App attempts to recreate the feeling of desktop artist programs on iPad
We're back with another art app for those of you who are still Goldilocksing their way to the perfect tool, trying to find the perfect balance between enough options and not too many options, one that has great tools, and works with the type of artist you are. Today, we're here to show you the illustrator-centric Medibang Paint, an app that attempts to give you the feel of a full art program in your iPad.
Entry level Leica M Typ 262 claimed to use quieter shutter than other models
Leica has introduced a new entry level device in its M rangefinder collection, one that retains the classic design of earlier versions, such as the M Typ 240 and the M-P. The Leica M Typ 262 offers a 24-megapixel sensor with a Maestro image processor, like others in the range, but in an effort to represent photography in its "purest form," Leica has stripped out common features like video recording, leaving just what the camera manufacturer believes are the "most essential features."
New version brings 64-bit, faster encoding of many video formats
Telestream has announced the availability of the newest version of its Episode video encoding software, Episode 7.0. The new software adds 64-bit technology support for faster encoding and better memory allocation, more encoding presets, as well as full 4K video support.
Cloud storage for seven days included with Arlo Q
Networking gear company Netgear today introduced the Arlo Q 1080p HD Security Camera with Audio, model VMC3040, the newest member of the Arlo IP camera family. The new addition to the Arlo line features 1080p high-definition video and two-way communication.
MacNN's Friday freebie column for November 13, 2015
Everyone likes getting something for nothing, especially when there's no or relatively few catches. Freebie Friday is the post where the MacNN staff find stuff you can make use of this weekend, without spending a penny. In this edition, improve your designs with two bundles of resources, read and edit PDFs while on the move, and take things easy this weekend with a selection of free digital comic books.
Both models aimed at well-lit presentation spaces
Epson this week introduced two new portable projectors, the EX5250 Pro and the EX5240. The new projectors are aimed at small- to medium-sized businesses, and both are designed to integrate with users' mobile and other devices. Both output at 1024x768, and both models support HDMI connectivity spanning numerous devices.
New tablet could push revenue share back up, analyst predicts
On Monday, Apple debuted its first iPad TV ad since the initial blitz announcing the iPad Air 2, this time for the forthcoming iPad Pro. The ad, dubbed "A Great Big Universe," shows off a third-party app specially optimized for the new 12.9-inch tablet, Sky Guide. Separately, Adobe has released a video that shows artists using the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil with iOS apps Photoshop Fix, Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, and Illustrator Draw.
MacPhun teams with Trey Ratcliff for start-to-finish HDR suite
Photo editing mavens Macphun, in conjunction with photographer Trey Ratcliff, have announced Aurora HDR. The new application will take multiple shots of the same image to enhance the look of a single view, as well as allow for simple modification with presets to alter the image further. Key features of Aurora HDR include the one-click presets with Signature Pro presets by Ratcliff, unique radiance controls and custom texture blending, color and toning controls, and detail enhancement. Most file formats are supported, including RAW, JPG, and TIFF. Aurora HDR can be used stand-alone, or as a plug-in to Photoshop, if desired.
Pebble Time Round shipping November 8, heads to retail the same day
Pebble is shipping the circular-faced version of its smartwatch on the 8th of November, starting with those who preordered the wearable device when it was first announced in September. On the same day as shipments begin, the Pebble Time Round will be available at retail in the United States, with the smartwatch appearing in Target and BestBuy stores from Sunday onwards, priced at $250.
Home-oriented security camera better than most, but issues remain
Home security is a growing industry, with millions of people dumping thousands upon thousands of dollars into it every year. Technology has finally made it so that people can get their hands on a DIY home security system, though for a lot of people it's just not worth having their whole home hardwired into a Fort Knox-like vault. If you're just looking for an easy way to keep an eye on your home, we think that the D-Link Full HD Ultra-Wide View Wi-Fi Camera, or the D-Link 2630L for short, might work - but there are some issues. Check out our full review to see what we thought.
Epson returns to tanks of ink for home, soho printer line
Printers are funny devices when you think about it -- the cost of printer ink has become the punchline to many a joke, and it's not uncommon for people to just buy a new, cheap printer when they run out of ink as it's cheaper to buy a whole new one, rather than pay up to $120 to get a full set of ink. Epson's come up with an ingenious, possibly retro, way to solve that problem: the EcoTank Series. We got our hands on an Epson Expression ET-2550 EcoTank and thought we'd share our experience -- check our full review to see what we thought.
Camera has 350-foot waterproof housing available as an accessory
Action camera newcomer AEE Technology has announced a new action camera aimed at bringing "pro level" shooting to the masses at an affordable price. The new S40 Pro model is one of the lightest action cameras available, weighing in at 2.5 ounces, and and is compatible with over 40 available accessories, including a 350-foot test waterproof housing.
New technology expected to be seen in next year's devices
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) today announced it has published the Embedded DisplayPort (eDP) standard version 1.4b. This new release incorporates a number of key protocol refinements and clarifications resulting from VESA member companies' product development efforts. These enhancements to the eDP standard will further optimize interoperability of integrated displays and personal electronic devices, and will be integrated into future revisions of USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt technology.
Refocus your photographs after taking the shot with the Lytro Illum
Every so often, MacNN finds a deal that is too big or important to go into our usual deal lists, and is deserving enough to be highlighted in its own Big Deals post. Today, the Lytro Illum from MacNN Deals takes the role, as a second-generation light field camera that is able to refocus a photograph after the shot was taken, though this extends the functionality of the original Lytro with some extra framing options and some traditional camera controls.
Actor Jaime Foxx, athlete Steph Curry appear in latest TV ads
Apple's ad campaign for the iPhone 6s line has continued with three new TV ads released this weekend, continuing the "only thing that's changed is everything" theme and expanding the role of actor Jamie Foxx, who had a brief cameo in an ad released earlier this month. The earlier ads focused on the new abilities of the iPhone's 3D Touch feature, currently a true distinguishing feature from other smartphones. The latest ads feature Foxx interacting with Siri, and highlighting the iPhone's new cameras.
MacNN's Friday freebie column for October 23, 2015
Everyone likes getting something for nothing, especially when there's no or relatively few catches. Freebie Friday is the post where the MacNN staff find stuff you can make use of this weekend, without spending a penny. In this edition, spend the weekend expanding your design skills, with free fonts, free icons, a course on how to develop sites using Bootstrap, and a bulk image resizing tool.
Printer will crank out a 17x22 image in less than five minutes
Canon today announced the ImagePrograf PRO-1000 Professional Inkjet Printer, a 17x22-inch, large format solution with technological advancements over its predecessors, such as a new print head, new ink set and a new image processing engine. Canon claims that the printer is designed for photographers who are what the company calls "equally obsessed" with the printed image.
Mirrorless Leica camera shipping next month, has extensive 4K video modes
Leica has followed up the Leica Q it launched this summer with a compact full-frame mirrorless camera, one aimed at the professional market. The Leica SL boasts a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor paired with the Maestro II processor and 2GB of buffer memory, allowing it to have a maximum ISO of 50,000, a burst mode of 11 frames per second at full resolution, 30fps burst at a 4K resolution, and the ability to record 4K video.
One model with 1080p streaming and capture, other with 720p
D-Link today announced immediate availability of two new 180 degree Ultra-Wide View Wi-Fi Cameras. The Full HD 1080p (DCS-2630L) and HD 720p (DCS-960L) are the company's first 180 degree Wi-Fi cameras, delivering the widest angle lens available on a consumer fixed camera, and allowing it to cover a larger viewable area.
This episode dedicated to the memory of Gary Allen and ifoAppleStore
Yet again, time to set aside an hour and check out the latest episode of The MacNN Podcast, where we geek out about new shiny things from Apple and wonder about the old shiny things, and lament the shiny things that aren't here anymore. From the sadness of saying goodbye to a serious Apple fan to the joy of watching those hilarious new PC commercials, Charles and Mike (and special guest stars William and Malcolm from One More Thing) debrief you on the week in tech.
Next quarter expected to be worse yet for revenue
Chip design and manufacturing company AMD yesterday announced revenue for the third quarter of 2015 of $1.06 billion. With the loss of revenue, the company also noted an operating loss of $158 million, forcing a net loss of $197 million. Losses per share came to $0.25 per share.
Full frame compact camera has first optical variable low pass filter
Sony has updated its RX1R compact camera with a second generation, with the new model retaining the concept of a high-resolution sensor crammed into a small body. The RX1R II measures 2.57 inches tall and 4.46 inches wide, and with the fixed focal length 35mm Zeiss Sonnar T F2.0 lens on the front, a thickness of 2.83 inches, but it still manages to fit in the same full-frame 42.4-megapixel sensor used in the A7R II.
New version free update for registered users, purchase price remains the same
The Pixelmator Team today announced the release of Pixelmator 3.4 Twist, a major update to its full-featured, powerful, and fast image editor for Mac OS X. Pixelmator 3.4 Twist introduces full support for OS X El Capitan, adds the new Split View feature, brings a new Photos Extension with Metal-based Distort tools, and more.
Apps and plugins promise to transform your photo workflow
The short version: photography semi-pros and pros alike should grab this set of apps that double as plug-ins for Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture. The reason we'e cutting to the chase here is that today is the last day you can pre-order the set at a hefty discount: updated Pro versions of the company's five key image-editing apps, plus two other programs, plus some training materials for $90 rather than the $300 buying each app individually would usually cost (or the normal value of the full bundle with its bonus content, $455). Should you get it? If you've read this far, the answer is "probably, yes, and hurry." We'll meet you in the Reviews department to explain exactly why.
Trio of new Canon cameras headed up by mirrorless shooter
Canon has launched a trio of cameras, following after yesterday's quiet surfacing of the imaging devices on company websites. The EOS M10 is an entry-level mirrorless camera with self portrait modes and a lens that can shorten to make it easier to carry around, while the PowerShot G5 X includes a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, and the PowerShot G9 X is billed as a lightweight camera that can be and easily carried anywhere due to its size.
A special guest, then back to two old guys complaining about things
Well, no less than 36 episodes in and someone finally agreed to come talk to us! But seriously we were delighted to welcome Macphun's Kevin LaRue, who told us about the company's photo-effects products and their exciting new abilities with Apple's Photos, becoming one of the first programs to work as "Extensions" that add abilities to Photos. Really kicks the program up a notch, and that's after the notch it got kicked up in El Capitan. We also do the usual roundup of tech news for the week, and more.
Testers impressed, not that screen has a textured feel to assist drawing
Artists and animators at Walt Disney's Feature Animation Studio have taken the iPad Pro for a spin, with one of them posting an account on Twitter and others broadcasting the event on Periscope. From the reports, the animators appeared to be very impressed with the iPad Pro as a drawing tool, noting that the surface has "tooth," or a bit of roughness on the surface, to aid in the tactile feedback of a traditional drawing tablet -- and that the Apple Pencil and palm rejection technology worked exceptionally well.
Compact DJI Osmo has three-axis stabilization, supplied with 4K camera
Drone manufacturer DJI has introduced a device that repurposes the stabilization used in its flying machines for more conventional video purposes. The DJI Osmo is a handheld stabilizer that is able to keep the camera on the top steady, which when combined with a smartphone and a 4K camera makes it a cheap way for amateur filmmakers to create smooth, stable shots at a 4K resolution with minimal equipment.
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 can print up to 13x47-inch prints through manual feed, and 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 switches, and thermostats to run on the FreeRTOS operating system, which supports HomeKit. 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.