New low-profile projectors offer HDMI, USB OSX and Windows connectivity
Epson today introduced three new VS-Series projector models. The new low-cost Epson VS230, VS330 and VS335W allow for bright images for small to medium sized meeting rooms, are lightweight and travel-friendly, and offer Epson's simple setup suite for flexible positioning and rapid setup.
Flame Painter 2.5 offers full 64-bit update, new effects
Escape Motions' Flame Painter has received an update, offering a full 64-bit application with a variety of new tools. Flame Painter is a paint application that provides tools for creating original artworks with flame effects, intended for designers and enthusiasts alike. Version 2.5 of Flame Painter features new Blue and Glow effect filters, and a new Basic Brush for simple strokes. Users can now zoom up to 800%, have larger file dialogs, and show and hide dock panels.
Samsung television has similar specifications to LG version
Samsung has revealed it will be showing off its own 105-inch curved Ultra HD television at CES in January, on the same day as rival LG announced its own similar screen. The widescreen television, also called the "world's first" by the company, appears to share a considerable number of specifications with its competitor's version, and is said to build upon the curved UHD TV that it debuted earlier this year.
Software revamped for latest hardware
Apple has released updates for its Final Cut Pro X video editing software, along with Compressor and Motion, just in time for the Mac Pro launch. As expected, v10.1 brings several optimizations for the new hardware including dual-GPU playback and rendering, video monitoring at 4K resolution via Thunderbolt 2 or HDMI, and support for 4K content such as titles, transitions and generators.
Large curved display can show higher-than-4K resolution, uses TFT instead of OLED
LG has revealed two more televisions that it will be showing off at CES in January at the same time as its Ultrawide 4K monitor and the Chromebase all-in-one computer. A television the company calls the world's first 105-inch curved Ultra HD set will make an appearance alongside a smart TV running on WebOS, the operating system the company picked up from HP earlier this year.
LumenRT 4.4 update adds improved export capabilities
E-on Software's LumenRT 4 Studio has received an update, offering improved exporting for LumenRT plugin platforms, including CityEngine, MicroStation, Revit and Sketchup. LumenRT 4 Studio is a comprehensive system for terraforming three-dimensional models and designs, aimed to deliver realistic natural elements for videos, images and immersive experiences.
Tools organized in The Lab
TapTapTap has released a major update to its Camera+ photography app for the iPhone. Version 5 adds a variety of new editing tools in the new "Lab" menu, including a Clarity Pro utility that provides basic adjustments for vibrancy and intensity. Users can also straighten photos, adjust tint, add soft focus, or tweak the color temperature, among other capabilities.
Displays with 21:9 aspect ratio accompanied by higher-than-4K monitor
LG has detailed the range of monitors it will be showing off at CES in January, including a high-resolution model. A number of new additions to the company's Ultrawide monitor range will be on display, alongside a new ColorPrime model, and the company's first attempt at a monitor capable of showing a resolution greater than Ultra HD.
Five ways to enhance your photos on iOS, Android devices
(This is the second of a new series to showcase apps the staff at MacNN and Electronista use and recommend. You can find the first installment, discussing media streaming and playback apps, here)
Taking pictures on smartphones is easy, and cameras on the handsets continue to improve and impress (overlooking the inability of such devices to have any optical zoom without hardware assistance). Even taking pictures on tablets, once seen as plebeian and uncouth, is now an accepted practice. Device owners can also load and quickly share photos taken with better cameras from their phone or tablet. Here are a few apps I've found that will help you put the finishing touch on (or rescue) your own pictures and make them stand out.
Combining knowledge of imaging, mobile divisions could lead to better cameras on phones
Samsung has combined two of its businesses relating to smartphones and cameras into one larger business, according to a report. The company's Digital Imaging and Mobile Communications businesses are now apparently a single unit, one which could potentially lead to more impressive cameras on Samsung smartphones in the future.
Extra capital to finalize design, start production of Oculus Rift
Oculus VR has raised another $75 million in funding, in order to bring the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to consumers. The extra funding, following an earlier $16 million round in June and the original $2.4 million raised through its Kickstarter campaign, will be used to finalize the design of the consumer version, as well as to help it finally enter production.
Watercolor sketch simulator Waterlogue released in App Store today
Photo editing app Waterlogue has been released for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, offering users the ability to alter images to simulate the appearance of watercolor sketches. Aimed at users who are not artists, Waterlogue provides easy-to-use preset tools to convert standard photos into watercolor paintings by controlling "wetness," pen outlines and color.
Significant update to FotoMagico 4 focused on software infrastructure
Boinx Software has announced a major update to its slideshow software, FotoMagico. The program is intended for professional photographers, and offers the ability to create high-resolution presentations. The latest version, FotoMagico 4.4, offers improvements centred around software performance, with up to 6x faster exporting, better color accuracy and better quality for H.264 and Apple ProRes formats.
New feature available on mobile apps
Instagram has introduced a new feature, Instagram Direct, that enables users to privately share messages, photos and videos. The announcement marks a shift from the company's previous system, which was designed solely for public sharing. Users can now choose to send content to another individual or groups of up to 15 people.
Lightroom extends tethered capture for some Canon models
Adobe on Wednesday updated its photo-management and editing program Lightroom to version 5.3 after more than a month in beta, adding support for a number of cameras as well as bringing tethered capture to the Canon EOS Rebel T4i. The company also updated Adobe Camera Raw to version 8.3, which now supports the iPhone 5s lens among others as well as many other camera models, and brings some new features such as auto-straighten and new camera profiles.
New development company aims to streamline production of manuscripts
A pair of ex-Pixar employees have formed 180g -- a software development company that has now released an e-book publishing tool, Vellum. The new OS X software package allows authors and small publishers to easily create, modify, and publish elegant e-books compatible with the three major US platforms: Apple's iBookstore, Amazon's Kindle, and Barnes & Noble's Nook.
Amberlight released at introductory price on App Store
Escape Motions has announced the official release of Amberlight for Windows and Mac OS. Described as similar to fractal programs, Amberlight is equipped with original mathematics and an easy-to-use interface, and is intended to be accessible to beginner artists as well as useful for advanced users. Featuring unique math algorithms, Amberlight can produce complex visual patterns and gradients for one's images. The art tool can create high-resolution pictures for print media, and includes a high-performance renderer.
MailDeck e-mail client now available on iTunes for iPad
Released at the end of last week, Crono officially launched its email application MailDeck for iPad. The app offers effective email organization based on the relevant content the user receives. Featuring three view modes -- list, preview and decks -- users can choose to view email content by scrolling through multi-line preview, full-screen preview, or scanning through messages on small cards, with conversations stacked.
Third-party batteries, grips not compatible with latest DSLR firmware
The latest firmware update for some Nikon digital cameras has apparently caused some unexpected issues for some owners. Reports have surfaced suggesting that the update, which is supposed to help the camera more accurately detect the remaining charge for a specific battery used on some DSLR and Coolpix cameras, is now preventing third-party batteries and battery grips from working on the cameras.
Higher brightness in Dolby system offers higher dynamic range
After redefining cinema audio with the Dolby Atmos system, Dolby has set itself to work creating a "super TV" technology that is able to display images at a higher level of brightness than current generations of television. The prototype monitor shown at the event and the underlying technology is hoped to eventually show Ultra HD-resolution video at a brightness of 4,000 nits, far brighter than the 100 nits available to consumers today.
Ultra high-resolution Sharp displays show up in Apple online stores
A number of Apple's online stores have begun selling 4K monitors made by Sharp, it was revealed on Friday. A 32-inch version of Sharp's PN-K321 monitor showed up at Apple's UK online store recently, retailing for £3,499. The move likely signals the impending availability of Apple's new, redesigned Mac Pro.
Design patents for Nikon 1 range infringed by Polaroid release
A United States District Court has sided with Nikon in a design patent dispute over a Polaroid camera. The Polaroid iM1836 by Sakar is now the subject of an injunction where the company cannot manufacture or sell the mirrorless camera, one which bears a considerable resemblance to the J1 in the Nikon 1 range of mirrorless snappers.
Scans, converts documents into numerous formats
ABBYY has released FineReader Pro, an OCR tool for the Mac. The software pulls images from cameras and dedicated scanners and converts the content into text files. During the import process, FineReader can apply pre-processing options to fix distortions; an Image Editor lets users manually correct elements like contrast, noise, motion blur, and split pages.
6008, 7008, 8008, 9708 now have Smart TV accessibility
Philips today announced that it has brought the Spotify streaming music service to a select range of its televisions in Europe. Additionally, the latest software update to many of its televisions has activated the "Cloud TV" service, allowing viewers to stream hundreds of channels over the Internet to recent model Smart TVs
Skitch iOS update restores PDF reading, markup support, web capture
The iOS version of screen capture and markup app Skitch (free) has been updated, mostly restoring features that were previously removed. Users can now once again open and read PDFs in the program, as well as markup and re-save a PDF (the latter feature requires an Evernote Premium account, however). Crop mode has been removed and various bugs fixed, and web capture has been added back in. Evernote, which bought Skitch two years ago, has dealt with continuing criticism over the company's changes to the program, which was originally created to quickly capture, annotate and share screenshots. Evernote Premium accounts cost $5 per month or $45 per year.
New switcher first to support MHL connectivity
Provider of high-quality video connectivity solutions DVDO today announced the availability of the Matrix6, bringing 4K UltraHD matrix switching to residential and commercial A/V systems. Developed for easy integration into whole-home theater control systems, the Matrix6 switcher displays two 4K sources simultaneously on two TVs or projectors, removing the need for additional investment in source equipment.
Could hint at possibilities for iOS Camera app
Apple has won a US patent on a software-based method of producing a stereoscopic image. Instead of requiring a specialized camera with twin lenses, the new system would identify two suitable photos in a device's camera roll and combine them, aligning content automatically. The patent was first filed for in January 2011, but only came into Apple's hands after a Kodak patent auction in 2012. The film and camera maker sold off some $525 million in patents to help emerge from bankruptcy.
Ember offers image file organization, sync via iCloud
RealMac Software has launched its latest app for iOS, imaging organizer Ember (formerly known as LittleSnapper). Allowing users to collect images and organize them into projects, the compiled library can be synced via iCloud for accessing on a Mac, iPhone or iPad.
Could be used to unlock future Apple devices
The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a new patent on a facial recognition system. The concept was first submitted in 2008, and would let people unlock a device like an iPhone or Mac simply by staring at a built-in camera. The device would store several images of a user, and only grant access if one of them matched. More significantly, Apple notes that the technology could be used to hide or reveal data on a per-case basis, instead of across the board.
Upgrade to Canon EOS M retains sensor, adds Wi-Fi
Canon has launched a revised version of its EOS M mirrorless camera. The upgraded EOS M2, announced in Japan, retains the appearance of the original but manages to improve its autofocus speed to approximately 2.3 times as fast as its predecessor, as well as using its Hybrid CMOS AF II to scan over 80 percent of what the viewfinder is able to see.
Dual-core CAD Reader first mobile device developed for Autocad file viewing
Digital signage and display company E Ink Holdings today announced the upcoming release of E Ink Fina, a new thin and lightweight electronic paper display (EPD) technology. Fina will be the first EPD that will go into mass production for small to large format digital paper products based on a thin glass Thin Film Transistor (TFT) technology. In conjunction, today PocketBook also announced PocketBook CAD Reader -- the first Fina ePaper Android device designed specifically for displaying drawings generated with AutoCAD from Autodesk.
Camera sensor arms race continues with claimed 20MP component
Samsung is reportedly working on a new camera module capable of taking 20-megapixel photographs. The company's Advanced Development Team is apparently hoping to get the high-resolution component ready for shipping in the second half of 2014, something which could coincide with a future major smartphone release, such as a successor to the Galaxy Note 3.
Dell intros new line of Ultra HD monitors
Dell on Monday announced a new line of "UltraHD" monitors, each sporting a resolution nearly four times greater than Full HD (1080p). The new line includes the Dell UltraSharp 32, UltraSharp 24, and the 28 Ultra HD. Despite being the same resolution as more expensive 4K HDTV sets, Dell has priced the monitors to be affordable for professionals that need such clarity in images.
Black Friday special edition part 2
DealNN's Black Friday coverage continues with discounts on digital cameras, external hard drives, notebooks and more. The Canon EOS Rebel SL1 18MP digital camera body and lens kit has seen a steep 59 percent price break from $1,200 down to only $449.99 at Rakuten.com. That's the lowest price we've seen on this camera by $200. Free shipping is included and sales tax applies for residents of New York and California. This camera features 18MP resolution, a 3-inch touchscreen LCD, CMOS sensor, and 18mm to 55mm focal length. A one year warranty is included from Canon.
Pioneer release includes specialized SuperHero, Frontier variants
Following up on the release of flagship xStream and Infinite editions, e-on Software has shipped the Esprit, Studio, Complete, and Pioneer versions of Vue 2014, its scenery rendering software. As its name implies, Complete is intended to be a completely self-contained scenery tool. Studio is focused on vegetation, while Esprit is more basic still. Pioneer is a free, feature-limited edition of the software, meant to introduce people to concepts and the platform; images it produces include logos and watermarks.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent on a refocusable camera system similar to Lytro's camera technology. Apple's concept is based on a microlens adapter, but like Lytro, would let people refocus a photo after it's taken -- something impossible with regular camera optics. The Apple patent in fact cites the work of Lytro founder Ren Ng as prior art, and reports have previously noted that, prior to Lytro going public with its product, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs invited Ng to his home for a demonstration.
Electronista tests Fujitsu's unconventional desktop scanner
There are plenty of desktop scanning solutions on the market to add to productivity and cut down on desk clutter. Whether the user wants to organize daily paperwork, insert documents into the cloud, or just get rid of paper to keep a clean working environment, these scanners come in all shapes and sizes to fit both commercial and consumer needs. But is it possible for one device to span both markets? Electronista has been testing the ScanSnap SV600 for a few weeks, and have the answer to that question.
First official new Mac Pro to be sold sets record for most expensive personal computer
Apple is known for making history by inventing the future, but even its designer could not have predicted a new record shattered on Saturday as a special one-off red version of the new Mac Pro (which is not officially available for sale yet) was sold at a charity fundraising auction for $977,000 -- an all-time record for the priciest personal computer ever made or sold. A couple of other items also designed by Sir Jonathan Ive of Apple and designer Marc Newson also fetched record sums.
AKVIS Magnifier 7.0 launched, a free upgrade for registered users
Image processing developer, Akvis, has announced its release of version 7 of Magnifier. Available for Windows and Mac operating systems, Magnifier provides tools to resize digital images without losing quality, and is able to not only reduce an image's resolution, but increase it by dozens of times with no halos or artifacts. Intended to be easily configurable, Magnifier can be used with its preset tools or have its parameters adjusted to one's preference. Version 7 of Magnifier includes new tools as well as native support for 64-bit for Windows.
tablets, HDTVs and more
Amazon currently has a bundle deal that includes a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 seven-inch tablet with 16GB micro SDHC card, earbuds, stylus, cleaning kit and cloth. It was $260, but has been reduced to only $190. This bundle is $17 less than the lowest price we've seen anywhere else. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8GB of built-in storage, microSD card slot, a seven-inch screen, GPS, two cameras and speakers. A one-year warranty is included from Samsung.
TrendNet's TEW-812DRU Wireless N band router released
TrendNet has announced the release of its newest Dual Wireless N band routers, the TEW-812DRU. The successor of the AC1750, the latest router offers an upgraded USB 3.0
port, supporting up to 5Gbps speeds and preventing bottleneck transfer speeds from the client. Pre-encrypted, the TEW-812DRU's unique default passwords eliminate the opportunity for hackers to access the device with a default login. The TEW-812DRU offers up to 1.3 Gbps Wireless AC band, and 450 Mbps per second Wireless N band, with a signal range of 50 feet. Priced at $230, the TEW-812DRU will ship later this quarter.
New CEO prioritizing things differently than exiting chair
Intel's move towards IP-based television service has seemingly run into serious delays, making the company question its commitment to the new service, according to reports. Sources claim that Intel is readying the division, called OnCue, for sale -- with the most likely buyer being Verizon.
Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program available to all until December 2
Initially launched in September, Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program -- aimed to support the workflow needs of photographers who use Creative Suite 3 or later and helping them transition to the Creative Cloud system - has been extended. Adobe has announced a limited-time extension of its program to the general public, and a longer extension to previous-version Adobe owners. Offering access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom 5, 20 GB of cloud storage and Behance ProSite, users can access the software content through Adobe Creative Cloud for $10 per month, based on an annual subscription. This extended offer began today, and is running until December 2, 2013 at 11:59 PST, with non-Adobe customers and users alike qualifying for the deal. Upon expiration of the public offer, the Photoshop Photography Program will continue to be available to those who own a previous version of Photoshop, Photoshop Extended, or Creative Suite 3 or later until December 31.
New camera attaches directly to USB hard drives for PC-free recording
D-Link today introduced the new MyDLink Camera Video Recorder (DNR-202L), offering home owners and small business users a way to setup, record and manage video captured from compatible Network Cloud Cameras. Recording to an off-the-shelf USB hard drive, the MyDLink Camera Video Recorder offers Cloud Camera customers a security solution, supporting simultaneous recording and real-time playback for up to four MyDLink cameras with customizable motion detection and triggered recording capabilities.
Unlikely to bother most Mini buyers
The Retina iPad mini has a narrower color gamut next to tablets like the Nexus 7, and even the iPad Air, a number of reviewers are observing. Gamut refers to the range of colors a display can handle. In tests the Retina Mini appears to have the same gamut as its non-Retina predecessor -- about 62-63 percent -- versus the 100 percent color accuracy on full-sized Retina iPads. Even less expensive tablets such as the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HDX 7 are capable of broader colors than the Mini, DisplayMate points out.
New camera API for Android not included in KitKat release
Google could be working on a way for Android devices to handle RAW image files, alongside the current JPEG images created by the current camera. The public source code for the mobile operating system shows a camera API for Android that was not added to KitKat before its release, due to a comment claiming it was "not ready yet" for inclusion.
May have been reason for initial delay of tablet's launch
Some Retina iPad minis are suffering trouble with image burn-in, note Instapaper founder Marco Arment and some of his followers on Twitter. Arment has devised a test for the problem, based on a similar one he created for the MacBook Pro, that involves switching from a black-and-white checkerboard image to an all-gray one. In the second image, some people are seeing faint but noticeable traces of the checkerboard.
Thumbnails of deleted photos could return when transparent image saved
A flaw found in iOS which retains the thumbnails of pictures even after the original is deleted - and can "resurrect" those thumbnails when users save a transparent image to the Camera Roll - remains uncorrected in the latest release, today's 7.0.4 update. An analysis shows that thumbnails are retained in the Photo Data folder even when the original pictures are deleted. The thumbnails, but not the originals, may again become visible in the Photos app if a transparent PNG format image is also saved to Photos.
Supports soundtracks, splicing clips
Google has released a major update of YouTube Capture, its iOS app for recording and uploading video. Version 2.0 is the first to allow complex editing; multiple clips can be spliced together, as well as individually trimmed and rearranged. Soundtracks can be added from a personal music library, or else Capture's own sound collection. While still shooting users can pause and resume recording.
App allows for focal point to change after photograph has been taken
Nokia is rolling out its Lytro-style Refocus app to other devices in the Lumia range with high-resolution cameras. The PureView-equipped Lumia 1020, Lumia 920, Lumia 925, and Lumia 928 now join the Lumia 1520 in being able to change the point of focus in a photograph after it has been taken rather than before, with the app now appearing in the Windows Phone Store.