Friday, 18 November 2011

BlackBerry Bold 9790 and BlackBerry Curve 9380 announced

Today RIM announced two new additions to its lineup of smartphones. The QWERTY-packing Bold 9790 and the full-touch Curve 9380 both run on BlackBerry OS 7 and feature HVGA+ (480 x 360 pixels) screens.

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 comes with a 2.45" touchscreen display, a 1GHz Marvel Tavor MG1 processor, 768MB RAM, 8GB internal storage, 5 megapixel camera with VGA video capturing and a microSD card slot. The Bold 9790 is well geared connectivity-wise too - Wi-Fi, 3G with HSPA, GPS and even NFC.

BlackBerry Bold 9790
The compact new Bold comes with a full four-row portrait QWERTY keyboard and an optical trackpad. The phone runs on the RIM's latest BlackBerry OS 7 and will hit the stores in the following few weeks.
The BlackBerry Curve 9380 is the first Curve ever to come with a touchscreen. It measures 3.2" in diagonal and, as we said, comes with HVGA+ resolution.
The rest of the specs are not quite impressive though - the new Curve runs on a 806MHz processor and has 512MB RAM and 512MB internal memory expandable via the microSD slot. The connectivity package is quite good, though, featuring Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G with HSPA and NFC capabilities.

BlackBerry Curve 9380
The Curve 9380 does not have a physical keyboard but still keeps the optical trackpad. The phone is also expected to hit the shelves in the next couple of weeks

HTC Zeta image leak, has a 2.5GHz processor and runs ICS

 Possible design and specs of an upcoming handset codenamed HTC 'Zeta' have been leaked courtesy of Engadget. This phone is supposed to have a 2.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 CPU and 1GB of RAM. Other interesting items on the spec sheet are a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 display and Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed along with Sense UI.



The handset supposedly measures 109.8 x 60.9 x 9.8mm and weighs 146g. Inside you'll find 32GB of storage space, 8 megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash and 1080p video recording, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Beats Audio and an 1,830mAh battery.
On the outside the device has an interesting pincushion design that is narrow in the middle and widens towards the top and bottom. We can see the earpiece grille right at the top edge along with the camera sensor. What is curious though is the presence of the keys below the display. Since this phone will come with Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed, ideally it should not have any keys. Unless, HTC has decided to go their own way and stick with the keys for now.
On the back we can see the two plastic portions with a metal band running around the middle. The middle portion is significantly raised and then tapers towards the sides. On the top is the loudspeaker, camera lens and flash and near the bottom is the beats logo and a bump for the headphone jack.
As is usually the case with these things this image could be fake but there are enough details in there to prove otherwise. Note the slight mismatched fitting on the top left side of the metal band on the back of the phone. Also, on the side shot on the right, you can see an L-shaped cut showing where the battery cover comes off. And although we were initially thrown off by the lack of volume control buttons on the left side of the phone, we realized that HTC has moved them on to the right side on their recent phones. So for all we know this could probably even be a photograph of the real thing. We should find out for sure soon enough.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia

Nokia Lumia 800
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Also known as Nokia Sea Ray
General2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Announced2011, October
StatusAvailable. Released 2011, November
SizeDimensions116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm, 76.1 cc
Weight142 g
DisplayTypeAMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size480 x 800 pixels, 3.7 inches (~252 ppi pixel density)
 - Gorilla Glass display
- Nokia ClearBlack display
- Multi-touch input method
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Touch-sensitive controls
SoundAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
MemoryPhonebookPractically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call recordsYes
Internal16 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
Card slotNo
DataGPRSClass 33
EDGEClass 33
3GHSDPA 14.4 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
BluetoothYes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
Infrared portNo
USBYes, microUSB v2.0
CameraPrimary8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual-LED flash
FeaturesGeo-tagging
VideoYes, 720p@30fps
SecondaryNo
FeaturesOSMicrosoft Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
CPU1.4 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon chipset, 3D Graphics HW Acce
MessagingSMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
BrowserWAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML5, RSS feeds
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS
GamesYes + downloadable
ColorsBlack, Cyan, Magenta
GPSYes, with A-GPS support
JavaNo
 - MicroSIM card support only
- SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Digital compass
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
- MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- Document viewer
- Video/photo editor
- Voice memo/command/dial
- Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1450 mAh (BV-5JW)
Stand-byUp to 265 h (2G) / Up to 335 h (3G)
Talk timeUp to 13 h (2G) / Up to 9 h 30 min (3G)
Disclaimer. We can not guarantee that the information on this page is 100% correct.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan delivers a baby girl

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan  have become proud parents of a baby girl. The actress gave birth to a girl this morning at the Seven Hills hospital in Andheri, a western Mumbai suburb on Monday night.

An ecstatic Amitabh Bachchan
tweeted, "I AM DADA to the cutest baby girl !!"

While first-time dad Abhishek tweeted, "IT'S A GIRL!!!!!! :)))))"


Ash was accompanied to the hospital by her parents Vrinda and Krishnaraj Rai, brother Aditya, husband Abhishek and in-laws Amitabh, Jaya and Shweta Nanda.

The news of Ash's pregnancy was broken by Amitabh Bachchan through Twitter in June this year. As Bollywood's first family  and their well-wishers celebrated the Big B received over 2000 congratulatory tweets the same day and people thronged the Bachchan residence in Juhu to celebrate.
Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan are also grandparents to daughter Shweta Nanda's two kids -- daughter Navya Naveli and son Agastya.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Motorola unveils its Facebook-friendly phone, the Motokey Social

Motorola has released pictures and details of its Facebook-friendly handset, the Motokey Social, on its website.
The feature phone, which sports both capacitive touchscreen and a full QWERTY keypad, has a dedicated Facebook key that allows easier access to the social networking website.
Weighing just 87 grams, the phone measures 105.5 (h) x 60 (w) x 9.98 (d) mm and has a 2.4 inches QVGA (320 x 240 pixel) TFT LCD display.
It will ship with a 910 mAh battery which will allow continuous usage time of up to approximately 480 minutes and standby time of up to around 672 hours.
The Motokey Social will have 'Smoke Gray with Licorice accents' for colours.
The website is yet to release details about the phone's price or release date.

Friday, 4 November 2011

EF Cinema Lenses Wide-Angle and Telephoto Cinema Zoom Lenses for EF and PL Mounts

Canon Casts EF Cinema Lenses In Starring Role For New Cinema EOS System
New Lens Series Debuts with Seven Models and more in the wings
HOLLYWOOD, California, November 3, 2011/TOKYO, November 4, 2011 – Canon Inc. and Canon U.S.A., Inc. today announced the introduction of seven new 4K EF Cinema Lenses, an all-new series of video cinematography lenses that, in addition to the company’s current lineup of interchangeable EF lenses for EOS single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras, form the core of Canon’s new Cinema EOS System. The launch of the Cinema EOS System marks Canon’s full-fledged entry into the digital high-resolution production industry. The new professional digital cinematography system spans the lens, digital cinema camera and digital SLR camera product categories.
Canon’s new EF Cinema Lens lineup includes four top-end zoom lenses covering a zoom range from 14.5 mm to 300 mm-two models each for EF and PL lens mounts-and three single-focal-length lenses for EF mounts. All seven new lenses are capable of delivering exceptional 4K optical performance and offer compatibility with the Super 35 mm-equivalent image format. The three single-focal-length EF lenses can be used with cameras equipped with 35 mm full-frame sensors.
The seven new lenses represent the starting cast of Canon’s new EF Cinema Lens series, a star-studded lineup that will continue to grow in the future with the introduction of new A-list zoom and fixed-focal-length lenses.
Wide-Angle and Telephoto Cinema Zoom Lenses for EF and PL Mounts
  • CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S / CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L SP *
  • CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S / CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L SP *
The four new Canon zoom cinema lenses comprise the CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S (for EF mounts) and CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L SP (for PL mounts) wide-angle cinema zoom lenses, and the CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S (for EF mounts) and CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L SP (for PL mounts) telephoto cinema zoom lenses. Each lens supports 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels) resolution, which delivers a pixel count four times that of Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), and offers compatibility with industry-standard Super 35 mm-equivalent cameras as well as APS-C cameras.i

Cine 14.5-60 for EF & PL


Cine 30-300 for EF & PL
Employing anomalous dispersion glass, effective in eliminating chromatic aberration, and large-diameter aspherical lenses, the zoom lenses achieve high-resolution imaging from the center of the frame to the outer edges. Each lens is equipped with a newly designed 11-blade aperture diaphragm for soft, attractive blur characteristics, making them ideally suited for cinematographic applications.
The focal length range of 14.5-300 mm covered by the new zoom lenses represents the most frequently used focal lengths in theatrical motion picture production, a range that often requires a combination of three or more separate zoom lenses. Canon’s new wide-angle and telephoto cinema zoom lenses, however, offer a wider angle and powerful zooming to provide complete coverage across this range with just two lenses. The new wide-angle cinema zoom lenses will offer the industry’s widest angle of view among 35 mm digital cinema lenses with a wide-angle-end focal length of 14.5 mm.ii
Zoom, focus and iris markings are all engraved on angled surfaces for improved readability from behind the camera. With a focus rotation angle of approximately 300 degrees and a zoom rotation angle of approximately 160 degrees, the lenses facilitate precise focusing performance while making possible smooth and subtle zoom operation.
The new top-end cinema zoom lens lineup can be used with standard manual and electronic movie industry accessories, as well as matte boxes. Featuring a unified front lens diameter and uniform gear positions, the lenses do away with the need to adjust or reposition accessory gear when switching between other lenses in the series.
Pricing and availabilityBoth the Canon CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S (EF mount) lens and the Canon CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L SP (PL mount) lens are scheduled for late January 2012 availability for an estimated list price of $45,000 each. The Canon CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S (EF mount) and Canon CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L SP (PL mount) lens are scheduled for late March 2012 availability for an estimated list price of $47,000 each.
Single-Focal-Length Cinema Lenses for EF Mounts
  • CN-E24mm T1.5 L F
  • CN-E50mm T1.3 L F
  • CN-E85mm T1.3 L F
Like their wide-angle and telephoto cinema zoom lens co-stars, Canon’s new CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F cinema lenses deliver 4K optical performance. The three lenses, designed for use with EF mounts, are compatible with not only industry-standard Super 35 mm-equivalent cameras, but also 35 mm full-frame, APS-H and APS-C sensor sizes. The trio incorporates anomalous dispersion glass and large-diameter aspherical lenses for high resolution imaging throughout the frame, and features a newly designed 11-blade aperture diaphragm for gentle, attractive blurring.

Cine 24 for EF

Cine 50 for EF

Cine 85 for EF
With focus and iris markings that are easily visible from behind the camera, Canon’s three new fixed-focal-length lenses support convenient film-style operation and, offering a focus rotation angle of approximately 300 degrees, facilitate precise focusing performance.
The CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F support standard manual and electronic industry accessories and matte boxes, and have a unified front lens diameter and uniform gear positions, eliminating the need for adjustments when switching lenses.
Pricing and availabilityThe Canon CN-E24mm T1.5 L F (EF mount) and CN-E50mm T1.3 L F (EF mount) lenses are scheduled to be available in late July 2012. The CN-E85mm T1.3 L F (EF mount) lens is scheduled to be available in late August. The Canon CN-E24mm T1.5 L F (EF mount) lens will have an estimated list price of $6,800. The Canon CN-E50mm T1.3 L F (EF mount) lens will have an estimated list price of $6,800. The Canon CN-E85mm T1.3 L F (EF mount) lens will have an estimated list price of $6,800.

 

Canon EOS C300

Canon EOS C300 & C300 PL Announced
A Star Is Born: Canon Launches New Digital Cinema Camera For High-Resolution Motion Picture Production
HOLLYWOOD, California, November 3, 2011/TOKYO, November 4, 2011 – Canon Inc. and Canon U.S.A., Inc. today raised the curtain on an all-new interchangeable-lens digital cinema camera that combines exceptional imaging performance with outstanding mobility and expandability to meet the demanding production needs of today’s motion picture industry. The camera, which features a newly developed Super 35 mm-equivalent approximately 8.29-megapixel CMOS sensor, will be available in two models: the EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera*, equipped with an EF lens mount for compatibility with Canon’s current diverse lineup of interchangeable EF lenses for EOS single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras and new EF Cinema Lens lineup; and the EOS C300 PL Digital Cinema Camera*, with a PL lens mount for use with industry-standard PL lenses.
The introduction of the EOS C300/C300 PL coincides with the launch of the Cinema EOS System, marking Canon’s full-fledged entry into the digital high-resolution production industry. The new professional digital cinematography system spans the lens, digital cinema camera and digital SLR camera product categories.
Star-Studded Supporting CastEquipped with an EF lens mount, the EOS C300 is supported by an all-star cast of high-performance EF lenses, not only the wide array of interchangeable EF lenses for EOS SLR cameras that have earned the trust and respect of photographers around the world, but also the EF cinema lenses in the newly announced Cinema EOS System. When outfitted with a Canon EF lens, the C300′s peripheral illumination correction automatically corrects for vignetting in accordance with each lens’s optical characteristics, and enables iris control from the camera. Canon EF lenses also enable the recording of such metadata as the name of the lens used, aperture setting and shutter speed.i
Show-Stopping High-Resolution Full-HD PerformanceThe Canon EOS C300/C300 PL’s newly developed Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor incorporates approximately 8.29 million effective pixels and has a pixel size that is larger than that for conventional professional camcorders, enabling greater light-gathering capabilities for enhanced sensitivity and reduced noise. The sensor reads Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) video signals for each of the three RGB primary colors, decreasing the incidence of moiré while realizing high resolution with 1,000 horizontal TV lines.
Supported by a heightened signal read-out speed, the CMOS sensor reduces rolling shutter skews, a phenomenon prevalent with CMOS sensors in which fast-moving subjects may appear diagonally distorted. Additionally, the powerful combination of the sensor with Canon’s high-performance DIGIC DV III image processor facilitates high-precision gamma processing and smooth gradation expression.
In addition to MPEG-2 Full HD (MPEG2 422@HL compliant) compression, the EOS C300/C300 PL employs 4:2:2 color sampling for high-resolution performance that minimizes the appearance of “jaggies” at chroma edges. Additionally, with a maximum recording rate of 50 Mbps, the camera supports the recording of high-quality video.
The camera’s video and audio recording file format adopts the industry-standard MXF (Material eXchange Format), an open source file format ideally suited for non-linear editing systems. Recording to versatile, readily available CF cards, the EOS C300/C300 PL realizes high cost-performance and, equipped with two CF card slots, makes possible the simultaneous recording of video data to two CF cards.
Ready for ActionWith a compact body design measuring 5.2 (w) x 7.0 (h) x 6.7 (d) inches, the Canon EOS C300/C300 PL delivers exceptional maneuverability, enabling shooting from vantage points all but inaccessible to large cinema cameras, such as close to the ground for high-impact low-angle shots, and alongside walls. In accordance with on-location shooting needs, the camera can be outfitted with a handle, grip, thumb rest and monitor unit, and offers an array of industry-standard terminals, including HD/SD-SDI video output for the external recording of high-quality video content. When using a WFT-E6B wireless file transmitter for EOS digital SLR cameras (sold separately), the EOS C300/C300 PL can be controlled remotely by means of such common devices as smartphones or tablet PCs.
The camera is equipped with four start/stop buttons positioned at various locations to satisfy any preferred camera-holding style, and can be outfitted with a variety of third-party accessories, including matte boxes, follow focuses and external video and audio recorders. The unit also achieves seamless integration with third-party editing systems and provides added peace of mind through its dust-proof, drip-proof construction and built-in cooling system.
The new camera allows users to adjust image quality to match that of professional camcorders and EOS-series digital SLR cameras, and offers Canon Log Gamma, enabling flat image quality with subdued contrast and sharpness for maximum freedom in post-production editing and processing. In addition to frame rates of 59.41i, 50.00i, 29.97P, 25.00P and 23.98P, the EOS C300/C300 PL features a 24.00p mode, matching the 24 frame-per-second frame rate of film cameras for high compatibility with common film-production workflows.
Other features include fast-motion shooting, achieved by capturing fewer frames per second to create action up to 60x normal speed, and slow-motion down to 1/2.5xii made possible by capturing more frames per second. Frame rates between 1 and 60 frames per second (fps)iii can be adjusted in increments of 1 fps. Additionally, a selection of Custom Pictures lets users freely adjust image quality for greater control over how content looks.
Pricing and availabilityThe Canon EOS C300 (EF mount) digital cinema camera is scheduled to be available in late January 2012 for an estimated list price of $20,000. The Canon EOS C300 PL (PL mount) digital cinema camera is scheduled to be available in late March 2012 for an estimated list price of $20,000.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Canon EOS 1D X Sample images

キヤノン提供の「EOS-1D X」高感度作例を掲載する。「縮小画像のみ」という条件付きでの掲載になるが、ISO102400相当をはじめとした超高感度ならではの作品をセレクトしたのでご覧いただきたい。
EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS II USMを装着したEOS-1D X
 いずれも撮影はβ機によるもの。トリミングは行なっていない。
 音楽のライブ演奏を撮影したものだが、ISO51200やH1(ISO102400相当、拡張設定)といった高感度に設定することで、 1/1,000~1/5,000秒といった高速シャッターに設定できている。そのため、ジャンプしたギタリストやドラマーの持つスティックがブレること無く写されている。
 なおEOS-1D Xの最高感度は拡張設定時のH2(ISO204800相当)だが、今回この感度のサンプルは入手できなかった。
※画像をクリックしても拡大はしません。
EOS-1D X / EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS II USM / 1/125秒 / F5.6 / 0EV / ISO12800 / マニュアル露出 / 165mm
EOS-1D X / EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS II USM / 1/125秒 / F5.6 / 0EV / ISO12800 / マニュアル露出 / 200mm
EOS-1D X / EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS II USM / 1/1,000秒 / F2.8 / 0EV / ISO51200 / 絞り優先AE / 110mm
EOS-1D X / EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS II USM / 1/1,600秒 / F2.8 / 0EV / ISO51200 / 絞り優先AE / 105mm
EOS-1D X / EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS II USM / 1/3,200秒 / F2.8 / 0EV / ISO102400 / 絞り優先AE / 100mm
EOS-1D X / EF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS II USM / 1/5,000秒 / F2.8 / 0EV / ISO102400 / 絞り優先AE / 115mm
 EOS-1D Xは、キヤノンが2012年3月に発売するプロ向けのデジタル一眼レフカメラ。有効1,810万画素の35mmフルサイズCMOSセンサーを搭載する。常用感度はISO100~51200で、拡張設定時はISO50~204800。マイクロレンズのギャップレス化といったセンサーの改良や「DIGIC 5+」を2機使用した新画像処理エンジンにより、従来よりも高感度画質に優れるとしている。価格はオープンプライスで、店頭予想価格は65万円前後の見込み。

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Canon EOS-1D X

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 18, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to introduce a completely revolutionized EOS-1D series camera, the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera.* As the new leader in Canon’s arsenal of professional DSLRs, the EOS-1D X will be a high-speed multimedia juggernaut replacing both the EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS-1D Mark IV models in Canon’s lineup. Enhancing the revolutionary image quality of the EOS-1Ds and speed capabilities of the EOS-1D series, the EOS-1D X DSLR features an 18-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processors, 14-bit A/D data conversion and capable of shooting an incredible 12 frames-per-second (fps).  Canon’s EOS DSLR cameras and accessories have a long-standing legacy of providing high-quality results to professionals in a wide range of markets, including sports, nature, cinematography, wedding and commercial studios. The addition of this new model will help take this tradition to a whole new level.
The EOS-1D X announcement comes on the heels of Canon’s recent manufacturing milestone with the production of the Company’s 50-millionth EOS-series SLR camera in September of 2011. Furthermore, Canon will achieve yet another milestone at the end of this month producing the 70-millionth EF lens.

“The EOS-1D X represents the re-invention of the EOS-1Ds and EOS-1D series, combining new proprietary Canon technologies with the culmination of customer feedback and requests from the field. We are proud to introduce this camera to the worldwide community of professional photographers and cinematographers with the features and capabilities they need to capture the great moments that display their talent,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

Canon EOS-1D X Front
The Camera With Three Brains
The EOS-1D X features three DIGIC processors, including Dual DIGIC 5+ image processors capable of delivering approximately 17 times more processing speed than DIGIC 4, and a dedicated DIGIC 4 for metering and AF control. In conjunction with the newly developed high-performance 18-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS image sensor, the Dual DIGIC 5+ processors provide high-speed continuous shooting, lower noise, and a significant increase in data processing speed than previous EOS-1D models. This new level of data processing speed allows the EOS-1D X to perform many functions including chromatic aberration correction for various Canon EF lenses in-camera instead of through post-production software. The DIGIC 4 processor utilizes a new 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor for enhanced exposure accuracy with color and face detection, and works together with the camera’s new EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF.
The EOS-1D X employs a completely new imaging sensor, producing the lowest noise of any EOS digital camera to date for stunning portraiture and studio work.  The new 18-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor utilizes large pixels – 1.25 microns larger than those in the EOS-1D Mark IV sensor and .55 microns larger than those in the EOS 5D Mark II sensor  – together with gapless microlenses to achieve enhanced light gathering efficiency, higher sensitivity and less noise at the pixel level.  The new sensor has improved on the already very high signal-to-noise ratio of sensor output of earlier EOS models for outstanding image quality, even in extremely low light.  When combined with the Dual DIGIC 5+ imaging processors the results are stunning.  The images produced with the EOS-1D X camera’s new sensor are so clean that files can easily be up-sized if necessary for even the most demanding high-resolution commercial applications. The EOS-1D X will also feature new Ultrasonic Wave Motion Cleaning (UWMC), Canon’s second generation self-cleaning sensor unit, which utilizes carrier wave technology to remove smaller dust particles from the sensor and it includes a new fluorine coating on the infrared absorption glass to help repel dust.
The low-light capability of the EOS-1D X is evident in its incredible ISO range and ability to photograph in extremely low-light conditions. Adjustable from ISO 100 to 51,200 within its standard range, the new model offers a low ISO 50 setting for studio and landscape photography and two high settings of 102,400 at H1 and 204,800 at H2, ideal for law enforcement, government or forensic field applications.

Canon EOS-1D X Top
New 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
The EOS-1D X includes a brand new 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, the most sophisticated DSLR AF system Canon has ever released.  The 21 focusing points in the central area are standard precision cross-type and effective with maximum apertures as small as f/5.6, depending on the lens in use. The center five points are also high-precision diagonal cross-type points for maximum apertures as small as f/2.8.  All 61 points are sensitive to horizontal contrast with maximum apertures as small as f/5.6 and 20 of the outer focusing points function as cross-type points with maximum apertures as small as f/4.0. Other innovations of the new 61-point High Density Reticular AF include expanded AF coverage area, superior focusing precision and low light sensitivity, and greater low-contrast subject detection capability compared to earlier EOS AF systems. (See image below for AF point configuration)

All AF functions now have their own menu tab for quick and easy access (formerly AF custom functions in previous EOS models).  A new AF Configuration Tool allows for customized setting of tracking sensitivity, the acceleration and deceleration of tracking subjects, and AF point auto switching, all of which are easily accessed and adjusted via the new AF menu tab. A built-in Feature Guide advises photographers on which settings to use according to subject matter.
Similar to the AF point selection options offered in the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera, the EOS-1D X offers six AF point selection modes: Spot, Single Point, Single Point with surrounding four points, Single Point with surrounding eight points, Zone selection and Automatic AF point selection. (See image below AF point selection options.)

EOS iTR AF: Intelligent Tracking and Recognition Enhances AF Performance
The Canon EOS-1D X features incredible new EOS iTR (Intelligent Tracking and Recognition) AF options ideal for wedding and event photography as well as sports and photojournalism. The default AF mode for the EOS-1D X uses phase detection AF information, while a new second option uses Face Detection technology to track recognized faces in addition to color information, ideal when shooting events such as tennis or dancing where facial recognition of the original subject will help keep that person in focus throughout the scene.
Exposure Control
For the first time in a Canon DSLR camera, a DIGIC processor is used exclusively with the metering sensor for fast, accurate exposure control. The Canon DIGIC 4 processor takes advantage of the EOS-1D X’s 100,000-pixel RGB Metering Sensor and utilizes 252 zones for general metering or 35 zones for low-light metering to help ensure accurate evaluative ambient or flash exposure.  The new subject recognition capabilities enhance nearly all of the camera’s automatic functions, helping to adjust exposure, autofocus, Auto Lighting Optimizer and Automatic Picture Style to the scene being captured for enhanced image quality.
Multiple Exposure Modes
The EOS-1D X is the first EOS Digital SLR to feature Multiple Exposure capability. The camera can combine up to nine individual images into a single composite image, with no need for post-processing in a computer. Four different compositing methods are provided for maximum creative control, including Additive, Average, Bright and Dark. Compositing results can be viewed in real time on the camera’s LCD monitor, and there is a one-step Undo command that allows photographers to delete an image and try again if desired. The EOS-1D X’s Multiple Exposure mode even allows photographers to specify a previously captured RAW image as the starting point for a new Multiple Exposure composite image.

Canon EOS-1D X Side
Super High Speed Mode
The Canon EOS-1D X camera breaks new ground in the world of digital SLRs, offering a Super High Speed Mode which increases shooting speeds up to 14 fps at full 18-megapixel resolution in JPEG mode[i]. The new camera is also capable of shooting RAW, JPEG, or RAW+JPEG at speeds up to 12 fps in One Shot AF or AI Servo AF for enhanced performance in sports photography and other applications requiring high-speed digital capture. This new level of performance is made possible by the combination of the EOS-1D X’s 16-channel readout CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 5+ image processors, and a completely new reflex mirror mechanism that has been engineered by Canon to combine high-performance with exceptional precision and reliability.
Enhanced EOS HD Video – New Compressions, Longer Recording
Centered around an all-new full-frame CMOS sensor with larger pixels than those found on the EOS 5D Mark II image sensor, the EOS-1D X utilizes new HD video formats to simplify and speed up post-production work.  The two new compression formats offered on the EOS-1D X include intraframe (ALL-i ) compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for superior data compression, giving professionals the options they need for their ideal workflow. Answering the requests of cinematographers and filmmakers, the EOS-1D X includes two methods of SMPTE-compliant timecode embedding, Rec Run and Free Run, allowing multiple cameras or separate sound recording to be synced together in post production.
Canon’s all new full-frame CMOS sensor ensures that video footage captured on the EOS-1D X will exhibit less moiré than any previous Canon model, resulting in a significant improvement in HD video quality. A desired feature for many documentary filmmakers using Canon DSLRs was to enable recording beyond the four gigabyte (GB) file capacity and the EOS-1D X is the answer. The new camera features automatic splitting of movie files when a single file exceeds 4GB.  The new file splitting function allows for continuous video recording up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds across multiple 4GB files; no frames are dropped and the multiple files can be seamlessly connected in post production, providing filmmakers the recording time they want in the same convenient DSLR form factor. The camera records Full HD at 1920 x 1080 in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); and 720p HD or SD video recording at either 50p or 60p (59.94). SD video can be recorded in either NTSC or PAL standards.
The Canon EOS-1D X also includes manual audio level control, adjustable both before and during movie recording, an automatic setting, or it can be turned off entirely. A wind filter is also included. Sound can be recorded either through the internal monaural microphone or via an optional external microphone through the stereo mic input.

Canon EOS-1D X Back
Enhanced Ergonomics & Optimized Design
Photographers familiar with Canon’s EOS 1D-series of cameras will notice the control configuration of the EOS-1D X takes a different approach to button placement.  The re-designed exterior and ergonomic button configuration feels comfortable in your right hand, allowing seamless navigation through menu options.
The Live View Button has been conveniently placed near the user’s thumb for one-touch switching between Live View and Viewfinder shooting. The Quick Control Button and menu navigation controls will allow users to change camera settings using only their right hand, for fast, simple one-handed control using their thumb on the scroll wheel. The new multi-controller is positioned by the right hand thumb when the camera is held for vertical shooting and enables the same level of control to camera operators when shooting vertically as they have when shooting horizontally.  On the front of the camera are four user assignable function buttons, two for vertical shooting and two for horizontal shooting, allowing customizable button control when shooting in either position.  The camera also features a level of weather resistance equivalent to earlier professional models such as the EOS-1D Mark IV.
Canon has answered the request of many professional EOS photographers and incorporated Dual Card Slots into the new EOS-1D X DSLR camera. The dual CF card slots will allow photographers to carry only one memory card format and still achieve instant image back-ups and enhanced storage capacity.
This camera also features a new shutter design with even greater durability and precision. Rated to 400,000 cycles, the new carbon fiber shutter blades are more lightweight and durable, allowing the EOS-1D X to achieve over 100,000 cycles more than the shutter of the EOS-1D Mark IV.  A new shutter motion and new motor help further reduce vibration in the camera. The EOS-1D X also features an electronic first curtain, new to the EOS-1D series DSLRs, for minimal in-camera vibration during image capture.

Canon EOS-1D X Dual CF Slots
Connectivity
For professional photographers who prefer a wired workflow and transfer system, Canon has included a built-in LAN connection in the EOS-1D X DSLR. The built-in LAN connection features a gigabit Ethernet Jack capable of 1000BASE-T transmission speeds, offering photographers a stable wired connection for ultra-fast data transmission.  If the network were to go down, the camera will attempt to resend images until the files are sent.  The EOS-1D X also features a direct image transfer function whereby images can be selected for transfer, and only sent once a LAN or USB connection is established.
Accessories
Designed exclusively for the EOS-1D X, the new Canon WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter* features wireless LAN support for 802.11n network transfer rates providing users with increased communication speed when compared to previous models.  With this new dust and weather resistant model, professionals can synchronize clocks on multiple cameras and use the unit to support linked shooting when utilizing multiple cameras.  In addition, Bluetooth-compatible equipment can be easily linked to the device as well.
The EOS-1D X also offers an optional Canon GP-E1 GPS Receiver*, which can be easily integrated into the camera’s body.  Powered by the camera, this GPS receiver provides the same weatherproof resistance as the EOS-1D X, even at the connector. With an electronic compass on-board, the GP-E1 will log movement – latitude, longitude, elevation, and the Universal Time Code – and allow viewing of camera movement on a PC after shooting.  The receiver will also record camera direction when shooting, even when shooting vertically.

Canon EOS-1D X With Accessory Attached
Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera is scheduled for March 2012 availability and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $6,800.00. The compact, lightweight WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter is scheduled to be available in March 2012 and have an estimated retail price of $600. Availability for the GP-E1 GPS receiver is expected in April 2012 with an estimated retail price of $300.
**Super High Speed Continuous shooting at 14 fps requires mirror lock and JPEG mode at ISO speeds less than 32000.
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Saturday, 15 October 2011

Nissan Motor Co CVT


The Japanese automobile major Nissan Motor Co has unveiled a new generation CVT (continuously variable transmission) for 2.0 to 3.5-liter engines used in front wheel drive vehicles. According to a report in Autonewswire, Nissan has mated its Xtronic CVT with a new  engines , both of which are said to be based on newly developed environmental technologies that improve fuel economy and environmental performance of internal-combustion engines.
It was reported that the new CVT is said to have leading ratio coverage of 7.0, with friction reduced by up to 40 percent. Combined with Nissan's Adaptive Shift Control - a feature that adapts shifting patterns to match each driver's style and the road - the CVT delivers responsive and powerful acceleration. The two also prevent the engine from revving too fast at high speeds and help minimize noise. The report mentioned that Nissan said it has combined smaller shaft diameter pulleys with a new and differently shaped belt with the range of ratios between the two pulleys being expanded with only a minimally increased axial distance. The resulting ratio coverage of 7.0 is said to set a new benchmark for CVTs for 2.0-liter plus vehicles around the world.
According to the report, Nissan said it has also designed an innovative package for the CVT by incorporating one electric motor and two clutches and combines this with a compact lithium-ion battery and a 2.5-liter supercharged engine. Nissan claimed that the result is a compact, versatile powertrain that is affordable, doesn't require a specially designed body, and offers improved city and highway fuel economy. Nissan said the engine will appear first on vehicles sold in North America in 2012 and then globally afterwards, according to the report.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Nokia 800 ad Rumors

Nokia 800 ad leaks, confirms the name of the WP smartphon

More proof that the Nokia 800 is going to be announced at Nokia World at the end of this month just came from India. It was brought by a leaked poster, advertising the availability of the Windows Phone Mango-running smartphone on Airtel.
The Nokia 800, which will share its design with the Nokia N9 (but for the three keys that have replaced the bottom part of the display) was previously said to be named Nokia Sun, but that name is nowhere to be seen on the poster. It was either a codename (though we also saw Sea Ray as the codename for this device) or the name of some carrier-specific edition of the smartphone.
The new leak brought no new information about the Nokia 800 specs, but those are pretty clear already. The Nokia flagship for Windows Phone will come with a 3.7" AMOLED of WVGA resolution, a 1.4 GHz CPU and a plastic unibody (that will hopefully be in-depth colored as the one of the N9).
We also got word of the availability of the Nokia 800 in India. The Asian country won't make it into the first wave to get WP7.5 devices by Nokia and it will have to wait until Q1 of 2012.
Just two week until the official unveiling, so we'll know everything else there is to know pretty soon.
sours: gsmarena.com

Nokia 703? romoured

Image Leak: e branded Nokia 703?

This one just came in from WMPU, who just posted a leaked image of a carrier presentation flyer showing a device said to be named Nokia 703. Take a look at the image below:
Nokia 703
This device looks just like the Nokia Sea Ray revealed by Stephen Elop back in June, which uses almost the same hardware design as the MeeGo-based Nokia N9. In fact, the existence of the Nokia 703 was recently revealed by WPCentral via the “I’m a WP7!” app statistics.  From what we can make out from the image (let us know if you can make out the tiny text!), here’s some of the details revealed in the flyer above:
Size: 112 x 60.8 x 12.3 mm, 114 g
Display: LCD 480×800 pixels, 3.7 inches
Camera: 5 MP 2552 x 1964 pixels, autofocus, 720p, 30 fps
Memory: 8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
General: 27(?) November
The specifications, if our eyes are good enough, seems to indicate that the Nokia 703 is quite an average phone, however this phone may be targeted for the lower-end market. We understand that Nokia just recently launched the Symbian Belle-based Nokia 700 and Nokia 701, said to be the “smallest” and “brightest” smartphone in the market. Given Nokia’s new naming conventions, this places the Windows Phone-based Nokia 703 in the same category as the Nokia 700 and 701. Of course, the phone is also expected to bring features such as NFC support, and we also know that the Nokia 800 is also in the making, which may potentially be the higher-end phone from Nokia. So what do you think of the phone?

Samsung Galaxy Nexus Rumored

Samsung Galaxy Nexus to be announced October 19th

 
We've all been aware of the continued partnership between Samsung and Google with regard to the birth of the third Googlephone, following on from the Samsung Nexus S, for some time now. The Nexus Prime or Galaxy Nexus as it has more recently been known, was set to take center-stage alongside the official launch of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest edition of Google's mobile OS.
Unfortunatley, we encountered a slight snag as the Unpacked event at the CTIA conference in San Diego, intended to pose at the platform for the October 11th annoucement, was cancelled by Samsung, apparently out of respect after the death of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs.
So with the event now turning its back on us, we were left wondering when Google's next 'chosen device' would officially get to show its face. After rumors and speculation we received the word; October 19th was to be the new date.

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S


General  2G Network  GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network  HSDPA 900 / 2100 - LT18i
   HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 / 800 - LT18a
Announced  2011, August
Status  Available. Released 2011, September
Size  Dimensions  125 x 63 x 8.7 mm
Weight  117 g
Display  Type  LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size  480 x 854 pixels, 4.2 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
  - Scratch-resistant surface
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Multi-touch input method
- Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Timescape UI
Sound  Alert types  Vibration; MP3 ringtones
Loudspeaker  Yes
3.5mm jack  Yes
Memory  Phonebook  Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records  Practically unlimited
Internal  1 GB (320 MB user-available), 512 MB RAM
Card slot  microSD, up to 32GB, 8 GB included
Data  GPRS  Up to 86 kbps
EDGE  Up to 237 kbps
3G  HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.8 Mbps
WLAN  Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth  Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
Infrared port  No
USB  Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
Camera  Primary  8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features  Video calling, touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, 3D sweep panorama, image stabilization
Video  Yes, 720p@30fps, continuous autofocus, video light, video stabilizer, check quality
Secondary  No
Features  OS  Android OS, v2.3.4 (Gingerbread)
CPU  1.4 GHz Scorpion processor, Adreno 205 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon
Messaging  SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser  HTML
Radio  Stereo FM radio with RDS
Games  Yes + downloadable
Colors  Pure White, Midnight Blue, Misty Silver, Gloss Black, Sakura Pink
GPS  Yes, with A-GPS support
Java  Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
  - Digital compass
- HDMI port
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
- TrackID music recognition
- NeoReader barcode scanner
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
- Facebook and Twitter integration
- Document viewer
- Adobe Flash 10.3 support
- Voice memo/dial/commands
- Predictive text input
Battery     Standard battery, Li-Po 1500 mAh
Stand-by  Up to 460 h (2G) / Up to 460 h (3G)
Talk time  Up to 7 h 25 min (2G) / Up to 7 h 35 min (3G)
Music play  Up to 37 h

Nokia N9


Also known as Nokia N9-00, Nokia N9 Lankku
General  2G Network  GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network  HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Announced  2011, June
Status  Available. Released 2011, September
Size  Dimensions  116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm, 76 cc
Weight  135 g
Display  Type  AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size  480 x 854 pixels, 3.9 inches (~251 ppi pixel density)
  - Gorilla glass display
- Anti-glare polariser
- Multi-touch input method
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
Sound  Alert types  Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker  Yes
3.5mm jack  Yes
  Dolby Mobile sound enhancement; Dolby Headphone support
Memory  Phonebook  Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records  Yes
Internal  16/64 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
Card slot  No
Data  GPRS  Class 33
EDGE  Class 33
3G  HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.7 Mbps
WLAN  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth  Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
Infrared port  No
USB  Yes, microUSB v2.0
Camera  Primary  8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual LED flash
Features  Geo-tagging, face detection, touch-focus
Video  Yes, 720p@30fps
Secondary  Yes
Features  OS  MeeGo OS, v1.2 Harmattan
CPU  1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, PowerVR SGX530 GPU, TI OMAP 3630 chipset
Messaging  SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser  WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds
Radio  No
Games  Angry Birds Magic (NFC), Galaxy on Fire 2, Real Golf 2011; downloadable
Colors  Black, Cyan, Magenta
GPS  Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps
Java  Yes, MIDP 2.1
  - MicroSIM card support only
- SNS integration
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Digital compass
- TV-out
- NFC support
- Dolby Digital Plus
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA/FLAC player
- MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- Document editor (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), PDF viewer
- Video/photo editor
- Voice memo/command/dial
- Predictive text input (Swype)
Battery     Standard battery, Li-Ion 1450 mAh (BV-5JW)
Stand-by  Up to 380 h (2G) / Up to 450 h (3G)
Talk time  Up to 11 h (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)
Music play  Up to 50 h

Nokia N8

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100 
Announced 2010, April
Status Available. Released 2010, October
Size Dimensions 113.5 x 59.1 x 12.9 mm, 86 cc 
Weight 135 g
Display Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 360 x 640 pixels, 3.5 inches (~210 ppi pixel density)
  - Multi-touch input method
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate
- Scratch resistant Gorilla glass display
Sound Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker  Yes
3.5mm jack  Yes, check quality
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Detailed, max 30 days
Internal 16 GB storage, 256MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
Card slot microSD, up to 32GB, buy memory
Data GPRS Class 33
EDGE Class 33
3G HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 2.0 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, UPnP technology
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0, USB On-the-go support
Camera Primary 12 MP, 4000x3000 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Xenon flash, check quality
Features 1/1.83'' sensor size, ND filter, geo-tagging, face detection
Video Yes, 720p@25fps (720p@30fps via an update), check quality
Secondary VGA videocall camera
Features OS Symbian^3 OS, upgradable to Symbian Anna OS
CPU 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, Broadcom BCM2727 GPU
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS; FM transmitter
Games Yes + downloadable
Colors Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue, Orange, Pink
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps 3.0
Java Yes, MIDP 2.1
  - TV-out (720p video) via HDMI with Dolby Digital Plus sound
- Anodized aluminum casing
- Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic
- Digital compass
- MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ player
- DivX/XviD/MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
- Voice command/dial
- Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
- Video/photo editor
- Flash Lite v4.0
- Predictive text input
Battery   Standard battery, Li-Ion 1200 mAh (BL-4D)
Stand-by Up to 390 h (2G) / Up to 400 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 12 h (2G) / Up to 5 h 50 min (3G)
Music play Up to 50 h
Misc SAR US 1.09 W/kg (head)     0.85 W/kg (body)     
SAR EU 1.02 W/kg (head)

Windows 8

Windows 8 Features & Release Date

Windows, being one of the most used OS, brings great challenges for Microsoft to keep its users impressed in the next version of Windows.
Although Windows 7 has done exceptionally well since its release, Microsoft has been constantly working to make the next version of Windows a better one by further improving upon the existing features, and have added new impressive Windows 8 features along with a stunning UI.
Microsoft released the early version of Windows 8 on a prototype tablet last week. Those of you who would like to taste and experience the all new Windows 8, you can download the Developer Preview, which is currently in pre-beta version. The developer version shows off the current stage of the OS. It is available for free download, and comes in three different packages:
  • (1) 64-bit version – Only the OS
  • (2) 32-bit version – Only the OS
  • (3) 64-bit version with developer tools

Windows 8 Features

Windows 8 offers a number of new Windows 8 features from its all new UI to Windows App Store and improvised security features. Here’s a list of new features and improvements which will arrive with Windows 8:

Support for both x86 PCs and ARM tablets

Windows 8 is the first edition of Windows which will work on both ARM based tablets and traditional x86 (as well as x32 and x64) PCs based on ARM processors from Intel and AMD.
“Support for ARM-based chipsets, touch, and sensors makes Windows 8 work beautifully on your choice of a full spectrum of devices, such as 10-inch slates with all-day battery life, ultra-lightweight laptops, and powerful all-in-ones with 27-inch high-definition screens,” Microsoft contends, in a Windows 8 Guide distributed with Windows Developer Preview

Windows To Go

The “Windows To Go” seems to be an exciting feature that basically allows Windows 8 to boot from a USB device (called as Live USB), including user’s programs, settings and files. The feature is designed to work with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, and on both legacy NIOS and UDFI firmware. However, Microsoft says that a user will not be able to “Hibernate” with this feature.
Windows 8“Windows To Go is a new feature in Windows 8 that enables enterprise administrators to create USB drives containing complete, managed Windows images that users can use to boot and run Windows on any Windows 7 or Windows 8 capable computer. Windows To Go makes it possible for employees to use a managed device whether they work from home, a client office or in a free seating environment. This session will discuss Windows To Go, its hardware requirements and building compatible and complementary software.”
Another interesting thing about this feature is that, if the USB drive is removed, Windows will automatically freeze, but will continue to operate if the USB drive is inserted back in the next 60 seconds after removal.

Windows Store

To compete with Apple, Windows has confirmed the introduction of a Windows Store, similar to Mac App Store, which allows users to browse through Windows applications, while developers can publish their Metro-style apps on Windows 8 devices.
Few days back, Microsoft gave a strategic view of its app store, and gave a quick demo on how it works. Microsoft revealed that the Windows App Store will be the only place where users can access the Metro-styled apps. Here’s a quick demo that shows how users will be able to buy their apps:

 

Windows 8 User Interface

Speaking about the UI, Windows 8 certainly has got a mind blowing interactive UI, which has been extensively redesigned to a “Metro-style” design, which shows the most important information to you, embodies simplicity, and gives you full control over it. The UI is designed to provide a fluid and intuitive interaction and navigation with touch, or a mouse and keyboard.
Julie Larson-Green, Corporate Vice President, Windows who stated: “Everything that’s great about Windows 7, is better in Windows 8,” gave a quick hands on look at the Windows 8 user-interface. Here are some of the screenshots she released:
Windows Logon Screen – Unlike the traditional way of entering a password to unlock the screen, Windows 8 can be unlocked by just tapping on the right areas of the screen.
 

Windows 8 Start Screen – The Start screen is yet another impressive UI. The screen basically groups all your applications together, which you can easily drag and drop, or add new things.
 

Control Panel
 

Playing Videos in Windows 8
 

Windows 8 Task Manager
 

Improved Windows Defender

The Windows Defender which was first released with Windows Vista is getting a security upgrade with the upcoming Windows 8. This would probably edge-our third-party antivirus and anti-malware programs. Windows Defender will become a full-fledged anti-malware solution for Windows 8. This will include protection against all types of malware such as virus, worms, trojans and rootkits.
In addition to that, Windows Defender will provide real-time detection and protection from malware threats using a file system filter, and will interface with Windows secured boot, which is another security feature.

Internet Explorer 10

The developer preview of Windows 8 comes with a Metro version of Internet Explore (IE) 10. Since it is a preview version, it does not support any browser plugins and extension – including Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight. However, it will feature full screen browsing mode by default, implements several new HTML5 capabilities, turbocharges HTML5 performance, and adds some security options for Web applications.

Windows 8 Minimum System Requirements

It is reported that Windows 8 is expected to have the same system requirements as Windows 7, and will run on existing PCs/laptops that run Windows 7. Here are the following minimum system requirements to run Windows 8:
Processor: 1GHz or faster 32-bit or 64-bit processor
RAM: 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)
HD Space: 16GB for 32-bit (or 20GB for 64-bit)

Windows 8 Release Date

We can expect Windows 8 to be launched sometime in mid-late 2012, however, it’s too early to predict the Windows 8 release date, since it is still under development. Nevertheless, the only question that haunts each and every one of us – Will Windows 8 win the battle against Apple which it had lost several years back?
Sours: tech news

Apple iPhone 5 Features & Release Date

As the 5th generation of the iPhone is on the verge of being released, and with all the speculations spreading on the Internet about the iPhone 5, people are anticipating and desperately waiting for the launch of the smartphone. Many fans and current Apple iPhone consumers are wondering what groundbreaking features Apple will add to the new iPhone 5.
This articles summarizes the various features and specifications that are expected to sport the device.

iPhone 5 Features

Although Apple does not reveal the exact specifications and features until the device is officially unveiled, we could dictate some of the main features that are expected. However, rumor of the new iPhone 5 features, in terms of both hardware and software upgrades, will definitely entice any smartphone buyer.
The upcoming phone is expected to sport the Apple’s latest and greatest A5 processor chip, iCloud service, higher-resolution camera, and a 4-inch screen size. Here are some of the most anticipated iPhone 5 features:

iOS 5

Apple announced iOS 5.0 and its features during the WWDC 2011 keynote address on June 6, 2011. The user interface is based on the concept of direct manipulation, using multi-touch gestures. It is expected to come with more than 200 new features that will include improved Notification System, News Stand and iMessage.
iMessage is an application that is developed to compete with Blackberry Messenger. The app will allow iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad users to communicate (much like a chat service) with each other. The iMessage feature has been integrated into the SMS/MMS application used originally on the iPhone models.




iPhone 5

iCloud

The iPhone5 is expected to have the iCloud service.
Apple’s iPhone 5 is expected to feature the new iCloud service for wireless remote access of music from all computers and mobile devices.
The iPhone5 will automatically sync with the iCloud which will allow users to store photos, apps, calendars and documents without having them to store in the phone’s memory. Apple is also looking to tie up with top music label companies to license songs for the iCloud service.
However, rumours state that Apple might release a low-cost “iCloud iPhone” alongside the iPhone 5. It could be named the “iPhone Mini”
“The iPhone Mini (or iPhone Nano, or whatever) could have significantly less storage than a typical iPhone. Most likely 8 gigabytes of storage – the same as the lowest end iPhones right now. Apple won’t prevent users from storing their own content, because that would be crazy. But since it has a small amount of memory, Apple will likely push the ability to stream media via MobileMe as well.”

A5 Processor to power the iPhone5Apple A5 Processor to power iPhone 5

iPhone 5 will house the A5 as the main processor, which technically is the same chip that currently powers the iPad 2. The A5 contains a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU with NEON SIMD accelerator and a dual core PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU, which means that the iPhone5 can do twice the work at once. The processor speed will be somewhere between 1.2 to 1.5 GHz, with probably a 1GB RAM.
The processor upgrade is done not just to increase the processing speed of the phone, but also to compete with the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S II.
The A5 chip might effectively increase the power use, however, it is said that the chip has “got a dynamic power management”, which can lower the [speed] depending on the workload, and thus efficiently make use of the power.

iPhone 5 to Sport a Better Camera

The iPhone 4 sports a 5 megapixel camera, so I’m expecting that the iPhone 5 will have a rear-facing 8MP dual-LED flash camera. However, this isn’t really “awesome”, since most of the high-end Android smartphones come with an 8MP camera. Along with that, the iPhone 5 is expected to have a front-facing camera for video chatting.
According to sources, Apple has filed several patent applications relating to 3D picture capturing to the US Patent and Trademark Office later in March. This indicates that the iPhone 5 might feature a 3D camera. The filing indicates that the device will be capable of capturing, processing and rendering 3D images with dual-camera hardware.
Another interesting feature is that the iPhone 5 will be capable of taking pictures in Panorama. It will work similarly to the ’360 Panorama’ application in the App Store. It will let you take pictures in a sequence as you move the camera from one side to another, which in the end will effortlessly stitch the images together to create a panorama.
Additionally, if Apple really wants to keep up with the competition to Android, then it might consider improving upon the video resolution to a full 1080p HD recording. Currently iPhone 4 has a 720p video capture at 30 frames per second.


Display and Resolution

There hasn’t been a better screen resolution since the release of the iPhone 4. Currently the iPhone 4 has a 3.5 inches screen size, and sources indicate that Apple might stay locked with the current size. But a few other sources say that Apple is planning to increase the screen size to 4-inch with higher screen resolution. I feel that Apple could compromise at 3.7-inch or 3.75-inch.



 

Image credits: PhoneArena.com
However, the iPhone 5 could be slightly wider and thinner. The dimensions are calculated to be: 4.33″ x 2.36″ and .27″ thickness at the top and .21″ at the bottom, whereas the dimensions of iPhone 4 are: 4.5″ x 2.31″ x .37″

Other iPhone5 Features

Here are some of the other features that we can expect from the iPhone 5:
  • · Face Recognition Security
  • · 4G/LTE support – According the AT&T documents leaked by LulzSec, the Apple iPhone 5 will offer 4G and will be LTE (Long Term Evolution) network compatible. LTE is a project of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), and is the latest standard in the mobile network technology.
  • · A new, sleeker body design
  • · OLED screen
  • · Scratch proof and shatter proof screen
  • · Wireless sync with iTunes
  • · Extended battery life
  • · Flash support
  • · SIM-Less Phone – According to International Business Times, it is rumoured that the iPhone 5 will feature a new SIM-less design with 2 to 3 internal antennas for CDMA and GSM compatibility, which will make it a “worldphone”.
  • · Physical Keyboard
  • · Increased Ram (from 512MB to 1GB)
  • · New Multi-tasking Look
  • · HD Audio
  • · Built In GPS
The above mentioned features are some of the improvements that we can expect from Apple. However, we cannot assure you that they can be true, but most of the upgrades are more likely to be utilized.
Apple definitely wants to fight back against Android smartphone makers like HTC and Samsung, and perhaps it is why the new iPhone 5 will host some of the outstanding features.

iPhone 5 Launch Date

Apple follows a tradition to launch new devices in their summer Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), but that didn’t happen this year.
However, BGR reported that an AT&T Vice President has confirmed to several employees that the iPhone 5 that boasts a stronger chip for processing data and a more advanced camera is scheduled to be launched in early October. Additionally, the VP communicated the following to a group of managers: “Expect things to get really, really busy in the next 35-50 days, so prepare your teams accordingly.”
We can expect the announcement of the iPhone 5 in a late September event along with a release date set for early October.
The iPhone 4 has proven to be one of the most successful smartphones of all time with selling over 1.7 million devices in just three days of availability, and we are expecting that the iPhone 5 will certainly replicate this success, and one thing is for sure – the sales of iPhone 5 will definitely boom and we can expect a huge number of people lined up at Apple stores when the device is available for sale.

iPhone 5 Price

At this stage no official price has been unveiled but we expect the iPhone 5 to be the same price than the iPhone 4 when it was released
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Apple releases Aperture v3.2

Apple releases Aperture v3.2


Apple has released an updated version of its Aperture Raw-conversion and photo management software. Version 3.2 adds compatibility with the company's iCloud online storage functionality and the latest iOS 5 operating system. The update also resolves minor bugs and adds miscellaneous improvements. It is available for immediate download from Apple's website.

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera

DSLR cameras are equipped with relatively large sensors, and are defined by having a through-the-lens (TTL) optical viewfinder – light enters through the lens, enters a light box, reflects off a mirror, then reflects off a pentaprism (or pentamirror) and exits through an optical viewfinder. When a picture is taken, the mirror flips out of the way, and the light instead hits the imaging surface (film or digital sensor).
Compact cameras are equipped with small sensors, do not have a TTL viewfinder and do not have interchangeable lenses: a small sensor can in fact be well-served by a single lens, which can even be a superzoom: see bridge cameras, some of which allow an additional, secondary lens. Small sensors, however, have relatively poor imaging in many situations, most notably low light, being unable to capture as much light as large ones. Though superzoom lenses exist for large sensors too, they suffer disadvantages in criteria such as optical quality and weight compared to more restricted lenses (prime or zoom). For this reason, virtually all modern cameras with large sensors, so-called system cameras, use interchangeable lenses.
MILCs' initial purpose was to provide DSLR-like quality imaging in a small body, to obtain which they kept a DSLR-like sensor, but replaced the TTL viewfinder with an electronic one. Recently, though, small-sensor MILCs (i.e. MILCs adopting small, compact-camera like sensors) have been introduced on the market. Current MILCs are therefore characterised just by having interchangeable lenses (like DSRLs) in the absence of a TTL view-finder. Versatility will therefore be DSLR-like, whilst image quality will either be compact-like (small sensor) or DSRL-like (large sensor).
An alternative design, hybrid between DSLRs and MILCs, is the SLT single-lens translucent camera, which features a translucent mirror (like a DSLR), particularly for focusing, but no prism or optical viewfinder, instead using live view or an electronic viewfinder (like a MILC). Due to having a (fixed) mirror and no prism, this category is intermediate in mechanical complexity and bulk between DSLRs and MILCs.

 MILC Types

Sony NEX-5
Situated between compact cameras and DSLRs, two main types of MILCs have developed: compact and DSLR-like. Compact-style ones are approximately the size of larger compact cameras and, particularly with pancake lenses, they are pocketable to some degree (can fit in a pocket). DSLR-style MILCs overlap with entry-level DSLRs, providing a contoured body and extensive features, like DSLRs, but still in a significantly smaller and lighter body.
Not all MILCs have a large sensor: Pentax Q(announced in June 2011) has a tiny 1/2.3" sensor (typical of compact cameras). In September 2011 a new sensor format has been announced by Nikon who introduced it to equip its first MILC: the CX format, with a sensor size halfway between 1/1.7" compact camera sensors and Micro Four Thirds sensors. Sony NEX looks like a compact camera with a zoom lens. 100% compatible lenses are growing in availability. Samsung NX10 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 have larger bodies and a DSLR-like design (but they are still significantly smaller than entry-level DSLR).
Finally, there are some camera models on the market such as the Fuji X100 and Leica X1 which are close to MILCs in that they are mirrorless and have a large sensor. But they have a fixed lens.

 Lenses equipping MILCs

Sony has supplied 7 "E" lenses for its "NEX" system (adopting a large, APS-C sensor). Panasonic (who share the Micro Four Thirds standard with Olympus) has 11 lenses available for its "G" cameras. Panasonic lenses are also almost fully compatible with Olympus's CSC "Retro" "Pen" cameras. Likewise, Olympus's 8 micro four thirds lenses (not counting versions of the same lens; e.g., all three versions of the 14-42mm lens are counted together as one lens) are compatible with most Panasonic cameras, in addition to their own. Samsung has 6 different lenses available for its NX cameras (using an APS-C sensor)

Sensor size

There is some inevitable trade-off between sensor size and compactness of the camera, due to the size of the lens required. Sensor size varies among mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras. The Micro Four Thirds system uses the same size sensor as the Four Thirds System (smallest among DSLRs but over nine times the area of typical compact camera 1/2.5" sensors), while the Samsung NX cameras and Sony NEX cameras use a 50% larger APS-C size sensor. The Nikon 1 series uses a smaller 1" type sensor (13.2mm × 8.8mm) with a 2.7 crop factor and the Pentax Q uses an even smaller compact camera 1/2.3" image sensor with a crop factor of 5.5, while APS-C and Micro Four Third MILCs have crop factors of 1.5 and 2.0, respectively.As of 2011, no company has announced or released a full-frame MILC, with the exception of the Leica M9 (which - being a rangefinder camera - having an optical viewfinder may be included in MILCs, but it is certainly not an EVIL).

 Benefits

MILCs combine some of the benefits of both compact cameras and DSLRs.
Compared to compact cameras, they offer the versatility allowed by interchangeable lenses.In addition to this, those MILCs which are equipped with a large sensor also offer all the advantages associated with it.
Compared to DSLRs, MILCs are smaller (due to fewer parts) and sturdier (due to fewer moving parts). Due to the lack of the mirror system, MILCs equipped by a large, DSLR-like sensor, can place lenses considerably closer to it (flange back distance) when compared to DSLRs. This way high-quality lenses can be made smaller, cheaper, and lighter (wide-angle lenses in particular). However, current lens selection, though growing, is still relatively limited and expensive compared with the very well-developed DSLR lens market.
Compact-style MILCs fitted with a thin "pancake" lens are pocketable, hence as portable as larger compact cameras, but when fitted with larger lenses they are less portable and not in general pocketable.
As of August 2011, prices of MILCs are higher than the cheapest entry-level DSLRs. Drawbacks
Conversely, MILCs share many of the limitations of both compact cameras and DSLRs. These include:
No TTL optical viewfinder
The lack of through-the-lens optical viewfinder (TTL OVF) is a defining feature of MILCs, and also found on compact cameras – a TTL optical viewfinder requires an optical path from lens to viewfinder, hence an SLR design or similar. If a TTL OVF is desired or required, DSLRs are the only viable option.
MILCs primarily use a rear LCD display for arm-level shooting, but some also feature an electronic viewfinder (EVF) for eye-level shooting, or an optical viewfinder that is not TTL (as in a rangefinder), which hence suffers from parallax, particularly at short distances.
Contrast detection autofocus, rather than phase detection autofocus system
Contrast-based AF has generally been slower than the phase-based AF systems found in DSLRs, often significantly so until July 2011 when the Olympus PEN E-P3 surpassed top range DSLRs in focusing speed when shooting still shots.The improvement in speed has been achieved by reducing the time taken for the contrast-detection autofocus system to begin operation after half-pressing the shutter button, doubling the sensor readout speed to 120 frames per second, and increasing the speed with which contrast detection routines operate. Although micros from Olympus and other manufacturers also have closed or leapfrogged this gap, there is still a gap in continuous autofocus accuracy and speed, and thus MILCs are still not as good at photographing moving objects, notably in sports, as DSLRs. One advantage of contrast detection autofocus is that for still subjects, autofocus accuracy tends to be higher than with phase detect systems, as the camera is using the actual sensor output to determine focus. Therefore, CDAF systems are not prone to calibration issues such as front or back focus as can occur with phase detect systems.
Incompatibility with existing lenses
All extant MILC formats use a new lens mount, which is somewhat incompatible with existing lenses – Micro Four Thirds (Panasonic and Olympus), NX-mount (Samsung), E-mount (Sony) and 1-mount (Nikon). This means both that existing lenses cannot be used without an adapter, and that relatively few native lenses exist for these cameras at the time of their introduction, as new lenses must be designed and manufactured for the new mount.
As the largest investment in a system camera is the lenses, not the body, and lenses often last decades, changing a mount and rebuilding a lens collection is a significant investment.
Adapters exist for legacy lenses. Micro Four Thirds has adapters with Four Thirds, Canon FD, Leica M, M42, Nikon, Olympus OM, Minolta, Pentax K, and C mounts. The Sony E-mount has an adapter for the older Minolta A mount, Four Thirds, Leica M, M42, Nikon, Olympus OM, Minolta, Pentax K, and C mounts.. However, part of the benefit of MILCs is that newer, smaller lenses can be used. Thus, to realize these benefits, either new lenses or lenses for short flange distance legacy mounts, such as those used on rangefinder cameras, are required. Additionally, adapted legacy lenses may not be able to autofocus on MILC bodies.
This can be compared with the situation for APS-C sized DSLRs, where the smaller Canon EF-S lens mount and Nikon DX lenses are specifically designed with a smaller imaging circle for the smaller sensor. However, they maintain the same mount distance to the sensor, providing compatibility with lenses designed for full 35mm sensor size.

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