Boosted capacity, speed highlight new revision enhancements
The makers of the world's first wireless memory card, the Eye-Fi, have announced a new Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB Class 10 card that increases both storage and speed capabilities, while providing wireless upload of photos and videos from cameras. The new 16GB card provides twice the storage capacity of the prior Pro X2 card, and the Class 10 performance delivers fast read and write speeds. The new Pro X2, like Eye-Fi's other X2 series cards, enables users to directly wirelessly connect a camera to a mobile device, or use an Wi-Fi network to move content directly to a computer.
Japan gets Eye-Fi Mobile X2 in new 4GB capacity
Almost exactly one year after launching the original 8GB Mobile X2 SDHC memory card, Eye-Fi has used a Japanese launch to introduce another example with the Direct Mode built-in. The 4GB card ships with the Direct Mode enabled out of the box, letting users send photos over Wi-Fi from their cameras to, initially, their Android tablets or smartphones. An included and pre-set 10-digit pairing code won't even require users to start computers for the setup.
Eye-Fi says SD Association violates its patents
Eye-Fi has claimed that the SD Association's iSDIO wireless SD card standard illegally breaches the intellectual property of Eye-Fi, the company that already makes Wi-Fi SD cards such as the Pro X2. The draft specification of the SDA that was touted as a new standard was a misrepresentation, Eye-Fi argued. It further insisted the SDA didn't follow its own rules and standards in adopting the new standard.
Toshiba FlashAir 8GB SDHC due February 2012
Toshiba has used IFA as the platform to announce its plans to introduce its first 8GB SDHC flash memory card with embedded wireless LAN functionality. The card, which will be a direct competitor to the Eye-Fi Pro X2, will become available in February 2012. The FlashAir memory card allows users to wireless transfer photos, rather than requiring the card to be removed and connected to a computer.
Mobile X2 w. Direct Mode for smartphones, tablets
Eye-Fi, makers of Wi-Fi enabled SDHC memory cards such as the Pro X2, have announced their new Wi-Fi enabled memory card, the Mobile X2 for mobile device connectivity. The new 8GB card operates at Class 6 speed and can store up to 4000 photos or 3 hours of video with the added benefit of being able to transfer these directly to mobile devices in conjunction with Eye-Fiís new iPhone and iPad app or its new Android app.
Tech launches later in 2011
Eye-Fi has debuted a new feature for its X2 cards, Direct Mode (website not updated). The option blends Eye-Fi cards and Eye-Fi mobile apps to allow direct transfer between a camera and an iOS device or various smartphones. The process occurs wirelessly, eliminating the need to use additional hardware.
Eye-Fi launches View online locker for Wi-Fi cards
Eye-Fi today opted to go beyond relying only on other services for its Wi-Fi SD cards by launching Eye-Fi View and e-mail sharing. The service hosts the photos themselves for access from a computer, iPad or iPhone as well as a new e-mail sharing feature. Photographers can now send full-size images just by logging in and sending directly to those they know from their contact lists.
Works with iPhone, iPod Touch
Eye-Fi, best known for its Wi-Fi SD cards, has revamped its free iPhone/iPod touch app to work exclusively with iOS 4.x, allowing wireless transfer from the handheld devices to both a user's computer and some of the popular photo- and video-sharing sites on the web. The free app is only functional for registered owners of an Eye-Fi card (even though the card is not used in conjunction with the app) who have set up a free account with the company's website.
Eye-Fi launches developer program
To celebrate and coincide with its fifth-year anniversary, Eye-Fi has announced a new Developer Program that will expand its wireless SD card platform. Eye-Fi makes memory SDHC cards that have their own Wi-Fi connection and can send images captured by compatible digital cameras to a predetermined location on the web. Now, third-party developers can embed Eye-Fi functionality in their own apps.
Eye-Fi opens mobile web UI for controlling cards
Eye-Fi has quietly rolled out the Eye-Fi Mobile Center, a dedicated web app for controlling its wireless SD cards. The page gives Android, BlackBerry, iOS and webOS users a way of both viewing uploads as well as changing card settings. Most any setting that doesn't require the card to be plugged in can be changed, such as the upload destination.
Canon Vixia HF M32 doubles storage, adds tricks
Canon upgraded one of its higher-end home camcorders today in the form of the Vixia HF M32. The design closely follows that of the M31 but doubles the built-in flash to 64GB and upgrades the card slot to support SDXC. With a lower bitrate, Canon believes the camera could hold a full day of video in built-in memory alone and another day again with a 64GB SDXC card.
Toshiba strategy could undermine Eye-Fi
Toshiba on Tuesday kickstarted a forum to produce an official standard for wireless flash memory cards. The group's format, developed with help from Trek 2000, would give all SD cards built-in Wi-Fi and let them upload or download photos without having to use a card reader. It would expand on the concept pioneered by Eye-Fi and would allow camera-to-camera sharing along with more direct control over how photos are sent, improving on the power use compared to the "current solution."
X2 series cards: Class 6 speeds in 4GB, 8GB
[Sponsored Post] Eye-Fi recently has organized its new generation X2 line of Eye-Fi WiFi SD camera cards, with each adding specific capabilities as the price increases. The cards allow users to effortlessly take of the "chore" of uploading photos automatically to their computer or specific websites. The Connect X2, Explore X2, Geo X2 and Pro X2 all work to move images off a camera's SD card wirelessly, but then they each specialize from there. All the cards offer wireless ranges of 90 feet outdoors and 45 feet indoors and support protected WiFi networks, including 64-/128-bit WEP and WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK.
X2 series cards: Class 6 4GB, 8GB with WiFi
[Sponsored Post]: Eye-Fi's newest generation X2 line of Eye-Fi WiFi SD camera cards add more capabilities. The cards allow users to effortlessly take of the "chore" of uploading photos automatically to their computer or specific websites. Among the new cards is an Apple Store exclusive -- Geo X2. Also announced are the Connect X2, Explore X2, and Pro X2. All the Eye-Fi cards work to move images off a camera's SD card wirelessly, but then they each specialize from there. All offer wireless ranges of 90 feet outdoors and 45 feet indoors and are capable of security protocols like Static WEP 64 and 128, along with WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK.
Top-end Eye-Fi wireless SD card reviewed
Photographers, pro and otherwise, have long wished to be unleashed when it comes to working in a studio or on location. Some situations make it easier than others, as do some manufacturers. Nikon and Canon both offer Wi-Fi transmission of photos through transmitters -- but as they cost nearly $800, they arenít at the top of the priority list for many photogs outside of the pro ranks. The Eye-Fi Pro X2 SDHC memory card is a $150 option that promises to make wireless shooting possible for the casual user, as well as some working pros. We find out in our Pro X2 review if it can.
Eye-Fi gets automatic sign on for Boingo and more
Eye-Fi today added both a new card and a major expansion of its support for hotspot cards. The 4GB Geo X2 combines the geolocation support of the original Geo with the Class 6 (6MBps) transfer speeds, 802.11n Wi-Fi and "endless" memory of other X2 cards. It's targeted primarily at Mac users using Aperture 3 or iPhoto '09 and will be available only through Apple stores in May for $70.
Eye-Fi Connect X2 and Explore X2 debut
Eye-Fi today revamped the rest of its wireless SD cards to give them speed closer to that of the Pro X2, but at lower prices. The Connect X2 has the same Class 6 (6MB per second) minimum speeds and faster 802.11n Wi-Fi as the top-end card, and with the speed gets the distinctive Endless Memory mode. When switched on, the feature can provide an effectively unlimited amount of storage by deleting photos off of the card once it's out of capacity and they're confirmed uploaded to a target site.
Capacities start at 8GB
Eye-Fi has announced a new model of SDHC card, the Eye-Fi Pro X2. Like other Eye-Fi cards, the X2 allows wireless transfer of photos and videos back to a computer, or else sharing websites such as Flickr, YouTube and SmugMug. New to the card are Class 6 read/write speeds, faster uploads through 802.11n, and better access range.
Eye-Fi card now allows selective uploads to sites
In Brief: Mozilla has already released a third beta of the upcoming Firefox 3.6 update, bringing a variety of bug fixes and security enhancements. Eye-Fi has updated its photo uploading utility with Selective Share, a new feature that allows users to selectively share only certain pictures on sites such as Flickr.
Eye-Fi now lets users upload to FTP sites
Eye-Fi has recently announced its Share Video, Explore Video and Pro memory cards are now capable of uploading directly to personal or corporate FTP sites. While only JPEG photos and videos can be uploaded, it supports both regular FTP and secure FTPS protocols. The feature should be especially useful to working photographers and livebloggers, who can upload photos before their deadlines to a company's FTP site.
Eye-Fi adds Facebook support to Wi-Fi SD cards
Eye-Fi on Wednesday said it has added Facebook support to its Wi-Fi enabled digital camera memory cards, letting them upload photos and videos without a PC. At the same time, they can alert their friends on the social networking site when they upload photos to one of more than 25 other photo sharing sites the cards already support.
Hardware upgrades enable integrated apps
Novatel is set to upgrade its MiFi pocket router with expanded support for a variety of apps. The new features, such as Eye-Fi and VPN utilities, utilize an applications processor found in the European MiFi 2352 and the MiFi 2372 distributed through AT&T and Rogers in North America.
Eye-Fi adds Geo SD card
Eye-Fi on Wednesday announced it will soon add a Geo wireless SD memory card to its lineup that will be capable of geotagging photos exclusively for Mac computers. The 2GB SD card automatically saves GPS mapping information for captured photos and videos before transferring them to a given computer. It's primarily intended for Mac users and fully supports Apple's iPhoto '08 and '09 as well as MobileMe. As with other Eye-Fi cards, the photos are wirelessly transferred to a pre-selected folder on a Mac over a user's Wi-Fi network.
Eye-Fi Pro Card
Eye-Fi this morning launched the Eye-Fi Pro, its first SDHC card geared towards owners of entry- to mid-range DSLRs and semi-pro compacts. The 4GB card can now transfer RAW files over Wi-Fi directly to a computer or to one of the multiple photo websites the company already supports. It also adds a unique ad hoc mode that creates a peer-to-peer connection directly between the card-equipped camera and a Mac or Windows PC, bypassing the need for a network router that might not be available at a live photo shoot.
Eye-Fi adds host support
Eye-Fi on Tuesday announced users of its Eye-Fi Share Video and Eye-Fi Explore Video cards can now upload photos or videos to Picasa Web Albums, Photobucket and SmugMug in addition to the previously supported YouTube and Flickr. The addition lets any appropriately enabled still or video camera publish videos to the sites over a Wi-Fi connection created directly from the memory card itself, bypassing computers entirely as with the earlier version.
Eye-Fi 4GB and iPhone App
Eye-Fi took advantage of PMA to launch the Eye-Fi Share Video and Eye-Fi Explore Video SD cards. The new models move to SDHC to get a total of 4GB in storage and now also support direct uploading of short-form videos over Wi-Fi to Flickr and YouTube in addition to still photos at Flickr and other sites. As before, the Explore adds geotagging to locate shots.
Chysler intros Web Edition
Chrysler is taking the next step in bringing the web into cars with a Web Edition option package due to be unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week. Along with an in-car router from Autonet Mobile, the automaker is calling uConnect Web, buyers who opt for the $1,999 package also get Dell's Mini 9 netbook, a Sony PSP, an 8GB iPod Touch and an unnamed digital camera with Eye-Fi wireless SD card. All these devices have Wi-Fi modules that can take advantage of the car's built-in router. One year of service is also included with the Web Edition package.
Eye-Fi intros 4GB SD card
To mark the one-year anniversary of its first wireless SD memory card, the 2GB Eye-Fi SD card, Eye-Fi Inc. on Wednesday announced the release of its 4GB Anniversary Edition SD Card. Both products are meant to allow photographers to upload photos wirelessly to one of a choice of over 25 online photo sharing sites and to users' Macs and Windows PCs. The new card, apart from doubling capacity, also has faster memory speeds.
Skyhook XPS 2 Tracking
Skyhook Wireless on Monday launched a new map positioning system that will potentially solve many of the problems associated with GPS navigation today. While the company has already designed a system that can alternate between real GPS and rough triangulation using cellular towers and Wi-Fi, a new method nicknamed XPS 2.0 can combine multiple services at once to find a position even in poor conditions.
Eye-Fi Home and Explore
Eye-Fi this morning rolled out two new SD camera cards that alternately expand and curb the limit of their wireless technology. The Eye-Fi Explore builds in support for map positioning using Skyhook's triangulation of Wi-Fi hotspots and will automatically geotag photos saved to the camera wherever the card can identify its location; it also gets free access for one year with Wayport-owned wireless access points, including all McDonald's restaurants. The 2GB card works with any SD-compatible camera and ships on June 6th for $129.
Eye-Fi Manager 1.5 update
The Eye-Fi crew today released Eye-Fi Manager 1.5, an update to the Eye-Fi Card firmware that adds a new feature -- 'Smart Boost' -- to make wireless photo uploads more efficient and determine the most efficient way to upload photos to a desired location. "In the past, the Eye-Fi Card would first upload your photos from the camera to the Web, where they would then be sent to your online photo-sharing site and to your computer via the Web-based Eye-Fi Service," the Eye-Fi crew said.
Nikon D60 & Eye-Fi
Nikon's new D60 SLR, announced just yesterday, will additionally be one of the first cameras to be a part of Eye-Fi's Connected program, the latter company has announced. Eye-Fi produces self-named Wi-Fi memory cards, which allow people to copy data without removing a card from a device; this involves a special configuration process, which sets up automatic transfers. Files can not only be sent to computers, but websites such as Facebook and Flickr.
Eye-Fi 184.108.40.206 update
Eye-Fi recently unveiled Eye-Fi Manager 220.127.116.11, an update to its device management software for the Eye-Fi wireless storage card. The update brings with it iPhoto integration, and increased stability for both Mac and PC users. Users also receive a firmware update, which improves the card's performance when it is in less-than-optimal broadcasting conditions, and enhanced compatibility with Kodak's Easy Share cameras. Existing users are able to upgrade for no additional charge.