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Apple wins patent on physics-based tablet GUI concept

09/16, 11:07am

Users could 'pour' files from one device to another

Apple has won a US patent on an unusual tablet-based graphical interface. The UI would not only make use of touch and motion, as iOS does currently, but simulated physics, including mass, gravity, friction, and/or drag. A basic example involves selecting multiple files or folders; by drawing a circle around them, users would create a selection "bubble" that could be behave like a floating ball, even bouncing off of screen edges. File and folder size could dictate mass, such that a larger file might move more slowly.

DisplayPort spec boosted to 1.3, can drive 5K on single cable

09/16, 10:40am

New version drives 25.9Gbps of uncompressed video

The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) announced the release of the DisplayPort 1.3 standard. An update to the widely used DisplayPort 1.2a standard, this latest version increases the maximum link bandwidth to 32.4Gbps, with each of four lanes running at a link rate of 8.1Gbps per lane -- a 50 percent increase from the previous version of the DisplayPort standard. Allowing for transport overhead, DisplayPort's 32.4Gbps combined link rate delivers 25.9Gbps of uncompressed video data.

Amazon Kindles susceptible to malicious epub, account info at risk

09/16, 10:12am

Stored cross-site scripting attack can steal stored cookies on tablet

Security researchers have noted the resurrection of an old bug, which allowed a crafted epub e-book file to seize cookies stored on Amazon's Kindle series of tablets. When a malicious file hits the storage of the Kindle, either by USB loading or the Amazon "Send to Kindle" feature, a Javascript embedded in a fie will execute as soon as the device's browser is launched, which could result in the user's Amazon account to be compromised.

Devs will not have access to NFC APIs this year, Apple says

09/16, 9:30am

Tech initially reserved for Apple Pay

Third-party app developers won't be able to access the APIs for Apple's NFC chips this year, a company spokesperson says. That effectively limits the NFC support in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to Apple Pay, as well as a few other authorized uses. That may be a security measure on Apple's part, since opening up the APIs too early could make it easier for hackers to crack the payment technology.

Olympus reveals silver OM-D E-M1, incoming firmware update

09/16, 9:28am

OM-D E-M1 update adds USB tethering, extra shooting options

Olympus has revealed two changes to the OM-D E-M1 it launched last year. The company is releasing a silver-colored version of the professional-grade camera, with a pre-installed firmware upgrade which adds a number of changes to the device's software, as well as enabling more functionality from within its companion smartphone app.

Review: Autodesk Smoke 2015

09/16, 8:13am

Updated Autodesk video editor is put to the test

The follow-up to Smoke 2013, Autodesk's Smoke 2015 aims to improve on the original video editing software. While it introduces a new Timeline FX workflow and integrated 3D tracker alongside other new features and performance upgrades, is it enough to make users switch to the latest edition? Read our review of Smoke 2015 to find out.

Leica increases camera range with X-E, X, V-Lux, D-Lux

09/16, 7:39am

Leica V-Lux, D-Lux rebranded versions of Panasonic FZ1000, Lumix LX100

Leica launched a number of other digital cameras at Photokina, alongside the M Edition 60. The Leica X and Leica X-E are high-end compact cameras, while the Leica V-Lux and Leica D-Lux are snappers best described as rebranded versions of Panasonic cameras, a process the manufacturer has undertaken a few times previously.

Opinion: Battery life should dictate Apple Watch release strategy

09/16, 7:29am

Battery life is critical to widespread consumer adoption of the Apple Watch

As an early adopter of all types of technology, I will be among the first to get my hands on an Apple Watch when it launches early next year. There is a lot that Apple looks to have nailed with it, including the typically elegant industrial design, advanced materials and system architecture combined with what looks to be the most evolved smartwatch OS by some margin. The multiple collections and easily swappable bands also make it highly customizable, greatly enhancing its overall appeal. However, the biggest question mark over it at this point is its battery life, which is a potential issue that could be addressed by Apple if it adopts a slightly different tact before launch.

Limited-release Leica M Edition 60 revealed without rear display

09/16, 5:53am

Anniversary version of Leica M removes electronic assistance in retro camera design

Leica has unveiled a new limited-edition M-series digital camera to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Leica M3. The Leica M Edition 60 is a classically-influenced M-P Type 240-style camera which possibly takes its retro design too far, using an old-fashioned viewfinder rather than an electronic version, and replaces the typical rear display with a single ISO selector dial.

Free iTunes U2 album now up to 'record-breaking' 33 million in 'sales'

09/16, 1:37am

Some users downloading, some streaming, averaging 5.1 million per day

Less than a week after Apple added U2's new album Songs of Innocence to iTunes' users libraries as a free gift, Apple has revealed that the album has been downloaded, streamed or played in its entirety more than 33 million times, an average "sales" figure of 5.1 million copies per day. Apple did also provide a tool for users who didn't want the gift to remove it completely if they desired.

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