- just as we did with SnapSelect and Tidy Up before it.
Compact EOS M3 has 24.2MP sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity
Canon has launched a mirrorless Compact System Camera destined for markets in Europe and Asia. The EOS M3 packs in similar functionality and specifications as its full DSLR counterparts, including a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor combined with the DIGIC 6 image processor, but packed into a compact 44mm (1.7 inches) thick, 12-ounce body.
All five models ship in March
Today, Nikon announced the addition of new zoom Coolpix P610 and Coolpix L840 cameras to its compact camera lineup. These Coolpix offerings incorporate the latest Nikon imaging technology, with Nikkor optics that offer super-long zoom lenses of 60x and 38x, respectively. Also released are the the compact Coolpix S9900, S7000 and S6900 for entry-level shooters.
Increasing LCD panel resolution driving need for protocol upgrade
The group responsible for the DisplayPort protocol, the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA), yesterday published the Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) Standard version 1.4a. The new eDP 1.4a enables a higher video data transfer rate for increased panel resolution up to 8K, greater color depth and higher refresh rates. It also incorporates the VESA Display Stream Compression (DSC) Standard v1.1, and includes a new segmented panel architecture.
Beautiful, simple drawing app for the iPad
The iPad has evolved into a versatile art tool almost from the very moment of conception, drawing in both established and novice artists. However, given the nature of the medium, artists can be seriously hampered by bad tools. Drawing apps can be so loaded with features that they get bogged down, Microsoft Word-style. If you find yourself wishing for a far more simple drawing app, check out Paper by FiftyThree.
Nikon D810A DSLR has modified infrared cut filter, longer exposure settings
Nikon has unveiled a modified version of its D810 DSLR camera designed for use in astrophotography. The D810A has the same 36.3-megapixel CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor as the standard version, along with most of its functionality, but its infrared cut filter has been adjusted to let through hydrogen alpha spectral line transmissions, making it four times as sensitive for 656nm-wavelength light.
ShoulderPod S1 is a great accessory for smartphone camera enthusiasts
One of the many conveniences of today's smartphones is their ability to be used as quality point-and-shoot cameras when on-the-go. However, as convenient to use as they are, taking images of the sort that you see in smartphone marketing materials can be difficult if you are just trying to hold your camera in your hands to take your snaps. If you are serious about taking better photos and more steady hand-held movies, the ShoulderPod S1 smartphone camera rig may be just what you have been looking for.