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Firmware Updates

Canon EOS C300 and EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Cameras’ Firmware Updates at No Cost: Availability Announced

The following video presents NAB NY 2016 FIRMWARE UPDATE ANNOUNCEMENTS from Canon Pro on Vimeo:
“Join Canon USA Technical Advisor Brent Ramsey as he discusses the added features and functionality that come with the new firmware update for the EOS C300 Mark II and the EOS C300.

Canon recently announced the following firmware updates:

EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera

EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera (EF-Mount)

EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera (EF-Mount)

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Cameras Fujifilm

Fujifilm Announces Selfie-Friendly X-A10 Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera

The FUJIFILM X-A10 is now Fujifilm’s most affordable X-Series mirrorless camera. Billed as “the ideal choice for the first interchangeable lens camera,” the entry-level X-A10 features a 16.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a LCD that slides and tilts upward 180° to face forward for easy selfies, built-in pop-up flash, twin command dials, six Film Simulation modes, ten Advanced Filters, Full HD video and built-in Wi-Fi for easy sharing to social sites and remote control using your smartphone / tablet.

The selfies features include a Self Timer function with automatic Smile Detection trigger, a Buddy Timer which shoots when two people come close together, and Group Timer mode that automatically shoots when a specified number of people come into the frame. Rotating the tilting LCD upward by 180 degrees also automatically activates the Eye Detection AF to automatically adjust the focus on the subject’s eyes. The Rear Command Dial can also act as a shutter triggered by your index finger.

The Fujifilm X-A10 will be available in January 2017 for US $499 bundled with the XC16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II kit lens.

PRESS RELEASE

Introducing the compact and lightweight mirrorless digital camera “FUJIFILM X-A10”

The ideal choice for the first interchangeable lens camera

December 1, 2016

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has announced that it will launch the mirrorless digital camera FUJIFILM X-A10 (hereinafter X-A10), a new addition to the “X Series” of cameras that deliver outstanding picture quality.

FUJIFILM X-A10

FUJIFILM X-A10

Despite its compact and lightweight body, the X-A10 combines a 16.3 megapixel sensor with the company’s color-reproduction technology, refined over more than 80 years, to deliver the premium image quality synonymous to the X Series with ease. This makes the X-A10 an ideal first interchangeable lens camera.

(1) Combining a 16.3 megapixel sensor and Fujifilm’s color-reproduction technology that has been refined over more than 80 years, to deliver premium picture quality
The X-A10 combines a 16.3 megapixel APS-C sensor with the image processing engine that achieves Fujifilm’s excellent photo quality. Combined with the FUJINON lenses that boast ultimate image resolution, and the proprietary color-reproduction technology, refined over more than 80 years, the X-A10 allows users to capture premium quality images in any shooting conditions. Fujifilm’s technology is particularly renowned for accurately reproducing skin tones, and the X-A10 is built with this advanced skin tone reproduction capability, allowing you to produce high-quality portraiture.

(2) 180-degree slide-and-tilt LCD with 100% visibility for facilitating “self portraits”
The rear LCD employs the slide-and-tilt mechanism so that even when it is tilted 180 degrees, the LCD is not blocked by the camera, allowing 100% visibility. The grip is shaped to accommodate both normal shooting and self-portraits. When taking self portraits, you can focus and release the shutter by pressing the vertical command dial found directly below your index finger, so as to minimize camera shake. Rotating the tilting LCD upward 180 degrees activates the Eye Detection AF to automatically adjust the focus on the subject’s eyes. The X-A10 also features the Portrait Enhancer mode for natural and beautiful skin-tone reproduction.

(3) Compact and lightweight body with retro design and intuitive operability
The compact and lightweight X-A10 has a classic retro design. The use of two Command Dials means you only need a thumb to quickly adjust aperture, shutter speed and exposure settings. Frequently used functions such as white balance, continuous shooting and the self-timer can be assigned to standalone function buttons, eliminating the need to go through the Menu screens to change settings.

(4) Inheriting FUJIFILM X-A2’s popular performance features
Its energy-efficient design means the X-A10 is capable of shooting approx. 410 frames on a single battery charge. When fitted with the standard zoom kit lens “XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II,” the camera offers the class-leading minimum working distance of approx. 7cm from the front edge of the lens, allowing close-up macro photography.

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Advisories

GoPro: “Karma” Drone Recall and Return Information

The following video presents GoPro HERO5 + Karma: The Launch in 4K:
More than a drone: Karma is an aerial, hand-held and mountable stabilization solution. And yes, it includes a drone! Hollywood in a backpack for $799.

Shot 100% on GoPro, including HERO5, HERO5 Session and Karma

HERO5 Black is the most powerful and easy-to-use GoPro ever, thanks to its 4K video, voice control, one-button simplicity, touch display and waterproof design. Add video stabilization, stereo audio, GPS and auto-uploading of your photos and videos to the cloud and you’ve got a ton of GoPro for $399.

HERO5 Session shares the convenient size and one button simplicity of the original HERO Session, but with massive performance gains like 4K video, 10MP photos, video stabilization, improved low light performance and voice control. It’s waterproof without a housing to 30 feet and can auto-upload your photos and videos to the cloud. HERO5 Session may be the ultimate combination of performance and small size.

Karma is so much more than a drone. It captures amazingly smooth GoPro footage in the air, handheld, and mounted to your favorite gear. Compact and ultra portable, the Karma Drone folds to fit into its own lightweight case. The game-style controller with an integrated touch display makes Karma easy and fun to fly. The included camera stabilizer can be removed from the drone and attached to the included Karma Grip for ultra steady professional-looking handheld and gear-mounted footage. Hollywood-caliber stabilization in a backpack you can wear during almost any activity…for $799.

GoPro is recalling Karma due to a performance issue related to a loss of power during operation.

  • The recall was announced after GoPro discovered that in a small number of cases, Karma units lost power during operation.
  • The recall is only for the Karma drone. HERO5 Black and Karma Grip are not subject to a recall.  However, if you purchased the Karma drone bundle package, which included HERO5 Black and Karma Grip, you must return those with your Karma drone for a full refund.
  • Even though your Karma appears to be working fine, GoPro is asking all customers to immediately stop using the product and participate in the recall.

Once your complete return has been processed and refund issued, GoPro will send you a HERO5 Black as a thank you.

For other important info as well as the Return Instructions, please visit https://gopro.com/2016karmareturn .

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Press Releases

Intel Security’s “McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions Report”: Predictions Include Ransomware, “Dronejackings,” Sophisticated Hardware & Firmware Attacks, Attacks on “Smart Home” IoT Devices

The following video presents Securing Tomorrow. Today: Security Pro, Did You Know? (Episode 10):

  • Brandie Claborn interviews Candace Worley

The 2017 threats predictions include the following:

Ransomware is malware that employs asymmetric encryption to hold a victim’s information at ransom. Asymmetric (public-private) encryption is cryptography in which a pair of keys is used to encrypt and decrypt a file. The public-private pair of keys is uniquely generated by the attacker for the victim with the private key to decrypt the files stored on the attacker’s server. The attacker makes the private key available to the victim only after the ransom is paid, though that is not always the case—as seen in recent ransomware campaigns. Without access to the private key, it is next to impossible to decrypt the files that are being held for ransom.
“Defeat Ransomware: Ensure Your Data Is Not Taken Hostage”
http://www.mcafee.com/us/resources/solution-briefs/sb-quarterly-threat-q1-2015-2.pdf (pdf)

Ransomware will remain a very significant threat until the second half of 2017. —Christiaan Beek, "McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions," November 2016, page 30

Ransomware will remain a very significant threat until the second half of 2017. —Christiaan Beek, “McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions,” November 2016, page 30

  • Ransomware attacks will decrease in the second half of 2017 in volume and effectiveness.

Camera crews: Aerial photography is now much easier with the advent of drones. A quick search for “photography drone” returns pages of results pointing to high-quality and expensive equipment for both amateur and professional cinematographers. This high-quality equipment would be a very tempting target for a criminal to dronejack. Pulling down a drone would allow criminals to resell the equipment, effectively making money fall from the sky.
—Bruce Snell
McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions, November 2016, page 36
http://www.mcafee.com/us/resources/reports/rp-threats-predictions-2017.pdf (pdf)

  • Hackers using software running on laptops will attempt “dronejackings” for a variety of criminal or hacktivist purposes.
"The cat-and-mouse game between advertisers and ad blockers will continue. Some of the advertisers techniques for bypassing active content blockers will be used by malware distributors to enable drive-by downloads of malware."—Adam Wosotowsky

“The cat-and-mouse game between advertisers and ad blockers will continue. Some of the advertisers techniques for bypassing active content blockers will be used by malware distributors to enable drive-by downloads of malware.”—Adam Wosotowsky

"Ad hijacking delivered through a top website in Australia, with Amazon AWS serving the ad, which vibrates the phone."—Craig Schmugar

“Ad hijacking delivered through a top website in Australia, with Amazon AWS serving the ad, which vibrates the phone.”—Craig Schmugar

  • Ad wars will escalate and new techniques used by advertisers to deliver ads will be copied by attackers to boost malware delivery capabilities.
"...the FBI-labeled Business Email Compromise (BEC) scam, which has been escalating since early 2015. With BEC scams, threat actors target individuals with financial responsibility within a business and, through skillful social engineering, dupe the individual into transferring funds into a fraudulent bank account. In some cases, the attacks have even coincided with business travel dates for executives, with the intent of increasing the odds of the scam’s success." —Eric Peterson

“…the FBI-labeled Business Email Compromise (BEC) scam, which has been escalating since early 2015. With BEC scams, threat actors target individuals with financial responsibility within a business and, through skillful social engineering, dupe the individual into transferring funds into a fraudulent bank account. In some cases, the attacks have even coincided with business travel dates for executives, with the intent of increasing the odds of the scam’s success.” —Eric Peterson

  • Machine learning will accelerate the proliferation of and increase the sophistication of social engineering attacks.
"Sharing threat intelligence shifts the balance of power away from the adversaries and back to us, the defenders. It disrupts the lifecycle of an attack and proves more costly to the bad actors as they shift their resources and techniques onto new tactics." —Jeannette Jarvis

“Sharing threat intelligence shifts the balance of power away from the adversaries and back to us, the defenders. It disrupts the lifecycle of an attack and proves more costly to the bad actors as they shift their resources and techniques onto new tactics.” —Jeannette Jarvis

  • Physical and cybersecurity industry players will collaborate to harden products against digital threats.

NEWS RELEASE

MCAFEE LABS THREATS PREDICTIONS PREVIEW CYBER THREATS FOR 2017 AND BEYOND

Intel Security Predictions Provide Insights for 2017 and Future of Cloud and Internet of Things Security; Poses Six Challenges Industry Must Address

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • McAfee Labs predicts 14 security developments for 2017
  • Identifies 11 cloud threats, three legal hurdles, and 10 vendor actions likely to occur in the next four years
  • Makes 21 predictions regarding Internet of Things security threats, legal actions, and vendor responses in next four years
  • Identifies six “hard to solve” challenges for the cybersecurity industry to overcome

SANTA CLARA, Calif. November 29, 2016 – Intel® Security today released its McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions Report, which identifies 14 threat trends to watch in 2017, the most critical developments to watch for in cloud security and the Internet of Things (IoT) security, and the six most difficult-to-solve challenges facing the cybersecurity industry.

The report reflects the informed opinions of 31 Intel Security thought leaders. It examines current trends in cybercrime and makes predictions about what the future may hold for organizations working to take advantage of new technologies to both advance their businesses and provide better security protection.

“To change the rules of the game between attackers and defenders, we need to neutralize our adversaries’ greatest advantages,” said Vincent Weafer, vice president of Intel Security’s McAfee Labs. “As a new defensive technique is developed, its effectiveness increases until attackers are compelled to develop countermeasures to evade it. To overcome the designs of our adversaries, we need to go beyond understanding the threat landscape to changing the defender-attacker dynamics in six key areas: information asymmetry, making attacks more expensive, improving visibility, better identifying exploitation of legitimacy, improving protection for decentralized data, and detecting and protecting in agentless environments.”

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Nikon Press Releases

Nikon’s 2016 Top Spot for Fall Foliage is Michigan, USA

The following video presents Deep Breath | Pure Michigan:
Experience the splendor of fall in Michigan. Vibrant colors and the pleasure of taking a breath of Pure Michigan’s autumn air.

Nikon recently announced Michigan (#NikonFallMI) as this year’s top spot for stunning images of fall foliage. The results were based on thousands of submissions on Nikon’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels, which invited passionate photographers to submit creative and colorful fall images of their state’s most beautiful locations and landscapes.

One of the #NikonFallMI submissions is the above photo by Sherry Johnston.

To view all the submissions on Instagram and Twitter, search the hashtag #NikonFall followed by the state’s abbreviation (e.g. #NikonFallMI).

For tips on photographing fantastic seasonal landscapes, check out Nikon’s Learn and Explore website:

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/article/h7dfres5/10-tips-for-shooting-autumn-foliage.html

The following video presents Nikon Smart Tips Video Series – #45 (Landscape Mode):

  • Learn how and when to use Landscape Mode in this “smart tips” video from Nikon.

PRESS RELEASE

November 18, 2016

Nikon Names Michigan the Top Spot for Photographing Fall Foliage in 2016

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Apps Google

Scan (and renew) your dusty old prints into Google Photos with Google’s new app, PhotoScan

Though not too many of us print photos today, preferring to view and send them electronically to family and friends, according to some counts, there may be more than 2 trillion printed photos out there — many of them our most precious memories, in danger of being damaged and lost for ever.

Enter PhotoScan, a brand new, and aptly named, standalone smartphone (and tablet) app from Google that allows you to easily scan and digitize all your printed photos at high quality, and bring them into Google Photos.

PhotoScan uses computational photography to automatically detect edges, straighten the image, rotate it to the correct orientation, and even remove glare (so you can scan directly from glass-framed photos). Scanned photos can be saved in one tap to Google Photos to be organized, searchable, shared, and safely backed up -— for FREE.

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Here are some of the key benefits that Google lists for PhotoScan:

  1. Simple. All you need to do is connect the four dots moving your phone over the photo, following a simple guide in the app, and then you are done.
  2. Smart. We use machine intelligence to bring you the best digital version of your printed memory. We correct aspect ratio, rotate the photo, apply auto enhance, adjust white balance, and trickiest of all — remove glare. This even works in framed photos or photo albums (yes, even ones with plastic).
  3. Integrated to get the magic of Photos. Once scanned and saved to Google Photos, your photos are safely stored and ready to be organized, edited and shared. Make an old memory brand new with collages, albums, videos — and we’ll make some for you, too.

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Contests Zeiss

ZEISS Photography Award 2017 ‘Seeing Beyond’ is an International Photo Competition: For the Theme “Meaningful Places,” Submit a Series of 5 to 10 Photos with Descriptions before 11.59:59pm (GMT) on 7 February 2017

The following video presents Carl Zeiss Lenses – What’s your ambition Harold Davis?:
Harold Davis is a well-known digital artist and award-winning professional photographer.

The ZEISS Photography Award is a highly prestigious international photo competition run jointly by ZEISS and the World Photography Organisation (WPO). This 2017 competition is the second edition of the ZEISS Photography Award ‘Seeing Beyond’, with the theme “Meaningful places”.

Our lenses enable photographers to achieve superior imaging quality, and the ZEISS Photography Award is an expression of our dedication to premium-quality photography.

The lenses are mere tools – the real value of the images is down to the photographers and their flair for creativity.

Dr. Winfried Scherle, Executive Vice President and Head of the Consumer Optics business group at ZEISS

ZEISS Photography Award 2017

Pushing the limits of creativity

The motto “Seeing beyond – meaningful places” will also be used for the 2017 competition and accorded greater artistic significance. Photographers therefore have the chance to use their creative flair to lend unique places a special meaning and express this through their medium.

The goal is to push the limits of creativity and grow as photographers. They could be places with a particular historical or future value, or perhaps places that exude adventure, the wonders of nature or depict a journey to a faraway place.

Use your creative flair to lend unique places a special meaning & enter the Photography Award 2017.

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Epson Sponsored Post

Epson Canada Presents PowerLite Home Cinema 1040 Projector, The Ultimate Theatre Experience at Home

The following video presents 3LCD Overview – Explained:
3LCD technology is famous for efficient engineering and outstanding color performance. Learn more about 3LCD as compared to a competing technology, and explore the importance of a critical new performance metric standard called Color Brightness.

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Epson Canada

Presents

PowerLite Home Cinema 1040 Projector, The Ultimate Theatre Experience at Home

“This holiday season, give movie buffs the gift of a cinematic adventure in the comfort of their own home with the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1040. Movie fans will love watching the year’s biggest blockbusters, sporting events and award shows on the big screen in high definition with 3,000 lumens of colour & white brightness and built-in colour modes. It’s easy to project up to 300 inches on virtually any screen for a larger-than-life viewing experience.

The Home Cinema 1040 projector uses 3LCD, 3-chip technology for brilliant images with true-to-life colour that are up to 3x brighter than leading competitive projectors.1 Cinema buffs also have the option to use built-in speakers or their own setup to optimize sound as a part of the projector’s versatile connectivity options.

Portable and lightweight, the projector can move quickly from room to room. The stress-free setup and instant image adjustment means that it’s easy to enjoy the Home Cinema 1040 right out of the box.

The Home Cinema 1040 ($899.99) is available at Staples, Best Buy and Epson.ca.”

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