Samsung-made graphics chips at issue, used in both iOS and Android devices
Audio-Visual products manufacturer Creative Technology, through their ZiiLabs (formerly 3D Labs) subsidiary, is suing Samsung and accusing the Galaxy maker of infringing on 10 patents used in graphics system-on-chip designs for mobile and desktop devices. Both Apple and Samsung are named in the suit, as Samsung provides or formerly provided some of its own SoC components to some of Apple's devices.
Lumix GH4 shipping in late April, May, priced at $1700 for the body alone
Panasonic has released more details about shipments of its Lumix GH4 camera, following its formal unveiling early last month. The 4K-capable device and its optional YAGH interface unit will be shipping to customers in late April or May, depending on the country, with the 16.05-megapixel Micro Four Thirds camera being priced at $1,700 for the body alone.
Appears intended to support 4K displays
The OS X 10.9.3 beta supports new graphics scaling options which appear aimed at supporting 4K displays, users say. While a Mac Pro or Retina MacBook Pro can connect to a 4K monitor, they normally do so at resolutions up to 4096x2160 at 24Hz, which results in OS X's interface being spread out and shrunk, and choppiness in the case of things like the mouse cursor. The MacBook Pro can alternately use 3840x2160 at 30Hz, but this isn't an improvement.
Television range uses sub-pixels to help display 4K content on 1080p panel
Sharp has started to ship a range of 4K-supporting, sub-4K-resolution televisions the company launched at CES in January. The Quattron+ collection, part of its 2014 Aquos range, is capable of playing Ultra HD content, but does so using a 1080p panel that employs Sharp's "Revolution" technology, splitting pixels in two to provide 16 million sub-pixels, giving it an "effective resolution of 3840x2160."
May be supplying tech related to Retina displays
A company specializing in image processing semiconductors and software, Pixelworks, has revealed itself as an official Apple supplier through a new filing with the SEC. In 2013 Apple is said to have accounted for more than 10 percent of Pixelworks revenue. The news has sent the latter company's share price surging, boosting it by about 53 to 54 percent in Thursday trading, or more than $2.58 per share.
Updates support for OS X 10.9.2, CUDA update also available
On Monday, video card maker Nvidia released updated drivers for 2010, 2009 and 2008-model Mac Pro units, along with a reminder that the units will need the previously-updated CUDA 5.5.28 driver for Mac in order to leverage the CUDA architecture in some Nvidia cards. The updated drivers bring support for the latest version of OS X Mavericks (10.9.2), and include an Nvidia Driver Manager preference pane.
New protocol should be cross platform, and apply to computers or mobile
Tablet and software creator Wacom has proposed that the drawing-tablet industry adopt a new standard -- what it is calling WILL (Wacom Ink Layer Language). The company claims that what the industry needs is "a universal and open standard for digital inking which will allow users to work across OS, hardware platforms and cloud services," and it believes that its effort will pave the way to greater collaboration and information sharing.
MacPhun software offers options to direct attention in photos
MacPhun software, known for its line of photo-editing software, has introduced a new version of its Mac-only photo-emphasis program Focus 2 with a new Pro version that can also be used as a plug-in as well as a standalone app. The upgrade adds a number of features over the more casual Focus 2, giving photographers more freedom to enhance or alter their work for emphasis and attention. MacNN has been testing the new Focus 2 Pro, and we like what we see.
Elgato Thunderbolt SSD only $180 and more
This week, Other World Computing has a great deal on the Elgato 120GB Thunderbolt solid state drive, which is currently priced at $179, $120 off the list price of $299. That beats the next lowest price by $65. Free delivery is included. The Elgato Thunderbolt SSD offers 120GB of storage with 270MB/s access times. Included is a three-year warranty on parts and labor from Elgato.
Latest update brings 'before/after' previews to CS6, CC editions
Prior to a final release, Adobe on Friday has posted release candidates for Camera Raw and its DNG Converter app, both at version 8.4, for testing on Photoshop CS6 and CC. In addition to the usual array of new lenses and cameras being supported (and bug fixes), the new version of Camera Raw offers new features for Photoshop CC users, including a "before and after" preview system. The update also drops support for OS X Snow Leopard, Windows XP and Windows Vista.
Mac mini, iPhone 5 and more
Until February 19 at MegaMacs.com, get a great deal on a bundle that includes a refurbished Mac mini, keyboard, mouse, DVI-HDMI adapter and Adobe Lightroom 5 -- all for only $240, which is $50 off their regular price. That makes this about $85 less than the lowest price we've seen for the Mac mini alone anywhere else, and Bitcoin is now accepted as a payment method. The Mac mini features a 1.83GHz Intel core 2 duo processor, 2GB of RAM and 80GB hard drive. Included is a 30-day warranty from MegaMacs.
Process sheds light on Apple's response to copying complaints by developers
As part of a relatively-accessible developer ecosystem, like Apple's App Store, there needs to be a process for developers (and users) to report potential plagiarism of applications and other materials. Apple does have a process, and comic reader app iComic's developer Tim Oliver, regrettably, has experience with it. He has offered to tell us about the process from the start.
App allows local network viewing of photo libraries, not possible with iPhoto
While not the largest library, our family has about 82GB of pictures dating back to a time way before iPhoto -- back when we had a QuickTake 200. Apple's iPhoto release in 2002 was a gift from Cupertino straight to our graphite G4. While we love the convenience of an iPad for photo display to visiting and resident family, Apple's photo stream can't practically approach the size of our library. Developer David Ritchie has come up with a solution for users with a home LAN -- PhotoScope. The newly-released app allows Aperture and iPhoto users to stream the entire contents of a photo library across the a local network to an iPad, regardless of picture resolution or size.
Entry-level Canon DSLR includes 1080 video capture, nine-point AF system
Canon has launched another DSLR in its Rebel range of cameras, aimed at the entry-level market. An upgrade from the EOS Rebel T3 launched in 2011, the Canon EOS Rebel T5 uses an 18-megapixel CMOS APS-C sensor with a DIGIC 4 image processor, giving it a sensitivity range of ISO 100 to ISO 12,800, the ability to capture 1080p video at 30fps, and a continuous shooting mode of 3fps.
Phase-detection, contrast-detection AF help provide 11fps AF tracked shooting
One month after updating the α5000, Sony has launched another Alpha camera with what it claims uses the world's fastest autofocus in an interchangeable lens camera. The α6000 is able to focus on a subject in 0.06 seconds using Sony's Fast Hybrid AF system, consisting of a 179-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor working with a contrast-detection AF.
Adapted hunting technology purports to bring easy monitoring to the home
Hunting cameras are key to selecting the perfect spot for setting up a perch before hunting season begins. But what happens when a company wants to take their technology in hunting cams, and apply it to home security? The result is the TRACE line of home surveillance cameras from Moultrie. The company brings the same triggered recording technology and sensors to a suburban neighborhood with the TRACE Perimeter and the TRACE Premise. Do the cameras handle their transition from watching deer to watching cars pull in a driveway well? Or would the consumer be better off buying a dedicated, wired system over the individual TRACE cameras? Check our review to find out.
Deal would double number of camera sensors supplied by Sony
Sony is preparing to supply Apple with front image sensors for a future iPhone release, according to a report. While Sony already provides the vast majority of CMOS sensors for the rear cameras of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, the manufacturer has apparently entered negotiations to offer both the front and back camera modules to Apple for its devices.
Multi-layer sensor splits light bands for more accurate color representation
Sigma has unveiled the first of a trio of compact cameras with vertical color separation technology. The dp Quattro collection all use the Foveon X3 "Quattro" image sensor, one which uses three layers of photodiodes assigned to each RGB color, with the manufacturer claiming it allows the camera to capture the hue, value, and chroma for each pixel more accurately than the mosaic-style sensors used in other cameras.
Draft IPO from sports camera producer remains confidential
Action camera manufacturer GoPro has filed plans for an initial public offering (IPO) with the Securities and Exchanges Commission, the company has revealed. The confidential submission on Friday, accompanied by a short press release announcing it, is one of the first major steps for the company to shift from being a privately-held business and into a publicly-held version.
Nerf N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam EC5-12 Blaster to feature 1.77 inch color screen
A new prototype from Nerf shows the company taking new steps in embracing technology: a new blaster in their N-Strike line will have a mounted video camera for recording the dart-slinging action as it happens. Yahoo Tech was able to try out the Nerf N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam EC5-12 Blaster -- a motorized, clip-loading platform that shoots darts to 90 feet, featuring a 1.77-inch color screen.
Lumix GH4 increases high-resolution video recording options
Panasonic has unveiled a new mirrorless camera capable of recording 4K-resolution video, as a successor to the Lumix GH3. While the Lumix GH4 takes after the appearance of the previous model, albeit slightly smaller, it boasts an improved focus on video work, with Panasonic also launching an accessory that adds a host of connections and extra controls ideal for videographers.
New line focuses on connectivity, optical zoom, new CMOS
Nikon announced the latest additions to its lineup of Coolpix cameras that offer advanced optics and performance. The 60x zoom Coolpix P600 and 42x zoom Coolpix P530 provide super-long zoom lenses, and the ability to capture images and Full HD (1080p) videos. Additionally, the slim 30x zoom Coolpix S9700 and the Coolpix P340 claim to provide quality images in a compact package.
Package makes i7 Chromebox available in the US months before other models
Google and HP have teamed for an office communications package featuring Chromebox technology. Google VP of Product Management Caesar Sengupta announced the "Chromebox for Meetings" package, including a Core i7 Chromebox, a HD camera, Bluetooth speaker, and keyboard remote.
Domain names mostly connected to Aperture, FaceTime, other apps
Apple has acquired another batch domains from ICANN, reports note. The latter this week opened up access to more generic top-level domains; Apple secured 16 .camera and .photography addresses, specifically one of each for names including "aperture," "apple," "facetime," "imovie," "iphoto," "isight," "photobooth," and "retina." Apple is presumably holding the domains to prevent squatters from exploiting them.
Ruggedized Ricoh compacts waterproof at depth of 45 feet for two hours
Ricoh has launched a trio of cameras designed for outdoor use, following in the footsteps of the WG-3. The ruggedized WG-4, WG-4 GPS, and the WG-20 are all compact cameras offering IPX8 waterproofing to 14 meters (45 feet) for up to two hours, 10 meters (32 feet) for the WG-20, as well as being dust-proof, shock-resistant, able to survive a weight of up to 100kg (220lb), and resistant to temperatures as low as -10 Centigrade (14 Fahrenheit).
September event becomes ad-like promo for iPhone 5s camera
Apple has edited down footage shot with multiple pre-release iPhone 5s units during a Burberry fashion show last September into a 30-second TV ad-style video, currently seen on the iPhone's spotlight page. Like the recent "01.24.14" ad, the promo and fashion show were shot in HD entirely using the iPhone 5s as a showcase of how high-quality the camera is. The shortened spot may end up appearing on television as a genuine ad to promote the iPhone 5s.
Pad and Quill releases new Author Series cases for iPad Air
Pad and Quill has announced its release of five new designs of bindery- and artisan-patterned cloth cases for iPad Air. Part of the Author Series, the new commissioned artwork designs are created by Tamarah Ryan and Will Bowe, local artists to the production site of the cases (St. Paul, Minnesota).
Rear camera details revealed before expected Mobile World Congress launch
LG has started to promote the G Pro 2 ahead of its expected launch at Mobile World Congress, by revealing more details about its imaging capabilities. Information released through its Korean social site claim the smartphone will have a 13-megapixel rear camera with an improved Optical Image Stabilization technology the company is calling "OIS Plus".
MicroSD, USB ports provide additional connectivity for 700 lumen device
Acer today announced the availability of the "palm-sized" K137 LED portable home theater projector for US customers. Outfitted with two 3W speakers and SRS Wow HDTM stereo enhancement, the new projector delivers high-fidelity sound coupled with in a practical way to project movies, videos, and games both in and out of the home.
Simple crop and resizing in a low-profile application
There are a host of utilities designed to be the be-all-end-all of image manipulation. Sometimes, though, you have a single need for a fast image crop, and there's no compelling reason to fire up a multi-gigabyte image editing suite like Photoshop. Yellow Mug software is no stranger to the single-purpose utility, and one of their apps that we've been examining is image resize and rotate tool EasyCrop.
Should open up many more iOS, Android, Chrome apps for casting
Google has released the finished and long-anticipated Google Cast Software Development Kit, needed for third-party developers wanting to add Chromecast support to apps. The package includes resources for iOS, Android, and websites in Chrome. Until now, Google has only worked with individual developers to expand Chromecast support.
Lens camera firmware improves ISO, video resolution
Sony's QX Smart Lens range of "Lens Cameras" have received a firmware update, improving a number of functions. At the same time, images have surfaced suggesting that Sony is preparing to offer a mount for the cameras, expanding the range of devices the QX10 and QX100 can be attached to from smartphones to include tablets and phablets.
Software creates 'video walls,' digital signage, remains Mac-exclusive
Renewed Vision has unveiled its Mac-exclusive ProVideoPlayer (PVP) version 2.0, sporting improvements and new features alongside a rewritten application and redesigned user interface in what the company says is the culmination of eight years of real-world experience with using the software in live presentations, installations and other events. The software is used for digital signage, video walls and other professional video presentations.
New printer can print models with a single material, or fiber fusion
The main weakness of commercial-grade 3D printers is the tensile strength of the objects printed, according to printer company Mark Forged. The new Mark One 3D printer, unveiled at the SolidWorks World Convention in San Diego, CA, is the first multi-material printer for small print runs designed for carbon fiber extrusion, either solely or in conjunction with fiberglass, nylon, and PLA plastic.
Two-axis gyro module from PureView Lumias hits open market
The optical imaging stabilization technique used by Nokia in some of its Lumia smartphones is now able to be bought by other device manufacturers for use in smartphones and tablets. ST Microelectronics is now selling the module, which involves a two-axis gyroscope with an angular rate sensor, on the open market for the first time since the exclusivity period with Nokia expired.
Dot-sight for tracking moving subjects, ruggedness touted in new Olympus cameras
At the same time as launching the OM-D E-M10, Olympus has unveiled two more cameras it will also ship in March. The Stylus SP-100EE is a super zoom camera with a dot-sight for subject tracking, while the Stylus TG-850 is a ruggedized, waterproof compact camera with a 180-degree flipping LCD monitor for simpler self portraits and more shooting options.
Five-axis image stabilization replaced by three-axis version in OM-D E-M10
Olympus has added to the OM-D camera collection with another mirrorless Micro Four Thirds snapper. The E-M10 takes after the E-M5 in terms of its appearance, but it manages to shrink down into a more compact body, and though it could be considered the entry-level camera of the OM-D range, it still manages to add in a few features its two-year-old stablemate does not have.
Unified file browser app Octonius combines viewing of Dropbox, Evernote and Google Drive content
File browsing app for iOS Octonius has released its latest version of the software, optimized for iPhone and iPod touch. Octonius synthesizes viewing of file content on Evernote, Dropbox and Google Drive, allowing its users to track and organize their cloud storage. An Octonius account features several options for viewing and organizing, such as the "Flow" tab, which visualizes a stream of accessed files that are ordered chronologically. Users can add notations to a file, or add it to a particular collection.
Fujifilm X-T1 boasts unique EVF, manual controls
Fujifilm has launched the X-series interchangeable lens camera it teased earlier this month. The X-T1 is an X-Mount camera that uses a 16.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor combined with the EXR II image processor, similar to the retro-inspired X-E2, though it uses an SLR-based design complete with a large assortment of top-mounted manual controls.
Deal gives MakerBot access to the Dell distribution and logistics channel
Dell today announced it will offer MakerBot Replicator 3D printers, scanners, and raw materials to create an end-to-end 3D design solution for small and medium-sized businesses, enabling fast and affordable prototyping. Six MakerBot models will be available for purchase or pre-order at launch on February 20.
New 'printer' combines solids, rubber-like, and transparent plastics
Stratasys -- a manufacturer of 3D printers and materials for personal use, prototyping, and production -- today announced the launch of the Objet500 Connex3 color multi-material 3D printer, which the company calls the first and only 3D printer to combine colors with multi-material 3D printing.
Includes SLI graphics, multicore optimizations
Pixelmator has released an important update of its namesake image editing software, v3.1, also codenamed Marble. The release is mainly geared toward supporting the 2013 Mac Pro, for instance enabling 16-bit-per-channel color, multicore optimizations, and the use of both of the Pro's graphics cards simultaneously. This should speed up rendering and various other tasks, offering what Pixelmator claims is "profoundly" better performance.
Motion graphics theme FrostyGlass now available for Final Cut Pro X
Factory FX has released FrostyGlass, a set of eight fully-customizable plugins for Final Cut Pro X that aim to enhance a project by simulating glass distortions. Including a filter effect and a theme and title generator, FrostyGlass creates glass distortion on top of one's video project.
828x audio interface with Thunderbolt technology provides comprehensive I/O
MOTU has released its newest audio interface of the 828 series, the 828x with Thunderbolt connectivity. Though still possessing USB 2.0 connections, the 828x provides low-latency performance thanks to Thunderbolt, due to the latter's ability to maintain speed in high-bandwidth applications.
Rumored X-T1 could have 16MP sensor, weather-sealing
Fujifilm is teasing a new retro-styled X-mount camera that it will be launching at the end of this month. Thought to be called the Fujifilm X-T1, the camera could potentially replace the X-Pro1 as the company's flagship camera, and though the teaser image gives little in the way of clues as to what the camera is capable of, the large number of dials on the top suggest it to be a manual-friendly device.
Expected to paralled desktop version, cost $99 annually
Adobe is on the verge of launching the iPad version of Lightroom, leaks indicate. Earlier this week, the company's website briefly contained references to the app, and even let some people pay for a subscription, which was listed with a $99 annual fee. The reason for the fee is cloud storage, since Lightroom is designed to bulk-process hundreds or thousands of photos, and Adobe wants to sync files between iPads and the Mac and Windows versions of the software.
OS X 10.9.2 build distributed to developers, with focus on Mail issues
On Thursday, Apple seeded a new build of the forthcoming OS X 10.9.2 update to developers, a month after the first one. The new build, 13C39, continues to focus on issues within Mail, as well as VPN functions, Messages, graphic drivers and VoiceOver. The revamped Mail introduced in Mavericks has had a number of issues with Gmail compatibility and problems with Smart Mailboxes, along with other more minor issues. The update is available through Software Update or Apple's developer portal (registered developer account required).
Skype's iOS apps receive two-way HD calling, improved chat sync
Social messaging platform Skype has updated its iPhone and iPad apps with the release of Version 4.17 launched today. Users can message, voice or video call friends and family who are also on the service for free with Skype's service. Version 4.17 has added two-way HD video calls, supported on the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display.
3D tech intended for refining previously-designed objects
Adobe has today launched several improvements to Photoshop CC for Creative Cloud subscribers. Perhaps the most significant is support for 3D printing; while the software isn't designed for creating objects from scratch, users can import files created in modeling tools or 3D scanners, apply colors and textures, and get automatic mesh repairs. Compatible file formats include OBJ, STL, 3DS, Collada, and KMZ.
Horizon prevents 'portrait video' shooting, offers alternative resolutions
A new app, currently on sale for $1, promises to fix one of the plagues of modern life -- "portrait" videos. Horizon, an alternative video camera app, forces the video camera to capture in landscape mode regardless of which way the iPhone is positioned. The on-screen preview allows users to focus on the horizontal crop of what they are shooting when holding the iPhone in portrait, and offers web-quality VGA, 720p or 1080p quality along with square, 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios.