Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 Compact Camera Packs a Bigger Sensor in Small Body

Submitted by lalit on June 10, 2012 - 8:15am.

Sony has introduced Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100, their new flagship compact camera that packs a big 1-inch image sensor in a small compact camera body. The sensor on the new camera is slightly bigger than CX format sensors on Nikon 1 series camera, but smaller than Micro Four Thirds system cameras. However, overall all size of the new camera is smaller than both the camera systems.

“This camera is ideal for travel, portraits or street photography, delivering impressive results in a variety of lighting conditions with an intuitive, customizable control interface,” said Yosuke Tomoda, director of the Cyber-shot business at Sony Electronics. “It’s a perfect step-up model for point and shoot users not interested in larger DSLR or compact system cameras, and also an outstanding choice for enthusiasts who may already own a large DSLR and are looking for a high-quality, pocket-sized ‘all-in-one’ second camera.”

The aluminum built RX100 features a new 1-inch type Exmor CMOS sensor with a resolution of 20.2-megapixel. The new sensor is about four times larger than the 1/2.3-type sensors in traditional point-and-shoot cameras. The sensor’s larger area takes in more light while capturing content, resulting in beautiful, detail-packed images and Full HD movie clips with very low noise.

Along with the bigger sensor, the new camera also has a wide F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T fixed lens with 3.6x optical zoom range that allows additional light for great low light photography. According to Sony, the lens features seven-bladed circular aperture that is similar to high performance DSLR optics resulting in images with subjects in sharp focus against a smoothly-blurred, beautifully defocused background.

The camera combines the new 1-inch image sensor with BIONZ image processor for fast shooting response, ISO up to 25,600 and 10fps continuous shooting mode. The quick autofocus on the camera can lock on a subject in as little as 0.13 seconds. The 3-inch Xtra Fine LCD on the camera features new WhiteMagic technology that uses additional white pixels to boost screen brightness, allowing users to see subtle details and tones on the screen in all types of shooting environments, including outdoors in bright sunlight.

Sony RX100 can shoot 1080p video at 60p and offers full manual control in both movie and picture modes. Along with various picture modes, the camera also offers six different creative modes including Toy Camera, Partial Color, HDR Painting and three others.

The Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 digital camera will be available this July for about $650. The camera is available for pre-order on Amazon. Check out the introductory and hands-on video of RX100 below.

 

 

Canon Introduces Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) DSLR with 18-Megapixel Sensor and Touchscreen

Submitted by lalit on June 8, 2012 - 12:38am.

Canon today announced the new Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) digital SLR featuring simple touchscreen operation, dual AF system, 18-megapixel Hybrid CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor and Full HD video recording.

The newly-developed 18-megapixel APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor in combination with 14-bit DIGIC 5 image processer offers low light photography without flash, native 100-12,800 ISO range and advanced color rendition. The Rebel T4i is the first-ever EOS to feature a dual AF system that makes it easy to capture sharply-focused shots of all subjects, whether capturing stills or movies. The 9-point all cross-type AF system provides exceptional performance during stills shooting, offering precision accuracy when capturing sports, action and wildlife. Additionally, a new Hybrid AF System offers continuous autofocusing during movie recording, and when shooting in Live View mode.

The camera comes with 3-inch Vari-angle Clear View LCD II capacitive touchscreen that supports a variety of multi-touch gestures, such as pinching and swiping for viewing and capturing images. According to Canon, touch control adds a different dimension to Live View shooting. You can select AF points, track faces and objects, and fine-tune image settings via the camera's Quick Control screen. Navigation is instant and intuitive, while pinch-zooming in playback provides a great way to check the finer details of a shot. Main features on the new Rebel T4i are:

  • 18-megapixel APS-C Hybrid CMOS sensor
  • Full-HD movies with manual controls and continuous AF
  • 5 FPS continuous shooting
  • Vari-angle Clear View LCD II touchscreen
  • ISO 100-12,800 sensitivity, extendable to ISO 25,600
  • 9-point wide area AF
  • Integrated Speedlite Transmitter

Canon Rebel T4i (EOS 650D) will ship by end of June priced $849 for body only, $949 with 18-55mm IS lens and $1199 with 18-135mm IS STM lens. Check out the preview video of Rebel T4i posted Digital Camera World below.

 

 

Video Shows iPhone 5’s Unibody Back Cover

Submitted by lalit on June 7, 2012 - 1:43am.

Cydiablog has posted a video showing the leaked iPhone 5 back cover. The video was taken by eTradeSupply and they noted the following about the new unibody back cover:

  • The next generation iPhone will be the same width as the current 4 and 4S models, but will be taller in size – around 4-inches diagonally.
  • The upcoming iPhone will be much thinner. The exact dimensions are unknown, however.
  • The leaked part is neither a battery door nor a middle plate. It is a single integrated part. The iPhone 5 back plate is one piece anchored by an aluminum alloy. Major design changes in the upcoming iPhone.
  • Earphone jack has been moved from top to the bottom of the iPhone.
  • Apple has redesigned the dock connector which is smaller in size. SIM card tray is different in size – a smaller one. So, expect a smaller SIM card tray.
  • Enhanced speaker grills. If you carefully examine the video, you’ll notice an extra space at the bottom – may be to enhance the speaker’s quality.

 

Part Numbers Reveal Upcoming Mac Pro Update

Submitted by lalit on June 5, 2012 - 5:54pm.

Yesterday, 9to5mac posted a vague report claiming 4 out of 5 Mac systems getting an update at WWDC. However, today they have added some concrete information to that report. Mark Gurman has posted that Mac Pro will be one of the systems getting an update at WWDC on Monday June 11th. Mark wrote:

Sources have been able to provide some part numbers and prices to prove this:

  • MD770LL/A – K5BPLUS,BETTER,BTR-USA
  • MD771LL/A – K5BPLUS,BEST,BTR-USA
  • MD772LL/A – K5BPLUS,ULTIMATE,BTR-USA

The pricing is similar to current Mac Pro models.

Sources are unsure of the feature-set coming with the new Mac Pro, but these sources say that there will be three configurations. Two standard versions of the Mac Pro and a third version with OS X Server capabilities.

If the prices remain similar to current Mac Pro lineup, the entry level (BETTER version) Mac Pro will start at $2,499, the mid level (BEST version) will be priced $3,499 and the top level (ULTIMATE version) will be priced $4,999. This WWDC 2012 keynote will be one of the biggest Apple has ever done.

 

Intel Talks Ultrabooks and Smartphones at Computex 2012

Submitted by lalit on June 5, 2012 - 4:43pm.

Intel Corporation Senior Vice President Tom Kilroy officially introduced the next wave of Ultrabook systems during a keynote address at Computex Taipei 2012. Making a bold statement around the importance of touch technology, Kilroy also announced that Intel has signed agreements with several leading touch panel manufacturers to ensure adequate capacity to meet the expected demand for touch-enabled Ultrabook experiences over the next several years.

More than 35 new ultra-sleek, ultra-responsive Ultrabook systems are available now or will be for purchase within 30 days, with more than 110 designs expected in the next year. Powered by 3rd generation Intel Core processors and made with the world's most advanced 22nm 3-D tri-gate transistors, these new Ultrabook devices are more responsive and offer enhanced security in a selection of stylish designs for consumers and business users.

This new wave of Ultrabook devices wakes up in a flash, meaning systems will transition from hibernation mode to an active state in less than 7 seconds and will also load favorite applications quickly. The Ultrabook are powered by the new 3rd generation Intel Core processors that deliver up to two times the media and graphics performance compared to the previous generation, long battery life and offer more choice of stylish, thin designs.

Intel says, as security becomes more important to consumers who want peace of mind in the protection of their data and personal assets, the next wave of Ultrabook systems is equipped with enhanced security features, including Intel Anti-Theft technology that lets users automatically disable the system if it is lost or stolen. Additionally, all 3rd generation Intel Core processor-based Ultrabook devices have Intel Identity Protection technology built in to keep peoples' identity safe and ensure that their favorite websites and social networks know it's really them when logging in.

Highlighting the company's progress in its smartphone business, Kilroy pointed to the imminent in-store availability in the United Kingdom and France of Orange's new high-performance Android smartphone based on Intel technology. The Intel-powered Lenovo LePhone K800 launched online and in retail stores on May 30 in China. These phones join Lava's XOLO X900, the first smartphone with Intel inside, which launched in India in April.

Kilroy demonstrated for the first time a multi-language voice experience based on Nuance's Dragon engine and speech technology optimized for Intel architecture on an Ultrabook. With this solution, users can check and update their social media sites, initiate voice over IP calls, search the Internet and control their media. Users can also control the Ultrabook when not connected to the Internet by using their voice to quickly and easily launch applications, play local media and multi-task.

You can check out the complete Intel Computex 2012 keynote on Intel’s website.

 

Corning Launches Ultra-Slim Flexible Willow Glass

Submitted by lalit on June 4, 2012 - 10:40pm.

Corning announced the launch of Willow Glass, an ultra-slim flexible glass, aimed at revolutionizing the shape and form of next-generation consumer electronic technologies. According to Corning, Willow Glass will help enable thin, light and cost-efficient applications including today’s slim displays and the smart surfaces of the future. The thinness, strength, and flexibility of the glass has the potential to enable displays to be “wrapped” around a device or structure.

Corning Willow Glass can be processed at temperatures up to 500° C. High temperature processing capability is essential for today’s high-end displays, and is a processing condition that cannot be supported with polymer films. Corning Willow Glass will enable the industry to pursue high-temperature, continuous “roll-to-roll” processes – similar to how newsprint is produced – that have been impossible until now.

It will support thinner backplanes and color filters for both organic light emitting diodes (OLED) and liquid crystal displays (LCD) in high-performance, portable devices such as smartphones, tablets, and notebook computers. This new, ultra-slim flexible glass will also help develop conformable (curved) displays for immersive viewing or mounting on non-flat surfaces.

Corning Willow Glass is formulated to perform exceptionally well for electronic components such as touch sensors, as well as leveraging glass’s natural hermetic properties as a seal for OLED displays and other moisture and oxygen-sensitive technologies.

Corning Willow Glass is produced using the company’s proprietary fusion process. Advances in fusion forming have made it possible to produce glass that is 100 microns thick – about the thickness of a sheet of copy paper. Even at that thickness, it provides hermetic sealing to sensitive components, while also providing excellent optical, thermal, and surface properties.

Corning is currently shipping samples of its Willow Glass to customers developing new display and touch applications. Check out the video below showing the roll-to-roll processing of the Willow Glass.

 

 

Apple to Update Most of the Mac Lineup at WWDC 2012

Submitted by lalit on June 4, 2012 - 6:20pm.

9to5mac has published a vague report that claims Apple would update 4 out of 5 Macs at WWDC. We are calling this report vague even though 4 out of 5 sounds definite, because as you read the report you realize that Mark Gurman is only sure about 15-inch MacBook Pro update and rest is just assumptions without any concrete backing. These are some of the excerpts from what Mark posted:

According to sources, Apple is planning to update at least four out of their five Mac lines at the June 11 WWDC kickoff keynote. Apple’s current Mac lines are the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini, and Mac Pro. We are hearing that Apple will release two configurations of the redesigned 15-inch MacBook Pro, but it is unclear what will happen to the other MacBook Pro screen sizes.

Apple is working on a version of the 11 inch and 13 inch MacBook Airs with Retina Displays, and we are led to believe that these new ultra-thin notebooks will serve as the second Mac update announcement at WWDC.

The third new update will likely be a refresh to the iMac line. While it appears that a new iMac is coming at WWDC, its feature-set is thus far unclear.

Apple is also planning to refresh a fourth piece of their Mac line, and this leaves the Mac mini and the Mac Pro. We are currently unsure whether or not the Mac Pro or Mac mini will be the fourth Mac updated at the conference, but both Macs are due for a refresh, especially the Mac Pro.

Basically, this means that like everyone else 9to5mac is only sure about 15-inch MacBook Pro update. Our sources say that the two systems that are most likely to see an update at WWDC along with MacBook Pro are iMac and Mac Pro. We believe Apple will announce the Mac Pro at WWDC to let pro users know that the tower is not dead and then shipping it later this summer.

 

Samsung Galaxy S III Preorders Begin June 6th and Ships June 21st on All Major US Carriers

Submitted by lalit on June 4, 2012 - 5:33pm.

All the major US carriers today announced that the much-awaited Samsung Galaxy S III would start shipping on June 21st. Though all the carriers are offering similar pricing for the new handset there are some small differences. So, here is the Galaxy S III’s pricing and availability for various carriers in US:

AT&T: Preorders start on June 6th with shipping date of June 21st. AT&T will only sell the 16GB model for $199.99 with two year contract. However, AT&T will offer three not two color options including Marble White, Pebble Blue and exclusive red color that will come later this summer.

Sprint: Preorders on Sprint will start a day early on June 5th, but the new handset will ship on the same date June 21st as other carriers. Sprint will offer two models in two colors – 16GB model for $199.99 and 32GB model for $249.99 – in Marble White and Pebble Blue.

T-mobile: Samsung Galaxy S III will ship on T-mobile starting June 21st, but the carrier isn’t taking preorders. Also T-Mobile hasn’t announced pricing yet and offers a sign up page for more information.

U.S. Cellular: The carriers will starting taking preorders of Galaxy S III on June 12th and will announce the pricing on the same date. U.S Cellular will ship the new phone sometime in July and will offer both 16GB and 32GB models.

Verizon: Preorders for Galaxy S III start on Verizon on June 6th at 7am ET and the handset will ship on June 21st. Verizon will offer both 16GB and 32GB models in Marble White and Pebble Blue colors, priced $199.99 and $249.99 respectively.

 

iOS 6 to Bring Siri to iPad, iCloud Tabs, Do Not Disturb Toggle, Mail VIPs and Facebook Integration

Submitted by lalit on June 4, 2012 - 12:48pm.

Like last week was all about iPhone 5 rumors, this week is turning out to be iOS 6 rumors week. Again 9to5mac is the main source behind the iOS 6 rumors, and according to their reliable sources iOS 6 will bring features like Siri for new iPad, iCloud tabs for Safari, Do Not Disturb Toggle for Notification Center, Mail VIPs and Facebook Integration.

Siri on iPad: It will be just like iPhone 4S without the phone related features. Siri on iPad will support music playback, iMessaging, Calendar managing, Reminders, Weather, Maps, email, Notes, Contacts and Wolfram Alpha search. The interface won’t be full screen like on the iPhone and it will only work on the new iPad with Retina Display.

Safari iCloud Tabs: With this Safari feature users will be able to view a list of tabs opened in the Safari web browser across multiple iOS device and Macs. Mark Gurman describes the feature by saying “When the iCloud Tabs button is clicked on an iOS 6 device (or Mac), all the tabs opened on each device are simply shown in a synchronized list. From here, users can quickly pickup individual tabs that they were working on across their Apple devices.”

Do Not Disturb Toggle: The ‘Do Not Disturb’ in iOS 6 will be similar to the Do Not Disturb feature in OS X Mountain Lion Notification Center. According to 9to5mac’s sources, “while the option is present directly in the Mountain Lion Notification Center, the Do Not Disturb toggle is stationed like the Airplane Mode button in settings”.

Mail VIPs: Again like the Mountain Lion feature, the iOS 6 Mail VIPs puts a star next to emails received from a specified group of people. The Mail VIPs feature will sync via iCloud across iPads, iPhones, iPod touches and Macs in iOS 6 and OS X Mountain Lion.

Facebook Integration: It will be very similar to Twitter integration in iOS 5. The Photos app on iOS 6 will see the biggest presence of this new feature allowing users to post photos directly to Facebook from the app. Apple will also bring Facebook integration to App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch with a standard Facebook “Like” button. 9to5mac says “If a user is logged into Facebook via iOS Settings, these app “Likes” will be sent to their Facebook Timelines. Accompanying status messages will also be an option.”

Overall, these features revealed by 9to5mac are evolutionary rather than revolutionary. And from what we have heard from ours sources iOS 6 will definitely have some revolutionary features with the new Maps app being one of those groundbreaking features.

 

Is This Back Cover of Next Generation iPhone?

Submitted by lalit on May 29, 2012 - 9:46am.

9to5mac has received an image from iPhone repair website iFixyouri that could be the back cover next generation iPhone. iFixyouri claims that this new part just entered their catalog and is supplied by a reliable Chinese parts supplier, who are actually selling this part as next generation iPhone back cover. Seth Weintraub wrote on 9to5mac:

From what we can see, the part does follow a lot of the rumors and speculation. For instance, you can see the smaller dock connector at the bottom and it appears thinner overall. We’re told that the extra space on the bottom is used by Apple to enhance the speakers which will be louder and of a higher quality than the current iPhone. The supplier says the back plate is one piece anchored by an aluminium alloy (not liquidmetal).

Interestingly, the supplier also told iFixyouri that black and white wouldn’t be the only two colors this year. There were at least two other colors of back plate seen which obviously might not make it into production if these parts are indeed real. Normally we’d scoff at such a notion but these same parts suppliers were the first to deliver the news that the iPad would come in white.

If the part shown in the image is real then this is an interesting development, because we usually see leaked images of major parts for upcoming Apple products 3-6 weeks before actual product is shipped or announced. For example, we saw the new iPad back cover with bigger camera hole in February and Apple shipped the new iPad in March.