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Consumers [young] may pay for online news

Tue April 13, 2010

First came the study by The Project for Excellence in Journalism saying that consumers will not pay for online news. Turns out, it depends who you are asking.

A new whitepaper from Ad Age Insights, “The On-Demand Generation“, found that even the most demanding digital content consumers, the teens and young adults, understand there is sometimes a price to pay.

[ via BizReport ]

This finding is similar to one conducted by Media research firm Nielsen.


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Carl Zeiss Celebrates 120 Years of Stellar Lens Making

Tue April 13, 2010

It all started the end of March 1890 when renowned German optics manufacturer Carl Zeiss produced its first
camera lenses that have eventually “helped write photographic history.

Carl Zeiss lenses have been used to shoot the 1969 moon landing, as well as numerous Oscar-acclaimed films, such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Slumdog Millionaire. Michael Ballhaus, one of Germany’s best-known cameramen, has been working exclusively with ZEISS lenses for years because “Carl Zeiss’ latest cameras and lenses allow me to see on screen exactly what the eye sees.

Today, you will see Carl Zeiss branded lenses on Sony digital cameras and Nokia mobile camera phones.

Read the article at: Carl Zeiss.

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Carl Zeiss Explains Bokeh

Tue April 13, 2010

The subject of Bokeh is a fascinating one and a lens with good bokeh is prized by photographers. Bokeh is a Japanese term used to describe the quality of background blur produced by a lens.

Note that Bokeh is not just about background blur but more specifically about the quality of that blur.

Yes, background blur can be good or bad. It’s good if it’s smooth and does not distract from your main subject. It’s bad if it’s those bright circles of light (popularized by graphic artists) and that distracts from your main subject.

The famed lens manufacturer, Carl Zeiss, has published a document (by H. H. Nasse) on Bokeh and it is well worth a read. It’s a bit very technical in nature and read like a translated text. If you slosh through it, you may learn something. He lost me somewhere on Page 3, my eyes glazed over and it was all downhill from there on. There are lots of beautiful graphs and equations for those of you who like them.

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The Best Tour Guide May Be in Your Pocket

Mon April 12, 2010

Apple has been a bad kid and we’ve scolded it enough for a day. Here’s some luv:

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is handing out iPod Touch devices loaded with a rich mix of pictures, interviews, videos and graphics to visitors. Besides the iPod, the museum is also making its content available on other mobile multimedia devices including the iPhone, BlackBerry and other smartphones.

Read the article at: NYTimes.


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Your iPad Is Already Obsolete, Maybe

Mon April 12, 2010

In an interesting article on gizmodo, an email from Apple’s Steve Jobs is reproduced where it says that your original iPhone [and presumably iPad] will not be supported “in the future.” How far off in the future is unspecified. At the speed that the technology is progressing, the article predicts that the future may not be too far away.

Read the full article on: gizmodo.

[ via @SophieS90 ]


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For Sale: Palm

Mon April 12, 2010

Palm Pre

Palm Pre

Palm started the whole PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) craze with its Palm Pilot back in 1996 and even though there were other pocket-sized PDA-like devices back then, none captured the imagination and hearts of consumers like the Pilot.

Then competition set in and Palm lost its way. After the iPhone swept onto the scene, Palm became a shadow of its former self — until it resurrected itself, Phoenix bird style, with the Palm Pre.

Paradoxically, the already multitasking Palm Pre is acknowledged as being better than the iPhone, with even better multitouch, but continues to receive a lukewarm reception from consumers. Apple, with its first-mover advantage [and 3-year plan locked-in customers], just kept running with the iPhone.

Now, Palm is up for sale. Rumors have it that HTC, LG and Lenovo may be interested. But it will take a smart company with deep financial pockets to buy Palm and build it into a worthy competitor to the iPhone. Not just technologically since the Pre is already much ahead than the iPhone, but the ability to market and widely distribute the product. RIM and Nokia come to mind.

Read the article at: ComputerWorld

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Apple Jobs to Adobe: Ummph!

Sun April 11, 2010

In this Mashable post, it seems that Apple’s own developers are walking on egg shells concerning the “Thou shalt code iPhone/iPad apps only in C/C++/Objective-C without the aid of code generators” or something to that effect directive that apparently comes directly from Steve Jobs. Jobs’ response: “We’ve been there before.” So no backing down.

Read the article at: Mashable.

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Photoshop Content-Aware Feature Gets Experts All Flustered

Fri April 9, 2010

Interesting article over at Photoshelter who asked the “experts” to weigh in on Photoshop’s new Content-Aware feature that allows digital manipulation so easy that even a newbie can do it.

One of the major implications is that it will now be even more difficult to know what “original photograph” means anymore, especially if camera manufacturers start to migrate that feature directly into their cameras.

Also every photo contest that forbids digital manipulation will have to insist that every photo submission be accompanied by an original image with intact metadata (EXIF) info. Pictures entered in court also need to be proved that they are unretouched — because it will simply be so easy to do it.

What would not the Russian oligarchy of yesteryear have given for this feature!? Want to erase a comrade? да, готово! [At least that’s what Google Translate says.]

Read the article at: Photoshelter.


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TV Series House Finale Shot Entirely with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Wed April 7, 2010

I missed this news completely but apparently House, the popular American television medical drama about the unconventional, cantankerous and maverick medical genius Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie) who heads — and frequently clashes with — his boss, the hospital surgeons, and clueless patients — and ends up saving said patients to the amazement of his medical peers and adoring viewers… is being filmed entirely using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II [Specs]. The finale, that is, to air May 17.

Read the article at: Cinema5D

[ via @eclectictrains, @CaliLewis, greekbrief.tv ]

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Top 10 DSLRs in March (Japan Ranking)

Wed April 7, 2010

Japanese magazine BCN [Google translate] has posted their March 2010 ranking for the top 10 DSLR cameras sold in Japan.

What is interesting with those numbers is the strong showing of the micro FourThirds Digital Interchangeable Lens (DIL) cameras, aka mirrorless DSLRs.

The Panasonic GF1 [Specs], at 7.8%, beats the Nikon D3000 [Specs] (7.1%).

The Olympus E-PL1 [Specs], at a respectable 6.9%, beats the Pentax Kx [Specs] (6.5%), Canon EOS 7D [Specs] (4.4%) and Canon EOS Kiss X2, aka Canon EOS Rebel XSi / 450D [Specs] (3.4%).

Together, these two DIL cameras account for approx. 15% of the DSLR sales for March. [Amateur Photographer reports that 10% of DSLRs sold in February in the UK were mirrorless.]

[ via @Photoframd, 4/3 Rumors, 1001NoisyCameras ]

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Reinventing the DSLR

Tue April 6, 2010

An interesting article over at byThom on the need for camera manufacturers to reinvent the DSLR which, according to the author, is on the way out, with the new mirrorless Digital Interchangeable Lens (DIL) cameras steadily gaining ground.

Read The Backlash article at: byThom (Apr 5 commentary).


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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Puppet Warp

Mon April 5, 2010

First it was the amazing Content-Aware Fill feature, now Puppet Warp promises to be another must-have new Photoshop CS5 feature. Puppet Warp overlays a Mesh (you can specify the tightness or looseness) over your object, lets you set Control Points (“pins”), and rotate your object around those Control Points! The Mesh magically gives your object a rubber-like quality so they bend, twist and warp naturally. You can rotate sections of your object in front or behind one another.

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