Category - Digital-imaging
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Luxury camera producer Leica has launched its latest high-end digital imaging device, but one that is missing a very common component that usually appears on digital cameras. The Leica M-D (Typ 262) is a 24-megapixel camera with a full-frame CMOS sensor and the Maestro image processor, but unusually the company has decided to purposely leave off any way of being able to review any shots taken on the camera itself, as it lacks displays.
On Thursday, Apple updated its iMovie app for OS X to version 10.1.2, which primarily fixes a YouTube sharing issue, includes larger project thumbnails more in the style of iMovie for iOS, adds App Preview resolutions for iPad Pro and Apple TV, and makes some tweaks to navigation that includes a new "fast project creation" option, along with a new keyboard shortcut for selecting within a clip in the timeline and video browser. In addition, the update makes the usual background bug fixes and improves the stability of the video editing application.
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HP is targeting Mac power users by allowing them to tap into its high-end Z Workstations remotely using its new Remote Graphics Software for OS X. Previously only available for PC and Linux users, the new version 7.1 has been ported to the Mac platform. The host HP Z workstation uses a "sender" plugin that connects with Receiver for OS X on a Mac, allowing both machines to share screen and apps. The announcement has been timed to coincide with the launch of the new third-gen HP Z workstations, including a new AIO model, that can feature up to 44 CPU cores and Nvidia's latest high-end Quadro GPUs.
Following the confirmation of the dates of the next Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has posted a mini-site teasing attractions and hinting at features of the next WWDC, which will be held from June 13-17. This year, in a new wrinkle, some key events -- the Keynote, the State of the Union, and Apple Design Awards, all on Monday the 13th, and the Thursday Night Bash on the 16th will be held at the 7,000-seat Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, while Sessions, Labs, and all other events will be held at the usual venue, Moscone West, all in San Francisco.
The US Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by the Authors Guild and other writers, ending a case in which the guild had challenged Google's wholesale scanning of books for which they did not own the copyright. In letting stand the lower Second US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, the justices essentially condoned what the Authors Guild called "an unprecedented judicial expansion of the 'fair-use' doctrine." The ruling opens the door for anyone, from students to other large-scale preservation or information projects, to scan books under copyright and make them freely available, as long as it fits the "fair use" conditions.
Video shot for virtual reality headsets is taking a leap forward today, with announcements from two different companies for two slightly different reasons. GoPro revealed the cost of its Omni VR capture rig, as well as launched its own app for 360-degree videos, while YouTube is expanding its existing support for 360-degree videos by allowing video creators who use its service to stream the all-directional video format to other users from today.
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Apple mandates June 1 app IPv6 support
Apple has set the deadline for IPv6 support for App Store-supplied software. On June 1, apps thast use a custom networking stack and that are submitted to the app store must support IPv6-only networks. The rule, announced last year as coming soon, will only affect a small portion of submitted applications that do not use the NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs. http://apple.co/24yBTIY
YouTube Unplugged OTT service coming 2017?
As part of the continuing YouTube evolution, the video streaming service is reportedly considering a paid subscription service that would provide users "over the top" cable TV service. According to sources familiar with the matter, the service has been in the works since 2012, has already made changes to accommodate the live video feeds, and could debut the offering as soon as 2017. http://bloom.bg/1rvx8BW
Kohls Apple Pay integration with loyalty program
Kohl's customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl's Charge and simultaneously earn loyalty program Yes2You Rewards in conjunction with Apple Pay. The service is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl's stores and is expected to be in all Kohl's stores nationwide later this month, making Kohl's the first retailer to deliver a one-tap checkout that integrates both its private credit card as a form of payment and a loyalty program with Apple Pay. http://yhoo.it/21wEUI6
AirMap iOS app for drone operators
Provider of airspace information and services for unmanned aircraft AirMap announced today the release of the AirMap app for iOS and Apple Watch. Operators can now access low-altitude airspace advisories, create flights, file digital flight notices to over 80 airports, and manage unmanned aircraft. Building on the success of AirMap's Digital Notice and Awareness System (D-NAS), the AirMap app brings to iOS devices a fully integrated airspace management solution for recreational and commercial drone operators. The app is free. http://apple.co/21wCadD
BlackBerry video calling available on iOS
BlackBerry has made its video calling feature available to Android and iOS users. The company reports limited availability of the new cross-platform feature for now, citing "because this is the first time we're launching BBM Video calling, and we want to monitor performance, gather feedback, and iron out any kinks that may arise before we roll it out globally." http://blck.by/1ruu4pC
Apple loses iPhone brand exclusivity in China
Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the 'iPhone' brand in China, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court has ruled. According to Quartz, Chinese company Xintong Tiandi is now free to continue selling its non-smartphone "IPHONE" branded products, which include smartphone cases, among other leather goods. The Chinese court ruled that Xintong Tiandi, which registered the "IPHONE" trademark in 2007, could continue to use the trademark because Apple did not start selling the iPhone in China until 2009. Apple also could not prove that Xintong Tiandi's ongoing use of the trademark would cause Apple material harm. The latest ruling by the Chinese government follows its recent decision to shut down the iTunes Movies and iBooks Store. http://bit.ly/1SNhRmB
Bowers & Wilkins bought by EVA Automation
High-end UK audio equipment maker and fixture in Apple retail stores Bowers & Wilkins has been bought out by a California "smart home" tech firm, EVA Automation. Fomer Bowers & Wilkins owner Joe Atkins will continue as CEO of the joint venture, with EVA Automation founder Gordon Yu acting as executive chairman. The two companies said the merger will combine EVA's AV technologies and Bowers & Wilkins' acoustic engineering talents to grow the now-combined firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and it is expected that the Bowers & Wilkins brand name will continue. http://yhoo.it/1SLt6zj