Adobe turns Lightroom for iOS into free app, adds new features
Adobe has made a major change to Lightroom, the creative tool company's photo management app for iOS, making it a free app for anyone to use. Previously, the download itself was free but required the paid desktop app or Creative Cloud subscription, but now the iPhone and iPad app will work without needing the user to buy Lightroom or subscribe to the Creative Cloud Photography Plan.
New printer brings fast duplex printing, auto-document scanning to SOHO
Epson America yesterday announced the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-6530 all-in-one printer powered by the company's PrecisionCore tchnology. Epson claims the small workgroup-tailored WF-6530 that can print up to 13x47-inch prints through manual feed saves up to 50 percent on printing costs versus color laser printers.
Desktop app changes incoming for Photoshop, Premiere, InDesign
Adobe has made other announcements at its MAX 2015 conference relating to its desktop apps, alongside its earlier mobile app updates. New additions to its Creative Cloud desktop tools are detailed by the company, as well as video support and new purchase options to the Adobe Stock content service, the launch of Adobe Portfolio to create portfolio websites, and changes to its Creative Cloud Photography plan. Outside of the conference, conflicting statements from Adobe employees suggest there is uncertainty about Metal being used in Mac versions of Creative Cloud apps.
Online deal highlights for October 5, 2015
Welcome to today's installment of Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scours online retailers for discounts, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new deals joining the still-alive deals include the GoPro Hero4 Session for $250, Sony Professional Large Diaphragm headphones for $80, and a half-price offer on refurbished Dell monitors.
Improve your iPhone photos, take shots from a drone with MacNN Deals
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals, we are showcasing some of the offers available from our own MacNN Deals store. Today's collection is themed around improving your photography, with offers to upgrade shots taken using your iPhone, as well as a Lytro imaging device and a camera-equipped drone to give you even more picture-taking options.
Updates to Adobe mobile apps include new CreativeSync file synchronization
Adobe has expanded its app-based offerings with a pair of new mobile apps for editing images while on the move. The addition of Photoshop Fix and Adobe Capture CC to the company's app range accompanies other changes to existing Creative Cloud mobile apps, with many updates for the apps rolling out to users today.
October 29 end date of sales for media streamers that don't support Prime
Amazon resellers are reportedly receiving an email from Amazon, telling them that video streaming devices that don't support Amazon Prime Video won't be sold on the commerce giant's marketplace. If the reports are accurate, the Apple TV line, as well as Google's Chromecast, will be barred from sale after October 29.
3200 lumen bulb can throw a 100-inch image, projected to last up to 6000 hours
Epson today expanded its lineup of 3LCD home entertainment projectors with the addition of the Epson Home Cinema 640. The Home Cinema 640 boasts 3,200 lumens of color brightness and 3,200 lumens of white brightness for vibrant image quality. The affordable 3LCD projector displays images up to 300-inches -- 25 times the area of a 60-inch flat panel In addition, the Home Cinema 640 also features built-in sound, wide connectivity options, and setup tools for instant setup.
Mediatek brings HomeKit to two of its popular SoC ranges
Semiconductor company Mediatek has announced that it has released two software development kits (SDKs) that support Apple HomeKit. MediaTek's new SDKs support two of its System On a Chip (SoC) families: the MT7688 for smart appliances found in wireless speakers and webcams; and the low-power MT7687 which enables any home appliance from garage doors, power switch to thermostats, and runs on the FreeRTOS operating system. Devices with the chipsets are already available.
High-resolution AEE action camera has 2.5-hour battery life, 120fps 720p mode
AEE has launched a new action camera that the company says is clearer, faster, and smarter than its major competition, while still remaining an affordable option to consumers. The S71T Plus boasts the ability to record 4K video at 15fps, a well as 2.7K video at 30fps, 1080p video at up to 60fps, and 720p at 120fps, along with the option of taking 16-megapixel still images using its 150-degree wide-angle lens.
Battery allows Logi Circle to stream video over Wi-Fi for three hours
Logitech is taking on the Nest Cam and other home-monitoring cameras by releasing its own network-connected camera, but one with an unusual feature. The Logi Circle is able to stream video over the local network or Internet like its rivals, except it can also be disconnected from power and be moved around without a physical connection, allowing it to stream in a different location over Wi-Fi for up to three hours using its internal battery.
Online deal highlights for September 28, 2015
Welcome to today's installment of Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scours online retailers for discounts, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new deals joining the still-alive deals include a 500GB Crucial SSD for $160, a Samsung C410W Xpress Color Laser Printer for $90, and a Samsung NX Mini mirrorless digital camera for $279.
Four offers from MacNN Deals to enhance your photos, books, audio editing
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available via our own MacNN Deals store. Today's four items are all apps for your Mac, including apps for helping you write a book, edit audio, edit and convert PDFs into other files, and edit images.
Red Raven weighs 3.5 pounds, package available for drone filming
Red Camera has launched the latest in its line of high-specification cinematography cameras, this time with a slightly cheaper model that aims to offer a similar specification set to the higher-priced models but at a lower price point. The Red Raven weighs 3.5 pounds, making it the lightest in the Red stable, with its compact size making it extremely useful for filming from drones or for filming situations where weight and space are at a premium.
Low-cost GoPro action camera offers remote control via app
GoPro has launched a new entry-level version of its action camera, which provides many of the functions expected from the rest of its range but at a lower price. The Hero+ takes a similar form to the existing Hero camera, but the manufacturer has added Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to the device, giving users the ability to frame up their shots and remotely monitor what the camera is recording via the GoPro app and the Smart Remote.
Photoshop Elements 14 introduces haze, blur removal tools
Adobe has released new versions of two Elements editing tools today, bringing new features to both its entry-level photographic and video apps. Photoshop Elements 14 adds a tool to remove haze, something it introduced as part of June's Creative Cloud update, while Premiere Elements 14's primary addition is support for 4K video, allowing users to import the high-resolution footage from a number of 4K-capable cameras on the market.
It shouldn't be this hard, but at least there's a kludge to do it
We like Photos -- that is, we like the application Photos by Apple, we like Photos by Google, and we just like photos. We take a lot. More than we should. Consequently, we end up with piles of the things, and after a while, the name IMG_4940.JPG just doesn't evoke the memories we'd hope. Nor can it help us gather up all our New York shots for a project. Nor can it tell us whether we like this shot, or mean to delete it some day.
New release integrates new iOS 9 technologies into image editor
Pixelmator Team today has announced the release and immediate availability of Pixelmator for iOS 2.1, a major update to its image editor for iPad and iPhone. Version 2.1 adds support for iOS 9, multitasking on iPad through both Split View and Slide Over, and the ability to open and edit 8K-resolution (8192x4096) images.
Last chance to enter the giveaway for a GoPro action camera worth $400
For the last few weeks, our own MacNN Deals has been giving you the chance to own a new GoPro action camera worth $400 in a giveaway, but you now only have until tomorrow to enter. One lucky winner will get the Hero4 Session, GoPro's smallest video camera that's 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than other Hero4 devices, but is still able to record high quality video of outdoor sports and other intensive activities.
Course bundles, design assets to help your web development prospects
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available in our own MacNN Deals store. Today's four chosen highlights will help budding web developers become more professional, with a series of bundles teaching you how to design for online use, how best to use Amazon Web Services, and how to optimize a site to place it highly in search results, as well as a collection of assets to quickly design essential business documents and items.
Online deal highlights for September 21, 2015
Welcome to today's installment of Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN scours online retailers for discounts, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new deals joining the still-alive deals on the list include a Canon PowerShot SX50 camera for $150, a 24-inch 1080p Acer monitor for $120, and Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones for $90.
Try your hand at inks with this simple, sleek app
Ink drawing can be a bit intimidating to get into, and a bit expensive if you're not sure you're going to stick with it. Thankfully, once again the App Store has come to the rescue. We checked out Zen Brush 2, a slim and slick app for artistic expression.
Line spans photo enthusiasts through home users with modest needs
Epson today introduced its next-generation Expression Small-in-One wireless photo printers. Designed to suit the needs of busy households and creative enthusiasts, the Expression Premium series -- including the Expression Premium XP-530, XP-630 and XP-830 -- utilizes the Claria Premium five-ink system to deliver borderless prints up to 8x10 inches and documents with sharp text. The Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One printer features six-color Claria Photo HD inks to deliver photo enthusiasts with borderless photos up to 11x17 inches.
Prototype Canon VR headset designed to be held up, not worn
Canon is experimenting with virtual reality, and has recently shown off a prototype VR headset. Revealed at the Canon Expo, the prototype has a relatively similar construction to other headsets, though it does require users to wear separate headphones due to a lack of built-in audio, and rather than be worn on the head, Canon has instead gone for a design with two stalks below the display that are used by the viewer as handles.
Only 12 days left to enter the MacNN Deals GoPro Hero4 Session giveaway
Our own MacNN Deals store is giving you the chance to own a new action camera worth $400 in a giveaway. One lucky winner will receive the GoPro Hero4 Session, the company's smallest video camera that's 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter than other Hero4 devices, but is still able to record high quality video of outdoor sports and other intensive activities.
Autofocus speed increased, large ISO range retained in upgraded Sony Alpha A7s
[Updated with shipping date and price for the United States] Sony has unveiled a second generation of its existing Alpha A7s, with the successor adding 4K video to the full frame mirrorless camera, without the need for an external recorder. The Alpha A7s II uses a similar 12.1-megapixel sensor with BIONZ X image processing, and matches the original's expansive ISO range of 50 to 409,600, but its video capabilities have been boosted to offer 4K video at 30 frames per second and 1080p video at up to 120fps, allowing it to be used for slow motion recording.
Screen can be used for interactive advertising, collaboration, education
Visual collaboration company InFocus Corporation has unveiled DigiEasel, its latest line of interactive touchscreen displays designed to facilitate teamwork in smaller meeting rooms and huddle spaces. The affordable, 40-inch, 1080p, 10-point touch DigiEasel has two models, which both feature built-in digital white-boarding tools, and give users display and touch control of their Windows, Mac, and Chromebook devices.
Apple alum Raja Koduri tapped to lead new AMD group
AMD is consolidating all of its graphic technology developments under one roof. AMD today announced the promotion of ex-Apple engineer and executive Raja Koduri to senior vice president and chief architect, of the newly formed Radeon Technologies Group, reporting to president and CEO Doctor Lisa Su. In his expanded role with the division, Koduri is now responsible for overseeing all aspects of graphics technologies used in AMD's APU, discrete GPU, semi-custom, and GPU compute products.
High-resolution Canon camera aimed at 8K video production
Shortly after unveiling its work on a 250-megapixel camera sensor, Canon has confirmed it is working on another high-resolution digital SLR camera. The camera will house a 120-megapixel sensor, the same resolution as a sensor it showed off in 2010, and is more than double the sensors in its current high-resolution camera range, with Canon developing the imaging device specifically for professional use in creating 8K video content.
High-resolution 250MP sensor has surveillance, industrial applications
Canon has revealed it is continuing to work on higher resolution sensors, and has topped the 120-megapixel sensor it showed off in mid-2010 by unveiling a more recently developed unit with a 250-megapixel resolution. The APS-H sensor, capable of creating a photograph with a resolution of 19,580x12,600, is claimed to have the world's highest number of pixels in a CMOS sensor smaller than a 35mm full-frame sensor.
San Francisco facility outfitted with Apple logos, flags, banners
In preparation for the September 9 "Hey Siri" event, workers have spent the weekend preparing the 7,000-seat Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for Apple's big iPhone and other announcements event, including a large "Apple Store" type company logo over the main entrance, new banners, flags, posters, and other signage for the event. The flags, with a white Apple logo on a dark blue background reminiscent of the latest Apple Store retail shirts, is a previously-unseen touch.
Pressure sensitive stylus for iPad gets more comfortable design
Wacom has unveiled a new stylus at IFA, alongside its other graphics tablet-based launches earlier today. The Bamboo Fineline 2 takes after the original launched last year in being a stylus for normal tablets, one with pressure sensitivity allowing apps to react to how hard the user presses down with the nib, and in turn letting users be able to make more refined and detailed drawings on their tablet compared to using their finger.
Online deal highlights for September 3, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The new deals joining the still-alive deals on the list include a 3D printer for $600, a 19.5-inch monitor from Dell for $80, and a four-pack of SanDisk 128GB SSDs for just $160.
Digital notetaking folio Bamboo Spark sends files to mobile devices
Wacom has made a slight departure from its usual graphics tablets, by using its knowledge to create a note-taking device built into a folio. The Bamboo Spark uses Wacom's stylus input technology to allow the folio to capture the movement of the pen, allowing it to record images drawn by the user the pen and paper, effectively creating a digital copy of the drawing or other data as an image file for safe keeping or later editing.
Intuos Draw, Art, Comic, Photo tablets give multiple options to digital artists
Wacom has used IFA to launch a new range of Intuos graphics tablets. The new tablets are being brought out in four different models with two different sizes, with the Art, Comic and Photo tablets including Pen and Touch capabilities while the Draw version just has pen input, with also including optional wireless connectivity, 1,024 pen pressure sensitivity levels, and four customizable ExpressKeys in the top corners.
ZINK paper used for 2x3 prints delivered on the spot
At Berlin's IFA trade show, Polaroid has shown the Snap -- a digital camera that makes prints without ink cartridges. The camera, similar to the Z2300 unveiled in 2012 uses encapsulated ZINK paper, coupled with the 10MP camera sensor in the camera, to deliver 2x3-inch prints shortly after snapping the picture.
New group attempts to make video codec free from H.264 patent mess
Seven leading Internet companies today announced formation of the Alliance for Open Media -- an open-source project that will develop next-generation media formats, codecs and technologies in the public interest. The Alliance's founding members are Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla, and Netflix. The new organization is committing its collective technology to meet growing Internet demand for top-quality video, audio, imagery and streaming across devices of all kinds and for users worldwide.
US launch of Canon EOS M3 takes place months after Europe, Asia
Canon has confirmed it will be bringing the EOS M3 mirrorless camera to the United States in the near future, following its launch in European and Asian markets earlier this year. The compact snapper, which houses a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with the DIGIC 6 image processor, will be arriving in the country in early October, with it keeping exactly the same list of specifications as its international counterparts.
OLED viewfinder included in OM-D E-M10 Mark II, shipping this September
Olympus has updated the OM-D E-M10 mirrorless camera it released last year by adding five-axis stabilization, among other new features. The new OM-D E-M10 Mark II has the same vintage styling as the original, but this time the 16.1-megapixel Micro Four Thirds shooter has a similar VCM image stabilization system to the E-M5 Mark II, allowing it to compensate for camera roll, vertical and horizontal shift by up to four steps.
Lomography camera, remote shutter, lenses on offer at MacNN Deals
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals post, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we are continuing where we left off on Friday by highlighting three more items that may be handy for photographers, including lenses to give you more shooting options for your smartphone, a remote trigger, and a way to experiment with analog photography.
Quirky rectangular camera allows you to refocus images on the fly
Photography is a fairly accessible hobby to get into in the digital age, in terms of both cost and starting skill level. With the advent of smartphones, more and more people are seriously looking into digital photography and don't take long to branch out and grab some specialized equipment. If this sounds like you, we're going to give you an option you may have never thought of: the Lytro light-field camera.
Lytro camera, selfie stick for a GoPro and a compact dolly available on MacNN Deals
Every day, alongside our regular Daily Deals, we are showcasing some of the offers available on our own MacNN Deals page. Today, we are highlighting items that could be useful for photographers, including a first-generation Lytro lightfield camera, a compact dolly for swooping table shots, and a selfie stick designed for a GoPro.
Seven printers bring wireless printing to SOHO, home, school
Canon today announced an expansion to its Pixma printer line. Revealed today are seven new models of printers utilizing Canon's print technology with the Pixma MG7720, three models in the the MG6800 series, and three models of the MG5700 series of Wireless Inkjet All-in-One (AIO) printers.
Photography app features interesting polygonal filters to give your pictures a new look
We check out a lot of photography apps, from improved cameras to vintage filters and art filter apps. Every so often, we come across photography apps that sort of defy conventional categories. Today, we're adding another app to that list with Trimaginator, a quirky filter app centered around triangles.
New TV spot highlights iPhone's spot as top camera among all models
One seemingly little-known fact about the iPhone is that, across the various models, it is the top camera used to take pictures worldwide. Not the top smartphone camera -- the most used camera. In a new commercial from Apple that adds to its latest "If it's not an iPhone, it's not an iPhone" campaign, the camera and its ability to get high-quality photos even in adverse conditions is highlighted.
Products with Ultra HD resolution expected before end of year
The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) will commence licensing the Ultra HD Blu-ray format starting August 24. The format provides expanded color range, high frame rate up to 60fps and up-to 3840x2160 resolution. Product announcements are expected for the 2015 holiday season.
Online deal highlights for August 4, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. Yesterday's still-active deals are joined by a new batch, including the Lytro Illum Light Field Camera for $800, a 50-inch Ultra HD Vizio television for $800, and the OKI MB471 LED Multifunction Laser Printer for a third of its usual price.
Array of printers span several use cases, come with up to two years of ink
Under its new EcoTank brand, Epson today unveiled five new all-in-one color printers featuring large ink reservoirs -- what Epson defines as the Supertank category -- that come loaded and ready for up to two years of prints without replacing the ink. Epson claims that When comparing EcoTank to a traditional printer, the ink included with the EcoTank is equivalent to about 20 sets of ink cartridges, depending on the model.
Online deal highlights for August 3, 2015
Welcome to Daily Deals, the post where the staff of MacNN searches online retailers for offers, bundles, sales, and discounts on hardware, software, games, and gadgets for you, the discerning reader. The old deals from last week have been wiped from the list completely, with the new deals for this week including the Amazon Fire TV Stick for $25, a 24-inch Dell monitor for $185, and a massive selection of Duracell batteries from Woot.
Flagship camera line intended for law enforcement, education
Fujifilm has announced an update to its flagship mirrorless camera line. The new Fujifilm X-T1 IR is the company's first infrared X-Series mirrorless camera that delivers high performance in demanding fields for technical experts, law enforcement, medical research and scientific communities. Sharing nearly identical specifications as the original, the new model adds advanced infrared technology to see light from the ultraviolet (UV), visible and infrared (IR) portions of the light spectrum with a range of approximately 380nm through 1,000nm.