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August 31 2012 6 31 /08 /August /2012 03:29

Sony has introduced the NEX-5R, which combines lightweight design and the freedom of interchangeable lenses with large-sensor image quality, speedy AF and the introduction of Wi-Fi capability.


The NEX-5R camera features a 16.1 effective megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor -- identical in size to sensors found in traditional DSLR cameras -- combined with a BIONZ processor to assure richly detailed still images and crisp Full HD videos in all types of lighting conditions, according to Mike Kahn, director of the alpha interchangeable lens camera business group at Sony Electronics.



In a first for Sony's line of interchangeable lens cameras, the new NEX-5R model features "Fast Hybrid AF" autofocus technology, combining phase-detection and contrast-detection methods to ensure speedy, accurate autofocus in any shooting situation, he adds. It's also Sony's first interchangeable lens camera with integrated Wi-Fi capabilities for image sharing, saving and viewing, and introduces the new concept of downloadable Camera Apps.


The Fast Hybrid AF autofocus technology utilizes 99 phase-detection AF points arrayed on the image sensor to detect a subject's distance and lock focus on it, and then utilizes contrast-detection AF to confirm details. In Speed Priority Continuous shooting mode, the camera will switch automatically to phase detection tracking AF and can track fast-moving action in each frame up to 10 frames per second.

The added connectivity of the NEX-5R camera allows photos and videos to be transferred wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet running Sony's free PlayMemories Mobile app, available on both iOS and Android platforms. Additionally, content can be directly uploaded from the camera to Facebook using a Wi-Fi connection and the new "Direct Upload" application, part of Sony's new PlayMemories Camera Apps platform.   


Aesthetically, the NEX-5R features a new fully programmable control dial and function button, a combination for photographers accustomed to the flexibility and direct control of a DSLR camera. It also has a switchable on-screen digital level gauge that helps keep horizons level with landscapes and architectural shots.

Additionally, the new NEX-5R model features a touch-screen LCD with a Touch Shutter function. The touchscreen can also flip upwards 180 degrees.


Full HD (1920x1080@60p) movie shooting is enhanced with a new Auto Slow Shutter feature, adding extra detail to low-light clips. The camera detects dim interiors and night scenes, automatically switching to a slower shutter speed to brighten footage. 


The NEX-5R compact system camera will be available this October in silver, black and white for about US$750 with an 18-55mm kit zoom lens as well as body-only for about $650. The new camera and all compatible accessories will be available at Sony retail stores (www.store.sony.com) and other authorized dealers nationwide.
and follow #SonyNEX on twitter for the latest α NEX camera news.


Article Source: http://www.macnews.com/2012/08/30/sony-unveils-nex-5r-camera

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August 29 2012 4 29 /08 /August /2012 03:20

“Sources familiar with the iPhone-maker’s plans said that Apple wants to improve the AirPlay wireless music streaming technology, which currently requires Airplay speakers and a WiFi network,” Matt Warman reports for The Telegraph.




“The new version will require just speakers or a hifi and an iDevice; the iPhone, iPod or iPad would form its own network to allow a direct connection and music playback,” Warman reports. “The move is expected to be announced at the launch of the new iPhone, which is widely rumoured to take place on September 12.”


Warman reports, “Sources said that Apple has not signed off any specific products yet and that the ‘Airplay Direct’ is a working title rather than a definite name. Apple is also expected to combine a change in size for the iPod connector, used widely on docks, with a new push for Airplay streaming. This means docks will no longer require the iPod to be physically connected… for music playback.”


For more information, please visit Apple Is Going to Release AirPlay Direct in September


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August 28 2012 3 28 /08 /August /2012 03:04


Apple launched its latest version of the Mac OS X, the OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 last month and we now have an update bringing an array of minor updates.


The update is a general maintenance and bug release fix, with a hint of improvements here and there.


To update, simply hit the  Apple menu and select "Software Update..." and your Mac will take care of the rest.

As with all OS X software updates, you’ll need to restart your computer after installing.


The update is fairly small, ranges from just 8MB to 30MB, depending on the type of Mac you have.


Here’s the official list of changes and improvements with the OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.1 update:

  • Resolve an issue that may cause Migration Assistant to unexpectedly quit
  • Improve compatibility when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server in Mail
  • Address an issue playing audio through a Thunderbolt display
  • Resolve an issue that could prevent iMessages from being sent
  • Address an issue that could cause the system to become unresponsive when using Pinyin input
  • Resolve an issue when connecting to SMB servers with long names
  • Address a issue that may prevent Safari from launching when using a Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC) file
  • Improve 802.1X authentication with Active Directory credentials

Unfortunately this update does not seem to plug the battery life drain problem that some users have experienced since installing Mountain Lion.


OS X 10.8.2 testing is reportedly already underway and the update supposedly focuses on the following areas: Messages, Facebook integration, Game Center, Safari, and Reminders. Apple has always brought much appreciated updates to their operating system and it would be interesting to see how many improvements we’ll be seeing in the near future!


Article Source: http://www.digitalcupcake.net/2012/08/23/os-x-mountain-lion-10-8-1-update/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=os-x-mountain-lion-10-8-1-update

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August 25 2012 7 25 /08 /August /2012 04:21

Earlier this month, Arstechnica had reported that many users had found a significant decrease in battery life after upgrading to OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion).


Ars writer Chris Foresman, after extended testing, discovered that the battery life of his Retina MacBook Pro review unit dropped 38% from its previous 8-hours.


The same findings were reported by many others in Apple's own support forums, and there were some reports that the development versions of OS X 10.8.1 may have addressed this issue.

MacObserver has conducted battery life tests on the final release build of OS X 10.8.1 to see if there had indeed been any improvement. Their testing process included using an Automator script that launched several apps and navigated to websites. The script would cycle this process continuously. The tests were run on a 2011 Macbook Pro. Here are their findings:

First, they were able to confirm the drop in battery life when going from OS X 10.7.4 to OS X 10.8. The drop they measured was 33% (2 hours and 10 minutes) just from upgrading OS X to 10.8. The "No WiFi Icon" was a "fix" of suggested by one of their readers, but showed no appreciable effect. They did find that OS X 10.8.1 (beta and release) builds did improve the battery life stats, adding as much as 52 minutes in their testing. The overall numbers, however, are still well under their battery life measurements in OS X 10.7.4 (Lion).

Apple is currently testing OS X 10.8.2, but there's been no word if that build helps further improve battery times back towards OS X Lion levels.


Click here to get more releated news about Mountain Lion 10.8.1


Article Source: http://www.macrumors.com/2012/08/24/mountain-lion-os-x-10-8-1-improves-battery-life-somewhat/

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August 24 2012 6 24 /08 /August /2012 08:47

Feel boring when you are free? Want to play games on your iPhone when travelling by Car, Bus, Train, Plane or Ship? Here is a list of popular 10 free games for your iPhone and provide you hours of fun:


1. Drop ship
This excellent ngmoco title accustomed to cost you a couple of quid, but Drop ship has become free and is among the Application Store?ˉs greatest deals. The overall game is really a modern undertake Gravitar or Thrust, together with your ship fighting gravity and shooting gun emplacements during your search complex vector-based cave formations for stranded allies.  The ‘touch anywhere’ dual-thumb controls take getting accustomed to, but the overall game feels fluid and exciting once they’re mastered.


2. Sol Free Solitaire
Although it’s basically a slice of Solebon Solitaire (£1.19), Sol Free Solitaire is nevertheless a sensational illustration of a stand alone solitaire game.  As soon as you initially launch the overall game, the amount of polish and a focus to detail is apparent. In most from the six incorporated games, the graphics are neat and obvious, the controls are intuitive and responsive, and also the built-in assistance is informative.


3. Cube Runner
The accelerometers in Apple handhelds have driven growth and development of myriad tilt-based racing games, but tilt controls could be finicky. Cube Runner, however, feels perfect while you pilot your craft right and left through cube-littered landscapes, striving to outlive as lengthy as you possibly can.  The overall game doesn?ˉt seem like much, however it plays well, and durability is extended by Cube Runner helping you to create and download new levels.


4. Dactyl
Almost entirely missing thorough, Dactyl is nevertheless probably the most furiously addictive games around the Application Store. A gloriously demented Whack-A-Mole-style effort, Dactyl basically tasks you with tapping red-colored tanks to prevent them overflowing. Quickly, though, red-colored tanks arrive thick and fast, forcing you to definitely keep a record and tap them so as, to prevent the inevitable ‘game over’.


5. Bankshot
One for pool sharks, Bankshot tasks you with delivering your orb to some goal by bouncing them back with a minimum of one wall. A couple of different modes are available within this attractive neon-style game, however the best is Blitz, a higher-octane time-attack affair.


6. 10-Pin Shuffle Bowling Lite
An inquisitive mixture of ten-pin bowling, shuffleboard and poker, 10 Pin Shuffle proves remarkably addictive. You receive two cards for every strike and something for every spare, and whomever has got the best hands in the finish from the tenth frame wins.


7. Cell Splat
Which means you think you’re observant? Cell Splat will test claiming towards the limit. The overall game distills ‘match’ games for their purest form. You receive a target shape or colour, and, from the clock, must tap all matching products within the well. Quite why this frantic, great-searching, fun, addictive game is free of charge, we don’t know we simply suggest you download it immediately.


8. Volkswagen Think Blue Challenge
Most racing games are about tearing round corners at high-speed, your only concern being not to smash into things. Think Blue turns the genre on its mind, supplying you with limited fuel. The overall game turns into a unique and intriguing survival-based challenge while you attempt to eke out an additional couple of metres each go.


9. Alice in the Secret Castle
If extremely difficult old-school games are the factor, Alice within the Secret Castle appeals. The overall game boasts 64 rooms of NES-style hell, having a curious game auto technician that hides walls whenever you contain the ‘A’ button. Progression therefore turns into a situation of learning taxing and relentless (but rewarding) puzzle-oriented platforming.


10. Minimalist Shooter
Tilt to reside required the dual-stick format developed by Robotron: 2084 and subverted it, getting rid of your weapon and getting you depend on colliding with contact-based explosives to eliminate lethal enemies. Minimalist Shooter is across the same lines, but it’s free and resembles a pyrotechnic abstract art display.

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August 23 2012 5 23 /08 /August /2012 03:33

Mobile gaming is kind of a big deal. Most games available for tablets aren’t as long as the best titles for handheld consoles, but some are just as deep in both story and mechanics. As for selection, well, there’s just no way Nintendo or Sony can compete with the iOS and Android app stores.

Even some hardcore gamers are now turning to tablets as an alternative to handheld consoles. Which begs the question – if you care about gaming, what tablet is the best? Is there a major difference between the competitors, or are they all about the same?

The Three Best Choices

Now that I’ve provided an overview, let’s get down to the specifics – the three best gaming tablets on the market today.

Apple iPad 3 aka The New iPad

The iOS environment is a great boon to the tablet gamer. Game usually come out for iOS first, and Android later. Games also tend to run better on the iPad because the developers only have to code for a few devices with extremely similar hardware.

With that said, don’t discount the hardware. The display on the iPad 3 is amazing. It’s crisp, offers excellent color reproduction and features deep black levels. This is enhanced by the A5X, which features the most powerful GPU on any tablet sold today.

Sony Tablet S

Like some other Sony devices, the Tablet S is Playstation Certified. This means it will be able to run Playstation Mobile games, giving gamers another source of high-quality titles. You’ll be able to play games like WipEout and DYAD, among many others. You can even play them by pairing the tablet with a wireless PS3 controller.

The tablet also features a “TruBlack” display. It provides excellent black levels, which results in good image quality.

The main downside is the use of the older Tegra 2 SoC. This hampers performance in theory, though the tablet should be able to handle modern Android titles.

Google Nexus 7

It’s hard to beat the value presented by the Nexus 7. For $200 you can have a tablet with the same Tegra 3 SoC found in other larger, more expensive tablets. It provides the same performance at a much lower price.

Another benefit is the display. Color reproduction and black levels are not the best, but it does offer a 216 pixels per inch, which not far off what Apple offers with its Retina display.

Some gamers may be turned off by the size. A 7” tablet is quite a bit smaller than a 10” one. This can also be a boon, however, because the tablet is lighter and easier to handle. That makes the tablet easier to use for long periods of time.


Here’s the summary checklist for buying a gaming tablet.

  • Check the performance of the SoC.
  • Consider display quality.
  • Research game selection and peripheral compatibility.
  • Look at size and weight (lighter, thinner tablets are often more comfortable).

If you remember these four points before you make your purchase you should be happy with the product. Don’t worry much about interface customizations, camera quality or even audio quality (you can always wear earplugs, and probably will if you game outside your home).

Article Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/which-tablet-is-best-for-gaming/

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August 22 2012 4 22 /08 /August /2012 09:55

iPhone 5 is coming! We are all excited at the news. Even though it may cannot satisfying everyone, Apple’s sure to sell millions of the phone over the days, weeks and months following its release.


Many of the sales , of course, will get the existing iPhone users to be excited and want to upgrade to the latest and greatest, leaving behind lots of old handsets. Of course, some of the phones will come to the second-hand market; while quite a lot will end their life in the garbage, adding to the estimated 350 million electronic items tossed out each year in the United States, according to DoSomething.org.



“Most of the time when it’s done and the battery wears out, they just throw it in the trash, and that’s a really bad thing to do,”


Kyle Wiens of iFixit, who has gone through more than his share of electronics, has seen it all before, says.

If the rumors of a new dock connector are true, it won’t be just iPhones that end up on the trash heap this time around, for we will not be able to plug our shiny new phones into our old accessories anymore.


“I think it brings to light some of the concerns about our society and the way we consume things,” Wiens says. “The moment it happens, you’re going to have millions of pounds, probably hundreds of millions of pounds, of accessories that were made for the iPhone…where all of a sudden they’re obsolete. Apple not providing a backwards-compatible plan is certainly a concern.”


It is not certain that Apple’s new adapter will fit the old frame of that two-or three-year-old stereo. And just like iPhones, those shouldn’t be tossed in the trash, either.


“One thing I caution people to realize is that if you have an iPhone case that has a battery in it or an alarm clock, that’s all e-waste, and there are a lot of toxic chemicals inside all those accessories, so you can’t just throw them in the trash or put them in a normal recycle bin,” adds Wiens. “You have to recycle them responsibly.”


And whether it’s heading over to our local Apple Store to recycle or forking over a few extra bucks for an adapter, ultimately the burden falls on us. “Consumers are the ones left holding the bag. They’ve got all this toxic e-waste left over from the previous generation and they’ve got to go buy all new accessories,” concludes Wiens.


How to make full use of the iPhones’ video playing function?

As we know, Latest iPhone’s retina display is good at play videos, while supports only few formats. If you want to enjoy AVCHD, MTS MXF videos on the iPhone, you will be disappointed. Do not worry, AVCHD to MOV Converter  can help you convert such HD videos to your iPhone.

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August 21 2012 3 21 /08 /August /2012 04:58

When you dream of computers, do you dream of high-resolution displays? What about 5.1 million pixels on a screen that is almost comparable to the resolution of the human eye? A screen where the picture is as detailed and sharp as the scenery outside your window? Whether or not you’ve got the cash for it, you can’t deny that the MacBook Pro with Retina display is one of the most impressive notebooks ever built. But unlike the iPad’s vast library of Retina-ready apps, the Retina Mac apps are lagging a bit behind. More often than not, owners of the new MacBook Pro have to adjust the dimensions for apps that haven’t been updated. Developers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to convert, however, and they’re starting to do what’s necessary to make their applications shine on Apple’s new vivid display.

Upgrading an application for the Retina display can be a tedious task, though it really depends on how the application was originally created. Images are two-dimensional or consist of vector graphics; the former can be fairly low resolution, while the latter shouldn’t need any changes if done correctly. Developers who choose the low-res, two-dimensional route must redraw all of the images in the application to make them twice as large. “This requires a lot of work in an image editor of your choice,” says CTO of IGG Software, James Gillespie, which publishes iBank, a personal finance app for the Mac. “We use Pixelmator, Photoshop, and Illustrator in-house, but we also contract out a lot of graphics work.”

Once the new images have been created, Gillespie says that incorporating them into the application is an easy task, thanks to Apple’s framework. “The hardest part is making sure that everything lines up correctly onscreen. This can only be done by looking at every version of every screen in the app and making sure that it looks correct.” IGG Software’s developers have found issues where vector graphics didn’t line up quite right on the Retina display, which meant having to go back and change code to fix it.

Fortunately, the end result is worth the work. “I think the biggest triumph so far was when we went to the Retina MacBook Pro and launched iBank. The reports looked beautiful.”

The other part of the challenge is coming up with designs that will translate well to the Retina’s high-resolution display. “The best designs often include tiny details that only Retina users with the keenest of eyes would notice,” says Jack Hirsch, Product Manager for the Mac version of Evernote. “Our greatest challenge was trying to catch every single image and rendered graphic in our applications. Some of the images were very old and needed to be redesigned completely.”

For game developers, conversion requires a little more than simply dumping out low-resolution images for high-res ones. For Aspyr, a company that ports games to the Mac, the difficulty of the process differs by title. “It’s dependent on the title and is typically focused on if the resolution is supported already in game, how the user interface scales at this large of a display, and game performance at higher resolution,” says Elizabeth Howard, Director of Business Development. Depending on the scenario, a game can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to redevelop. Fortunately for Aspyr, it already has titles that are fit for the MacBook Pro’s ginormous resolution, old favorites such as Quake 4, Doom 3, Prey, and Call of Duty.

Lastly, developers lament the fact that Retina-compatible applications must still be made to work well with a variety of lower resolutions. Creating software that can automatically detect and adjust to either the MacBook Pro’s Retina screen, an external monitor, a TV, a projector, and so on can be just as challenging as re-creating graphics. “Dimensions and hard-coded numbers get mixed up and objects onscreen can behave erratically,” says Hirsch.



The difference between the Retina-and non-Retina-compatible versions of Evernote is readily apparent.

Of course, developing for the new MacBook Pro’s screen isn’t an entirely foreign process, since many developers have been working with the Retina display on the iPad. But desktop applications present a few more challenges, such as ensuring that windows are resizable. “The challenge is really balancing the development requirements of this support with the ongoing development efforts toward new release titles,” adds Howard.

For many developers, having a Retina-ready application has always been high on the priority list. “We saw the Retina MacBook as an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to providing our users with a truly beautiful application, even on the world’s most demanding display,” says Hirsch.

Adds Gillespie: “I don’t think that when choosing a finance application that Retina support is very high on their list of must-have features. But I think for a lot of people it will be an extra ‘delighter’ that the application just looks great.”


Article Source: http://www.maclife.com/article/columns/going_retina_how_developers_convert_apps_work_new_retina_display

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August 20 2012 2 20 /08 /August /2012 11:21

Back-to-school shopping season is launching. Maybe you have done somethings for your child like physical and eye exam. Here share you a cool idea to hunt for some useful applications to your child. Here I will introduce to the best 6 apps specially designed for your child.


1. MyHomework
Available for: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Google Android products

A bit less intense than the last entry, MyHomework lets students organize and keep track of classes and assignments. The app color-codes items according to their due date and syncs to a desktop to keep all of a student’s information centralized. Its a great tool for college kids who like the structure of an online system but put a few hundred miles between them and their parents for a reason.



2. QuickOffice Pro
Available for: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Google Android products

If you’re looking for a document editor, no other app beats QuickOffice. It’s a great alternative for editing Microsoft Office documents while on the go in all programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. This app can even access files from your Dropbox folders easily and put them right back in there after you finish editing them. This is a premium app that currently costs $14.99 for iPhone and $19.99 for iPad. There’s also a version for Android at $14.99.



3. Dictionary.com
Available for: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Google Android products

You kids today and your iWingWangs have no idea what it was like way back when. If you wanted to look up meanings for words, synonyms and antonyms for said words and famous quotations using said words, it usually required three books with the combined size of a countertop microwave. Sure, there were paperback versions, but did you ever see how bent, chewed and torn up your average paperback dictionary gets after a year of use? The Dictionary.com app puts all of those pages and pounds of functions into a much smaller, more portable package. Sure, there’s always going to be some pedant who one-ups you with a multi-volume Oxford English Dictionary or Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, but their wallet and back are paying a big price for minimal reward.



4. CourseSmart
Available for: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Google Android products

Even if students get your textbooks free through the school system or get used textbooks at a deep discount, they’re still lugging them around on their backs all year. That’s a weighty proposition, and an unnecessary one at that. CourseStart puts a semester’s or year’s worth of books on a user’s laptop, tablet and/or smartphone for 12 months at roughly half as much as print versions. Granted, you can’t sell these versions back, but the already deep discount offsets that loss in most cases.


5. Grades 2
Available for: iPhone & iPod Touch.

Setting a grade target is often necessary to move forward, and the Grades 2 lets students do just that. This is an app that helps students figure out whether or not their on the right track toward achieving an A, or any other minimum target grade. All you have to do is plug in the information for your past and upcoming assignments so that the app can do the rest of the work. It’s available for free for the iPhone.



6. Evernote
Available for: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Google Android products, Blackberry, Microsoft, Windows Phone 7

Having trouble looking for that one little fact you scrawled out two months ago during an 8 a.m. class just after the first big campus party of the year? Can’t read it even after you find it? Evernote feels your pain and lets you type and synchronize notes, to-do-lists photos and voice memos from your iPhone to the Web. Everything’s searchable, which means you can look for text within images (including words on whiteboards), find notes or files from any of your synced devices and share them easily with friends via email, Facebook(FB_) and Twitter.



More tips for entertainment fans:

Try the   iPad Video Converter which enables you to enjoy almost any source movies on the move.

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August 16 2012 5 16 /08 /August /2012 07:46

Google Apps will soon gain an email routing and filtering feature from Google's Postini suite of email security services, part of an effort to eventually replicate all Postini functionality in Google Apps.




This latest feature will allow Apps customers to define routing rules for email messages sent to general, departmental inboxes, like those for sales and technical support, so that the appropriate individuals are alerted.


It's the latest Postini feature to become native functionality in Apps, the cloud-based email and collaboration suite for companies, schools and government agencies.


"As we look ahead to 2013, we'll continue these feature integrations and gradually transition Postini Google Message Security (GMS) and Google Message Discovery (GMD) customers to Google Apps. This will enable them to take advantage of the Postini features built directly into Google Apps that are more flexible, powerful and user-friendly," said Adam Dawes, an Apps product manager, in a blog post.


Google will offer more details about the Postini transition in the coming months, along with "tools and resources" to aid customers, according to Dawes.


Article Source: http://www.itworld.com/software/289896/google-adds-another-postini-email-feature-google-apps

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