Kodak Pixpro Smart Lens Cameras


Kodak has announced that it is launching a pair of Smart Lens cameras, SL10 and SL25, designed to be strapped to your smartphone to let you take better photos on the move.

We say Kodak, but as photo fans will know, it’s JK Imaging, that holds the worldwide licence for the Kodak name. The new Smart Lens cameras rival the QX10 and QX100 models launched by Sony at IFA 2013.As well as the new Vivitar IU680 smartphone interchangeable lens camera system we featured yesterday and is also expected to launch later this year.

Kodak says that the Smart Lens cameras are compatible with Android or iOS and you’ll be able to control them using a free app. So far, so similar.

As to the specifications, the SL10 has a 10x zoom lens, offering a 28-280mm range, with the ability to capture 1080p video. The SL25 extends this with, you guessed it, 25x zoom. It offers a wider angle 24mm running out to 600mm.

Kodak details that they will accept a microSD card internally and has optical image stabilisation, but offers no information on what functions will be on offer, or what sensor might be sitting behind those lenses.

The SL10 Smart Lens has a price tag of $199 and the SL25 is slated at $299. For reference, the Sony QX10 is $249, so as you’d expect, Kodak undercuts it neatly.

Most impressively, Kodak says that the Smart Lenses “weigh only a few ounces”. They are said to be available in spring 2014.

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Tokyoflash Intros Kisai Spider Acetate Transparent LCD Watch

Tokyoflash Japan has just released a new version of its Kisai Spider watch, Kisai Spider Acetate.

Here’s a brief description of the watch:
“The innovative Kisai Spider Acetate watch uses transparent LCD to create the illusion that time is floating on your wrist. Four numbers arranged from large to small display the digital time in an original and intuitive way. Kisai Spider comes in pure white acetate with a matching PU strap and black, green, blue or red LCD.”

Available at the special release price of $109 (€81, £69) until Friday December 13th at 11:00am Japan time.

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Sony Xperia Z1 mini To Change Its Name From “Z1s” to “Amami”

Previously known as the Sony Xperia Z1s, the Xperia Z1 mini is now going under a new name – Amami.

Sony has already released an Xperia Z1 mini in the form of the Xperia Z1f, but its only for Japanese markets. This smaller version of the Sony Xperia Z1 is supposedly destined for other worldwide markets in the New Year.

The FFC certification tips that the Sony Xperia Z1 mini will launch with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean rather than the latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS featured in devices like the Google Nexus 5.

Unlike other mini flagships, the Z1 mini should feature the same processor as the powerful Xperia Z1. This means the Z1 mini will have a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU.

The Z1 mini should also retain the Z1’s 20.7-megapixel rear camera with f.20, 27mm wide angle lens and 3x digital zoom. This rear camera also has 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor and Bionz image processing engine.

The biggest difference between the two smartphones will obviously be the screen size. The Z1 mini is said to have a 4.3-inch display, in comparison to the flagship Sony Xperia Z1.

Sony is heavily anticipated to unveil the Xperia Z1 mini at CES during its January 6 press conference.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4 To Come With PLS LCD displays

A new Galaxy S5 rumor suggests quite a new look for the next-generation smartphone.

Recent reports out of Korea tip the S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 for LCD displays in favor of the AMOLED offerings featured in many Samsung devices. The decision was apparently made to help reduce costs, according to Sam Mobile. Samsung currently uses the ses PLS LCDs in its Nexus 10 and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets.

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Apple iPhone 5S Gets Official

Apple has announced their latest iPhone, the iPhone 5S and we have all the details on Apple’s new flagship smartphone which will come with Apple iOS 7.

The iPhone 5S will come with a 4 inch Retina display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels, the handset will be available in black, gold and space grey.

It features a a 64 bit Apple A7 processor that will be capable of running both 32 bit and 64 bit applications, the new A7 CPU is twice as fast as the previous A6 processor and also provides double the graphics performance.

The new Apple A7 processor come with a CoreMotion API, that measure movement and Nike has developed a new fitness app called Nike+ Move for the iPhone 5S.

The iPhone 5S will come with 10 hours talk time on 3G and 250 hours standby, it also comes with 10 hours browsing over LTE and 40 hours of music playback.

The iPhone 5S get a new camera which comes with a new 5 element lens with an f/2.2 aperture that was designed by Apple, the sensor is 15 percent larger than the previous version, and iOS 7 comes with some new features that make use of the camera.

The iPhone 5S will go on sale on the 27th of September for $199 on a two year contract, the handset will go up for pre-order on the 20th September.

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Apple iPhone 5C official release

Apple today introduced the long-rumored i iPhone 5c, featuring an all-new design, packed with incredible features in five gorgeous colours:blue, green, pink, yellow and white.The 16GB model priced at $99 and the 32GB version costing $199 (with two-year contract).

As expected, the phone has a polycarbonate (plastic) back. Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of design, described the iPhone 5C as “beautifully, unapologetically plastic. Multiple parts have been reduced to a single polycarbonate component whose service is continuous and seamless.”

If you’re wondering what makes a 5C different from the now-discontinued iPhone 5, it’s basically this: new colors and feel, better front-facing FaceTime HD camera, and a slightly larger battery. Oh, and there’s no 64GB version: you’ll have to get an iPhone 5S for that.

Some of the specs Apple is highlighting include an A6 processor, an 8-megapixel camera with a 3x video zoom in-camera app, an improved front-facing HD camera, and 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band Wi-Fi, as well as “more LTE bands for world coverage.”

From a specs standpoint, the iPhone 5C appears to be a slight upgrade over the existing iPhone 5. However, at 4.65 ounces, the iPhone 5C weighs slightly more than the 3.95-ounce iPhone 5.

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LG Display unveils first Intel WiDi enabled LCD

LG Display remains at the forefront of things yet again, as the company has just announced that they have successfully developed the world’s first LCD panel for monitors that will boast of the Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) technology, which obviously is a project that was performed in collaboration with Intel Corporation. This happens to be a spanking new 23.8-inch LCD panel that would be the most recent improvement which empowers users with the ability to stream wirelessly their laptop and desktop content to their TVs as well as monitors in a far more seamless manner.

LG has partnered up with Intel on this one, the WiDi tech is built-in using a key chipset integrated directly in the LCD panel. The interesting thing here is that LG will also facilitate OEMs and other monitor manufacturers with the new tech. WiDi enabled devices are fairly hard to come by in today’s marketplace, but by offering the tech up “nimbly” and in a cost effective way, LG will allow for other monitor companies to adopt the tech much sooner and easier than they may have anyway.

“LG Display’s latest development brings us closer to the N-Screen era,” said Sang-Yeol Kim, Vice President of LG Display’s IT and Mobile Product Planning Division. “Through our close collaboration with Intel Corporation, we look forward to pioneering the age of wireless devices with our global partners.”

LG Display’s 23.8-inch Intel WiDi solution-enabled LCD panel will debut at the 2013 Intel Developer Forum (IDF13 San Francisco) taking place September 10-12 in San Francisco.

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Dell Expands Workstation Portfolio with new Laptops and Towers

Dell today announced it has expanded its workstation portfolio with the most powerful mobile and tower workstations, the Dell Precision M4800, M6800 laptops, plus the Dell Precision desktop workstations T3610, T5610 and T7610. The new machines are updated with the latest high-performance, workstation-class processors, graphics, storage, display and other technologie.

Powerful new Mobile Workstations
Creative and design professionals that work on the go will want to check out the new Dell Precision mobile workstations that expand on the features and performance of previous systems.

The new Dell Precision M6800 (left) and M4800 (right) and M6800 Phoenix Red Covet Edition mobile workstations

Here’s a breakdown of the features and specs for these laptops:

Dell Precision M4800:

  • Display options: 15.6″ HD (1366×768), 15.6″ Dell UltraSharp FHD (1920×1080) 15.6″ Dell UltraSharp QHD+ (3200×1800)
  • Graphics options: AMD FirePro M5100 2GB GDDR5 memory, NVIDIA Quadro K1100M or K2100M with 2GB GDDR5 memory
  • Processor options: 4th generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7, up to Core i7 Extreme Edition
  • Memory: 4 DIMM slots: up to 32GB 1600MHz or up to 16GB 1866MHz memory
  • Storage options: 7200 RPM HDD from 350GB to 1TB, SSD from 128GB to 512GB SATA 6Gb/s, Solid State Mini-Card storage device from 128GB to 512GB

Dell Precision M6800:

  • Display options: 17.3″ HD+(1600×900), 17.3″ FHD(1920×1080) Dell UltraSharp, 17.3″ FHD(1920×1080) Dell UltraSharp 10-point multi-touch
  • Graphics options: AMD FirePro M6100 Mobility Pro with 2GB GDDR5 memory, NVIDIA Quadro K3100M or K4100M with 4GB GDDR5 dedicated memory, NVIDIA Quadro K5100M with 8GB GDDR5 memory
  • Processor options: 4th generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7, up to Core i7 Extreme Edition
  • Memory: 4 DIMM slots: up to 32GB 1600MHz or up to 16GB 1866MHz memory
  • Storage options: 7200 RPM HDD from 350GB to 1TB, SSD from 128GB to 512GB SATA 6Gb/s, Solid State Mini-Card storage device from 128GB to 512GB

These machines also have features and extras including WAVES MaxxAudio Pro software, WiGig wireless docking, dual fans, and more. If you are looking for a professional laptop with a great screen, powerful hardware, and nice aesthetics, check out the new M4800 and M6800 Dell Precision mobile workstations!

Updated Tower Workstations

If you demand extreme power, easy expandability, and great value, the new Dell Precision tower workstations are designed for you. The new T3610, T5610, and T7610 take Dell’s Precision tower workstation lineup to the next level.

From left: Dell Precision T3610, T5610, and T7610 tower workstation PCs

These new Dell Precision tower workstations build on the design features and capabilities of Dell’s previous lineup, with new features and capabilities including:

Dell Precision T3610:

  • Processor: Single Intel Xeon processor E5-1600 v2 with up to six cores
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro or AMD FirePro (broad selection)
  • Memory: Up to 128GB 1866MHz ECC or 1600MHz non-ECC DDR3 memory
  • Storage: SATA 7200RPM HDD up to 3.0TB, SATA 10,000RPM HDD up to 500GB, SAS 10,000 HDD up to 900GB, SAS 15,000RPM up to 300GB, SSD up to 512GB, PCIe SSD up to 350GB

Dell Precision T5610:

  • Processor: One or two Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 up to 10 cores
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro or AMD FirePro (broad selection)
  • Memory: Up to 128GB 1866MHz ECC RDIMM memory
  • Storage: SATA 7200RPM HDD up to 3.0TB, SATA 10,000RPM HDD up to 500GB, SAS 10,000 HDD up to 900GB, SAS 15,000RPM up to 300GB, SSD up to 512GB, PCIe SSD up to 350GB

Dell Precision T7610:

  • Processor: One or two Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2 up to 12 cores
  • Graphics: NVIDIA Quadro or AMD FirePro (broad selection)
  • Memory: Up to 256GB 1866MHz quad-channel ECC memory (512GB coming soon)
  • Storage: SATA 7200RPM HDD up to 3.0TB, SATA 10,000RPM HDD up to 500GB, SAS 10,000 HDD up to 900GB, SAS 15,000RPM up to 300GB, SSD up to 512GB, PCIe SSD up to 350GB

These new tower workstations all feature:

  • Factory installed Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Operating System
  • Intel Cache Acceleration Software for increased storage performance
  • PCIe Solid State Drives (SSDs) that yield faster storage compared to SATA-based drive technology
  • Dell Performance Optimizer
  • Comprehensive ISV certification so that you know your apps will work properly on these workstation PCs

These new Dell Precision workstation tower PCs offer great new features, capabilities, and performance. I’d love to try out the maxed out 256GB T7610 model since you can never get too much RAM!

All of the PCs covered in this blog post will be available starting September 12, 2013 with prices starting at $1,099 for the T3610, $2,729 for the T5610, $3,059 for the T7610, $1,249 for the M4800 and $1,599 for the M6800.

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Garmin zumo 390LM GPS for motorcyclists debuts

Garmin revealed a new Global Position System navigation system designed for motorcycles that offers Bluetooth connectivity, a curvy road locator and compatibility with the company’s new Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor (TPMS).

The Garmin zumo 390LM is the company’s first GPS navigator designed to work with TPMS (sold separately). The sensors attach to the metal tire valve step on each wheel and wirelessly delivers real-time tire pressure data to the zumo 390LM. Riders can set the TPMS to different pressure thresholds. When the tire pressure drops below a threshold level, the zumo 390LM displays an alert. The system also tracks tire pressure trends and can detect when a tire is slowly leaking air.

The zumo 390LM also offers a service history log riders can use to record the date, mileage levels and maintenance. The system can log tire mileage, oil changes, chain cleaning and most other maintenance information.

Using Bluetooth technology and a wireless headset for Bluetooth-enabled helmet, riders can hear voice-guided directions as well as make calls through the zumo interface. The zumo 390LM uses a 4.3-inch touchscreen that can be operated with gloves and is visible in different levels of sunlight.

The zumo 390LM comes with a motorcycle handlebar mount, power cable, USB cable and a suction cup for mounting in a car. The GPS navigator comes preloaded with maps for North America, with free map updates through the life of the zumo 390LM.

The Garmin 390LM is available now for $699.99. Tire sensors are sold separately and cost $69.99 each.

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Dark Souls II PS3 beta confirmed for October

The Dark Souls II PlayStation 3 closed beta test will begin on October 12 in North America, Europe, and Australasia, Namco Bandai has announced.

A closed beta registration ticket has been made available on the PlayStation Store. Players who qualify will receive a product code to download the beta.

Following the initial wave on October 12, a second wave of beta participants will be accepted on October 27.

Dark Souls II is due out for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC in March 2014.

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