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Swann reveals 1080p wide-field DriveEye Ultra dashboard camera

02/24, 10:08am

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.

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G Technology rolls out two video production, three ruggedized drives

02/24, 7:32am

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.

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Hands On: Shift (iOS)

02/23, 2:39pm

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.

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Apple debuts new iPad ad at Oscars, showing off filmmaking abilities

02/23, 12:44pm

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.

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Sony CEO confirms change of focus from smartphones, TV to gaming

02/22, 4:49pm

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.

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Forthcoming Apple car to hit street, retail in 2020, report claims

02/20, 10:12am

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.

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Living With: Brother's HL-3170CDW LED Printer

02/19, 9:23am

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.

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Hands On: ProShot (iOS)

02/19, 7:58am

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.

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Sony opens up preorders for developer edition of SmartEyeglass

02/17, 2:32pm

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.

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Hands On: Understanding Photography (iOS)

02/17, 8:11am

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.

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Project Ara gains Toshiba camera modules, counts Yezz as manufacturer

02/16, 5:08pm

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.

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Briefly: SpotCam HD Pro camera, Satechi clip-on iMac USB 3.0 hub

02/13, 12:46pm

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.

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Some Apple Thunderbolt displays launching DDoS on wired LAN users

02/13, 8:51am

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.

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Hands On: PhotoSweeper 2.0 (OS X)

02/12, 7:10am

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.

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Canon outs EOS M3 mirrorless camera in Europe, Asia

02/10, 12:06pm

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.

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Nikon reveals two long-zoom Coolpix cameras, three compact shooters

02/10, 11:31am

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.

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New DisplayPort 1.4a spec can drive up to 8K displays

02/10, 10:25am

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.

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Hands On: Paper (iOS)

02/10, 7:41am

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.

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Nikon modifies D810 DSLR camera for use in astrophotography

02/10, 7:36am

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.

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Hands On: ShoulderPod S1 Smartphone Camera Rig

02/08, 2:33am

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.

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Briefly: Magic Bullet Suite 12, SMTPit Pro 4.5.3 released

02/06, 8:42pm

Magic Bullet Suite 12 introduces Magic Bullet Film and many new features

The new version of Red Giant's Magic Bullet Suite for video editing includes updates for Magic Bullet Looks, Colorista III, Mojo, Cosmo and adds Magic Bullet Film. Denoiser II, which reduces "video noise," is still included in version 12, but hasn't received any significant updates. The new Magic Bullet Film takes digital footage, and runs it through a process that emulates the look of actual film, with 26 film stocks (positive and negative) to choose from. Magic Bullet Looks 3.0 had been updated, which lets the user color grade on their own parameters, or using one of over 120 presets based on popular films and television shows.

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Canon debuts EOS 5DS, EOS 5DS R digital SLR cameras with 50.6MP sensor

02/06, 8:13am

New cameras boast bevy of new features, flexible continuous shooting mode

Alongside its EOS Rebel refresh, Canon has also unveiled the Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R Digital SLR cameras, featuring the world's highest resolution among 35mm-format DSLRs. The new EOS models incorporate a newly-designed Canon 50.6 megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor, and Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors.

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Canon updates EOS Rebel line with T6i, T6s 24.2MP cameras

02/06, 7:56am

New cameras intended for mid-range digital photography enthusiasts

Canon today announced the addition of two new DSLR cameras to its popular EOS Rebel lineup: the EOS Rebel T6s Digital SLR camera, and the EOS Rebel T6i Digital SLR. Featuring a newly-developed 24.2-megapixel Canon CMOS imaging sensor, both cameras deliver the highest resolution available amongst EOS models with an APS-C format sensor. Additionally, the cameras feature built-in Wi-Fi and near-field communication (NFC) capabilities.

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First look: Photos for Mac (first beta)

02/06, 1:34am

New program promises delight for iPhoto users, falls short on pro features

After only the vaguest of descriptions and a single preview image, the first beta of OS X 10.10.3 has arrived, and with it comes a brand-new application from Apple. Photos is intended to be the successor to iPhoto and Aperture, but in its initial (and not yet released) first form, it can be said that it mostly borrows Aperture's looks and speed with large libraries, but not a lot else from Apple's former high-end photo manager. Fans of iPhoto, however, are likely to like this -- and there might even be a little gift for developers in Photos as well.

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Briefly: Free updates to PhotoSweeper 2.0, FiftyThree's Paper

02/05, 7:29pm

PhotoSweeper duplicate finder updated for Yosemite

Overmacs released an update to PhotoSweeper in the Mac App store. This new version 2.0 searches the user's computer for duplicate images to help conserve hard drive space. The update is be free to all current owners of PhotoSweeper, but costs $10 for new users.

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Apple unveils first 10.10.3 beta, includes new Photos app

02/05, 1:46pm

Photos includes iCloud Photo Library beta, will replace iPhoto, Aperture

Apple on Thursday seeded a new, first-release beta of OS X 10.10.3 to developers and testers. Most notably, the update includes the first full Photos application for OS X, the program that will eventually supersede both iPhoto and Aperture in an effort to give iOS and Mac users a consistent photo-management experience across both platforms. While the current programs will continue to work for the foreseeable future, Photos will offer new new features.

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Hands On: WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit (cross platform)

02/05, 11:45am

Accessory helps you manage business card clutter and contacts

Business cards are a convenient way to give and gather information about others without having to waste time writing down names, numbers, companies, and more. However, once you get a real-world business card, you're usually left with the tedious task of entering the information into your phone or contact list. What if there was a better way to put those little slips of paper to use before they get lost or destroyed in the washer? We checked out the WorldCard Mobile Phone Kit, which combines a phone holder with a tiny photo studio -- simply use your phone to take a picture of a business card, and the WorldCard Mobile app does the rest.

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Olympus Air A01 introduced as external camera sensor for smartphones

02/05, 9:51am

Air A01 accepts Micro Four Thirds lenses, connects to smartphones over Wi-Fi

Olympus is moving into providing smartphone photographers an alternative to Sony's QX Smart Lens line, by offering their own take on the concept. The Olympus Air A01 is a small cylindrical module that contains a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor which, similar to Sony's QX1, is able to attach to any Micro Four Thirds lens Olympus has created, giving it a wide range of imaging options.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II boasts 40MP mode using 16MP sensor

02/05, 8:22am

Five-axis VCM image stabilization, pixel-shifting photography in upgraded E-M5

Olympus has revealed a revision to its OM-D E-M5 interchangeable lens camera. The OM-D E-M5 Mark II is a Micro Four Thirds shooter which combines a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor with the TruePic VII image processor, with its five-axis VCM image stabilization compensating for camera roll, horizontal and vertical shift, and can offer the equivalent of five shutter speed steps of compensation.

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Samsung NX500 shrinks NX1 into 28MP 4K-capable compact camera

02/05, 6:43am

Flip-up Super AMOLED display, motion-based Auto Shot included in NX500

Samsung has launched a new camera that effectively upgrades the NX300 with some of the specifications from the NX1. The mid-range NX500 houses a 28-megapixel back-side illuminated APS-C sensor with the DRIMeV processor, allowing it to record 4K footage, but Samsung manages to pack it all inside a compact casing.

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Pointers: Working with iPhoto 9.6 for Mac

02/04, 5:20pm

Skills that will likely be needed in replacement Photos program

As you may or may not know, iPhoto is being phased out and eventually replaced with an all-new program from Apple called Photos (related to, but distinct from, the Photos app already on your iOS device). Some people love iPhoto (like me), some people hate it (irrationally), but the polarizing effect (not the last of the camera puns you'll be reading today) of the software is mostly down to Apple's poor ability to help people understand it. We'll fix that with a few general and specific tips.

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Philips rolls out Moda 2 display with integrated Bluetooth speakers

02/04, 2:57pm

Full HD display comes in two sizes, has three HDMI, MHL, VGA

Today, parent company Envision Peripherals has announced the Philips Moda 2, a new Full HD IPS monitor and Bluetooth speaker in one unit. The display features Bluetooth and MHL connectivity, and a pair of seven-watt speakers to stream music from an external source, in addition to the computer audio.

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Hands On: ExactScan Pro 2.5.7 (OS X)

02/04, 8:50am

Fast, clever and adaptable scanning software

The day that printers started coming with scanners was the day aspirin sales doubled. You can't get hardware that's less reliable or costly to run than a printer, but what's more galling is that scanners come with software -- and so should be easy to use, but rarely are. Nonetheless, every scanner ships with some kind of app, and OS X's Swiss Army Knife-like application Preview can connect to just about anything. That means many people won't even realize they could change to something better, and will instead just play through the pain, while thinking fondly of a time when all of us will be paperless forever. We look forward to that time too, but for now, the Exactscan suite, in either standard or pro versions, helps out tremendously.

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Specialist site publishes Mac survey of CAD, 3D design pros

02/02, 7:49pm

Architosh finds iMacs popular, need for more cores in Mac Pros

Some high-end professional vertical markets that have increasingly moved to the Mac platform in recent years are those of CAD users, 3D and visual effects artists, and other professional designers not normally associated with the "creative professional" tag, taking in everything from engineers to biomedical scientists. Mac advocacy site Architosh has recently run a survey of the industries, and found some surprising results.

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Daily Deals: Audio-Technica headphones, Netgear switches, LG HDTV

02/02, 2:55pm

MacNN and Electronista deals for February 2, 2015

Welcome to the first of a new series of Daily Deals. Expanding from our existing Friday Deals post, we will now find new offers online for you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, every day. Today's deals include Netgear switches, an Audio-Technica bundle, a Monoprice discount code, and an Apple Design Award-winning puzzle game.

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Hands On: Alayer photo filters (iOS)

02/02, 11:33am

Precise-control photo filters for iOS devices

Photo editing on the iPhone is extremely convenient, compared to importing your pictures to a computer and opening Photoshop -- so doing it directly from an app allows you to skip a few time-consuming steps. All photo editing and digital filter apps aren't created equally, though, and we took some time to check out Alayer by Loran Dyrmishi, to see what it had to offer.

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Review: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 projector

01/29, 12:20am

Home projector offers great picture, color balance, falls short in gaming, features

Trying to find the perfect projector for a home theater can be tricky, as there are bountiful options on the market from a large number of manufacturers. Name brand aside, trying to find the right options for the based on room size, necessary features and functions can still leave consumers scratching their heads. Epson is attempting to give buyers a one-shot option to build their home theaters around, with the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 projector. But does the projector keep up with the needs of film, television shows, and gaming, or would consumers be better served elsewhere? Find out in our review.

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Dropcam providing free replacement for older cameras

01/27, 7:08am

Support ending for original Dropcam, Dropcam Echo prompts replacement program

Owners of older Dropcam camera will be able to upgrade to a newer version at no charge, due to an impending lack of support from the company. The Nest-owned manufacturer will be providing a Dropcam HD as a replacement for earlier models, as the company will be dropping support for original Dropcam and the Dropcam Echo from April 15.

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Apple upgrades Maps Connect, iCloud.com Photos services

01/26, 4:07pm

Photos web app gets zoom, quick email sharing

Apple has upgraded the iCloud.com Photos app with a couple of new features, users note. The first is a zoom slider for uploaded content. People can also more easily share photos via email, using a new pop-up window on the site. Access to Photos requires activating the iCloud Photo Library beta through iOS' Settings app, and will remove any images on a device that were synced via iTunes.

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Hands On: Brushstroke (iOS)

01/26, 8:51am

Turn your favorite photos into digital oil paintings

There's a good chance that everyone reading this, at one point or another, has seen those "turn a picture into a painting or sketch" apps that were making the rounds a few years ago. More often than not, these ended up looking like nothing more than poorly-Photoshopped images -- which was essentially what they were. We checked out Brushstroke by Code Organa to see if it managed to improve on the technology.

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Hands On: iWatermark+ (OS X, iOS, Android, Windows)

01/24, 2:20pm

Extremely good watermarking app for all platforms

This is impressive. Watermarking your photographs so that at least you have your name on them if they get used online is not precisely the most thrilling job in the world, but iWatermark+ comes pretty close to making it enjoyable. There are limits: you'd rather be creating the images than sitting around putting copyright notices on them, but that's the thing about iWatermark+: it does what it does so quickly, and so well, that you can get back to your proper job sooner.

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Seek XR adds manual focus, zoom to iOS, Android thermal camera

01/21, 9:05am

Range increased in Seek XR thermal camera to 2,000 feet

Seek Thermal has introduced an updated version of its existing thermal camera for smartphones. The Seek XR keeps the majority of the functions of the original camera, launched last year, but has been given a new lens system that allows for the camera to see objects from twice as far away, as well as being able to focus on objects as close as 8 inches from the lens.

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Panasonic Lumix GF7 Micro Four Thirds camera adds selfie modes

01/20, 6:07am

Defocusing, Slimming modes included in 16-megapixel Lumix GF7

Panasonic's latest addition to the GF Lumix line introduces more functions to help with self portraits. The Lumix GF7 mirrorless camera automatically turns on a Self Shot mode when its 3-inch 1040K-dot touchscreen is flipped 180 degrees, with it also offering selfie-friendly Soft Skin, Defocusing, and Slimming Mode shooting and editing options.

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Hands On: MyBrushes Pro (iPhone, iPad)

01/19, 4:14pm

Intuitive painting app turns your iPad into an art studio

The iPad is a slick device for browsing the web, accessing social media sites, and conducting all manner of business right from the comfort of your hand. Of course, the iPad is also a great tool for both artists and doodlers alike, provided you have the right app. We checked out MyBrushes Pro by developer effectmatrix, to see how it stacked up in the realm of art apps.

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GoPro working on broadcast TV transmitter, details firmware update

01/15, 11:39am

Partnership between GoPro, Vislink creates transmitter for live TV broadcast use

GoPro will soon be providing broadcasters a way to use its camera line during live television broadcasts, while consumers will gain some extra features on their own devices in a future firmware update. A partnership with Vislink has produced a compact transmitter that can be connected to GoPro cameras, providing a live HD video feed from the action cameras.

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Fujifilm outs X-A2 mirrorless camera, XQ2 compact for February release

01/15, 6:12am

Fujifilm X-A2 has 175-degree flip-up display, 0.5-second start-up time

Fujifilm has revealed an upgraded version of its entry-level X-A1 mirrorless camera, along with a new compact snapper. The X-A2 has an improved flip-up display, with the screen able to move up 175 degrees vertically, while the XQ2 compact camera combines distinctively modern features with premium styling in a compact case.

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Reassigned Apple patent blamed for drop in GoPro shares

01/14, 12:34pm

Reports initially claimed patent was Apple invention

The reassignment of a Kodak-held remote control camera system patent to Apple has been blamed for a 12.17 percent drop in GoPro shares on Tuesday. The patent is credited to three people -- Keith Stoll Karn, Marc Krolczyk, and Kazuhiro Joza -- who reassigned it to Kodak in 2012. Apple acquired a variety of Kodak patents that year, however, as part of one of two consortiums that raced to snap up some of the bankrupt imaging company's intellectual property.

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Nikon adds three more compact cameras to Coolpix range in UK

01/14, 11:27am

Coolpix S3700 offers 20MP sensor, 8x optical zoom, Wi-Fi, NFC

Nikon is expanding its Coolpix range with three more compact cameras in the United Kingdom. The Coolpix S2900 and the Coolpix S3700 pack a 20-megapixel CCD image sensor inside their small and colorful casings, while the Coolpix L31 is a cheaper model with a 16-megapixel CCD sensor, powered by easily-replaceable AA batteries.

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Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

01/13, 6:49am

Quickly add text and logo images to photos

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image.

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Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-popular camera

01/13, 4:11am

Camera phones, despite limitations, replacing point-and-shoot

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity.

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