It wasn’t long ago that we heard about the “lock-up” woes D4 and D800 owners were experiencing on their shiny new shooters, but luckily for them, Nikon just outed a fix to take care of those issues. Aside from solving the aforementioned annoyance, the firmware update (B:1.01) also mends a problem allowing RAW files to be network-transferred while in JPEG-only mode, as well as a bug causing bits like aperture and exposure compensation to change unexpectedly when using certain custom settings. You can grab the updates now via the source links below, and be sure to let us know how it all turned out in the end.
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To hell with Instagram. Seriously. It’s not that we don’t understand the appeal of the photo filter standard bearer, it’s just that it lacks a cleverness and visceral quality that InstaCRT has in spades. See, rather than simply recreate retro effect with some software trickery, InstaCRT actually uses the aging titular tech to achieve its goals. The concept, while clever, is actually pretty simple: you take a photo on your iPhone using the InstaCRT app, it’s then uploaded to the developer where all the magic happens. Your image is displayed on a tiny 1-inch CRT (harvested from an old-school VHS camcorder) in the company’s office, a picture of your photo is then taken with a fancy DSLR, and the resulting image is sent back to you. The results are monochrome, loaded with scanlines and just slightly distorted — offering a sense of physicality that other photo filter apps just can’t match. However, as clever as the concept is, it’s equally innefficient and, as more people start using the app, the wait between snapping a pic and getting the finished product back, gets longer and longer. (We had to wait almost four minutes for the image above.) Still, we can’t help but fall in love with InstaCRT… at least until the next photo filter app hits the market. Don’t miss the video after the break, and hit up the source link to buy it now for $ 1.99 and see how fast we can crash the developer’s servers.
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Microsoft has started to update a range of its core Windows 8 communications applications ahead of the Release Preview debut next month. The updates, available in the latest internal builds of Windows 8, include UI improvements, new features, and drop the “app preview” banner from the top of the application. Microsoft originally released a range of its own Metro style applications with the release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, designed as simple replacements for full Windows Live desktop apps.
Release notes for several applications, including Photos and Music, reveal that the company modified the applications this week with “updates to support the latest Windows 8 changes.” Microsoft’s Reader application has also been updated with a…
Yesterday, to much fanfare and resolute sentiment, HP announced a return to what made it a great company to begin with: poorly-named and generic computing devices tarted up to take on Dell. This year it’s the HP Envy SpectreXT, a thin and light that can’t officially be called an Ultrabook because that’s an Intel marketing term and these things sometimes run on AMD chips.
I think it’s important to point out the clear problems in the above statement: because Intel officially controls the “ultrabook” spec – including the pricing, screen size, speed, and physical size – manufacturers must toe the line when it comes to what can and cannot be sold under that rubric. In short, Intel’s own standards have so long stymied the OEM’s ability to innovate that, in the end, we’re all essentially buying Intel PCs no matter the brand or maker.
Why is this an important distinction? Because for years hardware has been stymied by ridiculous size standards. From the early “Windows” tablets – which had to follow Intel’s exacting guidelines – to today’s Ultrabooks, manufacturers can’t make a penny without kowtowing to Intel. What’s more, they don’t get any of Intel’s marketing might if they don’t produce at least one of a family of devices.
The same thing happens over at Microsoft. Remember when, in 2010, it seemed everyone was making one touchscreen PC? Sony? Dell? HP? Well it wasn’t because they were totally into touchscreen. It was because Microsoft wanted to push touchscreen Windows interaction onto the audience and they could use their might to force at least one SKU from each manufacturer.
Could HP fight back? Probably not. They make all their money on ink anyway, and hardware is a loss leader. In short, the PC industry is a perfect example of trickle-down economics.
There are obviously a number of smaller players who don’t toe the line, including Apple, but in general if you want to appear in the Best Buy circulars and get special bulk deals on chips and operating systems, you’d better be willing to go Ultrabook or Centrino or whatever other standard the binary star of Intel and Microsoft encourages makers to follow. The odds – and profit – are forever in Intel’s favor.
Question by : Will OLED TV have a more comfortable viewing angle than the other flat TVs? I am ready to buy OLED TV if they provide comfortable wide viewing angle than the other TVs
Answer by Arun chithambaramYes oled tv’s have the best viewing angles from any position. Actually they are the best in everything, contrast, colors, black levels, motion, and finally size
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Question by Fydollaho: has any one noticed all the OLED questions being asked one right after the other ? all the askers have almost the same member since date and the answerers have almost the same member since date..and all have private profiles. …im just wondering whats their motivation and why do i want to punch who ever it is in their throat ? a$ $ hole LG spammer DIE !
Answer by mexicotvI suspect it is coming from a college group of students who have nothing better to do with their time! My remark to them would be: “GET A LIFE”.
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Question by Crip Ryda: What are the big cons of rooting your Android phone other than voiding the warranty? I am looking at rooting my android phone (captivate) so I can do wifi hotspots without having to tether it. Is it worth it?
Answer by BlkBearBig con is messing up your phone, if you do the wrong thing (depending on the method of rooting you do), and turning your phone into a paper weight.
But the good news is it’s fairly hard to get to a point that you can’t undo a botched root. You void the warranty only of you can’t unroot the phone to have warranty work done or get replacements if needed. This is the main reason all the root directions include backing up your original ROM, so it can be re-installed if need be.
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MasterCard is widening the universe of phones that officially support PayPass in a big way, with a new MasterCard PayPass Ready program certifying that devices with NFC will play nicely with its mobile payment system. A total of 17 phones are part of the first wave getting the official A-OK. Some of these are known quantities already using PayPass, like the LG Viper 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus HSPA+, but others are new to the PayPass ways. Among the picks are the HTC One X, Intel’s smartphone reference device and the Nokia Lumia 610 NFC. A raft of BlackBerrys and lower-end Samsung Galaxy phones are likewise in the fray. While only a handful of these might ever work with Google Wallet or other US-focused NFC payment methods, you can check out the full roster in the release after the break.
Continue reading MasterCard gives PayPass blessings to HTC One X, 16 other NFC phones
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Apple took to the wires this morning to announce that the new iPad will hit 12 countries later this week. Along with South Korea, this coming Friday the new iPad launches in Brunei, Croatia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Malaysia, Panama, St. Maarten, Uruguay and Venezuela. Then, the following Friday, it hits Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, South Africa and Thailand.
For better or worse, the new iPad will carry the suggested retail price of $ 499 USD and up. The iPad 2 will also be available at its new $ 399 price and might be the best bet in the majority of the markets just now getting the new iPad; only the North American markets have LTE data capabilities anyway.
These new markets will help the iPad extend its global dominance in the tablet wars. The iPad is far and away the most popular tablet on Earth but generic Android tablets have no doubt found a home in developing countries thanks to their generally lower price and wider availability. But that won’t stop the Apple machine. Cook & Co. will systematically roll out new products worldwide on Apple’s quest to be a trillion-dollar company.
Oh man, I still have most of my Dino Rider toys — ON DISPLAY.
According to a recent article in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, intelligent dinosaur-like creatures may exist on other planets. Wait — since when is the American Chemical Society the authority on space-dinos? Because what you should be the authority on is inventing an 18-hour bodyspray that prevents people’s farts from smelling.
New scientific research raises the possibility that advanced versions of T. rex and other dinosaurs–monstrous creatures with the intelligence and cunning of humans–may be the life forms that evolved on other planets in the universe
The basic concept behind organic chemist Professor Ronald Breslow’s theory is that the building blocks for life on earth were “seeded” here by meteorites, and that other planets could have experienced similar fates. I mean, neat, but there’s waaaaaay too much unknown. You can’t predict evolution (can you?). It’s all speculation. You could speculate all aliens look like little walking peenors and when they finally visit earth we’ll be too busy pointing and laughing/fake humping them when they’re not looking to take their threats seriously until they blow up the planet. “You really think that’s what’s gonna happen?” I f***ing KNOW that’s what’s gonna happen.
Dinosaurs From Space! [smithsonian] and Could ‘Advanced’ Dinosaurs Rule Other Planets? [sciencedaily]
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