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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Nikon’s new D4S DSLR improves speed and focusing, adds ISO settings up to 409,600

The Nikon D4S has been teased, displayed in a plastic case and now, it’s official — and we even got to play with it. There’s a substantial list of what hasn’t changed (the same 16.2-megapixel image size, to begin with), but if you’re a high-level photographer already in possession of a D4 (or perhaps even a D3S), you’ll be more interested in those differences. Firstly, while the sensor will offer the same sized images, but it’s a newly developed piece of hardware, with a focus on better noise reduction. ISO now ranges from 100 – 25600, with its Hi4 setting cranking that up to a mind-boggling 409600. If you’re currently handling a D4, you can also expect to see substantial noise reduction: the D4S’ ISO 1600 will be comparable to the D4’s ISO 800 setting.

Nikon’s new DSLR also delivers changes to to the auto-focus system for both photos and video. Behind the lens, there’s improvements to both the tracking system and the algorithms that govern how the D4S focuses. A new Group AF mode tracks five separate points, meaning that a moving subject (and even a moving photographer) should pose less of a threat to crisp imaging. On video, (where you can now capture uncompressed 1080p resolution at 60 frames) tracking has been bumped up to 11 frames per second on full auto-focus and exposure.

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Posted by on 25/02/2014 in IT

 

Broadcom’s new 5G WiFi chip promises up to twice the real-world speed

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It’s great to have speedy 802.11ac WiFi in a smartphone, but the technology doesn’t always live up to the promise; busy hotspots and walls often slow it down. They may not be as much of a problem once Broadcom’s new BCM4354 system-on-chip reaches handsets, though. It’s the first mobile part to combine 802.11ac with 2×2 MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) antennas, giving the wireless signal a more reliable path when there’s a lot of interference. In other words, you’re more likely to get close to the chip’s 867Mbps peak speed — Broadcom reckons that the hardware is up to twice as fast as a 1×1 MIMO design. Whether or not the BCM4354 is that quick in practice, you may not have to wait very long to try it out when the chip is already in production. Just who’s using it isn’t clear, but Samsung is boasting that the Galaxy S5 is the first smartphone to support 802.11ac with MIMO. We’ve reached out to Broadcom to check whether or not the 4354 is inside Samsung’s latest flagship, and we’ll let you know if it can confirm anything.  by engadget

 
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Posted by on 25/02/2014 in IT

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. the competition: the battle of Android flagships has new contenders

Samsung has just outed its shiny new Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress, but you may be curious how it stacks up against flagships from other outfits. Well folks, we’ve lined it up side-by-side with the Sony Xperia Z2, LG G Pro 2 and HTC One on the other side of the break. While the GS5 and Xperia Z2 appear to be neck and neck, it may come down to those standout features to see which handset gets the edge. Of course, a new HTC flagship is on the way next month, so we’ll have to take stock all over again once the details are revealed. If you’re anxious to see how the GS5 matches up with your current daily driver, you can add in that model and tally the numbers with our Compare tool. by engadget

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Posted by on 25/02/2014 in IT

 

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 has an ‘ultra power saving’ mode to maximize battery life

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Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 doesn’t skimp on battery power, with an expected 10 hours of web browsing and 12 hours of video playback on a single charge. When you’re on hour 11 of watching cat videos with no charger in site, the handsets new “ultra power-saving mode” will keep your handset purring along by making the screen black-and-white and turning off all the non-essential services on your phone. Even better, Samsung says if you put your phone in standby mode with only 10 percent of the battery left, it will still last “up to 24 hours” before running out of juice. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 25/02/2014 in IT

 

Samsung’s new smartwatch family: the Gear 2, Neo and Fit

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Samsung’s new Gear smartwatches are no longer card-carrying members of its Android Galaxy. That’s because Tizen, the company’s open-sourced OS, has taken over the reins for the line begot by the barely five-month-old Galaxy Gear. And, in typical Samsung fashion, the company hasn’t released just one new Gear, but three with very specific areas of focus: the fashionable Gear 2, the functional Gear Neo and fitness-focused Gear Fit. The newly announced trio was on display here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, giving us a chance to get acquainted with their particular quirks and let you know whether or not to free up some space on your wrist.

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Posted by on 25/02/2014 in IT

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 is now official: Snapdragon 801 SoC, 16MP Camera, Fingerprint Sensor, Dust and Water Resistant

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Samsung has just announced its latest flagship device, the Galaxy S5, at its Unpacked 2014 Episode 2014 event here in Barcelona, Spain. This time around Samsung wanted to keep everything simple instead of bloating the device with advanced features, because they think that’s not what the average consumer wants. The average consumer wants an advanced camera, the fast network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features as consumers stay fit and connected in style.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 features a stunning 5.1-inch Full HD (1920×1080) Super AMOLED display with Local Contrast Algorithm, Super Dimming and Adaptive Display technology, Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC) SoC with a clock speed of 2.5GHz, Adreno 330 GPU clocked at 578MHz and 2GB of RAM. There are a ton of sensors on the device too, including: Accelerometer, RGB Ambient light, Geomagnetic, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer, Temperature & Humidity, Fingerprint Scanner and Heart Rate Sensor.

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Posted by on 25/02/2014 in IT

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 launching on April 11th in 150 countries

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Samsung has just announced that the Galaxy S5 will be available starting April 11th in 150 countries. Over here in the US, it’ll be available on Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular. Ma Bell is going one step further, offering up the Gear 2 and the Gear Fit smartwatches as well. If you’d rather go elsewhere for your mobile needs, retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Target and Walmart will have the GS5 plus all three of Samsung’s newly announced wearables. As for our friends across the Atlantic, UK providers EE, Three and Vodafone UK have jumped aboard the GS5 bandwagon, as have retailers Phones4u and Carphone Warehouse. Though it hasn’t been announced, we expect other carriers such as O2 will support the phone too. No word on pricing just yet, but we expect we’ll find that out closer to the phone’s April launch date. by engadget

 
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Posted by on 25/02/2014 in IT

 
 
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