The renewed NIKON IMAGE SPACE app screen (simulated image)
Renewal of the smart device app for “NIKON IMAGE SPACE”, Nikon’s photo sharing service
TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the renewed smart device app for “NIKON IMAGE SPACE” (http://nikonimagespace.com), Nikon’s online photo sharing service.
Launched in January, 2013, “NIKON IMAGE SPACE”, whose name means it is the space to share images and impression to them is a free photo sharing service, open to anyone who enjoys taking photos or recording movies.
With this renewal, the flat design has been incorporated for iOS (including iPad) and Android™ apps, and it has been optimized with consideration to the operability of each operating system. Further, images can be viewed larger with newly introduced design cutting superfluous decorations or embellishments. In addition to Grid and Map views, with which viewing images is easier, a new Flow view that displays images larger and enables browsing with smooth vertical scrolling has been adopted for more intuitive operation with a smart device. This improved browser function can also be used to browse images stored on the smart device by simply installing the app. In addition, the app also responds to the demands of users with improved utility and operability, including background downloading/uploading.
When used on an iPad, a new function exclusively for iPads available for comparing images.
Nikon will continue to improve its NIKON IMAGE SPACE service, and to develop new functions for the service, in order to offer ways of enjoying digital photos and movies. Overview of NIKON IMAGE SPACE app renewal Continue Reading »
Canon Europe just announced a distribution agreement with 3D printer maker, 3D Systems.
Canon will market, sell and support 3D Systems’ advanced manufacturing 3D printers, including the ProJet 1200, 3500 series, 4500, 6000 and 7000 in the UK and Ireland, with a view to rolling out across Europe.
Canon will offer the 3D printers to its substantial customer base in the UK and Ireland, across the engineering, manufacturing and architectural market segments.
Canon enters 3D printing market through UK distribution agreement with 3D Systems
LONDON, February 26, 2015 – Canon Europe, a leader in imaging solutions, today announces a distribution agreement with 3D Systems, a leading global provider of 3D printing technology. Under the arrangement, Canon will market, sell and support 3D Systems’ advanced manufacturing 3D printers, including the ProJet 1200, 3500 series, 4500, 6000 and 7000 in the UK and Ireland, with a view to rolling out across Europe.
Through the partnership, customers will have access to 3D Systems’ advanced 3D printing technology underpinned by Canon’s exceptional service and support. This partnership reflects Canon’s ongoing growth strategy of expansion into new technology domains that deliver significant value to its diverse customer base and builds on the 3D Systems distribution agreement with Canon Marketing Japan announced in March 2014. Continue Reading »
Working women relate to Wonder Women and most men embrace Superman
Survey reveals that outdated office tech is more foe than friend in the workplace
(Markham, ON) February 26, 2015 – Epson Canada surveyed Canadian workers to reveal quirky work habits, technology reliance and which super powers would help Canadians get through the work day. The survey shows how much Canadians channel superhero alter egos, tend to multi-task and require up-to-date technology to succeed. Continue Reading »
From the Stratasys website customers can print out their own pre-paid UPS shipping label.
UPS then picks up and ships the recyclables straight to the Stratasys Eden Prairie facilities FREE of charge.**
*The Recycling Program does not include disposal or shipping of dangerous goods.
**The Recycling Program is currently available in North America only.
The following video presents Stratasys Recycling:
Stratasys’ North America customers can now recycle Stratasys material waste quicker and easier than ever before. Our Recycling Program helps you avoid logistical headaches, reduce waste, save space and eliminate shipping costs. And by recycling you also support people with disabilities in our community.
To start recycling today simply go to our webpage (www.stratasys.com/customer-support/recycling-center).
Stratasys’ New CANISTER AND CARTRIDGE Recycling Program Eliminates Waste Disposal Costs for North American Customers
Program provides free of charge waste disposal for 3D printing material FDM canisters and PolyJet cartridges and supports local jobs for people with disabilities
MINNEAPOLIS and REHOVOT, Israel, Feb. 26, 2015 — Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, today introduced a new recycling program for North American customers. Continue Reading »
Today, Nikon announces that Nikon Df and D750 digital SLR cameras and Nikon 1 V3, Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lenses are the recipients of iF Product Design Awards 2015.
The iF Product Design Awards are globally prestigious industrial product design awards sponsored by International Forum Design GmbH of Hanover Germany.
This video presents Pure Photography: Nikon Df.
The following video presents Nikon D750 Product video:
Free your vision with the fast, versatile, and agile D750. In a world where anything is possible, this full-frame 24.3-megapixel powerhouse gives you the freedom to dare. Packed with professional imaging technology, and streamlined for compactness, nothing holds this camera back.
The newly designed FX-format sensor delivers exceptional image quality with cleaner results than ever before at high ISOs. Phenomenally sensitive AF performance, a burst rate of up to 6.5 fps, and Full HD movie recording at 1080/60p combine with the tiltable monitor to enable full freedom of expression. Built-in Wi-Fi makes it simple to share your impressive photos in an instant.
Capture crisper, cleaner, better-defined images at high ISOs. The ISO range of 100–12800 is extendable to 50-51200 (equivalent).
Professional AF performance
Sensitive down to -3 EV and boasting Nikon’s Group Area AF mode, the D750 locks onto your target with incredible precision even in dark situations.
24.3-MP FX-format sensor
Full detail, full freedom. The all-new sensor offers wide dynamic range plus clean performance across all sensitivities, for images with stunning sharpness and rich tonality.
Nikon 1 V3
The following video presents Nikon 1 V3 Product video:
Lock onto action with the Nikon 1 V3. Offering top-speed professional performance, nothing gets past this portable system camera.
Nikon’s game-changing hybrid AF system captures split-second wonders with pinpoint precision, and the 18.4-megapixel CMOS sensor with ISO 160–12800 ensures beautifully detailed RAW images and HD movies in any light. The responsive tilt-screen touch monitor puts vital shooting functions right where you need them, and dedicated 1 NIKKOR lenses give you a creative edge. Intelligent Nikon 1 ergonomics and flexible system accessories put D-SLR level control at your fingertips.
This video presents PXW-X70 (1.0-type CMOS Compact Solid-State Memory Camcorder) Functional Video.
The PXW-X70 is a compact, lightweight XDCAM camcorder with professional features including a high-sensitivity 1.0-type CMOS image sensor. It delivers high-resolution recording and superb performance even in low-light conditions and can record in various formats — including HD XAVC Long GOP (for 422 10-bit sampling), AVCHD, and DV® — to meet particular needs.
The lens features 12x Optical Zoom, which can be increased to 24x with Clear Image Zoom while retaining full resolution. Thanks to the 20-megapixel CMOS sensor and Sony’s sophisticated Digital Extender, zoom performance can be further increased to 48x to satisfy the demand of professionals for wide-angle to telephoto shooting in various scenes. The rich feature set includes a four position switchable ND filter, 3G-SDI interface, XLR handle unit, built-in Wi-Fi function, and the future ability to record in 4K Ultra High Definition* which will support at any situation, increasing the creative possibilities.
* A firmware update service (fee required) will begin in the first half of 2015.
Sony (United Kingdom) recently announced the availability of updates for XDCAM camcorders PXW-X70 and PXW-X200 camcorders as follows.
PXW-X70 Firmware V2.0
Upgrade includes chargeable (to be paid, optional) element and will be available June 2015.
New Features & Improvements:
Support for 4K (QFHD) Recording (optional) via a paid licence
This 4K recording update provides support for QFHD shooting at 30p/25p/24p, allowing the X70 to capture scenes with “stunning quality“ and at high resolution, to an “incredibly compact“ camcorder. Furthermore, for projects finalized in HD, 4K recording greatly expands the creative possibilities by enabling digital panning, camera-shake correction and other post-production effects. Please note: 4K recording requires purchase of the 4K Upgrade License (CBKZ-X70FX) which is optional. The list price (without tax) for the 4K upgrade (CBKZ-X70FX) will be €485.
FREE HD firmware upgrade to version 2.0
Proxy recording will increase efficiency for editing workflows and allow for easier content transmission to remote locations, while FTP transfer means that files created using proxy recording – as well as those shot in XAVC and AVCHD formats – can be sent via the internet for remote storage on an FTP server.
Images can now also be streamed live from the PXW-X70 for remote viewing or streaming.
Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed a framework of regulations (pdf) that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – a.k.a. drones – in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.
The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations.
The FAA is proposing to amend its regulations to adopt specific rules to allow the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems in the National Airspace System. These changes would address the operation of unmanned aircraft systems, certification of their operators, registration, and display of registration markings. The proposed rule would also find that airworthiness certification is not required for small unmanned aircraft system operations that would be subject to this proposed rule. Lastly, the proposed rule would prohibit model aircraft from endangering the safety of the National Airspace System.
The proposed provisions in the FAA’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) include the following. Operational Limitations
Unmanned aircraft must weigh less than 55 lbs. (25 kg).
Visual line-of-sight (VLOS) only; the unmanned aircraft must remain within VLOS of the operator or visual observer.
At all times the small unmanned aircraft must remain close enough to the operator for the operator to be capable of seeing the aircraft with vision unaided by any device other than corrective lenses.
Small unmanned aircraft may not operate over any persons not directly involved in the operation.
Daylight-only operations (official sunrise to official sunset, local time).
Must yield right-of-way to other aircraft, manned or unmanned.
First-person view camera cannot satisfy “see-and-avoid” requirement but can be used as long as requirement is satisfied in other ways.
Maximum airspeed of 100 mph (87 knots).
Maximum altitude of 500 feet above ground level.
Minimum weather visibility of 3 miles from control station.
No person may act as an operator or VO for more than one unmanned aircraft operation at one time.
Operator Certification and Responsibilities
Pilots of a small UAS would be considered “operators”.
Operators would be required to:
o Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center.
o Be vetted by the Transportation Security Administration.
o Obtain an unmanned aircraft operator certificate with a small UAS rating (like existing pilot airman certificates, never expires).
o Pass a recurrent aeronautical knowledge test every 24 months.
o Be at least 17 years old.
o Make available to the FAA, upon request, the small UAS for inspection or testing, and any associated documents/records required to be kept under the proposed rule.
o Report an accident to the FAA within 10 days of any operation that results in injury or property damage.
FAA airworthiness certification not required. However, operator must maintain a small UAS in condition for safe operation and prior to flight must inspect the UAS to ensure that it is in a condition for safe operation. Aircraft Registration required (same requirements that apply to all other aircraft).
Aircraft markings required (same requirements that apply to all other aircraft). If aircraft is too small to display markings in standard size, then the aircraft simply needs to display markings in the largest practicable manner.
This video presents FAA proposes rules to regulate drone use.
The FAA is proposing a number of rules to deal with the growing interest from businesses looking to use drones.
Professional photographers received good news over the weekend as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released new guidelines that would seem to pave the way for widespread legal use of small drones in the U.S. While the details are far from complete, the proposal would seem to open the door for professional photographers to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as an additional offering for their clients. However, that door is not open just yet….
And there could be even more positive news on the horizon for PPA members as the FAA has agreed to look at more relaxed regulations for micro-drones, a class of unmanned aircraft weighing less than 4.4 lbs. That is significant to photographers since many are already using these smaller drones outside of their business….
PANASONIC INTRODUCES NEW LUMIX G 30mm MACRO and 42.5mm PORTRAIT LENSES
New lenses further expand world’s largest range of Micro Four Thirds lenses *1
Newark, NJ (February 23, 2015) Panasonic today announced the new LUMIX G 42.5mm/F1.7 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) (equivalent: 85 mm) and the LUMIX G Macro 30mm/ F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. (equivalent: 60mm) lenses. Both will be available at www.shop.panasonic.com and valued channel partners.
Panasonic LUMIX G 42.5mm/F1.7 ASPH./POWER O.I.S.
The LUMIX G 42.5mm/F1.7 not only has a maximum aperture of F1.7, but incorporates optical image stabilization along with full time Auto Focus (AF). The new lens system is comprised of 10 elements in 8 groups can deliver portraits with a rich stereoscopic effect as well as close-ups with beautiful defocus. It features a versatile focusing distance of 12.2 inches allowing users to enjoy true-to-life close-up shots such as food photography. A reliable metal mount assures durability for active use, and uses multi-coated lens elements that minimize ghosts and flare to further enhance its shooting performance. The lens’ POWER O.I.S. system effectively compensates unwanted blur caused by vibration – not only small, fast movements but also large, slow ones – helping you get the results you want, even in low light situations. The POWER O.I.S system, alongside the 240fps Drive AF, delivers stable framing and precise focusing every time.
Panasonic LUMIX G Macro 30mm/ F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.
The LUMIX G MACRO 30mm/ F2.8 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S. lens provides sharp, high contrast image rendering with a wide angle and a high speed F2.8 aperture. Utilizing 1x life-size magnification, deep depth of field, and a focusing distance starting at just 4.13 inches, the lens offers excellent performance when shooting true-to-life macro shots. Continue Reading »
The 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards today announced the shortlists for its Professional, Open and Youth categories.
Among the winners is Canadian photographer Donald Weber, for his piece entered in the Still Life category, who will now go on to compete for a $25,000 prize and the coveted L’Iris d’Or/ Photographer of the Year title.
The recipient, along with the winners of the Professional categories, overall Youth and Student winners plus the Open Photographer of the Year, will all be announced at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony on Thursday April 23, 2015.
The winner of the “L’iris d’Or” and winners of each individual category will receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony.
The winning and shortlisted images will go on show at Somerset House, London, UK, from April 24– May 10 and published in the 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.
The exhibition will also include an intimate display of still images, books and films by Elliott Erwitt, recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Photography award.
Please click on the following links to view the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist Winners:
Congratulations and Good Luck! / Félicitations et bonne chance!
Shortlist Revealed for Sony World Photography Awards, the World’s Biggest Photography Competition
24 Feb, 2015 23:03 CET
TORONTO, Ontario – February 24, 2015 – The 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition, today announced the shortlists for its Professional, Open and Youth categories. Among the winners is Canadian photographer Donald Weber, for his piece entered in the Still Life category.
Recognizing and rewarding the world’s best contemporary photography from the last year, the 2015 competition received the highest number of entries in its eight year history – 173,444 images from 171 countries – and a 24 per cent increase on 2014.
Speaking about the shortlisted images, Astrid Merget Motsenigos, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation and organiser of the awards said:
“The sole purpose of the Sony World Photography Awards is to celebrate and appreciate the talented artists working in the photographic industry. Once again, the shortlist demonstrates the vibrancy, diversity and skill of both today’s established photographers and, as importantly, the growing army of citizen photographers for whom the awards offer unpreceded exposure and opportunity.” Continue Reading »
This video presents Sony Professional: Introduction of new CineAlta 4K PMW-F55.
Richard Lewis, Cinematography Product Specialist, provides a detailed, hands-on tour of the new CineAlta 4K cameras.
All the key features, including the flexible modular structure, multiple recording formats, menu controls and important accessories are shown.
The video also demonstrates recording on SxS Pro+ and AXSM memory card, including RAW and XAVC codecs.
Sony Digital Cinema will screen four National Theatre Live stage productions in detail-packed 4K Ultra High Definition to Vue customers across the UK.
The four shows will be captured in 4K using Sony’s F55 cameras at 4K resolution, with four times the detail of ordinary Full HD television broadcasts.
Each recorded performance will be distributed to Vue Cinemas as a 4K DCP (Digital Cinema Package).
Stored on a hard drive or transmitted securely by satellite, this high-resolution ‘digital print’ replaces bulky reels of celluloid film that were formerly used for movie distribution to cinemas.
From the stage to the big screen: National
Theatre Live, Sony and Vue Entertainment
International raise curtain on new partnership
Landmark Event Cinema agreement brings four National Theatre Live productions to Vue audiences in detail-packed 4K Ultra HD
Basingstoke, 23rd February, 2015 - Sony Digital Cinema has confirmed a ground-breaking initiative with the National Theatre and Vue Entertainment International to screen four National Theatre Live stage productions in detail-packed 4K Ultra High Definition.
A landmark in ‘Event Cinema’, this unique three-way partnership represents the first agreement of its kind between a leading cultural brand, a cinema chain and an electronics manufacturer. Over the next year, audiences at Vue Cinemas across the country will be able to enjoy a world-class theatrical experience without travelling far from home. The four shows will be captured with Sony cameras at 4K resolution, with four times the detail of ordinary Full HD television broadcasts.
During the 12-month tie-up, Vue customers at its 83 sites across the country will exclusively be able to enjoy the productions projected in 4K – the highest quality currently possible with commercial digital cinema projection.
Top Network Attacks: Browser, denial of service, and brute force remain the top three network attacks in Q4, though DoS (Denial of Service) declined by almost half from Q3. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) increased by 4% and Shellshock now appears on our threats pie, in fifth place, due to the continuing popularity of Heartbleed and Shellshock attacks. McAfee Labs Threats Report, February 2015 page 45
This video presents “Apple SSL vulnerability alows hackers to snoop.“
Robert Siciliano identity theft speaker and expert discusses Apple SSL vulnerability alows hackers to snoop. http://robertsiciliano.com/
Location of Servers Hosting Suspect Content: McAfee Labs Threats Report, February 2015 page 41
Intel Security today released its McAfee Labs Threats Report: February 2015 (pdf), which includes assessments of the mobile threat landscape and the failure of mobile app developers to patch critical secure sockets layer (SSL) vulnerabilities, potentially impacting millions of mobile phone users.
McAfee Labs researchers simulated man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks that successfully intercepted information shared during supposedly secure SSL sessions.
The vulnerable data included usernames and passwords and in some instances, login credentials from social networks and other third party services.
Furthermore, McAfee Labs tested the 25 most popular apps on the Computer Emergency Response Team’s list of vulnerable mobile apps that send login credentials through insecure connections and found that 18 still have not been patched despite public disclosure, vendor notification, and in some cases, multiple version updates addressing concerns other than security.
Top Countries Hosting Phishing Domains: McAfee Labs Threats Report, February 2015 page 42
Other key findings from the report covering the final quarter of 2014 include:
Mobile Malware: McAfee Labs reported that mobile malware samples grew 14 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2014, with Asia and Africa registering the highest infection rates.
Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs): In Q4, McAfee Labs detected PUPs on 91 million systems each day. McAfee Labs sees PUPs becoming more and more aggressive, posing as legitimate apps while performing unauthorized actions such as displaying unintended ads, modifying browser settings, or collecting user and system data.
Ransomware: Beginning in Q3, the number of new ransomware samples began to grow again after a four-quarter decline. In Q4, the number of new samples grew 155 per cent.
Total Malware: McAfee Labs now detects 387 new samples of malware every minute, or more than six every second.
Top Countries Hosting Spam Domains: McAfee Labs Threats Report, February 2015 page 43
For a list of safety tips on how individual users can protect themselves from the threats details in this quarter’s report, please visit: http://mcaf.ee/5z86x.
McAfee Labs Finds Mobile Apps Left Vulnerable for Months
Report finds 18 of 25 top mobile apps reported vulnerable in September 2014 remain unpatched; Unsecured Web sessions leave millions open to man-in-the-middle attacks
SANTA CLARA, Calif. February 24, 2015 – Intel Security today released its McAfee Labs Threats Report: February 2015, including assessments of the mobile threat landscape and the failure of mobile app developers to patch critical secure sockets layer (SSL) vulnerabilities, potentially impacting millions of mobile phone users. McAfee Labs also revealed details on the increasingly popular Angler exploit kit, and warned of increasingly aggressive potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that change system settings and gather personal information without the knowledge of users.
McAfee Labs researchers found that mobile app providers have been slow to address the most basic SSL vulnerabilities: improper digital certificate chain validation. In September 2014, the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) at Carnegie Mellon University released a list of mobile apps possessing this weakness, including apps with millions of downloads to their credit. Continue Reading »