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Tesco puts its name to a budget 7-inch tablet in the UK - the £119 Hudl

Tesco today launches Hudl, a new 7 inch HD tablet that aims to open up a world of entertainment and connectivity to all. It has been designed by Tesco for its 20 million customers and more, focusing on accessibility and convenience.
With super-fast 1.5GHz quad-core processor and dual-band Wi-Fi, users will find Hudl a great companion for their needs, from films, music and TV through to staying in touch, learning new things, shopping and playing games. The scratch-resistant HD display screen is beautifully clear and with 243 pixels per inch, it's perfect for enjoying HD movies in 16:9 widescreen. It has up to 9 hour video battery life and 16GB of memory which can be extended to 48GB.
Hudl combines the best of Tesco with the Android Jellybean 4.2.2 operating system meaning that customers can access everything on Google and over a million apps.
Tesco designed and built the tablet from scratch, tailoring it around customer needs and ease of use. Hudl users can enjoy instant access to Tesco's full range of digital services, all in one place, through a convenient, dedicated launcher button. These include blinkbox movies and TV, music and Clubcard TV (which offers free films and TV programmes exclusively for Clubcard holders), banking and of course shopping for groceries, clothing, homeware and more.
Hudl comes in four colours and will be available to buy in store and online (on and Tesco Direct sites) from 30 September and will retail at £119. Hudl is about making Tesco customers' lives easier, so Tesco Clubcard holders will be able to buy it at an even better price. Hudl will be available on Clubcard Boost* where customers can double the value of their vouchers, meaning many will be able to buy it for less than £100.
According to OFCOM, three quarters of UK households do not have a tablet. Tesco's research found that many feel that the technology is too expensive or intimidating. So Tesco has entered the market to change that.
Tesco Chief Executive, Philip Clarke, comments, "Hudl is a colourful, accessible tablet for the whole family to enjoy. The first stage in our tablet offering, it's convenient, integrated and easy to use with no compromise on spec. Customers are quite rightly very discerning about the technology they buy so we knew we had to be competitive on all fronts."
"Being online is an increasingly essential part of family life and whilst tablets are on the rise, usage is still quite limited. We feel the time is right for Tesco to help widen tablet ownership and bring the fun, convenience and excitement of tablets to even more customers across the UK. The digital revolution should be for the many, not for the few."
The move is part of Tesco's multichannel strategy, ensuring that customers can shop whenever, however and wherever they want. It recognises the increasingly important role that smart phones and tablets are playing in people's lives and how they can make things easier.

In the digital age, customers are communicating, working, learning, browsing and consuming differently and Tesco, always an innovator, has been transforming its business accordingly. Tesco was first to introduce grocery home shopping and supermarket drive-thrus in the UK and built the world's first virtual store where commuters buy groceries via their mobile phones in South Korea. In its latest multichannel launch, Tesco wants to ensure as many customers as possible can access the benefits of a tablet, in a world that is increasingly online.
Hudl has been designed as a family tablet. When users switch it on for the first time, there is a screen which gives advice on how to put in place measures to protect children (please see details in notes below). There are also a range of Hudl accessories, including child-friendly headphones.
Specification detail:
· 7" 1440 x 900 HD screen
· Android Jellybean 4.2.2
· 16GB storage which can be expanded to 48GB with microSD cards.
· Quad-core 1.5GHZ processor
· 9 hours video battery life (Conditions may vary dependent on video format and content, audio volume, screen brightness and processor load)
· Micro-HDMI port
· Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
· Dual band Wi-Fi for a more stable connection
· Access to over a million apps via Google Play™
· Comes in 4 colours: black, blue, red, purple
· Wi-Fi only
· Sleek, high-quality design, with a durable, matte, soft-touch back for better grip
· Scratch resistant touch screen
· 'Getting started' app that offers tips and guidance

Hudl goes on sale in around 1000 Tesco stores and online from 30th September. A multi-media advertising campaign created with W+K begins on October 7th.
Tesco designed and built Hudl from scratch, tailoring it around what customers asked for. Tesco has worked with a manufacturing partner based in China to produce the tablet, which also manufactures well-known products for Microsoft, HP, Blackberry and Sony.
*Clubcard Boost is Tesco's voucher exchange programme which allows people to multiply the value of their Clubcard vouchers. There is no limit to the number of vouchers customers can boost. For more details please see:
Accessories include: Soft touch cases in 6 different colours at £15 each; 2 choices of leather cases at £20; earphones; a screen protector; an in car charger and Micro-HDMI to HDMI cable; bright bumper case and headphones designed especially for kids. All Hudl accessories are available as part of Clubcard Boost. Tesco has an extended range of other accessories which are all compatible with Hudl too.
Tesco has designed the device so to ensure that when they switch on the Hudl for the very first time, users receive the following guidance if they confirm their tablet will be used by children

Windows 8.1 To Get A Start Button Because Windows Is Dumb Without One

Good news! Microsoft super blogger Paul Thurrott details the return of the Start Button and the figurative demise of the Metro/smart tile/Start Page thing with Windows 8.1′s ability to boot right to Desktop, sidestepping the worst part of Windows 8. Best of all, as previously reported, Microsoft isn’t charging for these fixes.
There’s nothing better than the classics.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 compared with other smart phones

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 which was just revealed looks underwhelmingly the same as the older Galaxy S III. During the Unpacked event, the main highlight was on its smart features on camera, voice commands, hand gestures and eye tracking.

With the hardware specs put side by side with other models including the latest Full HD Androids, iPhone 5, Lumia 920 and Z10, we noticed that there have been some improvements on the S 4′s dimensions.
While the Galaxy S 4 boasts a bigger Full HD screen at 5″, the height remains exactly the same as the current Galaxy S III at 136.6mm while at the same time, they have narrowed the width at just 69.8mm. The battery on the S 4 has been upgraded as well to 2,600mAh which is 300mAh 500mAh more than the old one but yet it is slimmer at 7.9mm and lighter at 130g. This means that the S 4 should be easier to hold in the hands.
While display is an improvement, being the first Full HD smart phone from Samsung, it loses out in terms of pixel density to HTC One, due to its smaller 4.7″ screen. In reality, at over 400ppi, it is really hard to differentiate which display has higher pixel density. All matters now would be the display quality especially viewing angles, brightness and contrast.

One obvious advantage which the Galaxy S 4 has over the likes of HTC One and Xperia Z would be its removable 2,600mAh battery. If we put the dimensions side by side, the Galaxy S 4 is actually shorter than the 4.7″ HTC One and it is just as slim as the Xperia Z’s 7.9mm thickness. Even with its extra 300mAh battery capacity, the Galaxy S 4 is at least 13 grams lighter as well which is rather impressive. For those that prefer the thinnest, lightest and shortest, the iPhone 5 is no contest at all with its super slim 7.6mm thickness and weighs just 112 grams.

So far Samsung hasn’t reveal much details on the variants available and based on their official spec sheet, there will be 2 models available. One will be running on a Quad Core 1.9GHz processor while the other on a Octa Core 1.6GHz processor. We are likely to get the Octa Core version in Malaysia.

Edit: As pointed out by reader min402, the Octa-Core set up in the Galaxy S 4 doesn’t mean all 8 cores are running simultaneously. Rather it has a dual set up of either Quad-Core A15 and Quad-Core A7 which switches depending on intensity of processing required.
In terms of OS version, the Galaxy S 4 runs the very latest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Availability wise, Samsung has shared that it will be launching with 327 operators in 155 countries by end of April.

Bohemian Guitars Lets You Twang Out On A Real Oil-Can Gitfiddle

As the site’s resident guitar shredder, I have a soft spot for musical instruments on Kickstarter. While these Bohemian Guitars don’t have the same features as a GTar or aJamstik, it’s still a pretty cool little instrument.
The bodies are made of repurposed oil cans and they include a single coil pickup and come in three styles: honey, motor oil, and moonshine. The guitars are handmade in Georgia.
The creators, Josh Kirsch, Adam Lee, Shaun Lee, and Mark Friedman, found inspiration in their creations through a childhood spent in South Africa.
The inspiration behind the oil can guitar comes from the resourceful residents of the townships in South Africa who re-purpose used materials into playable instruments. Through Bohemian Guitars, brothers, Adam and Shaun Lee, who spent their childhood growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, are able to share a piece of their homeland and spread the joy created by the beautiful sounds of oil can guitars with musicians all over the world.
You can get a guitar for a pledge of $270 for early birds or $285 for folks who are lolly-gagging. They are looking for funding of $32,000.
While it doesn’t connect to an iPhone or use cloud computing to calculate Black Keys tablature, it’s a cool little crowdsourced project for fans of artisinal hardware.

FlicFlac - Enable you to change the Audio Format Easily

There are various applications that offer the facility to change the format of the media, especially audio, and most recently, one of the applications that are very simple and free of charge is introduced FlicFlac.

FlicFlac bring a very simple interface, allowing you to change the audio file format FLAC, WAV, MP3, OGG and APE to other formats easily, without having to make a variety of settings, such as changing the bitrate and so on.

To use it, users simply need to drag-and-drop audio files, and next pressing the button audio format of their choice, and it will automatically change it.

And if you are a developer, to FlicFlac source code is also provided to allow you to play with.

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Android claims 75 percent of smartphone shipments in Q3, 136 million handsets sold

Android devices already counted for a lion's share of phones shipped during Q2, and now fresh IDC figures show Google's OS claiming the top spot with a hefty 75 percent marketshare in the third quarter. In total, 136 million Android handsets were shipped during the time frame, a new record in a single quarter. Even with the help of new hardware, iOS lagged behind in second place with a 14.9 percent stake of handsets. Both Blackberry and Symbian clung to their respective 3rd and 4th place spots, making up 6.6 percent of total shipments. Windows-based phones (both WP7 and Windows Mobile) fell to 2 percent, keeping Microsoft in fifth place just above smartphones running Linux. However, withWindows Phone 8 devices making their debut, we wouldn't be surprised to see Redmond's numbers get a boost when IDC's next report rolls around.

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Upin & Ipin Dash Game For iOS Users

Before this,  LesCopaque already introduced two games Upin & Ipin for iOS users, and apparently, very soon, they will present a new game named Upin & Ipin Dash, and still exclusive to iOS users.

Shown on the display screen, it looks Upin & Ipin Dash brings home like Subway Surfer game, requiring players to compete for who can last the longest, where games become progressively faster.

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The New iPad Mini

Apple Senior Vice President for worldwide product marketing, Phil Schiller announced the new Mini iPad during Apple special event at the California Theater, San Jose, California. iPad Mini is a smaller version of the iPad tablet.

Among the features iPad Mini are:
  1. Speed.
  2. Built better.
  3. Hundreds of thousands of apps from the App Store Apple's brilliant.
  4. Resolution 1024 x 768 (with 163 px. Per inch).
  5. Screen size 7.9 inches.
  6. 53% lighter (0.68 lbs).
  7. About the thickness of a pencil.
  8. Prices start from $ 329.
iPad Mini Prices :

16 GB version of the iPad Mini - 
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64 GB version of iPad Mini -


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Samsung's New Chromebook Looks Almost Exactly Like Apple's MacBook Air

Where do you think the inspiration came from for Samsung's new Chromebook?

Here is a side-by-side comparison of Apple's 11-inch MacBook Air next to Samsung's 11-inch Chromebook, which may help you figure it out.

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How to open a can of carbonated drink without spilling water all over the place

Okay, the scenario is, you've just bought a can of carbonated drinks and your child aged 5 to vigorously shook the can. what is your action? Plow your cute child ? Do not! it is sinful! All you have to do is tap a few times on the side of the can drink and when you open it, InsyaAllah you will stay dry. Style is'nt it? Watch the video below if you do not believe it!

The easiest way to uninstall malware

If your blog attacked by malware, which are as below, please follow the following ways to get rid of the malware attack. 

You must get this kind of message when you enter your blog url! This means your site is infected with malware from other blogs.

To get rid of this malware, This is the step-by-step tutorial to remove this malware from your blog.
  1. Log In > Dashboard > Design > Edit HTML
  2. Tick Expand Widget Template
  3. Press on keyboard Ctrl+F, then type (malware link spread to blog)
  4. If you've found the link, delete the malware link. Preview the your blog page before you save the action. 

How Wi-Fi Works

One of the world's most popular network technologies, Wi-Fi connections support millions of people in homes, businesses, and public locations around the world. But how many people know even these basic facts about how Wi-Fi works?

Wireless Broadband Routers Are Also Wi-Fi Access Points
An access point (AP) is a type of wireless hub useful for coordinating the network traffic of multiple clients. One reason why wireless broadband routers make home networks much easier to build, is that they function as Wi-Fi access points. Home routers perform other useful functions, too, such as running a network firewall.

Wi-Fi Connections Do Not Require an Access Point
Some people think they need to find a router, a public hotspot, or other kind of access point in order to set up Wi-Fi connections. Not true! Wi-Fi also supports a connection type called ad hoc mode that allows devices to network in peer-to-peer fashion. More - How To Set Up an Ad Hoc Wi-Fi Network

Some Types of Wi-Fi Are Incompatible With Each Other
Some believe that any Wi-Fi system can network with any other Wi-Fi system as long as all their security settings match. While it's true that 802.11n, 802.11g and 802.11b Wi-Fi standard equipment can all network together, the alternative 802.11a standard does not support cross-compatibility with any of these others. Special Wi-Fi access points that support both 802.11a and 802.11b (or higher) radios must be used to bridge the two. Other compatibility issues also can arise between Wi-Fi products from different vendors if both build their Wi-Fi equipment using non-standard proprietary extensions. Fortunately, compatibility limitations like these are not often found in practice nowadays.

How old is Wi-Fi? Industry vendors created the first version of Wi-Fi (802.11) back in 1997. The market for consumer products exploded starting in 1999 when both 802.11a and 802.11b became official standards.

Wi-Fi Connection Speed Varies With Distance
When you join a Wi-Fi network and the access point is nearby, your device will typically connect at its maximum rated speed (e.g., 54 Mbps for most 802.11g connections). Gradually move away from the AP, though, and eventually your reported connection speed will drop to 27 Mbps, 18 Mbps, and lower. A cleverly-designed feature of Wi-Fi called dynamic rate scaling causes this phenomenon. Wi-Fi maintains a reliable connection over longer distances when it transfers data slower, by avoiding flooding the wireless connection with data and subsequent retry requests that happen when one network client starts to fall behind on processing its messages.

A Wi-Fi Network Can Span Many Miles (Kilometers), Or Just a Few Yards (Meters)
The typical range of a Wi-Fi network varies depending on the type of obstructions the radio signals encounter between connection endpoints. While 100 feet (30m) or more of range is typical, a Wi-Fi signal may fail to reach even half that distance if heavy obstructions exist on the radio signals' path. Using special Wi-Fi range extender devices, an administrator can extend the reach of their network to overcome these obstructions and expand its range manyfold in other directions. A few Wi-Fi networks spanning 125 miles (275 km) and more have even been created by network enthusiasts over the years.

Wi-Fi Is Not the Only Form of Wireless Networking
News articles and social sites sometimes refer to any kind of wireless network as "Wi-Fi." While Wi-Fi is extremely popular, other forms of wireless technology are in widespread use also. Smartphones, for example, commonly use a combination of Wi-Fi together with cellular Internet services based on LTE or older "3G" systems. Bluetooth wireless remains a popular way to connect phones and other mobile devices each other (or to peripherals like headsets) over shorter distances. Home automation systems employ different kinds of short-range wireless radio communications such as Insteon and Z-Wave.

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(Important) 10 DO NOT Share Information on the Internet

Berikut adalah 10 maklumat yang dilarang kongsi di facebook & twitter:

1. Tarikh lahir

Mendedahkan tarikh lahir korang sangat berisiko tinggi terutama jika kad bank anda hilang atau menjadi sasaran seseorang. Tak mustahil mereka akan menggunakan tarikh lahir anda untuk melakukan transaksi

2. Nama ibu

Korang perlu tahu bahawa banyak laman web yang menggunakan nama ibu sebagai soalan keselamatan untuk mendapatkan semula kata laluan dan maklumat peribadi mengenai korang menerusi dalam talian. Ini menyebabkan risiko akaun laman sosial anda dihack amat tinggi.

3. Alamat rumah

Tidak perlu rasanya sebarkan alamat kediaman kepada umum sebabnya penjenayah kini semakin licik mencari rumah yang kosong menerusi dalam talian apabila anda menyatakan status bahawa anda tiada di rumah.

4. Perjalanan jauh dari rumah

Status yang memberitahu anda tiada di rumah dalam sesuatu tempoh yang lama tidaklah menarik perhatian jiran untuk memantau rumah sebaliknya menarik perhatian ‘si penjenayah’ licik yang tidak anda sangka.

5. Meninggalkan rumah dalam tempoh yang singkat

Jika anda ‘check-in’ sama ada di gimnasium atau di pusat membeli-belah turut memberikan potensi kepada pencuri untuk memecah masuk ke rumah anda.

6. Gambar yang tidak sesuai

Zaman teknologi tinggi kini membolehkan sesiapa sahaja untuk memuat turun, berkongsi malah menjadikan ia sebagai bahan ‘pemuas nafsu’. Hati-hatilah ye!

7. Pengakuan atau kekecewaan

Ramai yang suka menyatakan perasaan marah atau benci terhadap seseorang terutama apabila melibatkan majikan dan pekerja. Jangan ‘maki’ majikan jika mempunyai masalah di pejabat kerana ada mata yang memerhati dan mulut yang melaporkan. Malah jangan cuba menjadi desperate apabila putus cinta kelak mengundang perogol bersiri mencari korang.

8. Nombor telefon

Memaparkan nombor telefon menerusi laman sosial adalah bahaya sebabnya berpotensi untuk menerima panggilan dari jurujual (telemarketers), ‘stalkers’ dan rakan kepada rakan korang.

9. Mengira detik percutian anda

Lebih baik anda memberitahu rakan-rakan tentang percutian selepas pulang dari bercuti daripada berkongsi perkiraan detik percutian sebelum pergi bercuti. Mana tahu ada yang merancang untuk melakukan jenayah semasa ketiadaan anda.

10. Gambar di dalam rumah

Korang mempunyai televisyen LCD yang baru? Rumah dilengkapi dengan barang-barang berharga? Suami baru membelikan pasu emas dari Dubai? Apabila anda menangkap gambar dan menayangkan dalam facebook berkemungkinan semua itu akan membuatkan si ‘cemburu’ akan bertambah cemburu dan peluang untuk si pencuri menceroboh rumah sangatlah tinggi.

*** Buang kotak barangan baru jauh dari rumah.

Apabila anda membeli barang baru seperti TV, laptop, komputer, pastikan anda tidak membuang kotak tersebut di tong sampah depan rumah. Kalau boleh buang di tempat yang jauh dari rumah anda agar penjenayah tidak tahu anda baru saja membeli barangan baru yang mahal.

The Microsoft Surface, A 10.6-Inch Windows 8 Tablet From Microsoft

“It embodies hardware and software working together. People want to work and play,” Steve Ballmer said today amid much fanfare at Milk Studios in downtown Los Angeles. Microsoft has officially entered the ring with Apple.
Microsoft views the Surface as a “stage for Windows 8.” It’s 9.3mm thin, has full size USB 2.0 ports, a massive kickstand and weighs only 1.5 lbs. The casing is made out of magnesium (specifically, a material Microsoft calls VaporMg) and screen is covered in the Gorilla Glass 2 and optically bonded, a feature Microsoft brags was specifically made for the Surface. The Surface is directly aimed at consumers, and with that, the iPad.
Windows 8 is at the core of Surface. As such, it’s Metro device but also has access to all the Windows, not to mention Xbox features. This is clearly the product Microsoft had in mind when it announced the Xbox SmartGlass feature at E3 earlier in the month.
Microsoft also announced several accessories for the Surface including a clever 3mm thick cover that features a full (albeit super-slim) keyboard. Since it’s held on by magnets, it will likely be called a copy of the iPad’s SmartCover, too. The backside of the Surface even features a massive, unit-wide kickstand.
There will be two hardware options for Microsoft’s Surface, with both an ARM option and, for the full Windows experience, an Intel chip.
But like most hardware, it’s nothing without the right software. Ballmer was very clear at the beginning of the announcement event that this tablet’s strength is the Windows ecosystem. This tablet runs Windows 8, and with that, both Metro and the traditional desktop environment. Every application that runs on Windows, save perhaps Skyrim and the like, should run on a x86 Surface.
Still, if Microsoft is attempting to take on Apple, it will need to court a new crop of developers. The iPad’s strength comes from its legions of small 3rd party devs that for the most part completely ignore all things Microsoft. Up until this product, there wasn’t another tablet platform with the same sort of penetration numbers as the iPad. But with the Surface, Microsoft is essentially giving developers a massive user base as the applications will hit both mobile and desktop units — and Metro’s dedication to the touchscreen makes the deal even sweeter.
The new Windows RT-powered Surface will sport either 32 or 64GB of storage depending on the purchaser’s preference, while the more traditional Intel variant will come with either 64 or 128GB. Microsoft declined to dive into specifics about their new tablet’s release, though they were quick to note that the Surface tablets would be priced “competitively” when they make it to market.
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Canon EOS 1D X

Canon merges the EOS 1Ds and 1D DSLR lines into the EOS 1D X. Replacing the 1Ds Mark III and 1D Mark IV with an 18 megapixel full frame sensor, the 1D X aims to please a broad range of pro photographers with 12 fps burst shooting and dual DIGIC 5+ processors.
At the heart of the 1D X is a new full-frame 18.1 megapixel CMOS chip with a native ISO range of 100-51,200. Outside of that range, ISO can be extended to 50 on the low end and up to 204,800 at the high end. A separate 100,000 pixel RGB sensor handles metering, coupled to its own DIGIC 4 processor. The 1D X will offer dual CF card slots; SD/SDHC media will not be compatible.
Canon merges the EOS 1Ds and 1D DSLR lines into the EOS 1D X. Replacing the 1Ds Mark III and 1D Mark IV with an 18 megapixel full frame sensor, the 1D X aims to please a broad range of pro photographers with 12 fps burst shooting and dual DIGIC 5+ processors.
There are no less than three image processors on board the 1D X. Aside from the metering processor, two new DIGIC 5+ engines offer a 30% increase in data processing over previous generations, according to Canon reps. With tracking AF, burst JPEG shooting is available at up to 12 fps; burst rate increases to 14 fps with fixed focus. The new processors make possible 14-bit A/D data conversion in the high octane EOS 1D X.

Also new to the 1D X is a 61-point AF system. When used with lenses with maximum apertures as small as f/5.6, fully 21 of the points at the center of the chip are cross-type. Five points are diagonal cross-type points with maximum apertures as small as f/2.8. An AF tab has been added to the menu system, allowing for adjustments to settings like tracking sensitivity.
The EOS 1D X will record 1080 HD video at 24p, 25p or 30p. Two new compression formats are offered: intraframe ALL-I and interframe IPB compression. Video files are automatically split when they reach a 4GB maximum, allowing for uninterrupted video recording for up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds. A stereo mic input is available to videographers as is a wind-reducing filter.
The 1D X's optical viewfinder offers 100% coverage with 0.76x magnification. Shooting modes and other exposure parameters are displayed through the eyepiece. On the camera's rear panel, a few adjustments have been made. A one-touch live view switch has been added and a row of buttons has been moved into positions below the LCD.

An Ethernet jack has also been added, and there are now two function buttons located near the lens. One is assigned depth of field preview, but both can be assigned custom functions such as display of the electronic level. A 3.2-inch LCD monitor offers an impressive 1,040,000-dot resolution, and a new "Q" Quick Control button offers access to camera settings. A new shutter has been engineered for the 1D X, rated at 400,000 cycles. Canon reps claim it is more durable, lighter and produces less vibration thanks to a new motor.
But wait, there's more. In no particular order, the 1D X will also offer these notable features:
  • For the first time in a Canon DSLR, multiple exposure capability. Four modes (additive, average, bright and dark) can be used to combine up to nine photos into one composite image.
  • New EOS iTR Intelligent Tracking and Recognition AF option.
  • Compatibility with a new WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter with 802.11n network support.
  • Optional GP-E1 GPS receiver with electronic compass to record latitude, longitude, elevation and Universal Time Code.
Pricing and availabilityThe Canon EOS 1D X DSLR will be available to consumers in March 2012 for $6800. The WFT-E6A transmitter should also arrive in March with an MSRP of $600. The GP-E1 will be available in April for $300.

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Adobe Lightroom 3 review

The ubiquity of Adobe's Photoshop software is staggering. Photoshop is 20 years old this year and in 2010 Adobe's flagship product is still arguably the standard against which all other image manipulation software is judged. Originally developed primarily for graphic design professionals, in the past decade Photoshop has expanded enormously to accommodate the needs of a vast and disparate group of customers, including a new generation of enthusiast and professional digital photographers.
Adobe Photoshop is now so firmly entrenched in our collective consciousness that it has become a verb - the expression 'to Photoshop' an image is now commonly accepted to mean digital manipulation of any kind, using any software.
The problem, from the point of view of many enthusiast photographers, is that Photoshop is now so huge, so complex and so all-encompassing a piece of software that the majority of its functionality is obscure, or at least remote from their immediate requirements. It is also extremely expensive, and currently retails for $999 - more than a lot of consumer-level DSLRs.
A cut-down version of Photoshop CS5 does exist, and Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 is an excellent piece of software at a good price. However, like CS5, Elements 8 (and its predecessors) is still primarily a space in which to perform complex, pixel-level adjustments to individual images. Although significantly less bloated than the full version of Photoshop, Elements still offers more functionality than a lot of photographers - and ironically many professionals ever really need. And this is where Photoshop Lightroom comes in.

What is Lightroom?

In essence, Lightroom allows photographers to do three things, very quickly: organize batches of images, adjust them, and output them. This view shows the 'Develop' window. On the left are Lightroom's various preset adjustments, along the bottom is the filmstrip file browser, and on the right is the adjustment window, which contains numerous tools, from the fairly standard white balance and exposure sliders to lens corrections, cropping, cloning and neutral gradient filter options.
Although Lightroom is at its best when editing RAW images, it can also be used to sort and manipulate JPEG and TIFF files, albeit using a more limited range of adjustment options.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom first saw the light of day in January 2006, as a publicly available beta. Its intended audience, then as now, was professional and enthusiast photographers who want to organize and edit images - primarily RAW files - quickly and simply. For this reason, it doesn't offer layers, or any of Photoshop CS5's various graphic design-oriented features, and originally it offered very little in the way of pixel-level adjustments either.
In its original incarnation, Photoshop Lightroom was little more than a sophisticated file organizer attached to an image manipulation and RAW conversion engine. Four years on, and Lightroom 3 remains primarily a workflow tool, but what sets it apart from other, purely organizational software (and increasingly its predecessors) is its impressive image manipulation capabilities. Its increased functionality is reflected in its relatively high cost, $99 to upgrade from an earlier version, or $299 full price.

Lightroom 3 key features

  • New RAW conversion engine (same as ACR 6 for Photoshop)*
  • Non-destructive editing
  • 64-bit compatibility*
  • Lens corrections*
  • Flickr integration*
  • Image watermarking*
  • Improved curves tool*
  • Tethered shooting (currently limited to selected Canon and Nikon DSLRs)*
  • Support for video files (organization and tagging only - not editing)*
  • Perspective correction adjustments*
  • Film grain simulation filter*
  • Comprehensive importing, organization and exporting, with multiple output options (DNG, TIFF, JPEG)
  • Easy synchronization of adjustments across multiple images
  • Offline library management (i.e. if your images are stored on an offline external drive)
  • Photoshop integration
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DSLR Review : Nikon D7000

Stop the rumor mill - the D95 D7000 is here! The much-anticipated successor to the D90 new DSLR isn't quite what a lot of internet pundits expected, but that doesn't mean that there isn't a lot to get excited about if you're a D90 user impatient for an upgrade. In fact, that's exactly what the D7000 is - an upgrade option for D90 and D5000 users, which occupies a new position in Nikon's DSLR lineup, between the D90 and D300S.
Although ergonomically, the D7000 is a very close match for the D90, its overall 'feel' is considerably more serious, thanks to a magnesium alloy body shell and thicker rubber coating on the hand grip and rear of the camera. In terms of its specification, the D7000 actually outguns the D300S in many respects, and at 16.2Mp it offers the second highest resolution of any Nikon DSLR, behind only the 24Mp D3X. All of these pixels are packed onto a newly developed CMOS sensor, which is almost certainly the same or very similar to that in the Sony Alpha SLT-A55. As well as extra resolution, the new sensor also offers a higher 'standard' ISO span of 100-6400, expandable up to the equivalent of ISO 25,600.
The D7000's AF and metering systems are also new, and represent a significant upgrade to those used in the D90. The new camera boasts a 39-point AF array with 9 cross-type AF points and works in collaboration with a new 2016-pixel RGB metering sensor to allow 3D AF tracking (essentially tracking by subject color, explained here). Other changes include the same combined live view/movie switch control as the recently announced D3100, and a significantly upgraded movie specification, up to 'full HD' - 1920x1080 resolution at 24fps. Unlike the D90, the D7000 can also maintain AF during live view and movie shooting, thanks to its AF-F ('full time') AF mode.
D90 owners have been waiting for a replacement camera for a while, and although the D90 isn't set for retirement quite yet, the D7000 certainly represents a compelling upgrade. We've been using a pre-production D7000 for a few days - just long enough to compile our impressions into a 7-page hands-on preview article. Read on for an in-depth look at Nikon's newest DSLR...

Nikon D7000 Key Features

  • 16.2MP CMOS sensor
  • 1080p HD video recording with mic jack for external microphone
  • ISO 100-6400 (plus H1 and H2 equivalent to ISO 12,800/25,600)
  • 39-point AF system with 3D tracking
  • 2016 pixel metering sensor
  • Scene Recognition System (see 2016 pixel sensor, above) aids metering + focus accuracy
  • Twin SD card slots
  • 3.0 inch 921k dot LCD screen
  • New Live View/movie shooting switch
  • Full-time AF in Live View/movie modes
  • Up to 6fps continuous shooting
  • Lockable shooting mode dial
  • Built-in intervalometer
  • Electronic virtual horizon
  • Shutter tested to 150K actuations

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DSLR Review : Canon EOS 60D

Canon's X0D series has, throughout its life been the company's offering for a range of photographers from enthusiasts and semi-pros through to some pros who appreciated having a lightweight option. Each model offered a high enough specification (usually in terms of build quality and AF sophistication) to ensure it was both aspirational and attainable for users who had out-grown their Rebel/XX0D series. However, the feature set always left a sizeable gap below the company's full-blown 'pro' models.
The arrival of the EOS 7D, with its highly configurable 19-point AF system and 8 frame per second capability changed much of this - here was a mini 1D that drew the attention of many people who previously would have  been X0D customers. However, the price tag (a 30% premium over the 50D at launch), pushed it beyond the reach of most people who weren't making at least a bit of money from their photography.
The 50D (and by extension the X0D range) was starting to look somewhat redundant: expensive (and in some ways outdated) compared to the rebel T2i (EOS 550D), underpowered compared to the EOS 7D. It seemed obvious that Canon needed something to balance out the EOS range to fill the big gap between the Rebel and the 7D. And so we have this, the EOS 60D.
With the 60D Canon has unashamedly moved the X0D range out of the 'semi pro' bracket and instead focused on the enthusiast photographer looking to upgrade from their Rebel. As a result, it's not the obvious continuation of the 30D - 40D - 50D pattern that its naming might suggest. Rather than being a direct upgrade replacement for the 50D, it's perhaps better understood as a 'Super Rebel.'
So gone is the magnesium alloy construction that featured in previous models. Instead we have a consumer (and tripod) friendly 3:2 ratio articulated LCD and a smattering of easy to use variable program modes, plus some key 'step up' features (top panel LCD, rear control dial, higher burst rate), including a few that have trickled down from the EOS 7D. It also brings the EOS mid-range in line with those above and below by upping the sensor resolution to around 18MP and adding full HD movie capture.
And so, from a spec and feature point of view it sits almost exactly half-way between the EOS 550D and the EOS 7D, which is exactly where it should be (though I suspect there'll be a few howls of protest at the apparent 'dumbing down' of the venerable X0D line).

Key features

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 12,800)
  • 5.3 fps continuous shooting
  • 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
  • SD / SDHC / SDXC storage
  • In-camera raw development
  • Subject modes with 'Ambience Selection' (Standard, Vivid, Soft, Warm, Intense, Cool, Brighter, Darker and Monochrome)
  • In-camera Creative Filters (special effects)
  • Fully articulated 3.0" screen (3:2)

Canon EOS 60D vs 50D: Key Differences

Placing the 50D alongside the 60D it becomes clear that the new camera is not a simply a direct upgrade but a repositioned model. The most obvious difference is that it's smaller and, of course, no longer features a metal body.
The 60D is smaller than the 50D but its ergonomics are not substantially changed - it'll still feel like a big improvement over a Rebel series camera, though the loss of the metal body means the same won't be true for 50D owners.
  • Higher resolution sensor (17.9MP vs. 15.1MP)
  • Accepts SD, rather than CF memory cards
  • No flash sync socket
  • Wireless Speedlight control
  • Articulated 3:2 high resolution LCD screen
  • Plastic body shell (8% weight saving)
  • Standard ISO range extends to 6400, rather than 3200
  • User-definable Auto ISO upper limit
  • HD video recording 1080 p30/25/24 or 720p60/50 plus cropped 640 x 480 movie mode
  • New features: in-camera raw conversion, ambience settings, creative filters, more JPEG options
  • No joystick, no multi-flash support, simplified top plate & info panel, only one Custom mode, no AF micro-adjust
  • Slightly reduced customization options
  • Redesigned control layout with slightly fewer buttons
  • Lower burst rate

Compared to the EOS 50D and EOS 7D: core feature and specification differences

As you can see from the table below the 60D is not an unequivocal upgrade from the 50D in the same way that previous cameras in the range have been. Essentially it's a 50D in a smaller body, a flip-out screen and the sensor used in the Rebel T2i (550D) and 7D, with all the HD capability that brings.

Source : DPreview