Archivi giornalieri: 26/06/2012
Take a look at this incredible series of images from LA photographer Justin Carrasquillo. These landscapes were captured in Tanzania and Botswana. He was there on assignment to photograph a 30-day safari adventure. Carrasquillo took all of these photographs in his spare time. I’d say it was time well spent! It’s a stunning set of images that fits well into his already solid portfolio.
While scooting through Paris, prolific photographer and Fstoppers submitter, Benjamin Von Wong set to the task of photographing master pyrotechnician Andrey Das. Ben has already done a couple shoots with fire (1-2) so to keep growing as an artist and a professional his team decided to challenge themselves. Check out the resulting video and the photos in the full post where Ben talks about how he used multiple exposures in his DSLR to turn out a wickedly hot series, all in-camera. Which is to say no Photoshop. You can also hit Ben up on his blog where he tells us the whole story, day by day.
Now before our Canon lovers jump down Ben’s throat for saying Canon doesn’t do multiple exposures, keep in mind not everyone is up on the 5D Mark III specs yet.
Hulu Plus has this week rolled out a new update to their Android app which brings with it greater support for more Android devices running Google’s latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system.
Together with improved support for Android 7 inch tablets with support for high resolution screens, while running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Making way for Google Asus Nexus 7 Android tablet that will be debuting at Google I/O this week for an expected $199. As well as various bug fixes and optimisations, and the ability to sign up for free 1-week trials within the app. Hulu Plus unlimited instant streaming subscription required.
Information has leaked that reveals Lenovo is to release an update to its ultraportable ThinkPad X130e, that will arrive soon in the form of the Lenovo ThinkPad X131e, that will be more rugged in construction when compared to the previous model. Equipped with a dustless fan, stronger brackets/hinges, and stronger ports for more durability.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X131e is an ultraportable notebook equipped with a a choice of Intel Sandy Bridge Intel Celeron 867 or Core i3-2367U processors, or AMD E1-1200 or AMD E2-1800 processors and will be a driving in stores during September.
Other features on the new edition will include Dolby Advance Audio v2 *GB of RAM and 128GB SSD drive as an option, according to the leaked document. Other features include 2 x USB 3.0 ports (in addition to 1 USB 2.0 port, VGA, HDMI, and Ethernet jacks).
Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always.
Meizu has announced that they are launching a new version of their Meizu MX smartphone, the new version will features a quad core processor, which will be Samsung’s new quad core Exynos processor.
According to Meize, the new MX Quad Core will be 60 percent faster than the previous Meizu MX handset, and it will also feature a 4 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 960 x 640 pixels.
Other specifications on the Meizu MX Quad Core include an 8 megapixel camera and the device also comes with a choice of either 32GB or 64GB of built in storage.
The Meizu MX Quad core comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich ans also features Meizu’s Flyme OS 1.0, which is basically a custom user interface on top of ICS.
Source The Verge
AMD has this week announced the launch of their new G-Series APU which has been created for industrial control, point-of-sale, medical and transportation markets. The latest APU provides three times the performance and reduces power consumption by unto seven times when compared to the older AMD Geode LX processor.
The AMD Embedded G-Series APU has been created to provide designers with a seamless upgrade path for legacy applications. Featuring small form factor boards by implementing a two-chip platform with APU and companion controller hub.
Together with a Legacy I/O card support based on full 32-bit PCI interface and an ISA bus solution with DMA support. AMD also announced that it would be extending the planned availability for the entire AMD embedded G-Series into 2017. Arun Iyengar, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions explain in todays press release:
“With the AMD G-T16R APU, we were striving for that critical balance of performance, power efficiency and cost for power, and cost-sensitive embedded applications, and we’ve achieved it,”-”This new APU helps to enable small form factor and fan-less designs with power consumption of just 2.3 watts on average.”
Facebook has added a new feature to its Facebook mobile apps, called ‘Find Friends Nearby, as the name suggests it will let you find your friends who are close to you.
The feature is now available in Facebook’s iOS and Android applications, and it will let you see which of your Facebook friends are near your current location.
You can use the feature by going to your Facebook app on iOS and Android, and then menu > apps > find friend > other tools > Find Friends Nearby, it is also available through Facebooks mobile web app.
At the 3D and Virtual Reality Expo in Tokyo last week Canon were showcasing their new Canon Mixed Reality Headset, which combines both real world environments and computer graphics, and will start shipping next month.
The Verge were able to put the new virtual augmented reality headset through its paces, and took apart a complex virtual airplane engine whilst wearing the headset, which you can see in the video after the jump.
The Canon Mixed Reality Headset has been created to train people for difficult and dangerous applications, such as inside nuclear power stations, by combining reality and 3D computer graphics.
The headset is equipped with two cameras, one placed over either eye and captures real-time video that is then sent to a wired connected computer. The Connected PC then processes the data to create what Canon promises to be a precise amalgamation of the real world and CGI. Pricing for the new Canon Mixed Reality Headset depends on the applications you require says Canon.
Some of our readers will remember the MSI Slider S20 that was announced at Computex earlier this month, according to a recent report the device may launch in October and will apparently retail between $799 and $899.
The MSI Slider S20 is a hybrid tablet and ultrabook device, it features an 11.6 inch touchscreen display and also comes with a QWERTY keyboard, it features a sliding display which converts the device between a tablet and an ultrabook.
As a reminder of the hardware, the MSI Slider will come with an Intel IVY Bridge processor and 4GB of RAM, there will also be Bluetooth 4.0 and HDMI, plus USB 3.0.
Last week Microsoft announced their first Windows tablet, the Microsoft Surface, we wonder if Microsoft may be considering launching their own Windows Phone smartphone in the future, designer YrOnimuS came up with this concept for a Microsoft Surface Windows Phone.
Have a look at the photos of the Microsoft Surface Windows Phone concept below, it certainly does look very good, and we it does make us wonder if Microsoft’s Windows Phone devices would be more popular if they looked as good as this concept design.
We have no idea whether or not Microsoft is working on their own Windows Phone device, we doubt it considering their close partnership with Nokia, but you never know.
Apple is expected to launch its sixth generation iPhone around September or October of this year, the device is expected to be called the iPhone 5, we have previously heard that NFC may be included in Apple’s next generation iPhone.
Apple recently announced PassBook, which is a new mobile wallet that will launch with iOS6, Apple will probably launch the iPhone 5 at the same time as iOS 6.
Now according to a recent report from 9 to 5 Mac, two new iPhone prototypes have been discovered which have NFC, which would mean that the next iPhone would probably come with NFC.
We have also heard that Apple’s iPhone 5 is expected to feature a larger 4 inch display, and we have seen some parts which support this rumor that are apparently from Apple’s next iPhone.
Futeko has this month started selling a new networked streaming media player in the form of the Bluetimes Coopa smart TV for just £58 or around $90. The mini PC which is equipped with a Cortex A9 Amlogic 8726 processor.
Its capable of running Google’s latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system, and is for all intense and purposes a mini PC, which can also act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for a 3G broadband dongle.
The Bluetimes Coopa smart TV is equipped with 4GB of internal memory and its graphics are powered by a Mali400 GPU chipset, similar to the smaller Kimdecent $78 Android 4.0 Mini PC With ARM Cortex-A9 we featured earlier today.
The Bluetimes Coopa smart TV supports MKV, MP4 files and more and its storage can be increase via the use of external USB drives. Its also equipped with a Ethernet socket and WiFi support and has access to Google’s Play Store, with apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, and Angry Birds available to install.
More information and specification are available over on the Futeko website.
iPhone owners looking for a convenient way to charge their smartphone, might be interested in a new charging device called the JuiceBuddy which has been developed. Its creators say that their JuiceBuddy is the most portable iPhone charger available worldwide and has been designed as a keychain for ultimate portability.
“Simply lift up the prongs, plug the JuiceBuddy into any standard wall outlet, lift off the cap, slip your phone on, and your iPhone is off the floor, charging safely and securely. We designed the JuiceBuddy to work with any version of the iPhone, or iPod Touch.”
Its also equipped with a hidden behind the keychain, simply remove it to allow access to the USB 2.0 port. The JuiceBuddy is available to purchase for $25 and will start shipping in August in the US.
Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet, but a version for Europe is already in development.
When we set out to get hands-on with a hard drive, of all things, you can bet we’re going to do more than just pick it up and marvel at how lightweight it is. Here at a gdgt event in New York City, we spotted G-Technology’s new Mac-friendly USB 3.0 drives on display and immediately got to work running some speed tests on the thinnest of the bunch, the G-Drive slim. Though transfer rates varied, both download and upload speeds tended to hover around 95 MB/s, and that was after ten or so runs in the Blackmagic benchmark. (Next time we’ll bring a USB 2.0 cable to test a backward-compatible setup.)
According to a company rep staffing the event, the other drives in the lineup, the G-Drive mini, mobile and mobile USB 3.0, should deliver similar performance. Really, the differences here are in the specs: the G-Drive mobile and mini have FireWire ports, and all three offer more storage (750GB to 1TB, as opposed to 500GB for the slim). Design-wise, all the drives on display here seemed fairly impervious to scratches, and that rubberized band around the edges also makes the devices feel a little less delicate. On that point, you can check out the hands-on photos to see what we’re talking about, though you’ll just have to take our word on the speed testing.
The wait between iOS 6′s unveiling and its planned fall release just got a little bit shorter, as Apple has just pushed out beta 2. If you’re in the developer crowd that can try it out, don’t expect any revelations: the primarily focus is on the bug fixes that nudge the software closer to a final release. As in past years, multiple additional betas are expected between now and the time the iOS 6 is ready to come to the general public, so there’s likely still lots of room left for Apple to polish the release to a shine. Those paid up on their developer accounts can grab the update through the usual means and see just how much luster has been added since WWDC.